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ss smlle. The S',;\'()axl casnaLlym:rneaasiile his cloak g!eal,]ling read~l ill bis !Itlml. Ab. It SIi.'£.Il]!;J daltt ~u.ll'ImCJr 1l:l:ig:!U: ~1K1thi5VCI'Y day .Ul Stotftl.S.WOl;.d Cast];;. lI:~cl. thus it j,!,'\ts tillll~ fot a certain Srcw;tOO-SIXIl as tbc 1'hro:~e Llrd"!J. fricll.c:1~lionfidallt,.a:ml.".1Jgt:t~llStnlmeJ:\t. de$})jtt ! l:!. fill' dliff~:r~"l1ttru,,"h-.o dii;app~arftGl'n tbe V;'llc rot'Cw~I'.~~fm'~ 5011100tlc decide<! Su.·w;lras might .haw ~JnhitLml;5 best Stzl"vcil wirJ~. ..
to r<:l{(."I!t lQng &,*,~r a Braegocl ",lIirloo. oot .b~ 8owol'daf the G1[~esrlad:n.'l: 1'IiI~: a boot, Tbe w.ry sm.ile an th~ !!ILlar.Jc~.p<rn:ill'S face tol\:! Braegn:l b~ knewexa.ctly \.'bathad' been !!pillg

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tJlliollgh. the ste\vll:nil'is· 1M incl. Tbe The Ste~'WI[id of Storm. Val.~ JPear:)f oj'/,his {mutt There's ~.tM1'Jjer01ti!ler that basil" foil J n~Lt1wrflliflclwd ]cD d~ltIw-.,J CKpFe5Master of the HIIIn WM striding. tbl! he~\tIy JCOllt';f!! if your tt'ifm:p.rul mi",wtJ'lJ'i, A fijl!timl! into dle oounei~ dlamheT. saying SOClJ1.. tlmgh. tJ:K: ThroJ.lt: LotJ~ {ltdy !mId'S SrJrlumJ .conqllesls. . . . ' som.ethilli!!: Bl'aegl'll>l Wll!sroo fllf gt~lHnirng W1:mnl~l· l'cCt a d~p Venl'llenNamlad,l1Jnt d'epr:~(IU ill thepoli5.hed duskilwllf~o hear, Master M.erdia:n~·of SJlei:rt.a.lar Tile 5~e",'arJ bU1'1'i'Z<l~o< tb~ \~iood, SL~h fll!Iwl'ing ·wa5 llOtihing .MY Utumtlc.t!s to bnp~rta1lt .Foil OOlIJpa:red. to wmt .imxlilh eru1y heel} 5\Jj1iftes~ 5tail.' dm'i'u. hur.ryi.ng YCflr of the TnrFe~ doai; to the ffi"ID:.pt06peil'ousva:k 11OW-ll!ndfr~. Tbere ~'ere voices. belo\~~.\",MJN: all aromlG. tDc.lll. lu mwt}Mr .Iflw tlNrc should nave !x;'e~lonly 5i~ltt;l,;. The door at the foot of dli:lts Stn'II7JreN 'lVllll !;If just {lIre 11lrJrg iWlhttnvut!n.clmtater of ThthJt'. he stair WIlS .kept lQc-kcd~~,~Jd .. , thQliight. I r=ltaer 'lMtn"e .uni .l'hiatlMr~:J b=. ~vill ue f/J!!u. «Stel/\'ll!rd:!" Avi:idl..1tl' W1U'ed. ;'1;5 fullcgreI was at th~ far~i.m if "Tnc dub: i.h~:sb~e'JI il:ppr~wdof Hi:::.!- ~t:¥'~ M "~U ill this of th~ To<l!,'e!< 11rt'her thall sel!l~d. I.'iglrtacros:s thetab~. o(wh~ri;:~:S tll!ltre§ and srnm:ls in fLin :igu:ell1cut, My Lo.rds Most Holy, The til1tt flJ1coril,g lligh-n~ of II Jlcr~.1d~Ikillg 11.~lnllCl'c at ollC¢--;]nJ duca.l .thtces I1wait 1'oo.r sigllal!' The 5~"",aril elm\! ~.ck ..He kl1~w thO$<: m:lllunioo.. wlti.lt·ed thtl.'ie fool pri~~too!'" The strn'l1Jrcd;t"ssmn~d h!s best cxpression ofpol.itdy pU~lJlloi:l tollCS, RhiliUJ:athyllf. the envoy of TeEby.r. W.J1icli. m.ClIl~t... ~Tb~ Lard: HC'mld here hilS f~niseJI (ml' liIgrttJilCilf. You: in;tert:st. "Which pllrticuhw '[00. pJ'i~sts,' lily lord.?" . OOJIlfliJr.1l'I the UfJill seal, g~l,]am SUll1mertilm.Iil.?" "All o<f-tlle h~fP.J1ricsts, )!O<1l: idiml" A\fj,~Jtil!l1n ~PI1:r..Shlll'il.'~Lord SPC'ilM§, do' Thebond between )\\00 is ,kat. r aceomI mill!_; bis odic,]" f.i:S·t ao<wn. It held his ll~mt~. ~a",y goblet;. but WaS b pl'lny }"OtI: l1Qwmbcar sreru WiJtll~t'O Tbr,om LorclAvia,dhlrr's Imr~-~.nd illS 'B:rlicgrd .rose and bowed. with p.recise ccrrectuess, r.espml;S¢!' bc~ool SOll'le sl'ltisfa.ction .Iu w<1ltt,hillg t'h..'l.f goblet til.l,g olT tht:: "GoOO,. g~"rn() voicesillul.tmu:red~;chc we1"y J]igJ~. pr1I!&t'S Eioor. nnd the Throne ~Lardwim;c nmlwring his I:mmbc(!] hand.
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MlIrches b!:fooc :5UIl1JJ]Cil"~.dom." The Master .of the Hnurarclsed ..a lnmloli11S cy;cbrow. brltthc

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tile ~JII'1'OJ. >1M. boly lords. Bracg:rd dw:h:d back otit .~moth~ -11a:s!llil\~, .1l~src:nM.1;gww1itrd 3. c'·l'tainmpcstry • .A hri:gilit;, so:umUcss £Ia:sJ] of flliilgic burst from the ~Ilcir d'lj,mh¢F, I'Il,rd abOOli'----'"Or ratiler,. varrom pieces of \:IIJmt had been
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routes. ,castel'S, r.i'ade oollsoni.I1IJltS, and medlods for "Ql:nrol.ling IIlmdy-boui{ced and tJnld~led OIDtdie oollwci!l chamber doorway. tllem or rjsillg 'to' 130minance wit:ltin or over them, Coins can be Bf~cgrcl winced and dutk~cl bebbi1i1[he i11p~'$t:ry. It took but a moment to open tb~ secret - door ami ~~.P sharper dum S"'Prds, thl',o~~gh.~;riiatever llilllglc tl,viatharr had used fQ slay tla.cEhJl'tl: 'Ch.a:pt~L' j"; 1'm.e the FWJl~:t~~Tie--;;;\I'oC.rdlltil;gPo'llri.c, (.(JUn:icrsihis doom wus sealed, The .priC5itiiha~J madea pact witl1 lamlSCatlC of Fael'lj,1Il has, -' :c;aI.W",civillizoo" areas -and i~ '" wil.ck\rb:L1d~. ilml·w.ltere\I:N·~hl.: rneet .if; a f[QIJI:-~'1' area, Wl'Kllhoc:r two Tttliyr-lI.nd i!~erth>ertile Duke of the Goldtl1 Mar.che.s :I10IEh~ civil.i'l."lIti.on is expanding or slltillki Is.. su:cll.irc311Ji.lt'10Jlallocales arc priesr:s needed the snarlililg tirades of a t~lroneles.'!l ex-lord, Or 11 i.s servile steward:, :r.icln.in ad\~'1'iUl17~I'b~ o:J~e~ !¥'C-a,t oppo.t't~lIl.itmot ~tlri~lme~t The COMUS,.the clothes •• he r.i ~g of .spcIl5~J.1JI had IJeCu p.rqJ'\(l.o.d - amJ-l!tI!crSllIIW, 1i1nlllllous ad\'t;luu,rers. ThiS c'hlJpt'er descl'Jhes tile dtallell~"'S facing a rmlltlt'r kadcr as we! las .how officiab in a [m:31 1oIlI!;,:l,gO. He :1'1mst: nlD'<1C quiddy;. a~ ~nd an unple$3J~tnight fbin.1g domain dcal',with perils &lc:h. 3Sballtlits and 11113ra.uding monsters, this life.Lur at least nra~we] still had a ncck ro call his 0\ ..11. He dre~ hasnily. thrustillg hls [\DbC5 into die SliO!H~..,,\rc.igbted - . 'C.IID:Art~t 6~'KiJ!;g of tlit~ iR.Q;td, Between rllgs~d rrolltfer:s and giittC'JFinli,cit;les are the rural areas, where farms that feed tbo&c sack that would soon gre~t the moat, 'flu: heavy pu.rsc jins1~:d.. CitL!1=S lie 31l~ oo~laws (even IDeal ":.roboor barons") might h.uk. but .. _110. 'that sou nd "¥l~ScomIng from someoue else! He clawed-ror his daSlb.-er.'''Who's there]" 'fh~ ci.nllJ<te~ explores :th~ Ii¥~s lind camp:J.igl] use or marslmls "Sw'll'ara, a'yQu thiliJ; YQu'.re the ouly one "~10 prepared for and IlCraWs, 'tWQ \Te'l')' d.iffci['t:llt arms or llutla.ority. who can be pes, oppOJlell,ts to FCs, or' oHki:tls \VJIDS~IrVC I',e .O:le:rs, this day?'" Aviarharr's ool;lgtt wlli<5FJr~"'as.right hy his car, "If i uohOO!! my 111m-em. will you put awa~ that sjJly knife and help 'Ch.a:!'t'GI' '.:' ~l1g'-·Level Clllll¢i'i\~. ~o,,{erfIlI.PC's lteed pol'o't:rfi,d me wirh rhlswig]" lldh.'.crSlrics·_ TL'!e D&D ~~m'l; has seen a long lim: ,of pllNislD.cd adveetures fea:tl.lr: ug fOl'midalble villanl!!. and this diapter C'llplon:s how '~ClIlSC w.·~ties.gooal1 dnlb,'Ons, r.~l~ill adVl.':iUll,n;CS, and .iln';.u:i.ing armies-as r_C chaUellges ina. F01tGOTTl,-~ REAl.MS oU1lpaign, BOO){ C:hIlip:tt.r oS: ~h.e Boo:dJt£ KJlIgdom~, A It,:gdlthu}' regjon 'of Thsbeok gives phlj"'1'Ssuggested tacries, allo &-~C'ei!ptkm5of postilly,cvl;r-dl!ailigilllg' kirrgdruns ruledby adventurers, out~tsJ and sible pitEaUs ~md 0III10ttunities. for gll.i{l~lg dl.eir dlffiF:lt"tcrs into mis:fit5, this I~sh COlil511d area flo "tbe" battleground for carefree iJ.o.tllUl<3neein II CllJl'ipaigl1 set in F:lcriill, Its lore and mecbltll ics adivCI]turingIHllyh'elu, Thi (:haptcr dciscr,bc~CLln'~t eenditions can read.il}' 00 used ill fli.J$I!.Ot>s & DIIAOO1>.'5gam~ tI~t use then: lUild e'xfllores Oppol"tIlJlitLes fOr ~C heroCs:-..... __ other settings, Cba:ptt'~$1~How' To R.ul~. Thls section of the book e~plq:rcS Dungeon Mast:eJ\5 will find a treasure trove of ;ad\'e.ntLlrc ideas • tbe glum n,cc.h:mic:s that SO\fel"i11 the situations e:rplOl'ed .in the nl~these pages as wdi as guidel ines fOlf demiJing nding courts rutld pooceilil'lgchapttll's or the book, notably L::ad!:rnhip and! luauoth<..>t iilstirutions and POU>ef groups as well as ball4:1ling po1i,t.ica.1 enoe, The iIllOOificr.s and tabl!S he~reiil can (''Cadi)y he used i.n :.my Strop, criws>~.lld daily sttualions .in play. DlJXGiJOl'-'S & DRJl.oO'l-;'S glI.111e • •Chapter 1: OlldGl' in the CODI't. Rulers might ail 011 thrones alld'tl.wuder decree!>,. bae eeur [le'JtS do the work of tusn ing roy,tl d~'tisi0l1L 'u~o dllily rlllmhlp, Thjs clmplter isn't about pJllyillig killg or qu.een. but about how to :riSf.:th.rouglt the 1"Ilnks·of a mLing coon. deal.il1l£ with intrigues ami other political. matters. - To use this SUpplell:letlt~ )'00 l~~ed~l1e DUN'GOONS &. ])~""GO}'1f' Co:ntlllOU court ra.iIlsa.nd "tIle \\1':I~r thhll@! work" in iI1c:r~:nmd "Pla~rls Flmui/;ol}k" TJflJll,!!f}1I }.tfaft~i'·S Gaid!!. ami MOII!.ter rulership of a realm.or citJ,-:i.t;),1,:e exjil~, ar~ allih. ;mplc cOW't Mt!lj'iili61t, plus the FORCmT13N R:JiAl.i'd~t!JC'tm.1fMisP Sell]"'!.; Ilicrard.'i}' Is provided, / '" .. Finany. sc\'el'al other O&D "UIId POJIG01TE.N R.F.AUtS su,pplcC.hapte'.J.''1:Win dl'li! W1at:tld,eliLDisputes in -Y1efLin all roo men.ts :.m~referenced h_eooil.],1111,]laIlY eases, this fe(cren£e is in orten crup't lnro op~n armed c:onllict,.This chapter oea.lswi'h tile 'lhe -(orin pf II ~l..1per: I'ipt al1Jbrevia:tkmof the book's title, which C m~l1y facers or m i~itary leadership, fm:u oo.deicld eommandj» b tackOO dill'\) tflc CIJd of thi:: 1'iJili'l1Ie r a s~U> prestige class, er o logistics end theJdaily diflio.macy of mak il1~ various ranks work some other gaine .elelll'ent, TI'IC book!! ami. their llb~r,evia!tionl;'are , . t~Eha, / as f,,:lIOWli: Borm if' E,\~itl'J. 'J)~{f:d; (BE). BM!; if JTlJe ~rkNCS9 Ghapte.l' }:~K_.eep the Faith. Deities are very rea] in. Fael~un 1111<1 (BV). Champi.olls of Ruin (CR), CiO' fJ/pieJtdol'-S: lP'nt;tt-d~>tp ~CS). their Jlri.c;~itoods. wield tJr-e'mel1.oo~ls powel'. T11~~dlapt>Cr de~ri.b~ Clwnpitms ;if V~to?- (ell). C_pk,((! AdwmluTiCI' (CA)~ Crm:Jp/.efe how hoI' imdlo.nt)' "works" and is used as well as how [00 rise m Atot!lll1! (C!ld. C"()'mpiele V'hJIIU! (C])~. CDmpiet'e W1I1'riQr (c\-V). milk ilml influence wiJthil.l a ptiestlloOO~, Cma.ll.icts '001'.11'l1sidc !l, i 'J)~l1it1'GJ'J Mmttr's Guik J I (])M2). 'J)raCM~nr.i~':{}JJ CDl';!). Epic fa:ithi:lIlld between fairhsare explored. " _1I:w:l Ralldlmd~ (E.L)I .Pilit]j. mId 'F1:i1Itheiills.£lY1 Hqrocs if ,h.!rl.pt~r 4l PIa)' the MJ'Ii:fht" Faerun of tc)(k~y is sha.poo by .Its Bat#e (HB). l.nrds 4" 'l>arlmcsK (LD). Uf:t Empif.e5 qf FaQnin 'I 1l1eu-;'tntilctrade. which literally maJ.:il::sit possible for populaticlI'ls (LE), ,boris Mi1rtis(LM), Mlilgi. ~lF{i'erlJh(Mag). fifiw.'atJ.lres t in JJ~['tiCLfulr l\oclltiOflS ~o ~Kist (byp-N;lvl(hng food tlml goods rrom HmrtlJi.M/i:... (~IfH), ~iI01l.ft~',om CflmtH~wJ;um.. Mrm$,(ep":S if FA"~ ", iiJ'Taf): Successhi'l merd:mms ~lli.rOOSl!lless,~ag'lmes I i!l.\reooel1'g;lill-- -CMon). M}jl(~l of Ihe ~Pl.muii OpJ!l~JC,~s-Gt~ide fQ J<ae'l"Uii', I O ~lg ever more il1~!?ortlmC"e 0\""'Cl' tll~last tboosmd yell,s in FaGTun (pa). 'PIlUlar l=l~'-tJbouk (Pia)' R"f:rs r;f Fflofmln [be), Ram of Ul1!til.,n many cases, tllC:y are mo~e \\"Irohhy and powel{ul rJmn i ,!Jerri/a (RWl, Shir;irIJ. $fJll:IiJ (S'S), UlIap'pfYMCiJnNe !i<Jp (U~l:l.J • .rIIlcr;s • -110 have <:rowns and dl~'Oi.les., h.iosdlaptc[' describes trndc T ,:md Urlderd'nrk (UJDd)..

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toCl.njp'O":trj'ai lianccs or lO:IIlS~~;;;[lIJ.,ca~1s, and ,comp.i r,a~tes) ~,nd ooiIdil!g OO:lIt,:l.ttS and lo)!:deics, FC "!.~rocs" \\1ioWll1e eo court (eir'll~r OJ!! tJle.i,' O\\'ll or Sum' mQlled by a ruler whQ dt;;sircs their mlPIloOrt. service, or to keep all eye on tbem) win be S"\vcl:mt ~I!court intrjglle-S, \'II'heth~T up they wallt to be <01" not, sen,jJI!f as umvitting dU,P1'5, resentful pawns-, or dh'hlg ~ig;ht i.1I ,and' ttyiJI'i,gtoWi II power, infilillJlCl!, asd titled, salaried off:kes. be grand, glittering center of pomp, circumstance, T~,!e patl:t~ to success ill an}' court coll5i:sr of a~"{ly5 being and daily pewer ill any reallm of F~C1'lill is its central ,~.rt (seat of government), This~veii' .ts jml.ge~!bI'iOO'~ useful ~hil1l'D cxpmda.liie by the "If.ight pe,Ollk" (mu~dlocd in ever}' lotiLi lor~ ,aud'ieJlt"l: or Jaw-hearing, {mm bl.ls~lillg ally wlloe.... r is, "die powcr behind t'.hl;: throne," :IS thJ: wizard c 'iei!:" to impromph.l g:Itiierh,gs ill fjny wilde-Ita.nd: niV1,mlh~0'1 at , V:lj,g~rdabau was for dk-cade;s, .in COi'nl}11J. and ill }l;;Il'iLI£ takll't~ II ro;uJsidegallow;;. or suengths tib.'lt benefiit ehc realm \\Ti'thollt openly rJll:t;;at~lliIlg the The PC':S:OIl ,at the wp":"dn.e (luccn. empress, or Gmnd High cun':ent' batll10c of pm"!!:r ilt court (itm:! t:ru.'1'llfore being considered :J! ',(.lange-tto be 5wifrJy JiS]:XJ&OO or' by most col]l'tiers). SccllrnJ!llll~--\VQll the l'ightrorule by force etl mlgh il~v:J!Stoll and ,comrl1Cst, U!>ll.p~lig the throne, murdee ami m::tnipillarioll. OJ" Banis iflld others \~'ho bve b}'Ehcir wits, if rh,,;y :11:,11 acliubl.ic single com oot) or j n b.eritl.<tl'it, .!lsLlalJ~~ from someeneer cOOl~15ih~d:. acrers widt strong self-control. often fan:- WIlli in i die ,e,re-/-shifting. Illlcettai11 lamlSCilp!: of :I. court. Fig;hte'l's of dlC dC5c.eIld'aJlt of 5OlUOOlle who tool power by tOl"L-C. A .PC:aavetlw![,ct" can rlse ro such lo.frry heigllts, too, hllE jll ,F1,r-oweSS and dcmonstraferl .ru:.{loul.p~ishll1~llt are de..llr ,~S5er5 to all}' 'Wtll,t tbere are a lot of p(l\'\'Crfllfpeople to be bested IOnthe the real.ill-tbOllgll Sl.Isc":p'tib:J.e 10' being SC'l1t away into danger if fhc realm is th~ateJled by anned foes., SOl't"(l'rcr:s alld \\~i"la[\ds "'a}" up tJ1e laJl:M~J"'~ powe.r. It's a s~ges' eruism tlla~ flaking of rilles for IQIISw,ithou:t. the, ~pp(ln of tile stl.'ongest nobles, hiigl1 \\~lose personal. abjl iries a:r.c.ll''t too paltry or too easily measured pri~r:;~,5.or other Il~l"SQ'nag,es f illflm:nre in tlt~ realm, In tll~ o l~ilth p!'ec1s.icm' (lliniess tl'ieyirc so mlgnty ill Alct thart' l;.uiOwing [heir' powers docsllt I~ud~ hdp most ooun:icrs) are 60 poo;ntialJly lOllg-ago land of Racrithra. in ""hat's nO'!N t'he eastern Border KiJ:DgdolllS, tlom.imu1t "peI'WJ'la.gc~was an amciCtit d.mgon who tIle form.id'ab1!: dl.llt :!:It}' coui'tici.'wi.ll dunk twioe about making slept most of rh~ time, h~t considered the rea lm his pe:ysond 'enemies of dIem. 0'.1." r..rXU.'Ig to dil'ec-tJ,'WalIJ.e dw,m for al~}'~lling. doJl1ai.lI. • Hooo;ever:; maki.l1g others iuistlfllt5t a wiekkt of str-ong areaue spells When. an oo~la!loo seizes ~,ere .... by fOr'tt. ItU potverf~] u might be roo ,-,asfiIlJi\'idlla~s ill tit'\: realm will me'J£\I[C the lisurpet's streJ!lgl:h and A Jilel.vcomcr at .court-and espec1ally 311Y noble ascending to a title-shQuld '~ewar,e of being seen to "fall iiI with, the usua.uy5nppo;;~· !l~T only .if s.he~ Cklidy superior to' home-grQ\\'lJ:. \\'1:'OJ!Ig c:l"ow41" or even "a pal'ti(."lliar crowd." Those \'1'110 to tq; J:allliliar daim~lIts and asplranes to, the rhrene ("the devi.ls we b~fFiend you ami invelve YOIl il] tlleir revels •.private diSCI:! 3imls, know"). MallY an IiISUl'Jml' bas ruk'tl: for mere da,'$~fQ'l'e being slain hy II cabal of nobkrs \\110 bad&x:cn \"3.iti.llg lior somOOiJ,e aud diven.ions will hav·e' their own reasons fox do:~ug so. Sj)r~:w' yaur5elf ,llrOllrid 50 IlO aile 0111';tailn" )'Ol~ hy making other 00 do 3i~Va}1 ith the old king so t.h~1'could put their "ph~fe'li'red w facrioas tJllin,~ you"ve allied ~'Oll:r5e'Jflii:rl'lIly 'O\~tlltheir' alms or r claimant" (pup~t) 011 the ,throJlt:. circle of friends. Ws fine to choose your fr.icnd1i, as !ojlS: 'as )!ou're EV'llll liar those whose alnbitioll isn:'it as lofty as a CI~O\\'1l, the cJ!ld.less ,inftrl'SuC'S of ally' ,co.un o:ffe.r a rich Cal1~isouwrimes nmk]ng ebe choioo. Tllose who d.l'ift tefitlto lla\"ll their dlruOCS be\\;i1d~lfillg)iifeofpolir.ical jl:l_al~t;uycring.detecting, all"forming mil.de 1:01" toem,.

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ORDER 1~ THE COURT I

The Temporal Lender
in a court hicnl.rcilr llas som~ 1)OOq;r~rom '" f hir throne to the 5Culluy-m:llid who. empties kitcben SC'raps O!lto '~he m.iddel1Js" I IIIsome courts, ·t:).3bornt.'esystems of brik.s ,~mi .l.xm1er-playsunrold oollsrnmly amcng serWl;Llt'$.larg~~y Jlidden rrem commoners and the high-and-mighty alilk. As Auldro Lerhleaf the most juajor scribe at the RO)'llilCoon of Suzail.p:m it: "l\rhen I WJ!"ii~il COl1t,r:u;titnc a realm's fate iLiill my hands. 1'10 matter what Alaplmnda:r or tile bighnooe 'CI'iVOYS think tlley''ve agreed UPOIl with some merchant of Semma or Dale ]orclling, So sneer at me at your peril" However, most C'itiZC'l15 ill lill}' l"Cl!ilm believe true daily power and alltllOl'.iq' rests in leaders: the rulers on t'tll'OlleS ;and the srewards or nlO5L.. senior liJIJt1J.If~iilr5 who guard :JIC~S ttl th()(],C . thrones,
E\'et}1 individual

queell on

of important ~\"i:l!\lS,SQ others can make decisions "'IcllOllt fhem. They regard dtL~ as.a disloyal hetmya.1 of trlls:t__:bc~u5'!: they must 'trust ste",~a:rdsVlJsr as ste\\l'anls mu~t either till_!1 .huge Sf)}' 'ile'tWorks 01" in tum trl,lst rQ""'i1!.Nank~llioCoo_rt.L= l"cpo.niIJS·'U{!

'the blera:rdl'l/ '~o them) ro~k~ep rhcm i.nformal of ot;:\fC'rytbing" :import~:I'lt h~,ppetJ.ing 111 th~ .realm. Fet\' rulers sarvive fo.r kmg in ddik.r:ilte igt)Ocrn11C'eof who 1M igln rebel iu their realm, ~'bo'~, :;jSi.JLg ill weahh aitd P01i\;oeI"~ who's famll~ and WJ10 Teds restless
for a change ill .I"ulcrehip. In l1:liUlj' 3. court in Faenm, various courtiers claim to "speak for the King~" either verbally or by writing letters and decree , . Va.rious citizens (panicularly nobles and '!owCl'-r3.lIk:cd courtiers) .LIl'NU'.i· aMy suspect dm,t some courtiers ._ptll]lortillg to SpCf.lJ:.fOl' the rulcc are making decisions in I.ll;; nui1.c wir:bclTlt HI,C King OCVe!1 'kIWW[L'iK about [he matrers ar hand" let alone realizing a decision O:iSbeeJil made by anyone, M05t rulers would be outraged (oftcn far CIlough to l.ireraU)' de:malldthc cotJ:niC:J/s bcad~ if they learn UI.."l:t IXmrti!:.r a has been kcepi 131; them ig:lKI:riint

or disaffecte(l or- reid}'

:;:
"~

~ srewords

what no nulers and
DO?

~

of matters a lid .making deciosiom 111 their' 'ua!lle (fOrgi I1Ig their. signat,ll.r-;;:, :fox liY:smJ;Jfc),

stewards and Titles

i.

I.

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ORDER IN THE
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Consr

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MOlrrovcf, titles tend ID' be (k'fined as offic-'!:5 wiJth ~peci.fic plm7elfS. :lpd a person tr_yi:ng 00 ac:qu ire nC'lNpo:wcrs willi often f nd it easier to assume a ilew title • .rnrtl'tcf than rorcing rou.rti~'tS rd}rillg on decades or centu.l"!e-sof tr~.w!:ioll to dronge their deflniriens or "'hat :lIltilOrity a "Master of the Bad;: Gate" or a "Lord Srewal'd Most Dreadful ,of the R&ibll E.llti.te" has.

plQyi.~~!he politIcal g,u.rile
]J thepoint made by Und'm.'OItribe of tlle Und@'smms Al.1ktl"Q-that eWl'y collnil:r bolds some measure of .pm\1'U-is cii:sllli!'.Sec.i ill favor of consideri:ng ollly eourriers who make decisions rhar gowm the i~C"tioll~ or many Odict coo.rti,r:s, and! IIOt' juse affect the realm in very small '""Jays,it becemes clear l:jl.!llt ome decis siems, uilinklltion:dly or otherwise, can cliIsi:iy oontnlclict or\!i'Ork against other decision5<, Anypcroeptive ,oudf:mdc1" wbo C)!oImit1ei; the [rue o.r,gltll,iz~tion and dail)1 fllnctioning of many COLU"tswiU oondmf.e rnat ['his .is the )1O!;m,nn1aer than t:he ,e:Ka:"pt1o:n,and dlat SQIllC oouns scent Ito have bc~-or even can be l~-OVCII to JI.a ve been-delibc.ratd.}l set up tlllo1t way, w.itb riv,a.1de,parrtil'Cll~ cabals., 0),"allied offices st'.rugglillg against others lio «get: their ",,·ay." Who ,~\,'i:t'is. il daily basis. is ooca.:si.onaJI}' II. mnncr of O1lts.i.de run ildll!lem:es (dlC we~dtel". crop failures, \""111;'$, or plagues). but more orten the TC'.Suh:of daily politics: trl1.dubg favors fO:I" Sllpport (or a,t leasr lack of oppo:sitio.n). mak un;g amilJme.:s. and bribi.ng (I~11ef 'coo rr.~rs-usllal.~)' by rei inquishillgpowcr '01'tl:all;5fc-u.ing some budge~ or agreeisg on some matter of contemiob1,. illth~Ji tlJ,,'11'! , 3",waHy tr.msferring roins-ro go .dong wid! something. TILe wise 1J.e11i'ComC'Ji UtEl.e (remcmber; "A wo.ril: said cannot be says uasaid") and, obsenr:es much, scekiIig [00 llearn I'IOWa (..{jurE or COU.m depMtlll(:!1t or OOurehoJ.I[I'·woJtks" oof~cre seek.illlg ro ch.i"ll'lge dl.iflgs or cm::rgcticnlly "pl:a:ylhe gil-ID~"

you might do ill rcactien to certai:11tb.i.ngs, noe just ''',~\;IIO )lOll 3JrC"" .righ,t iloW-is iii htlj;'C pa"rt of yom success or failure as a courtier. It's llotj[l.st~'.hat you do that\ il"llportm:ilt, it's['!ie manner 111 whicb }'OU do it. If you must orderthe slaughter of all.oxen in a \raUey to ~1: Ji.idof a 00 ngerOIl.5 Miapeslllfti.ng, monster, do }'OO de so ~dl1'.o1: "'ith offers of compcnsatloJl • .oJ: do l"oU tl"ytO' lWiveit done swiftly, "'itho-ut wami.ng 01" ~"Xpl~n:l'~J.o:n~ the safety of til~ entire n:~l1m Is more .i1nportant .11311 being understood, and being seen to "do the right thing," by foil. JI'l th.at wlUeyr Do }'Otl play the "I'n.l everyone's fri;end, fr ielld. and I'd like 'to; be yours!" galIl~ in pub.llc, 01" is d.Wlt attitude Nally your~ aLI the time? If it's not, hO\ swiftly do' you let ehe mask slip? Wrn;d will get around s..... iftly ir you offcr 'ooda"':'S or mnlronteats a fri(.."!1d1ypa I''ieyo-andi then havethem slain when the.}' arrive for it. 'Scnrai\ts win whisper w~'Yelle.r~t:i(~ny if)1oo fly into, r~gtS or dffl~ up III f unn}' costumes and ru 111 arennd singing on eertain lligl'its.. III any court, eyes are always w:ltchiltg-and SOUIC ,of tl't::m M~ eonneceed to .dagg~rs ttla,t thirst to. be buried ~Jlyou.r back, Rulers am:! ste\1i'3rtls who Ita.\'e a.lly wits il't all 'bww this .allll limst make a oQn~tmu~y ree'~rahIJ:lte-d decision: Shoulid I be a reared but orle~d rynmr. or the servant of the people? Is be.illg kind, understanding, and ..mcrcif.u:~ wh~11 pu.nislling criminals (csIl~cml[y rebels) going to be viewed as,a weakness 10 be exploin:d.
llCQpk have of what or SQmedd.ng th~.t makes me unfit ro remain in ornc~or is it

goilig to make me beloved? ":rbe pTattcr or th~ swordl?"[This saying most dQ:Se1}' traaslates as "TIle carrot or the stick?')
It's dear thaI: the words

yon

speak and the

way you

~ll}rthem,

a5 wellas the deeds you do or order done. a11 5c.nti messages to the common pe-ople" rivals, and other ccertiers or ne.igh~l"illg rulers, R.uling or licing-.a (.JOtlnier isn't sOlneth.illg achie,r;ed whell )0'01.11" ~ks.jde descends on the 'Cl.1sh_lob]ed throne or ~heseat behind the moot c..lal'ted desk-it's OOJl'ietbing that rontil1m:.'S. e'!;retj' day, until you die.• make II sl.ip, or' are caught Ill' i.L1II misfol'tun.e th .. , at parts you fro()m rJ'I1'01le 001' SCliC,

YOUAC; A Domain

steward~

'Oom whorj

t.eoder or

The power Behind The Throne
Mos.. rulers aren't expertson anything, except perh!l.p~survival,
TIH.. rd~~on intellig.:elloc ~1.i,ght to them by odM'S (often their "}' oWllporilvaten(,'twork of spies. ilf they don't trust .beir'coo.rti:~m) and 011 ehe ,ildvke of others ·they trusr, o.r deem to; be e:!:perts, or (ill their londy It} istrust of most people al100 ndthcl:n) just li}\;.e to rnlk things over wit~l. This gives any adviserro tl .ruI~ a gre:rlamoont of pOO'er. If

head" officiaLs Cth~ Local Lords or C'Q.r!lI}'r, for e:xruillpl!e) are suppo&e:dly above mosrof the horseuacllng engagcd in by lower'1'ankin,g C()""L:u'tiers because they haw en.ough pa~'lCr .0 dismiss coartiers wbo refuse to f'ollffiv rheir \vl:slws..The trurh is ,that dle.~1nm..s'l:COibStamIy do the same son of borse·tm.d lng, ,.. it'll of:ltciali who OLiU'!I..11k , them, Of thl: ruler. or weilt.lty :l1ohl~ or mel'chams who have tIle eoins tb~ ruler needs toacrorl1plish !ll1}'dling Of to smy ill powe!:. Thus, any senior c"QUI:tie'l'(jIlSt like all of his .l.lml.edit~g:~J Ileed~ '~Oknow his ~iv4lls(tl}{:ISe mnlpC'tirag j:"OJ:the same n,lIt{JS or jllr.lisdictlml)~1i!1. ClII~mi.es (person "'ito for reasons of lNltnxl or poLk}' will oppose e\l:Crj;thing he docs). To be ("ffe(ti\l'e.~bis cl(X'Sn't just :me:all idcm:if}'.ing the'ln-.i~meallS larning their aims, like!!., d.islikes, opinions, iLlld habits. TIJucio.rc, spies :1I~e often virnU}' IIIccess.ny tOo:l 'COtlrotier. It h'-IS been SRi.d 'tb"'t diplomacy .is 'tile art oJ s,1.yiJ.,g "Nice doggiel" IIIntil YOiIJ an find a large CIlOUg}l stid: to ded with c dla'~doggiil auorru.'t \:\I;ly. Yom" public iiml.,ge:"':a.nd_thc .lJoc.rcellti.on
.

St~,\\'Ilr-ds and "regional

.

tile Hiler is Il. t}'ra1tt or smldcnly wanes to :appear "rough.." advisors can be in dllll~r-l~uSl: ~t's !lIU too ea:sy :!Ur'i:~tllk-,l"Wpubl.icly say 5.OJ:tledl.illg :dong dIe lincs of: "W!lI,m I Wttl'if a fool to alTcr rn~advitc.l'll ask for ft, Take this fQOllumj~ behe-ilil bim, and. find me a fresh one," HO\1,'e'VCii in general, lim advisor UiiO aurvive5 allY covert rests of loy... y or honesty a ruler arm.1,gcs will beoollfle e\'c.!· h more vralu:edand muM rise to hold far more po\W.i" LIl3. ,coo:rt 01"" ::1 !'calm thai] ,his or hc:r ["allk .lrught o~helwiSl: ,indicate. For exa.mp,l.e, yea.rs ago n~ 'rethy.l". Duke H:tIOJ:endilr of AIlknramroo..k Rbymla Orjel. an aging ami ,cornmOJ.l·OO-m g:owrm:ss of his sons. to ~lI\ U ill h.i.sper$(lIlal Ch::llUbcrsr-llot as aIDv;;;r (t.ll.Ol~g)ltber·e "'IlS much scal1d:dr~1 tall by dlOSC "~tothought

8

dut\jmt wh~t ~Jtcwas),hutDcc;mi5c be-valued b~f opiniQlIlsand illesiglrts. Rbynd~. had uo official tide O§ ~alilry, but Halo.rcJl(J;1it ,Sa\'o' to all of Iler IJeOOS. ndwhen a slit: trllveled fLtOOnd ehe cluclly l:ler\'i'Orif~";lme ool15ldel'Cd: personal oIck"rS frot1il the duke,. and she was ~OlTCC'tly seen ;LS his "eycs~.ll.d ~'f~r$:'"

MoJdn~and chnn~in~

LOWS

The realpower .of 3!J~iruler ];5, measured bythe.u( ab.il~t)~ ro enact a.no IIher laws, WCllk nd~rs 1tJ:~Is-totrel.'l~-.ekEhe sl.l!ppo.rt or even fO'l'mal. romient (by proclamation or \!ott:') ,of ~xrlWt:l"fl!i nab~~I.ity.loca~ n~Jigi(mfi ]caJcT:S, or even gui]Js or cuty:ruleJiSro add or e!iia.ngc ll.~aw. :StrollS rulers have the pO-U<e'J" 00 decide and CIlIlC'l: ra\li~ .A king m.ightaw~k~l:t.. see a servaue d'rosoocl in • a roIar he d'eteli~" IHiid 011 tiLl: Spot deCR"A:! dmt all clothes are llOW .illegal in tl:t~n;ah~----,b\tf wise l"u!el's \VOI1'tll'lisuS'e da.is ~ower on R .Il1eTc\:~;hi;L'in>lLtticulady w.ithcxut ,otlsiJ~J"img tile p corn5~queJ~(lI;$, Y~$. that killS mightellJOY' ]ookj Il;g at oew!i~~

Good decrees :Ire' blum, clear, and .~Il.c-a'pahl-caf being carclcs.sly wJUfully "reinrerprered," Ofcotllr~>. 11105.. decrees are less '~]li1lilgood, lind in the I'c5ultil1g shady area lies a lot ,of the rea:t pO\ve'r of :rnos~ courtiers, There are .Ia\ys>~:nd thell~herc is bO!!'{tr'106c L.-Wws .iI1LJ;-rp'r~tl:d ;)Ire ~;n,d: pplied (what 'ehe modem \VOl'Jd ofren mIls regu]aticms). a Lawfueepers decide whmn '~O aerest lind whic.1I~rall~gl'Cs;5ion5 to igt'lOO'~; OOllniers decide if" for eNam.ple. _a ['tller'i; .. iawbaIJJl.ing fhe OOI1!S1lm~ilg of aU grapes applies to j~I.I.OC:l;,. jams, :lJ1,J will~

mioo~!'pte~ii:""r.;I.!"

,corlr.:tin ing grapes,
Courtiers In ight d.!&1.g~.'ee such maners, somctuncs ro the an. po~nt or \\\'i:lgi!ilg S.IWUtiilg 1:1ilat-chesor n'y.~llg to discredir or have removed ~l103C1,,,11.'0 clisagNiil with them. Funhc:r~uarc. they l:l1ight d~pllbe d'te oph~loi]S of lawkeepers and. other fnforc~'T5 of such ~<l!""'8.In seme cases, tJ~is leads to a cold precision of ml'e5-follo'!\·illg, jUl"is,rlktion, and eriquerte, and in others to mll:stam lIn~llfi.~, to deceivea.lld underm.ine .riVllls, HO'I"'frve~, a complete refusal to work tOi5;lll:hcr:. or~Q do :l11y "'O'1:'ik at all, often coots ccarriers their 0[1]=, (and ooca5-icmal]y their Hve.s). Thus, desp!~;e dhJ.ikes OJ.' d.~sagl'eeuumt.s, COtlrtt.c:fS ,el~dleS-$ll'strike d.e:lls with ,otiter ceartiers,

nakti! ~ul:ti~t:s. i:ullmilrnting

most ofth~

CJt,~U:1l ry

'ill. the process,

l)tIl cOI1.d.itioJ15 of dill1itt'e a nd dai~y ,~-ark~comitle'!" soJdiel:'s ~nd blnc;k5mitbs-w.ill 50011 mean mucb inj Lit y ~Il(~ illaess rOO"

unclad pt:'l":SCIllS Iost lives, ami a sreat loss, of ~upport f.o.ma •. populace WHQ bcl icve~ the ruler has !lPll~ ma<l er ae the ve.y ka~t cares nothilTig fottbeir dil.ily needs, but Ol']jr aboot dte
lloo'Cr to drnI.1gctbii,gs; "~y!ltli.nga,t old C!jd~sh.it'e say.ul,g p:u;fS if.
OUt.

MoJ~n~ i

neo.ls
an

Sell ie-x oourrfu.rs, negotillHl treaties, paets, and even COllt1"ILCts W1E'h the CQUI.'ti,el's of other .Illnds at" C'~lic;;;(m~ttcil:5.for in,tcl!1sive rok'pla}'ing), b~t oouni,e~ IllILl'5,T mak-e Sl.ll!~ll~r d!~.ily deals What Fj,rott:~ts citrlJ:ns ill. allY kmd. fromtbe whiallS t'uters W~tb fellow ,collrtier~> lecal gil i~.ds., c['lt~n... rl~r.s, and merchants o arc the hl'WS ami P~Llres buiJit' ~pOYer' the years aad "1.lS;ln~ll~ by the unwritten but ,-runmllonly ~Itder£tood tr.w'irrolls" [n , ~'!lipp~y:ing d1!Cp:a]aoe o.r other sla~e hOldillgs w.!£11WOffkor good:5. ~Ild 00' Q.ll. Akhough WIlle courts operate on a elhicll]b~5is that Wa,u:raetll's Pill-rhor. rOt e'l:ll'lllp~e, .il1comil,g fis1I:Lllgooats Ot"'U~~d' I can '~est 'be d~~.rihed~.:!l' "~.Ilyt]'ling~ae:s, so!ong 115 the desiecd byW3tcnl.lm1i'illl]~ m]kmdth~ ,urlo:lllell.t a ",harfside spa. becomes !:',efl]llc is achieved," few courtiers can ;afford to d.e:ll endlessl!y .in vaeant .. ta.kil1gptt:cedence over adler vessels, even rhose rnn:yillg IJlil.CkJ~ait murtk-r. or britlery,. W.hel.'e 'lpl]m.\J,:annillg" is p.rn!:ticed wCIJIltl:!y-a,IJ.il.U'ilflatimt to di.st:mh<:!tk~iX~S!i~lBem; it's not the ~~gulady~, bribes teud re li>eC01lle setamounte a s-cale oflJol1!f.1!11C.Ili:5 law, but .if U fi.,lTiltTll,ditiOll. co.itespo:ndingro ehe natLu'e of wJ)I[['Sbeing obtamed, III soll1c:lanJs a law is:n'tn:tl.uy~, lilW umil it Imsb~eJ11 proIn SOHW ~$e~ 000 rrJers c~noidy ,ofi:el' the goodwm of tbe elaimcd (n:'Ildout in JJLublic by'heralJs or local lords), sjgn~d by ruler Of spedfi.£ ~ur~krs Q1' .llIwellfawe~, b-In usually mor(til;, certain senior nobles, or 1105'tc<I em the I1fllac-c !!}!~. In otJiers, Jleeded: neW"laws can't take effect u;mil tilt: next ll~wmOOl~>.IlIl.ti]: dl.e}l'vc been read aleed In lL.p·lIrtiCiLI~.ll1" OOltclf~.\IC:of tilt: WLirt (bdil tw:ry ~edfic promises of 'C011U":J;c1:$ to be :liward&'l" tend:rY}J'o]' until some otJ.lfJr !oc,a] ri,tlJallms beeu observed. dmngces ill h!.\7l'Sor ddinLtiom ~ul.d applklt[i.QJc!S of existing III geneml, the .IJ1Ol.'e protections citrL.e.ns lrove frn~n the ",;him laws~o p;)'l:'tirulot1" ~i1d$> p.!":IC'tiC'f'-.S, Of.' goods" of II .ruler, the s:lQwel"and more difficult ('.h"!llg~Jig b~\1S will kEn tell1<w",~ OftL\"CS .• du~ics.>Ol." Wl;lI;"tieri barriers '[00 cermin mo-st cases, it's fas~(lr and easierto try to g-ct IIIIlllc:r to I~~rdon

slave-leasbes,"

a,~th.e

or

Wlnec;me to e~en]pt him or 1mr from a law (or dit: u5uai lmnis.hmeltO or to' l'edf'J1:n~ the siruation to ,eKdud:e that persOll from the jurisrlic:~i.o:n of the lll!w~ithfll' tw.~ting 01' l'cll.l1illg the law. depe!ld~in,g on ene's 'vie~'I'[lQil][. TJlis is USLI1lUy done hy iS5t1i~:l£ a ~'erbal ami "'.Tlrren decree,

bnsiness p.roC'tices~ spec-lfk gr::'Ilt'-&, ~m:ms, or secret pi),)'.~·nem$ Q[ mouies :tmde to ;'l. fR:-$SOl." bu&iness, guild, or fhird p'lI:ty. Of
'"O!.!tSC,

oppottUIl

in cases whc~, aceureier ity, the momta:ry·' pil.ymenrs

'CQJltro~$ i~

a rich buslness ight Jkl\vin tile other

ENFORCING DECREES power, decrus .v"~laws, HowcYC.r. 'in most F1le'-rLiIl go\'ernme~lts (w1Im'l! Citfl.ell5. or at ll;a.st:some ian c-.itilelliS,have I.'igbrs II rll~r can't 'tile ll!way ,elil?l:pt .in \I'~r~; ]imiw:! a~dsrecific CircUll];Stlilices). ~cl'ees a:re J;lOWtb.c govern illg, cOLIn infOrl1l:S· Qomm0J1@fS (especill~~~l' peop~.e grograpll.Le~]]y rCI11qvOO f:rOlll tile ].oc~timl of the COLII.'t) new laws or int~TIlretn:titm~ ofrhO'letilLwS,.
Whererule,rs enjOY:lbsolu[e

or

clircctiOll~ Tbc 1l1os;tstable sore ,of d.:e,alsa~ Ix'tweenpartie$ who both st:tndoo lose if thee deal is brol«.-J;1~ For ~%aInple:, t'iI<'O eLlul'tiers who ~1iIll b:;:r~1:ly cfllch miJ;er by re\'c;l1ing se~,iets about e.:J;dl other h<lve a nlutllil] ill"remt ill coopcntL'OU' LikewiS13, two rourtie~'s lnight agi!"~C' ItOf ~. ac.t: a.glljm.t eadt o~he. ll partiCIl 1111.' O mu:ter;s. one muni.er giving .in on om casc .u~d ather oourrie'r doing the 'ti1~ ~::uac OJil f~l:Iother. rhc§cby produ~~Il,ga.mu,tual benefit. Of ~1,I1.'se.

the siu,glcbcst r,Ca:S.Ol1ID lJOll.'O.t a deal is that i>l'cfLkin:gom~ word willi Iliilk,t:' ani.:W ~.i.'lc'l~wun~111al:rea.dy bostile CJlV.lfoOllm.Cllt. A oO!lu:icr l'fcwl}!roUe IT.! oou:rt,.or to ber I~~l.\t FloCtSttLoru.1,. is wise rok:ltrll~J1O\.~' thutgS wmi"bcforc mranpt.inS COmake any deals.

'.

Wlnnln~

Ii!

'.

fUVOrS

Whetl she docs stan deaiing, it's Ix.'st ro starr sllJaI]ancl observe tbe results.. In the .llJ1nrket:I1i1!.({;, k~(gcdebes or' mistakes calm ruin a ,caner. At coon:, btgc debts, 0$ ltkismh-s can ~Jld yoot lif~-

'rruce find Armistice: ieeep in~ the peoce
rIOt So limited tim~j oocaLl5'Cbcdl sin(!'s ill. a c'OJa.flict want rhem. iDespite wharev.cr is Ilr0l1'liscd~ t'bf.:y~U1d.tobISt oillyas b.,g as both sid.c;Sstill 1~C>!:>dor au benefiting frol:Uthcn.l. Trucea ottx:ll, serve to aUoVl' oot'l1 .~des 00' bUFY d{;ad"l~nd to the sick all.dwoondcd, rCSiLuppiy COJ.l1[)~Jr~.ntswiJth food and :.irma,I.Rents.;, ill1d n,-.k,pJJoy tJtOOfl$ (movul_g illili.v.idu~d$ aroulld. or a,l.I.O\yingtl1cm 00 esc~pc 01.' gP inm h.idillg). . Annistic-c;s arc shott" itllformalrri.!c~'S,usualty made on the bltukfidd find lacliL'Ig 1I:I1}'Fonnll]tcrlJ:l.:S bcyo.uad II,simple "We"!] srop .fighting if you let us l1:otllii5," iludwrJ.len Wc'nSOOf1 flglnin,g, too. if )'ou: let U~ do this mhl:[, rh.ing,'I' Att:\cks. .ill;dud.ingbo.llloolt1:mcms, sbaners1lch fh1Silc p~CC5 ill. ll.nimitalU'-.luld'u1.1lilctyust. and tben:fo:re n!tllr{; lFUC~~ vC'ry difJk~lh. tJnk!;r; a foe is c.iltirc~y wiped Out hy S1.1ic]] tJi.ick5•. th.cl.ea.d~r of a truce-break ing fon:c will swiftly 3c~uif!C a b~.[d,~o'$h:tk:t Ul.1s~,yoiy [\C.?Llt4tiol1l., SOll1C ncw~, spn:l:Id~,\JI'ith asmnishing' SlJiC~dacrOS5 Fac:rLin, andthis is. prccif>!:ly the son of news that Mi.lCnc:nllr.ics make 5~U"fo: cvt'Jiyonc hears; about, EV·C~.l~ forces serving under tlii.c lcad~[w']U [\CmCmbcl' S'l]cbinci,!~n~., :luui judge :t.coordill.gly; malty a oot:tl.dlclcl hero Il:.isbccome qtli.eHy ll1.i~tr~15.cd. nd' harc.ecl. b~i r1~Jimm sidc i:n thc peace fhat a

FavorS-~'UlCbas goodt~il;t111~1]~. p:uMk .pral~. Q);' ~no~ei-:a!'e n.oJ:1pc;rma:llellt rewud.~ give1:1 ~ a ruler Of by senior «ll.lrtiers having ehe p<1\l,-er00 gl'Mtttn.em, Iu~ comra.>st.. l;l,mls..~lde.l;. and sa.hu:ics are permauent or ongoitlg reuf:J.t'ds re~rYl'!d for\'ery s.pec:~1 (an.d rare) cases; while rountryoompkinll, goat1ed h:.'f,nninst.reh.' taks, dre-am ,of "goiug to court a!,d win~~ a. Cils~le of goJd,.' ~.,g fun a 'titie. :alld the band of II. princess," aetual courtjers and worMly
c:ir!'l<."J1s ~,!J.a.ny holk!llo ~llch I.',xpectations. The'}' kilO'''''. llQ.wever, u tila"t a "frielId of the conre" Cll1win thou!'.:Ind~ of lesser rewards, sue-has g(Jv~ntment contracts, fhe secret ;figJ~~t(l lie advised of OOIUIJlg cb:al1.gee~ in iaws and polky th:trwiU affet"[lims:ines,S, Opportllil ieies (a.ni! can wln ~. NlJ:ll'L!.<dl}' i:._~,res~iJ.)g,ufrien(T~' gre:r:E willdfilll Fronts}" or eveu being \\\';lil'ned wIlen .mr.:dwl" arm of the ~'C,ni Im"ll[ is, goiJ'!'l to arfe~t Or ulV'f$tigate the' ~f!'iend.» Loodlyand ~s:erly Sl,l,pporcing t!le ruler or a ro1,l1nier who ~~11grallt fa:vo.rs is ene W';J;y~oear!ltbei:n_;bu~ being Qver.ll' e~r could be seen as a sign ofil"sincerhy. amI fOr e\'et'j' pe,rsonyou support aecot.i!r~, )~oli!mak~ at leasr on~ cnem.'t ThistfUi!l-lll. ie<l!d~ some to ,.refer it q_uieter, less sa.... ry means of winlli:~g falraU'S, o E\~et}"O'I.:Irt bo1& oolJrti,1'S who have Hlunc.iaUy ~xte'mJed themselves inro debt (sortl.cti~'Il"s t11roogll par~lI.g bribes wbile tryulg 00 wial favors cr infiE!ellceallocile't coorriet. aud OOn1iet.i!l,e>~ throogh:;.pJ11Ctbillg as m~.:lItdarl~ as Itlalllta:iniuQ, a fashionable OOl:!tt w'l'lrombc) and des[lerMdy W~~ Irlolley. Govcr.nilng courts are abo a lllilgmt for gm".dy fOlk. Someom "'itb OOil1:S,to lend ,c<tn tber.~roreb!:!y inlll.ltlllX aud favor.:i.---"~iI: ilSt In tlw shor. term" k In tm: kl.r:lgt."tterm .. semcone ll'Iiglbt decide tha,t rhe best \'l';1iy not co .ililVt: m Kpay a, ,100.1:1 to dimilliltr: file lender. is

T.n!c~"S {orinal ct"£>"ll,tiOL1Sor ,f'ightill~ an:

agrecdre

E(lrilin'~ 'Titles
to have eneegh motley,. ilml tlley tend to .h.lite wit'h. coin; hmvev,c(, ooL!rtit:rs cen someranes rers'Wlcle th~.lllro sift some laad .a:ndfor a tide. MallY it b'~born merch __ i1.nr,. g:rm¥.n :ridl hut OOl1tell'lptYO'WS of his "so-ealled.bertsrs," has been mose dcl~l'il~ed~o become a ~ided lerd, wkh b1;1l!iOH~ and!lobe~ ami courtesll.'S .. rh~llro r~o:.uve~'\"'Ct1slaggceriL1g SUJ:'m of ceins, J!.~ Kl:td~.ta."TI1~i.,ksrnf~ Arllnst.m put it" "One rends to \\i.1m mos~ wliltt· ·Ol.1~does ncr ha,\'C, al.1.clbeLie\!cs one ,c;].n never h"',I'e." Gener.aUy.. oilly a ruler ("m ronfc,l" land." ma~.r offices, QI' noble sta,tt.!s, Titt:re arc two sora: of tides iJ' Facre.n. The mQS~: I1l.llllerous, heM by most serving mmta;l"Y Il!ld COl1l"fie-rs. [s .~r! ofl1ce with fLgrarld. job ritk' &uchas Necessal:'Y Umkdady of the U!tec.t:l~ PIII:'SC,Royal Caerl-: of die Und~rs,ta.ir. En~ or tile R.oyal. ['resei\Ce., or Lord High Mar£llal of the R~j'iJJ~ Ho~t, You gain tl'ti.l litk' when aooeptil'!l it job and l'os:e it if dism ~ssed from thal work. (wmcthi.ngqu~te likely [0 !lappenro ~he '!~Q:re importan~ offices in tbe C\i'l'lilt of ill. c-han,g-e of rl.lterj. Offi,oe-s dmOSl~.I~\la~'~, .i,ncb:u:k:... sah1.l:y ;limi dte ...hiI~t,ro call Ol'lti1e WPPQI't of (or eve:Ll COl1tiIl,Ul.cl) other ,rour:tteJ:"S in sped. fit.:. ~1.m:o'\\ilydefi!l~ ways; t!Ui5. these .P'O'\?'ers make th.ern :readyrew.a:rds fQ.!"the sup,port!.':!:$< nd a frjends of .a"rl;.lller. Offices mlgh~ il1cl!U{~ a unifofHI .l:nd. [lilU:r:Uy involve a fe"' odd rltwl.s o.!"dutt-l}s" inh~.r~tedfrom ear]ie<f' times. (~ch as fIle' duty 00 I1gb:t~he first candle in any c.hmn~r \\iliell'!l

fOiUmY5 bJl:'l' victorie5-. The 5~w ..ml 01' 11:~.dcl' : clcsiril1g: ro C')ltena tr{m$ .Iong cn!mgb to tTy to I'I'mkc 11~:::!sting pc:to::-ciJthcr {m th~b~Jtdcfi.ddot bctMCll r.ivals llt OOll['t-IIm:5't (li~m how fllIc tru,oc bcndhs: evcrY-Ollie

Rcdcrsrae:vc.r seem

ropatt

ilhrol~-d,. and milkc sare rhese bi:1l.~.lhs comiLlt.!~a:s long as possibk, for :;111ides (",'hile lltthC511iTlC tunilc ~"(."I1.lind.ill,g s c~'cryOJti: involved of't'1lt.- I~ dcsirlll:ilc 3.Utcifl.1ati.vt::S).'typicnl &eoi.:})'iruls or the lareer sort run :s.ol.1lct:h.il1g like tb:lcs,; '~No m:tttt::r h.m" :nulc.h . .You bate LOj"dA[,othll.n~ good~r",ou: dare .not 5tt,Ui.c emt ~.t hi.lltlnow·, ht/j; 5pent this entire truce la.iri.ng tl![ltblldcr,;\,J.Ulrds to IJr,o,t«t Ii.im, lill1c'w w;!nlea bim time u:sa.l'lg ClH:.1l'I to lash Ol~t will fI'le"iHl Ilis deltth-but if you ~n'ik~ at lliu1." t:iIcrc'snmawi:'lltrd ;.1,' aU dl.ls hInd w.ho cnn keel) you: saJ~a@lull;sJtthooc he's ~Il1W~iI!~' To ~loch f~r5 £l.lust cvcnl1llaHy be ;'ldd~da,ll, t:lcmf'tlt of ,eKCi.refI1~ut' Or nopC'. illlIc\,\, Jd:m offen."<I to dn.(: ri~Ml cotnbatants that {,-ll11 only ]1~ .if pc~cc OOJniUlIl!:i>, For ~Xillmpk, n~' might make o a.tt:L.rOC InoTt: 11~'t.Lll!Ul.eUt tht.oogh a manii\b'C.IJ~s:inc£s m~rgcr. IIUiallcc.. 01' cieni. In which~f..h. sidcsacquilro:: uteairh m tides (of~cn by ~plitti.uag up apit,~u: Stich as a, citrOI' th~' !1:sseltSof a d'i~red~.ted thil"d.[l'll.rtyboctwo:::n til'::!il):Wbi.lc OOIL1.!i'lOn foil strugglil!g~o eke out l:! kivi11g know dmt· .f"C~.cc is it'S 0\\'J1 t't:W!1ird~ rhoS<.:accu$IDmc<l to mo.re "''Cakb lind pffiYC'f expect to g.etr;~)l.o,ci.lkp~rSO:I'il.l :n:l,va:rus fr·om, a p~ac~Sl:ttkn.tem. .

J,

10

L

royalty is sleeplllg, for a ruler).

OJ'

the obligation to~cst :mY~lIth pn,-pucd

The rarer (:mil. to' most distant

eyes" more

glIimoroos) sort of

title is a :noble t.ille, Alt.hougjl thll$e C3IU 'USiwl1Jy be str.ippe'd from yalll by .3, nllk:!' jU;5t 11.5all o:ffi~ caJiD~they lire: in 'tbeory attached ~O~L:IJ !lot },oo,rocrnpati.o:l1. Noblct~de5 ntight' be heredi'ta:ry (in.heri~l'ld fl'OlU your dder kili, ;md. 'pi'i.~ed dou'l1 by yo~to yoo.r descendiallts) r wher her-alds of Faer~il1call extraordinary (for o yoo m..:ty> drlllg with 1'00). Some such titk'$ even iru:Xulle'the word "El1traordi!lm;y;." as. in Lerd Fakonhlad • Baron E-tra.onUlliiJ.ry of Blackp.illars,

Ofn.oe titles might haw theil' o'l\'n Ilcraldic blazOll (coat ,of a~m!S) or b.1.dg~. Of l'uig:ll.t 'IlIWa differc:llccd 'Vcrsio11 of the iir:ms of the com'! Crora1ty) tll~y afcbcsIDwcdby. bllt: all noble tides ha\'·e lJIa1011cS-and in Fae:run. mlist be "',of sOJ.ncllk~ct:'!' 111other .. \\I(U-dis" tbe t,i~l.e 3:efe:r:s to 11 l!-eg:~{m. ,cit)'•. ~oW'll" alstk', v;in~~ or e\rel~ au inn" taVe'.Ji"I~. crossrosds .. In 501l1Ccases, 'El':iis Fl~ce or might be f:mciJuJ. mighrr no lougcr CJii.sc. or )100. Or your noble fa unily might no !olllger have :my u0l1lle~i.cm eo iIl:-but jE must 'doe part 00 the grnnt 00 aems, Most lIlobl'ctitl.r..~ began ilS ~ royal ackllo"~fedgl!nent .of theeunobled person's owncrship of lands within the realm=andas blldlQrd, [lcnritllg eue home'S and fields.

The Bd~ht aonner '
fb.1Ltical success.es, and fai~1.I.r,es OO~I;I"t best d,etl!r'l'l]tl~ed se are through mk..:PJll.}>ing,bueprevided here is <11:1 a~.s~I:"~ m,e.ans of dcramining woo' ,,-,ins 3l.1dlos,"s, kno.wn as uTht ,Bright Bail!1.e',r" (!lamed after an old lmlbld. about it craven, dh>hohest courtier who did. cvcrythil,g WI'0Jlg yet sooted. from ,Siwce ro eSU'C{:es.s). Ir'sa t1limeric $C-ale, 011 whid'll is success (ami ·ligheNnnnl;ie1"S mem'i dearer "icrories. (tilt! itddirtio.iutl·re~',~), 0' if"llQrb1ng happens}' a.l'Udm:'@!ItMw! Ii\lmbe~s meall failure wifu,....:J8 itI'I,e IlUIIIlcr:ds g~,ow J:1,rg&'-i.ncreasil,gly bad COllSequel!C'e'.8.CI}:rrii'Cn:g; "eats and the po.tir:ies a:nd actkms of tILe .ll!~e-rs:houkl be iilddcd to d1t fi!JCmrs oudincd here.
.l\i!'lIt~er m1,l'ol1f~s,hy

-_

gl'anr a favor or giv-e a l;ITik to a l"'cy OOtu~·ti.er1J,VoJV'ed who ~ stauds in gl'l'lllt' l1~ed of it: ++ (per' ~ou:rticr) gfl.inat least two .morc: nigil-p!lfofilc (ioo.rtiers, as allies in. the matter thail are opposed. to ill: (of lrollghly dl-e~in~
, I:ank)! +1

g~111at least r .... fC>'l'l:r iligb.-pr-,Q,lllle tGllIrtie'!. - S allies in ,o the maue.r dmn an: oppos~'Il to it (of roL.l,gbly the s[me"
[<ank): -2. •

P;l~S

,of:

ha:ve aspub.~ic aUr iu tile n1l'1.t~[' a coon:i.cr t'\\<o milks 4igher th:m the bighest-mlJked. OrpOll~IDt in file l:ruI:tt~l';~3 b<Lve as pllIblic Q;ppoollCIII:lll the n'i;'m~ II.cmnrt:icJ:' t'\'!i'O ranks i bighe~ than the bigh-e5H3~icd all),' in the 1llll1:(W,(; g: ~ The priim.a:ry ~owel' iIoeili:ndd):ermon.c!9' OOUJ'ti~f: publicly ~1]PpOJftli your pmition in dUo:'ma:rn:r; +4plIblicly oppows YOIi.f positioll ill the l113t:~cr;-4 ,~,ImQ\!m to 'Iike YOIl:,..3 iJs. IomO\\'11to dislikE YOIll: -3' owes YOIl a favor:: +2, sees Ja is lending of ~ppm't in t!.lis m;ttrer ss p:wttu,s ,You so-liii]}, in his deh~: +1. Us.l ng the l!WightJil.lmm~r jslf,.t al.l,!,"Itj'5 3 ~OJ1(ie.rigl.1f now" deeermi'il:l!ticm. al:tholllgn it· should, be' 115lilC. 'Whci1~'VCJr f.h~'ire'$MI orr;n COil rl:OlltatiOl~, Moot matters at COllins not .ruled by ab:sol.u,te tyrant!; involve negotiati0ll5o and j;Jl~ Br.igl~t BallllC'J" should he 'become iuvol \'00 (work .it mn fm' an .of tbd1'U,not' jusr .res, and OOUlpare the IlesI:llts). Most DMswon't want the Brigl1t Banner eo determilt>e :a.bsollllte Sl1\lDe5S op :r."litlm-c,. at mtlxr 'to decide fbe b auitude~ of key 1\l'pCs. Are th~f OOllfuknt of sucD;'SS,r D~ the)'· .~ see them~lves, aspmb.:!bLyto-slllg and, JIf So, "~;OLddthey ""'ant to avoid the damage eo th1llir .r~JlUitart:ionat CO~lrt? With ti b1.J!:ierillg. t]1e Brig,i.l't Banner mn be I!Iscdm IlIIDSt CQ1.J!.rt e'",ents.. Does th.e OI!l.tiall1kr Raul.igp.!ik win r,oy-al fa,,-ot. or even ~ t made a Loed Extraerdinarj- of the Realm] Or dces hI;!yet flogged before al] du~ COllin, 311ld driven fl:,om' dl.c kiugdom? D'oes lie get to maur}, the p.rilItl~5S. or get l'uhlicly MOOed the t.~oth of the ~gLfes,tSCIllUCl''}'maid !lIld n job as her !.!Ildetlingr
COIlISIlIFt,~d several nmes as rhtlsc IJIllfoM

a..ptinlaq~ faith otberrhau yours: -1 same- fnith as yotiIS: +1 a falni!y tlllfric.mUy to yours: -1 a frielldly fall1.l1y; +1 higj:Jer COUrt rank tMll 'yoil~-2 !ower court 11l~lk tho )'00.;'-1'2 a,t!tasr tWO S''''loo.llS more court cxperiem:e 'tllaJl you: -1 a,t!east two. S~:;'~SQnS lees coo rf C'XperiellcC'than }fOO: +1
YOl,l clln:E:oal.n~

m:lI11fenemies :lit oourt: -:2. noJll'ollllc at al]; -1 strong mya.1 favor; + S known 1'O}'-aI disfavor;;-+ . no usual jliri~icrion .in the matter; -'2

,

.

crrun

.alla

WI.rouS OOUI:(Ji!j"S

usual jurisdictio» OVer the Jl:lattc.r; T '3 no debt Of ,abiiglltiQn to a ley colllrtier opposed.i1l

.

t.h.e • matter: +0 . a debt o~ obl.i,g:u:i011liCltiley oourtict 0l)posed in the ...nlillUer: -4 . Itt ~~st two c'GlI5ecllti.ve, illuucd.~a,tcly precedlil.1s. «vicrorietl" at courn *2 . at least two collsccutiw, immediately preceding ~£ili1UI'e{' at court: -3 more "Jim] r.om- I''Ccnt vicmries::lt COU1;t (usuaUy in the 1ast wason): -2,

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11

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OIH1E,R IN' TIlE
"

C-OURT

to 'tenant fa:l".~nel~s>and sJilllring .in ,elIOt' lind livestock 5lI1icmen ias, these ~lIn~sD.:rougl1t s~eady i:nmnle (Qf~en great weIITdl) to their
nob!~ ,t}'Wml.'. NoMe orr~rjl]g IlSlIlllUy bear 000 rresy tides of smllille.r .plac.;;s 'Wi,thin the lands of th-eil" t:ided-.p1l.Nm'ls ~lI:L1a.If Harle BdorWl:L1 saeeeeds his fathe<r' to OOrome~;l.ol'(IBeIOl,gFln'" (that is. Earl HelQrgan of lW~n~~rmJltOl.'es. farml[lnd 1I1ong rhe southerestcn1 the cease ,of th~ 'f~l,rerl1iware.r» his wife Akblera becomes Lady Bc.Iorgan (CoolIte.ss of y,rYveJJ"l!silOre.s), His SOlI Ra.ed 111.1' ("Red") succeeds '~OHarlo's '~id~f'!lisooo:nt Qf JIlIl il'il.•and y(l~:ng~r o s,isre.r Thaelmra ...------'--~--~--takes (as,"Ba:ron~") R.ed.'s rmmer~it~e

particuler

lloNe. Acts of disaoya~ty or crilllJ:inld bc.h.ll:vKU"lIi>[!~l1y

earn 11L'l.obl~pun islll'l.'L'cm em all a.s<1CIl.di:rl,g. ~.1i! ikpc.mling D,Ll. the ~cvc.rlty 0[' the U'llll5gre5&lOI1.: fi.ncs." ball i~lncm for il pll.uicula:r t]m.e, pcrJ.n'l.m~Llt exile, flQrrc~tlli1"C of lands or propc::tties, and death. (Tb:;5C :JIYe Uf>[HtUy less 5C:VUC t'hiLl~ the fates OOlll:1l.lQnefS face, fQr dIe saarc c1"ime;s.) . StF.~ping a "tntiiwr: nObl'oC"a.Ula her entire lill ofnooility is· ceasidcrcd :!In even n:lo.l'C SC\I"C<tC jliUrlisJUJ.1Ca.littllltil death .. in moot caSC5 C31thotigl1"CKtill~t1ish~ng" III noble fa.mily ill t'bis""'i)jy~aUy

.ull\'obcsltlS5, of propca:tic5 and

a:5n.l;tlly ~.... ccutions, iJ.cClIltliYCt:M

as .~iM~ i,tm nobles

~xpclk:d. from a reahn
and stripIiCd of tllci:r lJands and tid~"Stoeltd m become bitECr. releusless foes of
the HI,le[ who retLlWro aOll.liscbicf ot real harm). UsuaUy. the 0'111y crimes dmt earn th~1l1tIle cl,Cltth

of R~:ron,of Forgemal'J.:iet (11. market cressreads ha. the Wy\>ernsh,ores, ,COOJI· [rysfd.e). The unused cOiu:rt!l1'~}' t~tles of Baron of" l..cm~'l.ridlge and Barcn of Moss:fil.rnls (a. viUage al]l~ Elle Be.l.Qrgml estates,

pclmtly arc mLlra.c-r.ung other nobles or .royaky
01' ooll1.lnittiag!llrn llct

of high treason (actively
"rol,':k~ng br~ng down a to ~

respooctively) areh~l~ Dy Harle, hut if he
and lI.Mael.'a have additional ~l1iMrel1~ Elley wili bear these Ei.tles,A noMe house n~e~rerrtlns out Qf' ~l.tles>bec-:rtJSoe lecal ,!!,em]d~ ai.w:tys meet witb dll.e· ~~~iQr com· petent i1tlMe of', the h.@use' '[(l devise 3.

ruler-aS opposed!tothe

~

'~low [NasOli' of .!mr-cly 5!l.lppOrrlng trait0l'5.by ~ kofll.'lping silent ,or by .fi 11.1111- ~ cidly aid.il1igth~nl).

i'

A(I~eyln~'

hi

,.

