The Untamed Wilds
Suggested Domain Events
- 1 Arrival / Departure
- 2 Assassination
- 2.1 Assassination event examples
- 3 Challenge
- 3.1 Challenge event examples
- 4 Crime
- 4.1 Crime event examples
- 5 Corruption
- 5.1 Corruption event examples
- 6 Diplomatic Matter
- 6.1 Diplomatic event examples
- 7 Festival
- 7.1 Festival event examples
- 8 Feud
- 8.1 Feud event examples
- 9 Great captain / heresy
- 9.1 Great Captain event examples
- 10 Intrigue
- 11 Magical event
- 11.1 Magical event examples
- 12 Matter of Justice
- 12.1 Matter of Justice event examples
- 13 Monsters / Brigands
- 13.1 Monster event examples
- 14 Natural event
- 14.1 Natural event event examples
- 15 Trade Matter
- 15.1 Trade matter event examples
- 16 Unrest / rebellion
- 16.1 Unrest event examples
Arrival / Departure
Base: A possible substitute for an assassination event, this event covers the addition or removal of someone or something from a realm.
Boon1. A skilled captain travels to the realm in search of employment 2. A skilled artisan offers their services to the Pc to extol some recent feat 3. A healthy birth in the PC’s family 4. Shipwreck! A ship is driven on to local rocks and the hold is as full as the crew is absent! Assuming that locals do not strip the ship bare before the regent’s people arrive, the hold yields valuable goods or treasure. Of course, someone might come looking for their lost ship…
Minor1. A child is born to the family with a minor deformation, or outside of wedlock. 2. A powerful family gains a bride/child and a suitable present must be found. 3. A skilled warrior arrives in the area – and promptly enters the service with a rival. 4. A prominent person gives birth, or adopts someone. The PC is expected to oversee some appropriate recognition ceremony. 5. A prominent person dies and the regent must attend the funeral, provide suitable elegy, and oversee the inheritance. 6. Shipwreck. A trading vessel vanishes in a storm, or hits the harbour wall and sinks. The owners kick up a stink, or if the owner is the PC then they suffer economic cost.
Major1. An elderly adviser or lieutenant succumbs to old age, a fall or some ailment. 2. A traveling aide is ambushed, or dies in battle. 3. A new domain forms around a charismatic/powerful new leader and jostles for power with the existing domains. 4. A child is born to the regent / a key ally – to someone totally unsuitable, such as a prominent noble’s wife, a priestess sworn to the faith, etc. 5. A unit deserts, or goes off on an un-authorized mission for glory (possibly at the behest of another). A skillful regent may win back their loyalty, a reckless regent may encourage the remaining loyal units to desert in turn. 6. A major noble dies, the regent must negotiate between rival claims to inheritance, form new alliance with the inheritor, may be stuck with a fool taking a position of influence formerly held by the noble, etc. 7. Kidnapping. Someone important or under the PCs protection is kidnapped. The ransom is steep, but the loss of face – or of a useful aide – if the victim is not safely recovered could be greater.
Great1. A domain is revealed, or a coalition of sub-domains abruptly form into a modest domain – the new domain is significant enough to demand attention. 2. A key lieutenant leaves the domain on a private quest – or dies. 3. A (in)famous personage comes to the realm and is courted by domains seeking a new leader putting at risk the network of treaties held by the PC regent. 4. One or more units of elite soldiers, or a key lieutenant, defect and join an enemy. If the PC fails to take suitable action then they will be seen as weak, but the traitors are now under the protection of their new lord.
Base: An attack on the regent / an ally intended to kill them by someone with a realistic chance of success.
Motivations for the attack could be:
Assassinations can affect the court’s ability to function, or the DC of various actions (as the minions who would normally deal with the action are replaced by lesser minions). Where popular people are slain the assassination can impact morale, or even cause holdings to reduce as the followers of the slain person withdraw from participation in the realms affairs, emigrate, etc. Where the victim is a military commander their outraged troops may attack the ‘obviously guilty party’, reduce in effectiveness, etc.
[top]Assassination event examples
Boon: An enemy / neutral regent or other important NPC is the target.
Khinasi: Alikh ibn Siday, furious at the way that Nuri (a hostile guilder) undercuts his prices has decided to destroy Nuri by revealing Nuri’s affair with Sami bint Fatima, wife to Donato a prominent local citizen. The PC’s get wind of Alikh’s plot and can benefit in a number of ways, they could choose to do nothing – and swoop on al Siday’s guild when the revelations cause him a major loss of regency; or they could prevent Alikh from blackmailing Nuri successfully- possibly at the behest of Nuri or alternatively Sami/Donato in either case winning the favor of the person concerned; or the PC’s could stop Alikh from blackmailing Nuri and do it themselves… and so on.
