Once I played in a Savage Worlds supervillain game called Necessary Evil. Aliens had invaded Earth and slaughtered all the superheroes, leaving only the villains to form a resistance. I’m not often fond of assassin characters, but I thought Shen Xia Lin was interesting enough to run with it. Her journal of her origin and her account of the one thing we actually got through follows.
I suppose each of us must, at some point, describe our origins — American cultural imperialism, but I grow weary of fighting it at every turn. So for this, I submit. Besides, it’s not so very far from our way of telling stories. The ends are often different; Westerners want a tidy ending with all the threads of the story neatly tied off, and they prefer happy endings. In our tradition, we tend to praise stories that end well, even if that means that the hero dies horribly. If she’s gained enlightenment, death is of minor consideration. Read the rest of this entry »