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Plot: Revolt

Revolt as a plot is a common staple of dealing with tyrannical powers. It’s a staple of epics because it provides a broad space to work in. You can check out some of the other plot scenarios here.

  • A cruel power is plotted against by the revolutionary.

The set-up for the revolt plot gives a lot of room to play with. Not only does it give you the option to use it as a plot- or character-driven situation, but also has plenty of room for multiple characters. The cruel power is often a dictator or tyrant, but there is little reason why you can’t use an entire system as the cruel power. The revolutionary might indeed be your freedom fighters and rebels, or it might only be a single character who dares to stand up and make a change.

As a plot-driven situation you can afford a few more static characters. The focus should be on the things the revolutionary does to try and overthrow the power, and how the power in question reacts.

As a character-driven scenario, a revolt plot provides a tense and conflict-rich area to test your characters. Think not just about about the major goals here, but about the smaller ones each character brings to the table and how those goals conflict and interfere with each other.