Wandering thoughts make me curious while I ponder the inevitability of another successful Ascension (and while I wait for Estarra or one of the admin to take a look at that rules thread for confirmation). I mean, really - the benefits of True Ascendancy will always mean there will be candidates aplenty, but the mechanics of it all mean that as long as any one person holds onto that staff for an hour with no time limit made for the trial, Ascension would save the world again. Thematically, we're all happy happy, but mechanically, it's just back to normal, everyday things. No actual sense of e-danger encountered cause there's no way to mechanically 'fail'.
But what if the playerbase could indeed fail? What if Ascension actually had a time limit and no one succeeds in that given time period? A deleted game is just fun for no one, but thinking about possibilities always seems to be a fun hobby. Post-apocalyptic Lusternia? A Soulless God running rampant while Elders get squirreled away by their orders? Organizations and nexii toppled or corrupted?
If Ascension actually failed one year, what if the following year during Ascension time, the opportunity presents itself for an Ascension to undo the damage? Different dynamics could also arise wherein a faction who came into prominence during the e-apocalypse would strive to make sure the next Ascension, the attempt to seal the Soulless away would fail again.
Theorycrafting is fun, and I might just be babbling, but I wonder what others think.