Serial Setting 1: Ubiquity ~ Week 6

This serial setting for Ubiquity continues with the first of several major community focal points for the Windlet Islands.

This series of posts is intended to provide a usable setting for busy GMs looking to run Daring Tales of Adventure or Hollow Earth Expedition.

6. The Island Mission Church of God, Windlet Settlement, Greater Windlet Island

Not the only source of religion on this or Lysette Island, but certainly the most active and vocal, the Island Mission Church of God is overseen by a charismatic Southern Preacher who puts no faith in organized religion, denominations, or groups of believers he cannot personally see. He is led by the spirit.

Services at the church are intense, last anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours and consist of high energy singing, deeply personal sermons “drawn direct from the Word and shaped by the voice of God,” and the unusual touch of regular meals delivered right into the hands of worshippers in the hand-carved, dark mahogany pews.

The bulletins produced for each service proclaim in bold text, “Feed the Mind, the Spirit, and the Soul!”

The church recently finished construction on a 3 storey steeple, complete with bell, can seat 200 comfortably in its lovely hand-carved pews, and add folding chairs for an additional 50 should disaster or holidays turn lapsed believers’ minds to God. An attached hall for dining, community service, Sunday School, and other events was completed several years ago, and rapidly became the focus of family social life in the settlement.

Usual Characters: Reverend Paul Conklin

Conklin is a very striking man with brilliant green eyes in a deeply tanned, youthful face. To all appearances he is a man in his late 40’s, but speaks as though somewhat older than that. He would say he is kept young in service to the Lord. Others might think he found the fountain of youth. His hair is jet black, and his teeth are perfect. He has the hands of a craftsman, and prefers to dress in practical, tough clothing that he can mend himself.

The reverend hikes alone in the jungle every morning, fishes regularly with nets, bare hands, rod and reel, spear, or whatever else is appropriate for the creature at hand. He often uses physical labor in his sermons and is known to visit all manner of workplaces, help out for free, and talk to people about their lives.

Conklin lives alone in a small house he helped to build himself. It is decorated with a lot of handcrafted arts and crafts from communities all over the globe, most notably Africa and the US. He keeps two spare rooms immaculately clean and when he is not hosting missionaries or taking care of alcoholics or others who have lost their way, he often has visits from colleagues.

Rumours:

Potentially heard anywhere on either island; Conklin gets around to everyone.

  • He is a good worker
  • He studied theology in many European Universities
  • He speaks at least a dozen languages
  • He once tried to convince the Pope to ‘Let my people go!’
  • He was injured in the war, and God healed him
  • He once healed a woman and restored her ability to walk
  • He provides private Bible study classes for the Administrator’s family in Latin
  • His house and the church are always spared the ravages of local storms and floods

Truths:

More secrets lie buried!

Statistics:

Don’t miss out!

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  1. […] he had been for a period of time which he clearly refused to believe until shown his gravestone and Reverend Conklin swore it was true. Pat initially sank into his old ways, drinking himself into a stupor at the Tart […]



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