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  • Off The Beaten Path 4: Basilica of the Pillar, Zaragoza, Spain


    While Spain and Portugal remained relatively free from the horrors of the Great War, like Italy and Rome, they suffered heavily through the Purge.  The Zaragoza province, an early stronghold of the Church was one of the last to fall after the signing of the United Liberties Pact. Strangling land trade between Bilbao and Barcelona, the Church was able to cut off recourses to other major cities through control of Zaragoza.

     

    During the dark days of the Purge, the Church of the Reclaimer held the ancient Basilica of the Pillar as their seat of power. From here, they scourged the population of the Zaragoza province often arranging public stoning for those guilty of biblical crime. Victims of Church law were bound to stone posts outside the Basilica, their bodies left to rot as examples.

     

    Historians estimate over a thousand men and women were stoned at the Basilica of the Pillar. The High Priest Will, the Just, was said to be especially mindful of harlots, sluts and whores. There are multiple stories of pregnant women, killed for the crime of fornication.  Why the High Priest over Zaragoza province targeted these women specifically remains a mystery as Will, the Just, was killed in the bombing of the C51 train to Madrid carrying the fleeing oligarch and several of his high-ranking followers.

     

    For years after the Purge, the Basilica of the Pillar remained closed to the public as various government agencies combed the building and sister structures for information.  Today, the Basilica has returned to Catholic control. No longer active as a place of worship, the Basilica has been converted to a museum of religious artifacts that survived the Purge in Spain.

     

     

    The Haunting of the Basilica of the Pillar

     

    Those with supernatural sensitivities may feel a feminine energy flowing through the Basilica, resonating most powerfully around the old alter. Through the years, there have been many reports of penitents witnessing the ghostly figure of a woman in blue and white lighting votive candles. While the stories are common around the first weeks of January, and February, the phenomena appear to become strong through the months of August and September.

     

    During the months of August and September, the fabric between Realms also seems to waver. There is a strong attunement to the Slumber. Any Character with Realm Sense will be able to feel this immediately through the grounds of the Basilica. The resonance appears strongest at the altar and votive tables.

     

    GMs may lower the Difficulty to activate any Slumber Boon or use of the Enter the Dream Flow Focus. During these times passing between the Slumber and Walking World may be easier for entities such as Broken Dreams.

     

    While a shallow point between the Waking World and the High Heavens, the Watchtower does not claim any outright dominion over the Basilica. This does not mean they are not aware of the strange nature of the Basilica. However, they remain conspicuously absent from all politics around the venerable site. The Watchtower does however keep multiple observation teams in and around Zaragoza. Why they maintain such a low profile concerning the Basilica is unknown.



  • Land Of Confusion 1: White Requiem

    Land of Confusion explores what it’s like to live on Earth 2202.

    During the Purge the Church of the Church of the Reclaimer waged a war on information. This extended to any culture that fell outside the Reclaimer world view. The entertainment industry, musicians, and film makers were high priority targets. Most industry professionals walked away without a fight to avoid persecution. However, there were those that went underground and refused to submit to the Church. One of the most influential bands from this turbulent time was White Requiem, a Metal, Proto-Razor trio that refused to submit.

    One of the few underground bands that survived the Purge and the years of theocratic rule that followed the Great War, during the height of the Church’s power White Requiem spat in their face. The band hid subversive messages of corruption and Church cruelty inside their lyrics. Using a network of fans the band was able to discriminate their music across the ASA outside the watchful eye of the Church. During this period White Requiem didn’t so much as tour as they did move from city to city to avoid prosecution for moral crimes putting on underground shows in burned out libraries or schools

    On March 13th, 2138 the three member band along with a group of their supporters were captured outside an illegal speakeasy in Toronto. On March 15th White Requiem along with twenty six other men and women were Purged by Fire in the Metro Convention Centre. The news spread like a virus through the underground and riots sprang up across the continental ASA in the weeks that followed. Recordings of Requiem’s music found new inroads to Church controlled school campuses fueling the growing resistance movement in the ASA.

    While over sixty years old White Requiem’s music is still considered highly influential in the rock world. Their legacy of underground resistance and refusal to submit to an authoritarian regime continues to resonate with the disenfranchised and forgotten working class of the modern age.



  • Into The Purge: White Requiem

    During the Purge the Church of the Church of the Reclaimer waged a war on information. This extended to any culture that fell outside the Reclaimer world view. The entertainment industry, musicians, and film makers were high priority targets. Most industry professionals walked away without a fight to avoid persecution. However, there were those that went underground and refused to submit to the Church. One of the most influential bands from this turbulent time was White Requiem, a Metal, Proto-Razor trio that refused to submit.

    One of the few underground bands that survived the Purge and the years of theocratic rule that followed the Great War, during the height of the Church’s power White Requiem spat in their face. The band hid subversive messages of corruption and Church cruelty inside their lyrics. Using a network of fans the band was able to discriminate their music across the ASA outside the watchful eye of the Church. During this period White Requiem didn’t so much as tour as they did move from city to city to avoid prosecution for moral crimes putting on underground shows in burned out libraries or schools

    On March 13th, 2138 the three member band along with a group of their supporters were captured outside an illegal speakeasy in Toronto. On March 15th White Requiem along with twenty six other men and women were Purged by Fire in the Metro Convention Centre. The news spread like a virus through the underground and riots sprang up across the continental ASA in the weeks that followed. Recordings of Requiem’s music found new inroads to Church controlled school campuses fueling the growing resistance movement in the ASA.

    While over sixty years old White Requiem’s music is still considered highly influential in the rock world. Their legacy of underground resistance and refusal to submit to an authoritarian regime continues to resonate with the disenfranchised and forgotten working class of the modern age.