The Mortal World
Oh, there's a lot of opportunities,
One big change from Masquerade to Requiem is the elimination of the Influence system--in
its place is a less formal affair of Allies, Contacts, and Retainers. This encourages a
more story-based method of resolving downtime actions, as opposed to the numbers
game the old process sometimes turned into. Having said that, I will admit that nWoD
could have gone into a bit more detail about the scope of these resources--thus, I am
supplying some suggested areas of influence your PC might be interested, along with
a few sample spheres of influence.
If you know when to take them, you know?
Oh, there's a lot of opportunities,
If there aren't, you can make them--
Make or break them...
--Pet Shop Boys, Opportunities
Politics & Religion
From secular to spiritual, someone is always trying to dictate how you should live your
life, whether by passing laws or threatening your soul. Of course, if you're the one telling
people what to do, this is a pretty sweet place to be.
High Society & High Finance
- The Greater London Authority (GLA) is the London-wide body responsible for
co-ordinating the boroughs, strategic planning, and running some London-wide
services such as policing, the fire service and transport. The GLA consists of the
Mayor of London and the London Assembly.
- Major churches include the Anglican & Roman Catholic Church, as well as Greek
Orthodox, Islam, and Judaism. Then of course there are Pagans and Druids, and
other orders and sects outside of what most would call "mainstream."
Never forget the golden rule--s/he who has the gold, makes the rules. London is one of
the financial capitals of the world, as well as a center of culture and entertainment. Whether you control the purse
strings, or are behind the latest voices influencing impressionable minds, power and influence follow in your wake.
The idea of a free press is a foreign one in the UK--here, the government can and will slap news agencies with "D Notices" if there's a story they don't want covered. Which works out pretty well for the hidden population should someone misbehave. The rest of the time, these are the people who control the vertical, the horizontal--everything the mortals see and hear. From scathing reviews to biting commentary to hard-hitting investigative journalism, control the media, and you control what people think about (if not what they think).
Academia & the Occult
- BBC: the national broadcaster, affectionaltely (at times) referred to as "Aunt Beeb," this government-sponsored media giant has divisions devoted to TV, radio, and the Internet.
- The Times: sometimes called "The London Times" outside of the UK, this is the first newspaper to bear "The Times" name.
From chroniclers of history to explorers of the unknown, the only difference between
being a respected academician and a fringe occultist is how accepted your chosen
field is to the masses.
Police & the Underworld
- University of London: federally funded university boasting over 100,000
students--the largest university in Europe. Comprised of over 50 individual (and
highly autonomous) colleges and institutes, including University College London
(UCL), Imperial College, King's College London, Queen Mary, University of
London and the London School of Economics.
- Royal College of Music
- Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts ("RADA"), etc.
- The Royal Institution: an historic and important repository and proponent of the
acquisition of scientific knowledge through research and study.
- The Society for Psychical Research (SPR): one of the first (and still considered
the pre-eminent) groups to examine matters outside the realm of conventional
science. Has an extensive library on the paranormal.
Crime has come a long way from the sensational days of Raffles and Jack the Ripper--
fortunately, the police have also changed with the times, surpassing their reputations as
Commerce & Transportation
- Metropolitan Police
- City of London Police
- British Transport Police
- The Royal Parks Constabulary
There are an estimated 20 million people living in the Greater London area, and they all
have places to be and things to buy.
- Transportation options: one of the most extensive transit systems in the world include the
Tube (underground rail); Bus; River Services; Docklands Light Railway (DLR); Croydon
Tramlink; National Rail; and Thameslink. These organizations all operate under the
auspice of the Transport for London government body.