Nobihtv

Unless you were born
noble, beeom i'l1g noMe [e~lds ro 00 11. kfllg, d.irficL!llt5~ri".i:ng,Even in tlK: Bortl:e.t, Ki:ngdolllS, wile« noo~lil:yis self.gmllited. you tin ,cliUtl.l1CdfiJi' g,rf!~/ne.ss . " ~ml51: 1lClJ.uire and Mend! 11. te.rriwl'Y, IlOlL\'Clrer SI1.N1J.1, hel'a!d.s, rorerogl1ill!': )loor litlb;, fOl~ In moot .realms1llld city.stat~, you gil-in II title (either mking a vaC;;lnt one 01.' .more hkely l'emivillg :I. newly invented om:) by pJeasii.ngor lI:i.ding, the mler in a bjg w;ruy. As Hie baed ·Mlm!crig:o., Wllitst.Q!le once Plltil' '~Savi ng £J]e ling's life :l.ill't enough. HI:

name and grant of
arms
fOl: at

least

So'me r/,(Jb/'Cslr{'lj~"C th{li.1"fmfti.li~$ th~se are Ba:n;m V/hldl1eep ';I11dlhm)] ,of F:aJ!tuml'~. the U'I'Q [Morgan c.asdes}, The de.Ean~ of in!J.e-rijEallce. COlllrr~s}', and pl'eredence (rank in!'!; am.QIJgl'lo1)I~,~) vary slight~y from place 1:0. place, bm are always administered hy :kleal eourt .heraMs (see Chapter 6)" In Fae.run. tha~~b to the High Het:l]i~~ bera~ds ba",e :I. larg,e Uile-:!SIII.'e of Independ~il.oe fr.om rulers, nohl.e,s,. and odler' ,cpurtierf>. aad can '~rery rarely be corrlll.[l'OCIcl 'p~r~arled to overlook o:r "n ..is~" or ail;yrlliug l~l':)~aldic. Noble rlt~es r,arely l n~d'utie alI}' :sQr'[ ,ofpa}'me~~t from the ruler o:r h.erco,ur~ (a'~d~QLIlgh noJ~les, nre often ehosen to fi U seniorrankhlg oOkes. 'Ivhtch ha.ve salaries ;~:nd..~Il many eases add itimllll aecess to the ~la~. tr>ell8u:r}'), No1~le 'Ejd8S .~Ildilide.b}'a:t~y'[(lao r'lIle-.r.pills some sort of serviee (or parn1811ts in ileu service) to '[he ruler, hIlr ill herired' '~i.tles a.rell"t as easy t.o lose as ,offices...This lsbecaase nobililt}' a.~so j'!lcTuc!t1's 1:egalriglns "eemmcners" dOl]\ hav.e,ii:nd because a .ruler

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K~n'aoooi'n1U.')f ti~lf',.s, far IJ:1Ol\~1 IIl'e ~kdJ to be gI".lll'lttd ~ball hered irnry ones.Pl'l'~UCl[l~.lll·ly if th.cy dcm't i:nvrolv~ 3. bl![',gc land granr; iM f::lct, n~[l.!l~rl'tllerS bestow no nmre th~.!l atavern Or other building: 5I'.l:iZtld fn:un a dcb~.():r to dtc crown .. or ,~,llow-,lim traieer, Silting nobles evc:ry'W.1l.C1"C fffiw.l'I On fukr:s <1acl.ung u:p,starts to t.heil.' rnnk.s .• and w.ill often U\cat you \\'fth disdain ICgliFalless of whattitle ),otlve gained, 'I11C 1~05tat'iDCprnMc w~y W,boeGofllt; noble is rom:u'l'Y .umo thelJohul.ity 6\'hidl'WiIl lIiI.c.rcly c~:nl )'00

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The .hig~~r-.r.a!lki1'lg cour.t~1ties (Q[:Ii,ces}~,reil"t dlemsehre,s anymal'k of ]~oblli~y (a~th.o.u:g~'I., Just to ,confl;lse[l'll~lgs> they'r.e _usuitly gi\l'e~1tQno.ble.s). bm they are usually aocOJupanied hy at' ~ea8~:I. 1t~~Il:[hoo.rl if beslQ\ve-d' on a. oom!none~. l~'ls highly IInlikdy .d!llt thePr'.~ni.1ellSRe--gent of 'Gormyl" would ever naere the ngal.'~$t [ooet u:«hii1 W~.rdei1 of fhe Western MIlI:dles-1;w~ $ Lt"s witbin her powe~ to do 90; _ Howe\I'f!!;, it does happeiJ" ,A,WIl iJ IV of Corm}'!; W1l;~ once .fighting near' .P1I.'abel. andwansed '~o send ap:r.~\'at'e me~1Jge to fils q,ue~!1h:l Suzar! 'th~t \'\'Q1;dcln'tboe llt'tt:rceptedby the everWlllfhfll~. War Wt1.a:ros of hisreal In-.he I::ne'Lcvhar rhe traitors, r WIlD .h~.d. just tried to slay him .included some War Wi7.aroS. id~mities I]Il~mown. Al'OO.n made a particl1~.a.l"COIl] moner Lord High. Marsha]1 of CormYI.' for a~enda}~. oomplete lvitll .roya]

dillitgemus wHd_edand .region (from a rnstle he or s~~ehas built in the Sto:neh:mds). No . one lllls J~t saceeeded. , Hmvewr. IIdve.ntl!lreJF af~~I~adVj1)mllr~r has been .invired: to s~ttrealOllg the .rood in the w.iM, sp~,rsely settled W~-StR.eaches or Gormyl' with pr'Olni~ ofh~<rm~!RI. tatus u ndm" e~-:rcdy th-z same s tarms.as.adventerers lire affe.red: AmlliR!I bQrderb~.ro,nres (exoept that .they mmt build theil' own casrles), R.etir.ing, Purple Dragons are offemd ''('crown benuses" to settle :IrQIIJ.lllil'such a new easrle, (Some of them wHl .~ paid spies [or the Dl'agpll 'fhmn'lil,) Brigands, snIllggrers" slavers, a:na lloMes s~ekill!g apupper ki.ng on 'the .DrngoJ1 Throne "'.~UaU '00 .imel)est~,d.un 11. seceessful shiekl'\\faUbaron,.--so if you do mamtgj1: tobu.i~.d )IOO,r rnst~.e, not srarve and f~l;.e in .it dUl!.illJg you r fi.1'5t winter, ami estahlish :J I~~'i~lg lind .rlltro~S IIgpti:nsldleoolde.r pl.\01.\'.~,ing, monsters, expect visits from all of these gl\OIIPS'They might 110t~.d!{~rt.iisc~h~i[' .ring, seve.rn] copies of dl~' .r-.oyR.! cO'I1I:mlisE.tOH. aWm' llliza"d tI.'ue .1l1lt.U1'e51I11td they ooem oonJitiOlllS right, hm me~rely "look eclo!lk, and .Az;oon~ ,ow.n dagge.r. Va:ngerdallast was .~.~\'id> he and fome.!uHy took the eomnroner into custody"""":but he didtuan::h 1I1.'OO,lldl~ whil~ posing as p~sslng~ddk~. pi.lgICimsj'alli! caravan meoclu:nts. Shrewd barons spre~d the r1!pli:r.at~O!lS they want th(;;il~ .him ttl C!J!een Fil{~.e.ril. wi.rilou.t e:rrnn~lning the message he was isolll.ting '.holds to Im\'e, eoneeeting die rigbt:50.rt of "innocent colrrying, The oommener ceased to be Lord High Mal'shll], gossip" to share wit.h. sue]1 v.ilsitol'£. Shre\1i-derbarollsk~bQ'i'I! most' !rut became Sir Ael~g1[ll't of t.heForge. one of the fev;' kn ig,hted o.i thesevisitors lire also do'illgth~ same th.ing to tb~ll]" blllcbnliths ill] the .re::d:m •.lind he still receives an annual ":royal Iljj;t~ of 2r !W. P£fsO!1lI1 service to a .fu.ter ~'L1d l.bllllT.~~ge to a .~iI1emhe.r f o the nobility U511~lIy ';\'iU;5 you a nobletirlc in.yoo.r own right (ali, In Amn. Tethyr, and allY land impel']~liiIbr mOJ1S~C'1'S or opJlosed to ~OJ:ueth!in,g, iilOl.' stICh as Lord COJ1~rt). but if that m br.~<lad.ry. one can of tell gRin nohil it}' by offel'.~I£g to police ruler is sueeecded by semseue WrlO d.Ldn:'t like tIm fanner ruler, aOOr!il.e!r~,re~.One eXlImple is theblllloJ1Y of Hawkhill ill the thetitle eould go 1I:\\iay agllill---.jlnd jiOul"'he:J!dl\'ith .~E! nonheaste:J.'nmoE.t meunrains of .Anm. 1'0 min nnize smuggling. sllfl'O'ing,:mdbrig.llndl,},. the .!~1I.st popu.llltcd (ri~lge;s, ,of A mn lne Ifa hero POC:~0111LUyand! publidy.''savOO'' Gorm~il'~ w.illiling gl'eat public a('dai.m,.~he .mling Obarskyl' ,ofEhe dll!}' \\'QU,ld It string of sm.a.!l "no one 111l:S eve I.' heard of lbenl~ baronies, ~p'l'ob:!b!ly .r>.;."'ltrJ thel,n wirth a Jmml&o.mc title such as Lord High ~5u~Uy oollisisti:ng ofa single bep g~\'eH .f0l' fw;; to a SUCITssCul IlIh'Clwllr~, If~:\oo eemeto theattentjcu of the eouncil or senim Pil'owcror the R.eaII11. The Oblll'skyr wOIllMnot publicly say .if itwas hilf'(ldirn:ry.and the tide woukln't soo,lld 50' (th~ imp]iClunon Amniall eourtiers as lin ~rlv~mtl"el.' of 1lchiev'llmem wlroavoids of ~'LJr..JHighPrereetor" is that it refers to the pI'Oot.c>J;:tion. thilE furi8lMuil,ry and Iawlessness, you ..ll1ightbe discl'eetT}, approaehed P'lIni.cm13.r individual. ha:s, oonfenea. 011 the Itlllm; .IEdocs:J1't .him by a (lOIll1"~ie.t" subtly '11"lIming af heavy taxes on U'e:::I5Ure ~'oo at .~nherittmce) .. Only the WlIl" W~ZlIrdS. I.'!lilevallt 1'0)'.3.1derks, Ililill, and ,eomillual. surveillauce upon YOli. unless YOI!IwOllld and local. heralds wOlJJld know the.u'lITe natuec oftbetide. FuMic liike ttl become a 'baron of Am~l. if )'QU :JITlep't, }too g,et a remere sentimens 1.l1 ight enthusiastieal Iy SIlIPPo.I"Ebes.w],\ral.flllln(jM.i~y. of ,"~p 'r':!s !S~).can keep all the rases ),ou raise and-if YOll help but the ObarskYl" is couuting, an th\1:pass[lge of time ((I m~ke~lle t~~liSport ~OC[l1oods. to the rest of Amn b}'rehuilrlil1g roads g mtll.re of all)' lJOllf~l'.re<I ti~le 110 lDllge,r of g~'em .p'I1b.lic imCI'e5't, aud bridg'~. buying wago;ns. and ,paying ft;'l.r' armed 11:9DOrts for If 'the heroturus out robe a HIDe. stllulldlly!oyal, useful person, them-a.share of .!!10niesOil the saJes of '~h05egoods, Yoo win be i:nlpl'~s:sj:ng the monarch enollgh 'Eo wallt .h.is. oteurial oFfspr.ing p eNpecl,edW keep the peace-.rnai1~~y by killh~g outi:J!ws and. p.rowlto heve a :say .un the rmllr~ of the Forest K.illgdoJIl, 1m II!ddiJtion1l1 ing moasrers-s-and }'cm shouM et~peC'tsome of YOlll' bod'}'gmu\ds hereditary tille can always be gl'llnred later, to he sp.~s.lio«:tile :Iuthodt~es in Athk:ltla., Mlln},praQ1;S (imlep!lnd!:lm city-srntcs in particu.lar,. whel!e the All "oord.e.r barons" are ,,\,1t~chedto maJre sure tll,e)f d.cm.'t rurers, are merchants of aocOlup.lishment) disl!i.ke b~[\edital'y <Eides, emlup "on the tale," allowinS, smugg~e,rs and ou~huvs to operate o~~t.he besto ....al. of sucht~t~.e;s, on individuliis of .pllI,ticu.lar r~.ce;s., uj](l~r dteir p..l"Q~llction. n .you. boldly asked for a oorQ:ny rathel.' il!ilJtiOilU.I ities,. or families. than den\QJM!:4tiL~s.},OoUrpiO\'l'e$s ami tilen 'Waiting t,Q ~e a~l'ld by a.,courtier. al,lt'b.w'i~ies _'LcvH ve,r}' sll1spk:tol1ls of your mQth~s., I..i)e 'iI3EOOMINGNOBLE IN WA'fERDE.EP and. will '1Vl1'~h you ooll:St:lndy. l,I&lilg severlllindependent spies. Wiu'CI.\deep is the epim~ne of "clo5cd-gRtll:5 nobi~,ity." and nm ~'1"VC Fl.'Olil d;rne to' '~l e senior col!lr~le~ m arr hre unannounced as a model COl' IO:Llg.e~tablishe{l indepen~m e~lJ.eiO eve,r}''Whe.re.. Qn large,\1;in.anned bamls)rQ in~pect }'QUI: barony, Good pel~' Celltl!ll·i~,ago. th\1: I11llitpoo\J,Jufu.l '~old Ji10lli!':Y'" Illl.l:.rt'.banf'tan.lilics fmmalll:'~ w.~II. e lIewaooedwlth gifts of funds (rom the .real:n.l's h OOllfe.rredl l]04lile sUlltl!lS ,on Ehemselves {in re~lJ.rn r01" ~up'fi'Ortillg t~l'llc~tI!ry;lliul.Q[ren dtestatio~1~ng -of 1I glllTlSQn of troQPS~llot OOlnU1mJ 11I!wstbafwollldl bind. tbcm a:s ~~cll [1.5, th~ rabhlc)th!lJt umiel' your direC'r CQlJt~mat)d-in )~oo,r ,castle, to safegu:J.rd: dle IoJra.lty of ('his .incre.ased invegtn~el]r. theil" desrel1dams 11.001l0~'I'~'OIli:ng ve.L"y .iJ.:II.\d ,not to aUow iilnyone else gain:'Polks, .il]WaterJeep .r-espoect money. not titles; .if you AnQ~he-r e1Ilample of ~. pollre or ~shMdw:lll~ n~lle is' the lInnOUllCe yourself ilSlhe E.mpel.'Of of the. Shill illg Somhlthe I~ply snmdipg offer' from theC_rQ1.'I',L~ CQj'm!i'~ t.o make :In}''(me fia:ro:n of m.igh~ be something hk-e "Very nice, g'OOl:f.s.i,r-llm~' up." pay of the Slonebnds \\iho c~n ooccu,1I?J'.m:me, police, and' p:i!trol that

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snacks.,bL!t om or them looking dDwn em rhe other because "hls \V:at~enl'.eep wi~hoot social family wasn't originally from these parts," " Masked Lords; Persall.11 ;lIppearaJlte call ait:!entry inlIDthe ll.ohi1it)1in two, ways, :ilnd dispose .of ami i.mpersonate he'r, ".Easiest.," pleaae note, nez ..eas},'... This raetic brings a, l1igh risk of diSOOlll'er},.even ooyond If ymlre \'c.ry good.looking (:lIld I.'idl. and pc:r,ecptlvc),tbis call hcip }'OO ehsnces of fl1arrl,jng inro a nob~ f.'ll1li1y. If yoo happeJ'l r the olivi(}.U:5I1JOOd to fool fu.ll]il)~" fl"Lcllds" ;!ltd business contacts ro .closely resensble 3. llo'Me da}i that .11'.'15 h~d, U11ily tll.ell:l~r£ of u of dle. !iiuppia:nt.ed Lord, Chll.llgin~ fiiCl: and form is child's play yoo r gen.dcr and ,app-ro~hnate age "go missing," you call assume cempared to. tl"}'i.11g to dupe the mi.nd-Itmgi~ ofWatthful Order tile 1'01'<: of prefe!l.tfer.tl'ying, to convince it p:u"ciCldar noble famil),' magis! and c;erlail1 fellow ' - ords. that YOII axe a long·lost relation, come home ilt last. A slo\1,;-ef. lm'dcr waymo uoble status is '~OSer'\"e t1l.e ciq' with J Ftt1clldi!!!S:: &-~temkrs dO best when they have been coachlil d i~tinction ill ~1<po:sil1g piots ag~ujst_i¢~legal wlllsgr~ons. and befol',eaalld 011 w]lat fatui If member 'bears which n.ame. plus as 'the Wl:e~If j10U do so .ralt ,long e'Jlougb. and wen enoogh.tl1at mllich family hiist.Qr}' as po1>S~D1e. SllCCCSSn.l'l JI.ret'l:J.,der muse be A you are notieed by rhe authorities ami yet ma nag~ to smyal.uvc n-acly to wi.thstand hilt'ed magical prohings and \rari.oustes,ting:s. despite angry surviving swindlers and pJottrn. this, will get you and be plcasane tOOOot-if YDU arc llnplcasam.givil1g you a vcrythoroogbly invcstigated ~ytbc Cit}, Gua.rd and some of dagger· i:t~ 'the ribs ami a corner of earth .ill the deepest: ~l1M is tbe secre't agenls ,repOl'ti.l~g to ,Piert;'eilOll or to Mi1"[, as weU as much (.."(Isler1~iU.lfeed lng, dothhlg, and punillg up "'iln you. f by ehe W;ltchfl:ll .order and the Watd.l. If you are rrul}' clean of Noble flmt~, are wary of pre.tellder~bocau5c lmmy ll'ilpOSW1'S pe.wmd S\:aud:a] OlDlt am.b.iti.cms.just: shady d'elllillgs and .imenhave appeared dO"~'IlJthe years, looking for a fine l.ife !,aid for by tioilS).YOUJ .might be covertly iillpl"oodleJ~o become all agent someone else. yourself. If and only if being a "p"bLic face" ~gcm 'i\'Ou.ld be rhe ,Ad:rift on Fl1mily, Com: Most of 'tile .l1l1.t1'tlldi:m: members (as most useful Wa}f you {;oldd serve (u.nlikd)', ~s known agents are ,~cd to d~t'i!il)dyl'cla:ted «,eool1tl"j'side kin") of a l\fatcl'd.h''INiiln IlUnl,erou5 al re~.dy, and the Lords need mote anOll}'lnQUS fresh or Amnilln noble bOlase h~\'e dleir bills p~.i.[lfor them by dw Mood). lfOU'll [ll'l:lbabl.y be taken OIi ill rbe [>alac-e wit'll SQ111C sort family stewards, AI] such e:o::pelltl:irures are ultimately :.i.]_>p.rn'O'!.'il. of official position. :Iud you tall gain seaeus thereby. by the family IllJuit.ia.rch or J?"l!tl"iarch.Note that they might Of coarse, this wi:l1 still. mean you're looked down em hy old 1M: en:rngcd by ,thc :tcti\·i.ties of a ,g:lll1l1ble.r' a. wild om: .in tile 01' guard Jloo!es. because they 'C\1~11look down on Fiergeiroo, the First family. but they \\ tm.'r dlitre rail ee pay tJueir hills; once word !j~ts Lord of "Ihltoeroeep,. aud KJJilbcl1, the AJ'Cb:Jnil~ ofWat;imleep around, tlli!it act "'.iU iirnpe.iJ dIe famil~y'srepUt:ltl-Oll>cri.-dit. ~~l.ld (behind ~bejr barks, of coarse), Courtiers are me.'c toadies and other mercantile activitits. Solne less \Yea]:~h}' nobles encoorngc "jliunped-tJp power-snarehers" ill their books---hu1i theu, so are their childreIl to make in\re£tmel1Jts. or q,u:letlystart their emn side 'Junior" noble faluili%. Some nobles 5P~lld t'll~itrlives ranking people ami playing "I'm haugl.ltic.r dl~LI] theu" games, Faced witl,! ,. businesses to earn their own spe-ndiilg l!!loney (the main family fortunes conic from fainil)' merclll'ti!e a,ctil/'",i~nesand rents from allY ambitious oursidees, tl'l~ nobles willlUDllt1.:against them Iik.e fa.ln~l~f-on~d (ity I]l'opcrti~). .... • ill fortress wal I. ("RiS!! SIUl or fall luoon. the rilbbk mus.t be kep~ at ~}J}!'') , Defiaut and L.Il'ipll."{l$~:llt w<!strei fm)liiy members mighrbe publicly d.isowned, q_uietly killed in "accidents" en" sh ipped off in TltUS-" du!'I pail'! might get you elevated, w.ith. rhe eirs to ma.tdl virtual Sbl\'crr (dl'u:gg:ed or coerced) to fa!' C01'11ffS of th world if ),OU wam to ~me th -Ill. bur doii.'t eXll~ct'ro get the full to mak(; their OWIl fortunes or to serve as hireswords (ill hopes cordi'll "you're one of lis'" tr-ca_tlIl!3i1t f1'01'Il Ct'tW,in "big'hnose" tJlat h:ltd~ win soon kill tll<:.m). Some are even sent abroad on nobles (who. will cut you dead 'C\-"C.I1I. you marry tbeir parenls, if family business, and poisoned by !tilled agents 'I'O'.I1£.n f~Jf fl'Ool.liI ~ililil,gs. or' offspring). . Warodcep. Others are "paid to ~~ily ,away." far Themo~t jll.ninY Waterdhavian noNe families "'ef'e elevated in 1.2:1'4 DR. al1d Watel:deep has ll(;tWlUy lost tWO noble families In 511.01"£, tfIe heads of noble houses decide who gctcS l:nri.5h since then: wa.r and Gildeggll, '~Utl,'aSt~ (exiled) in lZ-~. Three spending mOoney and lives itt fa:lfniJy mansions. They dare .not mistreat spouses 0:1" !a.r.:its in \!,1'<1.~'S Vi~9n:.dha\l'lan society can ik'tet:t;, lrobk fami'lies a!most "'i~II~ cxriacr, alJd there's evidence that 01.' dJ.cir own statuS (~I'L'id f1lat of 'the family) will. 'SIIffer-blit i:l.ls;d~ nobles or Lords of Wa:terdGep qu.OC:klyarranged some marriages their mansion ",ails., all}'tbillg goe~. rronl floggin~ to confine00 mal--e &:Ire no !lorm hOlls~ d~a:ppc'lll:~cl_ 111.isavQ!ded pr~ssu:re ments to milid-liJbo::ring oJin.liud·co.lltl"olling spells. M06'1:nobles from ambiticus merchants clamoring "There's now room for dOI1't almSiCthcrr lilll. bllittbey do ha\le the M'i\ocr to do, o, me, iSll;t thel'~?" :lnd, 1ll01"Cilll,port'..Il1t~ denial Ita \fillS d.cn~I!S of i.Jnpoorors: or earnesr but deluded perseus 1ID\'~illg up ror centuries A WIlb:'~dh.aYiiUi, Wi~y~o' ,iI.CC: The' Plmn and. Z.ldp~.lrfalJJ]i~~ G 00'come, claim ing Woo the lang-lost b~i:i' of rhie or that :no11e \\\'aC th~' ]:tSt hou~ of Watetdeep to be ennoMeiL They mallJ3sed Jmuse_ "So where's!ll}' villa? WIlat hlW~ )lOll dom "'ith it! 'TWitS it by identical medi.ods: wordl. thousands Il:pon' t.hot!SIlnds in gold!" 1. Sm.:ceca c=ltoogh illlUe!,'C:J.i~rile trnde to become staggC'lt.i.Jlgly Waterdhavia.1l nobl~ hOU5C;5 arc con iiler,ed junior or 5e'llior wealthy. bf:cauSie.certain '!Dohlefanlilil:s play a SIleering.,at·oth~rs game" 2. Buy up great ll'Ulmbers of proper tics ~Il Wattorik;cp. Io"SfaCi!:l.o:te rooted .in f:mcy dim all reality. dmt dlCiJ: b1~li:nes aile ciaUy in NO'.nb 'l,:llard and Sea Warn" old~t ~1lt1therefor~ hener tb::un. those of otJlU nobility. I!l f:l"utll" 3.. Au«:nd a]1 the rc\i'tls hosted by nobles, acting iii a quiet the~';rc all jumped_'l!lp \veahhy mC[lchants., a.lIIclSO.l'l.le hOll~, have a.l1o stl~c:rviC'lIIt manller. :lild offer fUllds to help witll cvell lost most of their wealth. sluec bcal1S ,ennobled, It's a.kin to "prohl!:mS-" discussed by ,gfu~mbling !lObles.. ~ ancient. 'toothl~ old viilagcrslivilig ill adja,ce.l1t wmWedo\!,'l1 '[he easiest \vay
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4.. WhelleVer alli:['l; arc IrcC'epteo, very quied}' io~n mouies to fii'l!~nci,,-lJ)y d~"spC:l"il~ noble houses, _f. Financially ~lid thl:: stated aims of some Masked Lo.n!!; ofW':atci:deep (such ;[5 rcbu ild:illg fi retrap- \'\I'alehouses m Doc~ Wil:rd, fh;'ing ~WCTS. 1111 ing the ha.lil(lr dredg,ed" al1d v II~lpillgSJ.1()JlOO[, repairs and e.1ipaIlS!am @:f ehe city walls). Do so ,in !1. "'ay ciJ,,'lt allows the Lords re take credit, nit'bea' than yourself. 6, Tell ew:ryon.e rCJl(''a~;;:d~y. at revels (\.\'.11 idl }'(lU 110W attend dressing and sI,cakilig as idJmtically as you can to elder i1ot~k·.s).tJ]at you care rll:eply fOli "rhe good of WiUenkl.1?~ ami "~'e must', aU t.h.il1k of dl.e good ofW:uenieep, 00 .it "'in be 3.:5 great as it is now .[1 thousand' years hence!' '7 When COlll-st'.ott nobles disereedy a,ppj~Qadl YOII for even IIlore fullJds dum you've given til m before, willingl)' hand tjlen~ coin.. with friend ly, pohtewords that SII}'(but llot f:lluiltly). ul'his shoukl hoc :J gift, not a ~oon" hut !lot being noble myself.- I Oill't insult you like that. Jr""e were both nobles. aU yOlJ. would need do .is hil1t ilIt 11 ueed, ~md this WOll'!d always be ... just a gift." 8. Srn.rt mUlying yotll- children (made Il-Sheautiful as 00:>~]le~k~and lmg:ic Ctil] J1l1l.le them, and erained ill Jlob]e ~cll and cl'epOt"tiiil:iltby retired or .Iii.rei! fOm'De-rservanes to nooles, bitred by you) into nobl,~houses, and a'COOIDpOI.IlY I:heln \\'i.th sta~eril1g1y large dowries, 9. Hire spies-oo fi11dotlt WhOjU5t one 01" [\\1'0 Mol ked Lards are, llftd befriend them, fia~.IlciallJ helplllg their businesses, 10. T]]roog;h i:rg~nnedial·i'C5, brilbe oom.e disaffetted young \\'ilstrd nobles to ~'el'baLl}r dl:J.Il1piol1 your Jam ili' at revels as '~,actUJ:g as no:bles should." 11. Through intermediaries, bribe some of yoor servaaes to murmur the same t'h.ung to ether servants. l,}; IbnkroJ] a. few ),'(mng. d isaffec~ed nobles rl) J?llr:5uetheit dream,s, i1owC'\'c.rfoolis.h or zallY such schemes maght he, Refric.ml those ymmg nobles, B. Watch. for financial troubles amOllg the nobles anil try .0 repeat' s.tqJ or, a iming fora repea,t of Stl::p"}', .Amld• ~1I thi.s tim!:, don't budd a .!u:~m:}I'~'ma youII' OWIi. dO]j't . of openly d'iilUCl~ge an}' noble, and never openly ask t,o be a .!loble 01: pretend to be one,

T.helrera.!d~ (deuibl in CbaFlt~[" 6) .... .amomaticaJly I"(_~. iU oglD i.. as IDoMe ;aIlYOl1etb~ First Lord of Wa.reJtd'ecp treats as ..c a noMe. They don't meso. in "s.II.oyld\/' or IILlroLd:il1g po:litks. hut

merely mfOl't'etl'le rules of how people IIJ5C blazons, .As the l¥a:terdha'll'iall sag~ Sulpllwn eace put it, Warerdeep got illS I1obl'es ]11 the D,rst place ]i~ this, TIll: richesr merchants in Watel'G.eep got to:getber iJJ~ dlC fiit"C of Ralldor's alii! then .Ahghainm's aurhoritaii<lllli~an" and said !o Ahgha.irolll, m~·Ve're J!cc.ial. right? So, look you, 'we get these special privileges. In return, we'll SUppOl"t )lOOt ru Ic' il1,st'c.1d. of Imin ng all }'OIJl~' a§e!lt~ ami nl.!5i:ng suP.port ag.~iil&tyou audtam .figbting, each m'her :u~~i dcs:n'oJm:ng the who!e city." Al:Jgh~itrofi Saw this :tiSthe perfe~t "'1)' W avoid the rise of another RaUll'lor. wllcu he grew roo old to stop saeh :I th!lIg: These self- E)lkd nobles would. hdp t,o pollee
each othcr lIS wen :IS the (lom mOJilC'~ tinder them,

mheriro.uce: p'lo.vin~ tbe prince ot prrncess
Nohle 5OJ.'IS and dallgb~ers might unhait Ilotm'iou!; names, C'll!'.tles, wi:altJ.~,and even e.xi!ed seatus or c~$",c;rntirnlsof.fol lowing parents into traditional roLJ~t offices or military ran ks, They also inherit a chance (hov,'ev:er s:!iln) of :r!.!lins an:.:lhu. with all tire ifu.11,gers that go with it. l'Ylany princes ami princesses arekidflapped" killed, ,01' coerced and «mr!:olb:d l)(nh IDCl1taUy al1d~p:llysically. somcrunes even b}1 their j;l;H1!IJts 0]- oolilfti-eJfS:Jct£llg with full· 10)'111 permission, hr\'Cltdilllg olldy t'o :I'!l:ikt: the royal h~lrs fit for
U:Nir flltu.re d'lItleJi.

Mill.stl-e)s· sales are f!.lll of itlcioll::Ilt .prinoes and prillCe$eS who Liv,e idle lives bored wKlIry-or arc raised ii! hidillil. ill simple lives of I'Ural privatim'!. i~loram' of tJleir true lie! it3ge; to he plueked ..m~toa gtitteriiilg .ro)~.d5t~ when a crown falls from

or

Eventi"l.la]ly. oorm:one facing I~U in \ iU remember }',ou.r ~tep ., and $tart whilsl!c:ringtll~[ }'QIl S:hoo!d be ennobled ..At d~.i<56.lne, dooothnng (ll,nJ~ you h~ve real c'outrol iCjlVet a few Masked Lmds. and can add tlle.ir voiees to the WhiSpetitl,g). Let ir bappen. This appl'OOdl o~\'io.usly - til'~C's coins cll00;gh to rim It small kingdonl (the Zulpairs stumbled llpall a IC'tIlot,c .i1iland where IIlOllSterS had devoured a d"'llrf elMI and then pCT.is.h.cd fOl" J.llck of 1iJo;I. ~v:illgentir,e caverllS full of aneady-m.i:noo' ruhies ownerless) a:L1dpossihly gem.·ro~i(m~ of work,. llot maki.rog Illie'.l'iOlr~

the .Iread of someoue 'tl:'Iey never k D"'W W35 dmilf' pall'et}t 00" kin. TIle true lives of princes al~d prjncessesare m;uall}, a mixeL!r,e of hard trai1lil'lg. be\\I'iMerilllg intrigq.~C5.making fri'etlds and enemies c:!rly olll-a"Il.d! then, oae way or another, ending up- .in the h-ea.rrof tbe cl!lt-3Jld-dmm of !!oyal Jtbt'rigllle$, perhaps hated by kin who try to di&:n::tlit or slay them • C(mside. tlle ~kit,gdom ·of COlrluyr:. nlled G':II: Hlis wd~i:ng) by :I .regent; dIe Pl'~llceSSAluoo ir. At:rll-e tombq)' g(fl;t.!ruedby her 1viid t~mf!er•.Altl$(7.ir ,-d}e:/lea ~gpiml fr/;tr"/ iJjiql~ettl: aod he,' !athej.Js 'Wf.s!Jerin ber pm/h, dea ~mle'd. ~~p~ poPIlIf,w 'lval"-Iender 71tlNJ ,"YHle' tbi! lJll~R:I.tJmh thl!' qf rcnlm wilh ber ·~~ltld(!j''''tI hand of j'QI1oUg m.~li! witte ,bern, tr; the' OP!!" diMPIWl.l'lNlI of mm-fY "dtler tJtJbk • .if !bc r;f;~;m. 'P1~rplf! 'J)r4{;HlS 'who iJnfI.'e 5f!I'"/;;ui '1vl.fb be'1' ttmd fo 1rJ'llC ber alld ,mpport her i(J t.he' al!'dth, C{)mm~nl1-Y'j aeross the FrmtIt l(i"K@m oren'l I!p~ife Sl~~-iJ vhdllo 'Ilud.'!!oj'bl!l' (some tli~pp,,~, somo(/<'We' 1 awed
or r.:nt('rt4;"~d, tUJd' 1nI'Jstjlul ~/rm'l' kNtl1d~').

mistake onoc.
Thllit'~ why it's never been donc si.nce. It \\'Orkcd for the

Piflllli ~ml the Ztn!pa.irs (who :ll,'e' ~,,()rI1ed by s.om~ nobles to this dllY)because th~f ooug.h.r I.1pni$lh a]l of North Wa:nI between them-lind then g,ave it ~m'l!ly.prolle;rql b)' }'l.toPCl"·CY. toO va:ftoUS
lIobk'S~ro win their .s,lIppOI't ror the cl11l1obkment of HouSlll PhuU or HOtISe ZIIIpair.

Ir you <l.1"e ,;I l"O}ial YOllL1>~tt'1',OO awal)e tiliat if )1Ot:I lbavc .t '~wiM },oudl," you'll be judiged iHlmruingly, In facr. },Ou'r .. 'C.ry bobby. faux pas, and puhli~ IlrtCnll10e or deed (fI:om pranks to pratfalls) will be tliscuS&.-d. gossiped aoout. a.Bldblmvn up, ~l11ibeJfu>h-ed,aud twisted both Imfu~'iiUy ana ae]i,be--rntely. into a roepu:tittiOli di.'lIt y.oo must "~'Rr likc I'i dook or dlOl'm henceforth_ As rqpJI, Alrm:ir is tltRll {"lIided by htlr mqthe:r, HN! diplomaticlma be6mtiji~' (YO'lV1JfJ'l.lIfl!.~~I·) .fl.pecn Fi{f4eriJ, wJ/JO kept

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111mgoing 011e'IJ:i!lywhere ill lbe t"(!(lhn, all the time-,rlld i'ifi1l' fh'rollgbrmf nm,·/; of hf!r hl~s"mul's rei gil, enee it, He rt'jwlJeoaled ,riJe 1f~1J' IPiz{l'f"ds IIlId math them his as cold mul distl'.f.lIl b), Some' Nobles 1UhfJ bn'!;;e pt'!1'!tJ!lal "JWapoo 6md Ur'f.Jant fon:f!, moldi1.l[; Ilmn to be jIUJ tlj!: tireless!;), ,tri~d.ro side/ill'e ber fi'O'11~ ,1/1 pqwe" n.uti iNfit~~ucc since 1V.1j' be ~v4med ,hem II) be: ~v;lholft p-a'lth ur hi~nm;:hy,Imt with A.zO&lJi's death, i!'W!1"-siJi/till;f!, '~taik ,fl,rrmp.$,," ll NtpolYlin:g ~ him, a Filf.'lt:a·il is 1,1, l)U.licct '~1i',amJ:lleof ho"" IloMes win t.r}' r,o beHis succ~=r,.Caladl1(!.i, is 'J'f,Q'P(;' wU4till.g, if'4I'llf(J,P"'¥ifjidl.ttrl f little ;j,lld srriIII a,way pl.lbiic s'Uppo:rt fll"Q!tl a .rO)'::Ilthey d.isli.keor c}JIl,racter, dfldf(w mWI! itJ~wmtl' ~I "we "Rjl~'f"-e. the; oj'mfl.t (;Ofl·,.t-, feu-in th.lts case, F]lfaeJ"il i;s Slro!lg ~Jl(l~ capal'~e. and the}' Wil.!lt ;~'5~' shllg ft·eling he'r wq-y if Ito' lhf! wJles Y.4r1t}Ttf.rba$J hfid-iUld royal wClllll,~ inmad!. You "'!II face die same attacks if yoo'r-c Ilmb.isi.offS nobleJ ima (l(J/~rt;ersoi;ke (some 'Witli S-ttmbitm lmdd,siJ royal, or even if yoo're just a porenti~1 beir (:unong the ymmger are seeking to gain [Wl1I(!ro't hl!I"I!;\'pe-me,rmd tb.~1if' AJrtsair. of several dlildtetl) ofa powerful 'noble hOllse; tll,ere~\'ill always Don't be afmid to ITjiliilcc someone who U<lISI'O'VJl too, pOUlerg be In'ldes and annes wbo out of boredom. spite" and :I. desire for fLll-but be carefulthac the Ol.te you rrmO'l-~e is ,eidte!~ re'l!.'Ilrooo' more personal pm\?e'.I' win wallt you to seem weal or incompetent, in need of their gLlilla:m;e. ¥oo can a'ily }'ourself with a fa\,ol'ite our of office (and givt'Ii somerhing else-to do that truly interests II.ian> and wiU OCo!:llpy his tinlC), or r~1llo-ved Ibr'ever (killied ill :l1l1ll.t: or uncle to escape Il'WCi'i t>f dai~ but !:Htlsr then watch your an "accident" or thl'oog.h kg:JUy jusf flI~lIUS),.or you \,,,ill ha\'e ChO!iCl1~:UY Voi;irY carefuH}1, creared YOl(f W(lIst cncmY·-31id fn:cd bill] to tun~ 0J.l you. FiJf~el'il rJtJd . .!Ilf~a,;f' ari>' tbe on/;' ti'lfirfI; .f1dl~1! 1Mrsltj'J'Ji. The 0 V6lfJ'!f!riMlyw 'WtfU 61~'elj' flrmi:d61'lile f~ure; be I1,Jd .Ih,~ royal h~i,. .AZ(Jlm YVf111 ,if tht: df!ml,Cnnfl1J 'Princ-m l'iUm.~$I6l) pllpultlr, galltmt 'lfldrri(,<1~k.ing .A'zrnm IV soere d COml;i'fRflQ" is (111 ;tifaclj 'lvho n!mst be I!rQt~ct~d at ,Qll times 17£Iii ~ml fitll of mnbil.ifJltS tJfJbks (mf.1t1)' if w.lNm 1%11/ kllft"uw f,f) b~ .th~1m $t6ll"d jtnU dared chttilt:1Jf.I! ~vith m/J'thiu,g sl;)fwt ·if a All'~ arm)'. Wifh VIl1Jf.I!), sIJe King, and hi;; eldestd61I.¥,liter ~he CrfIWH 'Pt·inl:uf offipJ'iJl& qf .dZf)fm' IV, tmd So h,,/d 'lJ4!·iQffS slMiir),daims to' the Tnllt'lia's/l< ail Y1'Uepl' al'UdY ill a shQrf time, shiggs are ~ely ai[fi:!"I!III' 'h~ne tIMt «mid be advanc(!d in 4 ita}' if imyfhi1,.If, h.f1ppmct! to at cl)lIrl-ttlld t:lM/~{;;flgday by d'f)r. ,(he Obal"skyr5). Change happens evcJ'Y.'l\'h re, all rhe time, Stii¥ aware Oof EVC'J1 if 1'00 don.'t hii!ll)Cn.oo live i11 a realm kuown for its ch.:mgillgpohtirnl silU:lIti'olls and pubLi'!: opiniori. and cha:ng:e pl:ill.:lIldc:.-.illg mOIUI[icOs;, i;l,!cryruae is human. an,(l'llegitimate royil :J:croi'ding).y-ol" YOll.r subjects (not just a few uoblcs will !j~art Off!pl'.ill:g do happel.1. If dLar dOt;::m'r actll~ll}' OCCIil.{, ambitious to see you as a barrier rb.. wouk! be bcsc 5I¥cJ!C itWIMy. 'n adjlc5 can .ilIvcm it JUi;fc:Il~a out of ~1I1}' pe.wn they can cenerel J.J1.!,f ~'\qry(}ile (J.ue iil CQl"tnyl', A1UJtli" k'I(}'W$ ,thli' realm lUH \dlO has any n:sem:bb.lJa: in looks .0 allY mytl person~e" train three. trn.dititm~j JPyi~ 5l!M.tCl"S. bi:lll.1in .... he sl1oo1d l'l1ow. aud me [tun as a \\lCapo-n til:.1Jt C:J.n ,hllt split a reahn wide open ill ,civili war, The 'Pi~rplf 'lJ'rag:fJus (the ar~J') ba1te imdli{!i1.lcl! officers'lvw AlrWlir A.''1UJ'lQ~ sbe'sfacing ;'ltdfJ~f!5fivm '!l~riQltS ,~bals ~1Ni • try to tieui'mim: 'lDhn.I'j happening "'111 the fl'ormd" ill all ter1-1torleS 1u/)Q~ thfy';(! stati:fJfled~ M.aS t.o prl!fM'''e'/(,<1' unreu, baTl'dil aitad:S, fllCftDtIJ if'Nobles l'fo:.meqf them. b.rJ'ckeit by ricb s{NTliQrSfr(Jw the' gpbJiUkiJl raids Oiil of the StOIIe.ill1uls, ana reoellwp. t,le.ighboriJtg Inlld 'If &mbi4) thal1nigbtfim''e inll) open rtbtlliou Tbe War Wifi;ilrds spy all e"lU!rJ()IIt!' {l!'IJen'lhl!msel'IJl!S, me:tUIS , by 'Wheltf!'1J~r iM)' reI! .tJny ifdJsi(mti.a1 'lve:okness they !:tm e-.vp/oit.Far' if ilk aiarp!JbiL$, lI~al" Wiznrds 1vl.JIJ .nct as (lIt it.lie1't.la.l po/icoe; ~/1.(mf! cwifo"t.ab.le il1 the saddle 'With a nwra iN ber Imud t/,em she' fi,.:,·e') to prtJlftl Cw'myr fi'YJ11l~nilit{Jry eMf.s, corrffpl l:Ou~ti(!":;:, isfittcill;g 'Will} w(Jro. and While actioJ.,s, Alds6lrr.!4l:es a s'wif#y roguc tJ.lar,rs, alia lhe 'Whhm #' mly 1.1:lf!1noer f the f'~J':(I1amHy q f CIJ6lUf.i,~g &,ya/ ClJ"urt if C(J'ff.f~yt that has ~hvtJysImm awash in 1.U/)O shaws si~lU tif bet:om.illl.: Insane Qr tyra.l1t.lic-al. spies alJd su.lIHe il1trif,lles-a1Ml i5 riO lo.rq.er dotn;'.ldl~d aNd kept TiJe Hir.:Mni,gp1'J are .n ',a114fi~1of l;oyal, dedi''oa'ted,d~11lfrfJns ill lin.eby theali~pvwe,rfi~J 'Wizard Y'ffl(fll·,d"b4#. ]I you as heir-(to arhrone Or control of"" noble hocse) rely me" wilt) J~t" ./lJe '''()yaijamUy as pel"50'1I41ef{,foI"Cf!"~', spies, twa too' much cui allY one ooLlnk'l"-or }'ourpredecessor did-and cm'OJS. • .AlUSt1fr ~'$o lm.tmls 1~fhat 7ftrMI COl"mY,I'e61ttS (ml)! 5UJFct: Ttl rharmdividual bas grOWlfltOO po\w:rful, he is more li1:e'1}' than P'e'Cf!llt J(101'$, Ha'rpl!I"5 btroe 1m 01l./y spi.e:d ,)11 the reainJ, t~iw not (no matter how frit."l'iJly he might 3,Ct)to become you.r wersr also spied for .tIJdi'IJidltdJ t:ollrtie'1'5mu:! mem'bers fJ_f the Oliarsi:yr roe of aU. Evcn if the oourtier (eaUy .is ufledy kim:!: ami ~!iJl .•he's 'YJ)'aJjmnilJ' (1tdJlJ IlJe Illtima/I? tlWl of kl!epill{, filii' realm peacejid like a. huge CoreS!;shll:doW1'OP'; When slleh a mighty tree .finaU" ,ami Sln1:.le, alid u(Jl.le11:inrr, allY pvwel" group 7vili;ill ClI'rmP' :shift fal.ls, it cnt5l1csll.IlY smaller trees inrhe way .. ml I~ I,fe-S <l. hug.e the "alallt;!? if power all il}{ll much), gap o.r seal" in dl~·gl"~(:Ji~'iry-a \:\"e,lkl1~£s of1l1~r$.can~t tnis~ ~ing. or exploiting if they waa~f ro, M(ff(Jb't'1!I" .1o" real ":diNY 'llMrll' llMt mw:t be k.ept .rf#trrlYfr.,nJ Try to ~t'ilblish three or fou]" useftd ooll.rtier8 or Se'J;"VIlI]tsof (such o'lS lI'acing,ffJIIUlPi1lfL al1d e'"!,'eN imp~rm"J(r1i1rg or k,idllapp;", imli1tidIl418). .ntl of the atl.,dl ,Ob'{w.sky~s iuI'Ui! ,m"a/t~ 'tIf!")' S~{'NtI n:IUghl~1 equal pOli'l"Cf, not let' it single Olle ri.se to dominance, and fCrsoll.nllle.lworkK if $pies, rangil1gfffJm r)id mefl fbrof"p .f1n;07~· CJ«:~pt>~'ithln the strict' b<ll.!l~a_fiesof orfices with dearly defined. pil,J!Jed snl!aJHhie1!l!'s 10 small b'OJi rJltd g,irl5. Ut.lwkmmm.I' to tlNJ'r dutics and l-"Kl'l"oC[I; dUl:f a Ii amb~tious 'or' sdle,llling per!iOll.can't pttll"lJlU' some 0/ these ''shndUlfls'" (a5 Vm,gerd4hnst dr~b/;~d tbem) cxp-al1d. mig,hf n/5.f)hI!'Rm'pl!i'$ ~r dDuble' agm,tsfor foreign ,PfJ'lfltll:', Heaa if the IYm' WiZ.dI1aS, 1i"'tl!.If,erdalmsJ he-Id the #(1,'$ T}~ spies AJJem'bled' by Az(},tm II"; Tat/ald4. !.ma' P4_'IfFY fJ/YW if bu'(h R'1l,J'it1 Mag/ciao mId Cor.wt Wizard (bcing {lhiif aa'IJi.ffJl· ha~,)e nO p'n,tV'YJli,j-llild A/usdi" l1eeds tofind rJJft what lheirt l~p. to AZbIW rv from the tints J'()utb ufllil his death, 'loS 'Mdt ,as to, particu.ldf'lJ< if (my of liJem .dI'f! _IlVW1vorkifltfor 1Mble; INSIIIe 1!11'lJern,i1t[, me ml.a ff:achitl(,. if" ll1dg;,· ;11. Ih~ r,e:alm). He' 111aS all to .lhe Crl'nll1J. ()I" hying, II) 16rke sel"1,,'ice urith Cn1$,dl1d a,5!Jrewd, medd/j'lt,. paranoid Wll.rl .. flhQ m:edcd' tQ K:Uq1f' 1{.']'at

II 107v publi,e pt'~/t!
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per5111141 ifJletti(,l!1ul.e ser'lJic(:s: a the ranks 0/ "hilt' j)j!ldd' {jr; maHqlbm' y(mi'ig_ 1w!Jles fid jmrrrrt~rtt, plt:'am tbeir Jflmilif!s, tm:d {lrQ!l)ia.e all mf1ilittisg distrlll:tiofJ ,n'la SCi'lN!11 llfIlifl:lt, ~obles: mill (tIbers trymg II) see 'What the .sp,h:! 'be)' kmnll We 1M. <'WI!l't'4lty ~p to). a$>tt the spie$ '1Pho hw~e 'Owl-kedfl,,·/Je1" /01' years,/rflm /(J1fcrJ '{.lIh(J seMe only h~r to 1!'lIS/ed'"loyal to' Ihl!' ",11m'; fIigMwighls S/~d1 ;;.1 GlaruIteer Rh'lmJigim, AIIIJ.ai,. l11().l'J fe~rs ff':ar IP'iz(ll"a-s going rf)(/~~> mul dlig,tiit~g,witb lldJles Jet'ki'l, to O'l!{wt!Ji"()W' the Obttrskyrs_ Sht is $~'ekilit. io mhert SO»WaJarphtJI1S itl19 ;-e,porl:illg to ber, fwd trying,to neCMnl!' ,iii ~trlief,'itmJ t.o !JrSP'W'fl, siXi'Jitd-i,l-C01JUmwa of /h;: Wm-Wi:t:a]",dr" !till ;;mOl 10'$It SiJine $0'''' if htmdle' Oil tbe .fPiJt- lPiZa1':ds, Inu ,to beller rim_ fh~' '"flaim. as Regmt, Ifs crucial fOr you as rhe heir '~Oa rhroll,e or a noble h(l!1_1[1C' to be a.'i\'a.re of not onJ}' the fonna] £p}'Mng j]$'OfIks at work. in your realm or oo!IJseJwldls, but th natural (alild shifting) tyeryd!ay 311!iances" diqu'e-S., f riendships, r.l\raLries., ".lul ha.treds ,amons. }'OU1" cenrt or scrvanrs and
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.dtu5air

/m:w/f has

btlJ1tbiing,. owerI' fl-~Ifp 1h~>haG re.cr~~ife"li'OM f

/0,-,

lUCHt. which of COllrse means most roy.llt}' in Facrun ,Ilaw daily 10.\"e5that 1]1'1;." far "''Ot8e" Pr9 IDCIlSand p:rU1C'''SSI..'S wh-o choose to witbd:rnw from ,wch eares and itlll.cllway tbe.ilr days 011friv:ol~ti1l$ retain the danger (they are still. royal heirs sukject tomUlcdelCt

k.idl'iiLpping., and coercion br folk pkWi1'S poJi:~ks) but aile seen as JiiZy OX foolish or unsuitable I.'uk'!'!>. and 'tllerefor·e !e!i:SuSl1'ful and more e-xpe.lldilJ1)!e, YOll an: rO)l;a~ty}you L1Silil,II}'h .. ve IHOl'e If 1. powei:' to cboese }rour lifestyle than m(l;5~ fol!k~t you cannot: C:;'llll~ }'Our he;,rrage, If you h)'~o ru n 1111dIli.je :from it. it wiU find you. Someone who, wants to IIISC you W' juS"t m.a'ke SL.II:e you're dead! l,!.,m see 00' d'la:r.

Rulin'~'

Q

Domain

\~itb1_iIl your kin. Tv.'O old sayings

apply: "If

~

d

o

,~ ~ ,.t.

db-n't 'Llo.pelkks, polaies w.ill be doneeo yoo" llt}iI "'Manipu:ratDllg other brunans is \\Tbil!t umans do... A 'leaCkr survives h 31ld BOl;lrishes, .If he knows. how to read people and influence wbat they believe and \~;hll~ they'll do, I'nfruming and l'nisinrorming P(."Old~
)1OIJ.l

'~ certain thiI,,1"l": (all.d see thill"'~ that .£ IF. 0'" ... tJ!Ley']!' n1isinte'l'pret, I,ike the .:5: I:;; iJ'1fam.oo5 stll:ged lovemaking scene purpol'tediy .in1K!l.vin1l. the cbu'a,~ He-.roin Shake-!ipear,e'~ '''Much Arlo About Nothing") is om.' ef· f>ecrivetool. Cou:rrlen and senra,l1!S will 'L.!~ it ,~:gaillst rOll. CV'eJI if yoo aem use it Ott them, YOLl must rnake sere fOU have several :sourees fol" the [Ilfotmation reaehing you, so very little ulfi:n'matioi:) em be kept secret from ~iOO. or t~l stcd and slanted .. i without your kilO"\'h~g ahout .it. 'rims, AlIwlir ,!p(.Ides ihrrmgh .: daily 5ttaJ:ep.it qf iflll'i(,MS, spie.s, .:JtIkip.t1.rirm.. dna deceptiQ/u-yct m~t folk elsewlm--,e
IlJif1k
,Jail"

~ 'by

letting

them

learn

01"

OV~l'l:l'ear

hR-rJin.g an tifo .i~ 'r/II! rI' the
1[5

if 'PrincessAIr~·
t4S)1

mtal'
ill

Pf!t:'efid"
Illi .Ftrerri,n,

prOSpeT'()M,

C.ol1ftllted k;,,""I»II$

falk of Cormyr are rJilll: ilIl ·thls· judS·

r~

Mal~y tales are told or bri,gpt: heroes ha.cling their \W}':'i iaro nl-:rsn:ip (usuany by ,b.emring doou evil, dccmkiit m.onarchs). l.ltlt disPll':;&ionare sages cmmin ilt,g eenmrles or throl1e asc1:llc5iOl'is tend to ,eomirnic that I,my esrnbLish:ment' of a Ite~!.'I}' ruled wrr~to.ry succeeds ill the long run by"tbe SlIpport of the rl:ll~i. nor OJ' brute fo.rce (wh ltb (all win t.h.e; d:J.)1ill the short 1'1.1.11), Over time, this suppOJ."t drifts into regarding [he l'uler or ber dynillsty ;t;SrightfiJ ~ to be suppl.altt!.il· only if ,she 'W:l"J1S :twa}' fro:lJl, rilcpor:opk (fails in oblig,lItions and l'csp0l\csiibilities). You as a new ruler IRll~.th)'to s~',ay public opinion to IIC:Ccpt- y.oo, ]:11 the sllort: run, you gain maxi,1l11l:m, stlpl)o:rr dll'OIIgh mlnlmulill disftlpttolJ: A OOt.lp' dl~.til]l'Qhr.c.s 1rutchcry ,only a:t OOUJ:'t, .~Q iramroiat.c flood of ne"' laws or 'tan'S. and "bwinc5S as usual" or mirror new ~.l]eJi~ for ,!lrn1iIi.'IOJt-t:rS that aren't t3lfge" 1.I115i:.'trlil3g d.mltges \YUL~ncrally be :s.upported. ("I ,callll not \\1.10lords ~tup in the castle, so 10llg as I mil hUllt .my door and sell Ill}' parmips;") Almmgliob-ll.it)'. eourtiers, o.r tlle\\lealtby. t'JleI't: \ ill aJwayll be opposirion to a JICl.\' l'1I !cr w.llo ar.r.M:isthroug.h. fom or SlI:ife beeaase s~!c:h"power players" Il[l\~ thcUt O\loin ideas (if wbo shouJc.i nle (oftJ!'.I1 pup:p~t candidates th,,)' OOllft:[(l~). If Q[_~Il. A\FllIur,o;:(: rook the throne T..be l1olJle·w,-" with he!!' sword and spens, why l'la'IJectur-cr tr(,lif)ds i" SllOUldll't she be blasted off it by goad C01J1jNury the sp~ils .of your ravOrite" who

3.

,

,
OI{DE.R Ti.~ THE. COURT

.,__.

--

••
has dwelt jll the realm all his life and is rUll1on:d to be (lcSCCllded from a 1l,as.ta.n:I 50,11 of old' Kill£ Nclzor:' Wh,·'!t: makes Aval,l,ree $0 milch !letter? Rulers aneions to quell such i,l'Itrigu)C5 should Si,\fC' he most t d'al'!ib~KOtlS porel1,~iall,'<ebe:ls so~g.m"bcIL'CfiiDS: Iands, ,titles;, ~1.'1 increased sa)' in decisions, or ornnmi of 11IDllt'y-J.'lJ~:kins, ine.rallt:ile ~rru,'· nltles. Fer example, the merubars or a C1ll1lVa.I1-00IIii?<mY-0\'i',nin,g noble f:u]1]I_r J=ouW be installed as the masters of a new C.a.ra~";l)l guHd 01" court depa.l'tl'lli'lnti allowing them a fNI,; Mild to set the rules to tlmir personal fina.m:i:ll advantage, This leads to any ruler's diffi,cl.Iltics of wciglrnlg ene po\\ler group's desires against those of others while a\'oiiling tIle 1re of commoners (merchants in particular) wbo ,incviuhly lose power and furur,e We'llhJ1 i.1I such deals, Evcry ,gain in l1(nwr for one penoll llte".lta,l)ly means :I loss in pooler for anotbcr, RIl'lers nllUst parttcuhrlybBware of a1n.1~.el.·illg local rcligio!.lsl~adcrs., because' dl~Y can qllickl}'rum large nmubcrs of citizens 1L.g,aiJ'iS'E ruler a or ,:I new pol!ic'j'. 'Ev-erylea.derh .. beth Tega.1andtraditional as oblig:itroJ1S IlIIld responslbilitles, Some tradirjcnal duties (inspectingthe first babe born in spr lng, ffi" bmying: the-first swanto die after first SllO'L\'fall) :rnig}l[ seem ood~but cirizcns ex.pcct domain lc:1d~s to !l'l)ply 1m'!' fairly. 'moprotect tTleln (keep.ing pe;:!ce and patt-olling again e pro .... ·lillg moaseers and ]a"rless brigallrl'5).ami Itot OO,(1{lIiress'EllCll'I (sla)'Joog or ~atil'[g IIp folk at ['allrlOlu).Bchavior that shatttts ~hese ge"11e.al pl·j ndp1es leeds illevitably 100 uurcst and cV'1:D'i'Eq;ri)]1y opeil COilmet. Pe.iIt;}rmanre tlu.t makes commoners fCd5Ccu:re 11.It(l resFcted (with kJlQW.1m b\'IS~.b:ld. rules, fairly applioo. and a lack of swift. bold chai1VS) wJU \~'1ua ruler their .wpport,

chooses to bl:illg to bear, A \f~mgcfi:ll family Inigbt brillg j"O"ur realm eeenearie .fUi.l1if you impriso.1D ires heir. but ;:I light saltellOO will t1.Irn subjects againsr YOIl and sItO'l\' die r,~hn tb~c you. om he OOI\!ei! by rhreaes, Meti.nlg Ol.lt justice LoSii f'il]" dlO]".lIIic.r ,glulle i
'tbllJ ma'~clling u.ener,ally.no

c:r,imecs ""ith ~h~i.r listed J.J~miS:!Llncllts. plm:e thar d~ri,vcs en trade (such as \.~Jte'nie-ep, Sceruube], or Arhkada) dares allow o_PC'J1 bribery ,or "fiaw,-djus-, tiee," Rigging of Jr"CSU]ts1]lJ11:5.tbc done behind the sc'~:Jles-by uet bringing someoue to trial Olf arranging :l prisollCF cscap'~ritth~r than in public, (hmidc of fmlilticr areas, rlilccs Eha~survive OJ') trade willhave dead}' codified Jaws, an indcl'H:!~deJiit judiciary (sLch :IS 'tIle Magisrers of Watcrdccp),. and :JImlllgemems dl,.1;t let guilds partIal I}.punish their own members, (kssc.nillg courc seneences in return for guild :sanJCtiolls).Bdicl" must prevail thaf "isir.ing Inexchadlts lie treated equa.lly with residents and ,citiuIlS-Ot the ;I1t>erdt31)ts will swp ,cOlui ng. For '~hl$ reason, trial. by combat is rari:.ly~Uo'W'.ld in trad ili:g centers. bur n.~ight: occur in rural mob j~lM:i(;~ or CO'Jli~lrn.iil iEi.~S dominated by a faith allowing it (for e..'Ilam,prc. a ham let a1'OO IDd a, temple of TeJ'upus). In Sembia :IS wdl as som~ TctbyrhlUl baronies and VillwJl cities. combat between hi.red champions OF personal dueling is public ei}tel'tainmellt, resorted to .in cases whcre no crime' bas been C'O.llUuitredJ}CC3u:se there are lID ]aws protecting pe:roollal reputations, but :I noble feels slighredbyaaother uoble, or a highb!om not-ye't-vo'ed woman is m:ms.ed of being less rhan ,bas~ and nraLt~$ to rcfllte the slur. ,A.f~er all, FauLIil almost '~Jttirely lac:1b; e'lulval!ellts of rea[·",,'OrM IiDeI and slaniicrla\\'S .. In lnany places, lnag1srers. guiM§; and (in :my ease WnCf'i: a crime or complaint iill'()hr~Spl"ie..'l'ts or temples as &..fenifant, • plaintiff, or ""itll~):lll priests have the right to call on magical aid to det'e'nnme Ui!Ul1and falseh.ood.lll cases .invQlv:ing offellS41's aga.illst clergy OiI'remptle property. pr~st!lusu!:lI'I}' !Ire allowed to lW,s.sjudgment alld enace ptlllishlneJll~ Oldy .in 'wmple.{!omillatlld A has ooen borne out by til precadmg discussions, rhe lifc of a COJlllUL!llitles; elsewhere, justice, indudin,g any magical aid that noble is fl'an;lgln w1tb p~'oblelll:s that IUllst be solved and overcome aggric\1~~d ,pi·iests 1'e!ll1est. Jl:lUst be pl'O\'k!ed l'l}!independent :JJ[lcane if dmt noble is to mainlall1 or impl'ove his h!,gb sration. Several spellcasrers ..Who pays for dlis Se'l' vice Val'res ..... idely from jurisdicspecific 1s-wesand factors !h~t em make a ruler'sjob a cllilH~lIgilig tion ro ju risdictiO'.n. one are eevered beLow. lfuwCill dees i:li0<t yet have a '~I~aditio:n licensed brw!i'~rs.but or it does bave increasing !lumbers or ad,fQ{:ales (p~.rtK:ularJy il1 D~ Amn and Seil~bia). These- are paid orators \vho speak ar trials, iLh.·ays in tile pome:ilu;c of an accused, !le\~e!: appearing i.n her cme cirics31ld :I auds in Raerun have elaboratecodes of jusrtcoc, tead, They might Oil' m_ight not knew details of loeal law i:11 with \ rittell laws" ~p«ilic penalties. and proeedarca ref ned orner to give useful ad\!ice to an aecased (gelmern]ly ill Faerjln through much cnse law or' traLiition. III wilderness areas or small ealled a prisoner, even if not yet deemed guilty). Some-advocates settlcments. 'the law of the sword' (that is. might males righf) 11[(:elltcrtaulillg perfor;rl_jc~s .... m imic the voices .of piliople.. 'M UiSlmll;' bolds swoy, Yet C"i'C1l wh~re dear:r}, coC!i lied la~~sexist, S(U1Wnce5 lire orten at! OUt events, tell j~kcs. and C11g:age In fl!l:riOU:5 dellaw in OOIH't. Sil1C<: tbi$ is ruten oonsidered great entertain menr, such antics fU the d&r~iol1 ,of dle rule!'. FOI" example, a king C:lII. lict iL are seldom cut sho,rt even b}' ,a,ngry judges o:r 1~1l:1Cl:1'5M::.c~use dl.c t guiJty party go f!\l1ie:, perform a service .rattler than ochclLltil\g the

wm

con.flicts

senrenci

the guilt'lJ

,UllXsru.tlc.ut. ~y large fi 11Al'-Sa lieu of being, flogged and h imp.risolled. ami so. Qul. In most plares. myaky lind ]]obility have Jt'igilt~ or privileges tba,t COlln IHOIl folk lack. evying :l 5ente'llce agahl~t th~ gui It}' varies frolil a simple 3d]llin i&t:rati\fe m£k to all adventure ill mn,jg."ltillg II t're:lIcherous maze of po'"ICC pJays, d~,pelldil1g 011 dlepe'.l'sonal p.rcsti,gr; :tnd influence of the guilty. A COl1!11101lhief fiilCeS his punishment t mlud alone ..TIL scion of II p01/\Ie1~f o:!merchant house faces h.is ~Iltelice In::mcd witb !lU tile e~;(lJIomic lind pol.it.rcal .poriver fLles family

OOU11l'lO'.I1

folk enjoy it.

politicol u.iuoJs
Few .rulers are free of 0PPOi1cnts-\\ihet!ter they wnci~llborilJg nzicl's or person:> wirli:Ul.cheir own :I a u!ds. such as pawe.. ful priests, r wizards.,. Ot heads of wealthy families-who CQ.mpe~ with them for desired tri'l.*, mutiage.s" <tilll CQlltrol of disputed lands or' CVOCIl .ll'Iakc open war on th h' borders or r,erriwf}'.

18

L

ORDER IN 'IH

COUIiT

Tile hardest sort of ri.>,:!] for a rulce to thwnu (nsmc from one SO pm\Yerfl.l.l that tile ruler dares not 3t:tl'l,ek him,. ;'l11d knows the 1'lllelJ"'srelative weakecss .~lid tlms do~ as he pJe."ses) 1~one ·~'hoa:cts friend Iy or neetrnl, hut {lovc:rdy sp.r~ads rumors or uses ~gellts to do di.l"ty deeds d.Nlt an:' Mflll1~d 0'11 the ndc,r" to blacken the ruler's l'eput1ttil:m or that of h.ils .b!l11d. this is· If done ahrond (e:l:CIIlJSive]}' 'outside the ruler's dO'm~i],)., the ruler can ohell see only one way to combat s;nell deeds; secretly hirc a.~7elltu.rer& or other nonceurticrs to go to tllat n,:gion, bUilt 00\'11 the agents employed by the political r.ival. ami: dlcal with memo III this, bards who have a pllllllSiblc cover for sucb tr..lVl:l, w.In'rerswlDO&e arcane skins aren't gcm:;mUy known, 3ml fighters and roglles wh'O lnmv the tC1T.itory ami Jm\vr;: "sluuly coneaers" there rnn be gl'eady eJfec6voC. In most ooll.f.liC'~s with pol.i!tirtd ri."Ilk, n:dC'JiS desire eo as m~r.h as they 'can witholJftPl'ccip:itatlllg opel] w~r, 'fh,t,'}' try to aooJmpl.i.sh dlis through protTl'lcwd diplomatic maIlel.!\/t'tjngs,. uadingpl:oys. spyi.l'lg.:l.nd. frarning oppomnts u'ich fnlse lereers i}f stfl.gOO situations, wiEh all sides tlryingto assem ble all ies and sway neutral rulers and powers to o;poclllysupport or at Icast nm ~ tllcil' vjewsand iajtianvcs. As rcn ions illlc~"t"J~,boorder skirmishoes 01' raids cook! OCC'Llr-ll'l1d to pn:vcntthc:sc fro.ru e:;;:i'ating into open \\r:11'. rulers oftc.nt~frn 00 coverdl' hiring adwnrllllers rather than ope'llly hiring 1i1c.'l'~'clllilri,"Sr sending o in their Ill] ifonllcd troops,

"'n'O

and SeI1'lJbi;al1 h.istQ.ry repeated.l}' :sbo"~. if It ki.ng trusts an ad'i'isor C011~pletely, ~t'seasy 1i01!~tltat advisor to inflmma: roya1 d!X:iskln!l for he.r personal gain or to sl'tift a realm ·towan:l w1l.iit she w~mt'S it ee be ~Of deeper under rhe i.!lllmm~c or oonn41 of ~~ d\'~1 realm that oo\reul}' l'ewm':ds h(l'Y). An all1'Oas!>aejor f'ep,reserlt~ dle ·Vje\1o'i of a fo[-.cigl~ ruler or land at a rtde.'S C'OlJr ~ and. as such, is sometimes referred m as an uml;',;urced adviwr. In FlIe.run" amb~Ss.1~OI':S are almost 111ll1>'ars called emroys.. bllt embassies (permanent residences or offices owued by foreign poM<el:S, particularly ",hen "outland" laws arc
AIllJlian deemed to apply within sm:h buiMillgs) an: vcry rare, Most eJI"o}'S at' hooseil' il! ,crQwn-Q\vn:Cid guest lodgi11gS ill or near tile palace or oourt buildings, They uSLlaU}' CIUO)' immunities ·t,O 10(:.31laws and hal'aSllmcflt at least 'equal jo Iocal noh.il.ity, though 't.his- .inmll.mlty will only 00 aib601ute if tla:cJ' rc:p.1:c5cm a .s·trong. 3isgressive. ana. fea:red powe.r. Most rulers em o:J!5.il)' arrange "ac<:Wents" or fram ings for death-sentence crimes (:SUch as murder, r,ape'. anem.pt«ll'"egicj~. 00" palace ~J'sO:l1)for eJi1VOYS ~lley detest, All rulers spy on' the doings of elU'oys-and IROOt

w:t

AJ.iuisors find xmbossod ors
Wise rulers seek advice-not just to. g'llin iliformatiollln'l~rifedto make the '~I"igh~"or best decision. but toshow their subject·s they listen to citizens and value til1!U: opinions, COllSllh:in!l, advisors om 00:111 effective way of dd.lllyillg unpopular Or controversial decisions, particularly if :! rivalis rryillg to farce a docisiol1 to be l'OOde in a difficult time (Sl.IdllllS a partrcular religious fcstiwl.a battle ~lIni\'e!rSa.ry>or vi'lDen a tradirjonal 1'00\ envoys are "isiting), Most rulers elllploy throe s'offts aI" adv U;QIS; • persons whose opinions 'Elley \I"Illllil.~~'ithwbmn they d iscuss iswes wi~b in PI,'ivar.e; •, erneers whQ speak h~ public (of [en at ooun) to subtly support tlle crown's vj~"'Siwi~ho[J~ seeming to· do, SCI!. m to d~a:rly present options or choices to disputing parties ((01" example, re.tnimlmg guilds or nobl.es of oansiderations Ii ruler must keep 1n mIlld when adjlldirnting disputes!. and .' "expel' at findiJlg the real e~pens" wIIO serve the ruler by fi· [discolI'Cril1g 'the erae aJ!egiances and competencies of persons preselltecl. at court as ex:pe-f [S and 'll1en f f1rling (or consuhing wit'h) :real e:i."PC['t,sfor il1st:llJlre. the best (
I

.

ell fOYS spy 011 rulers or their cour tiers. , Some rulers reward fa:mil'y members or supporters witb CJIl\'oyships, :Such a.fficelloldel'8 might be- illcom~t,ellt.lal.}I. undjplomatic, or eeueerued only for personal gain (usually by w01'king shad" trading (!e:ds). Sonie e;Jl~;rl! visit only robfing weighty lllC5SlJgCS
or to deal with emergencies. Others arc ill5.trllc,t..ed to bu ild favor for dleir fuLe.r or lami by '[llI'ow1Ilg :!avislt revels, slimvuillg folk 'l1I'itl:i ,glrts" or o:ffe.rillg, anl'a,etive rr.:JI~~op.portllnit~s. Tblis sore of envoy js likely to. be romely and to. use romantic wiles. MOost e!l"roys, h.. lWe\i-'el'. are veteran .courrjers wn05C posrings o are rewards, The), are bighl}' competellt ami guard their jdb5 c:ucfully. As a result, they tend. to be i:: rse, eareful, qniet, well dressed. dignified. glill·tollgued-actors and' sti.cklers for etiquette, This makes tlle:!U vcry dallgerom if they ''go bad'," As with IldviSOl', nllcJ"S llOu'fd beware the C1l\'OY'subverted b~' a foreign pO~~'j;\r Or acting for perso~~algaitl; envo..vships provide great cover for such ac~il'ities., if 'they are J:ept Sllbtle. Envoys who are veteran courtierst·cml to bog s.ub'~le lind poli8hed and rnn very slillfu:l.]y Ih"ll: a rukr lie~-'Uld so must be \\>:l.tthed. C:tf.efully .

uevohrrionories
Every filler Iltl iglu fil.cc lCv:olutionarie.s wbo \VIlIIt him galle because he's mil usurper. l,ot as good lIS J:weviOtls rulers, or for some Ilf'tcei\red Ha~lI'. E\'e.ry land has a pa:s.t As king. yeu II!l !gln be :harred just because you\t-c not: an Eaglecloak, your realm was O!lce filled by the Eagkdooks, (md OOlnOOllC dauJtl ing to 'be dle .Iong.loc;it E.agbrlook heir h3S just appeared. Many noble houses look for pl'\rtendcr-s to, Pll:t on tfir,OJ]cs as their puppets. ,~Itdtheir s","'OroJ:, have JUSt as 'y.i,ght[ul~' a d.llill'l to a t.hli"011e"as does the :aOVe.J1tI;l11er S],ttilW; .on ir. who prcclaimed himseJ:f kjn,g, by force of arms,
Other rcvo1utiol1ariJ..'5wanr changes to lawS:.SOdN)'. and "the \\"IlY th.ings work" ,r''S''lU'dless ",'ho's fv'ling, Rapid. effective cl!ange almOst alwa.ys seems Illost ,aclticlfable by Q\'ertJ:lfow of the cmrn:m· ruler, In SiDlilC bnilS.rc\folutioml.rles are glorified QUlla\'i's seeling to

drago'isla}', .. in the te.m), the eml,. sun'iving, vislter to a pardcu]ar Umkrclark cit}'. o:i" OO~:neolle. knew a rivnl ·\1o'ho berore she' roseto pO\!.>er and so call tell the. rurer'i\,hat said rival IS .reaJly like).

FamJJ1 il! "the Ullllcl\rised thllOue·!ord is a fool,o;However. it's i1ilro fooJisb for a ruler (or a 10\\'1,1 merdl<ll.llt or ,adventurer. oJ1erating in unfamiliar rer:rito:ry) to trust, too A very old saying
in

or

dee-pI)' in ad\fisol's, l~.rise foU:: a~\1i':l}'s't~')''~ g~t advice 1.:1111 si:iU.rccs.thLlS res-ting the ve:ra:city 'of ,il. panicula.r

from
SOIlI"Cle.

sev· As

justify

the.ir bIlg.1l11dry al1dwin oom". froc meals, and ~nctu~ry

19

O~j)EIl. IN THE C01TRT

from. :ll1gry citizens, IB others, tbcy're liollles, academics, or young hqrbcads who form secret secieties (with elaborate ti~mll.s. passwords:, sngn8;, ~nd costumes) and cl1d~sJly Sd~e'JllC to bring down:) ruler O'rg1'l.lInbk about: [he ruler's pcrfoemance, but JlCVCf get' around ttl dQillli) much of anj'rlung, Iii (I, few cases. ~e\'oJgtiomlr.re,s arise ",ito arc de'~ilrmin~-d and re$oorc,~flll CIl.o(lgh to attcmrt assassi:mlf.iom, mups, or armed r,ebeUioua agajn:>!: f]1e' ruler, tire ruler's fllmil~l.~~mior coo rtiers, or loe.aI tax collectors. Rulers need protl.'Cl;joJ1 agai.nst na itors. llisible oodyguards .• guanlian nl0l1S~er$. and naps are aU good dete-rrellts.~ but it. is always wise to keep' SO.IIU: hiddem Unknown defens:¢Stend to be mor;e effc~-tive 'Ellai~defen~s rebels call dearJy measure and pllepare agaimt. Of ,collne,cilcbllst defeasc is to know whitt's g.oing on ,in the domain, and this means ba,yiJ1g COiU]?l:l"l:JJ£ a Ild sufficiclJtly numerous SpiC5. Aru!er lUlJi>E do '\\,'J~ar~ ...'Cr its l1ooess.1.ry Co gain a I!d' ~~t.1' the lo)'ilI.i't}~ i>m:h of forces: MlllIl}" .real,·wo-rM kadel.'s have been kilk-dby their own boo}'gLlards. bribed to slay by a third party. A!; an old Faerunian S:J'},i3,Spll~ it. "The nwn who goes ilot look~n,g for t:ro!.!bk does not fiml it-it finds him."

clergy :ll"c: '\1IDddly ami w.-iUing to 'Work dlplOlmr~irnll~~ w,id] .rull::.rs to, quietIy increase the .lliflllC11Ce and true power or the faitb, bar a few are zealots or' Ilaivc ~t.oli(:lted·m iitl(b" WllO dea! in absolutes iJJld a~'fx-acts I.'atber than daily praccicditi;cs-,:Jnd II. ruler can :I11lt! them. ~'Cr)' hard ro dc:d WitlJ:,

n(lmp(t~in~ xdvenrures
Rl:llers !.ulltcrsmmi (ami call usually handle) mV\llltm:llrs intheir dOiJ1aili~ far mare easiJy fh~ Il they call dea I with ambitious ckrgy, because adventarers ~dmos.t aJ~'ays \va~u loot, fun (ad\'ellttu'C), and pou't::r. However •. ur ~]10\~'Cdto go too far, ffi" if l~irod as paid "b'roodS\\'Ord.s"fm' a ruler's ri\'al, rh~}' can bcCOJIlC 1I gr:J\'e dfllls:cr. Af~ al], most rl!l.lIer-·llull'dc['ilJg usurpers ilre advenrurers, TIms, rulers win lli>1l:::I_11}' move against ran}pagil:lg::ld.,rellturers :;wiftly ,ll'Id brutllUy, SOluet.ul'l~'S (cspec.i<aUyif tile adventurers are beeoming ll()];luJarwi.th eommcncrs) by hiring another adv~muring
baud
·to

eliminate

dit'Jill.
IJ illlg

Reli'~-iousLeaders
Many :a moor is frust:r~tcrl by the presence or strong, meddling rdigiotl~ leaders iI'tiv~ in her aQmaUl, If the tenets of their fa~tb :l]10\,~ high pric-s\s can-and inl;virnbly do-act as rulers iu tiR"ir 0\\,11 right. foLlowillg divine tii(Cftc5 as they issue their 'OM'n decrecs. preach i>aJl:1OJ15 or. enace hOly pollcles that cirher support or dellounce d:l~ ruler and the .mIer's l;:n\'s and ;lims. a lid ge'ner:a!.ly behave in ,ind'~1"CIld:e.nt \J;-'aYSh_at can give rlli~rs dl[,Ol]ic , c pain ti'tc fundament The gods IIff'very rea], and they defend (or at least iI\'C'ng;e) their clergy. Thus, rulers usaallyhave OIlJ), two eptions: changing the priesr's opini'Oll d~rotlgh n'"gOtiatioll. gifts, cllJtivating frieml&!l.ups (whid'l for the ruler usuaU}:' m~all~paJ;"tiany agra::ing to dL;:; alms of tbe r. itb, 01" even payi.ng personal 11£1 service 'to a fOlloWLlJg or ha'l'ingthe pJr.resr·reJ!l~ ~t). cirher dmongh JJlU[,OOr. arranged ruisadveuture, or (pr-elie.l'ably. because it pre"i'eJlr:s,clh'i_lIe retrIbution) .11IlV'ing t'he' priesr d is(:r<<l~ted ia_]he ey.e~of her own t deJ'gy or deity, luring 11~rastray or puhlidy c~posillS her "turu;illgs" rr,oJll tbe faith, The denies of Fi"ten~n are gener91ly 'Nilling ~orolerntc bac.kslidin,g.s Illul failings ,in 'EheiJ" clergy se 10Jlg as these ,:LIe!I't l:K:tT'llya!s or don't lessen the !II.II:t1bc:r of worsb ip~-s (llna th-eJ"i!for~ rc-dil£le the god's powe-r).-Th-us, a lligh.riilukillg j_)'!-i-c!;t doing something ~!l ful IlI_ight be ~!enm:-d by at deity-bur ~il:1n1i1g pu'blidy, or \\~lel1 I'II.:W5 of such a stain spreads far anti wiIb.i, will !>rillS down divin<l;pLmis.!mle;I'~ 011 the priest, Senne ddt.L'eS lire vim:Tjctivc-, bur fel\.' are foolish. aud all SCc that .mortals 31"c e.ssclltiaUy J1a:'I'I'Cd beia~ (die gU,ida:I!C'e ro1j~'aro perfection is hm\,'gpds call bcnefit luortals);tbclcefore. fel~'will take revenge OJ] II rlller WhOC1i:POliC5 ,:I. p,rie&tor tempts Ojle .uuo sill. Tdd:ing or faJsely accusing clergy .is a d'iff~'Tcnt nutter,. As it r--cwLt. Illost rlllers spend. tllcir I ivcs 1l_l1l!'11sily negotiating with and IIIcco:mmooatillg dl~ pQ1.verful IWlcSt5 ill '~heir don1:ilil~S (and SOlilctimes." sea'edy. with foreign clergy to come il11lnd ddve Old or 1o'o-eak,enes<peciaUy meddleSOJrn~ [ccside-.n,t c,lergy), SOfl1e

or

adventurers ,can be a headache for ,it l.dcr. M:;Ul}'1I human li:lruiillg of Fae1.'UIlha ~~{)d,edfor years to reach an 1I11~-[lS,y truce ""'ida n~ighbCl.ring C-], ~·s(in aclja,cC'IDt forests) or lh,;'arve5 (under 'tb~ lord's domain), only toohave adventurers cbarge in siayinG,II1!Olbt(:r-sand ,seoekiL,S u\ca5U_re-d~attc[ing thC' trace, sending file elves or dW,uvcs into an I1pr~t. and of tell slay il1g pa}'ticllIla r individllals who had fo.rge-d agr~emc'llts-or frR:l'1dsbips widt tb~ lord .. Advelltu rers ha ve a llibut of IItt-acting mon rers first, and learlling about local politics !Uta \\':lys or lift: lat()I.'. Advc'Iltlll.'el.'!> an: always a I:h:n:-af to lllltimrit)' because Coil see tb~1l1 "ge-~ring 3!way Wlith Dr" ami d~"'!Ci(ic lei become a&vcfI[uref~' tbelll5clves. If t'h~'Y can'rbe ldUed swiftl_r and ptirntcly> great COlin: am~t be 'ta kCli in balld~1 ing dlCll1I W make sure dley don't become heroesto the peopJe; tbe u I~rnmahl'e ,ood<ll'/.\' a crfnin bas ronsanric appea], aft-cr :dl. SI'lI'~~" mwrs or l\ocal. leaders often I inou:nt SUlCI'r Cilmpaism to e1tller discredit rhe J.dveuture1"s and stain their replltnt'io.IIS Dr, even worse, to trl.l.tbf LIlly tJl"llIllpe't e'l.'Crything fCl(l!isl'i.. R'lCidC:5&. cruel the .ad'~''Cmu:i\''rsdo, Retelllind it'g~ alwlllYsembeUisb.m:l'l things, and tan quid:l}' give unwitting adVCJ3.tUl'e.l'S the reputations O'f !110IlStt1'5, Many rulers seactry 1!_lll'e b":l1'Itisof ad'v\llltul"e'J."S (and .immll them. ju hunri!l1g lodges QJ.' city bom~-s) ~o use as persol1al strike fbrces ag:J_i~1i-~t ral'l'l.ll':lg,illgad'l'elltul"Cl'S; 10 act as 3 personal bodyguaro or escort if th_ings go Yet}' \\'1'ong, fQr tht:- ruler; 1I11rl EO act ooli&irledle krw ~:linst foes of the 1'l1~-r (when: the ruler onkr:; them to', they typically slip Ollt, to slay. kidllap, OJr engage illtacft5 01"arSQul). R.!uIIp.ag.ing adve-rltll[C!l's oo\'a1'12l'

E'"C"l1 wen·mea

sp ies -and Assnssins
Most rulers e-mploy spies, ,s.ome (ofren IKtillg throogh illttl'1:1111'· diaries) usc ass3ss-ins, !1Il1daU have gl.!l:uds, ana traps.. A. few am sophisticated e.llough to try to {-oil pote-J1tiill~[JssaS-S!IlSsenr agti:l15t fhem by spre:lding lies Imd false d'.QclHn~nt5j this· colln backfire jf oourtm misillterp,rl:t thil; "mutter-wo.rk" (ml1dnformatian) :t~ real. Comealmell:t, dec~':> (dcmbles of the ki_I1.1k royal fa ulily, a.lld senior OOlll'tie-rs tha,t spies call be duped .into folkl\~:iilg1magicaldisgu.ist."S. hr.ibery. and hbckmaH are mo.[C ofre-.n USl}d.

2,0

ORDER i

IN

nm

CoU"Il.T

A5S:iSsil1~>~ike 'their victims, seldom live to make meee than ulista.k Rulers tend: to ~ thcb~5t:-d~f(."jitded t~~ts aroand, EIT'C:Cti",c !zillers only succeed in hitting those targets through ~:tx:I1~VI: p:repari!Jtion, Ifa rllier is your assig:m:d target. CO\'l'rtly learn aU yoo ca:11 ...bout his bOOygq.:m.rds, h'alDs, the la,',ou't:..~of buihl~ngs where he' d~lIs 01" spends a 101: of'rime, his reuelnes (ll-mu ami wUC-J:i he dines. sleeps, and performs frcquCJtlt tas1:.s). his, KlLlcthabi (11;:\\' rulers are mor~ vulnerable then when b,:lthing or US;ll!; dll.: fJrivy),a~mi bis hohhies. If IJ.,.: liklt:Sto collect ~oys,craft om: witha Fo~onetl needle, ]f be ,",nj~ fine wine. poiWll can be intrcdueed .hctein. What is he hOW.rcSt:ed ill (seeing pla}'s,pe:vbap.5:) tib3,t can be used to hue him out of his c-a'~t~e nd into the lrll11gC of yotar 1I"oof~op a cn:!6sOOl.viDoes he have nmgica.1 dllfc.I1scsP A bodyguard "'i'l~ni7 An If'!JflfIi,,,,d spell srored in something a wt.~n.'t can trigger (ruch ,3;5 Il. ring ,0/ spdJ SJoditl,g) is a popum1· cl,{;fcm,c. H01~'likely is [Iii.!; ruler ro ~$tay dead"'? How can such defenses be ren,o,'eiI CIr foilEd: PlanllinS altd prepa!:a-ciQi1 are the' keys to su:C'C~ss. It: is \'erj' r.lrdoc a. rulerto 'be kilkd illlpll.~s:ively. with i.itdc or no, plam1ing, with the slayt'1" ~sca:ll'Jns; 0, managing to seltz.c power; Of course, IIIr.ht majority of regicides, the killer pays with his lifc 011 'the Sl_!0t, O.f W-L)' SOOl'I therc-aft~,. W-ay~ ~O' learn aboue rulers include: romancing," bribiL~g.. 1: 0 hlarJim:lil.illg seJrV3nts or courtiers. using magic to oo&:::l've unseen, joining the screanrs of a place or dl~ ranks of courtiers, or posing a's:J. rnt.catth~r. wotker milking repairS:. guar-d. or other pcrs.o:n ~ith good! mlWIi to move ai:'olmd bu~ld.ing-s in wh.tch the ruler call be found. Mall] try sKo/U'S:and (e!l1.pora.rily imp;zrsonating a real OI.'l:l"'Irant, oQllni~r. or guard, S()me~irnes w.uth the aid of nU'Ig_i,· cal d~[lises. Dis.a5tim (slicli as fir s) 0'1" scares (such as speU-s.ptl:11. illusiollsof skulking monsters 011" hurrying,goosts) C'lJIl1 somctaues be,a.rraoged to cause oolJfusi.on and draw gllal'tis away fmm dlcir posts. allO"'O'iI1g access tOo 3. [Iller ro:r crucial I:notnents:
OLlC

dip.lOl1i3.tic messes at you .right and Left, is u'ul}' soll,ething to be proud of. '000. can :mlc II kilJg:d,rul1-ot s.taitadbehind the

throne 'Of King Tbll udel"guts and make that kingdom worth n1ling for him.

yOu.

COlurt st:fon~hlollds
Wbcucvc:r rulers ba\'e el!oug:h [11m:, rein, :lnd fl'e.:d"o!n rrom dC5trIlCl~l'e spells, drag:cm a~t:Jel:s. and 'carfhqll'!lk..:'S, t'he)r ~LlHd
graud court

buildings.