Minor: A court functionary or the captain of a military unit is attacked.
Vos: Nikolai Pavel plans to challenge his unit commander Sergei Feodor. Nikolai is a better fighter, but Sergei is a much better tactician and has been very successful in leading raids. Nikolai would be welcomed as new tsarevic by the priests of Belinik, but is despised for his feeble wit and crude lusts by the priestesses of Kriesha from the regents perspective if Nikolai succeeds Sergei the effectiveness of the troops will fall while stopping him openly may offend the priests of Belinik.
Major An important functionary such as the chamberlain, general of several military units is attacked, or a diplomat from another realm is the target/assassin.
Anuirean: The haughty Liemen Whitlock has been sent to your court as ambassador from Avanil. To combat the boredom of ‘your dreary little realm’ he whiled away the hours chasing everything with a skirt. The younger brother of one of the maids who got caught has decided to get even for his sister’s broken heart (and ruined marriage prospects) by means of introducing a cleaver to Lord Whitlock’s manhood. If successful Avanil will be furious and Lord Whitlock will demand the lads hanging (albeit in more higher pitched tones than usual) indeed Whitlock will demand execution even if the plot is foiled before it begins if he gets the slightest wind of the plot. Whitlock will certainly not be grateful for being protected – as a noble he considers it his right to ‘indulge in the staff in any matter I please, so long as it doesn’t bother the horses’.
Great. A regent (the PC, an ally, vassal, or subject) is attacked, or implicated as the assassin
Elf: Heidi Kreimhild, daughter of the high priest at a local temple of Sera and some of her friends have taken to the habit of bathing in a forest lake on summer evenings – not realizing that they are watched by Eagandigh Grayheart, one of the local Gheallie Sidhe. Eagandigh is currently deciding whether murdering them gruesomely or impregnating them will better punish her father for the crimes of the church in leading the attacks on the elves centuries ago. Heidi’s father is a noted firebrand and could arouse large numbers of peasants into a frenzy to avenge any harm done to his young daughter – for whom he has already arranged a very lucrative match, unfortunately Eagandigh has far more numerous and more powerful friends than the local Brecht may expect…
Potential special effects for great assassination events:
Base: A challenge to the regent’s authority, assets, plans or person.
Motivations for the attack could be:
Boon1. Romantic: Offer of marriage from a good source, i.e. neutral/hostile realm to tie the two realms closer together, or from an NPC with useful skills/reputation. 2. Skill: Two great craftsmen challenge each other to create a masterpiece, this may be given to the regent, morale in the province may increase due to pride in the craftsmens achievements, etc. 3. Glory: An NPC takes on a difficulty facing the realm as a challenge; this could be rooting out an old evil, slaying a notorious bandit or monster etc. Note that an ungracious PC could cause the challenger to become a great captain, as could an over-effusive PC who inflates the NPC’s ego too far.
Anuire: Sir Dietric Ogresbane declares he will drive out the dread giant Robert, who has terrorized the peaceful folk of Tanner’s Brook for generations. Success would allow easy trade with the dale and thereby open up land for expansion. If successful bards and priests flock to sing the heroic knights praises and the dale is open for further settlement reducing the next rule action DC for 2 years.
Brecht: Johann/Joanna Klatterback, local city guildsmaster/mistress becomes infatuated with the PC and sues for their hand. Although a few incurable romantics in the court are exultant that their regent is finally being courted and Johann/Joanna is an attractive, pleasant, reasonably bright person the remainder of the court are horrified – a match of far higher status should be sought for the regent’s hand than a mere city guildsmaster…
This may be:An elderly scion who has no heir. An elderly scion who considers their heir unworthy – or believes that the favour of the regent would be a greater inheritance than the scion’s bloodline. A scion who has been done a great favour by the regent. A scion guilty of some severe crime who wishes to buy their freedom with their bloodline. A scion who fears that their bloodline has been tainted by the blood of Azrai, or even the curse of awnsheghlien, and wishes to rid themselves of it. A Vos scion deemed unworthy by the priests of Belinik and forced to divest themselves in favor of a stronger scion (the regent). A scion who chooses donation on the battlefield rather than be a victim of bloodtheft.
In general donation should be very rare, particularly during the life of the scion. A bloodline is no mere garment to be casually cast aside! If the donor lives, they may become bitter at their loss even if they were entirely free from coercion. Other negative effects may be jealousy – particularly if the PC arranges for one follower to receive the donation instead of another. Of course if a PC receives a donation of a strong bloodline they may find that their own bloodline is overwhelmed – particularly if the donation is a bloodline of Azrai.
