The Silver Sage
Posted - 14 Mar 2018 : 13:45:20
So iíve hit a big snag for a d&d campaign iím running and I could use some other DM input.
The long and short of it is that my players have created a temporal paradox, and I was wondering exactly how it should thematically play out (AKA how should I torture them, for messing with time)?
More specifically, Iím running a campaign heavily involved around time and the apparent destruction of it throughout the universe. In our most recent session, my PCs traveled to the Elemental Plane of Fire, 30 years in the past. The former home of my fire genasi PC.
When she was very little (about 30 years ago), the PC witnessed her own mother sacrifice herself, to save the life of a mysterious stranger (which the PC now found out, was in fact, herself from the future). Despite me rendering the PC unconscious and completely devoid of agency (something I hate to do, but felt was necessary for the story), the rest of the party still managed to interfere with the natural cause of events. Honestly, I should have expected it. I feel like an idiot. But nevertheless, Iím left with an interesting opportunity and something of a temporal disaster.
I want my PCs to feel the weight of their actions, and I definitely want them to realize itís not wise to simply go around mucking up timelines (theyíre the ones who are supposed to save time after all). And, this causes several inconveniences for them. On the other hand, I did put them in the position, so I canít blame them for being the murder hobos they are.
Here's a quick rundown of how the PCs have affected time:
-They snuck into the Charcoal Palace and assassinated the previous Sultan of the Effreet.
-Planted Evidence at the crime scene to make it seem like the Fey court assassinated the Sultan.
-Someone who is not supposed to be alive is now alive (PCís mother).
-A PC now has an incurable disease which was supposed to be healed by special blood magic via the motherís death.
Hereís some rough ideas iíve been kicking around:
1.)The PCs remember two distinct timelines. One where the mother dies, and one where she is alive and well. See Berenstain bears/ mandela effect (http://mandelaeffect.com/). There is otherwise no discerning changes to their timeline.
2.) Time always corrects itself. Shortly after saving her mother , The PCís mom dies in a tragic yet unrelated way.
3.) The PC has altered the timeline to the point where she no longer is the same person. She has completely different memories and experiences. She has been considering rebuilding her character. This may be a good opportunity. Ally PCs make a charisma saving throw to try and remember the original version of her.
4.) There is a sonic ďtime boomĒ and everything gets shifted a little bit. Kind of like the DC story flash point. The Fey preoccupation with battling the efreet has led to the new ďblood war.Ē One PCís unborn child gets erased from history. By and large the universe is a much worse place now that a PCís mother is alive.
I welcome all suggestions and any ideas/input you guys have. Thanks for your help!