I

Grand :lml impr<:S!live are the key words in court ilrch~tectl!re. No ma.tter how [I'liundanc (m' ,imp:mC'tDOIl) buiidin,g b.yo~,ts .or outbuildings an: or become, the main entrances and J1uhlic areas of all}' court will be desigilet;l to demeustrarc po~\'Cr.Of~JII they win also be dr;col'Ou-ed Dr fur:nisl1ed [0 S:liowoff w1.-alrb. &.inted ce.ii.il.lg,s, tapestries;, scul,ptll res, and ornate lJ<1lndillS and carvings arc rhe norm, These arm.) celebrate the deeds a.n:dadlie"l'ements (even if f.1.nciful) of past f1ulers of tire land; ·tvcU ifucil p,ede. eessers WVN dDt: hared foe~ of the currenr ruler, dIe ru~er !YIins legitim:lcy 3UldsEature by porlray ~ng herself as one of 1'1 long line of~ .... powcrfl,lli, he-roie .. Dr gods.favolllld leaders, ise, I 11 more th .. it rC"' places ilm Paeru II, secillri.ty and l1¢'roonal 'iJi dcfell5le are of ptinl.4lliYnec'essky EO rulers, and COurts are llocated in easrles or other fortified ~uongho]ds. This is, aiwliysp'mel~tcd as :J! martcr of tradition. not pl'acrh::al.ity, of the JiDomCItt. N~mes.layO<tr~s.a.l'(bitecture. and overall gpmdcm· of tLllllIIg ceurts vary gl{(;"I1t1y across Faeru n. For example. iii. some O'.I"C. gll'Ollll1: •. :Ind dwarf l.i11£do.ms, dl_ ~lJ.tof POIoli'CI"is oftcuimply t.h la:rges-r cavan ill tbe re.l"tirory-:md fhe orcs might do IlOthing eo i'ts ~1lE1l:II;alstane'wmk :It a]l. adOrlJ lng, it ;only \,~.tb .roL'Jgb bc.!iches

andwall.pf.lintbflgs In;lid~ with fire-soot and th~ blood of foes, In general, however. cour ill large real ms "'11.1 have tit
fOUO'l\fin:g J'OOm gnady):
fUJDCtIDIi.S

Ctl\oLls,:h.~yout and naming

wiU \fary

KewQ,.rds
Playersill. ;I, campaign dominated b)' ~,()L.lrt 'intri~e and politics could!gt',ow rru~tr,atro at the Lack of juicy oPl1orn.lniries to haek dimlJ foes or scoop up treasure, HO\\'IlVcr. the slower, less C'lea:r·cllI: viC1l'ot~ at coon hom negotialillg skills, llati~nce. anajudgillg cbru:tcte[~.uH:l successes can blfilbg imm ase s.a.tisfactiol1. As
with iIll}'tliing else dlat takes a lot of work ewer a lotlg ·pi,n:ed l

.' ~i.grand entrance (centering O!~ large, im:pre-SS.ive doors l1a!l~illy guards) from the outside imo, •. '. A fore'baU"L'JsuaU~1 with a, vau,liI'Cd :ll1djo:r deoorared bi,g~l ceil ing. ilud mill imal i:lIrnj hi11SS(au. "echoing place of carved ::lt~ll.pol iished SteCIlC," as an old ballad Pilts iot). con-

mn.

of lin.lC.t feels wO.i~b more than 5OJJ.l~t:hin!;g<l~ned with. a swift i SI'i,-ord tbrust or kll1e. spel.l. . As pliliyer chilt'a:cten succeed and advance Ilit court. their mdrl (illflLk':nce. the. Ul!I:rnberof issues and jurisdic-tiOfls they are im'Ol~\fi.n, and the "rea~th or coueticrs woi~illg with or under them whom they can throw arproblcms or into furthering, their aims) w,jU g(()\\~ The nat!l.Ye of play might become far more ~~gr05&ing'!lan dun,geon·c.rnw:l.s r CV'CI.l pitched ~tt1es. There's t o nothlllll, 1iO ~tisfying as becoming :I rea] pO:Wtr-41i'!licb ISt'o'hy so IlliUl)' tyrants altd rnag~ such as Vangcl'dahast, I\1anshoon, al.ld ~ Tam OOf,e h'led it. To .have your chancter StIceeed .in tou:gb oolliliti'Oll5, ,with a great :nil bril1.gil'ig F:a.etUil. to life lind huiLi.llg prob!enls and

nccted to "arioos .roOlU.s"i.ndud.ing ... • Au:di~t'ce C'.ha!:nbel:s",heTc law courts might be Jlelid!. ceurtiers em meet with dclcgMloI1S or with ead!l other ill OOlnillittees. and :rival guiMs or citiz.!:liI Il)jght be hrought 'together ,For neg:OtiatiOllS; • Court offi~Jl wl~N citizens g9tO dc:.rks,scrlbes, aad variem bureaucrats to' pay fees., obrnin licenses and records, and I',eport 'thjllgs~ • .' A prOlil.en.ade o:r great hall, usually $umptJUously deeorarsd, with trophi-es OJ.' statues of dead rulersas well as gilded! splcl1doI', ,il:nd including a dear r(lilte ror solell;n proces.. siQIlS; of~n 'tili& r.s, a :!ong, uarro ....100m ''With a red carper · down the center, that in turn l.cad5tO, , . • TJlethrone room, dl,e g:rnml.cst-llc!iUs]l}' Jarge;]t md loftic cst-room ill dle CQurt, wbcrc the tu1ier s~t! in ,s.tate on .a ntjs~d·OlHI·dais se~t> e.l'mctillg b,ws an.-ddealing wir.h the business of tbe real!l:1. •

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,
ORDER .IN THE COURT

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• Guanl.rooms opi:l1illg into any or all oft'he ~bove, enabiil1g du:ty dern.iLs of armed dt."fl.:ncl~.sto SlIviftly estabIlCSbpos.ts blocking 'cntry or egress fronl varioas rooms of '~Ile ceuet, .' A dining'lIlLU-llsually h.igh·vltult<:a,. b~. and bwishl~' fLi.l'~nl!!;hed~tJscd fox 5tatcOUi.qucts :hOSfu.tg 1.:1l.'V<i}'S or eeleD.Jtatbllg mii.iffil'Y (](It diplomafic vi.ctori~':5> announcernents of ~lal 1{cnmbaJs and the .vcddillgs that follow, revels. and din ners at which awards or gifts are p~ted" and wll.ich is incvitably conll~n .. d •, Kitchens, s1:rving'[ooIl1S, p:i Iitril.-S. carveries, and usually ceol-cellars and wine-cell ..:rs bclt~atb. plus guardpQsts to i pre\'ent v::dllable cl.nlcrY:lJJd, vessels from v~ulim.ing (ami .ro}'al~astc1'5~O guard agll inst POiSOlli:t1!)$). ~ Chape~s and. mrinlls (Ul1!css thc:re'~ :I. 5O~atc .r<:I.igiOJ.l ,01' clom il1J:mt raith,. these ",,'1U bot: siJtlJd~' d~oo.r.a,ted.. secluded c.h;mlbel~5"off awary11.lam rhe hU:5-tk}' dn.c c:lIiC'~ptiMSbl:i,llg lllultifaiJt.h tCI.lIlp]C5whcrei.1J. 11 large room is used by worshipers of many fa itlls). ~ Private chamberswberc rulers alJd courtiers CiU'! confer, dlally. or chat with each other Dr \\'ith visitQl'"i; away from rhe eyes and ClI:If5 o.f lJiIost pcrsens lit· ,crun;, it'l other werds, these are audience chambers fo.r the usc of myalty .anG senior courtiers, and t.hey usua]]y open off the thralll; room near ffi" behind the du'o:m: dais. ,. Retir.ing :J11G rebing [looms where nd.c:r::; IIHdcourciers can change o:t" re-:JJ!':r~ngedoth~ug, parm.h of light refreshments. see to' t:heir .Ii<!l.ilr Dr to to.i]~t needs, and retrieve items leJ't ~dr (SWO'fGS Dr documents to be ]ll"c5aitcd" items to 00 displaysd as evidence or in court dcliballtio"lts., and so ell); SlId1 chambers usually o.pen off thethrone room. and if they lin: to be used by rulers •.arc mtcll. behind 0:1' near the .throne it.scU: • Guest a.pllrtlJillmltS (whc(lc visiting delegations, ClWOYS. and rulers .Ii..oIl, I1SU:IUy in ImalFioils 5c[·icl of suites each , connecting to ~r1erest of t~c court dnough an aud il;lloc cn[!ln-gI:ieJ" where the visirers can meet widl ooo.r~icrs). Private ap.[lft.l!i.1C1.lts('O\'_ht,';[C nlkrs a nil o:.rt.'liill. ooyrt servanrs and courtiers I.ive,,::l.\\ray from public view). .' Dungeons (wJ~ prisoners will be bdd b&'01'~ and lift~t facing jusrjce i:11 the throne 1'00111 or ill. audience charnhers). but ir tIle}' are more than :Jill o\l'el~blowll hoasehold staff for die lord (in ether ~\'QI)ds,if other peop.le besides the ruling lord sit a5 maglsrer judging legal GioSpilu,er.,and if others besides just the lord hav-e a big say in ootel'lni:n.~lIg rhose laws). they ere kllm'll a5 'Grand Courts. EV'ery OO}';:dou.rt is a Grand C:ourt~ 'but dl~ c exau1ple presented l:lel'~' b.itte:bor's Court' of the High .rower. is typical ou the ~m.a:nest sort Dr Grand. Court. , Titles, rituals, and precise powers vary from oat COurt to another, and kingdallu will have mud1 larger courts tbm this

to....

one ("'I~h heusehold staffs far every palace, castle, royal .lmlltillglodge. border keep, and garrisonbarracks, plus a sprin ling of odd hereditary offices and illl m05:t cases nranerous MUi>t".l::r Wanlel'~s, M::t'ster Foresters, hu ntsruen, 311d vc:nic:I"C1"S of rOy'lll rOrt.~ts> marshes, and fauns, a~ wen as stud. groorru;-brocdcrs and t.r.:tillm-at various royal srnbles). bur the Court of the High l"m'l'e'f' ill!.l~trate~ the mi Il~nrum stnmgtll and orgal1iuuioll of ~. -Grami Court'" Most· Cif '~betir'res gi\-en here either change "Lord" to "Lad}'"

if

rhe office bd!{Jeris female, or prefix rhe title with ;'L-ad},,'

(Master of rhe R~re.,ls becomes Lady Master of the Revels),
H1$ (Her) Supn:mc H]._ghness Lord. (Lady) Most High of hi>achor. KtGpcr th~ High..Towe:rj. Watthwarde:n of rbeFl.owi:l!l,~

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Cbionthu Th~ Lord of Iriaeber has a personal staff oollsi.stlng of: De:!:n:--rStn \11;: (ool1.fittant, sell iot pexsoll.<d represelltarh'e) s'inisEer Sta\'e (eI,~·.juni'Or personal represenmrlve) • Court Herald (se.: Chapter 6;. in rurn conunands two I~ralds·ill."trainulg ]::JlO'~'Il. as Masters Vigilant) Lordi; CJi.ampion (bead ofrhe Blacl Blades, the dozenstrong )let'SOnal bodyguard of the Lord of Iriaebor) 1iIsn,"(Dresser (butler and beaA dresser to tile lord; in turn OOIl::lmauds siX' dre!'>$l!rs) ad}' Qf dle Wnnlro'be (in cbarge creating.. maintaining, and storing all _garments and regalia the Lard ~\'ears O!" pn':Sents t·\) otite-.rs. and of a 11 uniforms and allty gIl,;!:i of all coul:"tief~i.in tum C'omm~.nds eigJn:ee:n ~:Jllst~) Master Qf Boots (in charge of ~.II Focm'l"ear-and crutches and ilr~Lfiqal feet. too-for everyone in the High Tower; inturu eemmands sh; 'cob:ble.rs, one eorvlser, and two. tannets) The HigbJ J\l'morer (in d.lal"ge or making and maintaining 'the armor of the lord and all of his persenal staff, as wdl as im;pecrillg the "'Ol'k of tJle armorers whQ work fOl~ the

or

Some COlllets are stlldded ,vith u}'pt"s ortollibs of forma l'fLI[C.r:;. bur: or.he:rs-mually Ollt of a fear of U ndc..'I.d-an; free of sud] features, l'c1e..gat.il1!g rhein to other sitc:5.

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tH'Q,mple:: Th,e court of the HI~'h Tower'
Present.day Faerulll bollds a rcd3til.'Ciy small number of kingdoms 0.1' I.arge realms, but hundreds of c.ity'"srntcs (l11a;:pel1den:t self.gO\rem~lIg c.itlries). most 'Of them gmfcmillg imll:uc:dia:tel~'51.1/I:otlllrling :!allds. AU of them l1i1.YC dle.D: OWJiJ"!rnrds" ami rilling COUl"IrS. These mig,l'lt 00 small and simple drl.i1r.!:.fe and ,complex"
,

Maseer of ,Arms) . Bailiff Tastc!r~ (three men WllOsample tile lord's f~ aite! wine 'ro guafd against ta il1~sand poisonil]~)

an

Lord Ph~k

(!lerl_lI>1.1 and. medidlle·rn~Jre.r i!!it
til ru

'Eo rhe Lord
and ganien-

and hi~ s~aff; in.

eommands

(;1;1;'0

assistants

.

ers, tbe Lads Loyal.) • Page~ of the High TOIJo'Cr (ti~i:hy.5ix 1100se servants: e.lfmlld runners, it~m·fetdiexs, and cleare.~a\\<a}') HaluljacKs Qfthe Towe-f (eighteell male servants, usually used as doorgusrds and fUrJlirure anangers) • Maids l\Io~t Loyal (fQl"[), chambermaids, wno dC'II!1. 11["range ite:._Jim.alld do th~ linens)

22

Hi~R Towel of uiu bar

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I I:
l!.lllr~m;!t '1. I'cr<'hall

ffeet

;_Gr~,,{lia.11
4. IIIifOiIC

.1I~Jllk.

f. Flisll haU'(r~¥~16) ~. Djnins h:d I
l):

'~.'K:itdlCn~ Up'pcr pntT\'
~. 1{(\1iJ',!}' (~~lilll' Ie. Will~ Ol'U!.ar 1».
e

J1I)i:ry,

'lb.{G:!rd~.rdb.:

,

,

.,
'. MIlSter of Amts (whQ III turn eonrmands four Anllor,er.s., six Trusries [arU1oren' assistants], a:nd t""'" Weaponsmasters [ttioorsof weapon-handlingj) • F'ayml1slcJI' tlliho ill turn commands, Jive Clerks of Colli) • Lord Co.lli.mant!ers of the Shield (thc. twO ''"quodl}' ranked S'Illlior connuanders or "I,'!~e S:h.iild," Jri.aeooris military and police; tbey in turn command the Shield fhrough\~a.J!'i. ous mi]itilrj'-ranl:. of1ic-e:rs)
'Ehehead of thchoo~.hokl fUI.ICEions" a role often C1u.itlcdCb.;J,teJ.aJne elsewhc~ and in the case of Iri:tebor also .in ch!:ugc of "e'\rerYOile eire," the m.iocdL.·II'i~Ol.!!S ,offices

Master CJerJi;,of itia,cbo'l "rho .in tn.m commands the Master of ' d<e ll!,.on~ or archivist, ·tweol\~ scribes, and "lwtll.t)i I':a'O'es,of {Jge Table, who, semi JiIil~&Ilises Golden Table members to Master of the- Gold Rod! who calls HollJell Table mcctn'ib' to oro.;!r.
ant! 'keeps orde:r du:rillg. them, ii~ rn rom mimdssiK COJlstnb!es tu of the Table who gtt:ml! the doors, escort gu~t:s to m~-erillgs, and Ilelp keep onl,cr at 1n<'"l.:tiIl9 TQe Lo.rd Hand who serves as.' it. ad tax oollrtlOli. iu turn commands four HigbBat!iffs, ""lia are moneylenders and InQneydl:mgCl's. and t"'ellty·rOllr La",' n~.iLiff5. "'ho ,il.re rax collectors

Lady Wal)d~m of the: T~.

Reporting The IGoMel!! T"lLbleof Ir:ia,eb",r. fort}' Ilwrcha'11r.5 of the dey. ap· [loiHr'lilil-alDddi5lni55Cd-by dt~lLfird of J ria~bQl"' thCYllleet in eeancil in tJ~ High l'oo'er 'Eo (_fe'bateand vote 0l1~J1 majOr ll1_;l/~ of pelky; .in many older cities and remnant realms, tb.il,Sj'ole ill oo;:up,ledby some son ,of Itobies' OOIlIlC'il. but most more recene 'trad:ing, mnte.rs .iM:\;'e.;t .So, ertl~ng or OOV1sOl'~fCOII'I.u;i] dOIt'lina,tOO by.o!." entnr-elywl1i>i<S,fing, of. merchants Lo:rd :Stewa.rd of Ir~~b~ the most powerful courtier •.ill c!g,u',ge of~he daily running of the COGrt and ef rnosr of its courtiers
Reporting di:recdy~o tM S~'i!.'~u'd are: '. Magjsters 0:[JIl~ti'C~ (s~vt"nj:udges. eacll of whmn has a pe'1'sml.a1 scribe and i~ISl,;) • Ct;mstab1es of the Sm:o:tS (SixEy-si)( officers of die Shield Oil currene dllty as cit}' ltOLic!:)

to theUJ,dy Warden::l.Ife:

• Master ,of the Kit-cilens (wito .in -Ul.rn commands

ix Cooks., fourteen l1ndtrcooks;, anel ,eight Knaves [v.'lIo wash dishes, clean the ki1iCbeJl.s, take iU-vay scraps and gar1mgc, and also sec to die cnrc and feeding of all tower pets, includ· ing six "doo.rguard·dOgs." war-dogs trained to recognize people, strike bcU..go:ugs rather' tiKU1 barking, alii! '00 slay if necessary JJ • Lady M:tsw.r oEth.e W.ash (the tower Inllndress. w.ho iII turn OOlIll'll~ml$ f~"it}'"£igllt blUly LaundererS) •. Lerd Falconer (",,'hoill 'turn ootmnall.ds three M,c"'s

Hands) ~ Lord Ceaehmasoer ("1."10 builds and maintains coaches ,amI their whcels. having Dtot.hing to do with opcr.:1Jtil.1g dIe coaches OJ!" seeing totheir JIONeS or harness; this courtier ill turl] OOllUl1li.1lds footWll~e~hallds., his ass:ismllts) in d'~.i~yracrjcc, the Lord Sfeuraw runs the HigLl rm~'t.Twith p an iron fj,!>t. hm:illg lmthot.it)' o,'er everyone except rhc Goldel1 T:Lb}emembe.rs and the laersonal sta.ff of the Lord Iriaebor, He gives crroe.fS-01" rries ro s;L\'e orders-to e\l'l1fy member of Ene lord's personal suIT below Lord Physic in tire li5.tillC'. as well as to all die minor rom'Lie-I'S\\'lio report to courtiers listed above the L01'd Fhysic. This of course ,pu'ts dtooe ceueriers 'ill a diffic~lLt position whenever his orders d!l!s.ll wi[11 t:hoseof the eourriers r.ll.ey s.el"\i'"e or the Lord C'ol'$tab~e or Lady :v,.rill'dcl1. The im;um~ent Lord Srew'ard is typlca.1 of the son of men \1100 rlo!.d snell. offic~~; He wields ab:soh:lre authority.[eIiJl,qiiishill,~ it oDl'IY""ilel1 COIllltcflnaruki! by the Lerd of Iriaebor, rarherrhan defe,r.rin_g to dIC lord .in the first plaoe. TIle Lord of Iriaebor 11M stich alarge personal staff spedica.lly to curb net j~t ehe lXl"""'erOof tbe st;;;",'ard. bylCto make sure t.he steward will fiDl{l it

• .' .'
.,

Keeperso.f rhe Ga.tes (who rouper\'ise Shield gareguard deraits) K.eepers of the DlliJ~'Q1l.S (jailers) Master Krepcr of the Purse (clerk,s,. v:m It gmnh) Mastel" of tll!!.'l W:ltt:rs (head 00lltlfla!l to Hte High To..... -er; in turn commarrds sixteen boatm,ell) Lad}' Masrer of Coru:b,yCS (JIOS{eSSfor visitillg VI P:s, ill
turn commands 5ix dOOr"'aMeIlS" fourreeu Maids E.:l:"tl';1iOrdiilary-wllo arc bldy escort as well as seeing to the usual , d.e-al!ling allcirid"illg-«lld a. Master of the Closed Goad ...

or

used lo. '~o:mrcyillgVIP$. ''"''ho ;~IJ. '~urn commands C"O:1lc.hHltel~)

six

Lori. CQ:Ilsta.blie.who .isthe head of tile city's g.ar.r.i50ns.ill cbarge of ~uremeIDJt~plm;Ji.iLsiJl;g of a]1 g.ood~l' .incrudilDgFood and \\ri!J1e-and also organizes and eversees ,aJIrlruals Rr:po-rtin,g di'recllyw the Lord CollStabie arei • M.asmer l'he HOJi"$l;(who ill turn eornnsands fmu eqller:r' ~ I1\iO slaMen'lasters, ewe masters-of-heme s, (\\'0 J.orse tmi'l1el's" ten coochla_rs [coachmen]. and fony-three

or

g:l"OOIMS)

Ma.~tel" of the RC\l'cl!i(who i11 turn commands a Gralld Carver. five Coarr Mi:lIstrds \\1:1'0are 1 d by the Bard of Iriac·~r. n ine L1d~1DiI:nce:rs. forty-FoIl.[ Sen i!lgj~cks.. sixwell Maias.of-'Cblll:rnbcrs.. a Senior Cllpmast~r ["']Ilet;l£tei" and supervisor, who in tUrn cOJnnlauds, eight Cellarets])

1itlpossible to control .ill rormQ,tiol.l reaeh ing the lord, There are {lOllsta.nt teusiens, p~m1'e.!" plays, and shiJ;rs in.teal .influence \vitlli.l1tbe Hish To\,'er-d.e'lermined ill la['S;~plrt by die pel'"SOmliti.cs of'the key office hoMers. A.l.1Graud Coo r have courtiers \lj;ho ere secrcrive, !llJtbo-ri· raeian, overly btl rca,ucratLc, or some colllDin:ttion of tr,aits.. Mosr larger courts aon'E' hiw:e' 3 single eouetier who is ql!.ite SO dom inant as rhe Lord St'el...ud Q[ Iriaeborbccause dIe· l1!!!mber .' 'Of COIlrt:r.J'S is too [luge CO dominare-and because wise rulers

mese

or th~ir advisors l'illl'kc sure dl:J;t ''oolltooll~ll;r;n pC"Iooll:alities are. pitted ag~.inst. 1t1ldbalan.ced by. orher' iM.u:horit.ll·i~ 11 eourriers so that: 110 one ptJrwn holds great SW:lj'.

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,.

aenln bias been wr.aik~ by warfaresince
da~'s as gQl'erlHlleJ1ts, races" rdigiol1s. lind

ir~5 "'l.If1D,,~.r
IJU!'''O-lc! ".1

individuals endlessly fight ca·ch otbcrw~ .kir hegemoJl}' over locations, resources, and p0ll'1..Ilatioll.li. Such t1ollflic~ UllfoM 011 battlefields' th.at range from the wide open J ~ plains of rha Green fields to· tbe depths ofeal.: Sea or Fallen St:l.l"'S and' from frol~u reaches of tile Gre.at GblCit.rto the steam:ing II simp! . matter 'of sLirviva] and d~)l~llstrn:tbng. Jungles of Cimk. S~;lclne battles are' fousht OOE i]~ ope.n. with the pr~'ess.I.~rruiJ's h~~61~'l·CIJ.lctc 'witjthig~ly U"f~- 'pU"''o!' is tv.'O great lu.'m res .?~u-MagaiiJst eadi atkr. wbil~ others unfold "'ho !l,e\l'fl'the~ess e::oerc sc~ 'COJlJJi"O wLtlloo.t ~~"'''±'''~:' i.n tm sll~dO\O's, wWh eachside s~]kiniS fhe ocher und victory beenase t.bey continued ro-v,~ill;'ThI5 d~!l"ptca' (ocuse;s on 1"",,,,,,,,,,,,,",, &~[J'nined by tile sharp edge of a kliDife. • in die mart'ial .arena .t:lld the uniqut'"cl1allellgl'l5 ami pu.rsu ing sech arole. . Clr.imctel's test SLI ired eo a. :l'e.ad'e.rsbip ro.le 011 tile batrkfield ILrually have some d~gree of martial. prowess: includil1g ba:rrnu·· irlDs. clerics, fighteli"S. monks, 3:ml palil:dills. Altcmativc: routes to IClldtrship of all army include adopti11S: aprcstigc class with a martial component :.uch:ls hla..d~"Sing4;.[c\\',ll.ayoc mag~MH.leg,end.· :uy kade:r'l~>llatllre'S"''3Cri_orC'l\: pious tcmplarCJl • .rage m.agecw. tru:timl.soldiet"JlI. ~.'ai"Shap~·~ W'arpJrie~tCD" or a faitb~pec!fu:: A m iUror)" leader is .ari individual WhD ccmmands g.roup~ ~ wat·. prescige dl:lss of a war god, AlrenutiVl: classes .... IIIl applloprillre i.dl r ki.rs. in ·battle. SoIl,'1~.. iIlles thQ5C troops. are poofessiQ:ild ,s.olldie.s, martial rompom11t inchuk h~xbl.it.clt:C"'~ il.rsJ)alr.n~. 5.1llJIm'aiC'W. m and somet U'I'le!!tbeyare ~i.tTIipkpeas::uD~.'Ul'ho fight i:n defense of SIIi-ashlm{'k1JeP~. ami ·""arl!'W.,g:e~m. their Ltoll'le1uld. Some ruil.i~ary leaders serve. d\'d 1j;.1i:1 leaders as A:Lt1toogb"fL.llership" illtm OO.llkxt ~fa batrlefield has a politi· professiolliaJ soll;liers (such as a general or admi.ral). ,,'hUe otllers t~l and social COll:'lpo1lC'!lt. by necessity the chain of command is Ie-adc-1"ilian JlOlIuI:litioll!sas wen (SlIr:h as a k iug or pont:iff), Some much :stronger in armies di.!!lll it is ill other social orga:Il.ill.atloiI8. miHtary lenders are loyn] 'W their commy or creed, and seme IIck'ancing to, a leader£bip positiou within an ann}' is sometimes are .imp!e In~tceJi;i:rics, loyal only to their c'0il~ pur5e. Wbile most military leackrs an: promoted at die direction or a Jtigher ~udllOl:'j,ty. SO!l1lC are self-selected or pushed in~o·a leader~,hlfi role by cboseth.q command, I'll g<llnC l1;:i'IiJ~.1. Ji.1ilit,l]:ry : leader is :lny indiliidlJa~ 'Wi.d~. a oomcn[n[J,(ti~n mander rating of 4 or more. W.ll.ile eomsnauders widt:li rating of 1., 1. or 3 hold poo.it:ioi1ffi l~ad:e.rship, the]! do not ooll'lman!.l_ or M.i.lita:ry C'ampaigm; tcqtl.itrc style of l'Oleplayillg different sufficient m.l.mberS ottroops to IX: ronsidceed mi.Ii'~~I.r}' leaders in from that ,of the FlrorotYlllLca] D&D adventure .. H_i!lYJi{s.if the ense II!I~-allt by this cmptt:l", Bntll~ il,nd Mi1,i"l'lfl'1fs-.H4JldiMDk both outline rules afld . :J:pproacbes for I'UIIJI.ing a military' cam¢igll. This ,chapter

The Bur,dens of'
comm,Qnd

", Miliiuev

Rules for·

a

s

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assumes acce-llS 10 Heroe:

morepl'S defined.in ehae ~lIpplcm~1lt.

if

Battle) am! uses terms

and

'what

DO

Militant; Lenders
1i1il in

DO,r

At E11~simpkst
l'!lUste.l"

itlifY Te::ulm oonnnand rhoscrreops' into Ul.lloa; that dum. work

level,

tj~'QiOPS. They
OO!:l(:e1"1 to

achieve II greaff'r rnihra:r}' objEcthre dUll the sum \\'Ould. oo,lln!e to lI;(J~o]:npl is.h.

>of tl~,(l'lrp~rts

rauk increases their .a,biI~ty eo maId ti1c,ir followers moo an dfetdve .fis;htins. force.
Le;Mfmhip SICOI):

Milita.r}' .~ell!del'$ ;IUd! tile un its th~y OO!~ i~'Uld play tWO basic' l1O~es. irst, they p~.:l}'a critb:;alrol!B in d~f8n&e,no~ jU5,t dd'endl us. F :I:gainSJt mt:ach bl,ltalso de[e'.!"riilg 'poPein~al fees froJ!'I d~cidi1~g thllt arracks win IJe wQ:I"lJtwhile. The la:~ter 1i arSJU~Ij!ythe more i~npor'[lIm role, for SI!Je/1 dererreneeallcws civil ~i.~ty ·to U Ilf>olil w.~tn dill OOlluMOH ll.m;J~r£t:am:nng that ,CO~f1krsare reselvad til rQl!JghmediatiOIl!., not batfle. Second, m]~ ita,y ~aders :.-md the I]nits tile), IJOlnma:nd ..p.lay a. crirh;:lIJ fQ!~ ill wagll1g \Va:)"and de~llDll1lltr:J.ting th~ poten[iid to male war. Ag~in, fb,e latter is die mcee impartmn role, for s.uch !atel'!t dlre:J!ts cOlwince libes to !lm'o' to t.he slJperiQ.r force wl:thout acwaHy eJlpending sIgn iJka!lt
.re-SOIlI'=.

I'll!: f>O'li.o'wing modifiers fire ~p'plicd.lO ;1 chilra.cfi:'t~~{f~"Cti\H; witb.resp«f to t.he d'iaroc:ror~ .milirnqi oo.Ul'Le~.d:crsbW S~OO:t: odifier M i'atm.S 4- (k"OOf.a!rionBonus
-+ CO.lllntallltkr

mUI~i;ry"

T~ L~i;kt is --.
A C'Qffilll'INllder A decorated V~re.l"al1

The rules for :Ult'~proVillg }'OlU:ooll1:malltkr rating; ilmJf.or d.:oo.m~iol~ bemus are given on pages 8S~nof :fl~"{l!!5 0/ lJr.Jttl~.

Mil itaf}'

lead~rs can

be focused onexeerual amJjo:r iueerua I

rhlleii!'ts to II SOC~lJ' Those who fOcus on extcJ"llal dll:~<1:~ tYflicaU~~ oomn~[llrd ~J:t'mte.s..\\ihlle these \\111.0focus Oj~ illomlrai dW.";ltsrypicdly CQllHlIlllllCl pol!ce fOiXle-s. The. d i~'~htcdon between these t\'IO orient:lt.ions is o(;ten b!ur.red,but~he· most successful and stahle governments usually ~eep the ·EWOro~~.Jl s~parate, The reason for .~L1chdivis,ioil ·of labor is tila!!: ,external d~:re.a,ts SiUdly need u ·~ohe ~uet "",it.h O\I'e'.rwhehn]itg force 01' the fhre~t of such, wllik im!1!fl1al d~ssein n~ds wm~ degJJ"ee f stricture olltb~ exereise o of pariee ~,utborir}' ill! Qroer to thdve. Mot£,' importam:, a Mlilled genera] w~Eha~,£S~o a powerful ",rillY as '!X<d]a:s tho: ilitllrhOf.ityto. me .it within '['he gQvernnteilt's;~e:rri~Q,I'ycan OOco.l'm ~ p,rolio.'Lm.cl

nun Militnrv cohorts and sollowers?
HOW DO. YOU
Cohort:> and followers w.!roaTI: mCl1JJ~ of due lmit you conunand follow you as much because of)'OiJJ reuk as )fOUr ahjli.tyto mS}lin: and ]eail. Yo!.! ar~.tb~i:r:>t!;p~riot,to he o1:v..,~d wiJfoou:t di~nt for the overall Sl!C~S of rhe gtoop. HmVC'l'Cr, aL'tllO~lgp your oohmt ;lnd fo1lo",,'crs lite q;L1ickw 311S\\iCryour orders, by nature of your positiml iUld job yoo :IlluSt I~u:t ill d1elJJ. imo hanl1's\~';I]y qui~oC
oBrcn. You 1l111~[do I;~"t:rtbillg ill your po"'!,;r~o mainUli:n the crn111l of COl:nmilJ'Jti., to treat yom.' troops ~t:r.K:dyand cquiUl.llly.
anilm

reward

I:IICJi.itand valor w.ith comme,ndmmm;,
Of

d.cro:l"lUiom.

aud protllmioJ.'iI$.
Y01lshould ~:ml.hlish a fon. eastlc, citadel in which mbase

Y(Xl r ~~It>alld you fi.hmd.d dri.lll tbe persclnl1d n::gu]ar.~y (1l1m05t ~"VCry dlliY). Wben 110t IIMcd to fight ...ex~crmd]y focused .mil.imry potenrial f~.a!ld~]l'lY lUustCt'~re' a stri'ke ca?abil~ty to '~nfon;:c ~ colwns and followers spend their days trainisg, lm.imaining their ~'<;a,].)Qn;; :~ml dcfcll:5C5,pIcparing ..comingenc), .~'a1"pl~l1i.and the will of [J,e state 0)1' creed th,ey are p~eds~toSr."'l've" ThJ;:Y ll1:Llf>t dectde wh1t~r·e~ielof force is app,opr~arellnd when 00 depJloy it 00 &CO!.!~ia:lgliO~I:i:tml enemies, :Likl:l¥.i!lt:> .~m.crnldl}' fq:llscd Hlilitary COhort:; and fol101Wcfs spend their d:Jy5partroHi~1g, investigating n~il;dmu:meffe~~. A 'po'i"'erfu~ m~i irnry leader elm wield an ai'llJiY o:rpdHre fo.rce ~s a \\\'C'.ilpo.1l ag~imt foes with.ou:t ~\!et having bis crilt"ilt.'i\,end ttl! iniLlg.

fh~ dVmal.l lcadersh~pof ehe real,na .. As sue!!,.miHtar}'~eaijet's l!'U]!;;~U~QtJUSf wa~ wa:r or ,enfo:rce th~ secial «..mp"-ct;.they. I:mls!t forge a d'!Ctt'rrent eo :~Il:timidare
~hl'e:rti;(l

troops :r~iln'e. leiri).u'.racks. d

'

With n~rCCl\:tti!ti(m5,

now to use the

a,nil fo.lkf""lC[s to \\~g;;: MLr or defel1d the rli;;:n.lfor extrauecas purpeses, you are

l'otl sboo!d only call on. tui]~cu.'y aail0.l'1:5 lJoCllce, If you. employ likely to "sUgllimltndy

t.eodership feat

TIre d1~.in of oommamli~ 1 nst~lIed ill every. ~ucoessful army. S'IJ:b.~irniItij,g~he gQ.d of had h!idlual 5 1111"lrv..1 for grou.P success. Mi~.ita.r}' leaderswl.th theUatie~shjp fe,at iimd l:h.1f their milirar}l

tllldermmemoralc and milita:ryreatlineS5. You:r m.ilit~ry roborrs and r()!l!oo~b;;oomc mort: Y:lJIuablcif roo Sp=~~JK;~.loot aceoss m~itipic I..mics!~nder' oo.r CQltIl:I1!IIlld,b«:ru.:I'5Cthcy c;om 5CFVJ:as y loyal $Uko:rllma ~d.t."ts ;!m:i3s ;'Iblc ~mppOJ~iCr5of m.omll::.

eommonders and sollowers
_Jl1~rtl].in ~!tIiI[~k)jliS> co~nm,:mders migllt <lJc~m.ny~n!llaitd trOOp.s made up\li'll,@H}' o.r pilrtli!lll), C(f fdllbll'ersa};q;uired by way of t!~e'Leadership feal:;O!.' dle Epk ~ad~rs1lip fea[ (which i;; l\ep['.~m'ed. on page 1M). S'uch ~:lI]i~:lieU~IJ.:5uali}!; lloylll ~o t,heir t"Qm.nlai~r . .ill. .1]jiHr.a:!"}, 1,I!11~t~.t .inclnd~s
• iI· -!-1 In'l!:II~e ~ll!lS

plQ\1in~-the Militnr\l (j,nme
['la~nln is Litrer,ed wiil'hthe cairns of GOl.!llltkssbattks, marking d.u:: rise .~;ndfallen of e.mpixcs., killgUoms, citieS:, smell s.etdcmenrs. mID

foJ!loJ.\'etll of :I cQ:nnn~~~der e~~a i'l mor.ale ched 'ROOllier" g Oil melee ff~t.ad -1011$, ;liml a +"2 t'J,Uy check modi fie.!", :lssurning the follQowers rtlcake ~p 10% or
.

m.ore of thel;lnit,

unforwuilife imlirvidl.l.ds. Thoo~ wars COJlf]nU~ .~I:Idl~ m,ooc:rn era ehe kngth "n.a bteadd.t of FaerCin" b~~l'Catl:ltllJ;: waves, [III the s1i&~~l:'nl.iwandepths· of the Realms DdoJ.o.',in the ski~aM~"<:. and t~woogh port4is ro other pla.nf.:s, oo~ri~:luaUr :reshapiiFlg rhe eceuem it, p()!iirica~ aml rdigWI.£S bL1d[fIC~1X;, . W.l.tereas ·ex:pio.rers and ilLU'lgeon delvers s.ecl;. adV(;nltun: ill d]~ COt~rotofthc ~cill] lan.dscape. lnilirory kild~(:> w~k m dlillllg1=· dw sodal ]anA..;Sc;l:pe r derelldthe smtw! quo.. By il:layir\g d~e o
<lC!:OO£

W

N THE BATTLEFIELD

military g.-nne, you. seek to dcifemi. t1l:fi."J'n1~er oV~l'tb"'O\\I the writ of eeencm iic, polirieal, and. l1cligi.cnl:sl!.-ruiers dU'Oi!gb force of
.i1l"1lIs..Thl"Qllgil
(lease ttl >C.'I:"tlst,

the actions of m'i1it3JY leadt:ts and their foliower~J' e'Oll!ll'lllmideS' nd caltures wax or WRlle iJlI'OO"f:iI' i1Lltl might even a

euthned rn Cb:!.ljJm 3).. Ali atU'l.)! oJ cr~'er& .Is e5S;e'.,Ilt!:il1y. 3. martial, nmbil~ collgn:gatioll of true believers w:iIHllg romarryr themselvesto fulfiUtJ]c t~quiiiemellts @ftheir faith. Leading a crusade imposi:ls new .rcq~lin:mt:Jlts 011 !llilital'Y leaders ill tlut the conduer of the armed foree is ofte'lil more .impormnt than
dle 1,ua.~mnelJ.tof rhc o~lXti\f~. For exampl!c.tl1c KJi1ights of &mubr. an order Tyrite paladins aeti .."e in rhe North,. fougbt bravel)' a£ollgsid~ the aemiss of the Lords' Allimuic in th~ Oca,gonspe-ar \~~a.r.Whereas the armies of Wate:ro.ecpand Aml'i fougbr drieRy to r,eope11 tile Trnd~ W':ry a:rollg \;"Jo.it:.i1 their ~"'-o:rnO'n'iic lifeblood, ltrgely .I:I01/\l'S.tit!: Holy Ordf1:' tha Kuights of' &l:ii.i.Iilar sollght 'EO d'en1tiJ:1s.t:r:rm :Eh.emora] Stlperi.o:r.iry of th~ who espouse Tyr's j'u.~tice-over the cruehy .:md' wlJislmcfoS of diabolic illtedo11e:rs from tl ~ Nille Hells, , In gRmc tt:rms. tbc kai.l.cl' of a.11aImy of cruSlld:ers is ootlside.mi both a. m il~ta:rylcaclc;r alid a spir~n).1d Leader and rnnbui!d to is

YOUAre

r.eodino

an

AI'mv-

or

'.' .~" 'ow '. \. -I'nor: A:s a, military leader. Yol!I mUit .0 rsr eCIcnnlnc wli}!:;rOLl.figJlt. Ai'!:! roo "dere.ndillgyou.r homeland, f~~tb, or cn"lCd~' SQ, }'Q.UI~~ust .. If iIi~"l~iry y<lI..II:' most ,Iibly futrJI1c foes and ~:n~ilddefcnses against the posdhilit}' of attack. Do. you seek to W"0['f roor hemelaad, rai~1t.. c-reed through COl1ql!lcsl1r If so, idelJuf} wJiica new land!! or Itn'e ehe right eo:mninatiol'l of valae, itm.!dCquate ,current (!efif!l.cses. and ~ol~g.te.:rrl.ldefem;:ioility so you ~1l11COJlqile't ;J:ml botd 'their t~rrH:ory.Are you ntotivat;;;d. simply ~)'p.roflf> selling )'ou.r S\\I'Qrd to the Itigllest bidd.ed If 50, determine wffi:·d1'Ctj'O"i11 fight for your first employer only OJ.F switch sides tll~ roomcile a beu:er (lITer is mad.e. Seeik :regiolls prone to couRi'!:t where ehe e:rnployment of mercenaries .is traditimll'll and few Cll1fllaye-.rs a,trempt to fe1lege 611::Ji1l agree.JJT:lmu. Do youintcml. to ~1l1'!1 YOUJi Li\',~llg by '~akillg that '!\;Jl!rh ,eUfl1Cntly bc1mlg:; to oth-crs? If so, seek oo~ rich reglens with we.ak defenses and f:cw 1l11t:lu'al allies, Decide\Yhet.her ]'0]] wish to establisb YOIl:rsclf in l1ewly COlJUIl!eJied territO'r), Qr if yO]] are simply an i~i.l1erantpredator. li:I.igmtiJlg from ngiwD 'to region Imt never '~rying to hol!d .1Il.0'.I"C th:lll th~ plrl!ltiler yoU' ~J~:.e.

or

effeC'li"c .Lc.adt::rship seQ-reusing tlle appropri!a,t.e modifiers hm]l.

for

~.unnin'~· Hordes
A!tbOllgh a~DyLl!l'gj: 3nuoo fcm:e made up of r,l"eatu:res ~n as ".I();5Q riJ'I'iJi.zerl" is OOIJ.1JJi.10l.dy rum.ed I] borde. a true horde· is e.see!lti~:I1y aIeaderkss ~nny. ~[J,din:ct]y mustered by the twin pJt'eS'5.tl.rcs f o a bu.r-gooui11gpOln~13tjofi and insufficiB~lt resoarees to :support that populationa.lld directed on]}' by c"'hurd tr,adir.iD!lS sl!Ichas hatred of a ne.ighbor.iug ci.wm~uioJIB.In sl!!cll sitiuiJtions. illdli.vidual maraedces m~ksoc i:l1Jt.olar_g,eraud largJCr ga ngs '~J:1~te:rrplode nil. • mgles of d.CSl:ri1ll.:t.IDIJ. and plunder, Once sufficient mass. is 1!"ea'Chro

~
~

i

.~ ~

Altoollgh wars fought for o5'P.:lIsibl)fmorale reaootIJSare "rt,en called crusades, 51lch as King AZOli!ll I'll's erusede a.garns~ the Tuig;m. Horde, true crusades oon.lbuv:.:: the j,'·e(fliU'ClJlleLlts of mlntar.lI' Iir.lrlership .... the d~11!13m15 ·of spirjtTUltI ~dmll ip (.1:& ·iih,

..( 19i;(Ard

ofCrtrmyr cill;/J'es'tl!.ith Tr1igml 1uan·.iqr

it

if.

17

that retro.iiz.iug the k>ca.l populace .iSHll.illckqllilJtx:lO SUflpillt t'h~ hord". a ]wn.ic m:igr~,teSrolW-ard more «:ll1il'ti~'ilg targtts. tJ5uaUy atnditiomtl foe.
Ia s~~h slt\lmirn~, 1. is possiMc for m.ilirnl'ylelUilcrsro CJ:1J.lC.I].<:, ill ~{focttra:l1sfru-milJg thJo: hord" into au inccgl!lJ;tr army. ,o.fu:mill1(;S, WIllIl.iug. \~raLlW~~ ]ili1iuuy leack:rs in II cuhu.rc rtomoo giving

for viC<CUYDut try to, th'lnMotLtl the hcutk ~Ilro :Ill army before it disbllmb a!ith~ m.igil1al. iJoPurnti'o1ii pn;SSU[lC5 are reduced. ~

Enrnin~ RC\nk
Ahi'J;(mg;n. F~cj[ii.IJ is hm.nc to ma.IiIY arul1:i~.each one w.ith its 011\'11 mliq:ut: set of titles 311ci rradiriens, cermin. cnarncttl'istics11old mi~ •
illtlQllg

rise m :hOl'dc~at k.ltS[ once iu cv;eq' gc~1.('"l·lttioJ1. sitlll1lt "'llitfor na,t~Yral'i'lQpl.dj1.tiotli I~n'SSllm~osi.¥r; ise Wi:~ borde 11:11i1tisen. .rnOl.'C r qtJic:.ltly to mak~ if thc,lir own. (TIli,. sort of b\:ha.v.ior is OOlltll10J:l alruJl,g Qm oftne No:nh Iludthc' hobgool.ill!5 of due~Gii!ntsp.irc
Mountaia:lis.) Once
3.

lin stico.::ssf~j] i.TJ.ilirnri~.

Frnl~ltr.mcd. forces

IIl'C

or,g;tnizcd

bordc is form~~

wouLd.~bc m:til:lt!try kaclerll

TIl1.l!&t lilalc a dntllil.:nic :n.l0'1,IIe ,or f>tllJtl:~ucm dJ.I!t C;\U5e5 the J.lOrdc to aystaUiu: around a speciJic C1l.1kUl11:lotJj~t'il'O'C. 'TlI);,'y rmt~ttJ]cl1 ~' (lL!ick~yro nClll'C~Il inforlll!!ll OOl11l'1ml.m st[l!Ictlll'Ci ]~'u.lting ,()th~' self~ar'l)Qia.lt'cd l:ui.1it'M)' .I.cadcrti, who, .h~\1c ;))chit.'\-~-d1I.s:tnal1cr m"aStm: of the ~;ll1e. In cO"cct_. ~:Ch m.ilitM'yl.cad~rli do not plan

illalJJienr";hi~;~I] fashio.lilMtb :1 clear cbaiJ1 of oonulI:l[1.nil lind Ii: 5yt;tc111 ofrnNh. 3.1tbcmgh in some cll~~lIr..;:s;, .. base mmi.a(ITlld. to be of nohllc l:tJ:nh enter the chl.ti!~ of c0l1.lnm:mi. sra high~r POilU than t~:v;if; low'C:rclas5 brctheeu, S~oon.d.~;lJ]cd fQ['Oe5 lmw II mceit-bascd pmmotwnsystcm. 3.~thotl,gh there might be hm ~ts t:opmll1Oticlll due ttl raee 01' social ~b5S. Pl150lUotlClnS a[Cg~ven fOff ¥aior, 511CCe;s5., .s.a(T~ficr:, 11m! ~i~nFly 5'l:Urv.ivlllg.

..
'fh-e: 'Y'li,u of Cig)]tL1~l]gStm'l!iI1S (U 77;.]}R.) is S"eeilJgJ:h~~i51.131 ~U1d~[nic sk.HrIlil.!.?ningbtt,w~1l f'elJ(ii~g .nmghbo:r:s" In' 'p;:!l'tkular. Cbondllth.tbe mad~Klllgd.o11l1$. the Bortf.er hlll;grlDiis. Chessenra•.and:Tiu~cts~~to exisr in II consrrant ~rnre-ofoonfliN ;'!ltd iI1J~fll~'lCine \l.'Ilrfaii;. In wllich. 'lll£reJn.llI.'ies • .Il)elich~:nts. ~:U1d lllUI.(J:mcn of:WH hold .Il~ hlad~-s th~jt can .[rigg~'1" ful:Ir.Aooged ~ Wlll'~ As it .lliII[!:[~Il§. die three m~jG.l"cU.r.rent ).Wl;_lii hllve beenrag,.Ulg for seve.rh;l )!~ar5, aml.oHe lUtljo.r war has, hOPSDotch'Bd aero5lSlloi'dllC'll1 F~C'fi[in, E~d;'lmitiolJ!l. of S:bana,uJ': The R~clamatio!l of ~;Iiillt~.r began in the Year of the- Ga.lm.tll1'~ (H69 DR) ~hen gotd d\~\~Tv% fmill the Ollea! Rift 1lJtt!, gray dMlrves fl!OlU 19,ul1~e'1rein lru!l'ched 5Ilpar.1:tdy :on the caVerns of Shin'~t:J:r> intent on .relito:r.ullg Sh~mrtar roiss fffirm~I.' glory.Qmh th.e Army of Steil . and ,th~ Army Gold C']ailu to lli3:\re initiated t.he ·',c!:1J2lade.'" ~b~l'ehy pr~ah1iJ5 'rbl? oth~r to i:n~nGh 1I. iimUa:rve!]lure. After fi \Ie- ~~;" of '~,:]ffalle. th~ R~la1nation of S.hIlHc,),t';;):r Jm:; 'fu,qgged. d:o\VH inre II biuey w:u of ~:ttriti";lIl~ with the gQld d!1,'O'i1:~ll~tomfy defel1d.~l1g tile reclaimed s e:r"'.CJ'll~ ofB.."lrnkIl1V :J!gaill~J l;epeatedinrur~,Ol~ by the dpel'ga'r. wbo' Iwv~ :~~1;:Ibli6i1lNi Ii. fortifioo b~ ll1 dre doopes~.n .i~'leiW fane~ T~tlJ:ta:r.The gold d'lvanes have amen thernse!ve~~v.i:~h a. CQ~OHY or'~peUwea~l'S> while' dieg~'ay dwarves JlilW forged :m a Hi:mce M,f1tll SIl,laU a ~roup of' ~llold'er outtasts from :11t:·Zo!ki~. ' $e~v,erH's 'pru!l'ad,e~Aro1]lld Midw1Ir[oe~" the daemollliej Qj' House Db;rdrnge;~h lnllls~el1ed a:~ ,~.m~y· fey'ri. ooc.s<.:lnd of ogres to lIulI.ck e;l h.a!i:lillgs in the High Fo~~t aHd EwLres.ka. f Iu;~~po.ll!se"l.:Q.rd Sef\\"lll;j~1 Midta:r fWlnedil! "'t.ru..adel' f:roui~ Evel'J:ueetrno defel1d ,e~ holdill~ in Fae'ri!1!~. A Idl.QI,Igb Lady r S~:I"}~:~:~d he.r folkmreJfS'li!ere~ri>atetil~ d:Le dlaen\O!af~ and fleJ',!:l rebuJt~ theil' a~my from 3. !le>tvredoo1Jt in dle ruins of M}'tb. Dranll()r :1. fe>rv mQJltll~ l,ate,r"With the ,~id of die a:rcllclevil Ma]kb:!ii., H:ouse Dlardr~gedl rais.ed ailll.m)f of demm~ d-eviJ:t, - ani! YL1SO~Q~I1~enea;~ll ";~he boogh.s of fabled COnIJ<1.l1lbyi. 50 b Lord Sei\fel'lI's Crusalile i1110'iret! ,eastward to Se'm~e.hdltlte. 'file l..csurrillg the Meat

Hmsfilr. Sembia, :J~dZh~C'JuulKeep. Drannor

oollflk~ (ll e\V il~ the armies- of' €:OJ:I!nlIntJ!Q~''ll .rm~. 6tll.t UlI,~imate~' l'~[IltM~1l of- the d(:mOl~a\Ylled e!veS;,. dte rcdilllllilotwII of M}f~q
l

ami ti\.eE:lve~"Col,l.rt"

lIud the cQ.!'Q;natioll of Seil'<e.lH's

d.:IUg!u:er,!:lsevel~ Mh'jt~.r. as c¢roual

Qr C~rmailt'hrr.

'

SodrlUiis1al!l War: This oolllkt \)e('lvecu dIe HJ.eKhaj]t ro'n1s Qf Amn M1d the ogre·led nlo~tt!\. arfnie.s 'Of 'the &othlJlisiau E:mpi:re is weJl ~!]~oit~fOllr-dtyea;r. Sh{lrtly af~el.'mid~u,mm~,I" .. iE ends in tllk Trade il,Tol!)' Trllce. ma~kll,s. the be~nll i1~' ·Of tit" :::itiJlger War. p~~dng;ormJ~;r .ene~l~ie~"ho [onn <l temporary f " ;!I.I ~:!!ce agJiin~~ rhe new~,y eme~d tb:rea,. of a mas5.i~ hive H of ~'t~tlg()r$. '~lla end fof tb1s ch"pcer for rllnh~~.i See clr:t<llis. hor:tm.l hil\'e ~ocWly pu.shed i1rtQ, Ull:tl1er~<1;) iming J:IlQre ~",i lllON of their Ollce-pc""'erful rivd'!;~rrit()ry for r]lai:oo.h Horusrep [q. By the e'nd of the-Year &f R;ogAfe DtagOtlS (1~-73 DR). Mu~ horllncl".:hacl c;(mqllcNd aU of U'llt.h~r e.r~J[ dte dty of Me~l:!~pra:r, al~i~ arm~{ tltreil,tc.noo to Jay siege to' thm'[ dty 'Oncetho ramy seasolv(willrer) hml passed desp.in:
• Ui!'l:h~~ic C'~U$l.de; For ehree years. tll~ <lrmics of Mill-

of

frt',tlz.;ieda:tt~.eks.Ir.! smaIl. fiiglus of drago$s fro!llthe ilklm to~b~ Sk~! "lootttaill~. Early ill dle Yea.. of Lis:ht:J~illgSmtll'lS (1;74 DR)~ t"'O c\'elrtschal,god the "tbr~st of dtbs war- Fir~f. the R;):nite te'~1pL~rsof the Ewc'! Lorcl~ Alci ... i:ttl Moorkrnr uilafcJJ.ed fwth to tIle def~se of ¥~$oCI11p.!"Jr. r~i:lilforcil1g; the b@si~g,l2d defC'Jldiers of that cia:y. Eady SUo;;~S!l~S by the B>lni~s \lr:'~!)ea;~trLb!l~ed .t:II' a I'l'!<lssive iHfl!!lx of magical "~apom'y f:roJll 'IJli'iy st)!ldto th-e cbutch ofB~ ~e a~ cur-r!j:oc prites. SeoOl~<ttl1e' Shussei·fiOik woo disappearOO from tll.eir cipy III the fIl}'lire~iOUiS eVCl1t l:iJoi.\V~ a:/j. th~' V.. !shii~g iM:v~ relippea..red ill Shusscl a., tile m l.egio'll of . NallJ1a"Sill- Ac~tdiIag to . r~pbj:t£" dlC SIlrL!l5Sel·f>olJi; \''eNta~euto fhe OIktst" plane of Z~flllraKus by N~I'Um.[)m
.

s.elu:tl~Jj'trm:lsform;_d inw ilis.,:;iru<lr, as di~ "flu'riors. Nowtbe LesioJl has re:Cl!rJll~d~ opening a llg,lAl front ,agaiilSt 'fbeNar fbn k of Mullior!Uld's
(who might be aL\asp~Ct of

ami train~
fOJ:"'ll.l'(i

armies.·

I

-

El Sadimmm Bnd £1. NaUoju
(Army
:~Dd N~vy

Sl':Iie-ld

Puql~
Dra,iil,om, ofCotmy,r

DWil!E"'!fCS

oft-he
NMtb

WalswQ;i:d$

City Guard of
Wat9deepl

City
'W!lJfC.b, of Wat~fdeetp~

Z.~ntiJl!.r
af t'he

R.alik

(r-,atillg)

Pl'ivliit~(0) CGrpoml (1)
SltrgCltnt (2)

of Ca]imman) Askar
(noll-l1oibile)

~madc Td.ti\\'ma ("Sword") First S.VOOO S\\ -omptaill Lienar
Ornrion COllStaJ

HI1I.rylJ. Haurhermncr A~e

of Im.piltllf Warblarle'
nia W:JIl;"S'ilIocd

':rmsty 11/n
V,~ibllf Shiddlar A:lJlmalfr

made

:Z"hcD~riml
S~lWill·t

Djll-will (nohle)

MusRr
Clmw:il. Amhi:r (noble)
YUzt:l5

At'mar ("SwOl'd") Sworclc~plail'l' Su'Otllhar

Li~1ltcllfillt (;') Caprniu (4)

Barcle Hand
Daeth~i,d

Alorn
High.$'i'i'OI'd

!to.n!Cll

i

St\'Ordcaptain
Lance

Major (r) Co!OJil~l6) ( Major
Gcn!:Jr-a.I' (7) Licu~Jjj~lU Gem~ml.·(B)

Shyk; Rysal (noble, tiliip Ciip~;tin) Mrun[jn Bid;!k Cll~adill (anal)' ~1ll.:r31)i R:llbahr
610bd!.l. admirnI)

';Vuhean:! MONgarr IIxtna"Ltc
HigbAX'I:

Vigilar Shierdlord Wfil:gnm~lef
W::Lr

V:dabrnr
Torsin

Orsar' Gmirdswooo
COJ'Dilllandel;

E.attleGap'ca.in
Aroliilis,<m Dark Hand

OversU'Oi'a

Com man&er WilfChl(),l'd~ Captain of the Watdt
COllilllam.leJ:

Bs"tcl~i'i.lJllSm

C-apta1L1 &v(l1'nl~
Wm:de11of
lVIl~erdeep

S~hnllllk

Lord High M'lts.tm:l

High Capnlln

ofdl.e Watch

High ord of the ZhenuiJrim

1 Tooutsidffl, the Cit)' Gual;a come in t:'i.\'O, sons: "SOliUi.':r" aud "com mander" (s.Il.Yofficer). _ 'l 10 ootside..rS. "\~rlirch:men" (a term used for botll ge.nders) COlne .In three sorts: "rmtrolJ:nan" (male) or '~I)Uroljal1" (fcm",re), ucnptaiu" (:my oJ1ic~1: cOJ1trolliilg a patrol) Ilnd"'CQJ1~lllath:!l!:'1''' (any officer of !ligh~r rank), Mai.1Y,rolk call eVe'r}, Watcbnll.311 ~offi.(ler:'jlls~ to be s:lf.:. 31M Zhentibr arethe soldiers of til:!; Z11Cl1tli:rim and Zhemil Keep. The ZheflQ.rim :Jn~(lC'h_t1lcl1ny dlt: !;Q\fCl'rnitlg wizards· and' p,r.iests. Zh 1lt:5 :1:111 the 'COlumOIl people oJ Zfl~luil Ke(.1'. 'lbent (adjective form: Zhentan) mealls "'of ZlIentil Keep" alld is npplied to people, goods, customs, and lews, Note that before Fzou I assumed cOllillil.:md. the Zh-ellcarimexped1rJeJlted wirh many bmul.efie.ld rnnks imd groupings_ .; "Ci.vila,," is 1I. 'term. applied to all ranks from S\~"ordciJ"ptailiStip tbroug_h ors.I1iX:. l' liI'f~o.rgenC11l.1 is '~qllivaklr~ to 'the :rilnk of ger~e-ml in f/c-roes if Bnul.e, requiring 600-899 pron'ioti0l1 points al1d U.SUilUy COllllllal\(ling j'~OOO H,OOO troOps, to 6 1I'i.'attii!onls~:smdly h:nre special tides ~tm\led L.lpO'llthem by t.he Comnl<Ulw of ~he Wa,tth (atidii: held b)' the Op~J.l Lent of
WalimI6ep)_

7 .u~llteil:ant gene:ml is a i1~V rank, J1ig.!aer tbiilJ tb~ rail k of gcne.ra] in HtfNJ(!~fJ'j J1attl~. requ irilig 900-1,'299 pooll'lOtianpolll'105 and I1sually oollllmlll.ding If,OOO to 3'O.OO()'troops8 Iitl~ besrowed at this ran k .indttdc Seneschal of C~tlc Wate.ru'eep. Lom Defellder of dIe Harbor, Lard of the North Tewers, Lord of die South TO\\'eP.i.Lord Armorer. Lom Hand, and LQrd's Chilmp)OII. 9 General is lmn:fl higher than rhe romk of general ,in Heroes 0/ lJ41t/e, J"equl.ril.1g 1,;00 or mere prtllllJj)[i.o~ points ami lISoUII.H1y ,OOIlHll.wdilig 30,000 or mOll: troop;s. IJ~ gcllttid pr<>ooss f ~aillil1g promerions is (!eta.ik,.d em pages o 88-n (:if Hernej rif &!Jle:; Satilp.lc Fa~rLiIl.spi!'ific 6tks are given ill Tah!e 2-1. to suppletllellf a similar table iII 'tInt sill)}J.lcment. ad'iievabk orders. that are m.d}' to he obeyed so that the colletti' e ~ffcq;t of t.heir acricns has II .reasOlla.bl!e cbanee of victo.i"}" DC{lemlillg upon dle llrmy brpolice force. sucl1lt:ndcrS:hip In igilt rake the form or d:largi,ng il.~tocombae in the v;ulJ,gum.·d Q[ '~he troeps or planning deploYnJ.<mts,in a secure rear base,

LelQdin~Armies
TIle prili1:Uy role of lnilirta.ry kllcl~l:s is commandiug the troops that make up all. a.r.med~ fO".!_'tt., Mil.ilary ~.eaders muSt make jlldg. mellts about 110w,to supply their forees, denne rheir a!bjecril\"e~. and c.re.l!Ec battleplans by w.hicll the objecth--es can be achieved .. LLke ,Iafiug pieces on a g.allli: board, ,each unit mus.t 00 gn'ell

subordi nates ,

<jivin~ commnnds to

Eve]:), orgaili1ied llliJ:irnl'y (~oppo:sed to a trUt: oorde) bas a ebajl1J of connnaad; COl1mlatld~ ill the chain of COll1lI1:Llld'C:L!'l give onk.rs or male requets.. O];-deI's given by ranking superiors are

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WlN
THE BAnFIELD

-or ful by their OOulIllalu!er.l>"whil11 the popuJ.acion was ooJ1l$idn-ed frieildly, l'W!;Iefore. mainmi.llillg ncOOf' levels was st:raightfOl;\\1';!lrd for a s.llilledaud diplomatic leader such as A.ZOlII] I'll, requiring a successful DC 17 Diplomacy check to lU:tim:l.in or exc~~ CLU'rent trolOp levels each month, When the Dc~ .il_.Dl"il~Ol'i and her army a,ttacked dle FO['est Kl ngdom •.th-e poptlJatIDl.l beam~ fujb>ful ~ud considered itself l.m.der arrack (DC 5J. In cOlltrast, the ZI.rentilar rely an 'COlll5Ct~l<tiolltO lllai~l¢3.~n ehelr r:uab. They reeruir tr-.oopGIrom dle eit!Le'llt)l of Z.hel'll~il Keep ,iUI~ 'the surround.ing lands (including f:t1Ie.1lTtsbel1dale). SiJJlce tile return of Bane, mo.mle has bee'll good al1d tbe troops have been eensldered friendly by their C01lllJl.;lInd.e.rs. III oonuast. the pq11.1latiOlli<: unfriendly w~th rCg:1l'ds to rhe ZJ.lCJIlt'.ila:r. As sud); ScylJa Darl:.hope (described 011 page 16+ ,ar t~he FORWITE~' R'E..-iIl..lHS Cnmf!'l1ignSfltirt(j must make a SI:OC'tcSSfulDC 19 Imiinldare d'led:: to Il'laint:aill t.I'OOp le¥eLs each month, Her jcibbecitllic mllcli. more d iffiro~t after her' ~.rmy's crushiug defC:llt it1 Sh:idcn!tdak b;ttdUI{l . the Lord Selveril Miritllr's amlf of elf erusaders froni E\'e,l':I'lteef in rheYea:r of Lightning Storms (Hi4 DR), fWElle population co.nsKlered 'tile illvasion ill-coneeived (DG 51),

CJrpccwd to be obeyOO. but illVi!rhb'l~f so:me ru-du:s life resisted

ig,llored, ~ub#:ct 00 a Ui/l~t's !1lQra le, III glEmc te-rms, an 0I:de1" ~s represented by an Iiltimidntc check, wbcr,cas a n:qilest is handled as a D.iplomacy check. In both CR-liC'S" tJ:1~ DC is d~e'~mnhled!Ising the Inllm:nci!lg NPe .Anitudcs s.idcb~r on p~;ge 2~ ehe "Pi«J>er's .Htimiborik. All ank:·t of all.Wmlliti:clll1y fails jf the onle'1'e'l" does nor outrank the orderee, YOI!l l'1i:LlSt mat-e II Diplomacy c:heek .if the NPG is immune to fear,

Tlliblc 2-2 dl."'Eailsaddi'tioua~ modifiers rhar apply to ,Intinlidiate and Diplo.macy ,checks whel~ gi\.l ng orders or making requests:
I

TA1W

,2i-i!,::

~IVIN'fJ

ORILnS

The o.rdel.'~~ ... Is Lower ranking
than the

Dipl.omiIJcy ilLllJd.Intimidate Modifiier The tlifll~·e:tlCe betv.'eell the eotamander rati'ng of dle ozderer and 'the

oom:n'lauder r[ltillg of dlC o.rdcnx OOJi:1Jl'ilandc:r Influenced by the oJ.'dC'r'C'l· + Inflcencc modifier

Lawful
Chaotic Hcarte:l1~l ShlilW'i.I-r

+1
-f +:W

FrigJiJt:ml.'d1 JL These an morale COlidi.tiol1&" defined 9.5 Hel'YH!s of Battl.t; ,

~10
011

page 74 of .

A.t:titudc of l'toO:PSl

Modifiuio' .DC

Mobilizin~

Troops are hostile 'TnxJlis are unfriendly
TroQ{ls ai't: i1uiifferel1t Troqls are frlclldl}'

+l
+0

+r

T.fOOpS

Armed forces ngubjly lose t.roops ..Casuahies are most common in times of '~iar,. ut ac:cidCliltsand minor sl:irmishes ocmr ill times b of peace as well, Some t~I"OOpS desert OJ' choose not to reenlist " ~\l1CID tbei], terms of service C'Xpk'e, dille to low morale, advancing _fc:rr:s. or other Oflil)(l·rtiL.lni)ti~$. MallY armed i:orces m:tiauai:n a.
ODl",C

TJ1JO.ilS are heq;rul
Att:itud~ of F'o,pubttiou1 POjJu]atiM is hostile

-3 -5'

+:f
+3 .. 0 -3
'-:j

or unnrincnt

fightil1g'f-otct:'aIlJ1'oJlly
need;

moLilize:tiilditiona.1 troeps in times

.troop sn,mgth

Military leadersare expected to maintain tmtclLl,gh r,egular voluntary .recrllitl1li.ml ami/or

conseription, , :Playc-.I:San; e-l1com'i1.,b:rOO .'0 role·p!ay attempts at troop IICCJrllitm~J!ltand rCn"J:litlon. Li:IDely tactics [nclude m~ivational. speechCs, adju;stililgpill' rates, and acting 0lJ behalf ofrheloeal population, AUeJfl1ativd!y.a mochlmical substimte fOI" mainraining troop levels is a monthly DC 2r Diplomacy cli~ck(m the case of ti'OOps"'ho jo.~11 vo!.tmtarily) or a DC 20 Illtimitla,te check (in the case of

Population. is tmfricmlly PopuJatio.n is il.1diff-eNllrt Poilulatloll. is fricjJd Iy PopilJ.1tion is belpfld POlll.ll!l.tio.no_isallpi'O\'eS of currellt military activity Other Modiftm Pop,trintion is threatened Ihlndntion is \lmile attad:. SiliC of armed forces as pe.,ce-ntag-e

.. r

-1'

-10' +1 per 1% of

teoeps wlmoare UJJ.ls,oi,t"Cd). The L~~ DC i~ moo~fi.ed as noted in
TIliDl'c1-3:. d,;;:pli:l:11di.ng 01'1 the morale of the t:!:loops and the ml.·gcttd population for recrLl~tmCllt. (lnthe case of conscription, trt:lJt the .attirurle of troops, and popU!a,tiOll as being two step.> \I,'Ol'~.

of .fi'Ollub:nan

,~ChtIll popu.LatioJ:I~

to a ma:!:iU1Ulu of hostile.) If tll,1~ cllecl is suooessJu:I. rccruitmem and I',cu:nti.on CJi·c,~-ds...mitioo and casualties hy 1% plus 1% for every poillrt by which die check result exceeds th~ DG. If the check fnils • recruiemene :9.ndretenrion fal:ll> below attritloll ami easualnes b)l1% For every point of differencebetween the check result and the DC, Of course, a miHta.r}' leader ~lOuld not .recruit II:lDl'.'C rroops than h(; 1:".'111 pny far. For ~K~JI.lpk. iii times of peaoe ehe 'PcupJe Dragons of COJi'b11y.r rely onvoluntary .recmit:mcllt foom.tbe dri:llem}, or the Fewest Ki.ngdolU to maintain troop lC!lels. .During the l'ei,gll of K.ing, A?..oI!l'11 Iv.. morele "·is rush and the troops were considered IJdp·

1 In tfu.: C1S>C of OOil>Sc-rJptkm. treat 'lhe attitude of troops and 11opuhtti.0Jl asrwe step worse, '2 Div ide this lRo(lifier tl}' 2. fOr hordes or if the armed force'S ,ind!.l'~'e both male and female troops, and divide this fnooificr by 4- if both of these oomj i~io.l1s :L[lC true,

Holdin~ Territof"V
Other thau a few mercenary companies that oilly accept commis:ilo.ns to fight (ilot to hold re:rrito~.'y) and hordes (SOl'll!; of whi:cb seek on])' to p1t111de:r before moving 011 to the next toe.11ptiJJ,tgtfil~1}. mese armed fercesneed to defend! tlnTiitory ag:a.iJlSf external and ioternal 'tbl'e:r~~ HoMing, teJfr.iwry is as'mueh abeurdetX;":l.'r~'11Ce it is abeue defense. and it uqu ires a .DIU mbcr of as .inteneIate<1 activities by mil irn.ry leaders,

FitS<t an.d tONnlost, bold i1ll territw}'requj~s arm ies ~o baJild am:! maimaill fOJ:rjficatioJlIS" MHiP1:ry ie.aders_ mUSE C'Q.llsJder ,where fuwreD:a,tdes are lIkely to be fotlg.ht and die nature of likely OPPOll"ellt£.. They lnu.st ide.lltlfy f;cracegk dto.ll:epoints where it m~kes; seuse to make II. defensive stand. They must ide~~tufy w1ti.d'l resourccsacd which pop:uiaid011$ musr b~ defended. Tirey mu&t decide whether "defe-l'IsC" m.ei!!l.~!runke1"ing down henill£! wom ~'a1is or rnk iJ:I,g the battk~o the ·enemy with highT}' m.obil,e rroop.5 <llld fO.l"f~fi,a·tioJ1ls. S(;(Q.Ild, !i.oMi:ng rerr~ror}! .requires arm les to padfy the local ill.l1.lbit-aIl.t!i~n uucivilized areas, dl<l!~ means driv.ing out the I looJ mOll;S!rerpop~huiQn,. In ruraland UiOOfl areas, that means esr.!lJlishiu,g miLitl"l,}" [1J:~gemOJly OV121' the dviHatlP<lplll:lttou, eitJier dirough their wi~ling ecnsene 00: b}' SlIbjuga~il]g~hem unwillingly" Once a~e!'riM}' liS p~d:fi.eJ> regular p:Il:rol~, spies, and m~gica~ Ji:vil'aario.ll~ ;"Ire requi.i'eLlto keep au eye (m the rerr.il:o:ry 31ld' ma'~"~flu['e it ]"C111aUlS pad tied. Ani! fi.mdly, llolclillg rerrit".ory r~u~m ~stablj.shl ~)g Ii nes of rom mUJI icaeion a.nd llues or stl,pply.Mil itaQ' ~ead.ers mIl§!t fi nd and secureseurces of lA"u-e-r ami food. determine !lOW man}' d<!.}'S worth of stores [.0 pro\\'"icde and fQr~'h'il!t fl'llc'rion. of the pop~b!tio.n, and ~re.nnilte priillary ami l)01dmp jnea~~s of com1l1uni~tion. Ma.gka! resources, sl,Ich :IS inrlividll:l.lsa.nd items rIm can employs spells i"lnd ~1!~Hke aWl irices ~uc]l as cr~at(J /W!d muI1vattJ'.., scrtding) her(M}lft~#i pm"ifyf(}(}t/ and tlri.nl;, and whis:pe-ring -wi1rd., C.rrn be l1~d~!:) suppl,ernenr S\liChp:!m~s,
Hou\C"\~r, o'\I'"Cr:ril1~jj~ce Ot'l sU',c;h magical means lnvires enemies

as infor.m.e.Jr"5 ([:01.11 the SUlTOtllldil.,g co!uml.mity; d.cud}' •. dle,)l eau SIl".el.le~y l'mkc:n the ,dctoCw::m -cffc~~tpro,' l{kxl by ,~ miliJnl('t' by w oon.nuul1i{,:ltillg, i~tnl!,:s.l'Cll;gfhs. ,ot ~.\ie(l~llrbe acmal ,fighJtUl.g abj.hty af~he militllly by a(;"ting :IS Sf~bot~llr:>. F.n a sense, So Inilitary dl.!.1t .is fm-ccilto figln has aLn:iKly at kMit i);l:rtiaUy fa.iled, ~IliSC its l'eadcl'li fllilcd£o 1.1111 illilai:n il SildJkit;m dr:tc.r.ren.t to p:re~nt 1Urnc1 or failed to IJrojcc:ta rhrest of su[fi,it:JU s.1t'J~stl"S(I th~"t
opponents rcf use to mJ.lt"C"dc dill~oll.1atit-lll~y,

As instruments of poliec CnfOl1.1:111cnt il:l.1d \'''-iLl"ffn~, military forO!ls am the uhim~.ttrewlll.·f>Cror i[l'Cco:nc.iL~Jbli: oon!iLtlS in IlI]Y mIl~l' arena, A m.i]itary'~.05t,cll;5ihlc foes onthe rnn:tTh.:£idd miglr~ include tb~ armed forces of bo:st'il.l: flrn~r.l) or creatures sueh .P'Owc!r that t.hey C~.11 filJih.t entire .~rlll1 it.:s;, SQJn~ foes : cheese l1m~O fight on th.cbIiUkfi.c.kl, hut' a.tmck fr·CIluw.ithin" l~. :uilrliJt.ion, a['l1:ii.e'S arc Of£-CH Cllll,gbt 1I11 in mh~it· oonfiitts, as weU, I'e'iiecting tensions withil1th~ r;inksa.lld .... t.h.c civilian ·i~h o:~ rei igiollS ]elldel'ship.

.or

opp
comes

oSnlt~

ArmIeS

A.nni!l5 ar"(lDliliLltt~, fight

row-get

Stich. i1~di.'fiduah and ieems,

obli'~Qtionsand nuries of 0.
1VIiliturVLcud er
Military!eadem are obi iga.wd to figlu a~ the CQ.mmaud of those they S~r'O'C. (Where llu1.rtilll n!lep.reV>1:1ls. mmtary -leaders in efT~'t serve t!l;cimd,res-) Tbey must..dirrerent!at.e oot",'ee!) the ~.itical decision-.mak ing process rc threare.n 0[' use mililarj' foot! il1.ldthe stra.esic decisioJl-maliJ1~g process e.0 adlie'\'e 'vie~ory, tayillg oo:t of the fo.rI:!1.cr wh.~le roLc.rJ,ti:ng 110 ]nrr:rfer~t~.ce s ia~the Ial:t"'1". .. A mil.Hrary force ntust be 3\mil.l:lble a.• Mly .mO.ilmllf. find yet Illost soldie.rS5!P'Clld "cry luttl.ctUnLe~.ct l.IaUy fignril,g, As such. it ~sdl'll1'~5POIl.:si~i.1 HEy ora 111ilirnry li:'lul.cr ro usc ehe rimc between conflicrs w.ise[y. tn:lin~llgtr-oop$. maimainiJ'S eqLl4l'.nJ.cllt,. h1,lildillg fortificari.ons, l'e~~fo:rcillg SlIPP]Y ]il1l:5., and pb nu ii:lg foreve'.r)! rmninge.nc-y, Daily duties lypic"ll!lly involve it mi:l1 of .rcviewing erlsting plans and p.repm'ations. >CO:l1dm::ting training ami dr.uU.s, sj'nthesil.ing newimelli~L1~ abeat pot"C'J.l~ial f~,. ami aclapring (flam and. plii':PlIl'1ltimll; for newly 3ffi~n OOIJtillg.'..:.ll.ci~s. Mil~i;il:ry
~l1'lIders :III]ust be coneerued about mor.ale, k,,~pi~lg
11:

.1l1lltllraUy to. HlO!>t m.ililtm-y 1~';l:Jc[s;, the case of natiOlll~1 In armies, .iltc~m'l~.~g~J:t05t: f c(il:y-Stlttcs IIml 'koiI1Jh.m1l1S;tb~ [:IJ.·]I1.111.r}' o task is. defense of the homiland;tgl.~:in~'I: .ri.\liLl 1:1i~ltiona1 afili ies andhmn~",loi'd herdes, In the C~5C ofpool.illi:: fon-es,tb~ i)J.·,~lnar); ~ task is. law[j.llrl ceder, 111"'"11111I];g tlll.:y ltIuf;t be Ilffi"'(;:'l-fil] t:'l'looghto tab 011 and d.ef~~itcriarinal giUlg5 :lndp'~"(d.:llmry U10J1stcr:s, that .. operate .in 5eCl.'ecyfrom wiil:11ilJ. rhe society; Chmu. linnil."S oft~l1 p.~a}'the role of natiaaal armies, b!Ittll~y mastalso be p'nl~n:d tob~uk: the dd~llder5 of hOS1ii:!c faith~. H~rte$ if ]Mule derail's l10w to run .laru-5t'1l1\cbl1tt1~';Sbct~~"!01:.L1 armies, }'e~foeus em the llctiO:l1Sof the .PC:;..

one IlI1'OthCff, tlris formof and

0011 f1i.ct

Jute rno] strife
AU orga nl;!lItions a.re plllgiLloo by .int'l"lI'.n:l.I. sl"ffife, and mil it~.rll' fo·rc:es <IN no ~"~oeption, AI~lned faroes ~t1ffer a I]nn"lue weakness clue to the co£nm·Qitl ]l1.'aetice ·af 'banle.field pmmot:rom.
.Alril.{l:ullJl.mo~~ ambl~tO;uS sllbQ:f{hmu:es seek to 'I"lll:rn pmmo-· tions rb.Ql;Igh m.cl.'.it, by fawning OVCI~ their superiors, Of by lmdenn1ning their 1'.iv:l.ls. some see opportunity inbctrl1y.ing

Ell~ir commander.

Mi11rnry Icad'.e.l"Smus~gu.U'd~gai~s~~.mbil:i.ml;s

uncl~di ngs who

close wa.ocl1

'on dteir ITOCIpS' V\!i~I~llg~ess, to Ji.gh~ and. the civili>a:11 COll1111ll1l ity':s
willl.nglle--S.S t·o SU:PpOl"t the warriarli. i.n its Il1id5.t, MUit'.rry l~-il.de[~s. must pay [}lJ.I.'tillUl.lll.' atrnmicll] to th,;; effectiveness of thei:r flmcm; aS~[l cklrerreUlt, Coucll.r.£-cnt w.itlitbe (,"Ildles:s. dil'Jrnnatic dance 'OOtl"~1l riVlllpm\ie.r:!i. moSt Jl1i.~itltry fo.1"CC5 rcmtiuu.e to pllohe the.ur PQtentia~. futrJI'c oppmlC"n;tS.'. sttcJ,1;.tiJ.,s. an-d "~luesses.A~ sl;Ic.h", ~l .is or critical importnn'CC' tn;tt it mmt:i:lr~1 leader l~eglJ:lm'~y l'OOloo:t5:rW:s. w~thilJ 1115 I:~mks as \1<1;.1.1

might dmt'~ orumisiJ]fl'lrpret~ an crrder ara crucial m01Il£nJt, leaving fll~lr cOJIl:tmJld~,!"~tgr:r,'e ri'sk of deathor d.islullinber· menr, In romJ:lWlllie-s where- $udl tactics are oom !non, sudl :15 i"llltol!:s~he t'CmpLl:rs Qr nalle>~\os~ m il~tl!r)' ll:mde.rs oommand frrun dJ.e rear., givil'lg uJ?d'te mOl.'al"e ~,dv..mtagesll~ij. forces might ~i1l by 1eOOiulg tb.<:-J1l ciJ]~oOOI~bat. 1.1lanni~:;; wlw.re he~rayal. is :mtt". such i1.£ among the 'Purple DraSl:m.~ of Co.rmy.r. I.nilirnry I~fldcrs often kllid bycz.;;ampk Set vlng in the val1gua:ra or~h~il' elite fo.rc:e&.'Pf CQUI:'~. 1A'~semi~itarj' ril;l~e-Ji"S> 1I.S Ki ng A7.ioo.~ ~lJ!c:h lV in his d.."ly•. cinP10y enifo.!'"CC,l"S $killed a:r ferl'eting OU,\ lraito.rs, such as. dl.'" l:Ji7arW1'z.atds of Cornl},!:'.

l

,

.

\

WIN THE BIlITLEFIV.L:D

powerful Monsters
Fa·eru:11 is home '~Q .miln}' po';'.'Crfl:ll monsters. OJne of whol'!'1 arc [J01,1,Jerflll enough. to ~ttl.e an entire linD)' sillgk-hatl~edly. Great W}ffl'llS, such .~ !Bablg,o~ .•Illmte:r_narhro. IryklatlRigra, Khtutb (sec 13s"ge 167 of til'!l .ToOB>WrFEN RZ,'AI.MS Cnnptlllgp St!lti"l,1 and P:aJa.andl~lSk> periodicaUy IlWa.ke fron.l thl1ir sllJlnbers~o lwl1t for [(:(lid and/or plm~ikr. Q;td~' o feasr upon a burgOOl'ln1g horde of orcs. t P.We'-ff vils sdch 115 Ityak·Ortbeel. the Elf· Eat>cr'""1l. disll3.·~cl..d e are . to file Material. )'l.me to w.real: havoc, destrO) iJlg 5Cuk1'l1,ems such as S'yJl U@1I"iaani! the armies tilli. defend fhem. Powerful 1U00Uitt.rs pose 3. uniqu.c challenge to armies arr:a~d against them .. It is both a strength l!i1lda W'Cllkl1e-56 to bave the: op]lm;ung [01'C'e wi.cW.oob}r a.single miud, On one hand, l~owerful mon~tE;~· do not need to mai:J!lta.in lines of cOlit'ifi'll,micatioll .. and they are aWllife of the aetieas of alJ. dlcrr \'\Yeapru1s.Oil the ot1'OI11' nandi. du.:}! UI1 'LfJ5UaUy 'mly focus o-n the ·faSk.llt hand :lnd dlercfOre can .~ f[tIQ'l'e~asily d.eccivecl. by a fcim. Moreover, c[lcativ~tj' in combat of~11 springs from multiple 111:indl.> cOl1sitl.ering II.problem from dilTerent :mg:].es. a:11 adV:llr1'Eaw;: held by armies tilalt allow indii\riiDual cemmaeders to thij.lk for them selves, \vlI.ell.ll'irtd against such a foo, 3111'1 ies shou Id avoid brg~ fMlflatIDl.1S through which a powerful monseer c-an l'3:fllpage, Inflictil1g l:iuge casualties r Mi1itarylcade.rs should employ C\l'e-ry ek:\re.I"[rick alld feil.lt they call! devise, Di\ridei.1.m,cker~ into small camp·a·lllies that lrnJllllt hit alld ru 11 attach as oppo:rtul1i1les presenr thcmseh'e5 a11d al;tlIck with a wide variety of "'1.:s.pons ami styles.

sprem:ling rumors, to deliberately :d~el'ilflgordees, Such tactics 3fi= even I.ltore effe·cti~'e when the saooreu.rs are sJmpe("hlil1~"llirs, able to' aS5UI.ne the guise ora \{,u'lety of affi·oers dur11lg rhecoarsc of 11 b~tdc., !oIO'i'~hllg oonfw;i.on wlIe~!,I'·Cj[' ther goO. In the :face of such tlrr'C-ae~.InallY il1iJ:i~y leaders devise codes andpass-phrases that are diffirult for 1!aootcurs to a,b$ot? qlJicl;J}~ even if they .Imwe access ttl spells Or ~pc.Jl·like abilities silch 3S detect tl.wUghIS. Of roU[SC, such dt:fen5eS can impede the quick f:liowof orders dtrougll. ~lIl .army during II ha,tt:le. Other milita:rJ leaders "rlth access tOo po","erful spcllc9sters cstablis1t ..ZM~t t!/ r:r'llth lit command. p~n~5 (of~eLl tied to a ballO'll.' or imh~dl'J1t! srclO ami dispatcb ~pclk1l:iituswith l1"tf(f mtiug spells to .I11oniw:r the ·trooll:). Of course, md.]~a..ct.tc5lilnit lhe mobjlity of i:.Olllm:lIldr.:rs IInilrt":f!uil'e spcUCastillgCITbrt ·tbat !ll!gIn otil.e'l'wise be U5~d.for ~l1ttl!cmagic.

