Two Great Ladies will catch your fallfor they are the ones who catch us all.Their children kept them far apart;the Lady Light, the Lady Dark.Dark broken, light stormdead spoken, dreams torn...and we will bring you home.
Long ago, in a faraway time called 1995, there was a made-for-TV movie called White Dwarf. It was written by Bruce Wagner and starred the late, lamented Paul Winfield. The ninety minutes of airtime provided a host of interesting concepts ready to be exploited for a role-playing game setting. The story takes place in the year 3040; humanity has been colonizing star systems for hundreds of years. Rusta is a world in a remote white dwarf system, hence the title of the film. Although a VHS version was available, White Dwarf has not been released on DVD.
Rusta continually presents the same face towards its sun so that one hemisphere endures constant daylight and the other hemisphere remains in perpetual darkness. Normally, this would result in extreme temperatures not conducive to supporting Earth-type lifeforms. However, floating in Rusta's atmosphere are numerous metallic globes called 'regulators' that maintain environmental conditions suitable for humans and other terrestrial organisms.
The technology in use on Rusta is not as advanced as one might suppose – horses are used for transportation. Light side civilization resembles that of the American Old West, complete with badge-wearing marshalls sporting antique firearms. There are, however, some noteworthy exceptions – electrical devices are in use to some degree. The reigning light side authority holds the title of “governor,” but the method of appointment to that office is not described. In contrast, the dark side has a hereditary monarchy; the culture and technology are both medieval. For denizens of the dark side, the crossbow is the weapon of preference.
|The Dark Side Castle|
A couple of miscellaneous tidbits: Among the exotic locales of Rusta, there are “the grottoes underneath the dreaming sands” and the red-colored Sea of Tears. An example of Rustan fauna is the pumyx, a panther-like animal indigenous to the dark side. It is mesmerised by the human voice. When ill or injured, it travels to the light side in order to die.