Hate is good, but remember that more than anything else, the Reckoners feed on fear, and they like subtle, from the shadows terror best. So, blacks being free but having this constant (and not at all unreasonable, considering the Knights of the Golden Circle) fear that it could be taken away just like that? The Reckoners quite literally eat that up.I believe the Reckoners may hate all humans equally but encourage human hate because that is just how they grow their garden.
Yeah, especially because the city of Atlanta actually implemented Prohibition in something like 1886. For a variety of reasons (not the least of which was them allowing people to sell and consume "medicinal" whiskey) this didn't last very long. Plus there are still a couple of counties in western North Carolina that are dry counties. The Tennessee county that the Jack Daniels distillery is in is a famously dry county. Mississippi and Alabama banned homebrewing until something like 2013. The idea that Southerners wouldn't have Prohibition is amazingly stupid and ignores a lot of easy history - even in 1999.I find the Deadlands Noir concept that the South wouldn't have Prohibition hilarious, as, to quote from Google "In the United States, the states with the highest number of dry counties include Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Kansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee are the three states that are wholly dry by default. "
Assisted by the Black Codes and everything else implemented from 1865 until the modern day - occasionally hampered by things like the Civil and Voting Rights Acts, but also occasionally assisted by idiotic Supreme Court decisions like Shelby County v. Holder.
Or you could steal the premise from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter of vampires being huge fans of slavery as a way to ensure an endless supply of human blood that other humans don't care about.I can very easily see said slave-owners turning to dark magic as a means of averting God's judgment, like say vampirism. An alternate Bayou Vermilion of white vampire slavers who contacted evil Vodoun spirits to profit off of undead labor while living in their old estates would make a great villainous organization.
Considering the ongoing racial/bureaucratic issues about whether or not the Lumbee tribe counts as Native people, I'm not a huge fan of this "degenerate white-hating half-breed" schtick.Marshal’s Territory: In the world of Deadlands, the white colonists went inland to live among the Croatoan tribes to survive and intermarried among them. However, their memories of the colonists who left them became bitter:
This, however, might be the single most horribly racist thing that nobody else in-thread seems to have mentioned, even in a book with a shitload of racist and classist stereotypes. Considering how an awful lot of if not most lynching victims in real life were black guys, many of whom were murdered for things like trying to vote or not being sufficiently subservient to white guys, the way to kill off this particular monster is to finish lynching them. Like...hang on, so the evil creature was originally a black guy who was hung from a tree because he tried to cast a vote, but in order for the good guys to get rid of the evil monster, they have to finish lynching him. I have problems with this.Hangmen are the reanimated corpses of people whose bodies were lynched and left to rot, their eyes bulging and heads lolling off to an unnatural angle. Hangmen are immune to normal damage, and can use their own ropes to strangle targets. The only way of killing one for good is to tie and force its rope-weapon around its neck in a wrestling hand-to-hand combat task.
Except now you're imposing value judgments on what is a living breathing and above all else African-American religion. Do Vodoun, Voudou, or Voodoo* actually even have evil spirits?I can very easily see said slave-owners turning to dark magic as a means of averting God's judgment, like say vampirism. An alternate Bayou Vermilion of white vampire slavers who contacted evil Vodoun spirits to profit off of undead labor while living in their old estates would make a great villainous organization.
Which, if I'm remembering rightly, puts Deadlands' version firmly at the "voodoo" end of the scale I introduced: the whole petro/rada thing isn't actually a thing in Voudou.In Deadlands, evil "voodoo" actually contacts, surprise, the Reckoners. Regular voodoo contacts the loa, who have Rada and Petro aspects.
He was a trusted member, if not necessarily a likeable person. After war’s end he disappeared much like Sharpshooter, heading off to find more battles to fight.Daniel coolly accepted inhumanity as a part of life, having known little else, and he carried out the often horrific duties of war without flinching. He was reliable under the toughest of circumstances, and in wartime, there’s no better thing to be.
I thought as much.Though outnumbered by the Patriot Regiment, the Liberators, and other mystery men fighting for the Union, the Knights of the Confederacy were able to stave off their country’s defeat for four long years. Courage and cunning were the team’s greatest assets, and they served the Knights well in their shadowy war with the Union’s super-agents. Though theirs was ultimately a Lost Cause, the Knights proved that glory, honor, and valor are not exclusively the victor’s province.
Fun Fact: Achilles’ dubious origins spawned a minor number of fan theories, as well as a minor flame war on the Green Ronin forums regarding the presumption that he was actually an angel in an earlier draft, thus meaning that God in the setting took the side of slavers.Powerful as he was, his most remarkable traits were his innate goodness and sense of mercy, even in a time of war.
His virtue faltered only once, when Lee’s surrender at Appomattox and the atrocities of Sherman’s March pushed him over the edge. Michael resolved to throw himself into the blue ranks just as he’d done at the war’s beginning, only this time he’d drown the Yankee soldiers in their own blood. Before he could do so, however, Michael disappeared. Not long after that, some strangely clothed visitors told his friends “Mik-El” was one of them, lost in the outside world, and that he was now home among his people, leaving behind only a legend.
Awww, that poor rich well-off man who made a fortune off of systemic degradation and torture. If only his own vampirism did not drive him to the dark side in killing all of the slaves he previously treated like subhuman property.Only Achilles truly understood Thomas’s endless battle against his dark side, and he carried out his wishes when he ultimately lost it. After the fall of Richmond in 1865, Achilles found Thomas feral and blood-drenched in the ruins of his plantation, and he tearfully beheaded his friend, freeing him from his curse in the only way possible.
I find it funny how the Northern factory laborer day is emphasized in-text, even though Antebellum slaves had similar if not longer work schedules from dawn to dusk.Back in Abe Lincoln’s Day said:In the 1860s, much of 18th Century America remains more or less intact, especially in the South. The further North a person travels, the more aspects of 19th century life assert themselves. Around the Mason-Dixon line, slavery and agriculture begin to give way to immigrants and industry, and railways point the way to the untamed American West. Manners and customs change along with the geography. Traditional courtly Southern manners and archaic codes of honor vanish, replaced by less genteel folk coping with 14-hour workdays at the factory. Southerners continue to chat about the weather, crops, and chinch bugs, while Northerners discuss the stock market, the wonders of steam power, and radical new ideas like women’s suffrage and the temperance movement.
In short, America is a country divided between past and future, as well as what the nation is and what it might become. These differences were so profound they led to war, and driving home the contrast is key in getting across the spirit of the age to the players.
Errr...all of them joined the respective super-teams, there’s only one black character, Achilles served in the traditional military before being promoted, and half of both team’s members are (or can pass for) white dudes.This is why the characters in this chapter mostly consist of those considered unfit for military service: women, blacks, the elderly, the disabled, and space aliens. This historical facet can result in the creation of some truly diverse characters and allow the GM to address the realities of life during these time periods. However, if the players would simply rather not deal with this limitation, feel free to disregard reality in the best comic-book tradition and go with whatever’s most fun.