·r·he-rh rone
In some cult~m.'S and. faitl.ul., no C"oltflkt exists betwl;..~rnili.tarr lea.dCl'5bip ami lc:ulersbip of tl'le oo!l'lllll!lnit)r. This is true in militaristic socicties'::mch as ZhcntiJ Keep, where the strongest: rule, and in bcm;:vol-em dicta:rorsh.illS lIe.1I. as COflltyr.where tile SQJ;'Cl'Ci!;ll orHoust Obarskyl' directly rules the kingdom antl.leads the IIrmy, H,o\'\'(l\fcr. in maliy CUIn.I'C5 iHld faiths, theoo exists thE: OOIJ.(.1ept O'f. a pr-mcss1onaI milita:ry. suhser\ficlJtCo ti'l~ rule or the <Civilian ·or religious l!e~bipl .~rer~"cslrained fnml s.eiz.illg :PO"'''er onl}' by trad!itrol1 and m.o:mlit~'. .A I] such cultures, no m.lllt«"rllCm' dc~p1y .illg:ntiJ\i':d the di\l'i51oll or labor, ~1\";pericn(e a.-n inh~"]'en~teasion be'tt\'{)CI1 those who·(fer:icre when and "'here to use milli.wy fOl'OI:: ilnd those whoa command troops into battle, Ine!,l'~mb1y.ci.vifuul leadm .ar~ '.,:'110 g,R<e
erdcrs
OO.l'!tl-llf)' .~

Insidious Thn:~uts
Most armies are so focu:s.ed 011 e):;tcJF.l1iIl dlreats that saboteurs call. wl~ak great h;IVOCrrom ·~·ithl.l1 ranks. EIl~.~my the infiltram:rs who join the 'ranks elln employ a. Wal'ie'ty of tactic s, fr001 uuderm:ining morale. to.

.

I'

the best

jlJdglllC!lt

die m:ihm:l'Y leru:krship: or aucmpr

of te

insert their opinions imo tlt~ straregil:: plauning proem.

I

WIN THE BKITLF.f]ELD

UaOOl'S of pr-of11'..s.siomd Ini!itlll.·Y forces gene.rnlly view~J_K\Il1~j\'¢5, e~pelldable reels suiject to '~hechain of ootl1.umtndlmd ~tgi.\i'\~'l] .di&'JN~tKJ,:n to implement lllll.itr O1iik.ri; as effcctiwdy p055.itle'l!O'tJlil.l tlleiLr' ,oon&tmi:nts. Can" il:~s inev.~t<1My[U"itw wh'Z~ :tl_l~_~irnl'Y le:!de.r:s. rdiJ~ rocimp.!~lm~m or delay E::tila{:tillg th6tr orJus :J5\¥cll <'lswh.cn c~vnlinL1 01' rehgjorn readel'~,.illreff61'(l wyond 5ctting o1!jectiVl.':S.Oft(!~l, SUdl.~lSionsplll!y oot in the politil:',a~ milll,lj[! dll'OOgh.oonulI.ll:miq;[[cs ~llCl.fieJ.m.. repo.Jf~S in the midst -of 1m armed ,conflict as e3dl :S~ pr;c;pllliCJjfor tl~ IIfteffl11~tb of nl~]irnl.'Y victory 01- defeat.
lIS

as

SU"lIt-cgil:: o~jc(:ti\rcs am be cJmnl<cw.il!Kla 35 d:efeIJ~i\'c or of fimsi.ve: eithllf -to haJd onto ro.t'll~thin,g of va1llC or roacqu il.'e 5On-lctbillg of value, Sru11Cti.l'l:lcS tlJc reward of dlC Sfr~'~M: objoct~.ye:.@,oesto the m~l_itM'~f .fooc~ .::1;5 11wholic. 5iO.1J.1Ctil'lIC5he uW'llrd t g(l(:':5, .in.dividm'tl Ii1cJ:llbers of the a[Jl'lro farce, IIJ:td sat'iliCt'ili.'1C5 .it 00

goes~Q die s:po~sor o:ftbc

<1Fl~_tcdf-arce.

Mc['ccn{lry coltl,{mnics!tna

M

ilitn_fV Rivals

I1mio~llilllnl1:i(.':5 ll~lmUy figh,t 011 behaLf ofa :sponoot,; in,d.iviall;!hi) !!IlIi.~d5. er the c.iti'Z~ualfYwho l'ilaki: up rhc rnxD~$:c. Marti~11il~' fiacdothe.r ukr-gel'1CHlls llsuillly dai:n_l file ~trntt:git objc~tivc for tI1emsdy,c:s

Gi~cn the potC'J1ti~l thr-.::atposcd by aHiI_lic:5 and their .miliro[yleac:lcr.s_, political leaders mrdy '(;olt~ntra,tC
all their l_nilirnl"y fO[-<lcS under om eemnraud, Fot C~ltl:Llrle, I.L1 dlC Fercst Kingdom of Contiyr,

Hous'l: O:OOr~yr has tr~ditiol1aUy d]VKk-d mil.itar,Y POO'¢f all10ng the Purpk DmgpllcS (army). the 1lI~!::D.rngoll~' U.1avy). and the WaJ' Wi2iLlils (ml'lg~c). Howcvc:r. Heuse Obanli:.yr I1!l:ii 1011g held;! firm grip 00 .POO'l."I in Cffi'l_nyr, SO th~y.have found itfl.ltfttto d.icsaUow

or thC,Uf i_lllm'~diate film]lies. Clfu$llJdcs a ud . hordc-s U$UlI]]Y eli! i_m stt.ar,cgi-c objoctivcs forthc group as iI 'L\'hclc, bu. .be latter

exal'1.lJple u5ua11y
devol YeS into ph.mder by illld~\i.iilual members.

Fo,r c:!;',alnp~.e. the .Fuq)k DtfLgof Oormyt dcf c]l.d.cd t be
OJilS

Foo~'S~' ingdom K
from. the gahlY!loid eroops of Nit lavator yl ehe Devil Dr:~'b,()1l in th~ Y,ar of the Unstrung H:a:rp (131'1

I~rs~ Il:ICl1Xltafj' OOJ.nr~anics through thcli:rnuttd granrill.ji of eharters
(~~n .[(;,gybJ;ril11);

sJ1lftll~dwcmuring rom.lllllli.cs this f~shion).
.Ji-OO\1'C

ill

DR).

Their

l!.lthoogll ~uch racries might wise fOf a ruler who wishes to keep his tln:Olbt. it can crearc s_ili'lilie~1lt J.~d[l_Chcs for military iC'llde.rs of the varieus armed fOTIiJ:S,. Such leadees must COlUpclC fur infilmll-DC wid]. the so...-e.n;igl1 amI foc rn:l: Fe~~me hell:! in. th~ royal ,coffel's. Riva!s 5C~ik~d"anug.:::. c-\'Cri during the COO_r5e of batrle, by ".m~illt:Cfpr'(;ting" oroo,s. if ~ntltlli. wietor}' againsE the ,oommOl] f:oo is not .in doubt, a rival ~r might seekto position hi:nl5i1'lf o .gaill moregiJory 01· to suffel." t fewer casualties mnOllg, hio: tr-oops. Wise milital')I ~JladeffS cultil'ffltc allies among the mid-level office-n; of l~ol1lin~ny allied fOlices to .prc~'Cm sueh pe~l:ytm:tic!;, fr-o.m UndeffIil.lilling rheir success,

Stfflt-e!)iC ol!i~'Ct'i.vc war; the dcfell!iC of

Cormyr's ~f.rirory. Alvicco:rim:t:5;,nciJtiHlTt!ic troops 11m i.hclewcre W'O'cn Wlltrol the ilHllj' as 3 .... the rcckl]uut:-nt\:rri.tOl')' 11l1Ci lJts asscrs, Owucrsh_upof the l~:nd.ami irs assess instead reverted bsek to fh-c Crown and the c.uti_zt::rll'), (whiC:h imhH:tcd n:mny members of tile llJrn.lY who hadbeen called up to figJ~;t). In contrast; MlIllro:rand's t(:nlpl~rS h3~it:- dirccdybel1dim:'l fr-OBI dmir laud's unfolding ccmqll~st of 5oln:h.cm Undl.c[- .. It'Itrt of the n:aso.~ MuUKUt{ll1a's sb\' Ilidvanoe irnthe fa«;of rdm'iwly for .... '¢akOPl)05uticUl bRS been 'the t-cn.d~n>cy for ,ulldi\lidLlalllrn:its eo iml'l1cdiii:ttly ~~mtt"oJl .nC\~i]1s-eiz~dttrruro:r:r~ building re.l11ries, takiug ownc.r:511ip of the fllnns.. and cs~b!_ish:ul1gtt..';SidclI{i~s;. Ilil. cffcc;t. in orderto OOIl.tUtLbCto i.!ch,!tnce,.Muloomn.d"s gelleti.lls must ITgu.lar]y ~]Ll5tgr a Ilew army of wouild-ib¢pionccrsro, kapfrqg, Oi\ll:F the p.rewLom: fWIIt tille. ADt'1i.ou:gll inucdiMy slo\\'. MuJhM.llld!g $u(.TI.:5Si"c waves of iml'arnn. arc i-dem'll.:ssly g-obbliuaS up u'n;ther il] a hlIJ:w rtd;; of colon il;!l,tioJ.1. . Although differcl'1t cuh1l.l[cS ho]cl \i~[)!iJlg stlu_1:dar&sol1dIt: I.lJJprO]_)r.ia~n!:S$ of scizi~S i~I.l:1$ of '!fatu!: from rile bodies of
thcm,ghGormyr"s army_prol!,liea.

or

Ill. w~r:. the rule bas a1\~'~.y~ bCC'1l "To the viC'~o:r go tilt: 5poiI5.~' A~dlOOgllarmies, fight Corea wide fllll!,gll' of reasons, thcre .... :rds a
·ofl1l11rfllfe gene-fflllly fall in three bro~dc1l~Il.g;O:rles: I\ttaindl!.:m of st~tegi£' objecEives. plu ndm-, and indiviau:J!l pr-olrJolion~ lind d~omtion5.

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TAUVE

.~-4::SM,tP'Ll:
E] Satlim:mlllL

D'ECUHAT!ONS

or

fPd::.~(tN Sbic:ld City GL!I;tN!1 W:atcb. Cit W:a,terd\~ep' :Zb.e.Dti]~:r

amd!EI,NaUQJal
(Anny ::l!l1Idl'.~avy
ID~ro.lC1tti(l.ll.

Fi.u:ple
D'f~~n:!J

])'lY.~:rvC$

l-i1(Uflit woo nd

ofCaLimshallJ S\'\!O.ro of the
Sy[-.F-.1shI'I (cl:nbr,oidere<i bad~)

c.f(lcrmyr E31000d of
GonIroun (ri~oon) :SlIle!d of

QfOId Dcbio,\Ul

WiUSworo.9.

orft'he
:zhe.Jlu!im. IDOCKll. of
Z1~e'Jllt:rr

of Im.iP~ltu:r
Tear oftlle Brdk~n God

Al\'!eof Adb:tr
!JIUIl,eS<OORe)

Cembro:iltrer~d badge)
Fiest of

m~of D.rag'om;pe.a.r (F.iboon)

(riblbon)

Emv] OffM mack Hotd.~
(cn'abroid~rOO~adge) 2-Iloin.t sctv.i:Cl:Cil.;"till1s of (htd~) I'hl'JlUi.ti
(1:INhtoji~fiil

Au nbpear
(badge)

F~lbarr
O:IJ.n,estone)

SWOJril of
11b:r,~,tb!a Ou~cl!lil)

MugQf

M~~I1it'a~
(JullCSoone) S"lOrd of
SU]lclbar'r (rUue.s,WJle)

Gauntlet of the Stead fast (emb:ro~ood badge) Shi~l,d of the Pait1lful

JIlSlIDl; of
Ampha.il

Shield 'of
ithe i.aren

(Jdboon)
Doom of MYl'kul's

(oodge)
Soau:rg.eof the Night Plague

(.ibbo~)
IbiJe. of Ene
Giailn.p~res

blUlo~) 4"po.itm scif'l'icl.: Torch of rbe
(caml~igll)

Legit>Jl (ribbon) R."lne of
OI)~f:r~til1gs

(riboon)
Bane of Fhhl'L~

.10·poi:rlt'

Hhlin.dadim (cl:nbroJ.d~'l:'Cd hild~e) (pel'Klpi) ~]e of A~ of S.haaatar (cmbtoid~'lr'(:d MaliliVMot}'l (medal) badge) Eye of ,th~ Bi;ho]kl~r C.rLlsad.t:'t of TIles!;: (cmbtoicl.,nil (medal) ba~w.:) WiI~cJ] Lards! 'O!!L:rrrtilof the

SevellBumings

(rlbbor'(l
Sv.w;I.Qf

(l".ib'OOi1)
F1;~Jille.of the

(rihoon)
TerrQ'l"

Be-ani of C~aIlPlil1 (~veJ"medalJ Fire of GOl'm Cgoid medal)

of

Cleauasll.'l.l:l
(b1!J\ge)

Eveibstlng
Ol1e~un,edalj

Mul, .. aster

CmedaO
COl1qllJerQJ"

BLessinag of the Grimjaws
(ln~~'(bn Mgls of the [lenitellt Q.nedal) Handofdu:

of E'l'ereska O~18dal)

thor:n

of Ai]k]l~lus (medal.)

AN>e of Haela
(platinul:l'). m~dal) Se~1"et .fi>f iChu;rmtooill. (mithnd IR~iI!al) ForB~ ,of M.Mildin

Night
(cmhr~t:'R-d badge) F.ire 'of'MeIltLl011 (mMi£h-~'PW oosb)
llln'flifhof

UlrrMlf

Q~l~da1)
Hotl1 of Mil:!;lllth

Scourgeof' fJl~ Sea Omdal) B~lleoftm'
Blaick Cia"' (medal)

AJJnihi~aw.r ofThar
Cn\eda~)

S~im3 (meda.l) Wil,g,s of tile Seraph
(sih'l1r 1'1l~dal)

T¢$ror of ehe Meousea
(medal) F'is~ of Dane (medal)

(medal) Calirn
(:si]...~ry,-gold :s~sh) Heart ofrhr: J~n-pkD.ragon (medal)

Flig1lt

of

the

(ada:n.lfi.mim.:
tlledal)

Black Home (huedal)

dead fOC;!i. Pt.is(U1~tS. 31'1cltI1o~ u n:flbk: ro dcli~l1id rll!l:ll1sei.\'CS" all aruries ~I~B;:;' in pl.u nd(."Ji:~O Yl"lrying degl'r.:es, Tm. los;isl:Lcs of wilt
~I'ISti.[I:

that' all armi~sll:ItJSt>a,t <1.minillllum. scroullgero
rCOOI.!f,C1.'S

fee(lancl

mu~t -oom.~, .a,t lease in pnrr" frOl.tl whcrcverthc army isbased.No army can. .affOrd m iliff for ~\ir;;rytllilJg it J1C~'tl\i, ~~I.lS~ :>Llcll fu:nm csn all/i.lftys be put tobetter use aoqLli:t.ing more soldiers or more weapons" Some armies o~'crtly ~1l.g:aSe in plunder, "'hik:' others do. so q~ietl}ya;nd i:LlaircctLy through. Wl:llit ili1t:li0lnli1'Sma 'l¥i.lninlctai\':, FO$ C'xamp.!c. the Knigllts of Imp.hras Ir. au dite order of " Ilnwclillls~.Il.tl cleri~who FIr;:dS~ fealtym the crown ·of Impilwl: and specillili,;;.c ill. htll:ltins down and de$tr'OoyiJ:l~ flCnds and mllc. I:m:ricdlcg~.cil:.5 ofanciem Ni.ltfcU. uphold the noble principals ·of the Trilla. NC::~Fthcl~SS;.a:cooooing ro Impjtl.!ran, cUG.ooJrn.. they are cmitkdto a J1ight~ food all.d kM:I.giIIlI;: af a:n}' harm .~n hnpi~wl' uilOn .rcqu~:>t" Although n,l.'Cm~J"S 01 ~hc Ol'dl.'tgrmeraUYnlke care nertcabuse tbis IJFivil~K~> is ~.:Sl:i btle forln ·of pWi~tler in it: dun i,tnl~S l';:;50tin~';5, rtrot! d~~ ci.\!.itliall popuLmiQu~.WJie11eveJt the

r~S:upplylhej:llSelver>, and such

"'itiJJtne re11Cts of dle Church of ].r:ne.B;ul~te doglna ho1ds~hu a \!',tcOO,ris ,entitled [0 !l!11 r~n'}' Formerly owned b}! the defea:~J' F a ,category dmt' includes Fortner ooHl.b.mmcs amd dIe chdhans 'on bell>l1f of whoJv.tbey fought. Ch'ilians ailie-d to an arm}' opera~ing under rile banner of dle mack Hand are expec~dw tl·the u:pro 1Qb,,0·of their CI!l:l"RIU food .s.to~.wea.p¢J:ls> aud armor, MoreO\!e!. tbey must om. up loogi.ns;. food, <laJl'liglutdneoomfort to ll.mite officers upon req_u~r. In >ldditioJt~ their t~tle-sand~.ad.~tiOllS. Fae.ruIl'~ armed lib~ '00 eachh~\'e dlclr own l.miq!.le ~'t of decor4~kIilS,.Like. pro!notkmsJ, decOnlriom;, are given for 'valor~ succ~S&. s.1c~li!ce. all(! Sh~lply
SU:i1'Vi:vij~g. neoor.ll!;iOl~ are ·of .partiC\l!lal' '~'a:~ue '[0, iU".n~ed fOl,\Ce.s~n t'.h;];t dary cost Litde ee ~tow> yetthcy ill!"e perocived as \;Ollualbie bytJ1.ooe "'ilo, receive rhem in that they illC!:eas.e the respect (QJ.' fear) dle recipienr eug.emlers frotH d~dr fel~O"f 8o:W:ier~., their cllcm!e£,.iuld the civ:ilia!l populace. The geueralpreeess ofearni:ng ~:teoor:a.dOJbS· is det;ailed on pa,~ '89 of He'"fx·slf JJAftle_ Sample f'aerCin·spedfic de,o:mrkms ere given ill l'ib1e '2.-4" 00 ~l.lpplem,ent a sim ilar rnbJe in th.1[· supp.!enlent,

o:rdcr'straq'lS ueed rn opcrato: ina

11

area.
opet'Jre in. a«ord~u~de

.In contrast". Zllll:llitiJ Keep's Zh~milar

L

Militarv str,on~holds
Military s~rongholiilsml.1g~from fiimp!e fans to gl'eat SliOllc citadels and from UJfIdcnca hollowed.out 1:01:-:11 reefs to mi.l1mp~ ca,sdes flooting in the sky. Thenature and si1!e of such strongholds varies from rcgion to· r:egioll, rc:fi£cting the unique narure of threats in 'each ali't!'a. Two examples, one a ~lrnpl~ "l!lltd~OO\\7{'c.I" hked to illl t.!lIIusu~l floating f'ol'tiJ]ouion ~iid rhe otllera great grim fortress guariHng a SIT"Ilft't:gic pass, arc di.:tilled below.

peg); stationed.

every

m

feN: or So 11Ioqs the il}slrle "b>'aJJ5,

The

\\~n.

soldiers of rherowe.r worik in eigh,t;hOl..Iirshifts. One group of three Zlu."Jliti1ar pat:ro.ls the base of th~ to'it~r ,c(m5taa~tly. drlll':'
Oil

mounts

or

en foot,

TheElamin! TOWel' and the Templern the sk~
~ FI:Ulling Tm~ stands along the somhern
fOJ" all

Fore~t."'h~re its garrison can waoch

ooge of the

llotd.e'J:'

immding fort:c .hca~ed

l
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~

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to\\'ilrd die Citadel of the Raven, l'her,oorer is named for dle clc'.i1Ired onfire that rests oil its roof and acts as II sigilli! fire b V.i.sihlerrom the ...~te:l"n end of the Cita.dil of tbe lL~,\'CJl" Origil1;l!lIy built h}' a set of fill: siantbrorher~ the F.mming T,Owe-r rdm.ilt!Jy the .Zhcliti:la1 foUcm':ing its dcstruction by was the K1tights :of MytJl Dranncr ill the Yea:r 00 the .MO'l'ni11S%~ar (135'0 .DR). The WIllIs of the towel" are made of solid: b]ack granit:e reinli'orced with magic.. lind they Cil11 t1Q\11' e:tsiJ;)I' w.id:lst:ilnd bamring and .~le:rf;ul51x:lls. The eeili Ilgs arc 2f feet high. and ~v¢r1 floor' is. construcrcd with an e11dl~dillg haUWtl,Y. Arrow 'slimare csr every 10 feet aliOl:tg dle 'OtU>eI~ iVlllb at 11hc:ight of f f~t, ~lll.i quivers of arrows allid oomposi.~e longbows h=ms from

.A sesseued Ihenti'Lar garrison of 36 stalwarts (LE male or lIenl{Jl-i:l \r:lilS~U] bU'lI)allwarrim· S;). 3: st~rll~lms (I.E male o:r female Vn:lSrul human warr.i:o.r 7). and Swordhar Fitsmilll Finiw1 (LK maw VaaSitIllIwI'I'D:ln fighrel' 9) 'OJ.:tI:rnresthe towe.r. Ireranks are supplbaJCJl.t'.edby Y f re giants, + m~1itlgs (LE. male 0Jf fcl.TWc Vaas:m human oor,cerer 4\ or\\~zlll'd +). and 3 prie.8ts (LE. mille Q:l" fell:I:I.h: V~.ilS!Un blHHlln d.ell'.iI;: j [Bane]). The FL,miJIg :rowe.r aC'ts as a tether Ier an elJ;oruflOus chunk or 5tr.:l.ngc rock tllait de'H,es g:m.vit) Imd si.mply- 1I00.[S.in the sky, The T~llI1pk in the SIfJ' lis, mam ofbli'liCk all~1 1n',0t\~1 SIDltc. is ta'UCf' dIall it is wide, 3110 has a J.FOIrgb• .i>li~ed e);retlOl':. AU cciliu~ tV.ithin the n:Irllpk are 2.. feet high, ,1.11,0 ~'VCry chamber is Lit by 0. cfJJJtimmi flame tQr,ehes. The Te:mpic iuthe s.~yis linked to the Flaming TO\\l\:'r~' a lJ.!IlU~ter.mi1cf heavy ir~lIl hain, lJ1agicaUy o c stl'eng,dlalcd t'() keep k frem b:1'C3kwgill, rougla \\'eath£..1'. aIDa. II newly constructed t1'i'(l>4~':l}' ptJrtal~ . Twe:nty-four cultists (LE 1m'll\'; \ri!:asgn human warrior 4. armed wirth shert su'Oi"& and light crossbows~ l\reatl!!lg hidem:oor) make their nOJL'Ie in the Te'lllpl'eof the Sky, TJley 3l'.~ led. by Travin Mud (LE male 'l.ra.asa!l J!ill.lIJancleric f/orolar ai;lept"p S [Gn.'::It Mother)). Xulb (LE advanced 21 E]) mindwirnesstl'al [fuolllf-jllithid bclw1{1cr]l and Xu]],a's 1Ie\\' "lld\l'isoi." \r1Jlqik(Ll! illithid). whQ guided his recellt r.rn'tla10nn:urLOtL

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LAYOUT OF THE FLAMI~> G TO\VER l,. ElItI:Y''Way, The door to ,tile Flami.tlg 'T01,\rer is, constructed of l1aro'Wood ~11iJ rein [O[\(;cd. steel and is 20 feet taU. The interim alld exterior walls of the courtyard a1"~ baNe arrow-slits, 1, G!uaJ:Idpost!.:These g,ua.t"dposts ;I['!;!' manned. by Zl1e-t"!tilar 'troops 3,n.d at least one fire ~iai1'~. ' 3. Armo;ry, TiteSoe chambers !lold extra anows. bolt~, long bO\vs, CI"05500.WS;,fJl"ul. longswOirls, 41'. adl.n:i~ Sa]]: The Zhemilar ~mdtheir fire gial1~ 6 aIlies sathe1' .here for mea.~5, The room 'btl.lds a: hllge rnbk_,and mallY ~~rs and stools,

11,'Xac.k ,Iln,ej,Fee,dl: HDne tack and equipment for repairillg it, pitchforks" bales of ,hIly. barrels of g;ain. lJ:l1Q :.! salt lick lin; Sowred in cllis room, 12. ,Ac~i,V',ity oom: 1"his c1'1ambc:tis used. for group ;),c[i",ilics R ~1Xhas arms pnNicc:" weapcn and 31"IliOr ~p:J.i.r. games, dlril~·kiJ.l.g. ani! ~o.tII:tgillg. '. U. En,tryw,ay: This chamber is dominated by five enormous beds. hm the Iiire giants spend most oftbeir time on guard d~lty
or JlII.I.!i1ting ill the slU"wLlmling oomltrYllkle. 1+. ,B;u,I";."u: Each of these 1~1:l1~ ,conotain,-s, I,llld _footlad· beds

r, K:itcJleJl':, The
:Ili ~ led. wjt'h.
,;tllli plIllS,

Stili

it is magic~lt}' veneed The walls arc Jill,cd witTl sfu:h~es iwld.in£;
b:uliS staples, spi.ct'S. ,alailV>!:;gctalill$ as well as cooking

n spit and a dOlliblecM:J1. T!'te Jil'cphc,e

tmvcr

kioOchen bolds

a la:rge

fi.rcJihtce

with

a

ha.s no cb.itnue}~ since

pots

6. ,Cold Sw.rag~: This chamber is h:pt magi.rnlly 'cool by 3. l:tibTepatch 00 brown nmlil. It holds meats and pc["isilaibk fnJ its ant! \1'€~tabks. ':t P~1vy: The iH:lvy hallds severn] cbamber pots, "'hieb are fl~riodicaUy ,,;-mptled eutside, ,8. WeU lloom: This cila:lnber houses a deep, rast-.flo~~'illg well oovered by a hea vy. hinged WQooe-~ C:OV(.'T with a ho:r~ cutin one side. A buch .. "1I.d (lope hl'lDJ,gS fro:m ap1tUey a(1d eenbe lo\\'Crod
00\\'11 dll'olllgb

ers {or six soldiers. 11, L~adc"s COIfIfiB,(\oI1Cc R,oom: Th:~ cOIuforta:b1r fiJrnished room holds a meeting table and chairs. Thewalls are hung with n'l!ilpG from the' surrOOJiil il'lg, ,region. l'(i~ L~ad!c.':s~art~n, This ooI11fo.rraM}, flll"l1islil.."'t.I room is the' bedchamber of l?it5lnin Fini,ral. 11. ;S~ofage:These rooms bold spare pal'[5, 5p~.ret,... eapoom, ,

food

stores, broken and I,!Il~lISedfurnisbings,

lind even empty

.hl: hole to brnl!; up w:U:er. 9'. Sita'hle Stw'lllg-e':LOl1g·tcrm. food stables ilIJ:1i! casks .of "teak ~'d' a.e stored in this chamber. 10. Stable::;: The stables h.old six i.ig11twadlOcI"SL"ls. with room

fot~wQ :UbOrcC.

eentaincrs, The central room (jusr west of J"OO]D lr) ecneains a ~fFrJi11 to room 6 in ~thc Th-lupie in tJJ~ Sky, • 18 .. Sig;mdFite: The blirge signal fire rests on a 11~foot·m11 elevated plarforrn, The ,,'OOd is seaked ill ail atlili,gn.i~i:switll the slightest spark. .1'9. Ba1li.sta: A la:rgc baLlista is pooiticm,-d at: each of thr: to\'!,'"en four rorncl1I, I'il.Qulned a.oil, a rotating wro:kll disk, 10 .. ~o"lfIldsu~ Foul" piles of app,ra~:itI.liDatdy boulders each 3) s.t:r\fe as asumunitien for the lire gi,:mts. '2:l, Poe ,Giant l!la.1i:ib<e~ue Sil'i!t: The fire giia1'lfS spiN''Ollst "'oM'te ani mal. eereasses O.i1 this spit, since dw}' wcm't fi'~in tbc kitehel1

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-Raiders (lx1lld~ts from the Plain of Ttl n)rurld the llzawfol1: of the WCS"~C.[11t'Ulrshe&., the ~,e;l,t 'rower of High Horn "'a~o:oce essential I to COrli1yr's defense bur is nm\\" 110t so heavilY' used. High. HorJ] has a guest" enclave where rrnvele.li8 can smy, but it is S"u'i.cdy" military ronullLllllty. Hish.Hom is the wimcring quarrcrs of baLf the COlfm}'re~n 31'"£I1Y, nd 1t ball el{reI:lSUV~ f[lCih' a tics to host both people and annuals throogh a season-long ~icgc. II] roocllt years" t'llt' walls have bC,"'11 s,uellsdleued and di5('ip]illl: tiglm:n~d in die face of the gr'()\\'~llg menace of Zhentari.m·t""ontrolled Dark hold to the ""~t and the city of Shade .. A st:tl1di~g garrison mover four bundml soldiers is posted at High Hom ~t an), time: 100 archer (LG orrLN Illak er fCn1llh: Chonilathan hU.lllal1 warrior 2), me blades (LG m LN male at female Chondathan human \\I;urior 1), and their cemmauders, In addition, the \~rar" iZllird maintain a strong preSC'llC""C here, keepillg at least three mid-to high·level wi:z.a:rds <I.llil sorcerers fLG or LN male or female CllomTa:~Jlanhm.l1aR sorcerer or "'il.~u·~l -10) in residcneeat allY rime, Oversword f Thur k Dembarron (LG male Cho.ndathan deric 16 [.lklm]) has served as Lord ~nma.mier O'f High Hom for ma ny years, having been reappoirrt,ed. e"\'e1"Y year by Cormyr's sovereign DIJJ:igGreybeard (LN male "Iethyrill.11 human ranger 12) serves as herald, LAYOUT OF HIGH HORN 1. POY~I; Tbt: central keep's grear outer doors lead dl1"Qugh a I:lIl:lIu'al foyer J i:l1~d '''''iJ:h tapes'tl.·ies to the keep's C.{;'Jllwd ~ta~r Cas!1. TIle broad, sp~liltlS sesirs lea(!up from cellar t.orooC e:l:!tillg at several slccIlil'ilg level col1!:aln ing t\\10 rooms each, Tb_ d\\'3rf·built st~l.~rs are ill,g:Cl"liously cessnucred to collapse if ce:rtain ilidde11 j,l! ns arc removed iU\(] 000 fuuch \\reight is llUt 0Jl any s~ps in dill middle of th.c staircase. ~..Slee'pi:ogQa.artm: Each room acsi,gll:u:edlas sleeping quarters holds OJ1~ or more beds. a wash basin, :l chamber pot. anda Jit b:rnzi.cr for wllrmtll. Some abo hold. various seores, chair~, or tables, The cellars hold dle main castle records an.d st01', s, as.\\'dl as a series of dungeons blli~t to hold those (lwnit:iIfgi.nql.lillitlOlD 'by rhc Wllr \Vi:t:ardSc, sellioo' commanders of High Hom :11\c The
billeted here.

bearth. Of tell the fire g.i;_mtseembine mok.ing amI guard ~'fut}' iu this fa,shioll. 'l'l.. Cbia:im:This chain links I:'!te Temple ill the Sky to the Flaming To.Wel". LAYOUT OF THE Th.MPLE IN' THE SKY Visi,wrs stable fi""j,ug moo Iltssu.ch as chimeras. criqppbilHi.""CS, ba,ts. tlragoHne5, dlrag041:5, gialU: eagles, diit,e ,giam: ow'1s. gl"ilTolls, bi.eracoophin)!'es, hippogriffs, 1:l'D1UltkQr'es, llig]lt.maNS, pClCl''OOn;:;!l'IOlL,. :>inif;tf!rs~""'. spider eaters, wxverns. and yrtha.ks. The cult kr..·(:Jls four yrthd.s'hefC for irs own II e. ?;.. St'airway: E:nl'cmdy s-teep, somewhat irr,c!;ulfll' stail"S 'lead t!.p from '~hestables, • ~Wl:gatill,g, the 51'e.iJ'SwtlHi:re:s a SUCCe8M" l u DC 10 Balance check. 3. CO,mmol!lRoom; (uk members galher ill .his room fol' meals, llslimHy OOll5istililSof r,ilW meat, BOlles ami refuse lit~el' tll~ floor, and the sickly sv.'CetOO@rof rorti ng m,C1.~clij,gs to fh~ "tr,l)W pal.lm scattered about, 4. Sro'rage: This dlnmbcr holds extra \\'C'II.POllS, the .'oogh, poor-Iy tanned or grccDl hides of animals consumed by the C1l~'t~ ist!.. and other random ireJ:llS tossed h-erein. 'f~'1'o butcher blocks iII tile center of the room hold . nlves and 00015for dressing <lLli'mal carcasses. Cms of uneaten meat hang fmlLl hooks 011 the ceiling, S'. Sleeping Cb.amb!l!!;s;: lle cultists sleep on fibby straw maes T in the ["\\'0 designated sl.ocpmg dt'lmbel'S. Owrllm'fiug clmmber pots line the wlIl1s,. g~ving tile room a horrible smelt 6. ,Cu],t Le.~.dJer"sClnl,mb~,t!;: Travin Mml sicc.l}S ill 'thus Cha!lll)t1'r0.111'a nesc of f01l1straw,animal hides, and tile bones of pnst meals, On the 110nh wall is ~ reoend_y eonstruered t:"\(}"way '. keyed fo,'I{.Ii '~O the: ,central (OOIl1!"')' Gust .vest ·of l."OOm H) in the Flmuing TmO'Cr.The p.f)rtal requires placing the illrchway ,in an 1I1ltimitgic 110m: '(o:r ray) for 1 full l'OUlUI. before i.t will operate. "J .. Beholder .Aud;ism~~ C~amber:; XI;I]];:tUru;,made its heme heteln il' iXlll ..ant years. bavinS sl~cce-edC\d Xulqol"tn the Grenf Eye. Xulla returned from deatb as a dootnaphere after it was caught up in a fieree battle ourside the ~Hlple ;!ith a.L1 errant red wyr£u. This chamber 5erYCS as ;J: ttmp'1c, audience ehamber; and residence. rUe ceiling l'each;es..l1cad}~ feet in height. and the dOOJlllspliert' '70 ofren bovel's neal' the highe:>t poill'ts.. Da.!ly ritua.1s by die c1.d'eists pk~se Xl.ln~.'s eKt.lfaord.illJlry VIlnity. par ~iC'L1b.rryf they include i the offering of a human sa..crifice .. 8. E~ape I.oom: A shaft iii the ceil ing of the audie'lice cbam~r leads om dl.mush the i!oo[ the temple.
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~. P13nnin,s R,oom: This chamber is a limal.ler ver 1011(if 1.'11D11.'1.in bamluct haJJ. Its large oak table can .~-at fen commandees The walls of this .OOJ11. are Hned with demiled maps depictillg every sUllt'c::gic region of Cormyr~ 't. S'l,ew!ll"d'5 Offie!:': This chamber is 1ll5t:dby t1te rude sreward
as an of{jc:.c and OOdfoorn. It Js aominatr.::d ~~! a great hearth 011 'the We:stCT11 wall and tables alol1g the southen~ and enseern walls that lire piled high with supply records, _ 1. Stora;~; Thi.s long. thin chamber serves as the pantl.')' for the castle. 6. Kjitdl.~'.Il;Tbis larg,e kitchen is, dominated by two oak t:lb!es used for food preparation lind three hc,;,u"clw :dong the easte.rn
\WI.~1.

Hi~h

HOrn

Qi~~le High Hom, aamed fot tlw I~Jgh~t peak of High Horn Pass, leems m'~r the Hi_W.1R.oad, gLlard bng rhe western ilpj,ll·oacll. W

th~ F(lre.s.t Kingdom of Co.rmyr. Three trails eli mho ehe thousandfoot-high dirf rhar rise from the pass mad, This grent. ,gdm fortress or high ,~unril1,g Willls, ,and [!)Ownill;g ·WWC.r:>ls,t'hc center of COrlnYI:'smihtalfY operations amI the strongest dcferrsj,l'Cposit'rojl ,in tlte Idng.dom. Bui.lt dL!l.'W,g t:he reign of Tha.rgrev>c the G;reater (34'9-3,60 DR) to defeml the Fo:mt Kingrlom. ~ilin the Border

7. Ballqu.Ci( 'Hi!in~ High Hom'sbill'lquet hail is lego.'l11illtlfl. dominated by a ,gtCilt oak raDle, 1.1I1'g,~ enough to seat 11110:rehall t [hin,.. At dlC eLldof 'the table lies the Jord rommandel:'s dt~i:r.

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WIN IHE. BAITLEFU!:LD

in r oonl of a n'l3gIi.i1ic';llt

fireplace, Th~ ';.\~a.l]sof rhis dm.J:l.lbei; ,

are p:tne¥~'itll o.marely can·ed wood. R GDudPerim:e1St Walkway: This WIll.kway OOlm~c"tS four lesser 'tOWCI:5, and ;ii guard bakony tlla,t overlooks tile main enrranee to the keep, Each tower, used largely for defense, is four stories

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9. Commlll:1ild.eJ1~ Apl!!!ftm~,t: The highest room ill the ceneral tO~'er it> a sU:lpptLlOUS[Y appointed aparnuesu tllllIt holds a betl. several. colllforrnbl.c dw:in;, ;and a desk and chair, The room is

~pt 'I\<aI.'U1 'D)'

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braziers..
the

)1.0'.R.m:g W!i.l11TIle innermost r ihg \\'311 eurvcs arouud

mounta.in's slopes, 1!llnCu],ateil b}~a single gate. The rillg wdl encloses die central keep (areas 1...9). :n,. Inner Wafd~ The inner cur min \\'311 eurvcs a:roulldElle mountain's sJope5,lluilctuated by three towers and broken by a g:u:e.house attJl~ top of cadi of f.be trails, A moot runs along die
Otltsi,d.e of the ineer Mli I" . Along the inner face ,of the inner' curtain wall lies an assort-

III the Year of ForcsM'rosr (+79 DR), Prince l.mlici Toriathand toe armies ,af .Amll cleared the ogre-held passes du-oogh t~Sma1l Teetil. 1r"OOp!!llil.ig tl'OOe iJet'i'l'ee1l. Mlllrllnn and Cfjlltimo:r in a ~rtes of conflicts 110W known as the Ogre '¥ars. T11C majoJl' bitttlle site, DllCCcalled II111'id'$ Sea(, is no"' rlle too'!l of 1ll1ncscar. D~H'ingthe battle, Prince Imucl's men dis'lxwereil the .lo:n,g-Y~lDished,Arlllor}' of N" edcbcill1, IliEt~'Us.'!;Iry of rnagical \\'CII:j:IOll/S D.IiO:: seized from the giants, of the eastern !ni)Ullta.ins dUlcilig the Battle of KarlYiI"I\ VaJtl and bidden here by a dwarven general of Righ Sha!la~ar. K.al"Iy.b1Iof Clan .J:.':iJJMc]\'e!:', f.rince Imnel hsd the gilnlilS' leg!I.qr brought back to Ath_l::ada andthen moved to Esmelrarau after it became Antn's 131.'\'\1' OIpltol.
After decades of ~!drmish.ing, 'with Amn~ garrisom. the OgJ.I"CS .6 ually fOLn'lQ hope of l~eg:Jin ing their tl:r.ritol'), in the form ef a. ("hllrisma:tic ogre mage known 011]Yas "the Homed Mage." In the Yea~ of the Tus!:. (661 DR). u5il~S magic 00 cloak thc.ir lXlssa,g,e. the Homed Mage red. several small ~ribeii of ogre-5, from the Cloud Peaksto join their brethren ill the Small 'Iccth and there raised an ogre-led army of monsters.

rnent of\,oodcll

.garri50.l1 buildil,gs, im:fudi.lIg .1iIU.n1~'toos ba;rracks

and the oid guest I.touse (whichuO'w serves as additional <fL!:!.fte'rs for lhe troops), 12. Ou:ter W:nd: T.lu: oeter curtain wall curves around th-e mOUlltain"s slopc5c,pmlctUat"ed. by three towers and broken by a garehoose at ·tJlc rop of e4lc:h. of the 'Erai:ls, A moot runs aIOJ'!l, (heOlltside of the outer Each gatihouse ('1]11 be block~cl by a. drawilridg:e as well as three inner g:lt-es, AJcng the inner face oftbe outer em' rain wall Lies 3Ji. assortIllent or wooden garrioonbu UW ing~,hldud illg rwo armories, a .mirby. mnncrous srorerocms ilrld barracks, two stables. and ,9, mess baH. •

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The Horned M:ii!:;.-e~ forces sacked the nmu5 of Imnescar and Tradcmcer ani! nearly laid siege to their rrue ob-jective. Esmeltaran, before tile armies of Amn under the cOmmall() of Geneml Rashrnri StoEped ehem, In the 'I\'3kc of their defeat. the ogres fe'[l'eated: to i$olat~ holdings with in the S.mall Tc~,tb 00 nurse their wounds and l'\'build their population, The Horued Mage vanished and his fate was !leVel' learned, IIlt110Llgh :>Orne su~pect he evcntaally became a hooded pupil!.:>!'. app.rclu'iced t"O R}'Scellan the Dark of Memnen. C-euturies of \'igililllc~by the art'nt~s or Amlllcpt tlte Sm~all
Teet.It"s monstrous i:I1.h.1bit1lHltsOOlltaille<1 and unable to mOOll't mCN th:1I'L1 the OCC"ilS1:OIla raid. H~..,'e\re..J.l'> the ·lib1.r of tile I .un Worm (135'6 DR), a mated ];lair ogre mages--;-Sothj1lis li.ltd Cyrvisnea=chanced L1P!lIl the Horned Mage's long-ab:mdOJl4.>d b.ir in the d.ept.h1i oftbe SmaU Te-edh wherein tll.e)! distO'I"crai t\'!IQ anc ienf joamals: RU/M # tbe Wfl.i/.inf, ThUdif'. II lOltJ:fibr· gotten chrouiele of House KI.IWclve:rwrvtten by one of Kad)'n's descendants, and f'r.inc¢ 11I.'Ille'l'$ Long-.losE :l.IId loilg·fargotnll per&lm:d.jolil.nlld, Cl1tit1~{l Im1U:fs &t2.,~A "Penofl.al Hi5tQr~J' of

. 1" GI!Iest Ho:u~~: This "ok]" ilastily COIlCSt.fUC'H:d gu~'St .11'o"L!s,e Jies jusr outside South G:aft:'.Mtoot.lgb less than two decades old, th-e bu.llding:i.ll'cady fcx1s r!..!l.ldoR 1. Nevel~theless. travelers llJlong 'tile High Road gladly room here, for it is an oasis of saf~ty in 'the ]}ragonj:mr Range of the westeru St.Qrm Bon15.

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A ir.hou,gh this carnpai.gll arc has its roots ina ~\';U that first Hared in the Year of tile Tankard (B70 DR)~ it deals with events of rhe Yea.r of Lightning 5~otlns (B74 DR). It isceruered on 'the ongoing war between the coo~ltry or Amn and the so-called "So~}lll:~isiilII Empire," If rhe player dl.o'llf:l!cte..J.l'll get ~llvol:\I'1;:d. they mlgltt wm'k tor or agai IfISf rhe SodliUislan Efupir~. if In. ogre ma.ge Is part of tbe .adw:l1tL!rerS' group. he IrIfght replace Sodl:illis as lh~ leadi;:(rof the mouseer empire,.

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thi?Og'!'e'Wan Like t]1e Horned Mage befOfe him, Sotll.iUis deduced rhat that the Armory of Nedeheim had been plundered by Prince Imnel ami eventually relo-cated eo Eamcltaran. In rhe Year of the T3!~kard (13: ,Q DR). after fourteen Y''a.Ji:Sf o pt"e.pa:ratioll 1I1ld. wl'tile Amll's armies were distracted!>y the defection of Ri:mtv in" the tu'O ogre mages gathered an arm}'
of goblins, kebolds, ogres, and hill gia nti. fur tlicJ"mo.re h(lcked

BOC 11',?fOU nd
The lands of Tetbyr and A i!:ltl hmre ,~.Iwaysbeen home eo u,"!lTlder' illg hands of ogres, Since the fOllndl ng m both k.ill.,gdolJtts. EI1~ ogres lta\\'"eooell reduced to ioolnred itold.iugs ill the depths, of the sma!} mountain ranges and deep fOf,eS~!iof rhe South.

by \vor5hipc£sof Cyt'ic. After sackingFoet hMa,cbe arll1}' IUO!1ste.fS attack-cd Esmelearan Witl1 complete surprise and q_llic-l:.Iy co:nqrnctt:drhe cit}r. While tIle agl'C mages J it! 11{),tfind the Armory of Neddteim under the castle of Dahaundar, the)' did. find myal rccord d::t~ing back to Imncl\ regime sug:gest~ ~:rmt dDe IIr.lllO[~l had been l'L'lo\'ed to the cit), of MUl'<Hn~-arl,er the Horned M<'tgeis aU a d\:, The ogre mages then split their forces.. C)ll'YiSllCa led a hoot of gobLIns alii! kObolds wesr 'to Imne.sA;'al".\\'herc tbi:j' ind Cydc~t;s.

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R '. ~ ~

,.s: .Arl1l(1l'~iof Nedeh.eim was llowher~ ~ to be [oLilld inthe citE),>but the ogre mag:es arc 1,lI1c>I!(taill ,,'hetke-r they \,w",e d~ccivt.i!as to its true lecation or if SObnCOIleplynd~d. dte ar,mory ~ befOl'!l their COl1qt.u: tof the city., For IIl0f'!: ·than a yesr, A mn's arm ies failed to make allY h-ea.d~"",y a.g~in~t the ogre-led armies Ix:i ..nise t'h.eCoul]dl of Six dJthered over J~w much to speJld on tltil campaign a rut \\1tedtC'.i" to attack b:nelraran. Irnncscar, or Murawtl firse, With the comins ofspriltg in the Year ofWi.M !I,'f:agic (132 DE.). the chueeh of Sdl1nc lenr its COflsiifer,:Jhle ril50,ufcCS ttl· die C311lpa:igll. Inwterillg an ~my of &!unite crusaders pIrogcdro retake MOQi,~m.aiden'sH~U ]11 Mlltl'iI1tlt. The SC]utlites aucceedcd ..in reeakDIgIninesear, dai.mi.l1IgHydccl11t Hall as till: sr~ q[ the.hr Ile\\'ly founded, ahh:!y. while AIm n.'8 armies 00lltuitml their l'tallf.lt~acted besiegemcnt of Esmeitanl:11 2J'!d garrisoll illg of Trademeer, ' Tl~s.s might have dJ."ilg~.~d.o:n. largely UJ'lch:a.llged. illl rhe Year of Rogue

§

of the T~,'in Trn,,"!."ts of tile Eclipse togetl1crsacked the tQ\Vi1. In hl.lllLl'SCa:I, CYI'visnca: searched [n_e old armory hiddcil beneath the ,rown, oo.l1firmil'iS tha.t Prince immd had iudeed looted it of hs ;\~OIlS ce.nl:uri'"S before. After Icrovilllg a garrison in E.smeI~ara:L~ 10 OOCllpy ALnn's ;U':i1l}~ Sorhlllis led rIle rem~indet of his for-ces soothw:r:st dU'cmgh Tra.demee't to the port rity of Mtlr311fl. "'here tne meusrers laid .siege aided by a ]1<wa:1blockade by dIe pirarcs ortb~ Nebmthe:r. The bi.:sit:gl.'iliem ground roil h~]t m~Cl"' thewinter while t.he m.OIlSfeI'5 rortified the-if rear Jilmks ag:ilin:.t attack by Am n's iitm}~,. Tha o,gl'~.led arm ies ~ll garrison ing a series of watch trnw:rs in die norrlteirl~ foothills the Small,'Iecth (o.r.iginaLl}· built by An1li fer the opposite pllrp~) ami. bLlilding. new ones west of Tr:uklllccf. In t:he spring, their armies auacked in earnest; ami hy midsammer di~ city bad falkn, The Ill:lIInanaid armies seiz.ed MIl.rn.lm's goldl.adcn skips. tr!Iipped \"irhin rhe harbof ~, the pirn:te~ ~nd ~h1.i]l~ed ci~y for their the 01\'0. Sotbl]hs wISeI)' .left the city's :11t:hcmi;,"tS' guild iIu.act. forcillg it;s me,l1locrsto crc:lte alcbernk:d items and porioua fm rk armies of the Sotbillisian Empire, However, Sochillisai1d hili mate failed to lr.eoOVC![ die' Well/pOllS 'the}' sought, The

Dragons (13;3 DR), if not for the unexpected emergence of byldilrb~gra"'Sbal;'pf:mgs." in II nilgill'lg Ilss.auh Stlgges[uve of madne s, SJlJupfallgs attacked and ~h~trerOO the eastern ro'WCr of the Twill. Towers of rhc Eclil,scbefore retreating to bel' lai:r. badly wOllnded. Tile comraa nder of toe S,elu nitc garrison ~n Imnescar took advantage ,of ebis oo.l'p.rise assault to reopen the pass through the
Small forcca Teeth, mil rcking h.is south ilIll the way to

or

TradC'nl~et, The Sellin ire's rnaneuver severed. tb.e-l>upP]ymutt supporting thr g~:U1tdefel]rlC'~ of ESJl.lc]t.a ran. 1Iml by late fa II Amil':> ann)' h~tlit fi rst ~igilifkllll'~ vic-tory as it retook tbat central dry. Thil;, ill tum aUowM Amu to move more forces weSt to hold the l1e~' frontLine . just ".,~t of the Trade Way. The stllrt of the Year of Lightning Storms en;4' DR) JUS'Sff>11 the IcesIImption of tmde alo.ng tIte Trade l~ra~' as caravans flO I.(jl~r must tilerour a!:,01.1 the nil. Small Teeth along the newtrade rood built to B.rost. Arnn's armies now control E:smelura:l1.
Imil~:r, and Tradcmeet" as well as th~ Trade\Vay between the l'lljt~r 'tWQ elties, Tetllyr and !the elves ,of die 'Wealdarll eon·
tltllle to gUIll'id the

refusing to come Amn's as&i,s~llce umil the Council or Six recognizes Te'th},I"'s !lO\rereigllty over Riarnvitl and Trail.-

to

forese's

Il'OUi1e.!"fl

edge,.

stone, The SotbiUi5ian &1:!!pil'(~ has been reduced 1'0 the weseern Small Teeth. the ('il£Y of'Mumnn. ilnd the \ves.rern S\'\'OrolK'!t (as the plai 118 "''est of the TlNldc Wa.~' between 'tb,~ Small Teeth andthe WenWath are knmm) but die empire's forces are
\vel] entrenched.

sothiHis,
liven among

Muronnheim
ogn: nlagl!s~ Sothillis

M.urh:ulof

is, a g,iant. 5.t~lld.itlg almost .16 ~eet taU and we~ghing nearly 4,000 pounds, His skin is a ruoukd gl'l'ef1. and his jet Wack h.'lirr is kept neatly gtoomM in 11 loug, tbicl:b.raid do ..... n his back. A pair of short, thick 1\,ory bOJ"!lS,

41

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Wn.; THE

BllTTLEFl'[.LD

dyed blood rod and nligreedwilb mitbral in the form of arcane nn'l~'S"p-:ot:rL.ldefrom his forehead, His eyes are jet black "'.ith :~J1Lb~st"' pupil:s,. ani! his '~eedl and d.aws are e-bOHf in hue .. .. Tbe sclf·p.rodaimed Mu.rku] of Murallilheinl.or· Empcl'or of the :SodliUisian E mpi.re. is a cl.llmiL1s, ~tiellt strat,egist with ataleat lior the belM gesnn'·~ that iaspires IIis fQIlowers and inti.midlu:es IIi!, foes. Driven by III hI.lJl!!,-eJ" wealth and status, ror So,thillis e~, ~.iJ . o.iPPffiiQcd 000 long, b~' .pitiful hUln:1115 ami des~'l'\'ing of r.heil~ fail' sJa.'ll"C of the trcasm:,e that passes throogh dl,eir tr~,(]itional.llll1ds, He ~ wise cllOll;gh toJre~hu:the inherel'if u,a}':uess 01"the ogre .rac.;'s.'positioo in A 1lH'1,.::l.Ild that is why he has spent so much effort 01' acquiring tIle Armory

or Nedeheill'D.

Fat 1I0W, Sot'!tbll ~s and JI.itSnla~ are conf-ent 'to fortify their position,. Jnaking tl'le price of a full-seale assauLt 'roo expensive tor Arun, l'ows'_rd that end. Sothil1is bllli been dispatching secret cm~'s, t'O \'Urioos pcmrexful :rm:ocIJam f:llil:ili£'$, offe,lrlg to 1'<e5.trni.l1. atrncks on eheir caravans and shills il1 ~rdlai,ge for Ilegu lar titht.'S of \\',eapom and coin, Concillrn.:-nt~~ Jtowe\rer"Sothi.llis's agents, cOl,tinue to scour Mm'alln ,~lId die suaouJlding region fOlf f;\ idel1~ of ehe armory's existence. J!.sru lnill:g tile ogre m~ge cvcntlmU}1 recO'~8 rhe ",,'eapom of aucient Nede:heim, lie is sl.Ire to build on his ClLUl',em' P05i:tiOll of strcngdl, SO'fH1LLlS Male cli.tl: ogre mage .soroe,rer l1flcgoCl~dar,)' k"i'tde:r'1ll1 LElAFg~ gi<lnt IflJIJt+o4;S~me-.s· Mk\fj"ioll 90 ft., !oo'·]ight vision; l.i$~en +11. d Spot T11 . Au:r3 tunt-sq_U;'lrul,C'f com.mander, spill-slinger commander L~:OI!ilJ1i~S, Commo,n, [hv.a:r\1'C'n u Giant, GaMin. I'll fetiUI
AC 'H,colldi. 9. flQJt-faor.ed n hp' 164 HD); regene!:atio:n r ImmllD.~· r~r JLesiist evasion; ;S,B, 19 Pan +16, R.cf +9. Wi:Il ..."U; nel;oic success l/d<liY

3rd ( /d:i1'f)-dispel magic, haste CDC 19'). iffJudetl!ctirm (DG 19),/~~ 2mI (S/day)-btdf.. stretJf.th (DC 18). iMf.lllssplendor (DC 18). proJectiott li'om diT&W.1:' (DC 18). resist C1J!:'V' (DC 1'8), s(!or.(:iJiJJi, rllJ' . 1st (8fdaj') bumin,g hm~ds (DC 17), '()mpn!hem/~ /.4'ngr~'~, disguise self; e.\fp~ititlow,s re.irctltj trUff! strike o (6/r.la}')-nc:d spl{uh, deff!,.! 'll14gje,.light. mage haud. optm/cIQ$(? (DC 16). p11!stidir;il'4tion, ray #,fi~~.t, read magic, resi#allce (DC 16) S,pc]]·Lile A.bilities ret, 9tb); A't wHl darkllf!'ss, invi.flbiliJy" '2/d:ay-greate1' c.fl"n'Rlmd CD C 12) l/day-cbarm: persall (DC 1.i1 cose if cold (DC 21). ga seoMfirm, plJiymorph, sltep (DC 11) A,'bUitie-s S'tr H. Dex 10,. COil is..lm 1 ~ Wis 16'. elm '2] SQiamll!:Jr (jloneat prcscnt). to beU anil back Feat& Cle.we, C-Qinoor Expertise; Exua Follp",)~!'sHB, Improved IllitiaHve. Iron lhrm, L~dcr£l1ip, Na·Ulr,~ILeadet.H~. Power ,Atrnc].;" R.~leJ!"Ship· ~Nt"\\·feilt described 011 page 11'8. Skins Bltlff +26,. COIlDenn:ntion ~24i DiplomaC)r +29 (i'H wieh a,ty Nrc who is not lll.rc~.dy Ililfriendly 01"!aostiJe). Disgl.lisl: +6 (...8 in character)., lntimidare +23" Knowledge· (al'canil) +19. Listen +11. Sense lVfot1yc +8. SpellCiaft -ar, S110t +11 Pll)lS5SSs.h:m;s comba,t gear p1I!lS Blue LigJn:nin,s (+1 dhtam;~ ,l'ImmlerJ11g shock;'lg /Jursl crnnposite IIJ1l:lIb01V [+- - Str bOl1i!s]), Kingsca.l" (+ 1 h.umlw ban!! J.ww grw.tnvcrd). Hl!ll:il of. th'C Horned M;~ge (+4'n:~iifmdshi.n).gitwc'S if" '])tt;W(!Fily + 2, medaliit)1l of thaJ(gh.I'J, l'h,$, ¢c1msi()u~ 100 s:P ill jel.\ldry. gem.~:md millS 8t'J.'o;ic· Su:cocs~ (I:;:) Once l~-.I' day. Sothillis Cil1'l cheese lO alltomati.Ol:lly succeed on :t sil1gle savill!;. throw iltlstea'(l of l'O]1iTlg the dice, Qak·:t RaUy (Ex:) SQthUli.s ca:npcrrOHn a r~ll)' (.lleC~Hm (+17) as i1. free action once pelc ['l:lU rut lli!lnt·Squ,a;s~1 C'-o,m.m;a.mJu (EI) Allies within ;0 feet of Sodli!lis g:~in a ...2. morale boeus 011 litcaiks made against foes at least one ~lize category slniilk-~· tb~n. they are . SipellsU",g,er 'Com,maliJ.d~r (Ex:) A Ii)! ii rea, spell cast b}' an ally within 30, feet or SotMli:s deld!; an extrfL ld6 poi.lles of diilmlge. Olll~!spells that deal da.ll1a,ge g:oin this 0011118.This bo;:'Jild~r(is cousidered a .Il:101.'1l1c bonus. 1:0 Hell lind! Back (E;:z:) SothiUis's follcwers are rnllllUn1l: t~ fcar efR"Cts (lilclmlillg :tHo.ralc cl!reks) whcn die}" have line of sight' to h~lrD. 800'1 "1 spilt en the gra ves of Kiidyn and Iruuel, l¥e are gia.nts,. a.Jld ~ sh~n' ha!,i'~ this. b.lll.iL"

en

s.p~a 40 ft. (8 s\IU~res). fly 40 ft. (gpad) .M,lu +31m·man lltme krNNt gretl.f'.s~v{)rd' +21/'1"16/+11
('3d6+1S/1 -20)
R.aDgc;d.+l dhttr1.ru tblO!.dering, ./}(Jt;Jr:,ittg bU~'st ,n;;npf)'site .lrJ11f"brAfI +l'2/+ '+2 ('2d1'l+8/X3 plns ld6 eJcc-u'icity) Spa,. 10 ft.; R.e~j)h10 ft.

BaSIC Att +12; Gi:p

+"2~

Aft OptiOtiS CIe.alre.; Combll:~ Expertise, Po'!\<er Atmd: Sp¢ci.d Action~ quick r:dl), Comoo( 'Gear 4- po/iam of ou/fs ,stn!1'Jf:th, 4 poIftJl1S.if "~I"e
ser,i(mJ'lP()tmas SOI'C~fC:r

,spens K.IJiOW~ (eL 12th" 10% arcane spell fa i~J!.]re ChlilllCe): 6tch (4/day)~Tt'mt'r's tl"anlformati{)l1 ftb (6IdaY)-Cfme of (~d (DC n). d{)mimlJ.t' pc,'saN
(IDe 21) 4tb. (7/dar)~lem:r glolg if ;'/'lJ.u/m!nlbllit)', (DC 20). s/OcW'sltin (DC '20)
S./JO.llt'

W]},; THE BATTLEFIELD

small :lislJ.illg yiUa.ge of Ka httlnyr. RUIDOlr"S s~l.ggc t tltis raid 'is in n::rn1iat,KJI'I fot House Tan iislove's pri\l'luc1y fm'lJcd host~Lities. less tim D1 111tel1.dlay before, becausethe fllnn bii.'longs to House Ghddicg;. wbooeass.ets are now COil trolled by House T;li1i~love Sotb.i11isis .a reader Qf great renown, hur he is jusdy feared for ills ci'uxl:ty. Hi~ base Leadership score is 25, Due toWs position Ill' dint of marriage be'~!""et'11 their prim::ilmls. Mhtu] U; An ~Lir~ OOII1.pan)' of adv>t:mu:n:rs,. based at d-.e ~s ~0J:ii nwmdc.r of ·the armed forces of Iris CJl'Ifl[re. Sc~bil H~ has aoon1l1]an~ler ra;tl1lg of /, Inrhe eyes?f hbStrOOps.. he earned ""estel'll Tower oftbeEcl ipse and said to be I.r.:dby thehalf·og.l:le bastanl. son Socl.lillis, mOllllls a dari.ng prison break Oil t}le 1Ii5:;elf-flllo.inted dec'oration of Scion of tlJl: Horned Mage (al! du t~gCOJlDS Ix:-l'J,~-atJi Black Spires of th~ Miiifk:LiI. a ·teilflple of fIle SQ·point decoration). His effective L-c3dC'!'shifl score j$ S''2.. Sot:hllis lLasa 21se-1'evelmltor r, his li!l1LEcand qu.eol,. C};n1i5nea Leviarar in the Va.le of Wailing Womcn in the easeeru SIll!!II. (LE female ogre mage fighter 16), SothiUis has 1,4S0 Jsr-level Teeth, An members of the Cmupan), of RIJJ1~-sc:ribed Horns ro1lov.~'t , 148 ~ml·level followers, 74 3{d-lcvd foL!owen. ;B 4thescape, along \\~itb a. dO'lCll og.res captlln:d iii tile retaking of IMI fol1owe.s. '1'0 rth~.le"'"e1 fOllo.... 'Cr~ 10 6th-level foIIO'Lvel's, 0: ES:J1.tCltar:al1- Om .of rhe Dgl'·es I:.~i:n~ word tb~.t i elm: ""~ found in j't_h-Ie\'el ellcsers, 4 9th·level followers. alid. 2. ?tb·w.rel Jellewers, f the last day:;. of ~he siege suggestilflg that thc An~.oq .of Nedebeim Moot of ,the MIl.dl:1I1'is low-level foUm'l'!:'n humanoid \varr.iors. is hiddC'Dd~"ep~lleatll MUI:ann. in the C-3VCJl1S oftbl: Underdarl wllile his 1li,ghe-r-~a.l'lkil1g foi!o'l\'c[S tend to be hUIl1fliilold 01' giant OIKC clrLill'lt:d b~?the Shauatnl:an killgdom of Xor.haerin. b.1.ir!~1!"i~.l'ls. adepts, and Miftul 21-Flil.llIIc~I!IFemlll~ The A.rmy of l'hr·c~ Star~, luade Given his fo~lowers (+2,860). rulershjp positiol1 (t-100). lip of crusaders from .dJ.e DarkEmbrace (riYlil t'e'lllple of eyrie allied wi e h AiIl'iIl's g<llrernment). HydtoOHt Abbe},. ami the Hlack p!acemeilt of five foIJO'I\'Crs in p0.5itfo~~ of illlh.l~tlce "'Ithill the Spires the Ma.iden.. hl.}i'ssiege to rhc wcstern Tower of the Alilluian :~.my (+9), p~aC~Hlellt one ·cohort within .Q, po!i.rtion of ka~ei"5hipw!thin the pirates of till; Ne'lamhe:r- (+10). placement Edip51.:. of fOUi additkmal follmvers ill p0.5itiOli5 influence within tl1e FJam~i:~le 1:l: Tile western Tower of the Edij)!>C falls. and, pir;u;~sof the Nel:mthcl' (+4), lind fl ve more sig,nificallt, public 'by I1rio:r iu·tangetnem, is elasned by crusaders fro.1Il the Daek Emhruce. .A few ·~he· def,enders. Cli(;lIP~ r~l.i:gh the newly V'jctor~ tn.11l d.efea:1".S ro). Sothil1is has abase IL'l.flIle11C8 mOO.ifieI' (+ of +;,0;3. and an actual Influence 11'iodiier of +1t. constructed ~rfdl. p~e'S~.unallly seeki:l1g n,~fq.!gl:in MU1:'3ml. Interrogations of the bodie.s left bellillG .n:~rC"lllsthe discO~~e.,ed to due the Anl'l.o:ry Ofl edeheim to, the CO~lI113.11ru,.fli of dte Antl.lI' of TJJu;; Sta:rs, The ogre emptlmr qu,iedy dispaliches a comp:!I~y of lhe followlif!g tlmeline outlines the ~vellt of fbe Sothi~1i.sial1 , ad\'cl'ih!req iuto []Itedepths upon rccei\rillg \lio:iIil_ Empire campaign are i.11 the Year of Lightning StOl:ms (Hi4 Fb,me,tl!lellL3:-19: Word .quieJdy spreads tbroogb: dle ta~'enlS DR), Depending on their .r-cluicmship 00 Sotbillis amd Cyrvisllea, O'f Am 1,\ dlC '~Arjuory of' Nedeh~im""MaI"'y a,dvciltur.~ug oomdl~ PCs em Lead.as.sis~.undcrm ine, er observe tll1s, campaign panies begin maltil~g pbms~o explore the til UlS,of Xothacrin, 41'(, spaikjllg a series of reletcd advcJitllffl, en&urillg irs success F]aBntl'l!.l~ ~'O: SothiUiis announces he will wI' allY offer ·to the CI>T preventing its SIlC~55f1l1 iCOlldusiM, Ild\i'~ntt.l.rjng OOI:ny.tl:lj' thai. brillgs bun the .Armory .ofledelleim Cfln if: SeJUilites foom. H.ydk:AJnt Abbey I1Wll:i1lt a Dl)OOl]I'ise in its cIlti:ret)'. njd 00 ['.be western Tower of tbe E?emal Edip~,The}' lblflict F:lamt:!",~le 29': Reports sp.J"e-ad t.h:roug,h A.inll ami MllIf.um SOllie eXte1'lla·' strl1ctuntl da.mage. bIlt arc d.iven off, that Xothaerill is home to a. large colony of stingers r<Ol,. str.lng ChC05 19: A SC'hh1i1tl.l priolf' Hydt.;()l.it Abbey in Imnesca:r is hUlIUul.-sc.orpicm relJtwrlH::e h}'hr.irls. assassi:Jllated. Cyricists from the western T~'t' of theE~enl~1 Miids!Umm.C''(; The dt~' of Mmann 311a scttli:Jillcms ail dOL'S Eclipse are su.spec~ed. the Tmde "\Till}' from. the Cloud Peaks to the Wellidadl. come Ullael' TusaU n-:l3: Tfu:~esuccessive rnraV'llllS Ix:-loogilllg to House :a:tmtk by p3cks of "stuJget-men" CJllilrgllDg f['Om oo~,'l}' rol.uttucte-d lanislm'e are ~"ttacked andplundered by Smhilli.sian fo~ as sil'llhoks til.-.:lt lead d.:oWJlllfeo· the Undsrdark, TJle ~dm of these ~.hey CN)'~Sthe Swordbelr along the Trade Way. Rumors l).U1kkly packs arc said to employ giam.s~l.Cd magicweapcn aud armor $pread dla,t House Tanislmre is n:rusi.l1g w b.ribe So ltillis amd tile and demsnd i'Cl)<L},'Illellt of all treasure plll.l1de:red from far·off Amli ian OOIrum,u.tde!s along the route, :1lS lJ~s beconic the custom Ma:zn;ica, o*r th: past year> des.pite the ollgo.ung witl" between. AI'I1U and E]cint ,..:The Council of 5i:.; aud the Mu:rku,1 of l'i-funulJ:lileim th!:. monstrous seP'lra:tists, House TltllJislo'ie hcgU!15n::routillg its jointl)l' dispatch hernlds illlnQtlI1C'ing the Trade Wa)! Truce. cndiug 5hipm~lit$ dltoogh Drost, C'OStillg it w!uilbk tune ,<md money, Jlostilitt'CS bc~W(.:t:lltbe SOflgiJlisIa,n Empire and dtC kingdom of Mirt~] 3: Hostili.ties ~1ld.d.elllyDrea:kour four 111 ~k"Sllonh of Amn ..,["bis marls die' ·beg;i n n rag of the Stingc:r ,~ra:r> .pitting tile TI'~dcui''(.1: berweena troop of ra.i'l:!ingogres and the first Tantlineallis of Oli.!UljitUPa. as.d'lc stingers eall thCJilsd\f'~ am;):t'Jleir islm't e:nrllV:l1ll to dare tile Trade WayiIl3.tcllday. The cafa\r.lll !lew.y esrnbLishcd kingdoIl.'l. against t.lI.e allied forces of Aim), .is:.L d~. n:lall.m~d by memna:ries of tlu:: F]am iJ,g Fist .aJild paid .inc.l.url.illS the Anny of T.11:reCSta:rs. 3:1fI(i the Sotil3Uisian Empire, foc boy .Hl:!ouse 'ItIlJskwe, The .og:res stlffe:J." sn,gllli:fiC'lim casu,dt'ies including th.c Rcn..esad'cs WElle EClipse. Ofcmtr~.tbe S\'IO.i"dbelE Ln.·rht Bml.e of llrokeil Wheels.. Aniam:c •. as the surfllre-d1.veUer u:uce--a.I"Il1Ycoll'i.C·· to be ,calleil, ~;t1J112; A de filcto trllce al.ong the .nortHern fLaJilkso' the is one ofte;.nporaxy colll,I'·enience, alld 11ostiLiric:s ofren break om Small Teeth isbro:ken wllen Sothillisian ral&:rs. ()~ferr'l:lIl;Ii large . between d~ va.rioos ra.ctKUJiS.,. sig:n.ific::m,tl~1 tI11dclriUi:nill;g their f;l[.1IiI '~lol1.g tbe sooth-ern banks af the River SI,ccic neal:' dle

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C:hara"cte'.rs best suited 00 a [e'llfleJ~shJp llo'lc ill a fa~th uStlall}' have SOi'll~ degree of dil'iJIle silcllcasliilg abil.ic)I' o:r b'Pd·g.1ve!l 5upc£li:acu:il1:1 ibil ir}~ -iaclud ing clerics, dru.id5. pa13.duls,. r.lilge'l's. and monks_ AJ.te'!:m.tiw mut\."$ to leadership ~itllin II f3.itb inClude adopting a prefiElge class "firth a ili.ville oo!npO'.nem· !mch as ,awne devotcel'G, divine d~ampiaill'(i. divine devorool'fi. divin,c s.c-ekef'G; .hicalophrut(aes.'ora. fairb'5pcci:lk pn-stige class, Nt'CfIJiltiv;e elasses with an 311PJI"Opria:te divine: cOliilf!Olleilt illdl!lde adept',. favored heillilJahlt:l.lu:s of F~enin venerate nJ:ll1Y gOOS soolw, 5hugenj~CD" imd spirit :sh:unanCD• fro:1Il l11ul&ipIc pnildleoJ1S. im:ludillg (j"j'l'Ig gOl;i~ l..-ib I1Iny miliell. "'riu~e:rship" ill. the c~mte!<t of a .rd.lgiow rudl asLathander; dead gods Sll.ch as MOI'lJilderLE. ftiith always MS it political and socia] componellt, .Advancing to and OUiter Planes inhabimuts such as the demon lord. EntaileR. W.ithin C'I~cbgod's dUl.rcli. mortal foilmwe'l'S or '~hedivine dir,'we • a leade!l'sli.ipposition within a fl'iitl:i requi:res one to curry favor wirl:h the current gellerntil!m. or klld~rs.. '00'iho.",,· illl]~i.ll'tiYc. ilttn1; d themselees iltfO lay and GCclci3S1:ic followers and splbJl.ier i:llw all<l drive •. IIl'Ia to Strictl}' colllfunD to the eurrent ortbodo.'Cy. .Imdlipll: factions., seees, nei'es:ics. and cults., \JIlJ.l[l)t an~~h,'st religlolIls faitb diffl.:l'ell,t from more "secular arenas i 11.

nnily worship
A(1"OSli ;F:~.l'JLiJ1t> ,ti\~1'eare IitiC.nLHy IIU]ldreds of d i.fl'c[.··Cllf local • [cgi;\'aJs ;L!td spe i:lic rituals; ceremonles 'far}, from temple to tunplc ~'~tbii1, faith. just' as dl.~ hp:r.~ts of diff!."l'ellt a hi t~lnpll$ID'~be same ~~~~' oft~.:i~iS!!gre ,!'l:1l wMit the gPd Wiumt:S ([I.idlf ul wor~hipf!'.rS ro do. I1:J:l;Ol'iS ,residil'S in a locale wild)'!l tempk usuaUy Itl'f'nd Sf,f\ritt5 !I.E Least ,once eve.llj' two da,}fSMost by persel'fls, i:b'!c'ludil1~ ndvintllCCrs. alse pray h~'ie:H}? [olbeil, Jl11:UOJ:) i1eit}f upon a",*kc11il1:g. at lumncnts or crisis (suc:h 115~~lg a "fQUnded fri~Ji(1 or tam il)' member. 5~"C:filDg someeae los~ OJ" trying to keepthe skk 01" poisoned :lJivC)" 'allA ...In a mO'~'I~g~l }' piiYlIte prayer following evening mt:nrs or be(~1: ootdiJ!;g.d~,n to 51ct:!>. Sr~ch prayel's an:, for, &~idaDlC ' &1.11:\l1';:r:> us\!!a II}' look for a5lgJII hue. the same day, 1Il dr,eam:s, OJ" the folJm'l'irJg dayj dlicS cmddi' IJ.e somethi'ng as-small as a pll.rt~u kir- word ove..rhe-lll'o. or Si~i-d to them, f.h~ .s:igbtin.g ,of
all 1I11USI,UlIJ iil~C't 0 cn:amrl:

vet"}' rare QC'CilisionS'-Il~a.I.ly once or t' 'keil lifctiin~ for ItOudc.r{u'-prayers w~u~ b~ allS\ver«! by a \'1'i<slhk-to-dtbers

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e:talrcd ocClliskms.. they .1ID:l:iglit receive \ri\l"ld dre-lllu-visious ·.or 1:\'CJfI~waldng" mamal 'l"isi.oJtls(a deta.iled scene 0021'l!ing to mi.lid. t:il1ged ~virk a {edillS of rayor or (iisapprm'af). 011

m:lIIifc5t;a,riOll(La,th:mrl _r,~fo:rcx~nl~I~,IIU,ight be SCCI1:tS a 'O'Se-.r~dlW,ra. g;fo.'''''in,g around II \l'~aBO!\ a pe:rsau, 11 ~cyIJOIf' 01' secret door. oj IIIovil1g along :1 rou:re). • Oilly farl;![tics "'!II persist in daiIS,' ritual if t.hey are under attad:: or ilIa 5OJ~'i~ ,eIJlnel'gen~y-aft;,:[ all. the .god~~intO 1J(;.ii1'~ and ~,illds if they so desi.re. and dius t!J.e}; nrea.stlrc imclit anti I • not men: cer,emon)'. Manx l~l;oplegrow ~. to. .~t~~t]ng 'Ehej' aai]}, n.ey.rs.ul~Wee pla.iles: r .1: I iill'kl'et and stJr-wts. dl~ t:l\ lI"ll, and 'the wmple. Pl'ie5t5i of man1Y fa.~~lls "'001" at "inR'tAncing'tlle Lafiy" by Oi~1l5illg news and gossip t.,riJlil11Y sladted to promote' the itm;powlIlcl: of dlei'r god and the creed allil aims of th'~fajdl.. :lad ro ruotl.\rare ti'!.'e' firople bC'll['ing jt W ~ certain r:hilbgsthBt further rhe w'Oi"k of the god. Ckrgy usualry do this at.thc 11tl of formal suvi-ces~sonmtim~ while blessil,S \\'Orsllipcrs (of tell dane thr,oog~ the cusrem o:I~e eldet ,ri~sr S!:~ndi.a~at the dpor teOo sp~"ak to e\f,er}~one[ea\1111g),.