Rjurik: The general of the PC regent is subject to a severe dressing down by a wandering druid. So wrathful is the druid that the details of the actual offense are drowned out by the list of the general’s failings as the druid berates him – within earshot of an entire village who gape at the spectacle. The general refuses to say anything about the cause of the scene and the druid appears to have traveled on, but unless something is done the tales of the dressing down will spread throughout the domain and possibly force the PC to retire the general – certainly his troops will be uneasy following one clearly deemed unfit by Erik’s chosen…
Potential special effect for failure faced with a major challenge:
1. The PC is publicly humiliated by allegations of wrong-doing, a popular play describing them as weak or foolish.
2. The PC is seriously insulted by another regent in front of their court.
3. The PC is challenged to a duel to the death by a serious, valid, challenger.
Vos: Josef, the high priest of the Temple of Might declares that recent actions by a neighboring realm demand an immediate response, if the PC regent fails to teach the neighbor a lesson they will appear grievously weak and Josef will (deniably) encourage a warrior to issue a challenge for the throne. Other actions might include leading warriors of the priesthood on a raid – if successful this will strengthen the temple and enrage the neighbor, if it fails then the neighbor is still enraged, but the PC regents realm is weakened.
Potential special effect for failure faced with a great challenge:
Base: Criminal activity rises in the PC’s domain. This is however a domain event, so the crimes need to be wide-spread or particularly notorious to register.
Boon1. Existing crime drops, a notorious criminal is caught, etc. 2. A valuable item could be stolen from a rival, with the PC’s agents detecting clues leading towards the guilty party, the PC could retrieve the valuable for the NPC, or keep it for themselves.
Goblin Grokk Manbaiter was caught and gutted by human knights while foraging in a human village, the humans left him hanging from a tree as a warning. While stripping his corpse one of your minions discovered a map indicating where he stashed his loot – if you dare the dangers briefly outlined on the map riches could be yours…
Vos Rot has been discovered in a number of grain barns, grain needed by the clan to let them survive the winter and the clan is growing agitated as the rot is discovered in more and more barns. Fiala, a priestess of Kriesha has secretly sent animated ice minions made from tainted water to break into the barns and leave parts of themselves in the grain sacks, these parts then melt and spread rot amongst the grain. Fiala intends to eradicate the ‘surplus’ of food the clans have amassed after a great harvest and so ensure that the weak are winnowed from the clan…
Anuire Moerel the Brown fled Endier after infuriating his former master Guilder Kalien. He set up a thieves guild in the PC regents largest city – and found the pickings rich. He has become drunk with success and he and his band have begun looting wholesale, careless of arousing fury. Stiele Hawkwind, a minor noble nearly died during a mugging, and the nobility have begun to travel with large numbers of armed guards and have created an informal curfew to ‘help the regent catch these villains’. The merchants are less than pleased by both the increase in thefts and reduction in late trade while several nobles who do not get on have complained of harassment by ‘ruffians’ hired by the other noble…
Rjurik longships have raided up and down the PC regents coast this season, scores of folk have been carried off by the raiders – to add insult to injury mostly skilled craftsmen have been taken, not merely strong backs that could easily be replaced. The guilds are demanding the right to raise troops to defend their craftsmen, while several coastal villages have been abandoned. The PC regent must find out who the raiders are, where they are from, and stop the attacks. A truly great regent would also find out why the raiders are taking the craftsmen and recover their lost people.
The PC’s followers become corrupt perverting the PC’s commands and therefore authority. Corruption has similar effects to crime, but by undermining the PC’s authority from within can be far more insidious. A PC can simply sink a pirate ship or track bandits to their camp and massacre them, but rooting out a corrupt bureaucrat can be a far more difficult task.
Corruption has many causes:
Greed and incompetence are the most common causes of corruption, a common effect of corruption is to create an underground / informal economy as people try to avoid arbitrary or excessive taxes, or simply get a job done without being stifled by red tape.
Corruption is common in areas where there is little political competition (i.e. a single dominant regent); relatively low economic growth, particularly if it is uneven; a weak civil society (low law holdings); and where there are weak institutions that could rein in corruption (i.e. the priesthood or army may usually act to restrain corruption depending on philosophy).
It should be noted that corruption tends to be persistent until rigorously dealt with, and also tends to spread within a political system. Any random event rolled while a province suffers corruption should have a 50% chance of being the result of corruption in a neighboring province.
[top]Corruption event examples
Typically the target is another regent, giving the PC regent a bonus to espionage, contest actions etc. The PC regent may even be the beneficiary of embezzled funds as an admirer sees the PC regent as a more worthy recipient.
