Monday, July 6, 2020

Hawaiian Noir

    So I've been thinking a lot about my Hawaiian Noir setting. Well more than thinking about it. I've been doing some writing, and editing. Using my Mens Adventure rules for it. I will be making some more posts on the subject as I more forward.
    For those who have forgot what Hawaiian Noir is about, a little primer.

Hawaiian Noir is a hard boiled, cynical world full of crime, betrayal, and murder. Taking place in an exotic paradise. Where the world's weary veil grows thin and darkness creeps over.
Hawaiian Noir is focused on the Hawaiian Islands. The year is 1952. The war is over in europe and the pacific. But war continues as a police action on the Korean peninsula. Most consider the greatest threat to the western world to be communism. But truth be told, the greatest threat to all the world is the darkness oozing from the over side of the veil. Creatures of myth, and magic crossing over, hiding in the shadows, growing stronger.
But how did this come to be? Well everyone knows how the war went, and how it ended. Even if you were not one of the brave men and women fighting the Germans, the Japanese, or their allies. American civilian life was alight with newsreels, and propaganda. Germany smashed and overrun into submission. Europe now split between the allies in the west and the reds in the east.Then the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan effectively ensuring their capitulation.
But there's a secret history. A history not recognized by the world. Not because of some great spell or otherworldly power. But simply because it's fantastic, and people can not believe that it could even be real.
Hundreds upon hundreds of years ago. Magic existed in the world. This is before the written word. Only passed by the oral traditions of people since then folded and assimilated into different cultures and tribes. During these fantastic times medicine men, shamans, sages, thermagists, wizards and their gods (Extra dimensional beings of great power) came together to lock out the evil supernatural. The things that reacted in strange ways as their perception of reality, order and such were so alien as to be dangerous to the people that exist for a mere speck of time, in the cosmic swirling realms. They were successful in this, but their success was greater than anyone expected. It completely locked out the gods and magic from our reality.
Early on the veil between realities was relatively weak. Things, creatures, and beings still were able to transit between worlds. These transits are where we gain our legends in history. As time passed the veil grew stronger and ultimately impenetrable. Magic, and the supernatural was exiled from our reality.
A great deal of wars and tragedy have befallen the world in the hundreds of years of its history. These things cause weaknesses in the veil. Places where things could and would occasionally slip through. The phrase "War is hell" has more truth to it than most people will ever know. The Second World War was no exception to this. But what ended it was. Atomic explosions split not only the atom. But broke seals and restrictions. Creating permanent holes across the world in the veil. Letting magic and beings back into our world. But they slunk into the shadows, keeping low profiles.

The vast majority of people do not know this. They wouldn't believe you if you told them. Hundreds upon hundreds of years of these things being fairy tales, and superstition have conditioned people to not believe. So now a darkness creeps back into our reality. Mostly unseen, seething, and penetrating our world, our lives.

Sunday, July 5, 2020