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of socic-ty is the spirkual mIlljJo.neJ1t of a fii~tb:, A chyn;h is domimtted b~' a, being of divine rank (01' at least the j1~u;s.ioJil of .Oll~. s in the case of fallen deities), lind it is die presence of a a di\f,illlty tillar makes ruling a faith a 1111 iqm: lind diffu1Uk clUll1cn.ge. Tim d~.ap'terfocuses on learle.r:ship i:l1tbc ~pir,itI.l91 (U'C11a :!nd the ull~e cbi!l.e,nges anti mV1al'd.s of pUl'Suing such ,il role.

portant-bm miwll.de.L'SE-Oi.:ld.-rclc ins:heplt"...rdill'Stb~"t.etfQ~utJo:n. For example, the Time or Troubles saw tile de-ath of deitiesw.C'h as, Balli'). Bhaal, :IIl1d Mydml and! the ,creatioJ .( W ones such
a" IC\:~rg(" and Kelcn)"fI~ot~

t.hey resu~ from ~l:1e um.'g,cltOC of;.w'W flliC·ti.ollS "'~thill :J: du.lrch. 'tbe paNial '" rsplitting oIT of sect:;; 'OJ: affiliated orders frem a dlu,rch. Of the reeognicicn tl'u.'otDgh ~cQ]nmllll~}tlal1 of 'h~es OU[l~ide a rllI.I~h_'se1'VC:ll aonH~ for ii d'i~ine being to e:l:plor,e flew pIli. !osophies and thus sl'Iapc the evolution ,of the faith. Howetrer.jlJst Aspiritu~l ~e;a{ret ,is an iml.i\':idrnd\\110 physall ,Ul'DlilOrtliLtt tOO: \!"idtill as mortals 1l1.\C slaves to tI.1'C div.itl!;!', bound! 'to abe}' the teachings a,li(igioow faith .. .interpreting the ('erJchil1!g5 of the gad iUEooinortaJ . of the .gOO if,~Jliey" wi!5h to ['Ci.hilihU. lNithin the falth, gods are slaves world,d'.efei:ldii1gthe chureh ag:Iimt ,ovc.r£ threats altd the curse of' to th.eir .rol~vcJrs, boo ndto ["eiJl'~scm the 00ll:..'le;1~\J.S th.at e~nil:rges iDdiffexe!!ce,and dmllenging the orthodeeics of the faith. A spil:iwal mutlllg'tl'Hl followers of Ii faith. For I:x!l:mpJe,.if a seer emerges leatr.eris not simpl}' a JI igh.leve-l character ·witb Jjvine spellcasru,€: wid! in rhe C'~llIrch of LitlNmd~r .l.11·Cil.cbing t.hat t.lle ·fOfn iilglQ1\d aMlky who em,ploys a hQly symbol hut otherwise ~ lIl()t i:nwll¥f i~.'Amal.maror reborn, then L:dWllJlder has Olbe of '~hree O,ptiOll:S: hil'~lnr! the 1lliU:~e.rs ,of die',r,hu~hw' which he bd.ol'19. He can embrace the I1'CW !x:']icf"tllus iu!lu,g i.t [me; he cam e:f. In game terms, a spiritual kader is all ecclesiastica! mm~~r rectivel~' igllo~-c the n~"'" bc'li~(, rhus a]lo'lIi11&' diversity to' pe-rsist of a religiQllS raith. fOfmally initiated into 311 o~ga:nuz.ed dergy withil1 the fai1th and weaken tb,r,: absolueeness of his anrhoritYi (Jf IOOllaStlc order. Most spir.itua:llcadcrs of suflkieiit le"i'e1 ha\fe or I!e can reject die new belief:15 heresy, dillS splitting the ran ks tb~ ability w cast cHvine spe-lls.,but lJlany C::I:~1:'ptlil)l];s cx:iost.F-or- . of_his foUO'O\'C[,5 and reducing b,is d1\.iIle streng;dl!. wmp!e. wi'l;'1.NS in '[he Ch'ln'd1 of MYSln'l. rqgu,"5, iuitl1e Churdt Religioo.s moors, iL,volvod in an mwmil;. dial.ogue !J,o~hwith dle of Mask. and bards in the ChUl"ch of Ogh:li.111somerirnes hold deity and thelJOdy of tIle dmrcli, an; ~ithet'a never-eniilng SQIll'C'e elf formal POOtiOIlS within tire dergy. as do high-rauking monks in such tensions as dlCfii1trodU~C ru:w 00l.1IO.-pts inw wch cOlI-versatlo!1s. man}' lawful ['1idls. or deremkrs of thcsratas qlJ~::l5tll!:y~ru'g!.tJ:again r n N il!te;!"preta. , t.iQn~-or occ:1.1sionally both, _dI,.1JoI:JDdm,~ the ,cir'CUl'i1!S'ta:J!Cel}. J II a sense, how well :1. llC.Ligioos leader buikts; ~ I\hllm~otn·ew ideas of his @\'!fll or' others 0Jf SIrJPpn:s5(:S SLIp-port fOr the new i:d.f!U;-:of <l!l~ri IMigiol,l1l leaders pliilY a signif.ica:l1t mile ;.11 the OlJJgOiu!;, e ... 'l.u"ion O i~ ll1easur~ of his infiuctliCC ~\fitbina dlU«li. A pO'l\lerftll spirirual. a of any raidl. it is a myth. pronnrlgatcd to credulous coJmMnfolJ\:, tbat the gods are Ultch:mg.illg and ever invioJac,r.:. Dil'im: beings leader can shape bo£11 the body of th.c faithlld and the nature of tile diV'inc d'llring his tenure i.nt:bc 10k .. call algi! dQ dlallge over time, and 1.'digioU5 leaders flL'lY an im-

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lord Spur lord

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faithful nererics ond the eli urich
d.~il:iesare tang1b!ebeiJlg5 who directly ,CC1!Umuiticate with tbeir follower 'tI'lI:ough man if~tat.icms. tui.rnc1ies. ~:mi Sfielb suchas c;m:rc»mm, the oPPornlliitl/' for heresy would ~~m to be mill~ll!lllll. Nevertheless. to, ,th~ 3mltlt:mlt:nt of devour \\'Ol'SiliperB" diff~r~l!Ic~'S rullOl1I; the fait.llfIl1-5Olfnet:.iImes escal:lting ttl t~ level ,of herils~I-.u-c seemrngl!y~oler:ated hy mosr deldes. NE\'V FEAT: HERE-TEe OF THE. FArn] YOliJ tra.y sigDliJiican.dy from theteachings of your faitb. .&~:!:~qlD:isifle:l'at1'011 dt:1!}',~ml e1tlt .r divine SflCUcas-ti:llg abil ity or oooe of ro~duct' lass a'biHty. c .
1r1. Il .... ,oddwheu

B~il:eit: 1':011can g:Jr-0:5s1y vi.ol.-.te your deity's code of co!ldIlClt. but llot youI:' class alignment restriction, \1o'it.lwIlE tj_s of .ross of
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5IaelLsor da!l8 abUiti~ If you are a derk:,yomF illignmem can ·be two sWp~ a'IJ.'a)'from ycmr i:'tspective d-eity's ;Iligni:llem Ln~Eead. of ju t one. (In other \O'O.nis, you eau ~'iol,atell'ouli' dcit)"s <lIig:nUlellt ~ttktions. by one e:lrtta st'e.P') You call gaill I~~'ds 'witbour awning ~ ee the I1tl)M1tUmt speU Uescriptiol1). However, you are in no way cxe~[ fnnu e:;:'comlTIunlrnrion or inunulU.l to divine rerrlbutioll from }'oor deity or his 5~rWllllfS. 1m fact. your :Jcti.ons invite the l[i,gJles,t leveJ of divine SC.fUt'H1r}" If you have aeeess to domaills. }'OII call !,;;!.niiDl,ge allY one dOlllil.ll you havl.labt:;ady seleC-E'0dfor another domain ou:tliide dl.ooc l1orr:naUy aV3.il.3bil: to your ritith~The .I1r.:w c1ol'l'lQin lUust be ~Oil&1sre~t wirh dlC renets 00 )r'Oli_l" heresy (as il.djLiulkami D)'

ro.llen gods ond Non»ivLne "Entities
There are tl1l'O S'l'cl:i:tl.classes of fa ~~h:churches of fallen goo:; who have died 01" vanished ,aJtd!dll!lllclles of JIIol1d.iviue emities. Spirituill ~ead~rs of fMIcJIl gods al1d llolidi\l'il1c entitles hallie ~farn froodo-ms and certain res.trictic!l1s nat :1!va.ilahie to spitiq.ml leaders ~ true churches.. ~ is possibf~to ·be n sph'itua]!ea(!ccr in '~Iiechurch of a fillcil ~ ~r mk.ilh,gthc Sci{'llut of thE FaUenI.l!. rear. III ~ch ,3 case. a spiritual lC::1dc:rlackli ti . divine guidance afiJ~ssihle to hls CO"Llltlel:parts i.Jrl true cwn-,bes andrlll1sfad.;s the divil!lc cJiMk tlIDt k:ee_psbil1.1[rem wamiel"il~g.00 far Hield f!"(lln the itoJitfon zone of the f:1ithI1U[. II] ga:me~rms.cbe iJ.ldifll!c-t ~ffect:s af t~ki:ng. the SrtrUll't of the Fallen feat i.ildude~
N O't 'lieitlg ahrc to cast Com._'f}'~m'!Il~· N~ Incuning a deity's wrath (which mighr resole j DI'lJ. ]00 of divine sPlills. for'c;::ampl'c);, Incurring. a -4 pe'Ilalq! to he effective Le;ul~l'ship scm·e.

It is possible robe a sp:iritllnl leader at a .I1ondivillC cud!.}' by taking feat.s sl!Ich as DillCiple of Il3.rk~w;ssn. Favo-.ed or dl~ C1 Comp:anionsll-B. Knight of Stars~~. Scion of Sorro' ..... ;,Serlfflnt of thc Hc:t\'el1s11lf., or Tbrall to DeIl!1Ql~C!\. II~ game tUlm the ill.dir,e~teffect of taking this type of feat e:qua~ to incurring, a -2 pmalty:to the effCc'ti.ve Leadersh~ SO~I.':.

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the DM). Likewise, you am exdm:ngc YOUy t.1!lIorcd. \\'C~PQlt and weapMI of .thtt dd/i'''''' speJ!l e.IToct for anotbcr consistent with ,tile tenets of your hcrcs), (as adjtldicalt:d. by till:: :OM). Taking this feat IIlltomatiC'll]!}, prompts J. Lcatic'l'5bip check, AU ooJw_ri;5 01" Jollowcrs who arc lTlCmkni of your fairJi. either agree to the· lle:re~y or aee Iosr, Moreover. llipOll your death YOIiIIrc jL~dg.<.:a am: of dlC F1ibie (see page 2r9 of the MM(7J7"EN Rr;:LlLkIS Camp,tligtl Setti"f,) UJ.11l'sS your deity speC'~fically intervenes on yourbehalf wirh Kekun'Ol:. Withollt the U5.e of a ndr,,:cl'l! 01' 1vish spell, this docs 1101: happen unless your hercsies arc :ldoptcd by the dcityalld the faith as a whole ..h:, is theoretically possible that slith illte.r\'cntirut eeuld occur long afrer yam death. IIDt such cases m-c ,'al1ishingty

belil:\'f1'S in dlis iler,es}, teach that

can be "seen" a 11)1.time. (There are sa iii '00be br ler illstiii!'ts iii deinc time whell Ollly one ilspect is mani re.st.) Acco«tinS to tbis ~', during the Age ,of Nethe.l"il., Amatlila·
tor tLJk>tlllS die asp«:t of bighsuml. while Jerg,:d held the pm tfolio of dusk, J!.~reJ" An_1aJUI~iW.r fa.ded a.way. L~th~~~der appeared as due aS1X"Cf or dawn, ;l,ud: Myi~Ju] inberited tbeilSpec't of dllis~.The Tilli~ of TrouMes marked the fall of Myrkl[ll alJd L~thaf!det's brief mOlucm of LJ11dl.allei:,geddominance. Now. believers in the TIn-ec-Faced SUll:u:c he1";J:iding tIL rise of All1aUnottor. Seme b..:liew.rs ill t:ilis heresy suggest tbat Lathallde,r will become the new 3.Sp!.'Ct of 11 i:gIlSlln ,iOlnd another will take JI is place as the :aspecr o~ d,Hn" while 'others beraLd the rise of a '11~' de.~[[y who is tilt.' aspect of bigbsun, BelieVers in the TIll,ee-Faced Sun have nceess to ~he Death,
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at

OIII~'

two of the duree aspects

rue.
Norm:all: If you gr-05Slr violare YOUI ili:-ity's COOl; of oonduc., risk .Iosillg spells and class ab:~Liticsuntil }'(I(l~rof],l: (s~~th~ ~kf1wt,~ntspcll description and Sins and l\:::mlllce" p~~ 2. of tlu: PmU;OTTf:Ji.' REALMS C~mfMtg,tlSettil~f!J.
)'00

n

L1m'~ Renewal, SUIl • .ilJNlllme domains. Tt}ey use a Iigh~ mace scythe as >I. fa v:ored weapO:I1. Tiwil: 11ICnprm if tIN ,ddti'>1'~is a

+1.fiamlc'l{,. light m4~11 a ~·l'fom.;',g sl;)·thr:: C!e'J;"kbelieve'l;'s il] Qii' di is l'ieres), must be lawful neutral. •

HERESIES OF NOTE Ih~c arc m.:Illy famous or inf:ul'Iou:s heresies among tht; welltOOWIi

faith;; of Faerli:ll. Some of dIe man:

Ilotable heresies

indadc these. Relig.ious fait:b inspire~ great deo,;'otkm among the faithful, The Cult Sli!~red SliIJfi:rwlr;:Ihnsrari heretics of tllls- culr beJiie'\ll.: ptoOlui:geof d j\'ine truth and eternal rewards a lid the t!ue'at ,of dnn ~[I mortals nlll5t share pan of the Crying. God's hurd en i:Jr1 artiea' to undersrarrd his sacrifice. They are noted for sdf-f1agcl.erel"lml Pll n ishtl1>ellt loot~V<lite t:rue believers ll'Do;re tiian a!]}' o~'h8r ,aspec[' of socie~y. R_.elgif.)u.~lffad8n"'lth the uadersh~.iP feas find i hLtimm.kiiln3pplllg15. incitulg lfLUU.!lIbel pas.singtne :suffering aromld to ManDel N:V~I'5.. Clllti5ts, of Shared SlIn~rillg have access d~,llr asscciaeicu "'irth ehe divine ntCI:,ea.5eS dleir abil it}' (iO Il'ttrad Howeve~" sllch leaders run rhe risk to the Healing, Retribution, StrcllIflth. and Suff('J"illigdoma ills- • larse' numbers of d~efai~:hft1I. The)' employ the favored \>'!:apol1 3Ha 7.l''I1dPO'' 0/ the Je;t.J~1q,of of theil" Hock abal1do.!li~g them shoo ld they ~ppe;!lr ro rransgrcss ]llll;'l.~cr. Cleric believers ill this, heresy must be neucra 1_ against tbewil lof the d..eity. " ])uk MOOD Heresy: Dark Moon heretics t"1LCh tllJlU~ Sclline The fcillOl ins modiJiersro' tile W1'BCrer'S effective Leade:.rsl_}ip lIml Sh:ll' are one and the 5;llIIlC. two faecesof tht: same goddess, score apply \"it.1l respect to the character's .religlQ1lS com Ill!mil;y .. Dart.. 1\1:oon heretics ha v,e ac('C55 to t.he Cavc:rn.· DltrlliCS5, The Le~de!rk ... Knowloogll. MOOll. Pro~ectiol1J and Travel dom~ ins and can iJ;SI;: Leade.r~bi2Score Modifier t~ ra~'Oredweapon of'tlN1apfJU ~f tiN! de.ity'!>1'if. of either goddess. A rcbb1shop OJ" HieropwJt ~·t Bislaop or Spe,~~kJ:,i . Clerir believe'!'s .ill this h.eresy must be .lllwful 1l1:1It:t"lll. ucatra], or +:2 Di&eip1c of Dad;lle~c~ cila'Otk 11e:U:~I·~I. -2 -:2 Favo:mlI ofEl'ie Compa.JJl ~OIl.S!I~ Ri~ S:u.n.Herdy: The Brpt.heihoad o.fthe Glorioos SUl1b,;iis Heretic of ubI: Fa:iltb1 l'Ollgexisted ""'idtin the chui:>Ch ef Lathander, tolerated by odUIT -'2 K n ight of SEarslPfolfolwrs of the Moming]ord and preachi.ng that Lathander is -2 the reincarnated form of Amalli1atol", Netherese goo oftb;.: sum. Muraclc ~~rkcr +1 1)I.'Ol)la(:'[ +1 Heretks of the Risen Sun rake tll,>eBrotherhood's. beliefs OIlC 5~Cp Rellc holder further into Jlere~}'. by p.,eaciling that the time of Lathander's +1 S:limllE. Inllsformado11 ~s nigh 311d AmilllflatOl: is abom to. eetum. Risen +'2 S~gO:I1 of Serrow (;j: 'SUII~retics have access 'to- the Fire, Law, NobIlity. Rene'\\'lLl. -2 -4, ScrWl11t of the Fill1cnl..1't Sun.. aa1d !"uue dom;uls. Theil: oilly QPt:km for a fa vored weapon S~rwmt of ·tb~ HI;;1!I\I''C'Jls~[. ii the Light mace. They emplloy rb~ Weafi'Ji~ if tile deity... ~ of · -2: ShllpC'~· o:l" the divine l.atb~lukr, Cle.rk believers in dli~ here.sy mlllis,t 00 lawful gj:!Od! +10 ...;1 Sim~er or iawful Jl~l.lttaL B~li:even in the Rlseu SUll lleresy often adDp't the srmmllc5'tcrl-E. Speakci' of tongues +1 Thrall to Del11OuCH. prestig.e,c;Jass.Note that the enerance requirements. or th:!t class -2 sbould be modifiedw, inClude either Servant of the F'aUenLE. Prophet of-the Diville2 +2 Voice of the dr:i.ty (A_1llaUllator) 01' Heretic fears. +1 Tme_,r,.P:lcci! Sun lk!.",c&y: Heretics or tile Three-Fared SUIl 1 N cw f~t described on page +61. New rent described Oil page 4'9. bclie\~ thatche SLUl is a tr1pa:rtite O"'e'.rdeit}'. with aspects or dawn. IlighslIil, allu dusk. Like a spi!'lniJ~g prism VLe\\,-eJ fmm the 5ti~C.

or

ro use the Leadership feat
Hl OtU

47

••

.,
Beeomi I1S au archbishop •. bishop', 01' hicropllam is detailed below. The pr~css ofbeoo:l1ti.ng a saint .is detailt:d. ill. .Book of E¥<rtJcd 'lJeei/t$, The cr~tctia, for bejng considcecd a mirndle worker. relk .lIolder, sinner, shaper of 'the di.vil~e. sp~kclr of tongues,. or voice orEll'!l deity II~ tktailed on dl~foUmvi:tlg P!fI:,g,C$, religious g;lmc, you seek to i!Df:I'u~lloe tbe OOiirsC of the gods, whetbc:rt]]rou:gb gOO\:I!t.hf the Iairh, .dofCfif of ,it dwl f~jdl, or o the intHxtuction new ~achin~

or

YO U

now to Run nel.·~ilous cohorts nnd rollowe rs
Cohorts and followers wbo are members ofthe faith Jollow you bceaese of their' fait1 •. They s.m,~ill you a lC'adC't ",110 is one step closer to the diville-a.lDi:l tlW:l1lfol'c onc Sorej) ose. to truth and d eternal reward, You are t.heil: c:xemp:lnl',Eheii re>lcbel:. :lmi th-eir

ore (1 nel i'~~ousLend erow whor] . .

cennnander, UJllikere~lJlar eoherts anil followers, tn05e ofa I:digiou:s bene are mere '.... 'il:lillg to sacrifice for diCit fai~h and more willins t:o aL":Cept your ·"'IOI.lds s, mrc, HrnVl.~I.l~, v;'ilth tbis a grea<tcr trust comes a greater I:isk ·of aiai]]usion IfU:l:'It., Jr. you stray from the tcachings of yom fa.ilh, youecehorr and follol\ren will 00 qu ick to ju~'"C you :tt10 1m Iikely to forgive, . You ~hOll]d estabUsh :I~ abbey,. shrine, n.-m]Jk'. O-f cathedral inwli.i-ch your followers can IR~ and. gathcrm wonhip, and )'01] should Ij~'~'m;h ·00,them at least 01l1:lE a 1110mb. \~lben not asked to 5C.fVlC their f!lith ((i:recdy.rellgioos cohorts and folloo'el's spend their days p~d>'tjz;uJg;,' $[u.dying ulIigious tl:XlS, and praying, They C'IJI11 511pl)mt Ebelru;~h~es on a. SI!Ih5istcllt'c ic\ el dmmgh comrnu md cnft\vork or modestly if they ri:cci,'c reguillr 'Hthes fmm thccOIllilruni,ty. With rare CXCt:l>tioll:S. sholJld Oilly c:1I1on uligioo cohorts. "}'QtI and foHowci'SEO serve dte faith. They ~'lpcc:t yoo m seed them illto bacttlc aga instthe fair.h's traditional focs.~o disf~atch dlel1il as iniS5i:cmarics, and to net in aceerdanee with the ~itchillg,S of the divine, 'loLlr religious cohorts and followC'rs become mon: \'aluillbl if you work in place tl'iem in pooitioll5 of influence, giving lOll .hlldil';,;:Cl '~O'Jltml O~l,er the Ievers of ]KIWCJ.~,

As a .rclLgious leader, }'OU must first ilctcrmi:tlc "'hat you beJieo;r.e. Ar,= },OO I} defen.der of t.ile status quo? If so.s.::~k out and ~uf,pre5S malroll.ttl1ts:tnlOl,S. tbe raithrul and watch for rhe de\~lop,ment of heresies, Do you seek. a return lID fors..1k(''11trildi.tio!1s~ [fSO) seek mit the lost lor,e of a previous era to di~'Qw:r the tl'urh!Othilt J]I]VC been lost Do yOll see \',~kl1C55c5 il dIe' faith. t!a:J;l mu~t be changed or cxpallcled on! If so, bllliid a foUowi.Jig for your idea. a.mO'Jlg the f:ai.hfLll ami risk 'being branded il hen:tit. N CKt. )'00 .atI~.st detf'Ji'mine what YOlir f:lith needs. Are t:hm ma:I1Y "~ID' InighE be re«-priv,e to ~~OUl" fil.iJth's teachings? If se, marslml the nmk rhe fail:hf ul to pffi5clyl:izc. Is yoer faith threatened b~ iI .powe,rful enemy? If so, 11lIlStt:T support for a boll' war ag~.imt the infifMs. Is. your failtll p~d Cor :incre:wed influcnce? If 00, lay "claim to. the lever-s of power and build the strength or your cburch.

or

communinvwith
Powe,:fLd

the CJods

plu~vi.n~he t ~ell~IouS '«;lume
Evcli in it \\'Orld wrapped intire WC~M:. rdi,gici.n ilml t1l,e nature of the ,li,rjae tl."lIUill e'lig.'I1u:s to the IM.OO"tl'Ll wodd, F~f.rCiill:m pl:l!ilowphcrs are uncertain as to \\~ly rhcactjons of a small number of mortals assume great si,g~lificancc in til epic cOllflicts of rIle .gpds~lld tile ,acfie:las of :I..Im'ge mnnber of other mort"'!s do not. M~"l11yrcligious ~yt,bs seem to :refl'ect the history of die mOl: eal worW, )lct 1:111: C<l:1lI!je and ~ffoc[ between rhetwo is ofren unclear, For o;:implc, did the betrayal or COl'cUOllby Annlshnee (Lol'~h) an{l her sUbseq.uent b~ 1,'1 is.lu1jJ~nt to the Ahyss tri~. the descent of the dto\v, Ot dtd the lnreeneeinc bauks of rhe Fair Folk that resulted ill the desce:nt u·:igge.ra sinlilar tra.llSfOJ::mation am~mg

spcLlcast'Crs can Speil~ directly \\Cith their deity by lti...:lllIS of a CtJFJ.W1Jlltl! .or ,CO.llltt.lct otwp· plt1T#' speJl or by traveling to the deity"s realm ill the IJ!hutt"S ~ak with him or J.l'IIT dix«Uy. Druids to call speakwith thellll1:tlmd forces around them (\\chich .is seen ~.s al~ iml.iroct .il:Jrll1of (;:o:milU.lnic!Ltion with tire gOOs) by .Im:ans of' ~pells such as !:Itmmlm~ with rM(J~rQ and sf.rme tl!ll. While dil:Us can often be p...~\5Ol1I1.Uy bencficial to all aA:f'l.'entu.l".ing spcllmstcr in Ii~-cl of divine g~irlJII11Ce,it ;1100 elJaMes a. spil'itualleader to speak widl absolute assuranec to the fa~thrlillabout the wi.hes of dl.Cdi\'ill~· . Sp.iritLm.ll'c;iacrs who have ~olen w.i~h their god ortbe n~ul.ral \\'orld by means of seeh magic are CODlsideredto 00 a voioe of dl~ deity forrbc pm-po&::'of their effective Leade!.·sbip sccre. Likewise, ~pirit(l~d :licaJ.crs who can speak the I<1:t1guilgc of the d.iv inc are Solliid: be ~pe~ke.rs f longue'S fortbc purpose of their t'O Q
effecri\'c

Lcad.:rsbip

Se01'1:.

Por

good,aliglled sp.irinm.lll:lldc1'S.the

language ortb~ h'()(ls is U&u:aU}' Celestial. For CYil-~liSI'I~dspitiru3J leaders, the Jalli,gIjIiS~of the g~ is mllall}, A b)!ssd or Iuferual, Fm' druid spiriltua] l~deiS. the lang,uage: of the Sods is all.\'ilYs
Druidic,

Mnnifestot[ons ond visions
011 OCC3. ions. spititualleade'rs al'e giy,en glimpses i:nto the fl.ltur~ by their god" allowing them re berser jcud W l'btir fiocJ.\;. Sucb \'1.ion5 mishtor lnight not come to~. dcpcn.IDIlS·onthe actions of the prol1het. At other ehnes, tire actions of a Sl)il'iCl.lal leader arc gi\;'~t'I tbe de~ty's stamp of appr-oval in the form of a. visible IUanifcstariml ,of di\fi.l1e power. III g'eltLmd, .511cn 1l1itnif('StatLons aud visions are gnmted at tb~ \\"iJ1im of the deity. H()~\'C\re(,'-Sfh'itllial leaders withrh.;: Prophet ,of [lle Divine fcat (50: below) are more effectivc at p.rompting \l'1s.iJble ia,piays of their dt:it}r'spower to a augmcut rhe ~ffe"(ti\reness or theil' s:pi.ritual111~S.$as'c.

the SJl:',Ma.rille'r Wha,t is knO\'1n is rhatvicroriea, large and small, associared with the divine can and do pia)' all .im;port31Jt role ill the epic 00I1~icts of t:he gods. Through the actions of spi:ritu~ I leaders and tbeir flocks, g:ods lI\I'a)1 :lIld wal~Cill PO\\'l:t. ilCl{1l ir·e lind lose portfolios, alld evolve .in pllilo5ophicliloutlook. ~y playing tilt')

~
NEWF'EAT: JfROP'RE.T OF TIlE DrVINE 'l'oor OOIl1lli.IJlllmtiOIlS with die d iVllle' manifest if! a public fasillio.n. ~ I'fQ~i5Jte; Ally initmte feat.. ability to speak a d.i"'ine b.l1gmlgl: ~ (Abyssal. Celcstia1.. Druidk. or Jl1fenlal. as appropriate) iklldt; Wbt."J1you COmJ'l'Ulllicate with }'Qthf deity us.~l1g spcUs :liJcb. as (!'ugm"y, comnmm!, (;!Nmmme- wirb rUi~j·e. 00" Ji"J1Jt6l-tie:u, rOil I\lcci\l'C an all wer i11 'the form Qf a loud boom.ing voice accompanied by it visible Immife.statiollof the deit}"spm,;er, such as II nimbus of colcred light ila a hue r:n'(tred 'by the d.eity. In dll: '~rou nd.:saft'et such a display. }'Q1.I receive a + 4 sacred 001l!J.5(o:rp!OfnlcbolJus. for fglkm'Crs·of evil deities) to the DC of ~omplIl.5ioJl 5.pCUS, spell-lile abilities. and 5L1pf'Ji':i1atural abilhies, ~ 'i ~ • .....ho possesses a relic of his faith is eonsidered cspc<:iaUy ~' by the gods. and is rCOl:lMd'e.rod a relic lioloo.r fOlf the purpose his cff!:Ctiv..: Lea.dersWp $C'or~. of

1EUCn[n~ H.runl{
rChu rch rul:.rnt'dli.e.s Voir}, widely fro.liUfaith to faidl and evea ftorn sec:t to sect, Monastic orders ,and lawful faitl15 rend to ha:\;c a faidy rigid bicrarchy of dlurch·~edfic titles that refloct the tca.ch~I.l@i of tbe faith. More chaotic falth~ '~ypically ha\ll!l fewa forntii] r:,ulh. and often allow unique' illlHviilual titles, Nevertheless, l! f~~' C0l1.1J1101·1 practices sc;,md out across the mJ3jO'J.'.llty of r-el.igioll5. A loo!;c oo:rtelafi.on exists be'[wecI1 C"hal~acrerlevel alld rank within ~ thlJtcl'i. Eeclesiaseical !li~r:al"Chies'tend to rC:\\<;i[\d dlOOc most able to ticrencl the rair.h and advance its gools, aft,cl" a11. its olJjcctirvcs areU'iost e1isil}" ;1;ccomp] ish&1:!ij' powerful i11l:l.irvilliU;iJ1s with a fuUarscnal of spells3mi abilities to use in .hl: advanceIn mr of their f~1 HO\\'e\ o:r, ~t is possible to achieve It level of id1. cccha~tical [)()1;\I-er beyond die norm .ro.ra spociJi.rc character lev;;! b)1 bu iW.il1gup a web of I'lUCl'lce and oommand tilatpe:!".I"I.lcatcs the ifmrdJJ Im'titl"dry+ Ll.~..ew~~dwtll.cms who 00I100ntmtc strictly onaO."I"C1Jturnng migitt :fi nd t.heir rallk within the dlluch. hi~[3rch~1 to be Jlotably 1.;55than others ,dlo have focused advaii.cclnC11f witll.il.l the faitb.

MirncJe workers
perfor-m I~ itacles hy m.el:m~ of a dead, l'e.i1JCm·lIdliD1'. n!J.rjn-eflli'~lI. or 1vi:;h, spell To be considered a mirack WOlfkct for the purpose of hiseffeetive Leadersh.~pscore, a ~,i.ritu!al1cadcr 11lLI!St perform sl.Ich a miracle ill freut of OlbLl or UlOTC ..... tnesses '~'ho are members Q[ his faith, i The efCoct'l,of the 'l'D.iI:acikmust be perc·eptible by t'b.e wit.n~ and be beyond the ]lO'Wtr ,of any of rhem Citeate.
fuU{Crrlll 5J.lCil.ka5it"el'5 can
mil"lI€k, rdife

to

m

Relic nolders
Rclics~r:l!f]ar~ magic itel.us ehse :rullcE·io.lll out}. when WOI"I1 or belm by II character who believes in 'the. d~i'ty to ",,'holl:1 the .ool.!~ i5 oomiC~l«l.Rli:lics In'"C el'~at~d by the god\s. !l;'~ mortals, .and eanuot uSluaUybcboughr or sold. III addition w· t1ieif actual 3biliti0s, relic-s. play a 5t:mlllg ~ynlbolic role within a. faith ..One

on

Bishops and Ar(hh'~shops
monastic hierarchies gel!lt'l'"lllly recognize general classes of leader. bne the preckle titles vary bct~~11 C1icriCliil and
tl:l.,()

and

.

\

KEEP 'fim FAITH
'I

1li1thin f::titns., BisllOPS (o!" e1d~rlll:()t'hc:l'S) ;a;re religious leaders 'WIw OOn~JI1.1allda spedfk se1l:t of the faidl getl~U}' kuewn ,[t5 a. temple or lillIOJusrery. AJt.ernativdy,tney might connnand an :dliliar,ed n~lisi(m$ on!er. An:hbisilops (01' abbots) are rel.igio.us leaders wl.1oe,omanllnd u1ultiple t:~m!pl,cs(ormcmasre,ries)alld;{o[ mll~tipJ.c ilffi.liated rdigiou,s orders, The tJellripl!e (or I~onllstl.l.ry) in which an archibishop (01" abbot) is based is known general]y ;1S a cathctkal ~' abbe}·. Tbc em!y ~ar,i.uneed I.M.ea:tlS of ob~:tiuing tllC!",aJQ~ b.!sJ.1op or (or c1\dcr brothc:r) is to 1i000J'la :J! Ilcw tcliJplc (or monastery) DJI' affil.i:w:d aNer and !>mff the stl'ucture Or order "'itb jour followers .. AltcmaJti\fCly. you OQu.!dachieve tilt: nmk of b~hop' (or ~lrle.r hrother) throLlgh ptool,Qrron (Ol~il.l some religiens, by seizing the rutl.c by row:). It is up to the DMro adjudicate wben y01ll lIec~ilVe such :J! p;romotio.n" hu~ build illg YOI1If clle,cti.'I/!: Leacle:rsltip 5iOOr'i'l to 1.5' or .IJ:1.OrC and }!oo.r Infl!uence modiiia 00, +:f 'or mo.re are

Hier,opbalf~ (mot to 'be: oollfuscd
5'~Jltiesame) bave
.~llO-VI'ld

\\'i'tb the prestige chlss of the

beyond tile stalld,:ml druidic cil'tk~ to affilia,te t'he'JucseJves ]ndi",.iduaUy "'ioth :I speci.liicllaturnl n"Skm

(liIsml.U)\· ;:1 desert. forest, 1i.100li.ra.i1l mnge, SW:ll.mp, Of body of mall'}' square nules in scope. . Ewell founding a. circle does lrot gua.r,~~re.e a difuidL.!be r3n~ of speake,!"..However •.most stich founders do indeed 110ld the [itle of speaker for aslong as they \\'ish. Hierop}'tants mllf>t scek ,OUt ~Jtd defeat t.!Le hi.el'ophalJf (If a:n,)') of a region tbJ:lY wishl'O borul with. They !!lU!O[ then JI'Slcl.1oot tn the lalli! throogb tile.n1W-"Il.red casting of speUs such. as CMmm~"e'WiJb-1~altirt', Dilly HEbe l'lllnd accepts a. druid, as adjudi.c~rod by the DNJ>can he be: .3'-OO.l'd~-d the st<lit;u~ of flie-roplJ.iUlt.
'\l,'.iltcr)

reasonable raileseones,

.

<Jtiidin~ the fi10ch:
1

The ollly gl.!i1Itilllteed means of dbtaiuu'ls, ehe rank or al~dl· bishop(o:r ab:botJ is to found I!m:ltliple I1C~\'K:n1I)!k'S ~or mOl}:JS'ter.ie-..s) an:d/or affiJilin:d ordJ:'¥sand stdf the structures amljor ON.erSwith yom foUoo'Crs,"lou could also-achieve the rank of i1I[cJlbi~!.Dp (01' abbot) througb p1'Omotioil. (or. in seme nligion.'\, b. seiz.il.l,g rhe litlebylirn\cc) It is lip [0 the )!)oMto adjLtdiciln:when. you receive such a promotion, but huikHlJg yom' e.f{(lcti,.c L~iLtkrshlp seere to 40 Of more liJild. yoo:r II1Hu. nee l.nodiii.cT to +lr 'or more are .reasonabllc ll1:ikiSt'Ol1es.

'fhcp,rjm!lii'Y role of a religioo~ leader is to shephe'l.'d the fu:i.W'ul. il.'istrilc·tillg kn\!er-r:mlred l'cligpy,s leaders and lay fol.low;crs in die tenets of the faith and interpreting appropriate respQ!lliliCS ttl dll.: world mElle COtlte:l!'f or tIle faith's t(:',lu:hin_gs. Depel1ding upoo the faith, Sitch ~ustruC'~iall 'mignt tale tne form of leadil1g by c:xaIi1{)k. peaceful serraons, harsh indocr.riIHU:(On. or involuntary cofilv.eJr.Siom backed by Inagical iu{dfor pllysicd tllIis.J1t.

'9ivin~ Edicts
E,'1"cry rdigiOOsfs.itIl h~s :I core 5'!:t of t~ cspoosed hy th~ deity .. ncrs

and nmorded itl eitber tomes (in tire fOfJlil of te1iw,oos striprnl'i.'lS) er oeal lnl.dicions, ..UthQugh such renclt; forln ehe basis of the (:litl!. Druiilich.ierarrhics b'C.llci"ally recoglfDi1.e two classes of leaders. • tIm)' do not rover ever problem WCll'thy of rcligiOlW Int.l"OSpe.ction speakers 3m:! llicr,opllal1t£.. Speak~s> as, distu~ 011 pa~ "2,4of that might come up lli the prncti.c~ of dJa:iJy life- 'R.el.igiol!ls lea.ders the F'ORGYnTli.J.'il REALMS Cmnpaii.1! $e11illg,. ~pCliJ:t for a d.1'uiilic are cxl_un:d to in~rrret tit existing rdigious sq:ipture.s, in~ll!"' cllJde but do.not command it. AltI{ougJ't members al\\';J.y~ have poJatc d1(.' apl)ropria~ f.1ith·based r{;spw'ls¢ to thorny situations, ::m l1[lofficialpccking orik'r based on agc,. wisdom, and d.uidic and p.OOlImlLgai'e ed'icts. -""be11 apprcpJ.'i~tr;:. Overtime. dl'e re-ligioo> prn\'llf. the circk as a "'hole' decides OJ] i.n; pelicies by OOlh'letISllS"

speokers and nierophorrrs

rife with

MUfiV

Beillg:5J of FI!.~rC!Ilvo:rship many !Lads; onl~ calot~ and de-rgy .\1c.n.e:ril.tI.:ust om cteity. J"Q'.I" e-xatnplr::. it fa file. might j !l1ai;J.l~1r~"ttc C'h!llum!ea" but alsO pmy to li.pfl(."_se Tilltos (to keep cmp-<lam3ging storms alway or at least iJlIIn'<lUei:ltand , as g,entlC as pos.:sibl:), Malar (to keep beasts fll _ a,u3cJ;,ing II un or biB folk ill. '~b ' fields and to ;Selld vermin _:lsewT:Nl"e), and so ou.
Arl!/, I~I ,0[1111,)' ace 0111 \\IOl'Ship any dr.:ity.:Kevc!:the.l.ess,. r _J_JU\ll\em. 'pj[,of~s:io.us., alignmenr. and ·uphrlllS'ing. ma.ke so,me m~nnp.s of faith and .individual highly U:1l.1i1~1y; moot unusual ornnbinat:oc)f]£ r:csult fr,om an' l,!l.di\v:!dIual carciting fo!!' I:lle s ",:igJnt" falling or ascribing a'il i11lpOl'taIJ.t ]if~ e\~Ciu\ oum:ame to the jufiu.cna: or direce a:ction of a pmftic;L1~r ddt>'. Rot'tcve1". SQln: priesthood donI, \\"l:1COllle wQ'l'sh.npcr'S. of pardcuh!" rraces. ~nder.s; or professions. On I}' a few de~tlcsueJl'lr the ]lo1ytJieistic . wary of things 3:lId del1tuad that tbei.f fait!~flli. worship 'tl1em and only tJD~'J'ilI, •

Most folk in FaerCin erlll):raoe ern: drift into) prim:tl"Y worsll.ip .if ollly slightly ..il~V'e-li n others" Ma!ny carry a token., holy S}'IM.bol!. 0If rcmembram:e'..of their primary. or pat.rO-ll., deity. RQ1k often pra.y (and make ,offcrillgs)ro ilivinities othc.r thlllltbeir p<ltroJll~!eky. in ilpp.t;a!i~lIll:llt. For ~ampl~> a sailw mighJt pray~ "'We must tab ship across rhe eel in a. boat, 00 mberlee p1e~ dQIl':t sink' us, and Tabs send 110 storms!" If the body M Wi'ail:e,r luger voyagers Ji'lllght pray to $clulle is aud S!"liIumlakul for navigatjrn al aid as \\ . 1. No gOOsare tp' 00 treated disr~speC'tfl,Jll}'., Theie worshipers and (lle.rg}'mi:gbt be Iknoull,ced...shauued, Ql" eY~1fD fmJght.. alld soll'letimes-M i!1 Cll5e of ix::FSOlJ,S opposed to bu ~.UU1 .~'t;ri1itt or \Yha~ they ~ee as ether "t.lnho1y~rei igiousp-rllctioo:s--,theg a.l~ht$ sl1,.1t~emll as ~,'Cli.J:ht: ~ the:·mseh1'e-S.hO~\'e!,llcr~arc cOllsid~red ,'er}, ooa.l; whi:r~ th\\>iLtIDIg a deiry\ moria:~ 5CnI'Ut:!i. it is ;a'H\'O~abes:£ to tS not 1l>CfWl1aHy defarll.e l'JlegO:d. •
of one deity abo ie-even
t,

foiths

.~.

t"~

1

roi.C:1'S Oll,e or more rei igioos kaders are collected and. groouaJl}' of iooorponted into the holy SCl-~tU res of the fa ith. ['Layersare cncouraged to 11['oc!ailll their o",ll religious intel'p~ctatiolls cdkrs ill a,cco.rdallce with their ul1cierstlmdiln:,g of ai'll.i £heirflli;b •.Atrenlativelj', a mechanical 511b:;tirute fOJ" ~:ll'ce of im J:IlMpretatiolJ. or ediC"tisa Kllowledgc (n:ligiQ:n) check. The IDC(lfelle chock delJCnds 011 \\'I.lctlter it is an iaterpretarion or all edict am.l. ill the case af the [niter. the importal1cc of the edict. The result ind icares WhctJl~tl1e intcrpremrion or ed:i:ct was correct C1I:' 11ot. InK"l'?;,enuio.I15 are rei igiou:s i'l!Ilingsbascd 011 clea r nJld .tlrlLightrOl'wari:? scripture. Millor ,-diets arc religious 1:1l.lil1gsoosed Gil lUnbiguom scripture. Major edicts are rcligioos rulings based 011 COlitradicto.ry scripture, Tenets iU'e :~ligKms .rI,lIil1gs~ihoLly 5IJp~rll.'refrom the ;;:t(isting body of religious scriptu:re.

m,{leeply hcltl. Ii frieud~y r~a.c~ion means that the Nf:rc; i,willing to ,a.t:t~11d a Clll!rdl service, and a subs~:quei't ell-eel.; can ~ made :lf~ sueh a ervice, A bdl1f[ll reaction means that the t-,TpCis willing to wmrel't~

obli~n.tions nnd duties of o s pI rjrtro.I t.eo.d er
Rdigiol;Jsk:ader!!are obliglltcd 00' be liv.illg exemplnrs·o£ the faith,
" bcreas m~.lbers 01 the chu.rdt cOlnlllonl~' ~h-e their Li\'eS""itmll the letter cir the spirit of the faitiY's .rcligious tcacllul:gs-or lit

k-ast attempt to' do sQo-spirituaJ leaders are expecredto always live thenr. Iives withil~ ooththe !eUel' andtbe spirit ,of the faith'5 rc~igiotls 'tcachillg5c .

Marro\·cr,t1:te

peilallCC

Jr~(I~lired [oJ!" ""''1:]) m.lllor sins,

(as. d'eta:il\:d,

in the FOR,COTTEV RfIALMS wmlMigJl Sming. pages '131-133:) K:now]ed,ge is greater for n:ligious leaders because they acre held to a higher s-tanda I'd:, What might be a lesser infr:flCtio11, for all acolyte is II (re:liilion) DC Ed!iCl: <C::1.a9~ Ic.fml;1mlI Type 10 Inrtel!'p.l'etatlon moderate infraction for 1l1'cligiol1s leader. Likewise, wl'ia.t miiJn Lessee 20 Moderate be ~ mod .rntc it'ifractiou fOJ!" an :n::olyw is a m.ajor infroction far MillOi' eaict: jO a rdlgiouli leader, Ii major infrnctiOll by i.i re:Hgkms ~Jer might Major Major edict 40 l'cqu ire the imJividuaT to n:treat -lnro the wildel';Ilcss as ;Ii hermit Teller Heresy for a ,eam: -or more in lUiditVollito dle 110nnal pellll1ti.i: .. Religious ed lets lIrC judged by bigher-rank illg reLigiou;; leaders. The respomihili~lesof it religi.o.m leader He fi rsr and foremost w.ith the church, The dm,rch "'ml the (kit)' are pa.rctlliloo.nt. and [0 the case 01 a supreme leader of the faith, religious edicts are an adler couccrns are s~CO:l(idary, even w.bell t.ile'-.fC is flr,eat l'isk jrniged by the deity or nOl1divim I:mity playi.L'U1t role. If ehe thae to. dtooc d.oset,Q die religiml.S le-adel't to adler .1uembc:rs of the ooil:t .is jltd~d iIl.lPl'O:pCl;then a:rmin penakies ran 011 the !:diet ' citlln:h. or 00 dIe religio[Js leader lIDnself: In J,)1'actioe. dlls mea.ns iSSller: The penakies for lesser. mooc:rnre, ami tnllJor illfractions in faida, that are given illithe Fo.IiIIi01TIO< RE:Al..'<IS Ctimf'l~ Scttihl."pl'iS'e~ ~ dJ:l:t' a religioo5 l!cader fnl!lSEbe sufficiemlystfO!lg 'B1-2~3.The penllity for here;:;y is, a't a min.imulU, e1<CQm.Il1Uhe CilI,' o:_fferup not only honself but his family, fric-nds, and foUowen as marcyn to tbe: l-cligi'OI.IS caiusc. sJiould£hc siwa~ion nic;nim.1. In many filidlS-Pllrticl!llitdy evil Ol'ics-'tile penaLt)' il'eJ11alld-a!]d whether t.hey wish to 01· not. fQI' M:J_lesyis aeull. A rel1sious~cadc:r is also ~pocttd 'to. k it yet)' hillI1ds-.mt leader. Dailly du,t~ tJ'picaUy uJvolwprqu:r1ng and giving a :sertlbOJl to tbe £1itllful, .pra),erful tdlii."Crion 11m) sturl}', meetn'lg \lI:ithmembers of In a WQilil of competing fuidlS \vith deities that de:l1iOi'lstl"aMy exist, the faith to off~r guidance, and mfcrillg witilJ secular lenders and aJ:I ]'i!igioLIS fil~tlJ.S mll.m oonst,m~Jy seck new oon'i.'ens 110t ouly to t:he:le~dcrs of other fllj;~hs, Whim:'.as a. secular lord nmst simpl'y g£m\' but to keep n'omlos:ing ground to die frose[ytizers ,of other see to h.ieS subjects' hca1th and seclii:1tr alia. Il1cdia:te dispu:~s that (;aiw, [I~ most f~.iths. all bellevers are expected Wprosc\)'ti:lJe, from arise, II religious k;ldcr Inust do all that as w-clllas rend to fhe the head (or heads) of the eharch to the 11ewly i::o:n"er~t moxa[ :fiber of his .follow'efS. The pa.tb (rn accordance w.i'l:h church Proselyti~tio:n rarely leeds to 9. d.i&:U5Sio.L~ of tbe need for f."Litll. teachillg5) is just as ill~l1(irmnt as the re&tJ It (a safe' and !la.I'p)' TIiC' anis of those whQ will ibeoo:rnerhc Faith_les.s or till: Fal~ arc r f10i1;'1),As' a result. religious !eaders often .Ii ru1 it difficult to set sl1taJl,particutlldy ill the ar:«'l'tltat'h of the "Time of Trotibl~s in aside their daily ndiglous Juties to go. adv!o:lluJ:rillg as they did in \\tiJich W;lllj' persons \Tisibry witnessed the 3\ra.tn~5 ,of O1,e or more therl" }'mm,~r days. Howe-vcr, rhe wise.tltreligious leaders realize gods, Instead, p1·OlJC_lytize:rs usm'l.Uy rOCU5 on tbe moral clarity t'ha[ they muse eentinue to serve their' de.~~yand inspirctbeir .~rO\'idedby 'Elwir belief stracture, the earthly ,l"e\llI'arn.s of tb faith foUO\vm::5, even 1f !~ mt.~ns pel'.iodically delegaltitlg tbeh'pri:muy mthe here mKi l.lo\', ailt:! the re\,\:a'l'ds ofthc :lifterlifc. Cilurches respol1sibiLitic to their lieurenarus in the f.'litlL This does mean 1ocJi.td .m conflict w.it:ha natural antithesis oft;;n pounttOothe "''O.b''SE that asa Ji'eligkllllslE:ll.d~'l"!l.dvallccsill PO\wJ". be must bcceine ~ts of '~heir rivals as "..el~,both as a INotMU:OI" andas all inlp~kit mere and more selective as 'Eo. dllC nature of tbe adventures he I!:IlfCllt. Religious kaders in particular au cucouraged to reach our pursues, for it becomes inCl'e'asingly iirllPQ:nant dUtt ear.!!.oae be te .brgc llumbe1's 'of individuals and attempt [,OOOllvel"£ them, do~J~' riedto tile service of the faith_ . , Pbtycrsaife cnconragedto role.... play artttanpts ar proselytizaFillally,3 religious Ieader must ultimately judge who is or ~ ~irn].A1It~m~Jtivdy. iI: med:lllnicd s.ul'l'St.ututi.: fo.l"proscl~lti2a.tgO:n ls nora true so:rvaitl of the g9d. This jydg~nent might r~l'llgefrofl'l ~.Uipl0J1l1QC}' -l1eck. TJie DC of tile dLff_k ru.1-.euds on the Nrc's c ,gl\'ing 1I.warn ills.. sucb :lS wit1D a. mark 0/jUJ/il:f!, to declarili!g all auitlld~ toward. the faith or th-c proselyti.L.el-. whicl[ever ~, worse. indi\fidual t:"OJ:nllmnic~~I> such as "'iti1 dltalhemaCP.. Qr J1U1I'N 0/ Use the Illflrnmcing, N'PC Attitudes sideoor on p~ i?o of the ihl! Imfttil¥~,.a, to f1ca{lm,inlllg au individual to· dle Ilith, sl!cb 'F11ij'l11%!·!tmdbfJtJk.vllt ;1(!d lOto tb,e; DC OOc~.lJ.!sere~.igiou5b1;liefs i.i ':\Iit.h tt1r.m'emt~d.

spfeQdin~"tile ro.irh

II,

III tn1!il seareh fut ~llJi,vmal truths and. thi; pmmis-a of cn:n'll.i
tCIMf~(<Is:"rclisi(ms arc lll!hc~~~.lt'l;r i~tlcdag;ti11~tthen1sclves,. ag!tiast ea>cb flaloimcr; and .1gttinst otlle.t;, IJ.0l1div.imcCJ'lfC:r5 qf fmJtil0f.ity.

conflicts •.
'

I:ii~lmbcr of .issu~s O!l which dlr: cl'iu['c,b imd. t'b~ srn~1t .I;I1:ught ~1Il\'C drn~1:iC".1illi" di:IT~1lt l)()slCIDUS, iI. sI~iriJtm'll lc,aacl" IIDiI~t iils1:tlJelc
f[l.l~siioJII$ q!!lilt~oft'CJ'I"

niunllFoitbs nnd cults
In the

ADdlO!qgh Ol.l~CdOl~'IIi:rriat>t;ld g~cat cUlpilre~ of the Cream.r Rwce$, by tbe Fair FOlJ4 chrt BOOtieFolk,.!illd 11l.IIlli1uit},. Fa~nin is li1@'i.argely a OOal'l:i:n~L't of kii'b'<fOl:rui allilcity"stides sep:arJredby large t'fllC"tS of ]~ly heM la:nds. MailY ~'er groups havc arisen 00 fiU this iitcllUdillg powerfuld}yrc~ ami fo11ower~of partic:~lat creeds. Lawful a]l~ In~n;anjtilc faitostyf1iCl'lUys.uPPME tbe srnn.:. while Ch.10riC ~Il{l:a'rl!:iitic f~~ths,1I!S11aU}' oppoo.e t:he state, ~iQil;itlS 011 bellalf or the g.o\'CtU~cl.~Q loo:!!Cllthc grill! of goVCfl:ilIIlCIJ.t, C@ills ditec~]y ctodro d:rc ii:f1f1tOJ.)J;:ja,!e or gQ:\f~TJIilaac~;,. sLldl farJil ilS th~ ~'Spoos~cl. by rbe 'krgi~~, of BiLB~ HorIil5-Re. ~11'lI1~d.th~ T h1;~e;,. unhuuc.ll.wd Gi1SJ.'fu'll:" are most' im;lu'Ic(l roactuaUy 'Ixl0011W tbe smre. III W~l"ltro:cep, for ~~lrupk,1,aladU:i.S of Tyr. but nut th~ clu.mJJ of T),l,. I1hWa cririeal rok ~Il. the ~1l{tIIiCe of the city. The cburch ,of nal~e blUi raug dorurnftrcd.tlie ci.t~ or the MoolJ;S~'1I> !lil:d dlL~ T:rro:lIiit or th~ ~oons~a, F'roll~ Ch.e.L11bryl. l1QWgOYCn~5 .he Clltin:[\~,gWJIii ill dle nam!: of the Bb~ck Lord. 111 the V'.il.hol1 Rc:tck,. tm.: lxm-c[ of th~ ~rntc is curtailed by th~ dcfia:nce of the O<'!HatllCt's EAwrl1.la Enclave. A SlIii' itliliiille::uk.r can play 11. ~1 ro:!~ ,un defining the relations.h.ip of the chl.lrdl. m tb~ Srn,k, 5.hoxdd. you: ~IiIPpOtt the cmnl1i1: ~yswln or local govc.r.rmlice, g~voCl] dle .risk rh~t d1e ~tat~ might ,

church .

US,.

store

,~oiAi.

C01~~t of iil]]'I10&t lillf1vcrSitl liolyth~is]ll acro~Fattull> reLigioos, !~adcr~ JlU~~tdetb,ld.tnciJf chm'ch>s '''ftlilrf''by ~1l:5ll1rill:f mm' wo['S.hiPC1'S of m11l:r fairhs give hQll'l~tQfhe d~~t)'\¥.ithi~ ' fliJ:: ~l)ru.,..Feof the dcit)~s ponfo]io(s} Por~Xl~:rilflk> while the church of Un'lbcdcc ]acksl."U'B~ OOI:tg~g.l!JtKms of di.~ fltitlrIful who fe,gtllfld},tmn out for worsbip SCt· \·i.ct.'\!i ,in the Bitth. G.!!.ccn's

,d:lyrcnes, I:wr $'Ctvmus 'l,tol'J,;tirdtss!yw
hes Umbcrkets

~'1'1sLlr~tbail'1;)1j'rc.'ty

saikir

,~nd dlat no shirl k1l,"''Spon l,1i,itlIDt~t' l:IU1kng a sacrific~ro the BiJdi i G.!Lcen"vvliJo mk'5t'b.c w~v~:>, AI10t':hIl.'T for]'!] or rdigOCm5 riY311c~i.i]J\f.olvc:; thc foUo~"cr::; dei~i~ frcOlTI iliffcrc.llt panthoom ",h05l<: poortroLim; o\'erhrp, Far C'XamF'lc, dl~ area of ilJ.f.lu~'JlC'c of die F.'lt.'riiJ:llian .l;mnfbJZOl~ is k"ginrn.illg w CJ~t·toach em th.c: tmditLOI'lal. klll~ of dlC MIlI~horm~cli .p.tlJIiltlloon, l.ih'\',!ise. d~ {;OUI1P&C of da.r.: Umbci[~.c palJdbCOll is ~II ~portunitf for both the: F«e!rli,~.~:l'1 .l:w: MIl.lharand.u pamlRl. and ow. to ~Xl1l'l1,rotbeit in:fl;nl;l~cc. 1m. both C115'!li5.othLl ChU[iCb of A.L1~llUr and t11cChmch of Tel'l1pt]:5,~~:refindil1g thruuselvJl;S inCOll]Jl'&~ili()ll fG§"'Or:>hipcr~ wb.o Wi5.hto .follow :I. martial gp,d. Akhol1gh t~ two cmllr~h>C5 :J1'e not too dissl.ll1ullll.' iu .ph:Ua>apJ'l}'. there i~11.re~'
.n.illm oll the tip or bis t'D!'I!;U!: whil.c at
.SI.';l

or

i[jiktnat Ao the O\'ergpd m.Lgh~decide dml the'geographic:J!reil ' of influenoe of tJle n~'o pl1nt~lOOl~' is slIf:J1i.cieml}, Qve-l'llapping thaI t~leysh.otuld.'be eonsidered :I. si:ngIe .P<IInr.heon.W.he.nthus seenario eve.~JtIliIlUy l1nfoJ.cl!;, the[le canbe on.l}' (me deity abo-'ire the ra:I':~

C(HJpt

m

,c01'rnI~t

rb~

dmlldl? ShOUll:lYOIl

0PiJ05~ dl';:

CUi'N'L1t

.of MJIilipoo",,'~:.r .ith w

11~pe:ci:ficpoo[troho

wIthin the pamhocm" III

:>lfstcl:n. of' gQ1,I(.;'HifU1Ctl,g:ivc"n. th~ riak t'h1Utsut:Jl :1. c"oI~,flic. might d£st'.I:f~~t tbe ,clw:rd'l from its larger luissimlP GiVllBtbc vast

.& .Jwa~f €f'8·saJ~r ;1Jfiltr~te5a makeshift

ti?mpie oj'e'1,,·il

n

KE.EP mE i otill:.r \\''Ol'ds.'the day is coming when Anhur and TeJ:Dj)US win !Jtllu1eor :!lllpl'emacy. itllQ thel~r f of chat confhct will either ,be Silain or lIedutcd to the status of ;) d~mipo"re;' Iu prel1aratio:n for that day; w1i:ieJ1'coo,W be yea.r.s or even C"e'UlttlI"i'CS orr. the t\'I'O cliurcbe~ aIle battling for hlfluellce ami c'onl::rdl. A spil'1tLl:d leader cal' p'lay an III ftucllti;d role in such rivalrles througb active p.rosd}'tizatiol1, by invok.ilL'Ig the deity':S l)o~ver .ill VUblic ami m iraclilous ~va}'~, nd by oOll1pieEii1gepie quests pledgerl a in ~rl{ice to til'!: god.

FAlTH
last pontiff o~th~ faith. Grand Pl'i'ttku"dJ Cullen l(ori!a.anant of PtlXampur, bas .aseended to 5e1l'litiivil1e smtus, while the Ogi'im3llyte Churchof' Sembia clailUS thar the 'Bimk:r himself .n:<:~I,ltJy selected Umlr}'l Ya:tnmtb;tr~ high derDC of SeL'ilDbL1,; to be the Great Patriarch, Both factions are !lOW actively engaged ill a race to eenverr all other churches of Og!m rna to' their cause. Althougfl. the ,conflict is fa,r from brcil::illg into Op!:l1 hostilities. there ~ little doubt that fl'liany of the Bimler"s followers ~tre:l:ctivcly undermini.llg the worts of the rival sroup. In some faitbs, pafti.c\lbrly <Ili110l1g the wershjpcrs or cha.Qtic and evil g.005., opc'J.l!>trifewithin the d:u.loch is :Ictivclry ~,],cool'a;ged. For example" C:yrie dr~u~~su;engith from the Ile~er·cmiung 'banles ~1",eeJl.!Jilsrollm\,,'ts.. even toougp sucb '~~t!es weaken t1lc elm.reh widl resp~ct to other faiths.. Likewise. Bane (a!.Id lyachtu X"illl ~fore his retu m) dra",'s strength from 'tbe ceaseless struggle 31'11OJ.'1: his fairhfulro domina~c their reHow believers, III churehes where ii1:trarlliith confi ler is e::'i:pccMl"a spirjtllla~ lClide:r can OJll~1rise to ?O,,",'er and keep his position hy activefy working against his ri\\'";l,lsin the faidi .. lUI ehurchcs where ilrt'e rf(~itb cO§lfli.ct ar c:cmEiic'ts with the established tenets the raith are un~~"'ekon.Ul, p.iritu;tlle-aders I.t1 igilt find themsclve in one of s three roles: defeml:illg dIe sta.rus quo:, batrlii,g a pe:rrciV<.iI uUllstire in the heart o.f the dtlllrdl.. or m!:diatil1gbetwcC'l1HV(l fa,ct.iol1s whose t'.h'dI"Y J5 u:i1cift"mlll lng, the faith as a whole. Those who. SlL!lXessfl!lUy oottlc a perceiv,ed il1justice in the .hlli3.l't of the Cllll.rcli, at ehe risk of being bra_jld'eda heretic, are comid.(..'r~d sJmpel's of the di\'ine for the Ilillrpoo.>e of their c:fr~rh'eLeadcr-ship soo-.re.. fo1' by their sucC'(JSS tiley have chllnged rhe nature 01 the church,

mrerfoirh 'con flier
Sometime.s the very 1l!~ttU'l: of the gods pits them aga illSt one :motlier, refi cring oppos~g, currents ill the CUhUN and ill their ~[iolJseil eanets. For example, the ehurehes of Scliim: a.l'tu Shar ba\Ti;IOllg been opposed to ouc another. );'e:!lectiug the never~ULdiugtensionb!.:t\~'eel1 light ami good (Selunc) and darkne.ss and C\'i:l (Sha.r). Such div iue oonflicts are imvit;tbly replayed. ']11 the mortal world,. pItting churches a-gain:5t one amother in l'IC">'l:t-endlllg WllIr,Sudt battles can never be t\'OU IHik'SS OJ)e deity or the other ,is di;ren.ted, hut they do elm and! fl,ow. reflecting the waxil~g and \Ii;lllU.'I,g power b~t",ef'1'l tit two gods. Confiiet bctween faiths of .is 4:5 much a battle of ~ymools Ilml ideals all .it is- a ,II.lHitary <::tercise.W]lat might uot make sense-on the b.attkfidd (such as me sacrl fi,oe or large ]lU!ll bers of fOltO"\'efS in order 00 seize ani! dese"(rate a [Ieli!:of th!: d~'al f.1itll) might haw imporrn,ut symbolic import (~.c.h as lIndt:mlining the ranks of 'the faidrrul "'i~hifl, a communIty. opC"l1ing iE up to .in[loods by tile rival f.1.itb). S'pi:ritua] leaders areexpeered to wage such traditional 'baules with ~~np!ete and urser dedication, There is 110gl'caler calli ng [oon to die a ma:rtYl' it, hattlle with 3. faitlt's traditional fees, Wt..ile other activities are perm.uU"~i" dtey s.houl.d not se1"Vif: as d'istractiofls bur to sUPI10ft the prim:rry effort, even .~ldi.recd}'.

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riJitocy Thc'ents
While many faiths build their centers of \l/'W"Shipwith in major ]_)OPl:tbJit~'On eenrers, ethers prefer tbe isolation of l!glnly daiJned of uuelaunedrcrrirory and the iridepel1d nee fnllU political Ie'll(k:rsi'ljp dl~S g~ es the faitb. hi the ro;r:n:lel; (11511:. c.hurcbes ... often fiillI .it useful to cOlltrihutc din,"Cdy to tile d!:fellseof the state and thus llU'.Ii:rocdy' to their own def€!'~se,Som.ct imes this contribution comes in ehe form 01 fLinds Of assigl1.inS of dh'il1El spcllca.srel's to bolster ehe ranks of wart iers in ri.I'J1C$ of war, Othertimes th.is oCO:l1tribution oom!:S ill tJle forll1 o.f I} diil1'c.h militia that fi.ghts alongside and in support of tl'le smJl.3r aruw. In the 1,u:t-e.ease •. u50lated abbeys. mona!i,terks, and groees 1l1US.t defend til mselves ag:l.illSi: orgalliml mili£;t!:y th.TrCa~. re1)1i!1g
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NEW FRAT:: BANE Of It-.T[DELS In a chuf(h, locked in eternal ronflict with follOWl'tl's or another
raith" you have :!earncd to fi.,gbr erfocthrdy agalll,~t rhe il~fideh .. You ];,110\\' their \~aJs:Uld how ttl he:a.t them .. P,m"eq~iJlr~e~Wo.r:sbip of a specific deity. BeueJit,You aC'411irc a favored t'm~lny. TlUis be-nenr fUllctions like the ranger class feature 'Of the same Itltllle:, ~cept tINu: dle e.:mct type creamrc you oppose, ul>ualty foUQwer.s of anodie.r deity, is det'e'rminedby your fa.itth. See 'P1r~Jl(!r's (Jf,tid.1! t(} Fne'r.tI11. iHl.gIl TO. for a list ,of :JIIpropria'~ enern ics of ~'()!.lf deity,

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the church

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('OJlllict mtlOlDg member.; o.r t'ID: same dlll.reb is more common than mosr realize, 'Wh.ile lme ]]e.esi~-liar~ dTC(ti\~ely snl.:Jllcuks ,oo.r:s.idethe church, m:ulY divisiol1:SJ'u.~t horr ,of .heresy am provoke s rona iet ~~'itbiJ!l fa.ith. a . III !!.tOOf religkms. iuc.h)liu:rles are \\,:agcd for the heam. ,aLild J,uinds of' the fairh;fu.l, forfne: st.rengt11 of a s..:cti.s Ilsua]]:)' lwkc-d 'to th~ stn:ng:th iUld fen'Or of its follot\'Cl"s w.ith:in tIle faitb, For eumpic, the Ol"tbodo.l( Chur,ell or Pl'OC..lllIl'll)Ur holds that' the

As il. result,. I11Il1I}' f.<iitbs. parl:icubll:l}~ Eliooe of a m:lttia[ er lawflll, nature, sponsor ,chu.rdl arm ics OJ!' monastic orders. The form£.[ arc :made up of temp!ars (USI:1:lny bl:ackguar-d.s, cleric!!., chrricjfi,ghtel'S, and/or j1aladJns.). whilcthe latter are made up of monks, F<liJ.tbsfallely t1~ diLl~ch arm ir.:san.. I'l'lona~tic orders to d cQnqucrtcrr:it'Ory except wJlenthat is a renee of tim faith (such as inthe dru~ch mBatic) .. Instead, m.tl!iil:faiths bup:!oy tilC'ID to defend nbbe},!;,temple, and s:lCroo sites against ri\I'ill faiths and g~l1endthreat.s.. (stich as 'Or<;hordb) or 'EOattack thC' a,b'b~)'h rempli.-s. and sacred siteS of inlhlel:s. A few cllu:rc.hes, such ~s dle c:Jrul1Ches of Anhur., G:irag"'OS, Red KlIigbt tu,d Tempus, effectively rent thcii: chtJfch annics out as :tner-ccnaries be"CiJIlSC the flU rsu it of w:ufare js a CQU lC'J1Ct orilll:': faith, "
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:S.piriroaI leaders of a more lu~.rt~d disposition In!ght find themseh'~s lea:djllg !lili anlty of dl~ faithful. Sm:=h leaders are .resPQns.ib~efor the defense of rhe faith all,d the execution of the mitl.i~arf ainu of the ,dUJl'dl. Tf}e)! must oO!lstalidy watch for ,till'l:lat& to' the- faith. and then determine the 3pp1Fopri~~esl:ra:~egic

rcspollse~ because moo f<1.uths are ¥~d rhiur)1 across large areas, t.he defense of the church is fal:' more difficult tha.1II defemfing!l ICOlltigu'ooS ~graphic region,

&lr1mps 'the grea,t(St dU"Cllt to. moot c.l.u,H'chcs is the chance ehae a tl'ilLlSted indh'idual's crisis ill faitll reads to apostasy ami that die apostnre C'Ontinu~"S act {roUl bis trust'Cd po5.iti.c!l1 witJI.lli tIl.: to raid!. An apootare .might be a he['>Ctic who seeks 00 change die faith from within. Or all i.llfidel "'ho elnbmccsthe \\\'OJfSbJipo of II: rival d.eit}'.In eidlt.:'t C35e. a. secreelve ap~'1;at:ccan ~.btly threstcn ~llc InissiQl1 of rhe dutLrch~f ooflfusi:rJg what is preached eo the f:litllfl!ll. O}'de~roy:ulgUJe physical manifestdtiomi,.af the churc.h.'s tra.d.i~io.ns(ill~ill:S .iw]y wo,r~s.re-pla<:iilS relics witCh fakes, ,ami 50 forth)' or by betraying the.clmrcb's tellCts ill deed' (bUilding, innoeenrs as heretics, 5clJ-aggJ:'andi'tJIl,g behavior in the name of the chu:rdl, or OOImulInic:rli.ng !iitldell weaim~-s in the'clwrch,,!! defcn;ses to' ri\ral. f.1irtbs). Slp.il:]ltual Iead~rs Jtmstkoop a close ~}~COil the fil.ithftll. ,particularly those who an: memben of the cilu["(ih I,ierarchy iUld tbc.refore ill positious of gre-:lt influencc \\·itlli:n the raith. The ,cJlalfulllge ~snot ro confuse OO!lst.!"ucti."edissent w.ilh apo.s~sy-

·dO' tnsic IOU:S T hreors • .

"'hc.re tire}' &ej"\\"e' deity in wha'me\l-~!: the capilcity requ.i~i. S~cll .01.1]5 ecome petitiooci.'s,\,lr, at least il]i.ti:dlY. Those wlm sell their b souls to, devi Is ill rhis llie (by takl al~ the Disclple of Darklllesfi' fClt) or iviw end Ulp 011 th.c Fugue Plane usually surt tire afteIlif¢ aslie:l'l]ures. a diabolic form of peritioJl~~, 'Ioo&c wbo sell thcit wulili ro yllgol.oths iurh:i:s, life, (Ily ta1:::il:tg die SeDano[ ~rrow(ll feat) or 1....0FShipth~ dl:.itics resident in 'the HarrellS of Doom a~l DC'i!pair usually start rbe afterl ire as l.a:l"vac,;;l, worm l:ik.eforlll ~ pctitioaer, Those '~'!rosell their SOIIls to demons ill this ]1Ie (hy takill!g the ThraU to DcmollCl~ feat) aiW members rh~Faithn or the False who are captured on the Fu~e Phl1.1C bylie:mJs from die A byssl!lsually start the aftedife as !l~am.'$~\'.a demeuic 1i000m

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Spir.iruaJ le~de.lS and ot.h.ers\,1;'hQ p'.l"o"id~'g[\eat service to god05 are often promoted to pos.itiOl1S of ,gir'eatimporrance 111 dl¢ aftedife. Po!" e:mmpk. Still ne tr:l!lsfhrms scleerperitleners illro c1~dri11S .line~t(Is., and ~ht;lnfu (plail>etars)_ Sec "Pla.JV1i"s Crlide ~ • Fmmin, pages 14'2-1.6:r s :ror addition>!'1 slIggcstimls of wbat elite pcti,tioners lUiglie bct1ral.tsfOJFmed. iiilto,

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Reli~ious stro'n'~'ho,Jds_
R.cl.igiou sti"Ol,g,holds inC1;mlc Sitllplt: shr1lles. small chapels, rural dlJU!«:he£"city churches, Hlo.nast'£.ries.. 1111.1.:1 ~ilrge or fortified ,cadtedrnb .. Tbe .lliLtll[\C and she of such strollg.ho'fd~ varies fI'om faith to faith and seer to sect, Two ~"XllJJ1ples, one a gl"Cltt citr chllrdl and the other 11 11l['~l\ortifled cathedral, are dcsCl:ibi.-d below, Further d(."tails abeut typical rdigious strongbolds can be found in Miq,ic 0/ Fderuh.

Rewords
Although some 11hi!ooopiIers,t;l,aim f.har a Ijf~ lived in strict aecerdanee ul,itIl O'J'ic':s filitit is its 0\'.'11 re.... H.lro•. moot iQlbahir~al1ts view all afterlife ill tbloi: service of one's d~ity 3.5 the rew.a;rd rOt being fairJ.Hd (as opposed. to being one ttl!:: Faithless or tbe. False. as detailed in rlite FoRGt1lf!!J,!( REdl.MS Campa·itT! SettiNg, page 2rg). An agjmt of one'S (k~il:Ycol!OO;c~ the seals of dle dead ",,'flO rived faitMullirl'eS and hlFings them to the deity's di\·iile realm

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spi res of the Mornin~'

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The Spires ,of the Momillg (el enthe m~l' foultd 1.1'1 il:},' gf C Spk11da,- s: lfl'dterJeep., page 1.l'9) is, a Standi temple of the Morn.ingkrnI that stand5prolldl'y a,t the end of die northern $pLlrof Mount\Wat~rdeclj iLlmag 'tile nordlCi"n ~-dgc of Castle Ward_ Built of pinx . .maIble" tliEs three-story structure is capped 'by se\'en spires of ,aorp-e~, g.old, and silwJF tJlat sbine' witb tbe NfI~cted glor~~ of d:uV'III's .lirst light.

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F.xrepr ; 11 the f~:;,/ cities ;md r-@WII~ of Facnil1 ,openly rtJ!e~ ily a single faith. the norm in auy urban ~rnplc is tha~ the local \\ 'IT'll. OJI" I~w.b;'>eil~~ (polire .l'Ol:ce)do not guar-d holy llroU]'l~
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:tl\tl temple is latgt' or gll'rmd ,enough. a fliLl.!tdhl.or ·bb.ckgua1d m.ight command its telIlll1'cgllal;d~ As a. Sl.!nmd rule, bOlf.\'elfei;, • r~l:adilJs and blackguards WOl'k ",m~ in till: "-'io.rl'd" to defend

(temple ii'l~riQrs): They mlgh~ or migl1t !lot .l!av.e the rigbrbclicvel:s and ru:~thC'.r die faith inS«'-a!.iof pc.rJQrming guard enter ,IIlid ellifor~ secular la\vs \'II'jth.in church blli!dil~s.s or duty in II t~nlp,le (with the ID:i. peion of sp~ci.a.l occnsions ~Ll(h ~J~il;).~. btlt die '4a,ily (am.i nightly) ~.l\rdi:l'ig o:f-temple pro;pert}' as pll.rticu'!ar hoty rites}Viitt~ dDar sai(~ prit:.sns of moot f~iths and ho'ly' pu.riw is flcrformed. b}, (~SlIall}l arli.1;:.'tlami' lIll ifOl."11!ed) can call on pal.ad illS 0,1"blackgoo.rds, W !'Cnda approp.r.iate.to· ind.i\~jdl1.~ls rrniJH.. cbosell."Zmd ,cOJ~t:rnU~:d nhe ~lergy. ,,All -d. ~ tll_e-,faith JD.lili~a_ry \\111U1.e~rdle' need arises, aid . fllrnl tiemplcs navc SOlJle sort of guard; $(lIne faiths e~'eIl ~elinle Most tem:p1e gu.anb are a,ocomplisiled or at least d'isdp:!iued a II. unguarded temple·as a mere "wille.'" wlllfJ'iOl:l;i"ith devout fl1irh in their- d~ity, ricst5 of the temple F Sudi' gu;aroia:JIIs bear II hlrge l<arie.ty "of selemn and SO!l1erl:Im:s clbsely,wpe1vise rhein. 5o.met.!INe8 'testing OJ;' SPl'i~ig u:tJQ.!ldiem . ..fam;:ir1l.1titles. but they iwe: oollecrivel)f known as 'tell1PI.eguards TJlllY might be trailmJ a.nd OCCaSioll>'lU)' rest~d by paladins. ,ai~d (or .in everyd.ay sJaJilg teJF.IllS. "Ito]}' Jh1nds"), C\~J!l possess umlsual skilb (pr-e50ti~ <Classes).

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Work Ix.'£,an OJa atC~'l'lple amlill1:.hej1 of L1t.h~nik::r earsidc Wat~:rdeepis willis JJJ.tbe leu or Mtlch J ron (993 HR). The SpiJm. .of the Morn.ing wa dedi.caJredthirteen Ye::JIl'S la~: in the Ycrurof the Dc.fiant·Mouiltaill. (1011 DR) .. As both the temple ami city .grc\'r:'dl~ Spires of tbe Morn illS: became oae of Ih~prccmincer tClillpk5 of t!u.: Mo~nillgk!nl aLO'ng tile Sword Coast. \~f[l.t~mlo::p~s walls Cllwlopcd t'be ttmp!e in 'ehe Ye:II:(}f the Mael!itJr"OJill (lJ!.Ol DR), andi rhe structure 110\?,! lies in what is consider-ed tile heart of the city. Tbe Spin."Sof the Mariling is !eil by HigJ1 Radianec Gllcnt·jlara (L.G dclJ::d)i fema1lc Chollidatlgan hmn::m deric 6''1101"n~nglm-d. LarnaJl1(k"t1'l:t 10 [:I.,..;Jidlamler)). CllI:m::J'Ileaders ]l1clurl'cPri.or B3ma:1IDYllst-cr G male :rethy.r.kmhaman dert<: ,6[Larhandcrj) and Gru':'lltililnl.·S nnloitio1l!s uiliferl.illg, Prior AthOJi~u' (LG male Tetb)Tian el.... f/I1'IOX1,illglo;rd of L'!t.In~lIldeIJ'Ol). Mm'!: thaa "tic 1000clerics ,of the Moruinglord are based at tllL:t~£mpk. mOSt of tbl:m !loosed in ChLll:'ch'olWned dam] ito'JrL'e" wi~hi.1fI few blocks a of theeathedral. In. ".ddition to th, regular dlel:gy. the Spires of the Moruing is 311 i.rul)O:rtll.llt oo&e fOor tile Order of tile .Aster. The church army's local COillt.ill:lmders include High Dawnkn~ghr Tlinthar Rcght"J"iad (LG male Illl,l~bu, .p~Ia(lin 16), D~w.nknigin AJ:mra Cartier (LG' fema.le Tethyr.ia n paladin H), and ])'a"'11k uigh,t Hacurier Bright'Si1adow (NGmale J:ethyriall .lig,jlltc~- 5/dcric 1!mominglonil of L'!t.bamle'rfG 6 [L-athalldcr]). Tile o:rd'cr's barracks are locnt'e'd one block from the main caduxlrd and hold 80 ~lnpl.ars.

.ll H!!IU ,~~ ~he Flliirhf'u1: TJlis ]arge dl[lll1bc;r i,5 used to 11:t.i;rt1inister the cbuJX:b's sprawhllJ; nolrlingl>, including .i.Jwc£t.n~~Jltpropenic and outlying churches that report to the High

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~.H~nof ReS't: This chamber is moo as .:1 donl.1iw.ry 'Ily s~zaiblcpcrre1Qt!lSt of rt~e local de.tigy.. The lack ofPJ:UV.1.CY ]lroll1.li'i",Smoot cltergy to seek qW! tel'S in tire Jl.el'lrby church-owned dorm it'mies~ but for those wlt(l wanrto be.. surrounded by the life of tht:' dwrcl1" this is tlw placE.' to sla),. 1'0. Choi1 Spire&:. During dawn worship services, the Mominglonl's cllo.ii' assem'b'~esin the g."lUerL-es I]top the cathedral's lesser Siiii.reS t'Osing pirnises to Lathauder, .Atot.h~1f times oj" the dl1Y. these rooms are used i>l' ~he clergy fo[' pray,cr" quiet discussion, !uld' sru:dy. . 11.I~fhcdfa1 of Dl1wll,:. TlIlis carlledral.is nearly three stories ill bciSlu:. FOllr sets of pews face a central altar, The II4orningloJll.'~ foUowen;· gatiJ.'er here m.t dawn eaeh day to hear du: hymli:5, of Latll'..mth~1i·schoir and li~M] to the sermea of the d!:ty. Ulldcj"Cf,~ft: The u!1den::roft can be reached byway ofih~ stairs in area L 'TIle femplels tNa:8I.1.re.!l:; induo.ing eeais, religious ar~ifi1:cts." ilnd mag.~ :~~eIlJs., are housed herein, as arc the 'DoIlC5 of the fallen.
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LAYOUT OF THE Srm.ES OF THE MORNING 1. G.teat Hall: IJu~large open I!.'!]! is (he c.atlulflnd's ,cenrra] gathering place. The M.omingIord's followers are found berein at' all hours of t'llc day. cadl.g,. drink.iDtg. and d~batililS em tile "1:',)1 of the worM. ,r1sit.ors are wel!oome even if l:he.ll]rc !Jot bet) foliooer:; of ehe Morllulgtord, but all shQ1.]ld c:.~]ILlCt a hC[lvy dose of religious di~OO1'Se and: del')l].~du.ring their 5.tay. 2. K.itchen; This large room is used a:t all hours to lu'!:pal'C m~~ls fot die dergy and tll(; less fortllilate, The derg)! of Lttlla:nd~r aJoo,lm.'\?iI t'b.ei:r ewu beer he1l:'·~il1. fo:r .Aster Ale is quite JlOl.ml:n-ul1 the taVerlls of tbe Castle. Sea. and ..North Wards. 3. Cll!lf1,wilol:i!5c of'tlle "bier; ]11. this simple room, the l'e:J~C1"5 of the order (Ilot,~d iJlbO'ife)meet incotilld'i and mtlniwr ol1.grnng opc:nuions.. The: wal ls ,of the room are not;dyle fOli tile score of shK:kis daltt bedeck fhJ;:lll>e~_ch a relic of a. g:rrol battliLl ~\'on¥!gaiu15t the meier's foes, 4. D'3wl!I Ih·w'Gu! These l'OOJm are usually c-mpty" used only by follower.; of the. Morlliii1glord ill need O'f a qu!iet place to walk lind think. Before the duuc.h purdlflsed aOfmitor!t'-S i:n tile l:teig.hbOl'JIOQi:I. were used /.ISbarrac~~sfor t.he del:gy. ·they :!C. Ubll:ILf:W: This small c.ha;mbot holds ~h~ C'.h.u:n::h's m05t ~·Jlll.ahleomes, T,¥() monks !It:¢cti:iI0' 'tlleoome5:1t aJl~ilnes and t 0 L eusare that d1CYan: read ollily by ehese llurhCiriFlAI to do so. 6. RaJ] af hm:owtiom This latgC.prawl1ng chamber .~ 'used as .~!j.\''Ol'kspa.C'Cforthl:-ckJ"Slf. ~'ew id'c.as :Ire ~poe'ri:ntemed Ilpon he;!'e~n" imludi:ng ,craft projcc~s. books, and sc.trlOlliS. ' 7. Cl]~.mbe~s ,of R:ad~lii~li':These U'II'O tQ,'~'!" OOSl'S,..house' the elde.rs~f the cJill.lI"t,li. Gncntibmi's room is .in tile northem tD'i1>'er. ~;jl.ileH:ilu[lal :111dAt'.hosar n:sidc .ill the ~utller'n rower.

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Hotl&e of Firellair is a g;reat fo,tiJicd carhedral that sits at,ol_}it pastonll hm ill the center or Dllel'lA:llL,WaU5 5url.'oond the ellf]re ll:iU, 1Uaki~g ]~ \'1ih;0I1y s~.p:1Imtcfrom .h~ cit),p'FOpoC:t The House of Firehair 1s dlder than rhe ciry of Daerlun; iu fa,cr.. the city g,r't"W fl·o.1U the sumU vi:llage thar 5]_)lf:ll1g \111'0 scrw di~ temple's iilhabitall'~s. The HOl!D~ of Firehair is led by High I'FLl:5WSli Thal.lIla MaskaJar (eG femaJe Cl1ondat!:lall huma.11 cleric Iljhe;Jnw3nlc[l'~ 10 [SUlle]). A total Q[ 48 clerics; all htuU:tll5 and h.11f-'!.:I.v~.and B6 jay foJlm¥crs tend to this sprawling: carhedeal and sacred

The

grcund,

The ,cr:llfl''IllrnlctUre" couslsts of several buildingslillkcd w.i~h s diose alearby hi' fiy lug stollL? bl'idge;'i, kept ",,'aJ'"U1 and bab:it~lblc (IuriJlgthe wiallmer menehs !l.JJdfestoonedlll.'l.th hanging andcreeping planesto CJloourage' beautiful birds CWh:i.dl the pricsts raise and rend) 00,perch Ehcre. The grncerul arches of these spans are famous ,il~ro!\SFaerun a~ the ,cl:'()Wl1illgg~orf of :1 plaee of gtlitle
beaLl~Y·

1. F:il'~hair CllJ,thednd: Thill, great soaring structure lJ'"($Cl]]ii:ili,'$ three cy]ili.d'riC1ilowers ill~rged into one graceful whole. From t i.Mlside om: can see srra.igi1tr u:p to the roof of red and ornl11;j: g,1ass, t.il:Jt glow"S 3S ~,ith fire when the MlU is in dJ,e slky ai)(}vL:t.lllsidc die grcnt c<1:tlleilral, conceil~fk pc .... su.r,round II massive por-.oclain ·s I.:tdy~s!milnJ, Ci'l.rveilso as 00 appear to emerge from the caehedral :floor and k"i~d,ba,d;;. fonnrng a platform for \\!ho:mev.cr is g:[ivil'i[;,
the scnnon ..