Vos Nikoli Axehand has grown tied of the weakling ways of his regent and so-called lord. The fool scorned raiding this season and listens to merchants as near equals! The regent demands that Nikolai and his men – great warriors – aid in the damming of a river to irrigate their lands! Nikolai and his warband have grown tired of such cowardice – if the clan hungers they should raid and win their wealth, not scrabble in the dirt like ants! Nikoli’s berserkers are an elite unit armed with well forged steel won in tribute from a dwarf clan that they bested and will defect to/from the PC regent given the slightest encouragement.
A mid-level bureaucrat beings siphoning funds towards a pet project. This may result in the creation of a different project to those intended (for example mustering a unit of archers not one of pikemen) or simply slowing down the construction of one work with no apparent benefit to another.
Khinasi Infatuated with the Anuirean methods that conquered the Khinasi, a court minion has begun siphoning taxes to train a unit in the use of Anuirean longbows purchased at great cost from El-Hadid of far off Ilien. The unit will however cost twice as much as normal as the courtier is paying way over the odds without realizing it…
Rjurik A druid keen to reach out to reach out to follower of other gods has begun blending their teachings about Erik’s role as the great farmer with teaching about Ruornil’s love of the wilderness, Avani’s glorious sunlight, etc. Their temple is however losing influence amongst the nomads as a result, and much of the regency that should go to the regent is instead lost through confusion of who truly speaks for the druid circles.
Elf Brynwbhie the Younger, assigned as diplomat to the goblinoid races, grew bored with the constant whining of the Anuirean merchants who constantly tried to sell the elves worthless trinkets in exchange for magic. To ease his boredom Brynwbhie turned several merchants into rabbits so they could experience the inherent beauty of the forests and learn how unnecessary their fabrics, tools, civilization and other fripperies were.
Some of the merchants were eaten by wolves and hunters as they fled back to the local regent’s court mage. The human realm is are outraged and in addition to banning trade with the elves has demanded reparations. Brynwbhie tried to undo the damage by explaining the valuable lessons learned by the surviving merchants and the trivial loss – the dead merchants only lost a few decades of life after all and no doubt had interesting experiences before being slain, but the humans were unwilling to listen to reason.
Diplomacy is not necessarily a bad thing, but does tend to take up time and quite often money. Typically an ambassador from another realm wishes to discuss a trade or military alliance or some other issue of mutual import, often they must be supported while doing so.
These could include:
Most of the standard effects are applicable, gifts of maintenance of diplomatic envoys costing GB, unpopular deals impacting morale, etc. The following special effects may also be considered:
[top]Diplomatic event examples
The diplomacy is clearly beneficial to the PC regent with few, if any side effects or costs of negotiation.
Potential special effects:
Goblin An Anuirean merchant named Vaesil has offered to sell the Goblins good forged blades in exchange for lumber, if the goblin regent agrees they can muster up to one unit per turn with the Anuirean weapons (DM’s choice of impact) in addition to the normal benefits of the trade route, of course persuading the tribes to cut the lumber and convey it to the coast will not be easy, and some of the locals may require persuading to permit passage or keep roads in good condition.
Potential special effects:
Dwarf A neighboring kingdom offers the services of two units of infantry to battle the orogs – but would need the dwarves to end their trade route to a rival realm and send the troops back with proper dwarf-forged weapons.
This event can also be used if one of the PCs spies has been discovered in another nation. Either way it could lead to a diplomatic incident.
Anuire: Duke Boeruine sends word of ‘bandit raids’ along his southern border, and requires his ally the prelate of Talinie provide him with scouts and infantry for use against the bandits. If the Prelate agrees she risks angering the master of the ‘bandits’ – Harold Khorien, and Khorien’s master Avan. If she does not then she may well anger Boeruine who is a far more immediate threat.
Khinasi: Following their defeat of a rival, the Red Kings of Aftane grow bold and demand of the King of Ariya that the province of Assarif be turned over to them for a nominal payment of 5 GB – or the Kings will invade and take it for nothing.
Festivals are large scale affairs which raise the spirits of the populous; unfortunately they also tend to cost a good deal of money making the regent one of the few people who does not look forward to them. Unlike many other events Festivals are likely to often combine both boons and negative effects. Boons generally taking the effect of morale increases, with an extra or stronger negative effect to compensate.
[top]Festival event examples
Vos: During a wild feast a drunken warrior of another clan boasts that his clan will raid a neighbor shortly to steal a number of varsks and much of the harvest. The PC can warn the victims and thus win their loyalty, defeat the raid themselves winning the respect of all, aid in the raid thus winning a share of the loot for his own clan, etc.
