At last I have an excuse for another of these posts.
Here is the situation on the Juvenis campaign. The players have clearly awoken something as a result of their actions at Mimmarudla, the dungeon they've plundered. It has been clearly described now, today, that there is at least one group of frog-humanoids attacking people in Rogaland, the province of Norway where the party presently adventures.
No one in Rogaland seems to know what it is that was awoken or where these things have come from, though the party knows.
The question is this: should the party own up? Should they go to authorities, identify the location of the dungeon and express their actions? Or should they keep silent in the face of multiple deaths that have occurred thus far.
I love dilemmas like this, though the online party has barely acknowledged that there even is a dilemma. The cleric, Engelhart, has expressed the questions I've just asked, but seems quite content to keep silent. To me, a situation like this speaks to more than the character in the game: it speaks to the character of the player, as well.
Granted, everything that has happened is fictional and in game ~ so the dilemma has to be, what is the best way to continue the game? Volunteer what we know or not? Which offers the best opportunities, the best reward, the best survival expectation? We can't argue morality (though there is a moral question here), but we can argue the nature of the game characters and what this says about their selfishness vs. their social responsibility.
I want to add that the most successful parties in my decades of game experience were those who consistently chose one of these options, though I won't say which.
Please weigh in.
UPDATE: the party has begun to discuss the dilemma now.