- Feb 2, 2011
POSTCARDS FROM ETERNITY: A PARADOX MEGACAMPAIGN
The grand tapestry of history is a work of many hands and brushes. Some leave clearer marks than others, and these are collected, transcribed, analyzed and written into chronicles and academic works by renowned historians. Others leave less behind to know them by. Even the strangest and most unusual of destinies can be hidden in the great and terrible chaos of the years. Destinies such as ours.
We are a lone soul given immortality by a chance encounter with greater powers, a fluke of time and place. What shall the history of our life be - what shall we witness, where are we to go? The only evidence of your life is left in letters, journals, transcripts, chance mentions in footnotes and glimpses in the background of pictures. It is through these that we collect your story, the secret history of this world....
Hello and welcome to this Paradox Megacampaign AAR! This is not the first place I have posted this AAR - I started it over on Sufficient Velocity, but lack of participation has led me to take it elsewhere as well. Turns out the Paradox Forums are the sensible place to run Paradox AARs, whodathunk.
All in-universe posts of this AAR will be framed as letters, journals, excerpts from books and chronicles, bits of plays, songs or poems, transcripts of audio and other 'found footage' written by, describing or influenced by our protagonist, an immortal individual. This is a little experimental and I shall do my best to keep things legible and clearly tied to in-game events.
This will be heavily narrative AAR, dealing with the mysteries of this world and the story of our protagonist. I will, of course, provide 'out-of-character' updates on the state of the world when appropriate. Screenshots and maps will be there to provide context for narrative segments and events.
We will be starting with Crusader Kings 3, in the 1066 bookmark. The fan-made converters and any other necessary editing and modding will take us through Europa Universalis 4, Victoria 2 and finally Hearts of Iron 4. With HoI4, I intend to mod in a lot of content based on everything that has happened in this AAR, so at that stage we are not just talking about converter output. HoI4 is much less emergent and dynamic than the other Paradox titles, so writing it a scenario is necessary (and fun). If the end product is functional enough, I'll happily upload it here for your enjoyment.
Without further ado...
History diverges from ours in the 1060s, when a terrible plague sweeps over the old world. This unnatural, malignant cataclysm plunges the continent into chaos and anarchy. This results in a collapse of state power, fragmenting the world into small, independent fiefdoms and territories. The starting scenario is Shattered World: Duchies.
In the chaotic aftermath, one soul finds their existence forever changed, cursed or blessed with never-ending life...