The Black Reaching Out

“I feel the black reaching out.
I hear its song without a doubt.”
The Ballad of Serenity

One Line Pitch

True Detective in the Firefly ‘Verse.

Elevator Pitch

There is a touch of the Lovecraft in Firefly, you just need to know where to look. This story will be about a crew that looked in the wrong place at the wrong time and saw the darkness in the endless reaches of space. Once the truth of reality starts to seep in it can not be ignored and soon they crew finds themselves wrapped up in events millennia in the making.

More Details

One of the key concepts behind this story is from John Wick’s rant about Good Guy Vader. When looking at Firefly and trying to find Mythos things start popping up. Even reading the lyrics to the theme song with that mindset reveals some really chilling lines. Groups like the Blue Sun Corporation with their research and experiments with River can easily parallel the experiments done by Herbert West. Reavers and Cultists can quickly become one in the same. It doesn’t take much to see connections when you simply open your mind to the idea.

In the One Line pitch I cite True Detective, let me elaborate on that. I do not expect this story to be about a crew of law enforcement or detective. I wouldn’t turn the idea down, but what the crew is should be left up to the players. No, I mean more in the way that True Detective handles the Mythos. One of the things I really enjoy about True Detective is the ambiguity of the situation. Similarly, in this story I don’t want there to be definite answers. The crew won’t ever confront Shoggoths or Mi-Go for example. This also dovetails nicely into Firefly where there are no alien races, it’s just humanity.

Game System

I plan on using the Firefly RPG recently released by Margaret-Weis Productions. While the game appears to aim more towards the heroic I feel that this won’t be a detriment to exploring the Mythos. After all, on paper the main characters in True Detective are heroic looking guys. I believe that as long as the characters are designed to be tragic and flawed individuals the system will help maintain that appearance.


That’s my idea, that’s what I’m looking for. If you have questions feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment here. If you’re interested in playing and are free Sunday nights from 5pm CST to 9pm CST please let me know too.

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