Brecht: For some reason many of the goods ordered for a festival did not arrive on time – or at all – forcing the court to buy expensive replacements. Unless the PC regent can prove that the delay was intentional (to drive up the price) or otherwise recover the missing goods the festival will cost far more than it should depleting the treasury severely.
Anuire: During a festival lady Laile and Lady Faelan had a screaming row witnessed by several servants, now they are starting to scheme against each other, and worse their families will no doubt soon get involved unless the PC’s resolve the dispute and find a face saving way for matters to be settled.
Dwarf: Preparations for a great ceremony to honor Moradin are taking an age and distracting warriors from their posts. Unless the regent can find a way to simplify the preparations, or some other way to guard the realm, they will be vulnerable to orog raids for several weeks. The temple of Moradin however will hear none of the regent’s fears – the festival is no mere annual event but a sacred ritual held but once a century – and it has been held at exactly the right time every century for near ten millennia – only the most incompetent or ungodly regent could fail to find some way of both permitting the ceremony and defending the realm.
A feud is an ongoing dispute between two or more influential factions. It typically causes the regent to waste resources and risks unrest and discontent. Nobles typically use the law, or muscle to get their way, churches use persuasion and popular unrest, guilds use bribery, coercion and blackmail.
Types of feud.
Boon1. The feuding parties are hostile regents and are unable to respond to regent actions this turn, or respond at double the normal cost. 2. A holding controlled by a feuding party drops by one level, becomes ruled by a great captain, or even petitions the PC regent / an ally to control it.
Minor1. A farmers barn burns down and the local squire blames a rival landowner who has been demanding access rights to the land. To punish the rival the squire has minions carry out a number of small acts of sabotage. 2. Two artists claim to have painted the same picture, both are of impeccable character and both of significant fame – neither backs down an inch and seek aid from patrons to assert their claim.
Major1. Young nobles from different houses come to blows over first women, then pride, then finally anything from a casual remark to the color of a tunic. Duels turn from words to fists to blades unless something is done. 2. Two rival shipwrights both claim to have invented a new technique for rigging a ship and setting sails, both petition the ruler to be named the inventor and demand payment from the other for use of the technique, other craftsmen begin to pick sides causing disruption to trade. 3. Rioting between church followers causes a number of small fires and the like in a town, opposing preachers regularly start whipping the faithful in a frenzy of anger against the other priest.
Great1. Following the death of many of the family a noble house stands poised to abandon the province – and substantial numbers of their followers will go with them. 2. The local guild kills a wizard’s apprentice in their campaign to drive out the source-holder. In retaliation the wizard begins corrupting their produce with some dread magic, passing their secrets to rivals – both inside and outside the realm. A number of guildsmen die in freak accidents, others simply vanish, while storms seem to constantly batter ships carrying their goods. captain / heresy
A great captain event is where the regent is supplanted by another in the eyes of some of their followers. A great captain is typically one of the following people:1. Local hero 2. Regent’s champion 3. Exotic outsider 4. Competitor regent
Boons typically result in a free chance to get an effective lieutenant, or the splitting of a rival’s holdings. If the great captain takes a province from a neighboring ruler, then conquest possibilities may occur, particularly if the PC ruler assists the great captain in defending the province from the former ruler and the PC ruler can then take advantage of the unfortunate demise of the great captain to increase their own realm.
Minor events are typically fads, with a temporary burst of fervor for the ‘flavor of the month’ hero and little long term effect. Alternatively they are more long lasting but affect only a limited number of actions rather than a persistent holding level. Minor events prevent the regent from taking a certain type of action using one holding, the great captain does it in their stead, examples include contest, agitate, create trade route, grant, create holding, etc. Typically this action would not be one chosen by the PC regent, who is likely to have to ‘clean up’ after a contest war.
Major events typically involve a holding level in a single province, and can be prolonged if the great captain continues heroic activity and avoids bureaucracy. The holding may permanently secede, or still proclaim loyalty but act independently, possibly forcing the PC regent to divest themselves of the holding to prove innocence of the great captain’s actions in some circumstances.
Great captains typically only occur if the regent is inactive or opposed to the vox populi, the great captain then rapidly supplants the regent until opposed and neutralized. In this case the great captain gains 1d2 of the ruler’s holdings per season, or the province itself if they have taken all of the regent’s holdings and the regent fails to stop them. The great captain gets a +5 circumstance bonus to the investiture attempt and does not require the investiture realm spell to be cast for the transfer.