Each of the throe fO'/lrers holds a spi:ra] staircase ami a series ofbalcolliles {tvcr!09king tbe main hall, al.lowing rninsteelsand dom-.isfl:.rli fiUthc Chilpcl witl. IUUsJC'" '1, l:I<3i]l of 9¢a~ty: This great· t\,~C}-storli' 5t.ruC'tlire, tbc .f.i.n.est museum ]Il. DaC'J"hm (~.IJdarguabhr riJ,e jij nest in :In of &:rJ:lbia). stands Jlead}' +0 fcc[ higb, with a great sloping roof.lll;ide. cac.b

to

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KEEP THE FAlTH

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: ?fi()flj~

g:i ,"ell over' to ,ad:mi.ii1 istra,tivc tasks" f,?t the temple'S high pI'le.s,t. ROOfbas a series of roornsl illed with pawtins.~ and oitlm- works ess oversees all of Su,lle1;~en1iple5 in Se-mbia. and the ooutherli of art. Some of the artwork celebrates Suneor her fe]1ow deities on the p]alle of Brigplwiltei", bur l.no5'l: of it is simply i.uber,· ~ Dlll!cb,nds, ",SWiC;'$ rJlaygrmmd: Known as the Wild Woods to tile citiz~lfIs entl}~ beautiful. Dv~ring the c-ad}' eveniag, wealth}' Dael-lm:lUl.IlS of Daer]un:" SlIne':5,Pbi}'gtoUltd is a wOOden garden of cilre'fuUy gather here to ~troH" entertained by wlllld~rmg I]'lIll.sictllJll~ am! ,[ll'lJIl1;od erees, bo\\~, fountains •. I'OJi1amic paths ~md glades. and red delialciesby an iibvays attentive walt starr. Of course, those the like for 'u~ ill lligLli1i-Long revels, Severa!, dryads dwell Oil the "'ho patronize such events are erpeeted to denate he:urily eo the temple ami its gaUeries. ' grounds, and syJphs lair atop the g:rca~t of the trees, I)" Bfigh'twa;~r l'ool~ 'rh~sL:ll'ge '00'1 is a:t.... clear end 'Il)'5 J. Hall of Pus:ron: This 1ul.11 so.named ferthe passiouare, is ~spnrkli:l'l~ '~'~tb a. bin. of golden Light dancuig aCl'OSS its waters, meta:plD.ori&aI embrace or the s"Odde&sm:::ulc by elerlcs of Lad)!' Alt:hough the watel!"is normal andnonmagicat, Su.Il.~·Sfaithful FLreha:ir. Th,is throe-itof}' structure is eaprcd b)I a great slDping believe it~o be sacred hol~' ,,",'ater. fiUm by 'tile ,evey~"cj[' ]loorillg roof. Inside, ,multed corridors open ilt[o ,in;:! Ivridllal a,piiftll!l.l:lnS waters of E~gOld. Three mermaids •.ail51tilled::lD'ldc!l,pahle clerics for the 'llnnp1e's j'untoi' derics, Outside, Ille ,ggmlld-fl,oor of SIl:t1~. ike 'thei.'l".lmm~ within these \V-<ltc'IS" m apartmellts-tes.cr\'cd for v:is.:imJ's to tile t'elllpJ.e.-eadI have 9. Dq,d'~, Cop~: Till": la~,g:estof ehe woodca:Jfi"3S within their 00'11 doors. leading tJU01.lgh $luaU SWill: Snzbos into thl; Suue's F.lilIygrolll1d i<; krlffi.\\'11as Dl!"}':ld'~Copse. These \..'OOfls9:r~ gardens. lUostLy great old oaks, and: l'I1(lst of the rcsieJent dryadS 011 t.lle >\O,H.IlJU :Lov~: Tllisa:rcll. houses the tcll1,ple's lay fo~lowe:rs of temple grounds are thoughtro d.... 'CI]herein. along four .Aoors of apartl11e11ts. In dC$igl'l. the Hall of Love 10'. Temple Wdu': The HOllse of Fir·chair euce stood alone is similar '~O tbe HaH of Pa5:liIDll, bue the aocommooi!l'tiom arc in the western \. ildtml~S5 of Sembia ill the ,eady days of the 51tllille:r and p.lainer. Me1'(',il.llllt K.illgrlorn. In those days" a st'oot '01.';'1,1'1 WlIS ,n~edcd to t, Radialllt :r:owe~ TbJs rower srands feue stories bigll and: is defend rnc<-cemple from olt hordes and otlieI threats rrom the built of II distillcti~!: re(ldis.h.m~l1se marble. Inside. this edifice Vast Swamp and tile TllQJ!l.dCJ' Pe:d:s. The walls sdl'! S'PlIUO"as houses the illdi"ii1ual a:p~,rttucllfts of 'the senior-most clerics Dr proud and beautiful as e\'c'l'. btlt new they serve to It~ rhe eem,ple the tc:n1r1e, i,ndllding 'the d;'amba-s occupied by TllJIu!fl:IJ on the grounds separate ;I,ni! dlist'ullct from the surrounding ~1ty. rop 1I.00r of tile tower. The mar of the t'm\fer, ncc(."Ssibleonly by Ul1duc.roft: The unc:en:rol"t can be reached by IA'a}' of eM sta.irs 'Ilia}' of ~!l.'lLlll1a15 '~l?'lrtme!lt • is a, so:rgeQm 1.'oor;OOfP ,ga.rde.n :lmi in the R;l:d~nt 1'ffi,\,t'.r. The dead are interred herein in~u.tiftJJny private s:mctmtry flYrei~~empleis Iti,gllprieslcs:s. , sgI1pted sarcop:hagjwho5C lids iY'C earvedto fep.resem die fallen 6. AnisalJj's '0J!.~ue'r8': This,tl:troe·s'~ory hail" iclen:tical to af their peak of beauty. the Hilll of Passion, was built for the temple's r'csident a,rtisls. indtu.i i~g. ll'll.lsicia'L'ls. paint-.ers. and seulprers, The third floor is

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KERr THE FAITH

E~ample: Ascension of AffiaUJ1,uto,,'
Th j;s, campaign arc unfolds in: ehe YClU- of LighmirJg Sterms (13· .. DR.), cL.llrnimttitlS on MidsLlmmu's O.ay and ccnscrcd ·on .3. hereti'C of Lilfh.mder who, has cmb.mcro the R.isen SIl.1D J]Cl'csy, If the p1a)l"'t"j luu'l'!.·crers c"Cf iawo1rtd. they might work COl-or c .agaiirbst the Risen SUit heretics. If it roHower of Luhnndcr is in the res" g(lOl,!l).1:te lnighf rcplace SUlllonl Dacl;;;goth9m.dcir as t:l1e leader of the hm'Sy.
I

NEW FEAT:
b.1ITIATE OF .AMA!UN:ATOEl [INl'l'lA TE] You have been inuiared ililto the greatest secrets of Ama,uuatoi'i faulll. f'rereqlil~:s:ile: CI.ericOT paladin 4th, Reretic of the Faitb (Risel1 Sun), Heretic of dle Faith (Three·Faceil Stm), or Sen'at!!~ of t~e Fallen (Am:tu.mno.r). HeRe:lit: lOu cam sponta.neau;sly cast any spe:n on }'Our'spell list that has the fire 1ksC'1~.iptol'. ThisabHity works lU:e SpO"1~t.lltoou:slr
easti
IIlg

cure spells does,

In addition. you canadd t.!Ie followhlg Sfi.el!l.s. to your cleric or
p:1!I::u:!in5feU I i5t:
J1.fnlliWSI;

BQcb:~lound
Like mcse faidl:S;.the Cllluch of L:u1Jlfll~(kt 11~. :li}W.1Ys been diwidJ:-.d imo seers iu.td racttOIl~. The Order of the MID is an aff liiated orner of reJllJJii.ll"S that acts as the army of dl!.: clIIH'Ch. The Brotht.-r.hood. of the Glo.rioos Sun is a seer "'i:rhin thl:'dulJrch of LatiNlJ'lckl' tbat believes thllitE'he MOl'niagloJrd is the li".ill!I!; rcincamaeion of .J!.JIll~IUli.{llt:OJ,Ellc lonS-\'fmished 5!l1]:i gpo. ",ILO stood. high ill the ilticieJDt N' cthcrese paml1con. Tile O.rda of die Sun Soo] is a 1110l1astic br,oth«bood with t·1 to the dmrdu:5o:f L,Ilthllnder, Sebillc, allel SUlie. alth{lUgh die tic WilEh the M,orIi.iJ.!lSloni '5 fa ith is St:rO.llsest'. Sun SCiIJIi'I'i.'imks nn-cctbciT .bi.s~my back 00 another .Al'l.1i1iull:.1mri order, dlC 'Brothcrhood of the Sun. The ChLl['(:,h of Lathander is not withOU:E ies nombk heresies as well, including the Risen 81.111 hen'S), illtd £lit Three-Faced Sun llcfi;5.y,oothC£ whicli are detailed. earlier ill dlis ,chaptcr. The leader ·of the Brorhcrhood of the GIOF.ID1I5 SUI1,. Suulord Dil"!;'l'egot:!:i OtI'Icieir.has embracedthe Risen Su 11 Heresy ami now seeks 00' lnalc it the orthodox sect or rhe ch~ln:h of the ~tJl ingkrtd. Tmtl;'lrd d.l~;t end, .[)ifldcgotb has ronp;:ivcdthe ~ of all eternal san shining doo'll UpOIDthe land TIle sl.I.nk!l'd is OOJJvimed dNiit sud] II displll}' would convince .bc au:!!iOl.'ity of the f!lidtflli .in the dnuc.h of Lathander that the rime of the Mo:rl'l:illglotd~t;ni..n:Sfonnatiol1 i.nto .Am:lUllator is nigh as well as bring Itmn)' n~v «mv'cTt.s Wtl1c n:oom dUJllch of AmallllatoJ~, In elTec~,by c[',eating d.ebcli.cf dmt tile transformation is imminent, D'Il:ekgm:b hopes to prccipiit~tc :111 actual transformation.

2mi-oI;lugtn:J'~ ~rd-hnsfe-; 4tl'1_I;dtr'~ 'lvm/h; Bt'.b9th-timvstQP'

SU lord D'~lele~oth In.

orndeir

SIIIdord Diilelegoth Omdeir sr.ands over 6 feet un wid:! a willowy build and a lioug mane of cool-bJad, l1air. His l?aleskitn is laced! with ,onmge - ve,UlS'that seem to burn with inner fire. He speaks with ili bnming infenSity dun di"ilWS ill rhc listener and comf~ys ~ deep umJcr.'ltamJi.n~ of my&tic.al trLltllS. Tho;:'md~~·chihl ,0( Morn.iatglol'd Hathala Orudeir, bigb priestess of rhe Tower of die Morn ill ElwfSIJ1._, Dadcgotll is ii rare fire genasi, one of several in his maternal Iilteage~ reconkd~to"(y. who ean rrace hill: h~ritl'!.Se back to tIt!.: N etherese dergy of Al'IlItullato.r- D.ad('g'Oth's youfll 11i"a.$ spent ill the compilny of Larhanderlre priests drnl1l'n to hi mothcJ's ambition of ersusforming the Tower of the . 10m ,into the dominant relllldc of the Dragon Coast region, After joining the clergy ·of Larhander at ~ youug a~> D;1.C;" legoth led small companies of the Morninglord's followers to recover sacred relics of the dll1 reb f rOill sacred sites of ages p~stThe recoveredrelirs were used W expand his inothct's pmver base 1I111QUg the rail ks of t.he Morlling'lorrl's dlllr'ch, broaden iug strength and number of !let" Jleek, Over tke course of several expeditions, the fire genasl began t,o dedace a strong correlation between the a!}e of dw holy sire ami the Jll.lmiJer of iLltenningled !eg!K'ies of tI~e churcb of Amallll1ator, This in turn Led himro thellO!ltrndi~kmal, but 110-1U reeical, col,dus:iOJil that L~tballt!cr was AIIIl3ilmiltor reborn arid drew him~o the BJ'O.EOOhoodof

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L

As,a sl!nm.astgrl:.F .• Dack;gotb rose l;apidly inpmYel", C\IClltua.Hy rimtg to lead' the 'Ilr-othc"rllooo ~llld rom maud a L~ roUowing .within rbe chu.rr.h of L~,thaJtader, FOolI.ow.ing !il.~S.Ilwher's dea:th bnd.i.~Year of the Tankard (lrm .DR), Daelcgoih lnherired hel: pos:irioia as aochb.i.s.hop of tbe Dragen Coast and high priest 'of t.!te: Temple of the Morn. Long welcome at the Te:J.l1/pkorEhe Mom, Brothers oftbe Glorioos 8mt soon assamed mCJ6toftbe leadel"S'hip .positio.lJIs\!"ithin the ehu .rch of Lathailder in the rcSiOlil. O~'er ehe P:JSt year, DlJ:clcb'Pth has. g,r:l(imilly strayed beyond the hou.nds ,of tolerable d isscntthat the church of L'ltJrn.niler allows I3rothe.l"hoOO. of flat: Glorious &1,111.. and he risks d~gg~I'g the elltlre order ,of sunmastcrs inro e:lnilracillg the Risen S"iln heresy. TIR-rc is now quiet rnl~ among the most senior J1felntes of the faith t:luJt. Dael.e&-otJl Jl.mst be cxoommullirntm, a1dlO'ugh dIe'}' fur ,doiJlgso could I'upn:rre the dwrch, '

(DC 19). m"t.i~ circle 4i,l'J.inst clJ'll(}s (DC 19'1 pl"tI)'I:r, . rem(!'!)~bli1J(hess;2elif,RlfS' (DC 19), stlldTlt, light 'h'ncl-a~ut'y, calm en'JOJiOif, CDC 18), flOlJs«r4lct enthrtl!i (DC 1.8). heaJ mf:id.1' (DC 18), shield f).tber (DC 18), .;teltll,s (DC 1'3). U)1l.f! of Imlh (DC 18) 1st:-jlrii~ cO'm'n'umd (DC 17)" ,/l{il"ltlnvtlwh, deJ«t. If1ld(!tld, i!Jlat"y-e eJememsU'l (DC 17). prot«til)J1 fnm:l: elMO! (DC 17), fW,y qf rcsurg;em::e_I.F. (DC 1 1 ~is.i01l 0/
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magic,. detect poisc# g/,tid,wce (DC 16). light_ (2); read .~n"tic D; Domain spell, Deity; A11'1auna~or (L~'l:thani!c.r)." Domains: Fire, SUIl, Pl.at11:1ing.. Daclcgo.b am prepare any U!\)O' or :Sun domain speU as if it '\:,,'>'<15 on hi! cleric 11Jist, The Si)Cl] uses 3. slor of a level celLl:!l to its Le'\rel in the L1I.... or SUIl domain, [\csPCCtl"e!" ,

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iUNLOR.1D D.AEL~GO:r:H OaNDEIll ell 21' MQle dire Hre genasi cleric lO/su1ll11asre'l.l,F. lOl~~'lIIllgeli!ltcl) f LN MediulH outsider (native)
Illit +l; ISenses Listen +6, SpOt +6

l.t:.IISIiI;ages, CaJM.nm'Jl, Chomhubau

.. Igmm. Lcu'oss., TetllJ~jan

op 111 ('is ED) Irni.st fire H Fo:u +1'i.lR.e:f,+7. Will +~4; +4 ,!"ada.1 bones on riving t!Lrows a.gain~t f11'E~pdb, ~mdeffeets .
Speed ;0 fro (6 sqmu-es) Md.e~'+ 1flarll<Wg btU-Sf shifdrnPiCOt(I"l§f/' l(gl» mace

Ale 20,rollclt 9~Oat-looted 20

AbiUtits St. H. DeN: 113.Coll 10, Tnt 14. W.is 23, ella 12 SQ[as,t ral k, gre-..:it ar~.mr. skills ;rnasrery Feat! Epic S_poeJ1ca:stin_gFL,. Extend SpeU~.Heretic of the Fa.ith (R~en S1l!Il)1, Leadership, IiupmveJ lllitilltirVC. Initiate of Am:lII:m:LtD[l, OW.l""OOJ:ne Shadow \l,r~\'¢;C\', Pc.rsuaslve. Rule-rship \ Spectral St'J'ik~L 1 Nelli' feat dc~ribcd 011 pnge 46
fea'~ descrilx:il (m pagerS 3 New feat described 013 page US :SUUs Bluff +11. Com:;~'l.'itr,attol'! ...9. nipIo.tlt~cy icr. Disgu~ +1 (+3 in ,Ch3JflJi.Cte.r). G~d"iei Inlbnnarion +6, I]~titmMa.te +1, Kllowle!:fge (geogra.phy) +6. KilOl\'IDdgc (bi~1()q) +10, K:nowlOOg:e (religion) ~18. Perfol'n:i (orator,,) ~ ~ Sen~

:2 New

..21,1,,1 f+]L2(ld6+4 plus 1M fiN) .. Jew \!,'eapan SpCcil31 ,ahilit}, described below
i'mMk +18; Grp +19

1[oth'c +11. Spcllaafh:2i
POScS~Si.oIlS enmbat gear pius + '1 bl'~ttflplate of c:uml1M11a, . sold !loly sym,[j()] of All.laUi1i!tQr. pf!r;,~pt of YTisdom + 2, Sh;ldo\vsmi~e (+lflgming Plm,t shadmvsl:tJlfrtlligbt ma"e), Sunshjeld (+2 blinding mithl"al hl:6WY shh:ld). carne a 1I00"in'utgical flre withhl lQ feet of him to diminlsh to the lew! of coals 01' flare to dte hll"igJuucss of dayiigl:'1t and double the llOO':l"nal radi.us of itE .il.lumillaticm. Tills mh.ility does uoe change th Ilea. 'OUtPll~ or 6lrel colisumptioi.1 or fbe fi:n: OOiJrce. lilWI r mimu::es, a:l"lo can be d0l1C'per day. Datle!l\odt uses this ilbility as a fr.h-Ievel sorcerer. Fast Tdk Ob:) D.ae:I!:gp~h C'illl make a .rl!lsJlCd .D~>lOJJ.'lacy check as a full-round actL:oI1 ~t only a -5 penalty. Ola:dlll:,g Eyes (Sp) Daekgotb's eyes g!OI" with tile brilli.ailr orange oolor or 'fhi': sun, He can produal a. s(tlwi"K I/.ght cffi::CE'from his eycs 3/da.y (caster level 115t). lI.dditi(malty. 11ccan· 11C,re~' be b.limlcl:l OJ: dazed by ~peUs or effcees w'bell the Jjghr descriptor, or b-i Il:Qtu;rnI Iight of :l:ll1y kiluL Great Oliato:r Daelegoth can u:>etbe ,grea~ orator .1bility three till'ieli Fe. day 'to il1sp.ir-.c ho,pC', iilf'Ja.me the tngllit~s. or COIWertt]]e unfa.irliful. Inspb'c,F!opc (Sit) Thi mind·aft:eC'f1illg ab.ility g.ivc-s the cval1b~Thr and a]! a]1i~ within 3D feet wh.o c"Iln hear his 'i)ratory :J! +4- sacred beans on W.ill saves, Dc]ive.r.ing dujs ,orator}' reqll.ir-.cs a fl.lU·rooild a:ction to act~V>lre a.nd requires eoneentraticn each rouadto OOlui.Jl~];e the
i.

$p«:id Actio.os fXJfllro! jlmr.te-, .COIl\' ,rt the Llllf~ithful .. g/."aritlg CJ't'I, wHam!: the rig.h.ooous. inspi,re hope, sun/iJ'mi, tu.!"'!"! undead 01' WII~er crcatu res '4/day t+'l rum ch~cks), greater turning against undead l/dilY ComiD.artGea.r Corena of Iimauuater (belm qf brUli$lme-). elemental (..tmJ;l.ilre), varioos minO!: potions and scrolls

Con,trot,Flante (8p) Daclegoth can

Citric

Spi:c]]&

l'.r'~paredeeL iOth}:

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?th-mi1~acle'~ p'·;m:&.atic:sphe-reiD(DC '2T), Sitlrm qf 'Il81J_gea1JCI: (DC 21'), flmmifJi'J 1JI(Jmlel" [X, time itop Sth-disce-r.u itJc,atroni),/Jre sturm (DC 24).,g:t~>trtcrl· spdt }mnmniJY (DC 24), sJJidd of kiw (DC 24),. slm!mnl (DC 2<)) . 7th-Mstrllahm (DC 2. j), .d;Ct.'fWi~,forIJMMtr1 f"te1~'~, y'ealer SCl'yi.llg (DC 23), slmb,r:{m~1}(DC 13) 6th_:panish~i1-r:Jlt (DC 22),/i",' SWdfD (DC 22). heroei

.foest, bold

mo.nst!!,.

(DC 2'21 mn

sceplel"L'it., II"lJde"{Jfb

to tkalh (DC 22)

n.h---commU1,.e-~ df!tect sC"I,),int" 'lisp;:! cbaos (DC 21), flame sfrikeD (DC 21), greater command (DC 2lL). ri.ghtecJf.! might, h'tlt! seei"g (DC 2.1) 4-th-am'o(I of fhe--5tHl,E. d;"~;;,e P'fJ1!f;:r~firf! shield!'. ' freedom of t}t1Yf)f!"lnf!kt (IDC 20). Nchnscr's umvJ,1g orl/,G. I]l'(kr's 'llff'ath CDC 20). t(Jl,Ifl~e-5(DC 20)
3'M-·d~irm(i(I~llce!c;a;J''1IoJ'a",c~.Cqljt:imid.l flame; htlSk

KEEl' THEFAJTH
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effect, The effect lasts as rong as DII~legoth speaks aud

NEl:-,r .MAmC

WEAPON SP'E;G[AL

Am:r.n:y;

f:or3 l'Otll.td5 th~re~:fru" hifl~mt, the Righ.f~r!i CSu) Da£legmh can use this :lhili,ty
tOWl'\'lllti!. himself ami a:ny of his allies wirhia 30 feel: in divine n~uIle,Hcll ooneficlary of this ahi~itJ gains ~J1e beJ.1eftt of afit'e sbield spell (castel: level. 10th). "IJMl damll!g;e caused by th~ spogH is, however, pure~y "di\rill"f llmi. not subject to 11. creature's resistance or .lm.ll1lJ.llit}' to fire. '[his Or'lttofY .ooq[Ji:ri:~a full'.Hlund motion to [J>!1::rform and [ieq~.il1t!5oncentratiOll_mlch c l'OlIIl!:I~O continue the effect, 'Tim effect lasts as long as Dacl.egodl speaks lind fol' ~ rounds thereafter, CI11lWr:t tJje U~#J,:t1:JfulSu) Daelegoth ( ClI:rI. 11uempt to ronwn a si:ngl~ enemy wi!~hin ~(lo fl1iet, .As a fu n·'round! acrion, lie d:e!it<er~~ll~mp:!ssiioned speech 0]) the l'i:giIteoosness of his be:lle<.fs a single enemy. who musl to mttmpt a DC 16 WiUSltve. If th-e creature su~ds, it is shaken for 1 round. U the '~I.'el[~111'e fails irs sm!i:ng thr .. w. iit OOH\'erts. CI.ICml100s w.ith ~Ul alignmem subo ty~ (~mch as al1ge~.s and devils) :are .imlIluneto t.h!~ 1IIli~.ity" converted creature is effectively charmed A by the eV~.llgeJist C5Jm~lal"o a. ,dw;rt},t m(Ji/~t~r~pen}, t In adflit:km, a OOlWl':ftedcreature '~enl:PQl:ari'~y assumes the alignment of dill evallgelist ami acts IlQcQrding~.y. This m.ightnlcall! Soill~ of ('he crearure's d:J:!!.Sabilltles, spogl]s. CU" mher[thiJilies are unavailable toU[ fox' the durntroll of t]le spen G'I pa~<ldi!~cOlwetted to s.:;unethitlg other tJI~.Il.Iawfi:il. ood. far e"mnpie. loses her class g ~Jbj.lu~iesfar rhe dUf[ttion). Whel~ fhe dll:rntio.H elap~ the erearure then has a choke. b can oolI~inu!e~:o~.cr 1lOco:rd.ung~Qlts i].eV>' ment, or it rnn .ih.lftb~cl::. If d~e creature cbOOse$lO pelcmi:mendy cJlange .~~~ aiigmumrt to the c,'allgell!s.t's. it acts as .~fI. de-ric ,of the :tpprop.riate aHg~~ : menf had cast a.1~ltJm€iit on it. If dte creature 'choos~s'~Odu.nge back, it must m~le :11:lother s,1.villg thrO\!.· (wkh the same save DC :IS hefOl.le). If it fails thls saving dllXlW i~5IIIig'll.mm~ ch~llgw baekbut it needs alllflt:l'1l1eme1'Jt' spell to gaill back a~]y :IbiHties due toilS tempor~:ry align.Lnelbt dlange: Si!tiUMaS't~:ry (Ell) Il:aele-gorb ,can take lOon ,checks in\rol\.jng ]J.11l:ff,. Dipkmlacy,.~iJd Sense Mo,ti'n).',.e"r~ll if stress and di$~!rll!cdon"'Ollld Horman)' pc.revent 111il'~f:roul doing SQ, gu:o:form. (Sip) D.~e~egQdl.can beeeme an i.n~'ll!b.st:ltldal·ball of brighr,. gk)wing i·lg)lt ~he sheofa Med lum crearare, Th]s effect: is identical to r}'mr a gps~(Jt#form spell, e.:rcrept as fiQJl!Qw: In !:imftJ'r.m~ Daelegoi:h md.ilate-s dayligh[ :IS the ~peJ:l,ga~t!S a fly speed elf .120 fret (per[ece)~ and 11:])5 .tlnnU.ln.~~y 00 Mm, iighr,a:~id ai:!" effects. In acldkioJ'l.. Dadegoth gailliS a meleeteach att.ld: th~t de~ls Gd,6 PQin~~ of nile damage. He ean remain ill $U~ifbJ7n for' up to 10 WLlIlm. S/~nfol'mis~he (\ql,li\'.1.'~lU ofa!1 Sth·le\'lll spell El1~:tC~~ be used l/d;]!y.

f3.H:ADOWSCOml:!GE A slm{tm.'scoo.rge we:tpOl~exeels at ati:~d ing C'.reIIEUre8 with ties to tI~ Plane of :Sh~rlmv.Such CII!lII:tUre!i, .ilLdllde.hut lire not .liuliOOli to, gloam:illgsU[irl, lrinthClK• mllbugrym.;\lo<1, llIighrsh:tdes\[~l, I.E., shaJar-kai""; shaoos, ~llrufm\i;S:, simdoo'5wyflsPl;:, shadOW MP8t;F, ihaoow dl'agplI~llt", .ihadQ~'I'n:msti:!Ts. sh~d01l\' sflidersMM~, sh~aura:I;;;ldFF• and creatures w.~th the Slllldoo' <ClllpiatcM v.. A,g~.in:5t su[il! foes •.~ES effective enhancelllent bonus is 'I- llletrel' than its :normal enl.lltnceme:nt bonus (:so II +.1 if111gp.uIJrd is a+ J.lroig£7WJI·d :lg,~j.l1i>t irs foe). It de:ds anexrra 1d6po~l]~ o:f da:I!1~~gelI'g)1insttile fOIl, .Bows. Cl'CI55bCllll'5. and s.hllg5 so c~t1l'd~~tm\\' the s'md()~~'Scoo~ qll:l.I.~tyupon their :lmnmnitioH, Modernte OO!UU1'1Iti6n}CL Btll;. {Jrnf:r l"yt:ag,k'AI'ms and .Arlllor, da.j'ii;gh/jPrice +:lL bemus.

NEW

EPIC SPELL:
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AMAUNAlIrOa"S EVOC;1tion (Fire) Spel1cuJl IU."::j6
Cl:i.llIipoiil,cn.ts:, V" S

Castl:!l~ Tim;e: :l!JLluin!l'tes<' I.:il!l'~: :1'2.000 .fl:. Are::i: 1 ro~mll,e radius, centered on Du:rB,ti.Q:Q::p;eri~:Inen~:

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Savi:oc; Th!.">ow: RelJe-x bair Spcilll &c$i$u:i1,ce: Yes • n '])e<t;d:()P~ om~QQO gp; H days; 24,120 :XP.j SCttds~ d~lruili (DC 14). energy enC 19} FneJorJ: inerease mass by 601)% (+1.4), hlcre,ase ra!l,ge by 4000% (+SO), f.h~nllal ilSp«f. (+J). peml;lllCJJt (x:f). M;tig,_o.tJ"f, Fm;ror;: increase ca£til,g rime by 10 mimuoCS (...;2QDC), D6 l.dI,J'i[Lolla~ pan:icip;1ltt h~!e,l'Cl. spd~ sloes (-1')'6 DC). 12 aiWi,tiona.1 p<l:i"tidp.;:m~ ·211d·~e\'~1 spell ru.o~~(-M DC), 4 :ul'dirLon.1Jl pa<ticip<lnfs.d·])evel speH slot:!! (-~2.Oo ])C),.1 Qtkiition~1 partid?~~~t 4tb-le\r"et sp~J~, slot! (-"7 DC). When dllis. spell is caSt, it ereares a I:llini<1ture sun more tlwm 1 miles aboce d~ poli1t of·casti!lg ~Ild' hkl~s ehe rrue san ftom :anyone able to see th~ false sun (anyoJ'le'wl,thin 1)0 Inil.es of rrbe ca:,o;ter's klc:ttiol1~ ;n' the rJiltle of the castil,sJ- The S!lUI's i1pparem Sl21e (dle sameas die real sun" subrending about ,OS degrees ilu the sky) stays the sameregJ.rdles~ Qf a vie"'e''s disranee frol'!l 1,. This has~he effect ~f makit,s: if seem to be p~:r'ma.ll~]ldy bright ali as hi,gh !:tOOl] "'~~hitl d'!,e ~pen'S :area (illth011ghthe.ac-wal poo:iJtion of ~lle false SIlU ill the sky isgraduaU)' lQ,ver in tile sky as a vl~~Ni1'.r .mQ'I;"e$1il,:ayfroHld1.e point of CilSrlIJg, e''O'entuaUy sink~!1g beJO\'Y a ~JJe horlzQJ'l once the yie\\ocr ~ Hlo.re~Jlall 1 YO mifu.sawa}').

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DaelegQ'Ei~'s base Lea\lors.1lip .S«lJ"e )$ U. GWeIJ hisrepur.at_tollj.l1~ 15c~m,5id~~ a~adCr of' ~t reucsu (+2) who iskJlowi~ forllqS fain'W'ss and g~nero~ittl (+ll) He is CQ:tl~~_red tQ be,:I bishop of dw fai~J:l (+2) wl~h a M:l"O.ngbolcl (+'2).al~,it a bererlc (-2) whollas·

60

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:spokenwirh Amaunator (Lttha.nd(;,l~ (+1} As $llch. and gjve.!~lus InOuenre modifier of +~. his clTectiv~' Leadership score is 34, Daelegpth c{ll!lfdhave a 19t,b-Je\lel cohort: but his actual 'rnho.rt is Rigln.c0\1l5 Brother Hroliki1 Els;reds~iI or Wate.J"d~p (LK 1D1~:f~Illuskan buma:1i f~aJadi:JrD S/Sun Sotd men k 3) • one of the top UI'O I icutt.l!iantsof ,M()])a!itlc Abl!>ot H':mo:e' K ld:ta.vo

Druci.cgmh and. his foUovl!ers defeat the Frying Flames dcl"ai~s and 5CTY~to.r dr::lg<lJas.lcftbebililli to guard the SJlltok>espire.(This event accords Daelegoth tile srarus or relic holder, boosting his eflccti\,c Lca&crsh~) score and bringing t1e'1\' foUowCJi"5o M fold_ t It is also a sigl.lific:mt. public \'ktol'Y.) 'faf~:tbi n. $I: The ]e~'eu of dll~e'e lead.ilhg churches of rhe M.orJ1ll1g1ord, H.igo Radial1ce Gllenrilam of \Vatenkep (1.G wa;y (LG male Terho/l'i'lll1 haman Jiionk 10/Sull Soul nlOnk 10) at the oM female CIIOJlidat'Jlil:r1"ljl,a!] cleric 6jnml"Ilinglol'G of Lathanh MOlb:lsrery oftlllil Stln in Watcrdl."Cli. Dac1egoth has '2:,60 :l!.st·level derl1Ci 10 [L:uhallcler)). High MOl'1lillglord Clullsobal Drcen of follO'l~'e-l'5. 2:nd-Jc\Fcl foUowcrs, 13 Jrd·}e\rel follrn\'el~&.and 7 26 4rh-leve.1 foUrnvcl's" 4' 5tll-fcvd foI1O\1.'I,;['s, m~rltj' the ,of \vhom Marscmbcr [KG m~k ChOl1dJlman ,!w n~al' clerie 1 '2/nm:millglord of L.'ldli!lld~ri'{; '2 [I.AdlamlerD. and High Morninglor.J Omtit'ltl are singll':..cbls:s~dclerics and all of wllom are 'based :It the T01l\f(l'l" Duskroon of Otuulnl1 (KG male Ch'Ol:lrl\lt.h human cleric .an . of t1'1~ Moen i11 Elvcr:5ult. Dad~goth has '2 6t'h·leve,1 followers 10/morl1~l~lonl of Lathallderf'G - [L-:Jlt1l1lndcrJ) meet: i11 5CCl'~t and 17th-Icvcl foll.ower. who arc d~ric/sunmasters. at Momingmist Hall in Marsemiler' to di5CII.S5 D::tdegoth 111m Giwll !lis followers (+H4). u.llershiJ} position (+100). place111 ut of 5:tK foHo~"i;T~ flositions of In.llneil~\,l·lthin ill rhe Order the Risen Stln heresy. Mirlul T; Word reaches :llilelegoth of the sacret mcctDl1g, of the Aster (+10). phu::c.ll1ent of one cohort within a pos.~tio:n of Mi:nul ,6; Dadegot:h. perfonns apublic tJ.1:in(u:le' atop Tci'i'Jp1\.: fu:J:dcr.5hip it bin the Orda of the SUll Seul (+10). placement of w 8 additioual followers in 11(Jsltiol1s of ]uf!ueillce" with in the Orner Hill ill Elvl."J'Su]t. l'cq,l.iC'Srjl1g th.'1t .AmaJ1]ll'.ItQ~Lathander) spare ( of the Sun SOIl] C+ 16). mtd three more sigl1iJiC<l!lt.. puhlic victories the eity and rhe St!WYUIlI;Jillg farmla.llds from thll effects ofille [Jmll defeats (+,O). Dackgoth has :I base In fl'uCllce medifier of melrin,g of the Higlr Ice in far·off An1llUfoeh. Over the 'COO.fSC of tlic I1'C~:t mom!!, wo;,:J spreilds along, the Trnde :Ro~dof boantiful H';OO, .~.L1d actual In~uel1cc Inodi1ier of 'I- S. 1I11 fields, :dmn.dIU'it l'aillf!'l]1. <1:ml pe-rfect 'i'o'eadl,eJ!", conveets £lock New to rhe church ·of Laehander and the Tower of the Mom. (This ventaccords Dae eg,oth :the status of miracle _worker ami is, a TIle foll.owillg timcline outlines ehe ,e\lell~ of the Ascension of signi.ikruU:, f1ub1ic victory fo~ him.) Amam.utor campll.1g1iarc in tb~ Year of Lightl:lillg Sto.rms (H74 Kytho.nl 19: Dilek'-goth preaches ~l1at he has seen 11 vision of DR). Dcpel1d]IJg on their n:latiOl'isliip to Dilelegodl. '~h~ PO! can an cruniil S~:I'I rising high aOO'1I8 la nd, bel·al.dillig dl~ reb.nrth dte lcrui, lISSl<£t,. t,JIll{fc:rIl1.blle. OO:i.a\l'e this ca!I~~ign or arc, spa:rking of .Al1.umnaro.r. The service is irnerrupled ~I an arrack by three ~series of l'daw:Jl advcnteres, ensuring it~ w.ocess or preventing • princes of ~ade> but Daelegoth and his followers drive them off,. its SLJITeS.t:ul. eondusion, despite siglliiclHlt !.'3su.a.itries.III dte wake of the attack. Dael~h D~pwin!t,er: Daelcgoth completeS rhe de\~~I(ipmellrof h.is first requests and receives a second mirm:k. 'heallng all II1e ".,'ounw:d epic spell, Am(.uwtl1or-'s ettirnal fUn (see pa._gc GO). and .m.is!ng IilOS. the dead, (This event does not change AI.tl~lriat :1"7: Da(o'lcgoth l\cads an elite OOUlpiltlJ of [h~' D:!Id~th's status. Although it is a signifirnut. pllblic \'.lctmy. i!t Brotberlrood of the Eternal 801111 in a surprise assault again5E an is also a sigllifiCl.m~ public defeat. making i1'leevent a wash.) eneampment of shades ,explmingthl;; ruined city of Karse in the Plame:n,de 12: The dtree high prie-Si:s or the .Marsctnbcr dept"s of the Higb Forest. TJu:'Shlldc LllTersevere ea u:atHCi. and 'Conclave issue im edict [I;in::mring 'tnill.'t tile tea,ehil1gs espeused Prince Brennas Taathul (NE male shade diviner l'2,fIOl:emaste'r by Dedcgoth arc h,,;resy and ·dlat he risks e;:l:'Q;nmm nlcattol1 from 8,{sll~dO'!'ll adept I'IJ 6) is gtllvdy illjun.-rl3Ild fux,ecd to flee. (Thi~ the fa.~lll. ~vent is a sign! fica!}l' public victory of Daik,gotb. ouee word Pla.m.enLe ]t,40:Ri.ghE(OOS Brother Hro,j~kll Elgresson of ~'PJ'e<lds thro'ugl'lOtlt the North and the Hcartbinds.) Wa,te~p openly clldo[~ Daek,gotb <lindurges the Ordnref Cites 28: Edict'S issued in die name of High Radiililte Du:t:the SUI'3 Soul to p.rodann its belief in dle Risel) Sun l)e~-Sy. nct.h Seara:m. at [h~ TO\\'\TI"f the Morning in Tc1pir (a. large o Flame:rule 21: Emissaries from tile te.mples of die Mernir» [I<lr~'town lecated at '~he :nortllwcst:crn C11dof d~e GU~'tb~llere gleed .i!l\ViL~t:n:kcp, Marsembcr. ami Ordulln ,aUempt to m~t Forest} are perceiveil among the Morn i~1£~0rd'Sfaidtfu] lls-givIDS with Dael.e-godl .in E.l"Cl'sult bur are rebuffed when they refuse cJ.'Cd~!lCC t.he teachings of the Risen Sun here y_ (TJtis event, to to :lCkIlOW]ildg;;: im minent asccnslen of Alll;lU nator. wbich, takes several \\. ks to unfold as word spn"ad aJllOJ.,S the F]amel'u]e 30: Daelegoth calls. the fa.idtful to E]\,'e'J.'SUlt ro fn.ithfuJ, rc.fiects the docl.illing Il'il'a:lthof Durneth and D",eicgoth's witness the first siGn of Al'i'tatUmOOr's ascession, SUccessrtIl reCntitlneltt el'sevaral [(lading clerics alllon,£! the ~mpIe Midsummu:: D:uililJ;OthSlttteSSi':Ul1y casU Amm,~fljlttJi''$ t/(t'nnl dcrgy.) su», WOl~dquickly ~Pl't'ad5 across Faenln" ami would-be COIlYe'-.l"[S Iat6ll.k:h 16: Daelegolb's research leads him to ooncl.uidc begin showillg; up at the doors of rhe Morn.inglord's temples. I'Imt t:I:IeShard if Ihq .sr,1PD• a holy relic of AJl1aUllaror,. lies, se~'klng to convert ttl the "church of AIl.'l,umator." within Hulrillldmr's llorue, D.ael1?gorh leeds a b.old asseuleou Eieiuis (;: The l",adm 'Of th<: M;}rsen'lM COlldlllve aunOtl m:e t~ Smo1'es-pire. tile west.e--rnmos~ peak of th~.t arlil or Ene Troll their inte.l1lt to "fllrtllCl- Stlldy" Daelcjptb!s teadlings. B~hind the Mountains that sh.el'~r~ tile uplami forests of AltiDl (no:it'lilof s~el1es, the ~~ader.sof the f~,ith !lite besit~Jl.t t? act. see~.iI~ga sign Es11pur.ta). The Sllloke!ipire is one 00 the Jai:r5 of BaJag;O$~the from the Mor.n iuglmd :ibonE' wh~tber 01" iIlOt there is some 'Emth Flyillg Flai:ll.e." witocaptulled iii: .iu tum fr;(l]n the old .red dnlgOJ.1 behind the Ris n SUIl heresy ..In thernt."l1.l1itime.COil\'eJ"t90CQlltiuue HulrlJudntr. Althol.l,gh Bal.ilgos is f10t present durillgrnt: mid, to floCk to til. GIlll.rell of AI1l:luIJatnr in Elve:rsuh.

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~~bOlJ;gbi Faenh~ was Q:tlce (Io,minall'!d by gteat empires, from, AryViiiwaar to Mull.orand

and fro!!'! N~'the, 11 ttl Mllainhaulk,. d~J~~t' clay 00$ Ja!'gely ,pa~'Sed. In tbeir ";~e ha~ a:ri~!t a.ne;v fOrm Qf merC'illu1kempit~. whic,h seeks don'ittliOJi~ove,r wide $watbs of , '~oOllOn~k act.~vity.Flo!!) the fa!'·fiung magic em.pol;W.tnS of Thill}' ro the ]lt~!)Chi!ut itotlse~ Wa~'J.''deep and fj;"Q!~lhe caravaus t , of the Zilent;:l.l"im 1Xli~lJ:esWpph,g em¥~l:'eof tl:l~ RUI1deen, dIe A lJwi~esl!, leader is an ,~I!divklual who l.eadsil ~1!I~lil1~ss gu11d or gJ:'eat OOOU{lm jl(!l.vcJ's of Fae,i!iJn battle for dOlllh~ ion over tbe ic and at'oo:mpE~'moma.ke money 't'h:rough ,eCQ~Q:nlkaC'~I.vjty,A b.usi· Hife'Dlood. ·of ~rild'e, _ ness lleade; is HOlt simpl}' a.lligh·level d}~raCl~~ who p!Ullt:icmd a Cha:ii1;C~.iS best su]t>eti to a k",jen;hip role in tile mar!>etp!aQ8 clrago!).\l hoard :I~doO\~blls plemy of OOlf!S '[0 ~spenii.Ho-wc\l'llr.if ~re WUaU}! bighLy skiUed Ln fh.eir~rea Qfexpert1se.~!H;;IIJ.dij~g fha:t ch_a~acw spel:!t bi~ eelns ii]\!estil:)s;, pl;lfch~i~g. or roundi qg bards. ~xpe.t:s" ami rogu~s, C!lil:'<!iC~· best suited .~ a ieade'l~shiP one or more ~i~~es:ie'S' and then $pem 'Elme :lnd elle.,rgy~.ppoTl· ilo.ll.g rrade roo:~ a:l'~ llsually ~killed at U'!l:f!sport±!lg goods, €ithet' jl,g SUdl basinesses \\I']},en p!}ohienl~ !~evit:lbly a:!"~S-e. might he by,avoid.u:i'g or def:-,ndiL1lg ~gaLlls~i1azard~, The former tlkile,is evcntndl", beceme ill 'busJIJll',sskmder. u~'Ua]1}1oocctlpied 'by sercerers ,u~d wiza!:d~. while thelatM .fa~ls III gm;l~ t:e;ms,il hwhlfS$ k-ad:er b:m i!J.di~rj;dud "",ho nms a moaro igh~rs and tiltlge1:'~ AiwlJ.a,re .O~,1:~$ to ieadexship in &1;I~uness(Ilc~defined ir! 'J)~rlgl~ilMaS:lItr-'$ GnU!! fl_) w~~h one or the marketpJace InClude adop~illg p.,e$tige classes such :IS :IStnQ.!''e' elnpJo}'eB~ Of who bas th-e GuHdm$'l'.ex feat. MQilt bl1~lleso ~~j"kead piJ:i1;.~CA. fal!'eJnal.:e,P' •• goljl.eye"r, 1'!~1:j'llfl ~!averUIi:." leaders ea~n a steady SEre::llU of in(lome film'll their acElvi,tLes Q1J:tSid~ ~he!tot'mal adVeJ.uur!l!g ~]le,re,.lyh~le ~someoccupy bus!new~:utei! pOlSE~.W±thl n. a~~QEINI~ ~rga~i~'llttol1. $ll;ch as a ll,inwom's n~rnlos~~r of~~ade.

\~'1lyr~r gLlid.ec~. wi:nd"711k(;r·~. or ,rJ:lc[idlant prince (SJ:lC p.Ilge 71). M.erc,aIlf'ili,M~'au memhers of lin lIherl~~!W race with II &tWJ1g econemie romponent, E,1l1_ership .~ntim eeenemie :sph~l~ehll~ :I. strong po~itieal mill social OOlTI!prnl'l':m. TIm: mllrI:.l1;tp~1I!Ce .i5 f3:1" I.no:re I.l'leff.i~ael'at:ic d~:mn1~~ colllr ES or elm_ocli.es"htlt ir III:so imr~res fll:r less .Ioyaky r!~a;l m~s~ armies or flliths •. A(hmndng~o 11 ~ea:del.'sh~ppo:sitjobl ivithlbl :I. m:Jd:~tplllce .ooqJuires, a win!ngl1ess, to' t~.ke rish and the :lbil.~~y [Q assess tile l'iIlk-r.o·1'e'\\!IIrara,rio. 1]~~~ c,llJa,prer focl!lse~. Oil le:lrlerfihip~1l tile econo;nlk: spheN and l'itl'll!ll:!ique duUcilge.sand re",:~-r& ~rpU.l"Sll_111g, sllch arele,

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Mel)Ca_lltile campaigJlI> requ j'l"6 iI, ~o/le Q[' ~o-lllpJa}'Il1g d~ffeLreIlr fro,IiU t!r~t oft'.ile pmrotypk'al 1),&D :ldvC'J}ture, 1>l#ll11,"1 M4$N;~ GlI,ideII outlines rules and app.!OOciles foJ:' TUI:l.11bllg
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Gt;rJe II aud uses termsand ooncept~ de~ned

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Basiness leaders omlO~I:n r.henlselves will'.h .~I]v~ting and e:al')ll:ng ~;l~~e}l.-The}' -k:>ok for 'I~ew b,u;s;lness C\PP'lI'tlllnitics. from ne"",:. ~!TEapped.~m.rll:N$ to' e)(i~ti11g;.~I.I.rServed .I.nllr!k.ets. Some _business leaderS. fOc~s .~ dw p!!'o.du~tiol~ ,of ,mY nmt.l'!rkl~~.~mbli,shil'lg •milJ.e-h buii.dhl£: f!ee'~~ of fi.shing ship~> QJ' esta~!lshhtg ~arw fa:r:m~, Other husjne-~ Ie-;l:der~feeus 011 cr.~:fb',od:.~ratJ;s£OrJning

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concerns itsclf with the transport: of raw material a:nd/or

linishcd goods from one locale to another; All business leaders rook for an advantage ov~r potential and
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mlJld high, profits, Typica.lly. a successful business leader eirher bltiJdJia ,rcpUtfltiml, for ,q:uality. rel iabililtj', and/or ,1m", p.ri~'/l> Som~ husiDlHs,eaders saek to control a _strategic chokepoint for l lrS_de,~1aDcbonighl: be a "ven.positioned portal :I~e'two:rk, a jJan:,""" moullt:lill(l3S5, a ,strategic waterway, an irupo,rmnt oasis, or a sman caravan
ci)I-~lo;llg :1, major trade route. Orher Lu~blCSS leaders 'SOck to dominate the proJUCtiQll of:1 I.imired resource, such as, by purthasiJlg most or all of the known mines producing a piirti.cula.r metal or gemstone. MM)' ul.ld1a,ic-.~l oosi.ness Jca.d:e.r.;, seek adwnta_l)~ O\~'r tbcir rivals by hl'ibio~g ~brrupt offlciils to gi~'c them flrvorablle tax treat-mene or !lirulg b~I~dits or JI10J1S~Cn; 'to dis.rupt thei.r ri\'a!s caravans 01' s.h.ips..

'2 Determine tllea e.r-ilgt:monthlypro.fi.t for ill bllsil1r;s.s lns.iDig' the Jase 12 ;llontli.s of il:ccivity. Abl.!siDll;ss is COJ1s.idcrcd proHtahle if Lt5 ave-rage m,(llltblyproQt is gccli!f.I:'t_tbari zero, a nd it is considered t!l~profJt~b.lc eeherwise. In ether ,;"O.Jtllli, a s.h,o;rH:e,rU1 reversrl of fofuHlC does llot nuke ii bmities5 ...." UlljlfofitaJ)re. but: a Jpilg~re.nn reversal. ,of f'ottu.IIiC ti.lDghit, ; Gu ilcl members, oli,g.ard.\s,utd mOil'Oi~o]isl'$ iLr,C defined later ill dU!Hbapttl'; ,.__

HOW

susiness cohor-ts nnd rollowers ?
Coborts ~nd fO,UO\¥Ctl; Who work ['Of ,;roo, foll.ow 'yo:u because .it N; i.1i their be:st eeeaemie inib,-fl:$f- You ,autJJ~it C"J.'l~rlo}'c.r

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extelids 50 far in the market ~~ by ddi nitien, business relarionsbips ~ are ~d on crc~tiJig 3. profirotl.c relation~ Wp fur all paJticipatil1g parties. I1mritably. ~ ..men oom~ of thcparticipfl.11ffi find. at: .rdationship u npmfimhle ~ (O!' mot [p,l'Ofic~blc c.lacmgb). the relationship eventually d issolves. ~ Cobarts lIltd foUowc[~ of :JI busmcss Ieader trust 'that leader to 1't'~"'1_ri1 tiR.':Jt1 t\,-cUO\'cr tbe long haul, and tlle:y are will ing 'to. rrusr ilieIndC$J.lit:c: 3flParc.L1t short-term reversals of fortune. Such relaa5tmsbi1ls strcJllgthcn rhroagh trust ina proven track record, ' '..... The fo~'ing, modifiers tothe thaJ;acter's effective Leadenhip fI.-o.re w.irh rCsp.~ct'[oEhe dta.rnirer's eeoncm ie' ,[)onunllll1it}·~

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wcll-b~;ing. ,Alt'hough· such cohorts :uad fcllowers arc ~']Uil1g to U'mt )'0I1.r abi~i~)f eo :umly:zethe InacklCt and make profitabl.c i.i'lvestmellts, over tbe long term dlC:Y are oom.paril1gth~ economic security of [h~ir curreue posicion ngniliS,t flu: risks of tiiyi.llg oometbJi uS else. Yoo: C~llI cam :I. grear dea I of goodwiU ftom ~IOl.Ir cohorts and fo]lou,,"tS by iict'illS--as an economic safety I1e~ througb f.ir.ltcly g.ifrs or Toali:S. r~\1'iI,rdill.g them fllir1~1. !'ind. iiUOW]11ig theln '00 earn their o... wimlf:a LI l)mllrs if dl..:c1do not rome ",n
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You should establish !l guildhall. grand bouse;, maDislon, Or set of ,gPllil hooses and to\\'Crs fl.'(>luwhicb to run yom; business or guild. l;J"fhtm .not askedro serve thebusiuess directly> business follo'l\'ets -al1d roJ10.rts spealtl El:ieircmlc sc-ckil1S Out l'iCW business ~. oPJ"lO'l'tunifies, reSJ1.'.-tr,ehing riwli!, net,,;m-klng, or Iooking for ways ro Itmke' yoor economic acti" iil:it.:s 1110rC eHicicm. WitIa rare c)(("Cptio.llls, you: sh-ould only call ,anbl!ls]ll£S5cohorts amI f(lUow-~tS m serve t1u: busiaess er gllDld. If you n:-quir-.e tljm.M '00. assist )'00 in orber iluivi:tics, yOU are ill, effect IOWC'!'.Hllg dK:i:r • wa~'S by forcing t:l!icmto work :.I side JDO without :uIdilio.l'la1 n'1uuncl'Mioll- .You shooLd also flRY close iit~cnti"Oli to die degree of economic Ii.isk iI pnnicLib.r follower or I.-chon ilS willing to sromacli. Calling onan employee in ;) mcdilJJl1-F.iskbus.ine5S ro work ill a h.ngh-ri:sk endeavor or vice versa is aC"C'eprable the irl short rim. but nor intllc kmg run, -,
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Filel.'~n is crisscrossed b)' trade arteries, from the Trad:e-~¥!ly the sllifrping l';uics the-Sea-o' Ea.llcl1-StarUo tb ptJni:L· of uerworss th~ -I.opstotchacross -the concincnt by way of tll~' Wc-a\'C, l'owcrful illli3li~1$ sucb as rhc Rnudeenaed the'lJnmllJirim si;;cl economic Jwgcn'IOl~y while mcrch a nts domi nate aH aspects of ]ifc in OO~lrltr.ies su:ch as" Amn and Scmbia, Cr::tihn"Jen rl:"Om
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Tro.d In~ 'Ie em 8 o.nd phroses
Bwck:en: l"ersons sworn re ,ml1dllct or willd.up JC'll r ,affairs tn mKi. Wa;rerd~p). Some fa~n ily membcq OOJ1tribLlt.. significantly '. accordance "'irh ~l]r urJ;i.tt~rril~structiOll~ (ot.ifa.i'li~~gJ'ha(, beM: ..:to tbc flll]li1:y businc55, ~'bile 'orileJ:'S lil,i;;: 0:1'1 a ;Iuolitilly aUt'lt,,,... b~llSi~tesspmcti¢..os) iII tine e\TCnt of your "IIeal;h.e5udde'l m}lste.ri.ou$ illfDce,'. ab ·II~~. or known ~idl1~P1l11g or illn~s:g," M~l~] e.DOlfllgb.: The S\~'~m)! SWJi!~lrl1g Sefnbillll U,'Uil rer ''S~['f;1Ltt ~~r11!g:; A 51l1~1 ,a!lei Ui'Uialll' 5CW:Ji\'~ cabal ,oJ in\'t'$kH'So (;rc~h~:; fro~l II liue-'i~ .il!1~ oli:l~lar-gcly fo._~'!),tre:'f plll~ torlos ~1,e • workmS lQgA.\tli'lel (lI:It:cj'~1!S goi\'Crl1~ 0)' deullei.i wntte11MM ~/erd'.Ml~/l.-'-!TJ1Cj'q 11'i~rnl nol~gi.~ J:t_i8 ~l0l1l1 fo.~~m e III ~'(IlIltta(lt?} to pool CollllS ther can klpam mpurchs:. cark9cs!J 'ro b'Old d6M'n Ihnt tll.ronc." • ~ pmp~,"rtiell tltey c'IIn';. il1.t~ivi,duallr affottl. S_lIhd- i11Cq:~Hllitjes in 'Mis~eit '~op ,eoin: Failed te lC!ll'1tilibout or, ttd\.¢ ,adlCaJ~t:J;ge'of slIch.rolltract a_t"ed.ll.; ·~t way of ~£t~ o-rfi~r pel'so.ru; 00 lend ::1110I'f'OJ:tunity to l'rulb~ "~lllrh. dl~b' (loins to J'Olir prollt. PI'I~k'Os~ Ii !al'g.e (l:Ilill\r~n OOIll!p31'lY, ~lIa.ll}' c=t<.ii(J .b)I tb'~. U -< Coimtosswg.: 'Qy_i~rlJ~m~ki.IlS !lIforlll\ll, shOI!Nerm Ioans pei'11'1.:meuc al'i1:aI~mati~l g' . ~!Dal'er rnr;l\,'lul £o.mpall its in (w.~oour paperwork,.;lit II1.tere,sJ; l:fP'lCjlliy as h)gb '15 ¢li~"quarter :>eV~fs11. geCl'll~.·aphiC',<l!l~_re:J!S. wluth controls II. t:j';'ld~reute lor, of the prilltipal), Shop],;«-t.ers ~itl1 ffi5b-fiow 'm;lubles oftolJ h"a.\-'e sU'at¢gic area, . no chotcc but to to llInrl someone ro lend them coins J10r a. Scrlip-tradJi:llg:Buyill!}'<l(d 8em~~g p:ilP~'t~'OCUI~L1nt5.rntb~.r ew Ja}'s, to gct soo4s (pal,tielllaj'~' Jl!ri<shabl.cs stich all food) than real goods: ship captains, f!oI.-,et rnvn!'l'S. or ,tr..ildillg eoster tbc~ ooblMII'1 othCl'wj~ afford. ~1llr 1:114.'}" Illiud btl}' rigbtllow.bnki;~h &e'rl rcdc);:Il:'i!l.bt~,usc.rfps" (writ.t'el' it-oteS) fot _1UllOUl'llSOf )lori'o'l'ren; ~1.'Cepl: such ~~rms because they cail large:!)' coaceal specifiC! goods «(rt!'~C'l'ibi.ngQrigill> C'OIII5£[w:;tiOlt a.lld qmtht),', alll! 110'''' desptt~n: t~l'rpe~nRUillau;es are" and because such inru5!tatiJ,g ~ seasen or a month fo:l" theiw :In:1l'al). If a mr:r,,-;b!!Jlt cS-t ("des might' be as rttle as ha If what IlrellsCd Inoue}'l~lIde s .. 1'10 Qllgel~ ","'auts (or can no: JOI_~r a[1i01'a to \\'ait fq:) this ch:.r~ 1'01'"shOI't;.tCHiJ., bigh"i"i<!lkloans. .• im;;-QI)Ilill-g _ship or CtU"i'l,f~il 1:':11,&-0.. he s~lls ttl st:rjp Co, .ready C.o.St.el! AI) alUance of srllal1•.inde.poelldcm companies fOl'lned money (i~~~ than he p.1id fOlt. it), The imye-r of the saip ClI!. unto a rrn vc1iUlS caravnn grOLll1 for.saf~iy: l.Sc:c f11~ t:YJ,If(..-qrJ'EN resell it fora Il'iglle'J!'m.ucmm: .. or g:ttl'ler it \"j;tb (lEh~r scr.ips ill. R'UL,'d," Cmnpniyl &Itin;g, P.:Jgc 91, for ':urthet, .(fct3i1s..) hO('t$ of eornering a ma.rket iJ~ II spt.,c'lic good 5'01iS to a;rrallse D~~d·daim: Xwritteqagroell:le.ln m pl\}r a set sum within SI;I ~shO'rt!tses" 11110: dr .... up prices, ;SOl'm tJ....'1liders 11ll1lJl«: :.., lil,'1 ~g e I'llian! rllll)~aft'C-t a ser~icc is rendered, The llyoClllent stiplJ'latocs just 'On tbe difreile!l(Ie bct~ll what dl!~yl,ay ror a scrip ami t!Iat dte sen itt--n:lldera"'is enti.d'eil ~O< rake possession of spedfiJc what dl.e)l 5eU it fo.l", "'l,thout CVQ: ~ctll;a1~1'· handl ing a'IIlYgoods, pr'OjlCft}' l r pa)'Lnclilt isn't macre, MOSt-'aut'.horid~ rr-o~\11D,$evcreJy Snip-'tradillg is the daily grease that keeps Semb:iall commerce on _P(.lf5OJliS \!-fho uT to refuse Or OOOOllilli:' l.Hunrail.aible to l-CC('".irve running" aud: thus sebstantial plfoiits ~I.t ·be nude there, paymen~ 50 ".h~"y itfs~d scilieproperty can the}l ~1i!t" ... ;SDNIU·m~(\thilDt: A worker l;!ltp.l~b)· roru];lom~ elS!? "'bo F~il1O.r: T1r1lidJ~I)t who bttys, s.e~li, and secsre t1)e 'Saf~ bij)!~"and sells .imcll'iS''OJ, the side;' and so typically thrle.s handstorage. deliverr. and: t:J';lI1-SPor t of Clll'~' Qt "'u'a\odi.ns :C'QC'oo:rlO to- lloutJ!l__, .il'i small arnoollts and for (0(;\\,' 00II1S, • is [I trade ;i,ent who l1llbjtu,-Qny Itlo\le:i froll'l city to cit)''I.\o'h.i.b:: SUliui~: R.elatinly nonpeJ;.ish:xbl~."CW .. ·:r}f&'Y Hremn iml irel'n& acdng for cl-iem~). • and s.uppJi~ (such as .lanttJIIii, blank ledge-I' books, illks.:md Few litde f~i,ot~ell, tbciJ!lJg:s: Sscret bUSiness dealiIl~ .. .often decorative locks a:ml la~dl~). iL1cgill (ii.ud very pndi~bJ~). . Surety: A wl~it£CIl .filr;rI"\Y1rb-govcrnm-eot a,greem!::llt 'compel • • • Pir~ bQil!i:1: u.retr agIliJl'lSi: builili.ng fires, GuaranWl'5 mll~f S tiillg irts glla;raluOl's to ~ct (in.~urall.c.c)" _ fight fire or, more orren, paj' value of lost 1;000$. , T:tme.5~ rdm-siz..ed e.lect:.RtI11 plaque.,!; 1I1uked with .Ina.rd·~oGi'ililg,ecoios; A IlI'U}lteylellder OJ' IUOll~'ie'l1d~rs","Q].J'llterfeit l.ulI,sit:al $eal:s" i:.sued bytbe g6~1'mJI~tu Semlbi~ of' H:trd.'till!: Trade: rl1at IlN diffi~\dt to sell 0[, b)~their as officia.' notes imlehrodlles5, 'L;Uic!! r;ail only be l'Cd~elllll!!l .n::ltL![e• .h~~'ro $:In:: IIi)' the ~!~~O whomt~1' were i55L1cd, ·th~presence of a;n}' HellJldidd; .A "'heabllg bond" or pl'epaynu:ttt wifh a kW.1l:i gove'1':lunent hanker, alI)'IJ.'hc!,e in Se-mbili. ami so are wOftlila.s tcmpfe f'0l" the casting of spells ruif.be bend p1u<::h;Is.e_r Q-J: desig· if ilr~lell. When large d~bns an: to 'be (pal't:icuLa'dy !if ~he nate for healing, poi5OJl.· :tJ'!d d~~5c'qVfn 1~g.or raisil1S fro!l1 dC'bWl' "".jIlts\~'illl~ ~o"[hepall'mclit b\;illg lt1ade).lkbtol·s,of~etl tJ!i-e dead, Ni.Q.;St ~Ild jltl1'ChllSCrs ,pay tJl.E: 'cntit~ Slfln for I.CSSCF mkoe a rn.Uy for th corr«t· 3JQl:01Il1t[0 a gm,tilJm;~nr< h-an:K·ef itb w spells, alld p,o(:!t dt.'It.~"'c"la.iIll15'widD tell~ples fm more ·e!{p~lliSi\lc the credi~or" ,a-ncl rbe balller '<1l1Cels the Jil'Stt!!Uy aild. issues ;! magjcs. . , ._ ' _, tccOl~oue to the Cli'fdi:ro~. Tallie;;; I'i)Jl.k~ ;[XlIS5ib!.cthc. t:rnmli~r:; Mt\t;ClLailt 'com.pmy: A pannemrup of dll'Ce Of mm5C metebilltts of Iirge f'lllOneml.'Y sums '~,'Ir'holJt the 1l~(1 r(N" aS5e'llibll.ltg chests (usually six ~r ~~ wlmjointJy 0\'1:1' ami' opemte !li tog,ctoo; coins. MQSr nlucimllt C9i'l'l.pauies :II"Cba~ in s(wCl1l.l ,iri.~s ;a.nd ,;,"C~ Tn.,(feEis' clubs: EslabiisrulJJ."J!lts ill Sembinn cities, l¥est:g;t,tt-, fQrm~d bY"th~ JlJ.dcmnrs ctl rrently !fading the oOfl1lpallY (Few .. Soo.rrmhel. amI ~\.inn whue' 'Jtlercbnni~ mil lJI,a~ t!eaJs illl mcrdDlUiil COltnp~t1ics sm· .... w ~he dei1.ths of rhe m:tiority c!origimll L p-riVil:c)!. AU h.ave -(fOOl' guards and ,cn~l'y {illles, :Jlld th<:}'Silek t'O' pa:r<tneffi,) Most 'mel"dlllm oomp;;m~-s spcci:.lize in rl~eprodll~:t:ioJ:l kee:p gm't.'tilllle1:lt mfici;ds and spies 'alit. Mul}' sen.-e foOd and itIIIds1Ile of OC}-mill (ypes 'Of iWIIJ~ fii~[ling effirullc}' (al'l.(l Jlelltt p.~O\rlde e'JIw,rt:tinl1'iell'ror ".biding places for' hie,e" T raaers' clllbS prMtlI) by \l'o.dcingtogethllT 010, tI.cquire the oo.caer_esQUn;fi. create :replaced the less prh'3fe and safCtll.Vl!tI\l< Ilpeil by nlc.rclIants for a JiJo:i51w.d ~I,and bring ifKl nmrkct. such. p!ll.'!;u;ses d:se\~;'here,. • ' Merch~nt· house: A f-a_lUily·rui1 husi:llC:>S spill1mi~g 1III1:lhillJ.e 'll.nnbl~down surety: Aho blOwn as i,!tilDl'jS'toOrn, ~urcoty. dais 8t'nepl.ttoHs 'witb .;t broad l'allgc of inv-estmel1ts aLtd a IlUI'(f'W wrelll compcls glIarantm'S to pay ror the ra.irsillJ .. :f a new buildo .r:mge of spocialiw:ll ~ctivities., Most m~l:'chal'lt bOllSC5 are let! by ing" "',nd cOlnpeJflSl!r~"t fQ'i" lost c'OmcnC5., if a ~cd;~ bu.iiding - a. s.~llgJ~IIII;l.uiat,ch or r~trjardl wno comr,ois tlte fllLTDi~y l,YU!r,se ron:lpS<.i>, • • strings alld lilig~~ he tided On places such ~s )\ ml'l.,. ~mbia> • Wa,tclH!l!O:l1ey: Fee:; ;pIIid f9 hire bU5illCSiS~.

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Nc,~erwinte1" to the Gre:lt Rift and Iron Laman. to TJiiiY dmHIJ out 10\\'- and higb-qualir:y "'3.1"eS built from li!\\. itlJi1tcriak harvested from the deepest mines of the Spine of the Work! to tbe dCJ1th!i Of the Mh'<li.rJungles. W~ most adventurers seek 'to' plunder the ruins of altcit;fl,t kingdol'l15 for coins, gemtS;, nd items of value, in ~ffC(t liil[ve£ta inS thr.:cltrriws of past econom k aceiv ~t}';,'business k1l;d~'t~secK 00 '~mL~C new wealth through proJUi;:t!oI1, cr,dhvod:. ,itlid trade, By playi:ng the economic !f<Il1le, }1(lU seek 'to amass great \\'!:.'11th dlroogb the selling of goods ami sel'vic;.es. You eheese your ba£dC!; ba~-d 0,11 the balanee of risk :1.1111. Jre\\Ia:rd" Ji,ghtiug !lot for sloty but for cc;Qnomic power and the defense of your i11Iv,csnne.nr.s.

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goods you WiS!l to ship. ASf.eti* th.e oompctitiOli ilJlld !iC.d OUt allies, perhaps rorm iug, a prlakos coster. An manner of threats bo!:rlc:v]1 transportation or goods. from band its to rampaging the drngcms, fllOlU natural d!i~sters to il]\.a,Jing armies, YOiJ'l' S~ICC~S:5 01: fa.ilure wi]l depend 011 haw }lOll. (!eai. with ill'C\fMtabk !>cEb~cls and noo' mudl confidence }lour C1.:L5tomen Llaw ill }'(ILlr ilbility deliver til'!: goods . .Do you Wi51i to create 11ilIisbed goods? If so, assess wh,))t lOlW Ilmtc:l'ials YOLl IlC'OO and 11o.wyou will procure them- Seek out skil,led craftsmen. determine "'here tiley are .. iniJig to Ii,,,!:, and v create II place 1701'diem to Vi'Ofk.. Dete!'tnh~e"'ho \vill sell your goods and how too get them to. marker ill a till'ldy filis1i.ion.YOLlr success Of failu~"Cwill depend 011 rhe qual~t}· of your crattwork,. }'01.1'rabili,ty to secure a srea.dr floo' ofreso:u!oce~. and )'OiJ.f ahil.iltr to, OP~ll- Ill.:';\' markets in the (:I.re or \Veln·e~tabis.hed rivals al1d i
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As a business kader, you must fil"stfiS'l1f1e out your Line of \VO'.ik" DOl }I'OO w1sb~o prodace resources? Ir so. plI,rdl<LS.eOii seize cOlih'coi of" resource-rich :J]"ClI. find workers :11'10equip.mem' 'to produce th~resource, find markets that win comrume the resoarce, ,a.ruiI. ~\relop trade roeres to ship the resonree lO' tbose wbo will develop, Lt, These step.· become lUuch harder if you h'ave found a new

Do

~~Oliwish

to'se]l gooo.:s at die market1' If so, dcre.miDl1!

",hat to sell ImG 11m.' to S'eJ] i~. Seek \va}·.'!to n.:t:lld!l!l"Cil(: yOllt r.i.\I'll1s or to ,outdo. [b~m 011 quality or senrloe. Look for areas iliI which to estalblish a monopoly. Your success Of failure will dC[JClld 011 your ability to SCClIl'e a steady 1'I'o~' of Vi~res and to keep your

customers .happy,

~ lIDn!.'$ tha:t su~k down into the Un>de.rua:rk to distant ]UI.dS Il:Ci"OOS " ~ llIDm.~'t·infestcd i,O,<at1:I'S, Your success 0'1' fai]u:r'e wm: depend ou ,t. n,O'L'.'you defend yoor hoIdullg5 agaillst tho:se"',bo woo.!i!seize them ~ amI how fat YOLI win go to fi I'ld new reseurees, ~ Do you wi: b to transport goods] If 00. decide whether YOlll" ~ ~ tr.tde routes will gp OVCl" land. oyer \\'<ltel~, or 'tlll',ough 1I. ::: p~rlilJ. If .he latter, 5C~k out a lost p()rlal.or bave your ......-:2:S::F\ own bu_ilt and tam decide: how to defend it, \,ihe'tiler tbroogh obscurity OJ" powerful ckfcnSC'S. Decidewhat

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~ resource that hiCks:illi exi-.;rill!g market, such as A mill's mel:,ch!Ults ~ h~d to do with COCOII beam fmm Mazriea, TIle rarest resources come from the Jilo:;t coo]l£ngil1g environ U1ents. from the d~peS\i

viro] Trude Arrerres
Whllic th:c p]Dlin'Ctioll'J 0:1 m\1o' mlI:~'erial!! ni! :l'illwled g90ds requ.ir,c a their 0\0'1] cl.c:'rCIIS~S, t.rnd.e reutes are b}' defi flit:ion far more difHeldt 10 sec.lin: dLic to die Inrg,e geographk:a'! dismacest'bcy spiln, Tnldcr:s giiJilbietnei:r LiV'1l5 :Ind/or ca,rgQ with e\rery tr~p because 11. .roiling \~'agon or sniling ship' is nmdi more difficulf to secure
thai] a v.llllo{ll."med .... ~a.reltQ'Use in ,:1

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welt-defended

cit}!.

Tbe

1~ii1dfr5

·if a merchmlt !}ti/a to,!}sl ,the'ir gue~$S
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Sut'<'Cssful traders eu~p'loy :JI small number' of basic strategies to iaercase fJu~ odds that tile.ir sbtilimenEs ",m reach their lfI'U·j(e~ in a~i:Ii.ICly ra:sl:li~l!I. Fj[·:;t. cvt.1')' 'trad~1I'JII:lIiI5t make a trild.e·off berwecurhc risk of atmt:k and t-he cost of gj:ttillg g,ooil& 1:0 I1Kulc:t. It makes link sense to employ :II tbeusa nd-strongaril'lY 00 1l1er-cenaries· to gu:uil a herd of simer.. even if there is a.• -isk of anac.k by a Il1UJgry'preilato.r. On the orher hand" a. wagon fiUed '.\"i.h mitbral has 1itdecba:nce or gerring frem Mithral Hall to Si,l\!1:tymoon \\'ithouf a 1arge .I"e'timre of d'clhtders. S~tUllid" good tr:tde1:lilook tilt p(lteht~! !rtrnckcm, as a ,COS[ oJ doing bu illcss. J 11 other words. of~':I1ehe best 'W'ay to scud cara\!illlS through orc-Ileld territol'Y is to R"IlC1:l all a_g1:,ee-lU'cnt with the ore c'h.ieFmrn. Most sentient ooil.l,gS are slJ:fficietltiy self~j.IJ.tco::s{:(.-d and wise 3;5 to Illider'stall(! (he v:lluc of a deil. 00' ,rong as it is to dl,eir I1lOOnmnic .1dvaa~t~ge.Wllill.-::die af'oreinelltiollled ore daiclhtin w,ill invariahly c(mtinulC to arrack ~l'1l!valliSp.1S.ililg rbroLlg,Ji his, territory, he migln be quire williJlg COavoid cara\f;;ms £tyinS it certain flag in adla:llge' for a 81'.eaidystrca:m of :iIIl,oome. Even nOl.ls.t:Jlticut l:llom;~crs call be brlhed after a fashioll 'by did!tracl'ing than \\·itil offel'ing5 ·of dteir pr,efe'.nw food while ... caravan passes through th-eir te:rl'~tory, Tbird. on ;m}'tl'ademLJt(l; oJ .TCliscmilible!ength. tradmmut 'mloo:linn: to resf. ~,esllippiy>and g:adlcr iilfonnatlc::m 0111 tbe ll'1!.f.b ahead, Good Eraders look for locations along a trade route dUlL" can SCIYC as ,iIIl'terlllnediat~ wily s"tatKms. 011 established ['oo£es., well ~'a)~ snuiO"lIs are wrelll \\'CU-csuhlisi'ted '~fade !O'I\'llS. pOtES, poNlli nexu 's"or ~S. (In l=noo,teS;,. &lcn way stations miSllt

be J FltJ.c mere dmn a. low hill wirth <I c1;l~nm.afld.ingview of tht ,countryside. a flyspeck of an isJand t'hat'i.mrely .rea.clle:1iabove dle wa Y'CS. ~1· a /Wrki ter,tni nil;!;, th.at ends in a cleJ~Dl.siIb1c kx.'il.k

nouds
Cmnrtlless trails link the sctdcdall.d. \!,r1Mlands of Rab:11ln. but most rrade is CoOnce-ntrated 011 a fc-w major arteries such as dte

GolkICI_] Rmld. tile Gold(1'J1Wah the MOOlliSea R ide, the Tetihi.r ROlla, and the Trade Way ..O"cidand traoeaC'CQu'IltJ; .for aver half of ;:iu trade ill Faerl1l1. primarily COllc~:iltrared ill 3l"caslad::iLIg easy a.recli.$ to rivers and 5e3;5. The most J?l:o:fi:tahlc icmtes are also the most dangerous, P3;5S:ilig tli:rotlgh "regioJls UII1g0\rerJ:lt1'd by aUf ]arge kin.b~om and thcn.:fon: CO'llUl1aHd.~ng _p[\cmill:l'ilS For the danger dier pose. Th~I\"orth. the lliestoern Heartlands, the Cold Lands !lOrtO of the Moonsca. the Silaa~·. nd the ElldlJ;5S a WaM1l',5,:an:heme to !lOlne of the most da nge~s rotJjt'!i5, fOJ these are birge, lig~lt1y settled regions pl~sw!d by bandits" mon .teI'£, and worsc.ln such re-gions, the t,omf:teo,tioll bet~'OO11rival tradeJ:s is ofto!ll1bmta]a.~d p'lague-tf hy sku"misbil,g. for '~he lack of liM:\¥S (or at k-ast clllfOl'ce"lIl1ellt of !OUch)C31l lead ,oolfligh'opcn wa:rf~re hetlVOOIl rival. trailers. Overlaud trade routes in Facnin typically fall in ouc of t1!Ne caregories. Roads (marked by solid lines on maps) Il![C h~rd.pllC'hiid er .~,ved with eebblcsreaes, Tiley see .r~gQJar l traffic and ha verhe in Irasrructu I'C .0 support such. Ciltie:5, OOWlllS. and fortified inns are :spa('IC{J along such routes to match the expected tra dJSW nee fOO' 11 sloWl-tl:loving caravan. Most roadsare patr,ol1ed ,either byrlJ(l; kingdom ill which they lie 0.1'

,.d

Ho,pdv common Ton~ue words for :rruders
.1l:aliila:lI!ider; h_ c \'I'.iftly spreading \!ICStel:lI Heartlands word T for ~~I:Jbs\~\1'i1sh!" tnHore jocular than dcadly ul\liuhii:1G;lUIlCll ~Is!;'~'" ill men;311tiiJ: negoti!r!:iom). Brig;lttlSt!lJr.! 'Greflt, e:xcirlng. pk-ns.ing, Inan-eicms.., 5UpGrb. ID,&r1il.w;J; :t!i.1Igt'y (:As iq "l~Jl .ri,sht diirbud, jus~ no,.",:",or "He Iniles 11),!:, prop _ . ,a:r1;md, tJNlt one"; a SOC11]1ypo}itt \\IR)' of s.igi'mli!lg, d.isplea&\lre). .D<alr'lblad'e: It ilireswooo 'mY.m~~INU"¥) Jacking il~p]i"illlCiph:s 01" !{jj':I1tr «!"those \\I'ho hired hun,' • G:d;,d: The current. H~ytl:lJads. ,equ.iv,alen[ or "Zools!" (01- any' nOl1s.,:l'ise word l1K'allil.~g "I'm ~stoll ishe&~ 00" '~J>ll!I
impressed"').

GLim: Fr~~lry.Tor &:~Lltlrll] illl an cyc-C!liI'chii,g·"'IlY.· IGu1iet:irt: Bad 'beeroe wIllie (W3t'eJi"y.bad.·talltiflg. or nau ea:il1oocing).

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K{U: Tl'Y (om~iused ""iwll wh-;1;~~vc-rs bd:l1g tri.ed is UlI]fill: i trJdy or. dm'f};:Ctous, W" tit .re's some doubt as, to whctbc;r wlwev$i''';s tr}llng it ev,~r acco.mplish ~l). li, i;] "Yollrc 110t going to kelt' 5tealil:ig 'that.' are ),o·u?" a Sometimes LlSr:itIll pn'Ge or "dollle,'" c.g. «KeD such teats often, i ha\l'~~)a"uP',) .Fo:Iit:\: ~pc~b sliCb to "try.'1. "tric:d." ani! "oone.." , leavhng ~keW' fur c),nicd. diSbe]i~\fhllg, or opt.'111y del'b;lve Speech. ("Killlgs always ~t rhcy'U dean aU IIJOllst'Cl"Sout of tile woods.
ished, nigh-impossible,.

