Pike & Shotte Punk

A Faux-Early Modern European Setting for RPGs


Appendix N

On soundtracks


Music plays a big part in the development of my Imagi-Nation.  Several distinct genres impacted heavily on the aesthetic of this faux-17th century, and I’m going to write them down here, as an appendix to Appendix N.

The settled countryside has two aural strands: the traditional folk music of England, and the less masculine exponents of doom metal.  The influence of James Raggi IV is obvious here, but it’s undeniable that a fusion of Border Ballads and early Black Sabbath conjures a particularly weird, superstitious, early-modern atmosphere.  Try also Reverend Bizarre, Blood Ceremony, St Vitus, Candlemas, The Obsessed, and even Coven.

The wilderness came out of dark folk and the more ecologically-minded, misanthropic black metal groups.  I’d say the primary motivations would be Xasthur, Wolves in the Throne Room, Strangeweather, and Darkthrone.  The landscape is bog, heath, forest; wet with drizzle and draped in mist.  So are these groups.

The urban places combine early ’80s Berlin with Warhol’s New York superstars; Weimar Gemany, Art Deco, S&M fetish fashion, and revolutionary France.  It’s a mix of late baroque/ early classical music, and The Velvet Underground.  Analogue electronica, darkwave, and post-punk come in here as well.  And new romanticism.  A heady brew: Joy Division, Soft Cell, Cabaret Voltaire, Suicide, Malaria!, Cold Cave, etc.

Have fun.

Appendix N (part 1)

Inspirational Films

The 17th Century has suffered from the legacy of Hammer Films.  The costume drama horror movies of the 1960s and 70s are undeniably fun (if rather exploitative, and misogynistic) but they tend to depict the Early-Modern period as something of a fairytale.

Here are some examples of films with a bit more accuracy; they do a good job of capturing the strange and chaotic period upon which I based my make-believe world.

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Cromwell (1970), dir. Ken Hughes.

Historians will catalogue the inaccuracies, but the performances of the 2 leads are flawless, and the battle scenes suitably grim.

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The VVitch: A New England Folk-Tale (2015), dir. Robert Eggers.

If you’re looking for a way of putting the weird into the 17th Century,  watch this; it’s also a fantastic study of the Early-Modern family.

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A Field in England (2013), dir. Ben Wheatley.

Hallucinogenic and historically-accurate.  This would make a terrific random encounter.

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Winstanley (1975), dir. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo.

Most, if not all, of the dialogue is lifted directly from Winstanley’s writing.  The armour was loaned from The Tower of London.  If you only want to watch one of these, watch this.

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