is the third game in White Wolf
's Trinity Universe
, and the earliest chronologically, emulating the Golden Age pulp adventures.
In 1922, Doctor Calvin Hammersmith publicly demonstrated his Telluric Engine, a device capable of drawing energy from space-time itself. Something went wrong during the course of the demonstration, and the machine exploded, starting a fire that burned down the laboratory and killed Hammersmith.
The explosion also unleashed a wave of strange energies through space-time, so-called "Z-rays", which, among other effects, granted certain people extraordinary abilities. The people so empowered became known as the Inspired.
The year is now 1924. A new world has opened up for the Inspired, one stranger and wilder than they could have imagined, and they dive into it with gusto.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Donighal towards Mercer, which ends up becoming a contributing factor in Donighal's Start of Darkness.
- Bold Explorer: Safari Jack Tallon, with Adventurer Outfit to boot.
- Excited Show Title!
- Gentleman Adventurer: Max Mercer.
- Government Agency of Fiction: Branch 9 and its international equivalents.
- Hollow Earth: With at least two races, the E'tah, subterranean albinos, and the Neanderthals, savage raiders. Whether it always existed, or was brought into being by the Hammersmith explosion, is a mystery.
- Intrepid Reporter: Sarah Gettel.
- Mad Scientist: As fitting the genre.
- Mass Super-Empowering Event: The Hammersmith Incident.
- Renaissance Man: It's entirely possible for a character to be one of these; of the official NPCs, both Mercer and Donighal are this.
- The Roaring Twenties
- Shout-Out: Among other things, the game mentions the de Winter family and a certain Dr. West, and features an appearance by Vlad Dracul himself. The founder of the International Detective Agency is implied to be Sherlock Holmes.
- Two-Fisted Tales
- Yellow Peril: The Ubiquitous Dragon, master of the Chinese underworld.