|One of many ace Mirror Universe scribbles on DeviantArt by Sean Peter Tourangeau|
Our Star Trek game has had it’s end of season episode – which, as discussed last time, was the return of the Mirror Universe and the appearance of the I.S.S. Enterprise. Not the conquered humanity of Deep Space Nine’s mirror universe, our encounter was with a loud and proud Terran Empire whose goal seemed to be turning the locals upon themselves before swooping in for the kill.
I briefly considered running the whole episode from theperspective of the I.S.S. Enterprise – having the players play their mirror equivalents exclusively and show them scheming against what they call the "Invert Universe" – but that was just a bit too bonkers a notion,. I did, however, set the first scene with them playing their mirror versions which encouraged the players to set scenes using both sets of crews, jumping back and forth to deal with the misery the last scheme had inflicted on the opposition.
This allowed us to follow the classic storytelling rule of Show, Don’t Tell when it came to the Mirror Universe. Rather than have to deliver boring expo-speak
or have extended scenes in which I nattered to myself, the players could
discover how Imperial Starfleet operates by moving their dark reflections
around in it. Primetime Adventures is a
game with some shared narrative duties so while I did do prep work on the
Mirror Universe (including a timeline so I understood the history that had led
to this invasion attempt) letting the players flesh out their own mirror
versions gave them chances to quantify the mirror universe themselves.
|There's more than a bit of the Crime Syndicate of America to my Mirror Universe - which seems fair since they're both early "evil universe versions of the main cast" stories.|
For example - While I had decided that Mirror-Kestra would be the Captain’s Woman for Mirror-Satlek and they’d have some sort of sexual relationship, it was left open enough that Sister Superior could choose the flavour of that relationship and whether it was consensual, abusive, political or whatever. Similarly, I left her relationship with Mirror-Sakonna vague and up to the players to decide – is it funnier if their petty bitching in our universe became outright scheming and murder attempts, or if they were in fact best chums?