RESOLUTE is historical fiction. We draw from actual events and important figures, and attempt to portray the manners and social conditions of the time. But this is not a documentary, so there are already differences. And there will be more as the players change the world.
We welcome players defining differences that improve our shared story-telling. In general feel free to make changes that enhance your personal background esp if it is “back east”. Please check with a GM before you make any changes in “the West”.
We will use this page to talk about some significant differences from the real world.
REAL WORLD : Elisha was born in 1781, and his last child was born 1821. This would make John’s PC about 20 years older than the 1835-1840 birth date we want.
RESOLUTE : Elisha’s was born in 1801, and his family moves forward in time 20 years. His major breeding success stay in the same time-frame of 1840s and 50s, which makes him a “prodigy” rather than an established professional.
REAL WORLD : The Siskiyou Trail is the name of the major path between California’s Central Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
RESOLUTE : HBC never ranged south of Umpqua River, and the Exploring Expedition never sent an overland troupe south to the Central Valley. Gold Rush traffic was non-existant. And since gold was never found near Mt Shasta, the communities of Yreka and Warm Soda Springs do not exist.
For more information, please see The Siskiyou Trail
REAL WORLD : The town of Redding in Shasta County was established by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1870s when they built their rail network through the Sacramento Valley.
RESOLUTE : Pierson Reading was still the first settler in the area, but he built the town into a large Gold Rush settlement.
For more information see the Wiki page on Redding, California
REAL WORLD : In March 1857, the US Post Office published a request for bids for a southern mail delivery route from St Louis to California. The contract was awarded in September of that year, and first delivery happened in April 1858.
RESOLUTE : The contract was awarded one-year earlier, and delivery has already started at the beginning of the campaign. Instead of Buchanan & Aaron Brown, the route was decided by Pierce & James Campbell.