Opening Schroedinger's Box
Opening Schroedinger’s Box
Hey, let me tell you a story. No, trust me, won’t take long. Just a quick story. There was a stand-up comedian used to be real popular. Name of Steven Wright. You still occasionally see him here or there. Anyway, he used to have this joke that used to make me laugh till my ass fell off.
Went something like this…
“I woke up one morning and looked around the room. Something wasn’t right. It took me a while, but eventually I realized that someone had broken into my apartment the night before and replaced everything with an exact duplicate. I couldn’t believe it! So I called my roommate and showed him. I said, ‘Look at this! Everything’s been replaced with an exact duplicate!’ He said, ‘Do I know you?’”
Well… what if I told you that this is what happened. That the reason you feel so weird this morning is because last night, someone broke in and replaced everything with an exact duplicate. And instead of just your apartment, it was the entire world. The entire fucking world, man. Would you still think it was funny?
Yeah, me neither.
But I got news, man. The reason you feel so weird this morning really is because everything changed last night. Everything in the world. You, me, the guy down at the end eating his heart-attack-burger. The truck driver who just walked out. the booths we’re sitting in, these overcooked eggs we’re eating. Even our smiling, friendly waitress here…
“Thanks, we’ll be ready for the check soon.”
Everything in the world has changed. Its the same, but different.
Sort of freaky, ain’t it?
A Mage campaign in which the PCs have just woken up to the fact that something just caused all of reality to reset in some manner. Yesterday, reality was one way, now reality is another way. The change is not necessarily bad, but the fact that someone could do this scares the bejeesus out of the characters.
The PCs are:
- the only people who recognize that this has happened and
- the only people who have any trace of memory of what the world was like before and
- are driven by the need to figure out who drove the reset, how they powered it, and just what was reset in the first place.
The reason why they remember that the world was once different is a complete mystery, as is the precise difference between the old world and the new.