",m

O;h. Illld they k~llI. roo.. for 3. teml'ay, eaeh of th.:1D. S<l!11etinl~-S sending mol'C thaI' one disfa vored knLg_lit t'O (10 it. too.,") Na.m&:a: 'ICoti1dbc better" Of' '~L~ lli1~d:tocrc to me" (also used \vh n difkJ-.ing 0\1,1:1: p,rfues of pcrishnbl.c' Sooc~ to mean tlJ.ey\\8 dose' ro spoil.ulg tlr !lOr ,of the best qUilili.ty). • • S Ciorcbletde: Someone C!tsually femde. and us,u.alrr quicktempered) who bC-11If~Ssom~Ol}e fi;erce~}1 i,l puiJ1ic,. 0):: W!lmOIl!! of chiller ge'l1!:kT Who CllSA~~ .in too miLny f,ireoome hlso'wn [,r,5, when negotiati:l!Ig a pl.Il·clinse or sale, Sp!lularmo.r: A'spectacuiady be:autiflliluale or remale.:L-i ill: "If'tt'~ rooked like ch-.u·.I'd be a spul!"n_JIl:1tt'Or ·toot or. "Gal ad] WI~:I!t a spUrmmi.1or!"' (Also used tedescribc a k!lde deaII:Jm.t's --, too good to be trm:---<C\"Cll if lil: is true..) 1"hael: GJ:uI, p~s.anl:. 01: heart.1uting (3S iJl:"=r~N alll\'ll~'s th~el iO see .Illl.r."Or "'That f~-¥I'was, right thad'; OX' ''1 always w:t dwt me~l]cnf of ehael, when I Wok 0p."'ll. from rhe .~idg~ and see . .-. home,") Tir,oats:lal!e~Anr ddll.biM~ dmt qUlmche.s thint without c>lu:sillg iII~~ but .iSl'i·~partkltllarlyplea.sanit (as in~Well: if's tiwoa.Islakc. bue::I'U m il!-at not mO.rctha:1I a copper ,:I bottle':). • • . Wae1io:~Hey thcn:,. l'\\11l.utw make II deal!~ ()j;"'I~u mtemted. i:trl your v.ralleS!'" 01' "'An}'ollc want to do h. [iiHe busUl.eSSr"

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by the dl}'.s:trrtes and rowus dmt lie along their pilth .. Patrols are I!JsuaUy interested only jl~ maintainingtbe free flow of commerce, !lot ill po.lic.illl!;minor dispute!! (If protecting small l~allds of travelers. Only deep snew or OO111,e ather' form of severe ~~atbe.r doses roads, trails (li1:1arkedby dmttd Iinesen maps) are hanJ-p::tCke.iIfor at least put of the r~ar. Most trails ~ regular traffic as "nill. bu,t few are patrolled to lilly degre..:. SlnaU to\\'Il£. fortitiedilUlS;. a:llli defe..l1s:ibl~.calJllJiS.itc:sare Sflaced along .
rudt reuses to. mareh the cxp«wd (:1'3\\'d

Ri.Y.clfTalar iil~~ iL1 bays and lakes such as the AblJl.ll1J.ere, Lake Esmel, L..ke Halruaa, the Lake of Stearll~ the GOW,~"11\.V!lIter, a and the ThiltlgulpJl. Ovel"Wlll:elc traffic aceocucs for Jlearly half of :111fri.ide in File'full despite tbe l'.l:s'kof pix~tts.. d{l11g:e.rOtIS sea monsters, and sOOrnl,S. &a. rcoon.~£an ,in one of t"'"'O geJ1e.r~d rntegori.cs. Most sJlips hug the shoreline, particuial'l,y alo11g the Sworn CC~5l'and the \\'>\teJi'S
of the GTI.:~t S'-"a. Direct roetes
acl'OISS

qpeu water are

usually

dist~nlJe for a slow-mOVIng

ca.ravan.

rn

addidon

to d!.lcp

SilO'!\'

and

severe

f,e~m:k'rea to 5iDmC'!,!"bat shelsered ~S> such as dle Moonsea, rhe SJliui.lIl!; Sc:i, ami the Sea of Fallen Srn.rs. Pifiim:'S and sentietlr sea monsters 1I51tlJlllty pn')' on stich
traffic 11.e~.I" IlJaitUl:"1I1 ,d:rokepoillts,...-sucll as AS1l'\,jrs Ch:l.Il1lcl, fh.c Nc:d of die

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l"I't'"lI.ther.rails might be dosed for as t much as a mnday by r-cpom of a rUI!':1g' ang mOllstt'.l" m the: Jjk~ tnil;t 1'10 one bas yet managed to W1:K!UC. Unmarked routes are used by a SlIi:i"pJi,!;· il~ 11U.IUOOrof smaller caravans, Usually led by all expe.r.ic.l!locd guide, such CIU"a'~~lS seek 1'I.Q aciv.a:l'ltage over tbeir rivals by trave.rsing :lioort-tl;ut::5 tlD.il:r .p:i"lss througb wilderness oi' remote agricultural reg;i01ls. Few see. any amouur of traffic. for mesr are t!!"pe.rsOlla] secret" of the local guide. Such .l'OOl~"5 h:nrc the adV311n1ge of USI,li1illy a~roiiliIlg blmilit5 and lUDHstcJ:'S needing a regllJa.r source of food or coin, fot it is far mere profitable fpr the1l1l 00 ilJall.l"lt 11ighcr-t'rllfl'k regions. 011 the other baud, suppm·t services for such Ulllnarkeil reures are genet'aUy 110llC}1istCI~t.and ute.rch:ants roll ll~ r-isk of crDSSillg paths "'ich ",'S.udering predators.

D:rago1arnere.or the mOlllth of the Lake of S~am-or wlaere~he!i pass Lawless lasds, such as an al!chipebtgp. of Imdaim~i.I islal1.ds. Open \'ffiterspose ti·lcir OWl] :rjsJ.;s, £\Jch as fierce storms rhar calilnot be :1void«l by pulling inmperr, 11lndmn p.n:daWl'S
fl\om tl~ OOpdL,and the th~t· of setting

SEAltoOTES
iultbe Moonsea,. the Sea. of Fallen &tar.s. th' Sea of ~ords. t.he Shining Sea" and aloag rite CQ3Sl of the Great Sea. Ral'gr;: ::Uldsmall ship tnffic is rolllC'e'-1l" ITar~ a~Ql:lg tll~ Rive.r Desaaein, the R.iV'ej[' DeLilnb:i},r. the Rive'ff Chiontlw.~ the Rh'C.l"Esnrel, th.e Ri"'~r Ith. thl: R.iV(.1" Scelptar. tile Ship trafficil~ Fmml.!l .is eoncenrrated

ldO'!A'.!'! far off course, Inland waterways ~r.;:nt' it different sort risik. RJv(ln arc much like roads, ltn:r!l.cting 'b.rig:lI1i1s and sentient IllOnStCl" iu ulllclaimed regions.. Mo~t rivees bit Vll fe\WZ[ (·CSt StoFS or other ~upf!<lrt services, f'Of it is 3ssum~'d dl;tt most Cl"e'\\1S. moving riverboenc tl"l!inh: simpl}' sleep abeard their ship lind the vessel keeps luo\ring :lit all times, assllming II. h1rgc enough en .. Thlrges \ ith slRall cre-~ mus;t tie IIp at l1ight aloltgthe shore ·w. a:m:l ]'~n~]y a wen-~stn'b.ljs-!led cflmps.ire. Lal~ lakes are usually at fairly 5:3fe because sbipborne traffic clln tra V'el fll~ eJlol:Js;h fOOln shore t:.{). a void bandits and die like; and ye.t reacb shore in time to ~.sCilpea dllinge1'!)Us stor:m. A-s a .rewlt, the glf~llt:!.::5cthl:'eai fO lake tr:rfne is. l:I.SUaHy alliances of warell'-GweUi.llg crcaturee and lalld.d.vcllin,g baalilits wbo t!.wk in COIIDel't to trap ships close t.o HIe eoase,

or

The ship pin~
Mmffi's Guidi? 11has rules f'Orrunn ill~ varlety of businesses, One type ,of business not covered but of'put.kuJar imponru.'1c~jll Fa,ef1ullls. that' of a shipping ClOlnpall)\·. . Shippets m01:ke'rbeil: money by 511ipping ~ from om~ ~~TIlerlt to anomer •.employing :;']lip.:;. i)l't~k, Wilgot1S. ill om . p w fOr~llltof mlmf"ott. Shippe1';<lrequire ::I. gt'eat deal of resosrces, lxc.l,u.seth.ey l"lUst i!nchor t.heir business in two or more settlements a,pd SlC'C1.!fe J?~sage through dangerous wilderness reWo.lU as ~vdl R.aJlgers alld rog!le$ genera[ly m~ I.'h.~ bc;st ~, altiDougb S:Flkasrers speda~iljllg ill teleport IlNlg;U.'S01: the ,~tiOJ; of jW,.t~l$ e~cel Ul this lim of "'at!,; iLS well, AlthouSh. 'they usualiy spend the majmity of their tune 011 the road (wii.dc,tIless). ~hl~pe'rs use the highest oostsctdemeiilt
7JIJyUO~

8 usiness

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em'~lIeirl'Ol.l;leS (s~eTable 6-3. page 18~ of 'J)WJg8(m' .Ma·sll"!l~' Guidi? lJ) to caleulate profit mooijil;"n :uJ.d lnitial investmcut, Furthermnre, shippers mllst construct II cembinatien of w~rehotJses and \O'i'O'crs. \i.'~!Jth 10'0,000 !W or m~'e inswae: .o( In.mg rhe stllnda.rd blilldlllg 1~'JlC IIlld oos.t opt!,OllS fo~ 111gb reseurc Illlsine55(ls (sec TaMe 6-4. paaP HIs o.r J)'ttJJgpm Mn$tl!l~g Guide 1/). P.rimary Skill: Pr-ofcS5ion (In~tdlllnt) Seooml:.1ry Skills: Diplbmncy, KIlO'i\iledge (geography). Capita:!: H i,gh. Resol!lITe.!i:High. R~sk: Hitg!l.

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M.A it KIT.'il·
ptJrtnls linking .regiolls IlC!!lf Cit:~5 of thc' ctI.rteL'lt ~'nt ilt·C il1:c.x'tiib!y \1l1uab.!'IIl to tradces for tlre prOlui5': they bold of prompr,. MIe cMive'J.'Y of gaot:!s.. . J!ern.lI5'e powerful J:1.l!C.ocilnl]ts would pity 01" do aLn.ro&t ii.~:IJ'fbiug to 'aeqmee such 1I f!lJrtal. P{Jrt{C1/cha.il1,. ~J' f!!rml nC:l:tis. t~ \\~lto· ~~owof their existence tllkc gre~.t: care to keep dl.~l'nse't<:t. k SmN>!llo:ne with such ].;;uo'wlodgc rardy 'WrIteS dO'Il>'Iltb.e e~llJ::t, ~ocnt.ion or e\,CI1 existence of It porJ:aI.il.~stl;ad P.f~SS<iIl.g fmm i:t pjH\::.~t to d1.iM OJ' ]overw lever wildlfhc gre.ateSt of sem(:'I'. M~rchaHt5 .regularly clNploy spiesto (:~lculatc Whctih~t ~ ri,,~i's cargo mllde a trip in "too· fruJ·t:" atim.i:, l'Ileal.~ingtha~tn.ose "in dlckI;tow" U1t1~ttake tlltcto disgll.ise the sper;ll. of dlCir p.rogress,

P01'tO]S
M~gtc jW!"t~/s link mil]).}'pbees across Fae.rUil. Somet~~ne-.!l. pOj'Mi malden; OOj~Sfl'iUCt cha"ill or portll!:is.'WUere the term iml~ of one a portat is rebti."rdy near the oJ'gl ~~of the neet, O:ther portal ~ ilden; p:refCl' (0 create a purMJ nexus, wh~re Ilulltiple p(Jrtdi$
hnk ro ,4 sU1flle (usually ol;l~·of.rbe'II/\':ty) spot. 'Portals m'ee:!.'"tremmy el(pCjISI~'~~o crea.te;.~bey I,IS!!l!dly eest It~ Ieast YQ.()QQ gp to C'.rnft (or ·7Y~OOQ. m'O-way PQrtais) andoften IHuda meee Adding fOr special properties-such as I::ey:s,.variable dest~lIaJtioncs,> racial I:est.k~kms> lmpa~ihilkj'lJ..t (hut vi~i~i~it}'). 1l011i.iv]llg.cmlyu",. tr.aJiIf;pa.re.ntLrnJQl' d'riftii!grs-C'll~l :1)(1(1 signinC'llllt!y to the 005l. • 'P(iJ'jal (:ha.~il:S.(sOluedmili> called series ptJr.ltd$) lind r~l't/J;'nexuses can cost hIllJi~d:red~ [ tOO!llsamlll., ir nor rniUions. of 1!;ol.d Q pieces to rollS'tl:'llct. MallY e',:d;5r.ing pQ·rtn.i:s \',1e4'e btl.hoy dl,egJ."ellt empires ofFacl'ii1I~,. itldurllns, Ne:theri1,~b~Shooll rmped!ll:tn>rm~sl:::Il~. ami the g.,eat elf kingdoHl.!S up tbl'oogbi Eaerlann and C01~matu:har. HO\\l'CVer, such pr;rttJis oome~itn~ malfU!1>cr!Ol] due to age, and

even. if that

Il:1~"Ill'l5 conceding

sonie

or the

ilidwmt~gc a IWrt~1

ehe secrets of t1leir use are often lost.' ~ Gh~J~. dIe eose, f>e'W mercilants can afliOl'd the COIpit:a] investm,ent to OOllSUllct a new po"'t(4~ let alQuea PQj"f~1 dm~n or pal't61J
ne.:l:l!S; the eese of defeudillS: a newly comtnlcted
as lnuciloll a :11

pmvirlC5,. In llddi,tion~o tIle c.h~:~Q;of .~. p!!rMI ll1alfU.ll.ctloll (detai1>ed in the POll:WlTllN RULMS CAM'PAffJN SfrlTI{IlG, J~!lgI.':S 60-&) and. plJmd scep~ (detailed. in Uuderdark •.pl\g~s r2-n). prrtwrb evinee o~heTprobkm5 35 .... 'hr'l~d. 'Clt muse be dc.fhlilOO by ~-it11¢t obfuscatio» or ~t po .... 't:.r.The [milleT restricts the l1tJ1'IlIboi:r

or

goods

dlllt

can pnss. through the porldl, while the 1au{:'r addS

pOl' ~al call be
plirtnl in

anmaal b~si$ as it lI'Iras~ocQtlslrmt the

dle first j?ffice. Moreover, f~'II poPlllatio:ll. centers wau:~ to hOi.jt a pr;rt~t rermml.l:5, fe<lrills. (apf!1"Optiately) that it Il:l~Ui~ be used tQ &lULlggte ~., assassins, or even .an Ul\!adrng amI}' laee the· city's. heart, As such, \!,'OtJdll!:g. reJi<abk', ~uffideiJd}'la.ge>l~tde-known

significantly to the CO!;! of. tran~pOJtt. LoCiLUy known. porMb often dra:I.Vpred.llto:rs who seek to pl'c}' on those prussingthr'l)~~gh. RandPlll pol·f,a1£ and .cl'eamr~,olllyportll~. are particu]arDy daugerol1S in ·this re..gard .• 5.~1l0~t.he~r cau .re5itr.ictthe ~~'l:eof a group ~ paSMtlg I:htol1gh a. portal. Perral drll]l;.es\!,.!1also lark around pw'l;rk as 'i\\'eU, fhreareni.llg travelers, ~

i
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68

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qoods
,All manner
of goods arc traded across Faerliil, from precious rnet:lls to exotic foodstllffs iUlIa from finished crafework to beamiru.~ works of art. A map t~pictlLl,g die ffow of trade gOOlis hn Fae.run is foulfld ill ihc FOc1U;;:I7lT£N R.rvIL..I1'S ,CA.1H>..IJ!(;i'I Sf:'1~ nw:, pages 38-13,9. ElldlUiillig ilRlgLe items (\yJilkb can command exorbimntp'r.iccs). most t3mVlillS,. sJtips. and (JQ,-Ial ne1tworb .ra:rel)' s.e~ cargo trains wortb ruOl'- than 10,000 gp orless than l.OOO gp, This m:ngc !iCCJtlSt,Oo be the eeenem tC :O\f6e<t ~t. belancing till: coot of defelldrng rile cargo against the irim of bC']llg :ittllicl~i.l

The

IU0.5t

commcnly

shi})ped items are

various foods, including fnlles. grain£,. Ii.vestock. and vcgernhles:. and illiwd~

rut.

eraftwork, Although IJ10~t fOOOillld drink is klca!]y gr'O'I''Jl or made and dte~1 eonsamed, mllilly regions 001;'1: sml'ted to l>Ilpplcll!l.c.l1ttheu;citiu:ns' (iL'I!tswith fOOOS:Ulffs from more distant n:giol.ls.. LibwiliC. moot dotbi:uDg i.s LocalJy made.
~khollgh certain

fa:sbiru'is

]:tave sJ?i!:~'iI

across Fac.'1iilli in recent years, R.egioll:31 ~.~population centers rend to sfl· cill_lize m ~ certain forms of craftwork ......1;1necessitatilt;:o: ~ the exchal1ge of such g,ood$ with o.tiler r~giO]'lal 'I.:; oenre.r~ C~ntvali:S ,carq~ing such t9:l'goes' are .t' u5uaLllyIjgJrtIy guarded ill1d~sioI191]Yil,ttackerl hy _~ humanoidtribes sct,;kilrlg basic I1ecessltks or slaves. Li"es;[ocik ''' ~ drives are .l1otoricm:s for attracting dr<lg,Ms :tild oth~r flying
~ predat,or~

'"

Si~upleh.lxur~-bool5;,

oolTce. cLot.k~, fun. g~ass.. he:Jfhs.

l'eather' goods, incense, oi], p']p~",eed. fine PO.tt:ef);'• .rugs. spices. ani! the bk~-a1"c uSlIal]y ]ightly guarded as wel I"for, o.e.spite the \ralu of sucb. carg(x::s. they are 9f little. infe('eSi;[O' IlIOS~ humanoid trIbes ()l' monsters, The gl't."I!~"5f ilallg,er t'!l such caravans comes

fm1llIOO-igit11ds,hired by dva'i nxerchall'~ who 5e'Ilk to create ilnd profit frmn ;i shortage of stich goods. Rare [m:Utics"'"4I!1Ubcrglis. art\\i'Ork. gellIs. i,yory. pead~ perfume, silk. imd rare ~'OOds-are usually lrea\fil);' gll:wdcd,. for tb~ value of sucb good~ i~!!!IIChthaI: it is suffu::imnly hICrati.ve~o sei:tctlii.ei1:I" finish tr41Jaspor·tiug the~n; and then si]l th~,!ll Gill tbe Wac" Uilild;et (often nl the dE}' fOor"'J1k'.II they WC1'C origimtUy intended anyway), B:u'lt1i'is and dragons of~1l target !Ouchcargoes, the fOl"mer fOol'plunder and the latter to li.lletlbcir hoards. Mili~l')! goatls. illd.llding weapoil~ and a1'1110[;, arc hea\'uy guarded. as well. Many lml1:r.:moid tribes .m11C11d 011 raiding, £<uch ca:rnvalls to li\lp1cnish their store of arms. andki.l1gs jUlidy 'A,Olrt)' thJ:t lost weapons Inight filla. their way into the .hands ,of revolarionaries, !I.1cnimric are a unique fOrun of mil it..'Uy gpod, being Ill!li-re ,eapallle Mending tJ]~Iru.elv;es. However, the mOve1Jlen,t or mercenary companies is IleaviBytnchd, for their actions often hint at ,oOlning banks and' fUEJL]reemp~O}m1e.ln. and knowkd,gc of w.ch ('.in1 be SOlId. fOO" II gp:ut deal of ,cain. Precious metals. lumber, and other lla,tura:1 resou,rre-s are gllla:rdcd. bur Jiot as beavily as SQme B'Ii~ln C:l:pe"ct, Most arc heavy e.noogh tiwt ~11;e}' difficult to .mOW!ill am sigl1ificant 'quiYltirie:s, As 3 resulr, it is cbe~ to pill' fast-l~ovillg mercenaries to recover SI1{'h goods afh:Jr t:h~y hayc been stolen tMn it is to d'erend them .in the first place, Magic .itCCll'lSu'e pei"haps the lI105t prn~jOl1S commodity, and , merchants .lliD.ovillS such ~W',mssplI!:'e' 11.0 ex.pense to dci"eml. ~lJch C':JJ1'goes. Thc Red Wizards of iaay are the emly great pGw-cr ac:tivdy shipping mil,Sic items in recent years. [00" .mostbilil1g~, 1uvoivedi in the ma,sic item trade" slld~.as the drow wizards of Ssbnn1:tlJth. fOl"t"<:thcit customers to rome to th-em.

or

so.lr ond spices
The salt tmde is very impm·tant. >bioi!: ~k is llot.aS expel~~i\r,e in Fae.riin [Ii it was hist()l'il:'~l]y iiI 'the real world, ibis is tfLle to other .presC["'::Jtive5 i'lcilJg readily avnilable ~ 0 :'Jilt setves px1u,ariiy as a 5e::Jsoui:ng}, a.lld because ~llt" bas lle'tr,er 'Eiee11 S('.:u-ce. Sa.li:. can be had fair]y ,e:beaply from a Ilca.rby s~j\ce alDiost e.... erywhere ill setdoo Famll1. 50 SruppirllS W:ea:t al~l'OU,ilt~ of it L'!:!t't"Vltal. . _ ~;l!t i~glea:llecifrom marl}":saJtmarshi;,'S-s.uch:as the Flooded' Fore~t betweell'!he MOOJl<Se:JIllud tile n)rosru'i:l't11cb" tile Adder ~valJ:'lflinCllesSlmta. the Spirler 8V,'llllllp. :lnd RethiM (11le Gre,1t Sw:UtlP'~-Il}' ladling, die. \!''lltt.r mEt 011 1argr.:-. flaf;sunba.kecd~"Q.Cb or roth o.... which eN:iJ'.:IIlSlllS black doth have been s;preati. er of It i~ also !l1i'i1ed from nnliUf;:lll'aCk-o~tilig dcflOOit"S' around dle • shores the Lake Steialm :uui. A"lllIWtl:tllhe Lake of :S;l:h. t 311[1f.OHI va~t salt p.lail~S .in A.mltlnxh aad R.alU'm where theJ!"e were eneeJarge seas, •

'.

of

Dr

S:dJt mines :In.:also located in CJwh,. Calli ms:lmll, under eertain islands in the Kori:unu An:bipeJago :U1(11l000I:l'lof Millrn.m .. .ill the n1I)m.n~.iIl5 gmtlin.s, Ai.un" in the Orsr:Jrl!ln. MouDIm.im .. ,mil so 'Ol .• {(i;\'11:11 the various aqllllltic and 5..iIJ~r.ran~all races ~Ilt . in Faerul1, g).e~l11ing alt~, s::litlpm ~ifficlllt, M:JIny jinOlue Ianrilies maJ.e good ]iv.ill1,TS ,ililing sma]! salt deposits and trundling m I:he resultS to th~ .Ilcnn-SJt lilliiJall town (I.i" \'ilIage market, so. salt ca.rn.l,llm. arc unl1eard of tiloug1l i.ilIdh1dlllalsalt wagolls are arum. fOUl1d. iu~JItli:l.'X:d-s~s rnt~\'!lI1~ of .R'.I"i'cc of salt comes from tmllsportl1~S this heavy commodIty .. Like s:J,lt,'spices arc l'coduo.xI [ron' local plants (usuaUf_ dl'jed. gmulld LIP. an!! mix,cd together in sec-re-t proportiQIIs:.i) ill many locales . .Ill r-.cccnt yea.rs., lltcreasi.t,g dis.ta,JIC'eS lubitua[ly t.ra:vcled.1:Iy IIWJfdDll.nts nave spread local spIces wlddwl<md [.mm: i.n various lnllk dried" poUrd~rej spices' .o;,w:'d it}, hlcJreaslng.

M.\!dl

r,he

69

-,

r.L.AY THE. MARKET

Market <!Cd\rJ.ty across Facnin is divided CIU'ego,i'"ieS: in-dh'ldl!.m.1me.["{'Jl.lIntli. j)llrmcnhips;

inro rh:~re broad and trade

c0l.1:SOtciums.

Trade

eonsoetiums

encom-

1lass a Il'roacl r:ilng:e of activities induding gu ilds, car-wall. Qom:pa:n.i~, JImr,chalJ,t cOIlllpa.:nie.s" and n~l'('b::lJl1t honscs, .In SCllltC cities ami kingdoms. trade OOllOO:rt"iUI'llS are recog:ni.'zed 'by tbe g<n'cntment ami i1iCco.l'ded certain rights and pri, ileges. In other regions, their power is mil .inFormal but no less porent, JUrbough. anyone ~:ID1fOtlllld i,l, uaile COIloort'JUm,. there are IUlIny il'1fo.nnilll tetluiremelll:s fOIe imildil1g ;) successful one, First. r.b.e foundess must o\lfn several ·bUlrul.~s.es :IntonE; them~cl ..cs, :S~1.xmd> there shoulil be some degree of OVCl1.lIP' antons t'he uuerests of diose Ims:ill~ fot ant)! by i!:cbi.eving economies ,of sesle call such busines.se& achieve w]udfall profit'S. Third,. II ntercll3clllt collsortiulU !DUst dominate (or at lieaSf Le'ild) ,a:n ImportaHt aspeer of the C!COllOIU}" fo'reil.lg OtJ1!:"f eonecrtiams, the local gO'o'e""¥n mcnt,. ami other (j.rganl7~1J.tioll.s to
l'~rogllrte their' .illfluel1~ Fourth" rcgi01U ill wbich merchants :hold positions of partJculal' il1fluelllX (S'uth as A!lHJ. Sembi::!, and Watcrdrep) might have :I.dditmnal R"!J.1lirclneut,s, 1iIlliting aooe5:S •

metThallt elite, Such. n,'Strictiol1~ ~n 00 overcome if a ilJ.ercba1ilt is slIccessfu.l. ~;uou~ but doing so IlSII1IUy _i1ii1j'ol~ a great deal 'Qf ,effort ana an illdi.rect te\.';'iu'ding·of the existing clit:c, For example, an 1I1'-and-c..oming IncrcJ!tant might Im.fry in~o an es.tablis.hed but dcdil'lRlg l1ou~. meJg1ng his fortune "'ith theirs, OJ" extend Jltl)11erous leans on f3!i1Ql:'.:Jblc~ rerms to members of the merchant 3r.i>o;tocr:1C)'. Once these basic steps arc a.cllicV'l.'tI,. l'i~W business o:ppornmitieS begin ~"O
ttl the

ni.311ife&t, as othJlI' ,orgal1~'Zat~(ms recogl'lizl.: the trade ronsortill Ill:'" growing

il'ifiui;..'l'lC"e. If '~h= 'oppm-tlutiti~ are
skillfuUy c'Xp'lloi~ed, atrade consortium
call grOliv ill. power :il1d status Il.lltil1a.r:g~ sW~l:fhs of tbe Local economy fall tinder their oontroJ.Merdl".lnt5 who ::i.clJic'll'l.:

such t..'"X:dt'Cdtatus are k:l1o.wnas s
ptUICl!S (SI;:'C page 71), fOr they
'1:3.11

1!I.1C"rehllllt

command the car of kings and arclibislWJl'S who dt:1lClid ,~.l tbci:L·L1~sse to fll.rt'lier thei:r rule,

pe rsonnel: fi1liri~ positions
, Trade col1sor[iums rise and fill bdeoon tl'le skills, iilldta.lel1t'S of t.hel.rpartm::rs and ~np.~rees and thei.rwillinglle55 to OOIJtrlOO'OCto t,he s~:Kl.roiIenterprise, ~ First;, YOlitnUS1l recruit partners and employees with t.he ~

n!:cessa:ry
pc.rspec{i\!'~;

talents

to

help

}'OU should

the c>on.so:rtmm succeed. From iii. galnL' ; focus on l'I.:crYiting NOCs who ba\ilC! ~

~ ~

The hi,ghe.st profits, of courec, arc made by fOemng unlawfol. and in-demand goods. 1~1 b:Yf suiuggted goods on "rhi~h the

~

me.rch.al~~ :I:l"Oids paY]I.1ig tIlX~$ Or ·tariffs •. and k..g:a] but stolen . ~s for which the m.crcllallE pays far beJow the normal marloet price (if at all], A~ osr all realms in Fa.cnlal pay no aUention .... 1Ja·t5!JcYcr to wb:l,tb"eSi~ents, .. isjtees, or ¢]ic·. ,1 citiz.enll do olJtside the country, roneenteatiag 5l<nl,r on wh~t they d'o Inside the bor-

ders of th~ realm, Uascrupuleus ua(!en (Ilor-abl}'fl'OD1 Alll'llD. Sembia. and WeslgaW) OJ.H,;lll~1 i1ave-t.ade, hire hrigands "ii11d. r'I'Cll private aI~l\lil':s. ami brn~k all i:llall0er of laws outside their home renitQri.cs; of course, thek homelal1d's~ courts ,:md society ca'i'e 11Othil1!; about rhis IIn less of IlrIHiI such .[lCtwu.tics -spt>ea.d to harming otha citi2.en.san}~\\!here. 'OJ: tab! pfucc (t.'VcJl parrilllU}') within the home l"~1Jl] .. Cormmm -lli.cit li:Jcrdlrun' ilC~i\'it:le.s illdJ.!de trading in S11UlIgsled" stole'u, ffi' ill~l goods (SlJicb S:la~'eSor refroin ~htrgs as and reli,giou"Stems), torturing.or l.tcldnlg kidn~·for-mll5oln l ti',aae 1.\'aI8, .l?m~ticipating in n(l(]e s\ j~l(neS and organ ('LCd -J.hicwery. and fo:rging ([.:lac agrcemeaes and ~""''l';nllll!i:ln doc:umeut'll_ Very eemmcn sil'<ld.ymcrcm:l1ft. aA;r:h'lt~ illdlJde payill£.

low tax or u:llport fees by mi.srcprCSC1'iti.ng the aflilOUl].tl'qualit}', or g.ood-s (qmce"Li.ng sacks of ~m~ under sacks of grain) 001'"fotgetting" to d~l.ar,c ,enf.ill'(: ~hipl11~11U at all, , AU "good tramrS," (tk swffidy spreading Serubian ternl for a11)1OI1C \vMth it head for bU!lincss) mike themselvllS a"'are of ,g,('we:nllllent fees, taxss, and trade ru1es" alla. arrailge their affairs te eSC'll!pe'or ""b1i in'millie most of them, Till~' of coarse i:ncilllilfus alwayskeejlng their OWII. doings as pri\,a,te as possible, shielding tliellrl_[rom th.e 3ut.hoJ'~tiCS. trade ~i'la.ls, SWl!'~' Jleigl:'toorc5 t~,ilg 'lQ m~.1re11.ev.r silva by sell Illig InforlI'L'ilt.ron 1Iboot what f theY've seen and bear-(l, lind (:\!~n tim:ily l:nenb,e.rl" S1.K'btma.cn
or IlaWr,e ,gil ilds. blockades. rum, oo}'cQt:ts .1!gailut govcrlllmmts \'dIO tJ:y ~o cxp.:J..f!d tine rekb of" cx:is-ting tazes or '!e'l)', newtaxes, . The 'Wisesf good nnders liI~t such C\I:?siom'i ~o 1l10!1:icSt levels, I.;._nowiug it's the overly grttdy or bi:gh-prbJIle! merchants 'who get caught. In most bnld. fk~ wt'horitie.s 'are so o"'e""l"whc:lnwd by ongoing business ~ptiMS all aroend dlWI dlat-unlicS6 ordered to' nmke an a"1l11.lfjlk of !1. particular ind ividu:]]-tl1l::Y ,tend to ler the small aIlld 5ubtlc l>iliSS, in fa',·Qr&f poullcing 0111

use

tile "big Qn~'" (iip["3"cticetl:ta.t.eams the ~perior:s).

m06t

apprOval fr,om

70

I

PLAY utE

MARKl!:r

ma,timi:zed the plCill1lLfY alld/or 5ccondm'Y skill of }1IOursuild or busmess, Above and beyond die base skill allocation" look fOl' NPCs who have t.a:kell rears 5u~l.l:lS BUslllCSS Sa"v)I. Pa'\'O.rod i:I1 Guild, or Sl'iU Focus (jam IIppropffiatc skill) or taken tanls i:I1 gelll1rll~ ~siness.-I·li:bttd sk.~l.Is,su:d.] 115 App-.riii:sc, mUiR: DipiOO'ua('y, Gar.he.rb~lioml::lt!on, K nowladgs (.Ioalll). and Sense Motiw. &com.i, you must recruit partners and pmploy«$ "'1th suflicL'I!Uii: loyalty to the business that dwy wi]] sacrifice iJJl order for iJt to succeed, Unlike .religion:;, fewbusinesses C.1n m:nlutcn.Jil1oye,,;s rwpal'tners based on ideoll:lgy. The three general appro:u;hcs to engendering such loyahy include familial bends, f;lir(C\~Filtds. and eeereion, Faerun'is economy ~,dominated by ~''Caltl1y. pou'Crf!Ui IIIlm'nam 11OUses. Such mereharu barll5cs dcmonst'l'are it keen sellS~of Ic?ya.lty to the fa.mdy by members. of the falnily. above aJrui bejro:nd the te1W0L15 tbat exist wjthil.] the fam.iiy, SilCC~'SSM merr,h:mt ,~omp.[m.i~s typic:dly lfCoo,glli'LC IImrit. fC:'l!\~~l'cliJJ!:g i1'mpl~~ .Cor their contributions ]H tl, predictable f~lShi.oJl and ~\'jl:lg them a sense of oWMership inthebusiness; This all~roach I.\'urk~'l'i;eJleven under the rule of emil and! dcm:mdillg l'armC'J"S. ill long as they are honest ~[1 their' :JSSessJ1H:l]t of pe~-fOn:liJ.311cC'. LoY:llty can also be (;ompdlcrl" through rhreaes and physi.cru
illi:imidation 001: rhroagh eoerci ..re cndmlltments. pl!1'JrJll or domin.ate perslHi.
SIlCh. lIS

merehane pri!lce~ IHIlaUy male their fortulles as rn~·iity.afJJlas, Wit~mjs ami sa;,eerexs rarely see}: material ga.ill at the expen5C of fLJ~tlleri Ilg 'tnei'r magical rnrem~, ]arbarunas,. clerics of other deities, dwlds, palad ins, and monks I.'arely.. ir ew.r, bceomc
men:llia]]t princes.

'!iIoor key ~biH~ies ~!.lP'port lh~ prima:ry a:nd.seDOJH:bry ~n..i]]5of your pi'ofessio!l, Intelligenee impacts many of your class dil]s and lllisbt provide additional skin PObltl:S. Chlll:isnlll impacts mall)?of 1001 class skill~ as well,

E

"1lnr nEC}un~,MiE-

'L

Skills: Apprai.~ '4 ranks, lBIufr 4 ranks, Diplomaql 4 Pmfessioll (mcrcl.la_llit) 3 ta!Il~ Sense Moti.ve 4 ranks, Feats: llusil~cssSavyy. Favored in Gui.ld. Skin Focus (profession [I:une-,rchant]).

l'3llks.

Lalllgullige$: COllm n,O:I'!, all.Y two od,.e-1'S. masr be ]i,tu::lte. Spe'Cid: YOti mu~t ()VO't!J a busitless.. n YOLI Ilo!m~ger own
buS.ulCSS.

II

you cannee advance further

in rh is class,

class features
As you
ad\flulce inle'vel, Y0I;D gFlin abil itil:s that reflect til blessing of tile gods who oversee commeroe and YOllr iunat,e abitLity to make a profh, III a'ddidQi;l, you learn ellou_g)1 magic to assis~ you

"hart»:

prince O.llmJilIl :IS III mc.rdl:;JJ:ltptiJ1cess if fellii.llile) j,s, merchant nobility who h.1S aoquirOO bls.pOsi-· tion ami wealth either by being hom into:J "n::ahhy f:lII:1ily or by earning every last coin hinl5clf. Mc:rdumt IlJr.incc$ dom.imtte eronomie activity aeross Faerun, us.illg their grcat formnesto acqlJire almost anytll.iflg imagimllbl~ and tiO ,ckrcnd the fOlllmL"i'tIDnS of tfteir mercantile empires, l!. merchanr

:in }'OUi' dad!)' t~aile-" Weapon a!1l~1 JQlQ;f Pi!'Qfideru::y:YOIi A simple weapons :md J.ig1lt armor.
I

arep:rofici'ent with all

~.member

or the

• L BeCOmln~ O-~erc.wiont
il(os~ :meKhal~t .pl'.lnce,s are rogues,

. prrnce

Spd]ca~d1!lg~You hmre th-e abll i[y to cast a small number of arcane spelJs. To cast a merd-'laII!: prince spell, ],00. must have an Iutelligence score of~t least 10 + the'~pel1'slevel, so if you have an Inrelllgence of 10 or lower, )"o.ucannOt cast these spells. Bonus sfiells are based 011 Intelligence. and s.:Iving throws against these Sf1clls ha\',~ a DC of 10 ... ~pell leve'l ... }'(lIl'r lin mooifi.er. When YOLi ~t 0 S11c1ffiper day of a g_i\<e-ll'!evel (for Instance •. Lst-le ..---cl SlicUS for Ise Le"rel). yo.u g.1.il~only the i'Kmus spel.ls you would be
cm~tkd to 'b~sccl on your Inrelligeace IIC'OII'C ror that spell le\l'\.>l Your SliCU List "fl:P'CJU'sbeI(lw.Y(nIJ'i:rep~.re and rast speUs just as ii wiz.am does, YOLl ml.l<s,t study your sficllboo'~. eacb i1:!l~' to prep:ll:Ieyom:' spclis"
YOll

Jit""rally and .figm"ilitir\rd~'. ·at~l1oo.ghari_$~OU'ats.e):pe1"i:s, clerics of Wilu:keen, and clerics of Sbauililflk'ul are not uncommon, Few fighters ha \'C the skill to becom IJ!lel'cballt princes, ~lthougb .figlttcr/roglles ofte.n 00. Blrds are wen eq,uipped 'to become merchant princes, akhoagh SIIrpr.isillgly few have th-e bldlllatiO~l. Th~.rallge.1"S who become
HIT Bue

-cannot j:lrepnre 1li11Y ~l'eU not recorded ill you r

~penhook.

c:\upt for n"61a 1Nagc, which ill merchare prin'Ces callpl'ep-are from .memory.

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+0

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Class Skills (6 + bit mgilifie.r pei level): Appl:ai:iie, muff. Cplicentratlol1, Cratt,,' Dcc:iililt:t Scri11t, Diplom:tc)'. Forger}', Gather hlfo-r"Jl'lation .. li,iUtdlc Aniinal, Kuoo'iedge (any), P!rofe,ss:ion, R.ide.,Senese M,oti\,c,. S~)Cal umglllage, S:pclknlft" Use Magic Device"

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disgl1lised a~ a business

ledger) ~nta.illing, two spdls frOJl1 the merchane prince Lst-level l)ellli¢ Yc;rulearn rwo Dew merchant prince spells or alW spell level you can cast at each merchant'l}J.".ince level tltereafrer, There is no limit to iChenU.lubel' of r.hcs~ sl'clls you call lean f.·onI this list. At all)! tim.e.. you call also add sl~e[J$fO'~Il(i.in other spellhaoks or screl Is to your own .. MiIl~tu af;,I!:'om.me:z:'Ce (E,x): Mcrchlmt princes have mastered. the arr of commeree, You ['OOei\1e .t\ +2 illsight bonus 011 your profit modifier (see page nn of 'J)f{ttgeon Mtl.f.lr!r·s Gffide fO per class level and a 10% reduetien ill ymu caIlit~l coots ,~ class level,
Mce,c1Dtile :l{mow.lel:J!ge (Ex):

Soou:oda~1I1's Olo~:t (,S,u): At 4t1l1eveT. you receive the £1:rot of the Rider ofEhe W~Jl&" who oversees the caravan trade, $Inu:mdalm] grallits yon a +2 resiseance benus 011s~[\'illg throws ag;Jii:nst cold effects and a +1 C"OJllpe<teI'lCe bonus 'to Slln~ival cheeks. jWauh~l:ils 'Com (S\il)~ At )'th level, Yl!u l'ece.i",c the filwlr of rhc M-crdlam's, Fri"i.:.lld. Wau ~I\ gives }'Ot] II + 1 ills.i,gJ~lt beaus and a +1 ]ud OOnI.lS on an yeur class skill modifiers (for a total bonus of +2:),

M ER.CH ANT fRJNCE SPELL Lrsr bt Lsvol-(,il.rnn, !:h~rm fiJ"$f)'II; t(JJnpr,eIJe!ld jaRluc4,gpI,
create 'Wale,.. I:lwe 1I1i"0I' wfnmiis. ilel(,!C1 ~nttg1t. erase•.I!X[Nulil'iONl retreat •.jeathe,· fall. hlWfJ dirw:J.il)il. h~g,( armor, m'af,f! bmlti, message. mOml(~ pn!sf'idig,it41;'JlI. purify joetl' mul dr/'IR, "doli magic.- shidd. U1J5i!t~f;/ 5!!I'lJaJJt_ 2l!1d.Lenl-.arco'Ul(;, lowk•• otlknu(,d flame" cnre lig;l# WlJMlids. J.elet:1' liJoug,hl'J. if1raul'/! (!lem~YJs. iJ'e~tifj. l~('at(object, OhJeNr~ ollject, LetJ11mmi's tmy btll, ummmd's trap. ,mol«: 1IfMf.e. miStiirec· fil'm. NY.ltlfs ma,gic dlft'd., J..VjrSI'lits i<mdetectablc ,aura, prl)t(t:li(J1I fr()m arJ'Mv:J. TI!IIM!i'l jlMtitJg disk. !11MU'/:etfablf! alit;ilWen.', whiS'peri!Ji, 1VlIJd, 3!d Leftl.-mwlyzl! portal. c;re:<rtr: f-ocd' a.rld '!f'at;CF. eag,li\ spicfltitfl'.,f{){)fs gold (sec bciow). f(l.~'s '{{fin;"¥., gendromb. Jm«f€, L!1tJMtWd'! secure Jbdtl!lj. 1n""ic mouth, f)'lvfs 1111sd(!J1h phm1t()m Slqeti. TCJi~1elemf!llt!,

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}'oo ila\re a kn:3.ck

for picking up odds and ends of kncwledge, This abiHt}' works m~e :tile bardic kllowledge class fc:mrrc, If you. Ilavebard levels, ~!()u. l'l\_Krcl~ant prilQC"e levels andbard levels seaek ."or tile purpose of us.itng bardic lmow.ledge. L]i1fa's :HelilJn (Su)~ At 2nd leve], yoo n:;cei.\~the:' fa""W of the Joydallcer. who held WII.ukccll's pOl"uo1io in t:rUfit fer ever a decade- Lliira grallts yotl II +2 sacred bom.!s 011 saves agiinst COJllpublOtl and fear effects, Gond'~ POII:g.e(5u): At ~oolewl. you receive th-e Hwot of the WOl1.derbring;el'. wJ~o oversees ,~nufi.cc• .cnJtwork, ecnseruetlon, and smjtJl;\.ror~., Good grall,ts. YOLIa ""2 OOlnlioctT;liCi: M!UlS 011 Craft cheeks,

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NEW SP'ELL:F'ooi!S
Illusien [GJamer]
Level: Bani 2, men::.hallt .prince

GOLD

A typic~d mercbane has two sorts Qf hade secrets: legal and iUicit-BotJl sort~ can 'be sold eo outlanders, citizens in :need. or begialning !1'!eI"Ch:l'l~ts, met-chants art: \~m1' of but aOllrutt,ialg;thC)" know all;J;i;mrl'lmY.J1.tnl!e.rs, for f~ar .SOJ'IlOOIl.e s ask ins isa golj'm':ntelf~~ spy.'

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L~Sd secrets indud.c: I • 1!msiness ,contacts • soueees Xli a;dv,:mce pr .iI1SD~r]ufonna.tion
.(aoou,t demands for g~ds" events dlat will cause sherrages, (ads ana faslliiol1s, and WhC'11new ~s or new S;biplIlcnts will become available) • ~ sources of rare and quality goods ':. ~ k:now1',g dl\~ market (builBing up c:.\'pericnce in k:i'J.O'Wu,g' OCI!.~ poli9cs.), local shonagt.':5, want~ .. -,~.d needs. so b~yif~ and sdling hunches will be correct or profnaW~ far more ofren than mere - random decisieas, which ort'et1Dring little 'profit

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CompQ!ll~!!Irs:\~ S. M 'Ca.!:tiilll, 'Tim.e: Lreund Rla.nlle,:: Toudl TiII4get: Metal ob-jecrs of lip to .10 cu. in, in ,roQ!lu:anejlc-vel DlIl'lI!t:jo1):I hour/le\,e[ S~vhlg Throw: Will disbelief (if mteracred \j,"idl) Spell B"es:ista:nce: NO. Thi£ spell makes meta] oqjecls, such as a bronze smeae or a hand· ful of copper ~oins, appear to be made of gold, You 0111 affect 10 eubk inch s of meta:l-the eq:L1iwl~m of about 110 coins or ; p<ll111ds... per '!eve]. Jf }'ou want to affect Illulti,pleohject$, . sLlch U a chese fun of eoins, you only nc~'1l:·to mL.!chone of th-e ol"!.ie<:t"S.pl"Qvid ung[h~t 'lIUofth~ other objects to be ;~ffec~ed are ill COllitact ')i'irh one another. ~l1tlie,"itllCOmp()llf!h/: A pD'O\dcr'Cil eru of at ])east gp ill g value spdnklet'l over rhe o'tdect{s).

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In icitsecrers include: ' ~ • ~ k1:l.owing ",11WUt'O br~be " • k1lml.jng who to hire for specific "shadlrwork" (fOrgcry.intimidatioIL "lln:ang~ dd3J S.. to befall tra.de ri\"iIJs. thefts;, vandal ism. :pinter. 1U'5(11), IlIJ -welf as ho,"' ;much je pay a~ld IlO1I'I' s~b hires can be eentrolled

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Merchnnt prince

You are amasrer of commel;cc:~ all'lassillg pi]e of \~lt1'l b}r cOlln'oUing aud mallliplll~l:illg du: !c\I\C[Sof proouction ,,,nd tr,Qde. Your ciforts are the eCO:I1O'micif-cblood of }'OUi' commlll!l1it)~; l Si.v.ullS you great ia!luence over tne roliuuo:n Colk ofFa~Ji'ClL~. ¥aLl look ~.tad\telli:uring as II.means to grow your business, wbe,ther: as a scarce of D.Ll", capltal or as II.\~i'lJy~o UJi]O'I~ uUPCtiial'l.CllES to your bu£in ss,

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Most merdmnt princes begin their CRffX.rS by foo,llrlil1g. inheriting. or purr.has:ing a business, Suc=s:fL!l] 1I2!WCJmnt princes fOIloelltrate on. g~OW]llg their oo;5i.n~5,,'mnqj[Ji5hiHg, comencrcial rivals, ami .Iimxi.mi1;.illg profits, COMBAT Your gteatesE weapon is YOL!l:rooi:nplll.'~> for i,t givcs YOLl00 the p<l'>\l'ef W hi lie defende'l'll and bribe potc<::milll foss. MlUi(a" yomihose-np:rofesskm and! seek ev~y advamage available to you to incJ!'ell2leprofits. Then uae those ]1oo.fitsw tml'~l )'OUrenemies under 1111 onslaught of attacks by (})ose in yOU!.' em.ploy \'o':ttJbOlJ.tpel'5iOIl:l.~ I'lSk to }lOll. •

ADVANCEMENT
O!!.~lif}'ing fur the u1e![lchallt p,rime "~;1SS requires a.sign ific[Ult OOIN,lnut" menr of skiUpoums ami rellts" &, )'00 g~un levels, j'oo pr-ob~blywant to fbeus on '~he prim:tl!"}' lind 5eComlary skills of j'Q.1J,r chosen pl'ofessicm and .ioc-l'easing YOlll.'p!l:oJir modifier as high as p<l551h!e.Sk~U Focus [C1;Ilt5 in j'C!urpr imlU'}' lind secondary skins aUow you to l1USte1· yQIl.r C'1'lIft. Yoo ll1igJlt want to seleet the l..e:Jd~I'ship fCitt. for careIulplacement.of your foUo1,'r(l:l's can give you a. significllnt advamage over rivals. ESOUR.CES to tnei:rbu~une.ss income, meoch~,nt princes have access ItO sig, if.i.c~:ntp,· iles of coin, lI_no~yijng them to purchase n llc-1l1'ly al'lyth~llg t1tey desire, Their establishedposition .in mercamile :5OCi~()' give~ tl)emre_gu.lar;m::ess to ~s\1i'Gedre~,rt oeah,'" Jn a. ~o-n in \\il~ 'you QW.none or more slJ.ooessf(lllmsinesse:~, you lch em purcitasc :Ill}' nomnllgic-al jlllm at 7f% of dle normal cost,

MERCHANT lllUNC'E. LORE Mcre.lllliUt f~Jt.u.t'li~S are well k;nO\VIl illtbe .region ill whkh they :~TI; bl1.S4ir.bu~ little lulO\¥u elsewhere, Ch:!J",a>l::~e!:'s\1j'hQ succeed 011 a Know.leagt: (local) 'ned can learu the following illfo.iIlUtiol1. including die lllform.a;tlon f.omlou~:i DC~ .D[; :10: JiLl'll)' J1o.lJ.C£.unmal hus.in.e'S& in. "'lJJicnthe lner,ehl]lt prinee has ;'lslgli,ilkall:E n~vr.'St.mcat" .DC: :1~; Any criruinal business in 'Wuicbthe me.di~_.mprince is rumored to nltve ~ ~1li:fical.iIl' in\'\."Stmenf.DC 20; Aver!tO-e monthly profit of allY ueact.imillal!msincss in. whicb the i1'ilerehlJ1~t F.rnllG~has a sigllifi.cam: :Hll1vcS<tmem. . DC l::n A\rerag:e mOJlthl}'p.roJi~ of iLtlly critlln'ilal business ill wffi(h the Iuerd'ilul.tpr.in,e is rumored to bave il: signifiull.t investment. DC 30: important 'd~ais ~iJ.d'er
1iM~ly

"'nos.;: ~-!.!cc,.,sor fa_.i1urecould

makeot break the merr;nant prince's bu:sin~"Ss..

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Nu::;/,(;hunt pr] nces in the G,ume
Cha:u.cters wbo ~taMish bUslU.'"S&."S;, to le<1:derslllp rise positicm5 wiltllirn. 3. guild, at cmphisi'Zt: lllc:~tuw:s-kitLls ~tc well ~-';li.te<llCl beeeme meocballt princesThis pl'c5tigc class l!Ifp.:-ll15 to pl.3yc:rs who. like th);!ir cllll.ra..cted
, roamass \\i;!.alth dilFOtigh r,ok~p]ayillgll1w social. ir~fCra_(:tion rath~
than ''dl;lJ]gcon (n."i~ing," It,,",'Orks 1~'C.1l.il.1 Clttti9-aignS iet ill s~ttled .rcgioJ1s wilth thrlvil1!; CC0l10JUk-s. wJ]ei,e monsters are feu' but' .rivnls and "iUaim h,rd'~bchind the ]mMic faces of civ.i1~ty. N.Pe: meOCll~J!Iit;l_JJf.im;cs OOG~py Pa5it.i:oIUi ofgrr.:ltt p.rolnUl.~J!lce in powel"ful trading cities and 11[\1;.' 1I5md]), members of tbe t.!flpa' class, second oJ]~y to the titled. lltMtrn::racy (If sseh ex:is.rs)- Many merehanr p:r.inoes W'Clfe born .imC! (or even founded) pou"Crl)ul merehant houses, O~b.cI'Slead po-wcrful gtiulds or ",id~ra:n~i,nS (:mdinE; costers, A few ocmpfP~iJtiollS in govc[lun,,'1u w.iln ,~ great deal of lnfiue.lKC over cm:motnic a~ti.virty. panit1.lh!rl)1 in. dries w!:rere one or mere aspects ofM.'lldc are amtrolkd by the govermnem.

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Men:hnnt princes in the world
~rclun~ princes can be found a~.!QSsfhe .le11gth il!lrl' hreiidEl1 of r'~enin" Most {h,\C11in ciries, blJ'~a sizii'l~~ m in6~'l,ty willudhrs,E1!e
~Q.tJ~. seas, aad pW"('d/Il.etw'Orb of Faenh!,. knittii!g~hc COJ]Einenr rogethet through coauucrce. Merdlo1nt princes teud to .1 in i\"C the 'U.'e";:lltnJest disti'ic~~ of th~ir l'lOiH~:J.il!ld or ~il lsohu:eJeg~ffi:te-S

s1.mxnmd,,~ by their retainers, AldlOUgll some are fr!,lgat.~nost are rdll:tivdy oSrentUIol:!S, given ro dmmatic d~1UOn-!'itr,a.tiom 00 perro.L1al wt.'1llth.

ADAPTATION
Th~'!nel',ch~IIIE' .rrlna': \'l'Orls wen in 11l-er-cantilll societies 5uch ::15 Amn. :Sem.M~. :md.:Warel'rlrep" If YOll. replare the spcHca:shllg abiHtie~ '\,,~dl "+1I.evel. of e.xisdllg ~pcllcas~i!lg class" at el!ch kYCJI. aod a [Ieqlil.~reme-.llt of ~'an}' ire.m ereerjon filar:' lIdd 11.roqnirc3,1LCn,t of "i]m~!lh!!l" 0'[ Red lVizall1l,s:' and l'ediI:roe rhe base IUtack bonus pi'ogr~ssJ~r!~o that: of a wizard, this p.rest!g~ classeould be rn]1cd] "endal,l-"e master" andrerargeted irE m.em,be-J!"5-of ti:teoRed W.illll--dS whQ, run Th:l!}'a:l1 enclaves in cities aCI.'Q55 Flleril!l. ENOOUNTF.RS prilw,es are mest oomu\only encouutered a5po~cmial employers. looking re 11ire adventurers to cmnpkt~ II ~pccd:k ta~in ex.ch~!!ge for ,[1. specili.oo WIN. of mQ.lley. Mercnant pril1lccs

Mere-hut princes, an well knoli\'noo oon:ummerS "l:mi ar~~toc~~~s Fr'OJ1:lacress Fll.t:tU 1:1, ililspiril1g a IlJi)ltLlr,e of envy. disdain, respect,
and fawn.ins lldmir:.l,tioH. MOiOt
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REACT10NS

primes

a:re seen a~

~yll;sping, oonni",.tll1g scotindreLs wflo"'OOki raeher hire'a.llothel'
inil:ividmt1 to do their diny wotktban risk danger rothemJ!leIl'es" partiw.llt~ty ;lijll(mg. thOse wlJo Live ill oth~r COlntmmlties. AJllQJ1~g tia(:ir f~t1o..... citizens, merehaae prm~ aft t~nerdly peru;ved ro faU il'It-ool1;~ of l\1rD t,"xtrem.t'S~sr'e~dyproJi«:cri or uoMe' b:u~ra"Ctots-wiitb fee sbadcsof grey in be'C\!i'eeJI.....

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as f~. nSII\g .heir J:llOlH;mty teSOll[o(iC5 and OOHu«:rlolls ,to cause p.robkJ.us for ros W-bo tiu{;at<:11 the sucecss of il: busaiess venture. A ~mple .ll.'Ietc.ham'flril~.ce, Daoonl~ &!S:hCIJ5t:a[', etailcd ar is the end ,Of this chapt'CT,

O~.igm.\~hi~are mere pl'ofi~1hle dlail SJUildsbeC'ilU~' th~"SJjIrl~Ik'f nliJnbel' orpar~icipants :Iud the brger role each J,lhlys ~rcarcs

a more ~.e;~I.phtyJ.ng field w~thlu the o.rgalliz<!:~iQn. (In gatlli: rernrs, this is why the profit check nwdificJj ,giv~ ro OLig--aIXM is g"~1[[~r than tha~ giveu tQ guild j:ne!l1~S or even those who are F:I.V'Ol'IM ii~ .. Guild.) A~tholi:lgh oligard:'s OOJlti.tlUeto.(lOlnJI(~ ll-mcmg themselves, ,~ligart;b~ face su'ong m.w,l",nal p.r<:'$&'ll1tm secretly divide :I. l1Lil:rliiet :I:tl1i011g lhemsehres anti the:t., cJlfor,ce~h~t
decision among

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merclialllfS

seek ro es.mbJish an

OYCJisirz.cdp<J:'c5C.I.1GC in

a segment

themselves,

oft'h.eir eaosen l'uad:.etCs}. lly oOJuiolliJiga. I~.rgcfr.1.ctiolil ofa pa.ticllla. raw i'COOUJrCe, tli'l)C of fi.ll.is.hcd.good. Or trade 1.\Ol.W;::. II business teail'('. can Jna:.;:i:miu: bisprofit liutrgil.1. 11.1 g:l!i.lC tCIJUs,. this is .reflected by die fallowilllg lldd.itiOlllil modifiers to d1e Fl'oiJ'iit dlee'k (suwkmcnti:ng Table 6-r.JJ'Ilgc 1:84 of 'Ihwf!JtNt M(wtf'~ Guide11),
Th¢ M>C.(-,c~~nt [9, ..

The greatest thre:r~s posed toO :Iil o.ligarchy de.ivc froll'a SnS£'" ing ,~.igf'rd.1.~\vho seek even m0!;8 ,eonttdl. Olisa:rdties pre~l1f a fi nire ~ist of mrgeu for II \J;'OI,IW·be mOJlOpo!] ist <1,00 more than OIl1.'lClJigiloch has arracked his fell,o\\;,B.in a bra~ell atterl1pt f(I seiZl.:
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MonopollJ

F.ir~fit Modifier

F;lll,"Ol'ed it, GiL!i1d G~!ill:l.m'lstcr MOl'l~Jist

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Ol~~rch

nunnin~ u ~uad

A Kl.tild! defined 3.5 a group or rnerchauts who mnectively C'Q~. ~ tr,al 80% or lrilOt,c of the ccenosnie lIC'~ivity wtthin llPlll'tlcuhu' Ill~:rkt splil:tc,. bur .indi.vidtmlLy oolm:ol less tb.-In '10%, Qf the m~:rkt c~cli, ill I.lmny iIi:;,,]ml;. inclllding Wa:terdeep.gui~ds are chartered byth~ state. and l'illmnoorship in the gll.il& is required 00 li:'ga]ly cllglligc .in the types of eemmeree covered wjthh~ th.e ~ makes b±il'lSeif f!. tcJl.lptillgmrgl.:f for di0;5c",,:ho depend guihl~ chnrru, Inol~opoli&t1; markee aad wi3hw rOOLKC their- costs, 'Guilds arc iulID:l"c'J.1t1y fractions ol'ganizllEio:ns, slnee gtJHd
dominance' while ooll1peti:ng with one another for marker share, .AitOOl,lglil OOJl'Icgltilds. Jl1li11agc to maintain :IJf eqtlirnh~e Qrga~ itat!om I st.r!llC"tllr¢, iL'I Ul.Cl\St gli.i~.d;' ,tholilll .~Ilreadershlp .rositio;l1~ "'ield ,o\fCrsiu:(! i~.l.lhi.CiJCC benefit more rhan their fellO'l,l/'guild :J:~d. m(:'.mbers..(In ,g;tlJilCtCl'lUl;, this. 15.l"eilecred i:n the ~tacking pro,fit cheek n:too]J1c.rs· given to gLlild.n1emoor5,~]lo:;;e with~he Favored ill 'GiuiiMfC~,t,and tbooc who lll'~Ci\li.ldlna:!)te.rsJ The Kt"1l;tcstthr,eat5 posed. to guilds S:~(lm. from the inequb~les
bCt,l;CCU dlC rnl.di;.-m~d-fil~~.nd dIe leadershi.r- Ir me~ubets of die .r{;:td~hip overreach, benefiting f[tf more dml dIe] r fellow gL!ildllll.ctubcrs" they risk ~hatteJl'ing the gl1i:rd. Such a. ceuese bures ~'V{."j"y(mc>fur Jf.ival ,(jon50rt~lImS In ighr move qukldy te diouliumc the newJy ,cOJnp~titi\'C '(lmdromnent frutn a posir.km of strcl:ugdu, n:oo.lltIkrs IDList wo.rk tOgeth11::r~o e5t:~,bli:;;h market

PI mQnopoi i~t is dc.finoo as a oosmess leadc$ who doo.lrna~ ~ particular resource, finis~~ good, marke:r. ottradc rou:tA: .~ C'Qlltro~IIllig 80% or mo.re of d~.e eoollo.miJ; ;lctiv]ty within a pa.l"tlcl,ll~.r marker sphere, ~Qilopol [es are very rrofit~,b1c, fo.r il ~inSk individual cJ, fect~V>eiy oMU'o1s :m entire market- (111 gilJn.c' terms, th~ .is wIly mQJ~.QPolists i'cce.ive ~dle highest ]Jrofit check mooifillf,) MQJlopoH~~s [:ace IlO itllf('J".lml pressurea, aUowing them to fOC[J5 tite.ircffor'ts 011 nmintaining !u~dcxllloitil'lg their .m.o:no;po]y, Tb~s.r~aMtt'ti:iC'ilfSPOscd to a tl.1Clll'Opo]ist ~<c!I] from his veT)' Sl.'iCOCSS- Ot;h",,'T censers of ]lCl'WCl" .iudurling gCl\i'cI'llm~:nt:s IInm rells:lol~s> fimll;n.."'1'chal~~ ptillC<:.s wit:lding Ul01l!Ojlol.ist JI()1;\\1ll'S to he ,agr,cat dU'eail'- By OO1lC~'1nrati.ng oon,t.rol of 11nmrk~t,.ll- monopolist
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leatim are obiigawd to cl~(:]rb~(J,e.rs. ,.11.0 i:nves.t in ~llo bus.llll.css mrouSh loims,oo'l1crsb.iJp sh.. :s. orfaYOJfable tnc!e m dwl$, Busille&S leaders mLlSt lMke a fJt(JI!i:tot risk lrni:ng their liwlihood, in sorm kgirn);S of FiJ~'1tl!1l.. abssiacsa lcad.e.t-':5 a~~ns might be enforced: by strong rule of law, .In otherareas, t!<l!d;crS ina" failed \'CJatllremke mat«:'$$ iL1ID their owu nilnds. h~l'j:Llg acssassins.thic,~es. or magic-·wieWing ~fldlC!l5tct5 to cl1li~t tOOT vengeance, Ru:siJ:lessle~iren;can IlCVCr rest ou t.il(.',jr l~i,:i.rcl5 r the JIl.~~l'kt o w1il move OUt fron.l under dJt;111. They mtl$t ~k out new]m5ille5S opportl;ll:licle-s, ilwes~' ill .11C\:\1\1'"~ln·L.lrCS, ami assesstheir coII1JJcti.eiou OL'L a rCSJUl<lrbasis, They rI1JttS<t be [L111CMtti'O'cll:L1a.opcn to new irlea~. lookmg for J~' wa.y~ to exrracr raw l\,'WU1'(."t;5. JitCW m~nu:r:~crod:ng pl'lX'e.sseS, iu~d11' trade routes fliRt giv.;; them .......
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is ddi.!ilro llIS abasiness leader wl~odemlnares a p..1niruL.1t resource, finish()d good, markel, or trade route by oono'OUing 110% or more of the ooonomic' activity wid(m a. p'llItticu.IM' Jillarkt ropJleffe ll:nd eolludes with other QHg.1.rcl!s to COJ.'1uo] '80% Of IIilOJfCof~Jle '~otll:r eeouomic acdv.~~y 'Withill fha~ 5,1lIrnepartitLllar 1n1ld:'llt sphere,

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.shi!pping 'things O\I'el~.illmi to a..u[cl die I I] ner Sea p.~ra1:f.~ldy 'to O lose them to ~Ilds on th~ long landroutes ",lest ofWestglrr.e. and MonOIl11es :Ire arenas of em] Il!ict in which ,ecmmmi:c forces also 1.'e~luct,lUlll: pay iacred iMy stiff fees to the merchant ho~res to of V!restga~e to have tlleLr ca:rgres, acC'mnpany the weU-guaweJ 'st!ri~ 3gail1SE one auerherto m:uimi1ie their profits.W.hile such divisions ritreJ1y spill oyc.r .umQ di.re.ct hosril itie;:;. HileJfC-.!mnt I.'iy~ds caravans of thac city, The brorhees sr~I.1run the oos.te.I". but '~hey eRl,pl.o}!~nmaunee of .!ndi:rect a&taeits, on their trade rjvals i:n have mken on. two lesser partnE:r~: th~ Mhalog1~ of Mordli~k~il hop~ of building a oompetitive lIdY:J!l1~ge. ~1! m.inol" nohle) and Bezentrar of SUi7.;a~t _. ffil'jre!balld!s Group: Fcunded in the J"ear_ [>r'~I1~ (1;5'1 DR) Olllt of Daedu ~l.rheFirehands had' a ,'oughgo of It in its e--il:rly }1If'--il:rs trying re esmhl.is:h .i:t.seirfin a.marker widl rm:ny oth.er Jtl1i1.U~'.NJ:11111 merchents and small partnerships .ral'ely lrading operations, btit .it is now an eslil:i~ish.eii: j];WIl 11t11chti:llle to think ami act beyond the .ceneern ,ca'[~rlng fllUy to 'r'lle Waten:Teep eo day-to-day drllidge'l."i.e,:;, of l~mming dlei:r awn &~nhia ruu, Its .represen,tative is DlleUart businesses. A.1t1~oogh. they compete with one rhe Night Blade (LN j~lallc Ghondarb~il 3"01;IIer. S1LlCh0011fI itt'S are lal'Y~ eenfined human fighter 12), Tlle Flre.hands GrOll? ~()tbe 1I1'CI.lil5 of efficiency and quality; 0[1 has Q0l1l:p~titi'\re 1~1tW-S, 1;ru[ raids andsabothe adler hand. rival trade eonsertiums tIlg~e 1II.'ecom mon,. of;ten ~lI.utlc1~edby its ofteJ.l dcWJtc as much time and energy kmgsrand'ing rh'lll.[})e Iron Throm .. ~()undermining the.~rri\1n1s as they do H:ig;h_n Trailing Cost~: Heiid(ltfby ~()'[:ml~peting lIgainst them. Guldel:ph Mare!llt1lt.m (Nm ale Tet!J.yrl. M05ttrarle rotl:>Ol~tiIliJusbelbefi:r to ian war.rior 9), rh ls f1ooris.hing C'once-m 5O.i:llC Cnel]t fmJ:ll the rule of rawi thus. deminares the Sw,'o:rn Coast over] and they tc:nd. ro b:mi!: w~i!Jlin the genernl 1.'oo:NlSfrcm.l its bases in Scorllut\.el and 00l1fiac5 of the .Iawand eschew opel1 , Wa'rerdE:ep (&urpr'jgJng~}'.it does !lQ~ re.adil. w;trfare. MorOO\'~[. I:I1mttrade censeetiams the Da.lel:i.llds). The roster carries everythil,g: view l-ir'l'~d5 mere :IS t1I:rge'~ to be acquired than hut has e-lidu~~~ .rightsro k'aorph (blue "'lne) and targets tD be' dcsn·~d. Iim iting the lI:rlnaullt of djrect certain spices-a.ris.peg.mll['ika" al]d de1:p.h-l:hat Qrig~na:~ d.tnmg:e they f/;Ild to I.Lliiiet Q[J one :JnotJbl'fr. Commo!] SOl.uewhere far '~o t.he sm.lI:h and east. its eelors are a Wll ~r.e tllCtics illclud~ hil'i~]g bnm:l!its01"monsters to lItm.ck a .ri.vai.'s ~ crescetllt on a black.• ~t:a:r.~tlJrl'J:eJ oval ca~;t\!~llS'orto i:nterfcr~ 'witll t'J]e s.h~p:nlent of critical. resources Ol: if'On. T.hroone: ThehXlJ1 Tbrone i~ a. seC're~h'e merchant fi.nisJ.l~. goeds, ~t.l"d;i:ng.de~]5 with suppl iers to "fre-e;l;e out" ar.i\fa]. cmnpal]Y iv.ith the pub]idys't:i,tecI aim' of eenrroll ~i1gtra{'~ .of bribing cm'rupt offic!ltls to harass a rival wirh peu}' app~ica~ions tr:J!lSpOO'M~lo:n :lmi eenrmeree-relaeed equipment alldl.'O'e1p'O~~s iil of th~ blWi causing incidenta'! dllm~:ge to stored goods to increase the HelIl.'damls, fmln H.iJTsfar to Baldur'll Gate, "fherron "fhrQlle'li a rival's (ja5tc5~ .hi:ring a\'l'ay key pe.t's(mllel"[tna sfu·e-a.diag .rlll:mOl~S fOllndel" a (jell ing named Sfen1L, vanished 'rhree yea:rs a.gQ. and her ~boor i:nfel"ior goods and services. remain ing, ri&r~enants Imvestfuuled '~Omaintain the company's cQ:tlIlmallding pQ.slt"ion in the ~'e~pom, trnde. riOlIOS Me.llcaitll:t·s, Leagl!le: Based in &Jdul"~ GIt~'I':. the League p!fQ:1110l'e$ mercllal~tsaliety through good roads, regular p:a:rrols, dcfensive \\lay stations, as, wen: as ~~l"Qi'g" 'L'lel.t·run. and well.guardoo Most trade travels in cara vans fQ!" safe'!;}', and the great luajQ.l".i~}' ,carav<l.:1ls.From i!J!ellt mernbe.~ of the l..eague are lrlentree. Zorl of caravans are run by hldepende~]r cara vau milJS'ref.~\\1110 o:fre~ Miyar. and Dahron Sashellstll!~ (~ .[:tage81), J1.'llfll"e SUC'C'f'..ssful display 1]0 badge er celers at: all. Some caravans are sponsor~.d merchantl!. who. ~,es~d8in Baldur'll, Gate, For nearly tl.l'O d8Ciides. or dlirocr:~y manned h~' 1I. dty or alliance, :md t'hilY I.I-stl:aHybe:JJr the League has beenan org:a:n!1.atioll in decl ine as r.her.~e of t~1.e the sigi.~of thllt pillfce. l'I~e-caravans of Amll, Sem.b~a. nd dle a loIar[QUiseoseers has largety I:e,ph.ced its flli'!c~lQtlsaml sapped ~ts Zhenl:l:r.im are so marked, wll ~I.eearavaus al)d' ships hacked: 1)}1 r.r:ad~tkmal Sl1PpOl,"~.Howevee, DabrOll SasiJ.e!Jstar--wh.o ferent~}' the R~lldeetl are net, Sl.lcceed~~ his latr unde-•. A ld'et'h Sasil.~Jlst."lr--hil$ b:ro1.1ght !'I.I-~\! lnatklition tQ 'the ma<jor~lne.~ dctai!ed below, a llUiflOc. of o~he, Iife to th~ Me;rda.ant'$ Leagae, rehllol~tu:iHg ~[as al'ria kQ.s. W~th 't1'li.dij,1goigai1iz;a,tiol.1S are'lIcthre:in tIle Hea:r~l;amis.ra~gmgfroll' fb.~ l~ad.iilg cft'be 1'I,Ili:t1g d'"I!.d::es of Billdui"s t:.1ate. the Met'c'baIIC's mle-sl~o.t eperaeers, 'Eo seaSQI)al fnnHy operatioil:S.,. totl1.depentlem

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Sbieids also ser\re as Scornuilel's offici" .• ;u'!Uy:md police force, pel'forrni!lg r.lle fanner jQh pl'Qfe:ssimmlly under fru:- leadership of Vuldan (LN male Terl1}'rilln figint::I.· nand thcla.ter joib to (he compan}"s benefit under due illad.crship of M.iftat (ON male Cho:mlatban IUltnan figh.te.r ,6}: $lcVCJI. U'ns 'iI1'tad:ing C:one~': The 1~~Il1C ofthis group ll.:fcrs, 00 S the widel," separated partners who rOl'n.uld~he gJiOlIp, ~OJ!1\'CJi'tiJlg rheir oR'iI slVaU merchant companies into. regionalbases and providing horses, draft Q;fen. and! wagons, and hiring local guards.. The even partnersare JJials,<iQof Baldur's G!ltc". Shield of E\n~rlUl)d'. Pomphl!lr of .Almrai\'ell, Cbo!l~ of C~laUl~r.AlvUlld of
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to go after and kill any caravan m.irlcr, so few OIsmd raiders tiU'Igl.e \ itll ThQu,salldlleads caravans twice. Trail Lord!: A lill)'S~er!ous, PQmpous outfit roocntly n.·v~a:bl to be Lacked~. the Red W.i1<al'ds of TJmy. the T1"i:~il Lords j1illvet~ exclusl!/e OOtl'tn.ct for gpoGs shipp~d bctwc~1l enslaves that Citrgll~ be scnrt:b)/ rn~git: (du.e 1:0 oost,.~fQ11L1,lne. IlIilo'1gic:i1 rt£tJtic,~~). l'Jl,: Of gJ."oup a:lso ships. nenmagical ,cargo between cities honlc to &.00, Wiz~r(l enclaves, The TrailLords 11avc ~III known to hir.c halforcs (or \\"One) as guards" bnt tlt~y have dccppockcts and can
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and Oftcll ·b;amlit-strll.d;; as a re,wlt~ .Iwwe'l'er, it also 'Ulldercl:lt'S oo!npe.riwrs on most r"OU(eS, Six Coffe," Ma.r!c;et r.~B:ko~:Named for the six wtlllthy merchants. who sponsored it,. this liria:Jtos is run ~. The]ve-]3:aru illileld of ll<:.rdusk and J1a,s bases i!~ tllat dty as wd] as Wllltc.nleep, Sihre:rYlllOOil,. Priapu:N. aad Sclgaualt_ It i.s large, effidel}~; and prosperous, hut Qui,. foo r of di~ original six partner.s stili ]i\'C (rhc SYfVIVotS .a:reUkiaitUn Sd,gJluflt, gy.n~el of rJfi'e~Ibm-. Maft1t11 of Wat'!:.I"ik'Cp" ami :SxwelnU or Mllr.~ernhe;r). S,tag:s C'anvao, Comp~;~~ This is an older. :5Q·ntewhat-f:a.llen· frora-fonnci-greeeness oti,tit of li'ugged a(hfentl1rer~ (now m.o~tly dead or gone 011 to odu a<!\ft:lltum eI~"'her,e) 110\\' taken Over' h~1 il.ler{'h:l.l~ts .... '110are (iOl1Stalldy de~Jil1g in luge anti smal] matters everywhere. :rb~ comprul}T's aging [,ail general. Black Tomm Bh:u-hi.LU1, b:is lost cffl.itive ooiltrol of (la~l·to~day ope.atiom; to SCOl"l11. I:Uc\'c:ll. and Dindar Pd. all young !l!lercil:anfS of A 11111 who clcsp3ir of Illllk.uJ,gtheir f(lnU!lle~ withi:i. tlmt k in,gdol11 of mighty merchants but lUI: d~t£.nl'il ined to In~ke 'mOHe,}' W1al the

i.llLlsionisr7/Rcd Wi:t.ard 1} dircccs efu. gllOup"sopacations. T1'l!Ies.hieM Tra.dlingP.r.ia~o5:BiLscd IIi! Te'~pir o-n t.lle Dragon Coast, this Pl'olts~i<mal Of@Uli.7;ujo:n builds its own. wagolls and also equ.ips and trains irs OWIl gU.ll:n:);;-m.m it dees both of the.se til ings ~ry welt Few
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S\l!Irsflll;t 1:!l:1!id~'m~_lS~J:s, He,ailed by a coo.!lCil (Ehe .n:l~rdllliis Pbeng Thelonabur, A:rnrilll:llt ])'Uh't:,.3:raa Prist TlleiInip) and based ill Scornu bel, rhc S\.lr,.f~"'"I;t specialize in providing, experrguldes, e.JiCOHs", guards. fal" all ~Ol:lC~'Tl~S, Ol1.lrEheir own cara.'mn~ bur not aliso those of :m)' overland t.ravders_ Their raees are high. ·their' employees good. II::is rumored th~t die Surefeet: have gained mucll \\,()alth thr-ollgh several richtomb arid knlillc ruin fiildis made by gllide In mbers, Tb.oll$~ndD:e~d5 Tr;~dlDS CG5k(~ R,~IIib}1 die f_ormer ru;Wellf!:lrer IDlarnvan ml:.1~!l'laIJID5 (K milk TCEhyrian luanan r~'l.le 9) from Tliljst.ml1gl1oltil.C1l5tofR.iatavill, ~his COS~tr 0ll~n!;reS i);' a'!ong a on s,ingllc roure: f[OI11 liVaEcr-dccp to Hi.IlsfilJf ",iii SCO:rIJIL!bel, Berdusk. Irieaboe, P'lruLlf,. Anbd. and ~Jnbra" Its name rerer~ to dte "th.olls:JInds" of small one- to tl~1;hr'e-wag(l1lmnfits tila,t belleiir from tl1is ooste1'-Bl~rav:a1ll l'"C(;FLlits I1:timllldvC-l1t'U!!'ers to. guard his ,caravans, and! he 'Offers Clit rlttcsm .mall metcllallts,. His gum'as il.re wLIgh,h:mJ-I:t'05I.:rl:, an<lti:n:lbl;, Th~yhaw: insr.r:PCtiom.

WindridJ~r.s. Tradi..os; (~C!~tsrlTheWil1dridm a:re }'Ql,mg mer- ~ chants w.itl! awild r-CI)lJ:tatioll for .IJJ!:l'O: competition. but tile}, have learned the hard ""il.IY about how t'O run 3 coster ill the pa~t fe\\' years, AU \\'CII.[ sb.icMs adorned ,~'~th U1'19Jte egaMlS, wiugs II F outstretched. and. theyare much tl~d for s"'itr., d'iK!"eet ca.,:!' ler serviee a1'ooIld~llc North. The sixt), or 00 members of tlili: coster pn:fcr~o I'CUl."l.~1l ~.lilo~}'moy~ and are [\I;:pr~~llted thrQugll d!J?.ir effiee and .Ieader. Tershilm Firetcl (eN male Chom]atiwl1 irol]f!al1 fightel' 7), fOJr~l1cr'l~1 of WCSq;IU:C,

Bci~(l.nds and pirures
Brigands alia pirates '~pe.rntc beyond ell· reach or the law Li1 \'\"eakly policed kingdoms and unclaimed tl:rrit'o.ries.. Tile bane of merchants across Fa.erll.ll. sucb ouclaws are economic ~~tes wl10 ,[J~'e)' on~he s.IJ iplnc.l1i1: of good~ fot F)ro:flt The}! seize urgoes through force mums and resell th~l'n on the hlack mi!.r~et, Or~lltimes.. tllei:r market ovc:daps with die originaHy intended I~edpiellts.thus making their tbicvi.:f) even mere frwt.ratu1:g to the mercbant who suffers the loss. Both brigan-ds and pirates I~ecei"e signi:ficIlHt541PPOTI:flroJlll I1lcrchan Sl::el!ing to undercut tit .ir rivals. and SQme prieM'S or WaLlke~1t Olltl1lly pr,e:!lcll th.·U sucb .outlaws coukillot slisrain tllt:ll1schrcs without fbl: stead)· How af coins from sllch mercantile P:!tTO~'"

Brigandage .in Faenh~ .~~ OO!lcentf2l;~eJ ;lJ]oog m;Jjol' toad's iii. .reg!ons wl~el;'ethe rule of law is weak and dIe terrain a]lo~is£Jll!:dl .armed g,'cmps to rald and rerreas wi~b .impunih: H~st()l'iJcalry~ ethnie TethY:da!lSha.\'e along. history of brigaJ'l.d:1igelJ,ecaL!~i,t is (lll]nlfaUy .identifi~dw.ttn resisranee to C:~ii$!J:it.e s.o:IU~1ISilnd th.~ Shocm Imperium, Ro¥!!)g groups of armed Lrigand\s are fO!i!nd .~n lal'ge numbers .in t.he Wesrenl Heil,t~]amls, in the vI/iM lands between the CaI:a van Cities and dOJJg the w-estern ed!!,'C oftb~ High MDQ['. In the No.rdl. or!;" rriJ)e,$ us~.mny pwy the tole of' br.ig~.Il.cl§.. Jlilegnolls and ogres pl ay that role ]n the M()o.ns~~ w ~.I'm.The nomadic JUHl1an tdbes of '~}he llntUess '\./Ii'astes.the Lands of the Lion u N,~rfen" and the Sba.af :lire sees b)' someas little more th::m. bl:igall&; hxmleve.r, they r.arely swal ship'meJ'ts 5O~elyto resell tllem. G1to.stwi$ehalm!lgt.~~es are a~o fl'fflllC WOOtU:1itffY· .Pir~('y is concenrrated alpng Hl.ajor' shipffilin:g routes .in regio.lls Um.tdo.n·t~ren't "igmIO{ls!y p~,troned. anti smailliits ofulldailllcd

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Whr;:l~11.l);.'i[dtl'lHts f>lJ!!:llk the SWOl'd ofl'~.!os lu:ng~ng :Ibo~retheir of hl:ads.t:h~~y - refer to dlc threat of natueal disa.ste.rs-blh;r..aras. caV(.~-i.lls, l:.lu-thqlmk.c5. 111'"1::;5, .floailing. b.~ds.l.ide5-> hUrl'lc:!nes. and So forth-dial" ~'ilH d.i~'upt commeree ~\i.thoutnotke,Naturlll disast~tS n·~a~~ il thill.1!jC in the competitive ~.lImlsc:J.pe y alterh ,lllgtht: M;!I}t!ll5 quo.. Goods might be Jestoojfoo. musing scarckles. Trade ImI:teS could be til.od.od, adding to t,mnspOl'tatJ\m cos~s.Th~ d,~llthor cl i!;l)ra~mcl~lt .ullh[tb.it~.~t:li both dri\l'~up the price of ean of labor (as Vo'O[lc.rsarc lost) lind CiriWl dow~ demand fo.r SOIDe ~~f> (as Customers lI1'~last a:nd/o.r 111lvemON im.p¢.rllln~ tbhtf}~ robuy). N~", rcsClilmcs Il1.Lgb~be .r~vealed> Of existing recSoo.~,s mighJtbe; b.locked Of dest.royed. Successful l1lerdlJil~n'S rnu:s~~,~] wilth lli~tlB1il] disasters as lin irregl;ilar OQfi[ 'of doins. bus.ine,ss, The moot ~u.(;(j~5:5f~l~p.repari1: oOluillge.ndes for mdl eecaslens ,ana look to I)l·o.fit.flU!]:l them, Several trade ,otlSOrtlulllll hal'e e\\·t:'11c'mploycdl)l'.L~t:s of Taws ro creare nasural dis;tSter~. using the rnllit.mlt chaos asa w~dge to artaek _II 1).e\1;· marb~( Q:l" 'bring down a trad<!l rival.

