If you're familiar with the discord, you might know that I often make weird dreams... It might be because of my medication... anyways, most of them are simply funny, silly, or just plain stupid, however, from time to time, I have a dream which would work well for an game element. so I thought I'd give you some of my dreams as ideas you can use in your own games...
The Holy Symbol in the Sky
Appropriate for: Magical, relatively low-tech.
Hook: In a world where religion of of great importance, the holy symbol of on religions famous but controversial saint/seer/prophet/whatever appears in the night sky. The phenomenon or celestial body which created this symbol is such that it can even be observed during the day.
The church of the saint/seer/prophet/whatever in question claim that this is the ultimate proof of his legitimacy and that further questioning is inconsequential or even down right heretical. However, critics still claim this proves nothing. Why did it took so long before this symbol appeared in the sky? Why is the symbol not oriented properly? Is it simply a case of pareidolia?
Eventually, the church of the saint/seer/prophet/whatever who's symbol appeared in the sky will discover something trouble about the phenomenon or astral body which created the holy symbol (their through powerful divination magic or telescopes that only they posses) which would not only put the legitimacy of the person's legitimacy in question again, but the entirety of that church's faith and dogma...
The Dream Sanctuary
Appropriate for: Any fantasy/magical post-apocalyptic universe.
Hook: Imagine a post-apocalyptic world where setting up camp for the night is not a mundane task, but an important ritual to be performed, because when you go to sleep, you transport your whole being into the dream realm for protection, so that you can be safe for roughly 8 hours each day.
This raises several important questions. Since you bring your body with you now when you dream, what happens to you when you die in your dream? Are you dead for real? If so, skills like lucid-dreaming and meditation would become extremely important in this world... If you're safe when you dream, why are people not trying to sleep and dream for as long as they can? Perhaps the food and drink in the dream realm are not nourishing enough, and you still need to hunt and forage for food and water in the real world? Same thing could probably also be said about exercise and sunlight... If the world is so dangerous that people have to leave it for about 8 hours each day when they sleep, what about the other roughly 16 hours of waking time they're stuck here? Perhaps the world, while remaining dangerous all day long, is only extremely deadly for that specific period of about 8 hours each day ("This is when they come out...")?