Terribly Beautiful

How will you be remembered after you die?

This is the question being faced by the Terribly Beautiful, former prostitutes who find themselves facing a slow death at the hands of the disease known as the Pale. Is there still hope to be found when life is slipping away?


It is the dream of humanity to escape death. No one lives forever, but we hope that our lives mattered, that we will be remembered by the next generation. We have a lifetime to create that legacy. All too often most of that lifetime gets squandered. We come to realize the importance of our
legacy only when it is almost too late.


They are the most desirable and seductive women in the city, the women of the night. Men are willing to travel into the most disreputable of neighbourhoods to meet them, offer money and gifts for but a few hours of their time or even less. They ply the oldest profession, selling their bodies into others’ fantasies.

Dying Together

For the streetwalkers of the red-light district known as the Kaz, death takes its time. The disease known as the Pale stakes its claim by transforming its victims into visions of beauty, alabaster skin and elegantly thin. But beware, for death is a jealous lover, who lays claim to any who might make love to those already ill, and so they become known as the Terribly Beautiful. Shunned by society, they find each other and face the remaining days of their lives.

The World

It is a world not unlike that which we live in today, with countries that war and trade. It is a city not unlike those found in many parts of the world today, with cultures that clash and blend. They are streets not unlike those that we walk in our cities every day, filled with people who have dreams both pursued and dashed.

The city sits on the water, industry and docks to the east, a thin strip of old docks leading to luxury shorefront property to the west, a downtown of skyscrapers and suburbs beyond. Nestled between them all, surrounded by stone walls, is a neighbourhood, the oldest in the city. It is called the Kaz.

The Kaz

“Ruined buildings, ruined lives…”

Once the beautiful, prideful, majestic centre of the city, the neighbourhood called the Kaz has been brought low by age. Grassy expanses were covered over by scabs of concrete, cheap apartments grow where flowers once bloomed, and treets that once wove gracefully around estates now snarl with traffic. Only a few of the buildings remain, protected by heritage laws, but impossibly expensive to maintain. They have fallen, one by one, to the ravages of time, becoming urban legend, the source of stories of ghosts, secrets and other mysteries that refuse to die.

For all the things that have changed, it is debauchery that remains a part of the Kaz. In times past a carelessly parted blind would reveal the parties of the rich, sumptuous, opulent attire carefully put on and carelessly thrown off. Today the sliver of light through a night window is reveals attire as carelessly thrown aside as ever. The Kaz has become a red-light district, a neighbourhood where prostitution is tolerated.

Around all this are the walls. Once they stood to protect the rich from would-be invaders. Indeed, they still do protect the rich, but now they do so by protecting the rich outside from having to see what the crowning glory of the city has become.

Tags: ,

8 Responses to “Terribly Beautiful”

  1. Keeton Says:

    Version 2 is uploaded – very nice!

  2. ray Says:

    i tried to download but all that came up was a directions thing….any help on how i can download it?

  3. madunkieg Says:

    Not sure what you mean by a directions thing. To download, click on the name Terribly Beautiful, and it will bring up just the Terribly Beautiful entry. Scroll down and click on the .pdf filename to open it (make sure you’ve got adobe acrobat reader on your computer first). That should get you the game.

    The .txt is the old version, before input helped improve the game.

  4. Deightine Says:

    Looked at this well -well- after it was posted. It is impressive to see a roleplaying game written to take on something this directly, boldly; almost shockingly. I was rather pleased with the general idea of play, a cross between tarot and go fish. In fact, I think with a little rules tailoring and tweaking to add familiarity to currently established systems, I may be able to make this playable for my standard group.

    Absolutely love it. It even forced me to hunt down the art that inspired it and download it to add to the game’s place in my digital library. I won’t claim that the art, the writing, etc, were all of the most impressive stuff ever… but it was /different/… and I don’t get to see different very often, even digging through hundreds of free games.

  5. madunkieg Says:

    I’m glad to hear you found something you liked within the game.

  6. madunkieg Says:

    If anyone wishes to contact me about this game, head over to the forums at the Story Games website:

  7. Nickie Wada Says:

    Nice!Just bookmarked this web site!Love Terribly Beautiful – 1KM1KT

  8. MadUnkieG Says:

    Correction, if anyone wants to contact me about this game, I can just as easily be found at: http://www.1km1kt.net/forum/