Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Star Wars Black Trenchcoat

Star Wars has always been in the PG to PG-13 rating. Generally figured, it is a pretty light universe. It is good vs evil but good wins. Evil has debilitating effects on your health, and that tells you that it's wrong to do. However, over the course of the years, even just looking at the movies, a lot of things have been revealed to exist in the Star wars universe that make it a very terrifying place to live. Today, I thought it might be fun to look at those things and see what might happen if we ran Star Wars a bit black trenchcoat.

What Is Black Trenchcoat?
Black Trenchcoat is a term from Shadowrun. A Shadowrun game can be run in two types of extremes. The first is Pink Mohawk, it means very little consequences, larger than life action, and just a lot of fun and low paranoia. The second is Black Trenchcoat which is maximum paranoia, maximum consequences. Black Trenchcoat is where you bring oven cleaner with you on every run because a single drop of non-contaminated blood will get you killed in reaction to whatever action caused you to lose that drop of blood. How would that apply to Star Wars? Well...

Shape Shifters & Clones
Just in Episode 2 of the movies we have shape shifters and clones. There's no reason to believe  we can't clone the shape shifters either. What does this mean? Well, for one, you can't really trust that anyone is who they're supposed to be now can you? How do you know that the Senator is actually the Senator and not a clone, or a shape shifter? Hell, Amidala does body doubles all the time, and that is - supposedly - without cloning and body doubling. Go on to the full applications and suddenly you have a senator that can literally be two places at once. You've also got enemy organizations that can sneak into your operations at any point and impersonate key personnel. How would they do that? Well..

Faster Than Light Comms
The speed of light is more of a laughing matter in Star Wars than anything else. Communications that only go the speed of light are considered archaic and ancient. This is a universe where you could get the mcguffin off planet 1, and by the time you're 1/4 of the way to the drop off point every Imperial Patrol across half the galaxy have every detail on your crew, your ship, what you have, and where. Hell, combine this with the above and you could have a shape shifter/clone waiting claiming that you stole THEIR property and that you're the impostor.  Oh wait, we haven't even gotten the best part yet...

Mind Wipes, The Force, and Mind Control
The Force, those Jedi who are defending the galaxy? Yeah, they can affect the mind. Now, they say it only works on the weak willed, but as anyone who has ever grown up with a physical body can tell you: weak is a matter of perception. I am considered strong by my friends because I can move the couch without help. In other terms, I suppose I could consider them weak because they can't. Apply this to will, and I'm pretty sure that the 900 year old Jedi Master who has a life time of meditating and practicing his patience and will has a hard time running into someone who he doesn't consider weak willed. Weak willed though is just for affecting the mind with suggestion. There are lots of Star Wars stories will full out mind wipes. Some of which also include giving new memories and a new life. Just how many senators who stood against the Jedi are currently farming some backwater planet, probably under Jedi Supervision, thinking it's the only life they've ever known? How many of their friends have forgotten them completely and just replaced those friendships with their friendly jedi contact?

And More
This is just scratching the surface. This is a universe with AI, assassin robots, and star ships that are capable of destroying entire planets from orbits (others that are capable of destroying entire systems with a single shot too...) So, take Star Wars for a spin. What part of Black Trenchcoat would appeal to you as a GM?


  1. I did something a bit more alternate universe, but I like these ideas. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SB1vmWJrZVw

    And I could really use for what I have in mind.

  2. Strahd prefers cloaks and beautiful black velvet capes to trenchcoats.