Killing a great captain is one way to end their threat, any holdings taken revert to the PC ruler on a successful leadership check less the great captain has an anointed heir. Any provinces that revert have dissatisfied morale at best, or are rebellious if the PC ruler is not clearly innocent of the great captain’s death while loyal provinces may also lose morale if the PC is seen as murderous or otherwise wrong to have slain the great captain. Holdings that do not rejoin the PC regent are likely to petition another regent to join (free investiture attempt) or dissolve. Independent provinces simply have no effective ruler, but are likely to raise a local militia to resist any conquest attempts. Ideally the great captain is persuaded to return to the fold, usually as a vassal regent, that generally raises morale across the entire domain (as the PC is recognising the vassal’s greatness and they in turn are recognising the PC’s stature).Captain event examples
Boon1. A charismatic young priest renews the faith of outlying villages founding a small church in the name of the temple. 2. A valiant woodsman leads a number of fellows to join the army in its hour of need.
Minor1. A senior military officer questions the current strategy of the ruler, thoughts echoed by others though they dare not speak them. 2. A young priest begins preaching a variant doctrine that more closely reflects local needs – regardless of the considerations elsewhere – for example preaching against wealth in a poor area despite the strength of the church as a whole amongst the nobility, preaching a martial stance in an army town despite the main churches opposition to the kings expansionary policy, etc.
Major1. A number of merchants affiliated with the guild holding set up a separate co-operative to better their trade, heedless of the damage to others in the guild by their actions. 2. A prophet enters the realm and their preachings swiftly gather followers from other domains. The prophet may simply move on after attracting one of the PC’s aids, or may stay and use their moral authority to make demands of the PC.
Great1. A noble places his liegemen in key positions amongst the sheriff, militia and other important posts. The peasantry respond to the nobles charity and firm leadership with intense loyalty ceasing to listen to the regent where the two nobles disagree.
Example: Sidhe A Taelinir returns to the realm after a long absence, they swiftly win admiration with their tales of exploits and keen insight. Unfortunately they find some ‘recent’ developments deeply offensive and demand that the PC return to more traditional ways.
Intrigue is an odd random event, generally acting to add another layer to another event. Roll again, the result of the second random event roll is then to result of actions by another regent, either fomenting trouble or in some other way seeking to benefit themselves.
An event caused by intrigue is rarely minor, generally a “minor” intrigue is simply one that is not aimed at the regent PC. Some events are unsuitable (natural and magical events for example) or difficult to fit into an intrigue and should be re-rolled to make the DM’s life easy.
The key difference in an event caused by intrigue and a normal event is that if intrigue is the source, the event will not resolve easily, or will re-occur in some other form as the source of the intrigue seeks to further their plans despite the PC regent’s interference.
The supernatural counterparts to natural events, magical events include:
BoonA great evil is absorbed into the Shadow World The mebhaighl in the region surges temporarily boosting source holdings and making the casting of domain magic easier A traveler finds an ancient blade in the woods, unmarked by tarnish or rust. Clearly it is magical and so rare a find is surely destined for the ruler of the realm?
Minor1. A village priest discovers a witch and sets a trial to prove their heresy. A friend of the witch begs for aid from the regent but locals would be inflamed if the witch was allowed to escape justice after the crimes she has committed. 2. A local temple pays its taxes with a potion of healing rather than in gold. 3. An astronomical event such as a meteor shower foretells some harm to the realm, or casts doubt on the PCs legitimacy as ruler. the PC must obtain a credible alternate interpretation or risk loss of morale as people wait for their doom.
Major1. A dread beast prowls the land during the hours of darkness attacking travelers and terrorizing stock. Common soldiers dare not face the beast leaving the regent to step forth. 2. the Shadow World is close, people share each other’s dreams, wake to find that things done while dreaming have come true, or that they have suffered injury in their sleep from some nightmare. 3. A realm treasure is stolen, or one of the PC’s favored magic items. Loss of the items is not the only damage – the regent risks a major loss of face if the theft is discovered.
Great1. A legion of the dead marches from their graves to punish some transgression 2. A terrible ley storm warps and frays all magic in its path and leaves many strange events in its passage. 3. Blasphemy. One of the gods is offended by the PC regent, or a key lieutenant. The domain suffers in a variety of ways, and the PC risks being ostracized by their neighbors unless they can placate the offended god. of Justice
A matter of justice is a situation where the laws of the realm conflict with the regent’s needs, the regent can simply run roughshod over the law of course, but that inevitably diminishes respect for the law across the realm.
Typical outcomes of a matter of justice are loss of morale, harm to law holdings, and the loss of a lieutenant or key courtier.
Typical matter of justice events:
Boon1. A local law or custom prevents a hostile regent from acting against the regent as they had hoped. 2. A twist in law forces the nobility to pay for some of the upkeep of troops for a season or two. 3. An odd local custom permits the regent or a lieutenant to avoid the consequences of some rash action.
