Weapon of Mass Destruction


I've just come back from a short holiday - on the Isle of Skye.  Lots of photography, plenty of ruins and wild landscapes which I hope will act as inspiration for some future fantasy games, probably Mörk Borg or OSE.

Weapon of Mass Destruction

One small bit of inspiration that I stumbled across recently was the story of Jacobite Piper James Reid.  Piper Reid played on the field at the battle of Culloden. After the defeat he was arrested, tried and executed for treason against the crown. To my knowledge he was the only piper to suffer this fate, many others were deported for their part in the uprising. What made piper Reid's case exceptional was his defence, which was that he was a non-combatant, carrying no sword or rifle, just his bagpipes. The judges ruled that; “a Highland regiment never marched without a piper; and therefore his bagpipe, in the eye of the law, was an instrument of war.” It may seem crazy but this ruling that bagpipes were "weapons" was still in force until 1996 when another court finally ruled that they were "first and foremost musical instruments".

You can read a little bit more about James Reid, as well as the musical artefact that he inspired for my Mörk Borg game in "Weapon of Mass Destruction", which is free to download on my itch.io feed, which is also linked to from the downloads page of this site.

I hope you have fun with my Weapon of Mass Destruction.

Derek.


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