Nightly Knight wrote:
That sounds like it would have been really fun. I'd love to PLAY in a game like that actually.
Thanks, Knight. Me too!
It was a great set of players and characters.
One character was Sir Swerli Elfarne, the heir of the lost Kingdom of Damorane (ie, the land around Menekod), that had been conquered by Rethem a generation before. He was a warrior and leader beyond compare who pursued his goal (to re-establish the Kingdom of Damorane) with a determined drive. He was always balancing loyalty to Kanday (which had taken in his dispossessed family) and the idea that he was by right an independent king, himself. He was one of the captains who recovered Menekod at the end of Ezar's War through knowledge of the former royal family's secret escape tunnel. While Menekod still went to the Checkered Shield, Sir Swerli became the Earl of Selvos in my p-Harn.
Another was his long-suffering squire (and later right-hand man) Ingelram Belarane. Though loyal to his lord as his ancestors had been, Ingelram was of a softer, kinder personality: a lover, not a fighter; a dreamer, not a cold-hearted killer. He played the part of Valamin in Swerli's band, the voice of caution, reason, and mercy.
Another was Daffyd Harkness, the great actor and playwright, the Shakespeare of Harn. He always had pithy sayings and clever points of view for the group. Why in the world was he hanging out in a military town at the edge of a war zone? Why, as inspiration for his next play, of course! But Daffyd was secretly Gareth Julor, the supposedly drunken wastral younger son of Earl Vordi Julor of Kuseme, and a spy for his father. When Earl Vordi, the old hero of the Five Year's War, was assassinated and his eldest son and heir Sir Revan took a head wound that resulted in a coma, Daffyd / Gareth was suddenly thrust into the position of Earl of Kuseme. Daffyd's player didn't know it was coming, nor did the other players realize that Daffyd and Gareth were the same person (since I regularly handed out nobles to players to play, it did not seem odd to the other players that Daffyd's player also ran Gareth for me). As an aside, it was hilarious to watch Ingelram's player find all the clues that something odd was going on with Daffyd, but he could not quite put it together! Earl Gareth was not a military-minded man, but he was a masterful politician and used spies and economic warfare to great effect.
Another was Enida Julor, daughter of Earl Vordi, who became Swerli's wife. She eventually arranged for an Elfarne presence in the trading kingdom of Chelemby.
Another was the brother of the Baron Tertimas, who rose from being a chief priest to a Bishop, to the Archbishop of Kanday. He was a man of unbridled ambition, who cared little for religion, though he was loyal to Kanday and the crown.
Another was Androcas, Master of the Whirlwind Blades, the ex-gladiator from Rethem (or Tharda?), whose devotion to Queen Eriel bordered on obsession. Had he been on duty that night, he is certain that he would have saved her!
Speaking of which, in my p-Harn, Queen Eriel secretly had a preference for the fairer sex. Her assassin (a deep cover spy that some of the player characters actually knew and liked) first befriended Eriel, and then seduced her. It was Eriel herself who sent away her own guards so that the two could spend some time alone in the royal chambers. It was some player characters who apprehended the assassin, and they were not kind to her once they saw Eriel's mutilated corpse. They stopped loyal Androcas from getting "creative" so that the assassin could later be made to provide information. All of them loved the Queen and were in despair. Of course, the most level-headed among them sent a squad to ensure the safety of Eriel's sister Mirelael, who I think was hugely pregnant at that time.
There are many other characters and events of a like quality, but these are the ones most significant to political discussions.