Minor1. Following an apprentice fair, a noble’s daughter has vanished, rumors insist that she left after spending many hours watching an apprentice work his craft, her family is furious and demands that the kidnapper is brought to justice. The daughter, when found, insists that her husband is unharmed and her family prevented from chasing them. 2. Rjurik: A nomadic clan ‘hunts’ several cows herded by a local farmer to feed themselves, the farmer demands compensation, the nomads declare that the freedom to roam and hunt as they will is Erik’s gift to all men and settled folk have no right to lay claim on Erik’s animals. 3. A minor noble is offended by being overlooked for reward after doing some act, and declares war on the regent to assuage their snubbed honor. The regent must placate the noble before too many peasants suffer, and do so without appearing like a tyrant to every other petty noble.
Major1. A sheriff is accused of heavy handed tactics when hunting smugglers, several merchants demand compensation after searches of their shops discover no trace of the contraband that the officer believed was present, the militia insist that the sheriff is right and urge the regent to force the merchants to admit the truth of their smuggling. 2. The church demands the right to try a murderer after she claims sanctuary, but seems content with her oath to serve their god without seeming to make any attempt at real punishment. The murdered man’s family demand that the murderer is dragged from the temple and decapitated as a warning to others, but by solemn tradition no armed soldiers may cross the threshold of the church unless bidden by the curate.
Great1. A lieutenant/the heir is accused of heresy or witchcraft, the accusers have proof (of a sorts) and demand a public trial. 2. A young noble kills another man in a duel ‘to defend his lady’, the dead man’s family are low born but have substantial influence amongst the guilds and demand that the noble is hanged. The noble’s family declares that the dead man was a brute who tried to rape the lady and demands that the guild’s holdings are confiscated as compensation for the attempted rape. / Brigands
Monsters and brigandage are distinct from crime events in that they can generally be dealt with by brute force, rather than requiring investigation and identification of the guilty party. Regents apt to using force will likely find these events a good outlet for their natural aggression, more subtle regents may find themselves overwhelmed for one can rarely reason with an invading army that knows it can simply take its fill without need for restraint.1. Highway robbery: Perhaps the most common crime event, an organized gang begins raiding merchants and nobles on the roads disrupting traffic 2. Piracy: a pirate vessel begins preying on trading ships, etc. 3. Wandering monsters: These range from a pack of gnolls, griffin, pair of ogres, trolls and the like to a large gnoll war-band, orog troop; to multiple units of goblins, 1-2 stronger units or a giant raid. event examples
Boon1. Monsters attack a hostile regent leaving them vulnerable 2. A hidden foe is revealed by a bandit raid that is repulsed far too easily… 3. A relatively weak band of monsters have a rare and valuable treasure
This would typically involve less than a unit of monsters, a pair of ogres or griffins, a few dozen gnolls, etc. The monsters are not numerous to pillage a province, or defeat massed troops, but are more than a village militia can handle.
This would typically involve a unit of monsters or bandits. Typically actions by the monsters would include.
A major incident could also cover issues such as a hostile regent testing the PC regent’s defenses using deniable pawns – if the PC seems weak then a serious invasion would begin.
This would typically involve several units of monsters, with some unpleasant leader such as a minor awnsheghlien. Great events are far beyond the capabilities of the court to handle, the PC regent must lead troops against the monsters or seek some other way of driving them away.
If the monsters are ignored they may grow in numbers, pillage the province to nothing, or try to invest the province. Either outcome will have a major impact on morale across the ruler?s domain.
Natural events include:
To have a realm impact the event must be capable of impacting a wide area for a prolonged period, or damaging a reasonable amount of property / people. Natural events rarely require adventure or military action, rather the regent must repair damage, rebuild property, soothe agitated populations, etc.
Natural events can also cover human ‘events’ such as:
Boon1. An earthquake opens a pass through steep mountains 2. A breach in some natural earth-work partly drains a swamp or mire. 3. The harvest / fishing is unusually good 4. The trade-winds blow well enabling ships to travel faster than usual and therefore carry out more trade 5. Omens are good regarding some upcoming action 6. A freak storm prevents a rivals ships from landing or beaches their vessels 7. A rush of immigration gives the ruler a chance to rule the province (if normally there are restrictions on ruling the province) or +4 on the attempt otherwise, a non-landed regent gets a bonus to any attempt to rule a holding. 8. The harvests, fishing, etc are good, all holdings in a province gain 25% more income this turn. 9. a new road building technique reduces the cost of building a road by 50% until the economy adjusts and prices return to normal.
