Rampant poverty. Over-population. De-legislated pill trade. Street warfare. Homosexuality. Even slavery, for fuck’s sake. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg; real, live issues a Downer faces every day. It kinda begs to ask: who causes them?
The local gangs? Nah, they’re a symptom. The desperate, underpaid lower class or maybe those damn gays? Possibly, but why is everyone here so broken? Just think it through for a moment. Who benefits most from poverty? The Hegemony and their capitalistic ventures? Hardly. They by definition need a strong economy to survive and that ain’t something B Sector’s got.
So who else is active in the Downs? Wilkin’s Raptors? Fair point but too easy. Let’s go deeper: who put them in power, gave them ‘legal’ permission to rule their kingdom of shit? Exactly. The Clergy. And what does the Clergy want? Hm, maybe all those ‘donations’ they get from the hopeless many who want a better lot in life, who wanna be part of something ‘greater’. Yeah, the ones who’ve been duped into becoming part of an abusive system that shits on the little man for their last few dozen credits.
Sayin’ that ain’t hate speech. It’s pure and simple fact. Those theo bastards are ruining us every day an’ calling it… well, fuck. Real crying shame here is they won’t listen when we tell ’em to fuck off. No, only way we can make our voice heard – and get those fucks out of the Downs – is blood in the gutter.
Maybe then the Church will fucking listen. But I doubt it. They just don’t care.”
– Lt. Marisa Berjvek, Division 108
Embodying the player character’s resentment of the status quo, the Theophobe archetype is a disdainful outlook on life and the world of Scaffold 22. In simple terms, the Theophobe desperately wants change to happen in B Sector and believes the best way to achieve this is via covert sponsorship by the pro-capitalist, anti-religious Corporate Hegemony.
(after Division 108 takeover)
“The Church and all those idiots who believe in it can go fuck themselves…”
– Vine, upon joining the Division’s cause
The Theophobe is an ardent supporter of Division 108, an alleged hate group and private security contractor which specializes in riot control. As a result, they are sympathetic to the organization’s goals: bringing safety and stability back to B Sector; by brute force if necessary. They also enjoy clandestine support from the Corporate Hegemony but have few other allies.
(During Division 108 Intervention)
Other simply make good use of their connections with the Hegemony to gain access to advanced training and high-tech weapons systems. Or maybe the Theophobe joined the Division’s cause to vent their ever-mounting frustration in unrestrained hate speech and violence?
Division 108 Deployment
(Outside the Riptide)
It might not be a glamorous cause, or even an admirable one, but the Theophobe has good reason to resent the status quo. They grew up in B Sector, after all. They know first-hand how harsh life on the walkways can be. And they’re more than willing to fight – and kill – to bring some semblance security back to the place they call home.
(albeit not the player’s)
As anyone who’s played Beta 0.6 will know, there are still a bunch of issues in the latest release which we’re working toward smoothing over. Most of these aren’t worth mentioning (bugs, missing artwork, iffy balance) but two stand out: the intro and social interaction.
First, the introduction to Scaffold 22 has a tendency to overload new readers / players with far too much information. Worse, it does nothing to introduce core gameplay mechanics, instead focusing on the complexities of a world and narrative the player has no connection to because they haven’t experienced it yet.
As a result, the introduction is being re-worked for Beta 6.1 so that the world and core gameplay mechanics are presented directly and with greater clarity. Also, the experience begins slightly removed from the main storyline, thereby reducing information overload and allowing exploration of the game world before major events even kick off.
Redone Intro Artwork
(which might need another rework)
This mechanic tracks how much pressure the player character has been under recently, how much or little downtime they’ve had, and how likely they are to suffer burnouts. While these can have devastating effects when ignored, the idea behind burnouts not to punish players for relentlessly rushing from encounter to encounter, but instead encourage them to relate with their character’s personal struggles – and maybe explore some social-centric side content along the way.
All that and more coming in Beta 6.1, which will be released ‘soon’ – which means when it’s ready. In the interim, why not give the current version of Scaffold 22 a try?