Look! [Jesus] is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. (NRSV 1:7) Legends say that in the time before, the human race towered over the world as giants, and commanded wizardry far beyond the ken of today's great magicians. Having broken the natural world with their great magic, the ones who came before scattered the beasts to the winds and built great cities whose towers scraped the sky and ruptured the bosom of heaven, which rained down the wrath of the gods on narcissistic humanity. Rivers flooded, great storms battered their cities, and food would not grow in the broken and parched soil, so great was the sin and pride of that time. The leaders of their great clans, at first fearful, became deranged and rabid like the beasts dying in the jungles, and every city on Earth was at war with one another, and brother turned against brother, and son against father, and mother and daughter as well, and they came out of her, the sarcophagus of their sins, and were delivered onto the Earth like dung to a heap to fester. And for many years there was weeping and sorrow and desperation. But the gods were merciful, and as the towers of their cities burned and collapsed, they gave humans another chance to suffer; and so after generations, the flood waters receded, and even those baleful, damned places where the old wizards had built their nuclear fortresses became habitable once again. You don't know what year it is according to our calendar. It has been long enough after global climate catastrophe and the collapse of post-industrial civilization that for the purposes of this game the Earth, plus or minus the ruins of ancient cities, power plants and toxic waste dumps, is more or less similar to how it was in the Middle Ages. The societies that have developed in the aftermath of the failure of technological society are very superstitious by today's standards and are distrustful of most forms of technology; most people are unaware of the extent of ancient civilizations' power and the quality of life that was available to the most fortunate and privileged in the times that humans mocked the gods. Most cultures have technology and knowledge of the physical world that resembles that of pre-industrial continental Europe and China, plus or minus a few germs of knowledge - principally medical - that have survived the last failure of human civilization. If you ever read the book A Canticle for Leibowitz, this is inspired by that in style. This is going to be a collaboration-based game at first. I think that it would be fair and interesting for players to control polities about as large and as powerful as any given important state in the high Middle Ages. Priority will be given to applicants who have interesting ideas and play well with their neighbors. I'll sort out issues of stats and the like later on, but you can guess they'll resemble the stats of my last attempted game, Shut Down by the Narcs, because I'm a sad little man and I'm afraid of change. Eskettit.