Minor1. A bridge, port, etc is damaged and requires repairs to be fully usable, until then trade is damaged. 2. A fort is damaged by flooding, a landslide, etc and loses 1 level of strength until repaired. 3. The fishing / harvest is poor, low income for the province ruler this turn 4. General bad weather reduces province morale. 5. A road is damaged by storms and its benefit to travel speed is halved until it is repaired.
Major1. The fishing / harvest is dire, they must purchase food and transport it to the province or risk starvation, unfriendly or greedy neighbors can inflate the cost of foodstuff substantially. 2. A bridge is destroyed/road washed away, impairing trade 3. A shipyard is badly damaged by storms slowing/reversing construction, impairing ability to build ships, etc. 4. The crops are poor. 25% less income for all holdings in a province this season. 5. A castle wall collapses after severe floods, until the collapse is repaired the castle is vulnerable to attack. 6. An influx of refugees occurs, they must be fed and housed or the regent will be seen as a monster for watching them starve. Meanwhile the regent of the land that they have left may want them back, or accuse the PC of wholesale kidnapping regardless of the facts. If the PC does nothing and the refugees move on to seek a more welcoming land, the recipient noble may blame the PC for the trouble caused. 7. A terrible malady strikes a city, if it is not isolated swiftly then trading partners will be affected, meanwhile the population is suffering and dying and neighbors are closing their borders. The malady may be fatal, or result in terrible scarring, madness, or cause some other lasting damage. If the plague is not cured swiftly the local population start fleeing the area risking spreading the disease.
Great1. A complete farming collapse, province cannot be ruled for a year, ruler must pay 1d3 GB per season for a year or see the province population reduce each season. 2. Major flooding in a town or city causes substantial damage 1d6+1 GB and RP to repair, morale drops a level. 3. A number of roads and bridges are destroyed across the realm, or a stone bridge is destroyed. 4. Bad weather conspires against the regent in some battle, covering the enemies approach, preventing archers from using bows, etc. The regent has -1 defense if attacked, cannot use missiles if they have an advantage in missile strength, etc. 5. Locusts obliterate crops over several provinces – if the regent cannot protect the remaining crops, or obtain replacement food stocks, mass starvation is a possibility – and if starvation is felt then the provinces may suffer riots, suffer poor morale, and many peasants may leave the fields to seek fortune elsewhere. 6. A major fire destroys much of a major city, some important people see their holdings wiped out, others profit handsomely from the carnage, the city itself may be reduced significantly in size and influence, and major structures may be damaged or destroyed. Matter
These include:1. Bridge damaged (minor, major) 2. Dangerous river (minor, major, great) 3. Fire (minor, major, great) 4. Guild hostility (minor, major) 5. Guild wars (great) 6. Mine collapse (minor, major) 7. Port damaged (major, great) 8. Road damaged (minor) 9. Ship lost (major, great) 10. Works stoppage (minor, major, great)
Trade matters typically center around the loss of wealth, or the emergence of competition. Typically negative effects are lost GB, lost or inhibited trade routes, damage to buildings, etc.
[top]Trade matter event examples
Minor1. A fire at a guild house injures several high ranking craftsmen and causes some minor damage 2. A windfall tax is levied by a local noble. 3. A work stoppage occurs due to poor working conditions, inadequate pay, etc.
Major1. Bandits block a pass/bridge inhibiting trade. 2. Creation of a hostile guild holding or trade route in local territory.
Great1. A riot at a trade fair leaves several guild leaders badly injured by the mob leaving the regent to handle matters alone until they recover. 2. Locals form a union along a major trade route demanding higher wages and shorter hours, with a complete ban on non-members in the local guild. Income will permanently reduce if their demands are met. / rebellion
For a province ruler this is the most dreaded event, the populace rebels against the PC’s rule due to poor legal rulings, harsh taxation, or simply prolonged unfavorable conditions (a long hot summer is dreaded by some Khinasi rulers due to the tendency for riots amongst the poor caused by heat frustration). Unrest often results in loss of regency, at the extreme a province may secede, at spear point if need be.
Unrest often continues until the PC regent discovers the source of the problem and neutralizes it, or commits some great act of heroism, or the realm is invaded by a hostile force. The negative effect of the event occurs each round unless the PC reacts appropriately.
[top]Unrest event examples
Minor1. The population refuses to follow an action commanded by the PC regent. 2. The population requires substantial persuading to follow the regent’s lead after a charismatic orator persuades them that the action is doomed to failure.
Major1. The province, furious about some scandal, refuses to pay taxes this season 2. Mobs burn down town halls and tear down statues following an unpopular decree by the regent.
Great1. A noble complains about a recent change in the law (for example inheritance rights) and threatens to turn the province to follow a new regent unless matters are righted. 2. A minor rebellion results in a local levy being raised against the regent, possibly supported by local soldiers.