Wolfsbane: Made a note!
FourHorsemen: Heh! I like them but I think I'd better leave the first four for Quaid as he's the one with the knack for adapting comic-book characters for use in Arcanum.
Check out his Doomsday module. It's pretty good.
BTW: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has crossed my mind a time or two...
Your ideas for the Half-Ogre quest contains angles I hadn't considered - Bates for one and especially this:
(Queue dark music)...that's the secret...before losing his/her memory, it seems the player ordered the whole Half-Ogre thing to be done (or inherited the operation from family, whatever fits the time span bettter).
Up to this point, it's entirely workable and even better than a couple I had come up with. I'm printing it out and adding it to the expanded quest folder.
However, given the wide range of backgrounds you can play, making the PC (or family) be the key figure in the conspiracy doesn't seem realistic. I'd have to go through the backgrounds and set up every one of them to include amnesia.
I believe that expanding this quest from you finding the fake newsman just before he escapes from Caladon would be a better angle. It's used all the time in detective movies. You know - the hero catches that one lucky break that gets him back on the trail. In this case, if the player happens to go to the docks, there's the fake newsman heading for one of the ships. From there it branches out like this:
If you kill him, you get the journal back and give it to the Tarantian where the story gets published, but the forces behind the half-ogre conspiracy make sure that it's discredited and you get a bad reputation that's known across the continent. (And possibly some assassins after your hide.) Echos of the flying machines downing the Zephyr....
If you beat him into submission, you also learn a few more details - this would be a good place to insert your ideas! - that when followed up on before giving the book to the Tarantian, makes an air-tight case that blows the entire conspiracy wide open. You get a sterling reputation that negates just about all the bad things you may have done.
As for all the gnomes in the world - well, it's not a good time to be a gnome!
Instead of getting the journal back, the fake newsman or the shadowy figure manages to "buy you off". Thus the situation is status quo.
Of course, I'll need to make crossover links between the ideas to allow for a wider range of options.
Opinions and ideas welcome.