|1. Introduction to Mobiliavis
||[May. 31st, 2003|11:28 pm]
Mobiliavis (mobiliavis) is a Harry Potter role-playing game set in the present, nine years into Voldemort’s second reign. |
After Voldemort’s resurrection at the end of Goblet of Fire, the Death Eaters of old reemerge in full strength to occupy the poorly defended and DE sympathetic parts of the country. When infighting immobilizes the Ministry, the more sensible members of the government relocate to Hogwarts, which becomes the new center of the contra-DE movement. Under Dumbledore’s leadership, the Order of the Phoenix inflicts major defeats on the DEs in a series of successful campaigns in 1997. Forced to retreat, the DEs negotiate an armistice, signing the Treaty of Hogsmeade (1998), in which the DEs relinquish most of their territory and surrender Voldemort and Lucius Malfoy, who are then convicted as war criminals and sentenced to life in Azkaban.
However, the DEs never intended to keep their promises. After the peace treaty, the DEs go underground and restructure their network to one of entire secrecy. A new generation of DEs is recruited; infused with new energy and efficiency, the DEs grow stronger than ever. In 1999, Dumbledore disappears, becoming the first of the Missing Persons. Although his remains are never found, he is presumed to have been assassinated. The Ministry is soon unable to account for a large fraction of the wizarding community-- many are feared to be dead, but most are feared to be DEs.
With the loss of Dumbledore's leadership, the Ministry is vulnerable again. Despite rumors that Harry Potter is reorganizing the Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry is brought to its knees by renewed DE attacks. After breaking the truce, the DEs free Voldemort and Lucius Malfoy from Azkaban, which becomes a DE fortress thickly guarded by Dementors. The Malfoy manor becomes the nominal center of DE activities but is mainly a cultural symbol. The new DE system has no physical centralization, making its activities difficult to predict. The continued disappearance of Ministry members, Muggleborns, and Muggle sympathizers causes paranoia and isolation inside the wizarding community. The conflict festers for three years, but finally the tenuous semblance of peace gives way to another all-out war. Before Voldemort establishes an official government, the rule of the UK falls to the anonymous but ubiquitous DEs.
One year later, now in 2003, Voldemort's government has completely replaced the Ministry of Magic. Lord Voldemort, now called Our Father, reigns over a silent, imposing police state. Intelligence agents called Birdwatchers are Voldemort’s eyes and ears, at home and abroad. Citizens’ surveillance is supervised by low-ranked Birdwatchers and strictly enforced by civilians who spy on neighbors and report seditious activity. Many Birdwatchers roam other countries, hoping to root out the Order of the Phoenix, whose members are presumably hiding in France and parts of Southern Europe. The Death Eaters have forged alliances with Northern and Central European wizarding communities, making Durmstrang the most prestigious institute in the region and the largest training center for new DEs. Hogwarts is no longer a school and is better known as the Salazar Slytherin National Museum.
The most important members of Voldemort's government still operate in cells, first built in preparation for the second war. Affectionately called "potholes," these DE offices are embedded in all parts of England. Because they appear much smaller than their actual size, the cells are easily overlooked, even without the charms that protect them. During the war, the identities of individual DEs were mainly unknown to those outside their cluster of cells, so that the lowest-ranked DEs had hardly any knowledge of their comrades and, if caught, could betray only one or two. Vestiges of the cellular network can be seen in the organization of Voldemort's secret guard. The ruling DE class is decadently rich, enjoying special privileges. Political maneuvering is common, though always under Voldemort's iron fist. Muggleborns are at the base of wizarding society and face discrimination in the workplace. The average citizen is poor but not starving, and his hopes lie in climbing the DE ladder. National artists and athletes are also prized; Voldemort reopens Quidditch, which was forgotten during the war, to turn away thoughts from other ills.
However, the Order of the Phoenix is picking itself up from the ashes. As the DE regime weakens, the resistance grows.