FaeJ.'1.i.n~.rid!. inresoaroes, d:espi'te it) ilienn til of exploitati.on by the gl\e1l~ e-l!"l1pircs that O.llCC- panned too OO.IJ.'tmenr, The PrO'ud ~ Prop~ (elve-~~:~d dU'll!:V<1'llJ '~ocl.:.C'il!r~'00 husband SYdi. resourees ~urilIg their reign over dle ~'Odd~ and dle.ir IU.1mall-tiUlktli SU"CGeSsor,s.h,ave o:ftetl fecused :Illote OJl the eJ:p!oit~;t:iorl ofth~ W~av~ than mitl~ng, hunting;. o. 11.1 m~:t'il1.~ N'everdlcleS:!\,tne p.res.ellg of m:nzy d'aJ'lg.eroos !llOj~$ters and arsned stOLipS OLitsid~ the bi:w meam that harvesting mm,md reoo~~ in wi.kkitl:less ..rcsi.m~s a~: tl"<l!n~po.rrlllgtbeffi~O mru"ket is 11dangerous jDb, 50 MIOJ:tllgllS tall aud do develop. Conflict ower Jlatund resoerces t!sl.!aUy Stt.l'll!5 from OlllC of t\\'Q eeet causes, Someri.l:nes.t'h.ere· is a. tt<"ll scnfcit)' of a u:5otcr"(ie, Itt kut \\7,ithln th~ economic regicm ill wh.idl ilt is in fi~b lkmllml. III $lJcb sitlU~tioll'S, trade c-cmoorriLlms, gO\l't:TI:lJ:lt~m5. and other p<lIYer Stoops seck ec.ono.mi.cad'l'~,nt,agt:thro~~g,bphysic;-a.l cmltml. of theoatll ral resource. ManyhL.lnm:L'ioi{l trlDes, ill-equipped to compete .til. the proo;u(t!l:m of .finis.hed goods, supplli;[I'l{\nt their ~xisff1'1c~ ooutr.ol.l.il.lJg rcsoueces wit.hin their own l~rl'~~O'I'].es. by Iil some R'giollS. dIe u-ibcs arcbr.ibcd. to ii.hoo~t their attacks dscwJi.ere. "ntbiik ileaod~'t r.cgio.ll.stbcy harvest tJ."Kl .I1.l1tt1.rnl.reSOIiJ11Ce tlli'mse.hres, In Othc.rc!'!.scs., th~ ocarcityus dCl.ibcl"l!1tdy ('rea~ed.forex· ample, if twO silwr 111iJl~5 ;U'"e withi.!l ellS)' shipping dlistanc.e of :a ,ill'. r,heowl'Iet of one mi.lle .cilJ.~dm5licall~1 .HnC[leasehispro:fir:s if he pr'·\'CJitS s.ruplnCl.l~ from tile ri'l'a~ .mine from .reacJllng the.ir ilu:cn~kcl. l11i1rkct. M,;ctJloils to ;'I:cil.L(l\J"(l this goal .indu.de desEroyillg tbe r:cso.u,[\cc (sta.rtiJilg faoo5tfi.~5. CIIIlSillg cave •.jns).

, Insidious -rhreo.rs
,

Bllsi1.les5.1~,~.de.rs on trade .ri.~rals.as. a mlt~ter of coilrse. ~ekllJg ~py oolllpetiti",'c advanrnge. Same trade cOll'sbl'titllns~de th~.!lgs a SfeP farther" biring a .rivlII OOItsGl'limn'1i· elnp:rO}'~,~ ,.0 IlJll.derrot dIe
business for which they~"'Ol;k. A sucre-s~u:~ business I,~ader must keep 3. close (lye an. his enlp~oy~es--f~laki!!g woo they c",rllllOt ~11g~g;C 5'~ibot.lg~und.e~llct£d--~.mi keep his trad-e ~~~ret£dose ill to hisvest, AIlOlbe1' form ofillsidious attaek ,emp1o.yed liyt!:'a.ae «moor' tiU1US is Qf~.J! ecenemlc nature. :Some o:acte ,con5¢1'tiums ,ac'tt,mLly inve'.st ina .riVlllsbtlsin~ tillJOIlgha. thi.!:d pany. hopiilg 00 set up terms th~,t aUaw them to call 'the loans due u:mj~r ce:rta in eircumstanees, The atrnckil1g ,consortium un then ,employ Qth~" partiesto' create such CQJld~[io.~s. givit~ them >! w~dge wher'eby t.hey CllH bankrupt or est~Ush l;"Qlttroa ove,Ji aril/f;1,l,

newu.rds
a{l8hnt each other in tl~ economic aftIla. for fin:lncla]re\~''ill'd. M~mbers: of il business or gllijLda:re r~wa:roe~ ~]ll\ough. i)l)ofits.'Whit;:h~l1er can ~hell~pe1:ldor .rclll'irest. Moroow:r~ SI!It"hWo'o':lf"dspay off h~d.I!:'~C'~ly~ltiOllgh i_i'lCre:~seiIi'n:fJ!lc,n~ witfi Q~her power .gt'oopsa:lld additkmal bu:shms opportJ.!I1ities unil.vail· able 1:-0. dN less fbr~utllt[oe.
Mellch~!l,~compete

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71

PUll: THE MARKET

onev
Most tra':l:lS3.rticms in Facnin imrohrc barter. but anyone seeking to acqui:re we::l:lthor trade in allY pon or city \ Ill me~d:eabl}' ha\t"e to use cm'l'ency. Coins arc bJ.1 fat dl.~ most wiild}' accepted means of rorrellqr,~~l.d dll~[le's :I. bc~~il;jcJ:ilig ,~a(iA:~1 of oomage in rlte \V'O.I'Id. Tbe ram i].i_arcGp'pcr.:>~lvc.r.ll,d gold piec~ ~ort man}' i d.ifrerel~t lora] uames, too. '''Can.lm0l1 coinage" means that ahnose everyone will accepr a gjven coin at f:l.cc value, without (lU.estioll, (Me~Cbl~U who I:rave.] o.fhm win g~IlCJ";tl]y IlOCCjlt a 'Nider variety of' coins, hut are better at detecting CoOl.Il1l::c:rfoci ..) In general, c:.'l:CCpt for dl(: hiill'bor moon and 'the rael (or teal; ekher name is cor.rect). -rbe:DIlOliCY of \:llan;'rdeep i!S common camage all over '~Ile Sword Goos-t Jamb, the Sword Coast NOi"~l and its olnhore isles, and lands from Cldimsll<:l11 north, The C0111~ of Conn}~r ;~.]1d. Sem:i:li'ol. II!'e eommon coinage thOOl!g;fi.oUE' '~he Dales. the MO()I!sell" the Vil1mll, the Dragon RClliCb (.bi; '!last included),
and a rongthe Urngon 'Coru;t, ,

III C}'l~ssema and most JOC"31cs the south of i,t. tIle authO:kb 10 and t'he belbek serve as common coinage, in addition to bit/bits (copper piere~)" dir/d.il'ha.m (silvers), and dl;cll/d~lla:rs (gold). . A1.l!t}'!oldiS and belbelts (see the sidebar) are ,g:t:neraUy ilCC,epteil ill Amll, &or-nul_lei, and ~re:;tgil.re, but not in 'Cormy£" S~mbm..tbe Dales, t1le Dr~nl'ead:l_" the Moonsca, the SMu.rdCoaSt lands, Of Ted'l}'.' III CaUnleshan and Wa'~,e[lCIcep. aut.lJrik~ is ,o~lsidered 1I1l simp i),' a. sih!;er piere, and a belbolt is, classed as a "h(.i1"r' Cil go~d pi.~ce \,';'O,I''t'h gp rat.her :Ehall.iLls~ eue), '2
,

COnl1!lr':itJ] coins are of very pille metal . and hea.vy lA'cig.lt, and :lgt:' ~'cH. S~'fllbiil.1lcoins slightly less so. The milltil1g:s of Amll. Connyr. Lus1:all,. Mirab:u, Se:mbia. Siiverymool!l. Tet.hyr. and \,.rat.crdc~.p lite considered the best·nmde in Fae,run, lind II.~~ most II.igbly Y;lIuCtd .illl trade, . _. Acceptance ofo1d~JI or un(amiliar roD!]!,depends on OOndlJI1Qbl and metal, Gold coins arc aGcel"oode\l'fty",'here ~mles~ broOten. tmus.tl'lI11vsmall. oroo'l'Kmsly impure. Silver coins that ha.ve tarnished tohl;ck arc seldom accepted, but if cleaned without abrasives (t11csc wmdd Kn'lo.W most ofcheir llliJrklng!<) will probably 00 accepted 11Il1o;:S5 hmfu:n,. irnlYL!!re,or sinall, To make use of coins of ether .metals 01' conditions., roll: mllst go -to a mOl1eycll3Jllgcr, most cities 011 anv COiiS. or m.-.jor ti'atle route have several, . TIle usc of ll:'~PCJ·ecords of indebtedness (outside or dil1tlrt r denl iag withroyal trcasar i.cs) is recent in Pacl'un alld resttkrod to tr.avelillg merchants and m~di.ns cI[J.c"S. La'1l"e aruosnes of we~ltJlt tra.dition:dly change hands iii die rorJill of gemstones (steadUy loE.il1g fliVOrbcGlU5C diff~Jient (olk might appraise the same stone at widelv diffcl'cm values, MitMJing amounts of weakh areusually cxcha~1gCdci~bcr ill the farm of bulk geeds, o. by using
tradebars,

rrodebors
Tradebars ,:I.I:e ve.ry widely lIct-cptc:d:bccauSoCfM'Y must: ooilfo.r'm dooc.ly to a given site and ~'cig!ot, They iu'ctnc best w~y to melt 00\:\111illnd reuse ~\;L1sp.!Ciou5" coins, 'bCtllill5'C an existi:ng 'trad~bar can easily be pl:eSlle:d .~I]to h~.bldyr.ivcrb~llkclay W make a nmld
for a new one, -- A 2S-sp tradehar is a brick wirli fOlmdcd oormr~ n~easilril~

Th iuubok!D and tj_}g 'l'leI~lr (llWally known merely as the bo1t) 'be,gan as _-e'ooins of ,a.singfe cil)' in Chcs.scnta; jllSt wb1cb one lS now Ql'gotte'-.I'l. A ,audlokb is a SiiiJ,uarecoil! stamped out of d~llllcd s.iiv~i!',. \""idl. I.l !ij');a It eentral hClle to IIJbv.u ro lie stmllg, oJiOO a p.ay-thong or wj ee Loop, 011 ~:m faCe,!.it bears an A:11I,graved ting of twel\'e leaves encircling the hole, and ou the other a rillS of t'l1i'elve~radiatlllg daggers,,_ :Alrh.ol!gb. orlgin.ally "'Prill 11 gp il!lChessenra •. au:tookhs ~odilY are lIili.,fcrsaUy valued at J gpo ~_ . "Delmil,g" j~ the pract.k.e of pre\!Cutilig sih!\cr frorntarnisJ!iilJg '0, aUo}'illg it with C'Oppel: ami certain wll:lt'Cmerals ill propo.r~km~.De.1.II1~dsil\fe~ til rll~ a tr~msl.uo.;m green and is 'n'C4plM~ of raJ::.illg~a hIgh slum::. no Iniit~CI.· how much it it polishoo." . ~. • BeThclts are ehiek, heav~! goM ,coius of curious 5hnp~; a circle "rith E\'I'Q $Jlal!ow:. ma.fd1illJg cut-euts ill its cdges. The ~rc~idt restmbles tI~'Oaxe-heads fll:s.edbad:.-to-back Wifh. "'curved blades ou~erl1loS;t I3clbohs Ilire ''';'Ol·th 20 sp·

ju~t over a III inch thick, three inches across, ani! Sill _ inches nI length. Calishite tritd'eha.rs (also used in Th3.I'5I1]t, Tash]uCli, the Tashalar. i!!nd'other Southern trade) ::I:fC SC\rCIl i.lIlches long. but both kmS sides how SI'llDOt.hly inward h:a]r~.n inch 011 each side, Ililnking rhe. bar easier to grip, _. A fO.sp tradebsr f}:IS. the same d'inv.lnsioHs around 1~ bOtm~ii asa 2r·gp bat. 1>.1:11: 1& tlu'!1fe .Inches thick. lind wpm h1ward SO.dle top Stu'filce is aiJJ;:l'~f·,~il.chsmaller, all around. No (!cg;l:l) bo\!.'-5Kk;;l
fO.gp tradebars exisr, . _

"P~i.soc

11. J.gp trndebal' is an ineh thicker (ro]1er) than a 1Q-gp bar, "'ith 110 t;;rper to irs sides at IIU, ..t\ lO(lt.gp uadeb;iir is two inches rhick, three inches ;ref;;)5&, and nine inches klllg. with. a cenrra] hole (for ca[l'Y~li.g Of fot passing a cord dLr(f!lg'~•.to rie into bundles], The bol;; shouldn't be milch more rhau a'n inch a,CI:OSS. Proof and 0\\'lIle1"Silip ma:rks are cOIUlfJon'ly stamped .imo'tlle bmtoJll surface of II rradebar, and' don't affect \liJ.lu:c. l'ntdcoors mi:!ilted more '~han rwo C'elltUJf.~ :ISo. 'V~J"y w.idcl)! in dimellskms :uld value, but 1Il'~ e~tber weighed (;'llld valued ,on the spo,t) wben traded looay. 00" m.elred down "When tbey mcsr be transferred. from one owner to, another. Most tradebara found in hirlIl\m "treasure' hoardsare hasty burials ill the face of :uhr:lIlC'ingfoes 0.1" fierce weather" ~Iid tbc)r arc soon llilpJed up \lihilnlliituifC 01: chance digging shifts Clloogh (.'fll''tJii. t'CI r,c\I'elI] tli,ecf'n.

78

Local coino~e
Moot realms and iJtl.d~:pclldcnt cities issue OOPlj~'"silver, alltl geld ·oorJ'is. Aside. fi"(lIn ehese of WaterOOep. the following are most widely .found III drcl.Ilati.cm. Amtllr. A wide v~r.iety of earlier ,iq',based minrings are being actively replaced Cold OJ'lC'5 collected and meln.ir down) by a !le'\\! CilfJ'CIIIC}' that has also btcl10fficially adopted ill Tethyr, These "11m\! glint" are ~.I] f Ile]y smmpt.xl aad J.dc1ltiml. tllQt:lgh :rh~jf retain the names of the earljer oonu;: f:'alidar (cower). rarau Cs.il.vcr),and diUltei' (gold),. 0: n Te~hy.r tney :I:rc refer.red to ,
iI;S

donsar, paxar, and aenar, rcspeC'l:ivel}',

I\'iel"lboth realms ret.lIillin,f; rllcir slailg te'rm(; far all oeoimJ Fomac('; a circle of si x tiny K.!r-poinllld stars. Oh,c.rsc: 31l cjgbt':S]?Q~ed
w.1{Wn ·whrel, side-on.

Cormyr: Copper piece arc rererrorl t,o ssthumbs, silvers are f:lkons. gold are lions, ami pll'l:ti 11l1l1 coins are t'ticnYI'o"lli, Modem 1 CormYN:1Il coins bear dlC monarch's face al!ld:name on the fon:fact as VI'e1l s a a dare, m:llominari<m. ,~mdmint mark on : rhe obverse, The mark isalmost aIv.~.Jys ~rhat of the R.oyalMint ili Suz;ail (a full-on be:mled. ;:: b.atk'5S w.il..:rrd"s face, coL~lliaUj' km;l\vlI as 'lOW .,. -" .. VaHlIT""':''').AhQl,lt tell. percent of coins bel_! the m:JJ'~< 1 ~ a-~ of Higll Horn minting (n7i'OparnUe] erescene m00'l15, ,lOfln to i' ~ the ri!j.llt). . ~ There has emly been one minting ~ul1cetht; aC'll!th of AZQl.ln
~ Hr, ami. these Regency coill5 bear thePurpk DnlgpH royal arms

rumors tell .of \'a~~llll'iO'i.! nts of smelted golcl·buricd Il nd.cr or near fhe Ci,radil of rJJe RaVl:Ii.) Most Zhent C'Q~IlS ate rough-edged. aed irregubt, bearing crud'e srnl1lpil1~ or a perrcullis ~tc on one side and a di:ulJolld.shap d gemstDJlc on tbe other. Since the mos.t recent n:building 'of tb; Keep,. II re1ll' 0Of'~r andsilver coins amimiil1ygold 'COi!11S aave been minted, Tbe eopp..:r and sihl'l:r are mere coatings 011. ~11. d'ccmmwm~tble5S ·by mosr folk outside Zhcll.til K.ccp,hUE t.he gold coins are the real tiling (tht: slightly reddish goM found mllinly northeast of Glister). The- ~oppoe..r C'Qiu is sqLl:Ui5,h. pierced by a central hole 'to' allow stringing, "'ith the fom~ sharp coruers snipped off. .Forefa.ce:, the Wingless Dragon (scakd s.:.'t.P'CIJt with railc.if1J1 b~ad facillg 001.1[\-

I

~ \\fitb five parallel horizol1rn] bars across its body. ruther dian the fac;oC lheregeJlt, of Aiu:5air. or ,the infanlt AW~l1 v. Elaer Forest K.illgdom coins (those .IIIOn: dmn eightr years oM) are Identical eo modern ones eXC~illC dmt .in5tead 0.1" Js,tes they bear I;he \\10.111:5 "firsr mi ntii}g.,'~ "'SCoOo:nd .ln~lUi!lg:,"and so on.These IlIHilbered miurings denote occasious during the n:iglli of aparrirular mo.li.iln;h that coin."> 'Werei:s$~lcd (t.irere \~':Ji"CeighJ~ miminss in tb~ reign of Azooll IV, btit most eady hngs h;ld

around central bo!J.e.Obverse, tell 'tiny fOUl~.poinr &tltrS ~Jlci.rcling the te:i'ltrnl !10k. KJ1O\.vllas a,fang to ZhcnLli and it!1the U•• 2J,,' Dalc;;;,but as "auns·.pi~" elsewhere., Tile silver 00111is triangular. also ]ji.cj:tc:d~"itJl a ceneral bole for str iilglllg. IxIt with. the corners nor dinJi;!d (tbc silver coatiLlg uSllally wears O'f[ quickly inthose .:ue:as). Both sides; six four·painted. stars encirdc the cen!'l'll b()!l~., nOWl1 IkS a ·taion K Or a naa] in the Kl.ocpaad the Dales, but everjwhere else as Ii "dung-flea ~it" 'Orjust a "£lea·bit.>' . The g.old OO~1ls sqltare. with corners uJ'mtrimm,ei[, Two parali lel sides DO'«'hl\'r.!itG symmctrically (coiltall'c). fOf eas}' graspnlS by rbumbs 0.10 ceneral hole)" Fcrefaee: dace crenellated ,.asd~' rurrct-rops, ceneral ,0msIoghdy railer thall fhe o~l1ers..O'ty;.~r~: wolf llead. m(lc·on 1,\,jth 11= to the right and with rhree drops of rears '01; btood falling away belle:!th it Km)\'o"Jlfo;r~many as <I glory. but ,calk'd it I.\\~epitllg·\'iolf e"Irerywncl'c.

tcrdoclb~...se) biting ~tsowu tail. curling i

p.I~ .0£ [Opper, s~hrer coins (triangular. ,,'i:th blulIted corners) are caUed rmrens"iH1d goldcoins (6 ve-sh:led) are J100lcii. ... . i! 11&mbian coins hmre~he fal""J'Hi.nd-!iilvC1' a.rrns Sell'lblll OJ] tne forefaol!. and rhe d. nomillation stamped aoo,ve (for e .ample. "ONE L OBLE.") ami dIe date (in DR) l:iclow-alwa,s ~lIl'ving, .regardless of the s1mapeof the ,coill-amIlJul a "proof srnmp" (ll; illting il'ill.rk) Oil the obverse. Sf.lubiall coins .often ha\r"e a J)!u.l!5l1tinge, f:rOll' the grea5c 3rlJ.Uired' during III inting being burned off in a .fiamJC. his S~SC T is d~liktatdr cooked into a 11' stedpcl1c~ to .inhlhi:t rust (it docs a fiiI, I10t foolp1'oo[.]oO), Zhe.;n6L K~p: A tl:;;tdillg te'Jilk; since its fool)ding, and brief home to, II contnuuoos 'fIzyw of gems alld. metals (in the fOXl'lNJof mugu·smelted tradebars) fl'()il'ltn~ mines north of [he MO~llsc.:J. Zbelltil Ke..:p has minted ,',u''101lScorns down the years O!<;:l'sl,StCnt

three miiiltiugsa,t most). Sem.biB: Stcel,iJo!:IJce (of ilJOn. ami ~1.Ulll'C) arc used it'!

'Ec,oD,omic

stron~holds

or

Ecollomic s,troll,gholds nmge fron') fortificil Wl'l['(~hollse!l ~'1Lt· to manor hoJ,lscs and from guild 11a1b to isolated' watch toWers alollg II caravan r01.dlc. The nature and size of r.1J.oCb st!'OJ:lghold's varies accord incg £,0 tfu: nature of 'the basiness and the environ llienE ill which is based.

rt

ulbcinter villo
Tite

Utbtilflf~t Vjlla

(N18

Jr{d",-de!!p~ f!iig:i= 97) is typical of dl"; grand manor houscs of Wa:!;erdccp's.mcrehant noMI ity. 'n1C villa lies in W~t~rdccp>5 Nonll W.. ml the SOUdle:!f1t COr]'l(:T of tl111 imen:ectiOJl of De.b:Ofnl Street and Vhe1,{)ar Stn:ct ill tire c!.m~ie!, of a wlllled enclosure, The main villa is t't1k'O steries tail" with a :t:dlatt:ic Gmt siw.:wm) ilcti11S as II third-floor stn.l1tgi;',' area, The walls iue l'i1~de Qf mOl'tared Smile lind the roof is made or \\,000. III h.omagc to

·61~dae l'IMP

roo.lld ill Cil:J'

f!! Splf!UJ()l'5:

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PLAY TIlE M.ARKET
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'the fam.ily's nsaeitimc im,',cres.ts, the reunded roof is shaped like -cli-c (lpsi~e-dm\'n hull of it 'sJUp and jno~t of rhe \\'OIi:lIdenb<."iUllS are made lrom ships' masrs. Tyro acldt~iol1al bll.ildings (i10(:£hOMI on the map) arc linked (,0 dle main v-.illaoy oQIJc-.iind-a-oolf-.story seoae waUJi.,CIJ.TmLl1g a. rougb square. The Ilortheastern 00 ilding also serves 3S tlle family srobles. while the soudl\\·cs·t:er.n building aC'Esas a g.·m:hoos~ to the wJlo1e 'OOl,lIPOU T~ LIpper floors of rhe tw"O otltooildill!_;S 110. house servants lind guards in the ram iJ.y emp~oy:, House Ulbrintcr is led by Lru.'d: Nmllus UIIYr!J1tcr (LN male Tethyriall aristocrar 12/mel"cnant prince 1). a retired sea C'3.1HainlVItO i.1Dboeritcd die ma!lt~e of ~adcrsb ip from bis father Ibeady rwo decades sgo. He lives at rhe villa wi,th his wife. Lady Karya., ami dd~"S,t daugbter and heir Lady Patrisa, who has never man-ied. His five otber ,ehHdl'eu live nearby iu r~)lNh(mses of rhai r 0"""11 with t'h~:irfa 111Hes. House u:tbrillt\:[ i bas two dozen guards on retainer at any time, large:Jyculled frOl'lll the elire of retired eafarers w110 sailed on UlhlF.iJlltiCr ships as }'OlidlS. Six servanrs attend ebe family>s daily needs ~l1nl keep '~he house .~norder, ~11d. the same Utllllb.er serve the

1'0, CQmm,olD Room: Tbis chamber serves as the commolll roo!n fOf rtae merchant house's ~mj.)oJ.oyees.Servants and ,'gllnrns can be Joand here at nearly any eime of da~' duri nglheirbrenls, gossipillg and wagering. 11, Smrage: This ch~mber is used f~r ~~'O,rilg:e. 11. Gu.est· Qaa~te,rs: As ;u~a ? (abo.ve), dlis chamber is ll!500 to house visitors \\'lm arc not members of [be family (althou.gh, it sometimes serves ·clmt llurpose during [amil}1 gatherillgs), U. :S'u>.rage: TI1.!S chamber is used for storage, 14, Soorage: This chamber is used for ~[Wil,ge. If.Antec.hamber: This, chanrdx"l' demarb the family qtt:lrtm from the rest of tile villa. It also doubles as an :mnory :md fencing chamber, A tr=llpdoo.r in t.he ceil i!lg :~e:lds tllp to die il:ttic. 16r Han of A.nces,to.rl!: This great' hall acts as private c,ommOJl room for members of House Ul'brill'~er, The family often. ta J;::e~ meals in rhis room, The walls are lined with ~ts po.rtI.'al:I:S of long-dead Ulbriatcr anceseers and shelves fined w:ith books and treasures Jrom distant:I"'I!u.i:s..
17, G'~~$t C~mb,e'.rs:: Tbis chamber once ltoused the
)lOll ngEf

fami]y's business interests.

members or House Ulbr.intef, bur

HOW

serves as a gLlecS~ chamoor

available d'urh1g their frequent visits. 18. Ma&t~'~ C.~am'ber~: This· chamber is used by Lord and LAYOUT OF THE .ULBRIi"lTER VILLA ]1,.. I&U of Maps,: This gr'i:at hall is used both t.o~km.ne Lady Ulhrill te•. gil~ts to Lady Kar)!a'i regmidary dii.I!l:Il(:,r arties :!Iud to welcome p 19, Hde, Chambers: This chamber is used by Lady I'll.' tdsa, v.isitors ~ekillg lmsiness w.ith House UJbrm't·ef. DLiring the day. eieber Lo:rd, NQ'J:IlUS 001' lA.uly I':a.t:risa COIiil be rW!W in this room aloll'lg witb a ha]f {!Qilil'lnco,iIt~Oullrt'el':S'" and S(r~bes. They " c:nter·cain a s.tead}' Sll'elI.in of merCllli.1U5 seeking ·to iUII.kedeals to tr-iillsport OI..go on sbips in the Ulbril.l~er fIe·et The '~'all:sare lined • ;;~rith S,r~>littap~t.ries d.epiNing the Sea of St!"'oros ,and beyond .. RiblxlIls representing VlI.1!"ioIlS, ships. are bUI,g on t.hetape~tl:ie-Ji. Altll.oughrhis campajgJ.l arc has its .£001:5 ill the d;)rnlig exploits based 011 "'here they al:e schec1uk.-d~o be @t dte c'uneJDt dme. of the I~gcmhu:y eK11iorer: Dab-ron Sashenstar and the rise or 1. S:cf~b~~ 'll!.ilrt~r8: Four st"ff.ib~s tc heused in thi& room, a the 1ro1:1 Throne rntb~ Yea.r of the Prince (lin DR), it' de~b CJi.lp~~ed to keep track of the fllmi]y~business dea:lliLgs. \yith events of ehe Ye-a,; of Lightning Storms (13'74' Dll..). After 3. Sto.r'I!~: This cilla.mbet' i~ used to store business records. many years of decline.•Heuse Saslumslar has been revitalized writ~en onlonycrolls and stored in locJ:.cd,metal coffers. A back by the reeurn of its ravor ir,e SO'J1. In an IlttC11lIpt to rebuild ehe door. koeJ)t OI.refully g~.:tI\ded and. klCk~d,.p:rovrtks 11 sec·o,ndary eXit family fortu.jJe;'j.,Da'b.rQn lends the: Merchant's, League, also. long from dte villa, ill decline. rochallenge the IrOIl TJ11'O.!le'stmnglehold on t'.rnd~ s '4. CoinQ!)U;Dters. '!l!..a.rte.r5': A malT.i~d coupJe, e!llp:!e>yecl by inic~'I;apOJ.lsthfougb()ut d:te Heartlands.

lExuInple: sundere,d rrhron,e

Hoose Ulibrinter

3S CQIIlOOU

ntnrs, l'cs.[desherein .. dons; with :.ui·

ditional ,coffered business records,

1, Bt!~if V:i!uh: Till's barrel-vaulted chnmber is used to hold
great casks of bt,'tl[ and bottles of wine. L<m1 Ulbi':lJ:1te. e)lpt'C1:S iII'OU,ld-be die nits roo brillg 1I fine: wine: widi .l1.emas a gift on their

JB.QCb:~found
111 the Year of the Prim;e (Hf7 DR). Dabren Sashcnstar. iil~ scion. of House Silshemt:a.r. bra~'ed: thepcri]s of dIe f.igid ;tlOlth to reach the fabkdkiilgllom or Sossal, wn.ic;h lies heyojld the Greilt Glacier 0'11 the eheres of the Icy SC"d. His cx:ploitscal;1g]lt tIlc fancy of bal'ds acress the Heartlandsand their I:'eooui'ltin~ of the role bricfly pro:pel!ed the Me'fcll.:!mt~ L~us,u.e.which b~d sponsored the e:;"<peditKli1. to a position of prominence !lIllOl1g the m.c:rd.u:m.t ~'OnSQrtillm.~ tneWe:stefll Heartlands, Three years of law, Dabron van is!~.ed wllUe le-:u:lillg one of House Sasilel1star\ first caravans aeress Damara, a loss that nearly ba,nknl.pted d.lC' Merchant's Leagllc, In rhe same year as Dab-ron's famed cxpcdirrol1. ill 11C\llly. rO'£Ima mcrdiil:ltt company rn:IIl.ll,g ]t5(l1f the Iron Throne an11100 need its exiseenee in a set of letters addressed to ruicrsacl'OSS

first ,.isit6.. H.aU of W'ind!s~ Tbis great hall serves as the I.u:lin dillillg
ball for the villa. A In ino:r perl'fln1Cllit ;,;\~ocation crea~s i!I1 endless. series of zephyrs tb3t fl!t about the room, 1. Kirt('h~;g illlllJd. PaillE!}': This largechamber is used for food sto.ragc and ,[)repa:ratkm. It is dmninated by ,ahl.r~ beareh on tbe
sooth
W~111

8. S~'I1!i$llbal's 'Cl.!!.ai!'ter,s: his chamber houses the villa's T seneschal and his \ ire. 9. GIjI~5t'O!!.af;t~n:As area 1'2. (beJow). tbis dtamb~r i~used to house ,.isioors who are not members of the famil~ (a]i:hough
it. sometimes

serves that pll.rpoose during family ga:thering:s).

so

-

.,
t'hJ;; Heartl;ltlas.
to

FLAY THE. MARKET

The Iron Throne claimed the c}XiI.JJSivcight r t'racic' ju .... 'Capon~ and cerrain other equ.ipment. dcs,pirt'etong~raltdiJ'lg dOli IllS on that trade b,' a host of 'Other ronoodillIDs, Iii the };~ars that fonO\vedI. the Iron Throne gn:w in ~'~u~figdl !IBid ill.iluellce, despite d~e aNll'e 'OFP06itiou of gro.tl])S ~l~cbas the Fitreha nds C()I:;~er and dte 'lhenru.l'im. . 111 ['be Year the Banner (BtiS DR). ::lgcJ1<S 'Of the Iron Tbm~~ l1ear!y ~parked a waf between &.!dUlf's Gate and A.fill1 b}' '}'ioOioonillg" the irOb"! IIines above the A mniantown I of Nashkel Alrhoogbtl1e prot unraveled" 00111Duke Eltan 311d his l!i~'lJ!tCriam Scar were kill~ andhad to he rhttrrecte:ti. Both AJ'iili and BaldUr;s GolIt'e''(I1.\<edr!l"''e1l~. Imt tire)' quickl)" became s,wcpt uII ill other e..,'en _TIle follm'!l'.ing summer, agents of the Iron Thrrme began attacking ~'ara \'3 us f~OlUBaldUl:'s Gate bearil1.g iron ill any form.lt'.atiilJg 'oo.m escalati I,g 5e-.l'~ of trade Will'S illong .bCDUiliill ~~;i;v,1'1II roo~'S of dlC Wes~m Hem: thmds" II] the ViCar of the Un~tl'lt.:1iJ>g Harp (U7l DR), 11. 1iru~lilllJ]t' of the LroJIIThOlle, M~.ready (NE male hall-moon elf wizard 13/rogll~ 3). engineered dle ilisappearan{lc of Sfclla.tbc t:icflilig woo led rhe Iron TJlrolIe~ by ~realii1g her whereabouts to her devil. lord fatl.lICr. Thispn:c.ipi~!!'tOO arbattle between Sleua's lieutenants that ended \,..itb Maready and Knlcosh (eN male storm gtlll1t sorrem' 10) in C011\ffi,m\l, Hcm<eve,. tbeinnglni.l1g weakened the Iron Timme, ,g~vill.g its 'Compet.itors dle opportunity to lUlike mroeds i.l~ tru: Hetlrthmds wc~ponstrade,

DAJntON S.ASIIENSTAI

CR 23

Male e'lite lI1.iddle.aged Teth}'rian human .rallger lO/:fJgIm::r S/me!rC'hant prinee" r #New p!\est~ge class described 0111 p.1ge 71 OG Medhnn humallokl

or

IIl~t +1; Se'!!:!8e;9, Listen

+).

Spc;rt +'1'

-,

:Laallgl1ages Crunmon (including Gllla.blt ani! Sb'c\'q~m (Iial.ocrs). Chendarhan, Damaran, Dwarven, 1I.1uskaJll., Te'thy.riall. Tuigan A...C ~O. tQl,lcllll. Flat-footed 19

,IlpllO('HHD); DR f/magiG R.esis~ coM 30. evaalofl F:Oirt +14. Ref +14. Will 'l-9i Uiil:a\

heart. Shallll;d:.lhl~ dcd

:SIpeeiW ·;0 ft. (6 SlJ,1l;:I:re'l1"'IOCliIlbmd stride, s\!"ift tracker Mt-ll:lC +1 e'l!il (timid-eo,. l!au,fflam:utg rmt'st ,l~,nf!l'fQ!.wd
+1?/+'2,4/+19{+H Cld:B+-8119-10 plusld6 flr'~) or

nobron soshensrur
Dabron &lishcllst'ar M:a:mis over 6 feet tall, tV1ll! p,iel:e~ng gI'"C"<C1l eyes. an aquiline visage,- utislky-h.wed skin, ~1J.d! \'\I':I\1j,. jet black hair that he h'Cf1$ loo.sel)~bOlmd in along braid, HMi skin is aDways deeplytanned, .and' the fi rse \\'rink les or klllg ex-poslll'e to the SUn and middle age!l:re begiJinillgr,o appear on his faee, Dabeou has a ready b.LI!)l., a channing wit. lind a hearty grip or backsl:lll. i1.Uo;'~·iJ~g bimro make fri~l1dseas.il}' :I lid inspi.re tim trust of others. Borll into. ·the merchant arisrocrac)1 of BaMur's Gat,e and s.Pol1soJ:ca by rhe Men:hant's League, ])abron Saslwllsrnr.is J&gcbld:lfY{'Or "d iSltO\l'~,til'i'g;' die fa"r ilort'be-ru kingdouI of Sos5.lI:D in .tlre Year of the Priace (1317 DR.),
alii

Mt-lee .l't"(f)il OtitSltkr bnnt?ft=;~~f!. lOllfl}'WIN'd bunt +27/+'2 +17l+11.(ldS+Sf19-20 plU!S 1M fire) and +:2' fbmlliering h,iUul.:l •...:C' +24/t19 (1d6+~/;<~) Ranged d (wh,M/' bane distance ,clm.lpIJJite IrmgbO-11! +23/+18/+13/ ...8 (ld8+-./x3) 'Ba~cAd; +21; 'G,p +24 _ Atk Optl:oillls Ride-By Atfad::, fa\'Oroti enemy giants +4•. faVOIGl! cll~my lUHnal\s .6, fayo-red ellelll}' magical OOli:Sts +'2. Combat [Gear 1,1(!Clrl~~q,~ffircjaJh (1jrpC'- Yll) 'Rili:ttlg>Cf S:pt]]s ,Pil:'C'p~;r.cd (eL ~Ell.. needs poeri~p:~ to ellSt) 2ml-cat's trace lst-htl'1Qkeyr"'. lmli,strlder . Mel'chaocF'dtic¢ Spen~P.rtpllred. (CL fth):
3rd-tolJgllt'S -

'2mJ-del(l1:'1 thf}l~ghf.J. Qbisptrillg 'l(lilui 1 ls-t-cbann pe~-stm. unseen SCI"IJalif A"'Jlities Str 16, De;.: 12. C<lll 10. i lit 16. Wis 1'2, Cba H SQg.lDimal (;Ql11p:tnion (none at prescJIt). bardic 'kIlO\ji'!l3dge..7. wild Cll1imth)f +12 (+4 magical beasts) Feii:~ Business Savv)!, Coomop<lLi:tan r.:l, En.duranoeB• Favored in Guild C:H~ Sash.'cn.star), Grt'il{er' We~roll Foeus [longsword), GlIiJdma~t'e'1" (House Sasbcl1S<uu·). Imp.!"Q\l'oo Two-WC:tpOll Figinill.g~ (light 0$ no :!lIllIlOl), Improved Initiarive, Iron W]1I" Leadt'tsl:iip, Mounted [Combat. NcgotiJ::ltor, Skin Focus (Prore sion [m rcwmt]). RldeBy Attack. TItlck!l._ T",'O-':\ ,"'aPOIl FightingR (light or !1Q m'J:I1'OI).Wcapol'i FOCtIs (longs\\'Ord). Weapon Speeiali:zatioo (Imags-word), StiJ1l5 Appraise +10,. Bluff +9. CLimb +B. CwlONltration +7. Croft (:lilY) +7, Deci]lher Scripr +,6, Diplomacy +H. Dis.guisc +2 (+'4'w acf ill chil:i1lctcr). Forgery +f. Ga:th~: InforlUlttion +9. Handle AJl.ima] *14. Heal +f. Hide +6. Intimidarc +4, Jump +13. KnowJcdge (geography) ,j.H. Knrrn~.edge (na1i:ure) +1 r, Listen +"~ifo"e Silent!}' +6~ Profession (mc:rduilu) +2'. Ride' .. l5', Sense Motive '1-9. Spellt::raft +7, Spot +5, Sun'ivl'il +10(+ 2 .in aoovegr{l1,l.nd nanrrnl Cl1yi:m:lum:IltS, to avoid l1atti ral ba;z..'l.d~ or to Ioocp f['am geni.l1g lost], SwiJill +H. Tllm'ble +f, SIC Rope +;
<

event th~E was wide.]}'

Jlerlildcd by ba rds 'acrossche I eartleuds. Dabnm \ian~ed in the Yea.1" the Turrer (1360 DR). \,,]jute .leading oue of House of S:lslI.elllstm,>s, first C:3:nHIR1'1S across Damar'll reward So1OSal. TJIO,ught dead by his family forl"lC'.1r1y a dO"lcm years. Dabron acrually SUlI'yivcd taptm\: by di~ Tlligall ~md I!\'·ed with them ill the E.mHc5:S Vla.5te5> first as aslave ami latc'r as a II :«!opt-ed member 'Of dl~ tribe .. D,~h:r:O:I1 .relillm~d.w Baldur's Ga~c in 'the Year of Wild Magic (n 7'2 DR). after 1'~uiV'iILg a \ i.s,iC)fl from Sll.o111lJdld:.u! indlc:'l.ting: dle im III inent coUaps.c of House SasJilenstiu;. HIs retu rn was greeted with grc.1t: rel icf by mem bers of Hoa Sf' Sas-bensClr and the Mercbant's League, for it Jollowedthe d..e~:thof ills uncle, Ald' til Sashenstar •. by ]C5:5 than a day. Within ;l! tenda)" Dab-mil succeeded his uncle, Aldetb SaSJl!.:ltSro:t, a patriarch of House SasJ_leil:stlll:and sen ior member of the Merdtimt's Le-a.gue. illfe)lt on rebulldillg the fmnily fortunes.

L

Posscssio.n:s,
kClTliiil

ofOdoc1mr
(+f't,.Fl!ater

,cold rt!siSlmtre i1W:tdner't~bmt;,mifhral sb·j'rt). Graynamc (+3'~U Muider bam!/la1Wlni, lmrSl I~S'/IIortl), Sillow~rd'$ avalanche axe (+2 t'huf/tiering hamlaxe), MistilUll're.r (+1 (Ulimal b«1J·(!dislmu;c (/O'lnjIDJir.eIrJ1lgb01.v [+3 Stt bonus]), PoolS 0/ Ihe 'tllinterla1idi" Heward's handy ba1.'1tJ:Jaci:,lHtmlJ,alfd of mldktt +2, p(!riapl 0/ Jli7sao11$ +2; strm't' herSefiifwine of '!Jlwar()u:s pQ'M!r
(destrler),

of a pl'ofitahl!e Jll'It,'n:ruulE house (T7) a:l1d a prontable merchsne company (tile l\1crchallt's Lcagli,C) (Tl); Hc 1:I~.5 thelhtsinc.ss Silvvy (+1),. Favored. ill Guild (+1), ami G&I]ld.m~5~Ci' (+,1I.) fCllJiJi :and is a guild. mamber ,of tile McrcoolU's Lc:!gLlc (+1). G.ivcl1 this and Jus Influence modifier of +8. his effcct.ive Leadership score is 48. D'<Ibrou;s business is il:1!ichored il! rhe 111~~[oOpolis of 'I1aldlir'S Gate (++). is
high risk (-4) 3ncI ,high

acl!lClltilring

~
~,
Q

gear. 17,100 Ill' wortb or coins, gems,
j(!1.\i-elry, potiOllS" ilwestments

,:u-w

~ ~ Ml$'tc~ of COmmertiC
~ ~ '~ (E.I:) DahrOll receives ,a .10 iI1Isightboous 011 his profit ~'I'Iodifier and a YQ% reauction in

~ his, capitil:l COSts~ L1iim'& Hellrt (Su)
smuts Dilibrolllli

liira
+2 sacred

USOLl['ce (-4), IDabton is a rth-.lcvei, merchant prill"" (+10), has five or more .nl~ks in ])ipl.omac:y and Knowledge (gsograph}~) (+:1.). is :I member of tile M!m::l1a.llt's Leagec (+1), spends more than ,40 hours per w!.-el asslsting the business (+1). ha.s till: lBllsim:ss Savvy feat (+2), has the- Favored il_] Gui_1d .i1:.at (+1), and has the Guildmasro feat (+JL), He: cmplOY5 several spccial.ist5, cnsuril:Jg that he always receives the benefit of IlIH aid another check (+2). His
base profit modifier is +16, assuming the PJfC·\,jOU;5 profit d:~1r. failed. By trI.killg 10, 1l>C arhjcvcs a pmlit cbeck' l~esU]tof n ami a gain5 !l1o,l1thly p.oofi~ of 1,400 gpo Dahron hasa 21st·level. roh.on .. his ""JIe l!!.;~h.ae-,l"aSas.he'L1Slar(NG CelIJl'ilc Tefhyri:m h.llumn expil!rt 16j1.l1acnant pdllCess f)" Dabren has 1,000 Lst-kvsl Ilollowers, 100, 2I1u-1e"et followers, 10 ~rd·leve] followers, 25' 4th-level [0]10wer .., 13' frh·Jevel foUm\'er5, i ,i'itli.-Ic,-d

bonus on sa ves aga.in,st (lolll!,L11siol13.lld fear cl'fcctl. SlLiWldaklll's Clloal: (5.'111) Sll!IUmdakul g.ral1~ Dabrou a +2 l'cS:!s!l;3l1CCbonus on saving rhrews ~ilJ5t coM Cffei-"tSll.m:i a +:1. cmllpctcnt;; bonus (inclilded Ilboo"e) on Slln'ival cheeks, Hook "I've shan-d a fire with. the Sossrim.
ridden with the Tuig~U1> and crossed blades widu the b:on 1111:one. There's no .hO.fi:lQH I 'won't' ('ft);55 and no creature I WOll't bLlnt on this

fQllo\\,-e.r8. 4- 7th·lIwel followe:rs, 2 8th· level. follow'e'rs, aad 1 9th· level followel', Most o! Da'&ron\ low-level foHo.... ~r-:5are
html;aJlojd merciUI.1I1t!i, (mll:lHy rom,

world or the next.>'

ieode rsh ip, rnfhrence,
nndprofit Dabron is a. leader oOfg;l'e3t renown and 1,\''eUr,egardcd for his f~irness and geml'l'o.sity. His 00!5tl Le3dCTIihip score is 2r. Hr:' has a repuratlQIl. foOl' Iairness and gener-05ity (+1) a.Rd great renown (t'l), A:s tbe head of House S:isheIUitar. bc .isthe cff~ct1vl; owner

meuers, e,xperts" fo.g:Ues, or ,,,·a1"JI".ioJ:'s). his whilc h:ig,h~t-ta nkiug follOM'ers tend to lie btl mal}old 'fXp:l'1"l5, fighter.5. and r~es. GiveJl his foJ]O'Wef'S (+1.631), placemene of eight fQHowel!'s in.

positionSdf- illfiucu:ce ill: the Gr,oup ( 1 ',.
and foor mere

Seven SUIlS Coster (+12). placement

of thirteen fcllewers ill PQsitioilS of influence in 'llle FimMmls

signifi.cant,.

public victories

than

defeat (+40), Dabron bas a base Influence modifier (If +1,700 ami an actual lnfhaence n),odi:fi,e~'of +·S.

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act'i,'dy im'Olved in .recruitillg new settlers. m'olling the l'\;,gioll ~If-:.ufllciem", alfd displac-il1g the li['<;:vail ing, power stmcturc .. 11 fromiet leader is not si:~upl~r it bign-lte,fd dl.'iU''acter w.h.o btl ~M; OF QWIIl5 ii stro.JIlghdld in II wilderness region, but one who use.; such :l stronghold as a 11UCkus around whlth ;1 111m' senlcmrnt
C:I:l~ for.lll.

m'gc S"\~'3thsof Fae-I'u[} have al\\ra~ laid unclaimed DO DO,? b}~the "'civilized .. toes." although th-z exact location Fl'o.l1t.icrlt.1id~ts phS Q. ~n iic:l.Il.t mk in the gro1\th of existing of '5IlliCh treliCt:>~s fihi~ed \lO'ith the rise 11l1d f:aU of h kin,grloms andJ'or the foonili:ng of JilCW kingdoms, They seek ff! ~mpife.s, Th~ fmnticr k5wh~Rver ch'i1iz;:u:ion llangs ~Ya thread. transform Ii region of "'il.d ~Iless into nil Ol.itpost' 'of d\lil.iutioll its coJlrlmled exisrence tll£e~n:Il,,"d by fearsome beases 3111<1 pcrwerful • I.w establishing dme-ir a utho.riq'. am'~H::til1g 11<:'1': ~tHers ttl tile 1l'I00uters. It I.~ between fh~ ~mclli!J"r.ed cl~ptllcsof wilderJ1~$S an.d l'~giol1> and building die infrliStmctu:rc of ci,Iiliz.aotion, the oomfordng dook of 31i ~mblis~~ kingd.om \Vi-til its llIttendallt - As no corner of F'aer(m is entire])' d~void of inhabitants, politkill, economic .•:mdculturnl inf.rasn'ill!ctm.--c. , would-be seeders of "'iltiernes5 regions IllUSt first" displ:ace tlie Cbarilcr.e~'ii best sll.itcdto It L~ders.hip role on the frcl11tL'Cr existing, po .... structu!:l~. Most wildcmc.~ r,~giQ:n5a re dQlIli:I.~are.d >;;[ usuaU}' h'ol\t"ea good d~l of In:u:·tial pl'(l"'I':~ ~:ulldan abl.1i~}:o t 'D}' pm ..erful p<Jt'eclatorsw'Ch as ammals, dmg"O"t1s.111~.gkal brrn-li_t.s. sUfvive;uld thrive in the absence of the co.lllforts of cIVI]n:a· und ad, or vermin. Somerime-4 it is enough for a frontll1'r tion. illC.llld ing barbarjans, dru ids, figJlters, range:rs, alld rogue . lead~l' to dispJace or dest.I'O}! tile top of the food ehaln, For Alremathre routes tolC'il!dcrS:hip 011 'tll~ f renrier indmk adoptiJIIg enm.ple, ill a region long dClIlflli:nllred bya 11()werfu'l red orngo~nJ pm;tige classes such-as clwdiercw• dread commando" ~,.highL:md a rrollt ier kader 11'IjS;ht seek tOo rihl}' tl1l1f drngQIl a nO! use I~ staJkcP, horJebrea.l-erM klJisht prote-ctorl'l.~, ore s.roLJ~M. or ho.lIM to build 3. new strong!tolrl, This 3Ilj'pr,oodl "'Orb "<ell if tA wild SCOlJr>~I. SOOLIt is an alternaeive elasswirh th~ appropriate the fonner pO~~'tr "..-ts Q;l11C".b.anellg~d in its dominance (wer ll.De frn.lltici' spirit. . region. H:O.... rever, if U'1I.lh1plecreatures or groups were' 1Q(b1i m R.\I1conhip on the fmlJti.ei:' involves aU :J!spect:sor S?,I~ty. a:td ~ an uneasv balance of power. removing one such i.ndivioua!. Of ,culture .in Hleir earl res.t stages. Ad"aIlcillgl!o iii. IimdersJup' poSItIOn band is lik£ly to simply sliifl:pm\'er to a rival, Often times, a ,on ehe H',onrle-.l" mqui.rcs II will i11gl1CSS 'to buil1rla society from 'the fl'o:ntier leader .mUSt e-r:adic[lte much of the e'}lis~~ngIliem.rci1f [ltOlmd up and l!~ erearc ~ocichl] norm s whe'reb~forc dlC'N. "~. before it ClIIJ then be- repl.aoedby :J new hi!."~ilrdlY wfEJliin t!t~ 0111)' survival of til fitt~t. This ch:tpte'!: fecuses ollleadrnh~p.l? civil izarion , For e ample. itmigllt not' be ellollgh~orell:mre this ell\.'mml'HNlt as weU as tIll: 1I1'D.i.q!!e" chal'!enges and ~ponslhlli' the grar render that sea Iks a newly claimed vale if 1r is but one tie$ of p~.r:'luillg such a role. of a ehain ofpred.:a'~o:r'S inclading bears, ma IltWOl'e,s., wol'lre5,

whor

rrorrrier r.eoders

'The Efo'ntier Leader
:ID:<!

A fto:Ji~fier leader is an iJidlvitlmtl, woo leads a settlement ill an. hugel}' lUli.nnahitced by members or hili. race or culture and \!"irtb mal}' mlllhnal i.l1rra~tj"uctllre or 'ties to ciyili7~1tioll. H is

and a nest of siant ants. Some fl'OI1ticr regiOi'l'Sare lInil1lmbit"Cd only in the eye of die belrolder, Alical c~hurcs bu ~It y aoo.rrll'tior.1s, ~~trap!anal"in\.'lld!1.r.; b (such as clementals and outsiders) and "'ullchtil iaed" u~ (ril~dc ibes 'Ilp of fey, gial1J:S:" pI'.irJnitive lannaneids, OJ ll101lISt:roU~hl)lm.allOliJls) ofren do not tuum in t.he eyes of ""Ould.-bc sertlers. Ifl well areas,

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a fro~tieJi' leader is e-.[fe.ctively trying to COllq[1era. ~r.riro:r'Y by b~ll;lki!lg the bad: of the· ~isthlg btl.t U!l:Ickilow~e?ged euleure and .~ladng it w~th one of his ·QcWH c.hoos~i1.g. For ~mmrpli':l .humans it'! a nearbyk !!lgdom migI~t consider' one of the variom serpent ~i~1giJ.Q.Jl]:!l (SUdl as N:;)jara am ttl the Weste.r:u Heartlands, 01.' SerpeUte,s, d~ep w!~bin tb.eJi:mg~e!lof~be C'btl~ta!1['en\!)sl:Ita) or a ~lo~rl,lled by feudhlg t:1"~bes gob!lnol(~s (stlch as the S[ol]el;;)nd~ llQr~h C-(lf.!l1J")~O be a fro~~der v.'OrtUy of setrl.e.ment. In such a C'II~ ... :I. frontier leader lulght seek to sJllt~t.e.r the e~lsting trWa.Lstructut'e ;and repb~i~' with a. W\V!l of llUmans.. 01lee. a frontier l.e.a.d.e.r has e,stah~:Lshed h~mseJf.. he nH1S~ be.gin ;atrfll!ctillg J!e\\'! sertiers t.o theregiQ~l. Ah:hQuglt this eask i;; made sllIlpJerif the,,€: are strong .J?'Opulatton pressure" d.riving. sel:r.le.n'lellt of it cu]tul·e'is. f!.·o:ntiers, mesr Irestler :teadel~smust mix personal. cha:ristlliil w~[h an arl~ay of incentives in eederto iiraw settlers to the frootier . .A fromier .Ieader's pe'..ffSonalltppea.~ must be centered em. his llhi1ity to -d.erend d,.eIle\Jo' outpost of {'ivi~.i1~~iCl.t1.fut·ent.~~.I. serrlers a:re mllin~g ':I ,sifk11ifimllt risk, and lh~' rety on the fl.'Ollt.!er lemJ.er to keep them .reasonably safe in die face of dangel's far bey,md d!ose euc.ou ntered .~Il ~nlO$t ·"ci..... iI.ized" ITi£!;iOllS.. -.

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'The Le;ad.e:r Is . . .

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1"J~e.p.re.em~nem power within the dainlOO :re..gion Able ~obeqlJ.e;at.h resoarees to those wllo come arrd '!r,turk the lal1~~ .-Offel'lllg a p03itiv'C [llre.r!lat~~ to a dia~ik.e<l spect ofttn a

e):isEa:ng rnltll:re In OOllUtlai1d -of trade ]inks to civihz.at!oll .

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.faw [lC50I!Il'CeS·

Self"l8ll.fficiet1~ill crafted goods Self..w.fficie.nt .in services Self-sustain ing\npoPIl.IIt~i(m.

MJlle front.ier leaders expend their prarsonal fortunes as an HoOiUJ --00 Yb'u .RUnr COn in"'i1'S~mellt in ooi~ding anew settlement, For e~"lI:raple.after slay. ing II. .p0',;\.'e.rfll.1 ill~agon and seizing irs hoard, .;( WOIIM~be front.[.er ~e;ldc:.r .1I.ligllt then. offer to sph~ [be cesr of any new 3trillNure Ceherrs and followe'.rs. who senle:.. o:n the fr·O:L1tier fo.l]ow YOIl built within d~e frontier .r-egj.on he hopes to settle, Howev.et. because rheybelieve yot! can keep diell!~ 5,~fe airel offe.r them more of~~11 th;(n not, it is meeeeffacrive to pffel' a slake in th~ a chance to build II. new LUfe. OIli. ar~ ..be.ul' li~g.(N].o~_> Y g1'lll1ti.ng ~~e'I\<'ly ~~.!m.eii~ c ter.rimry to anyone braveand Imrdy enoogh to them a. stake ·011 the fllo:ntiel~ in e!<.cnange for tJ1e.!r wi Uj:ng~ JacM it fffi" a period of time. FDIc exalnp.~e ••a fmmier leader rnight • ness to ~:!c;rifii.ce and work toget.h(l!.' to I:llIikl something l1e-\¥. offer miners a share of the take frQIm a. newly e-sta.blis.hedmiue You can earn a gl~e[{~ deal of g.oodwiH from yom 001.tQll'~5 or gi.~~:ni'O.newho can establish and bold ne~'!' f:r:rndallil t.ide to and fQUmJ;lel's hy l:llCog,n izjng th.e .ri5.k·tlley have assumed and tlm ne\,"\i]ydea:rM fields, rewardi ng tllem with mvnersili:p of the fruits of tl:le.~r .hlbors . • It h.e:tp~if t.he front.le.r leader is offel.·illga.na.lte-1':nll't.l\'e to life They leekto 1'01] to safegua:m whoct has been I:mih alre:lldy i~~ ~r·t of dvHiz;a,~iOlh sue'll, as freed.om from dillC'J·~lnina· and 1S~el Oll~ new settlers wlw can build on what they 11ll:\I'~ nen fOl~ a"'nersocured fal'th .. race .. or .snb-eulture .. flltll!1\dQlJUfrom _a}rei{ly estab&!ahed. ...... ". . ·tyr.alll~}'lioTtho,se who chafe u;ode-rth-c hea.\I)' haud ofrulers.hip- "r You sheuld e;smhHs1~ a fon or m.llnOl~ thar can serve as the '...... . in a dvii f.!M j·llg!o!J. ·or even. th~ opporu:tuity '~Q e&eapt p'0~I~ty. ce... nrer of oemmun it}' life and II.de'fensi~ fortification into w.hil'!1 J~ gt~r 1,\'Ot'd~> frontier call be ~npe~ lit!£!;at~l)at.t~ to dIe yotl.r cennnunity ean reU'ea~ .~ntill1e~ of "·ar. 'When not: asked to ~ifelV'ltbin tb.~·reI4~lve ~fe-{yalld comfOrts .of C~Vnrl;l!t.loil if the -. defend rl~eoOlllmlLlllity agaimte);rer~ml threats •.front.re:rcohorls frollm' katie. C'all ~~i;se 't~e ab~,ce of ;} ,~tro.llgly d i~lLked ~ '~,~iW ~liollowecr:s pendrheir ~ time WQ1'killg tl~e hil.d~, seeking to a~pec~Q[ d'!lt~.iz;a,tioui . esfllBI.Lshviable .hmnes~-eads in an unramed Ilind. / ~ With .::r:a.re· ';l:reptkms,. },Qt!ahOI!lM only rn.l]O.tl e frontier

t.er

coherrs

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off"'~."borl.t ~he p.rol.ncsc or tll1tapped ".~~th ~Ild defeat~l,g a llewty arrived p~ed:at()j" Your ~~O:I~tiercohort~ ~nd ~e risk 6f opcntulg outshle dle 1J1f:rastt;u;ctl.ll"f' of 'Cl.VlhzllttO.l'l. leaders becomemorevaluable .!f YOIl recnnr them froUl a w.tde { -. . ' FrromK1d:·lcadcrsserve as the focns aroum.! \vbich .a IlieW com.ange or c~mm!lnities l.ikel}' to r~pond :W }'Ql)lf call for se~tIIH·S. m'lll~.t}'cau coalesce, as~'()~dd·he ~ttlm firx'k ee rh(!'lr tlewly. .-, Mo\!~ng to the froll~lerreql:l~l~lls a dau~tingJe~p of faith .. but C:Sr.lhli£lJed'bal~:L1'1':, Fro:nti~. leaders with the l.~dciL'ship f~t arc - ',~ucb a leap can be m~lre less formld:at;:re if a~ltial set~l.er 4le ro attract a nL!d~1l5 of ~tden 011wbich a COllUfl!l1l i~yOH}be iii ready blOWS a melnber of his e'xisting OOlmnt!ntt~ .... ""'ho h~s built- Coqons a~~ fo1rov.-efS of a fro.l'ltiel:' l~J~ tl:'llsttha.tth~ir ~.Ir-ead}'~la.de th):l mig~adon. ..... '_, !ead!1'.,lw the-VlSlOl1 .a-J!ld.;tll:e.powe-.!"-to.c:a~\re a net'\! oomm!.1.~I.I~}l_-_ ......... =:,...
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to use th,e" d . / h ~'. ;.. r Leo. .ers IP feu

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eeherts 3.llitfotkm-ers to eoarriburetc gro~... of }fOIJ.r co:m· th munit~:. Stlchras.ksJ~ligh~ range f~m _e~tllblis.fiing. ;;1, :new mine t.hat will bel)efit everyone'ro e.stabbs..rllllg II lIeu' tradereateto

of the w.ilderness amlrhel'cfo:rc w.iUh,gly

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FaCTCiu is.:I, vast COl.lf!ncllt composed Im'.gely of small kil1gdo1Il.~ and dty-stan-s SCpiIU";1;te~ b}' la;~ tmNi of w.iloeJt'Il,ess, I:m.. it has II u'ooit'L:oIl of great empires that b:rought exp;:ll1si",c tc.H.itori~ ~O' bt.:d'in U>l:Ys gene b}'. In the face of gt'lmt d.llngers,FllcriiJ.n's civiliu:il' iIIIhab.itallts have dared ro 1:L:lp;eatedly tnnrc the frontjcr, sceking jo establish Ilew wtl:leme:nts in tile shadow of g;r;;:at dragons and 11ower-ful goblinold td~-s or i.1I lands wrecked by tirnnil: acts of magic.
Wh~n:as moot ac;]!{ellturers seek to destroy fearsome beasts

mul other tbreats simp~y re reduce the risk they PQ5(;.fronticr lcadc:I"5 ~"IC 'til'!; :i't"Su'!tlllg P'O"'er vacaum OIS an opportunity to c:llFNl31d th",: r·~acb of rIle ~i\~iIWtl world, By playing the frontier gIIl.IJ.c, you seek to censtruct a 1J.eW society m: extend ail cKiS"ci:rng one III the Iaee of hos,tile rerraln and unrelentieg dangers, ¥Oll SCI,' great oplllOrtunity to ooild! S(llne'thing new rather than cling to' wlliLt your ancestors bu ilt befor-e you,

expect the lord! of anew.ly e'Stallhshcd. settlement to (iM\\'Cf 00 till; eheene. Seme rrQiltiel: lords risI:. iawitin.g the W.radl of, 'Emir .m:ighbo:rs by :o>etding in ,such ~allds "~thoot pc:rmissi{:m, hoj_}itig tit:: :kil'iSdOlU will be too \veak to enforce its. w.rir once the :>cttkni~ll has ~'$ulb1ished itself. In regjons c'lain,oo Ilr OOmI.Je~i.l~g kiltyionm, conflict with once ot' r.he OE'her. is :IIlmost .im.l\·.itabl!:. " For e:l:;a.lflp~e,he Forest K in;gdmu of Cormy.r can be ~aid t to rule .aII the land encircled by the Stormhoms, the 'f!umdci leaks, and riw Lake of Dragons. J n .I'CC'CHt' y.cars,thr: ehrenc Il'lanaS~d: to extend irs """it into the eastern SWllcl.3llds, '1:11Gompa wg the now-milled tO~\'11 ,ofI'.ilvcnon. Ho\.\~vcr.th!: crowl! has alw.a)~$daimoo tIle entirety of the StDm:huuls. dll: Goblin Marches, and tile Plain ofTlln .. As such •.111f:ki.ll!)do:i:u eKf1ccts :ul)VOne~t'C!dn,g to ~trle these 1.11105to request a ITI)'il1
charter at dIe' pillace
ill

Suzail, Usual.ly. the alI~ha.titk~ g:mm

YOU

ore Q sronrier I,coder-.OJ] whorr ,

As a frOntll:l' leader, 1'00 must .figure out whe-re to srartjoar 5cuIeltlcnt. Ar(: )'O!.l bu lidillg a 1'Ie1.'V wttle.mex'U: Oil tile edge o.f" civil ~l;lItLOIJ.r If so, you :III'nl$~eize 01' be gi~"e'n~jde roland thalt is s Lil«::ly 1l1r~ad}'chlim,-ij b}i'rh.e nearest kil'l.g, Are you developing a ri~h vak filii' fmln civilization? If S'O, your C'Ollumu1.i!ty must 00 entirely 5clf-!5uf:fici~Ilf or )'ou must blaze new trails connecting , YOlll.·boldiogs Y;'idl ]ikcly t.ffiding partners. Nat. }Iou l'lll.!t establish control of tit land. Do monsters that might ph:y OJ' it rUtu.re POPUlil('e &t:a'lk the land? If so. you musr dcstroytbt:ih'or drive them from }'OUl" (erri:to:ry. assll.ming ~roucannot subjugate or taIl'IC dIem. Db¢Sanotllel' group alnmdy hold rIDe kmd'? If so,. }'Oti must 4islodge el1f:renc.hed foes who are defendi.lIIg dl~,nr hOlnes nad "fay of ]jJe. P.umlly, }'O'L! ilJ:ust .iltt.rnC"tne\!.' !/Cttter.s to ehe land YOliw.ish. to bold. ell]) )'00 guarantee ·their s;trecyi If net, j'OO. needto build a ac(cnr;M\'C fonnfiGllil'ioll to which tbey call retreat. Can )1011 give thema stake ill yoo.r setelemeae's succcss? Most settlers seek tide to rand. or m\rm:'l'ship ,of natural resources ill eK,cilange for their

such charters w.idlOl,lt mllc.h ~'~bate. The c[lown 'ccm:pi)rn-il~' .recognizes the \\I'OUld-be lerd ami. gives lempo.mry lotd~hiJJ of the intended rerr uror}'. Within a fi xed number of year:> (m.uaHy nve). the crown .dispatches a I:oyal agC'llt to review th~ heahh of the serrlemene I( ehe seerlemenr is stable and growing, tbcn the crowu usually grants the lord a !leYlJlammt title (U5'U.lIl.~baron), dispatches ~ small ilumber of [t'oops (Ilsmdly a. compllny of Purflle Dragons and a wa.r wi'lanI), and oog.lns. taxing both the Ilcwly-i 1l5t'.tllt:dbaron al)d hL~ slIL.iecl;S. f the sertlement is I failing or JDiJ.$ fil.ik-d.. the dmner is rc,"oked altthlte land OC\l'(\l'TI; ro tb,.:-ki ng. However, sinee the return or the city ·of Shade, both the sc icns of N ~,th;::$il i1:ndt'he Forest Kingdom hllV€ claimed
~h'll Stonelauds, As seeh, w(luld~be

se·ttl.er~ of the

StDl;.ei!~.b\ds

must ririk ::IlJgeri nJ; om' threue og:the' ether, For the purpose of effec:tivt Lelldership score. a riio~ltier leader is considered '~ilhle to beqaeaeh reseurces to those who c'QUl.e aile work the 13~ld"if he has been gr.anted iJ charter to jettle the bod b).' a ncighboriJlg" established kingdom or if he cllooses a frm~tier region far !>.;yondfID: r~ch ·of an)' establislled kil'lg<lom. In tile laztcr case, suc.h i!.Ydror it}' insts ·onl}1 SO long a~ he is able to aefeJld the impk11l1Cntilti.cm of his iluthor~t}' ilgaiJ:lsr .ivaI clal manta

Tcunin'5 the f ronrier
By ddi 11 it i'Oll. fr.on~ier region lacks the iJ.e11e:lirs m C-~'ifi1iz.atjoll and is home tb many monstrousthreats. Taming the frontier rcqujrcs dimiDlil:tillgthe mOllsm)Us. iJllmbirauts. iflthe region and building the necessary infrastructure to hold it.. All areas of Fm:tl1ll h,we it roo<! chain with one or more predators 011 0(1). Most llood chains are inimical to illlmalloid settlemellt., indydiI'Ig p.re<!ators u'illing and able to .prey OIl settlers, SOl'ilc'lleadm attell'lp't 00 t<lnt.e 'the fl'cmtiel: by killing off tb~ lop prcJator(s) ·il.D1:d r~pJacing dwm in a posititm of JOJnillalDre. "fhis Il:pP'toocll is L!~l.!a"Uy employed wllell a.. regiOll is dom inaw{i ~. a povouful.ilmUig;ellE., ooLireary creature t'JIt~,thas already eliminated 1111other r 1l'als, s~ch a£ a dragon or :II.beholder. Oth~r leaders :lJttCnil"t 00 Lllldennille' the rOO<! chain. tm:geting die favored pN)" down .rmrillgpaclis. Of dilre \!.'Ol.vcs,.a fliol1tl r leader Uliglit instead orderEDI..' who'k'$~e s.liWghrwr ·of d~erill the valley; Tbis approocli docs !lor w'01"k it: the Jle'ldy arri\l'ing settlers are br.illging i:n !lru1Cls'

a

sacrifices,

,cnruin~_ out o Domain
By dc.liniriol~, -fronti.e-r regions stand beymld the reach of civilization alld the ruLe of law. A1d.ougb some fl'0I1trers lie far from ILny cstah1ished ci\~ilii'..<ltio1'l..rnost IL>eon the ~ripl1ery of settled lands. Since' most k~llih"doll's claim land Jar heyond dl.e:nr settled and dcfend4.'11 b¢niC1S ill. hopes of someday bringing the oonl.ed:ll1ds bcn.eatb their royal ""'tit, one or more estahli.shed rulers nominally chlim many frontier regions. Kingdoms u:mally em:oU:f::lge cn~crprisiL1g individuals to e ta.blish new settlement-s in i.he frontier,. bUE they ,expi;;t SUdl il1dividual-s to ~k a mfal cjlilll'ter W'aming ~hcAl fJf:rn\issiol~ to do so; fllrrbe'!"tHOI.'e. the:y

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of livestock, f'Ot instance. that inight save as a substitute or .if ~ the: ~uJerst:hemsclycs oould serve .~S JU1:Y aSI.'O'eIl.

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dtro'"Llgh hard: werk and/or

magic, FI'(lDlfiot:.

~ Ma.ll}' "tmiJ]babj;~td" regions of Fatrun are ilctu.:dly th ... ~rriHl.r}' or i'l.oruadi.c or pri mjtive eribcs Sll:d~ as the Tuiga.11 horselerds of th.e Hor-dela:nds and tile Udlga:rdt barbarians of rh~ Sarnge North. In the case' of the fornler. iE is often. (."mmgh to establ ish .iI su,ol1gilold and defend it vigorously asaillSt:lttalCks.

!leaders ofi;~n exp.lmJ and n:bui1d S'lJlChstl'OJlghol~ I'!Cpear;edl}' ill the ·e>1,rly days. of sf'cdemi:Il:t> .c:Im.llgingf.romtcl]ts 011 a Jl igh spot \vidi boolo.e:rs pr(HI'ld.in.s li:mited m'i'~.!". ·t;o.a \:\;000(1']1stocbtde. (0 a seone tmvcr ..OI1~e the sculcment has a central stronghold to which t.lle seetlars cu~ retrcrt. mo?t froilticr ka;ders OOJlst.l:I~t \Wtdl .ror new threats all,fl Efe:nd ootlyin.g holds. Most €a.rl, ~tll.gc setti.el'l1Ciltll .revoh'e around the acqll isitioll of a scarce f13:tllral ~.roLII:·CC· and the ·tralli&lJOrr of" s~id reseurce hack ro civil ization. While watcllrmvers and the like can g.u:aro the former:, the Ja!ttt;[ USlili]1y 1.'e-qll.iIJes defclQsibk means of t_rJ_nsport sl!Jch as _guiLr&:<! Wil.S0l.1S and rive!:bOOcs. For tl~purFQSe of effccti.\\·e Le.adership score;, (l fr·Olltier leader is considered Io be "t1ir: preem in n[ power w~tllill tile eJ'a..imed region" once he has taID(:d the fronrier byciim.imrEil1g trueats '£0 life .ami!limb. c.!"e"att-d fanified a base fronl ",hid, 'ro d~fC1,d his claims, ani! es.tahlisk-d ::I. means of d.efen.dillg the se~t.lemeltt's eronO.lll:OC:lIctivities.
~liltcllto~fC.rS and sll1alier strongholds

Ofl~Ll. IlOUladii.c rribca will sinxp~y comerle tJle sm.aU Il:tI1'Ou or nt territory .IOS"tto3. ficdgl.ing settlement rat.her "tban expeJlld.iuga. large namber of resoureesto di.slodgc it. Of OOUl£i::. "~ll]e t11is strategy makes sl1o:c:t-te.rm sense, ill the Iong.term it leads to tile !7~d.lilalerosion of rhe nomads' ru.ritOfj! and cultl.l re. In. the case of settlers corurolitillg ·cstabUslled primitivc tl'ii~ taJ'Ilil1gtile fromier ~ ~ll\ply ill blttdc between t\Vo rival groups [01" wrr!tQ!'ia'l ,control viewed tlLrQUgb t'hep"f'.i\!;m: of cuhural surJlCfOor. tty, The priln:i!ciwtrihe t1~llilJ]yhas a will~fortUied base, &lch as :l

-fram

wJlicb. guards

mil,

ca'i\~fil S}'51teitJJ ,01' min. '''''he-~s the settlers :J:I:eulIuaU); :>nuggiing to erect SlIm 3. stmnghold. l'.b.c settlers h:lve the advantage of' eomi i'lg from :;1. nlrnoe' acl\'illlced culruee Gn m~t cases) W.ut'll' the attellikun' ad:va.lltage ill -terms ,of 1l1.'1l"lS lmd magical. Pl'Owess. serti.ets '1:iiI:igln also hlU':e a steady s:l:I:eam of rephcc1JJ;({lrtcS.> l\'hereilS the p:r.imitive tribe om oJII~yeplll!ce its inm'ibcrs rllroug}1 r rqxrodUctiOli. 0011«' iL frmui'.r leader Ius established te.rnporat)' control of ~.regi.oll.:'it .is .1lJ.X:eSSa.ryto OOIlSt'JiuCt llpllys.lca.1 infrastnJlCtUire to !Mend it. Usually 5U.Ch efforts beg.i:ll wirh the collst:rm:tion of 3 ·tempQrUY :>trOllighold. Scmetimes settlers rnn sciu: a c:JIyel:n !i}'M'~ln or exiis~ing min, but iu most eases tile}' JIIll1sf construct

n~e

MediCi ne in

£o.e:ru n

Althoogh divine healers 31'C oOlll.mOllplacc aCWS5.mllcb of F<l:eI"u...Il, they an: quire I:a.c i.iI man)' froll'tier resions ':md the' poorer diisr.rju5 of most luge cities..As sllch. k_noutkdge of J1o.'m~gicar. !Uc(liOil aH\l.rlll[J,dll'~ 00 magical healbl:g is still valeed ill m,lil}' commuuices, Medica] knowledge (re:p._recSetltro in gi!merei"lnsll). ~be Hell] ~;kj!l.l) varies wKld}' across FaeruJ'I. If is often hlgJl.est

i.

'Si

.,
IHnollg bi! 1fJ.mg,~and gnollle5oocallsc tend.ing human.!! has iR,"Cl1 one IOllS-,term waJ' Qf beillg aeoepted .in bum:m-dOlniuated comInUI'ilities.

Tbe ·organs of all lUl.Inal)okl races .an:knowl1. p~tlS·t1U': ¢Jl~J1lil g iIlg of dbe body (1lldm:ling shock. and now .~O t.roatit1 bi'i/il.' Woo<! '!''Orb. ani! dte iJnportal10(l' of dcanLillcS15 far Wffi.lIl'l'lS. IJ1I Fac$ul1, a·lmo.~teveryom lmd'er.5hm.is (HCltl DCr) dla1i: ill or W'Ol.lItd6:J beil\gs -lllNlid rest, to be OOWk-cd by a blanket Or kept out
fUIH.:tiolJ

build housing for those to foIlQ,...'. Hunters are also needed in th~ eady days to Jeed the popllbrce. The second ",'ave of serrlars should include .rann~TS and field bands to dear fiel!ds.p1allt cmps, and ra isc ]ivest'OCkt·oFeed ch~

of full S1.I11. lha:~ moving or rough band ling, will do greaeer all~ harm, 'lost foil will give the ill or i;njUlr-eilIlIllcl1 to qr.ink (eveu in eases of iJlterua'! inju1".ies). Srrotcllcrs, splints, 1I1:ld sliogs are oo.mmouly used, W.llen a strereher can't be found,. illjm"i1 wbOo must be carrjedare usual1)' lashed. to fdlcdtrcc: trun'ks andborue aio.lllg between rhe sJnoolde:rs of two swong carriers. MlliilY follt are .e::.;;perl: t neady 5lewi.lIIg a flesh .. creating body pi'crcing;s (e-speciaUy il.mo:ng go'ulinoiids):, and the ill1port:l1il1ceof using flame or aktihol (s.eparmely. of OOIJ~"SC)to p.n:VCIJ.t 'infl:cEi.OlliS
rornnIDlblli.llcc, (iit's not CYT~-r:JJ1rly to make asc of fa"inl piaCing» e:oo,,;pt in nostrils and earlobes.) CaUWlf'lUition is well LiOWI\ so oca:rring is C'OJlU}lO!l. Herbal painkillers (usually liquids foot are "'hre\\iOO'" and drunk. I.nlt also liquids d1".i:z.zJednto \\"OI!nds) an: i 'Y'idcl}1 kJIIC»!llll.Jld used, 'especially bef:OIJe someO'J1C is "sewn u-p." :

roo $l.Idt pkrcif!gl\ are faslliollilible in dJ.e Heartlands
tdated

Att.fnctin~ subjects
En order to build a settleme.nt on the fl.\Qllti.e.r, dm.·e: H'ecd.5 ·~obe I'i sli.:mly stream of Sletde.rs OOHl il!g into the region. This unfolds

~~~~

over a setJ.~ of ~t3p, and e:JIchsm~ requires

II

diff~rC'J.n type

.

. ilililtiaUy, a ff'Q.Iltier leader Heeds warriors to exert militll:ry cotltrooiof dle fromie-r. Such settlers are often mercenaries (who might o..r migh.t not be l'e'1td}'fO .retire) or retired 501diCI'5who I!v.cmuall), form the baekbene ·of rhe seulement'slaw enfor{JCIJi(:llt ,mt] defen~. Ca'rpentets

,

and s[o~ummsqJls. are pnrtirul;n-ly

i.tnportll.ll'C as well, fOf ·they \""i~ ereet the iuitra:1 fortifications and I

s:ei.1t!e;ment nce the 1.0C31amc populatDoJl is m:1.w:cd. o g MOSit successful setrlernears ~ ~ duni \'ffivt';of Si::tt't~rs mad~ up of In bner,s or loggers. TIJ.e;5~settlers seek to hsr ves<t the 'I~JiKI'$ natural resources, giV'~IJ,g th~ sertkmenra bnsis. for trade with more established settlements. J'he COll.rtbwave of settlers should include c:rnft:;me~ Ci1p\lhl.e of producing cr:Jft goods (e.g ...alc,.:Ul:Ilill.miti.Oll, and oorseshoes) cl!.eaper llocally than tlley can be otnaillca tll.IOush rrnde. The fifth wave of sertlers b6i:dd provid!: !1e['!fkelt,. from 'knowledge (e.g. libraries) to divine ministrations (e,s- rempk.'ll tha,t provide more advanced h~aLing .capahiLitit.>s)ro .reLa~tioo (e-.g. fiesthalls and taVoernll). Altlwl;lgh there is inevirnhi~r a g:n::li.t dca] ,of o,'ej['li1ipbet\~fl these setrlement waves, most SU~dld frontier £e'Edemeum follow this pat~e.rn OJ!' rist having t<JO many settlers M baud bclibr·e sufficient fooo::l, shelter. and iuCmstn1.Ct:L1f'C arc pres.e-J.l.t to slIfi'porttllei1!" CQlltrihutians. Aft:racting settlers to rlu~ fml1t:iel' might or ru.igln not .retlllire a 'lot of \VQ:rk by '!:he local lord 1n some C;~.sc5) rnlliOri> of grea. riches have drawn large numbers of settlc!.'s to the frontier, 1i.'I othe. r~ions, the lornl lord is fOl'ceGw hire ~ ~U'i.d l·il.lallOrmollger$ ii~ neighbor.ing lands 'to ad~rti5C and ..rcc.mtt lie", settlers, This t~:sJ.: is eased if ~-gu'lar commerce takcsplaee betM"ell the frontier utd nelg:hboring kingdoms, fOT",,~rd of uew eeonomie opportl.lJl !rles inevi.t<lbly :spreads alol!lg such tra,me routes, Llkewise, if most ·of the settlers are being drawn from a disg,rullded InillOr~ty within the neighbori.l!lg kingdom, film,illill tics m.ight lure rnere atld more 1111':111OOrl;of tbat,groLip W joilll diCit kin .in 'tbe Il-eW land. l'ieril<aps dle most important aspect 'Of attra,etil1g ne'l'··seftlers is ghring tile current settlers a fair rewartl for 'their efforts and d'le risk they have assumed, Ina :;elise,.a fronti.e1· l~de:r fl'!lU8>t .act as if .11s rea I.OOIISt.iUl~Il{:y i is ~

U'.' 11· Me\~BcnJl .• QI"Ism ner b'
In PaC'tUI1 .. ltJ.ed~1 practice_is IIl;mlil1ateo. by tile use of div:ine itmgiC and berblote. A rypkaillealer's, kit (see pa 1= IJOof the 'Player'S Ntlndkwk) oonta.imlir a varlety of herbs with m.lll Fles,hwOlt Ma.(Ie from the stalk of a. Jl:ray. rel'!!ry1ike. Vl."geEable, fiesil\~'Oit is fOl!lnd mlly on recent oo!·cl.efields, ~vh'CJiC COl'~fsesare buril.'ld near tile surfaee or Jeft to rot above groulld. If ~~ n i:nto all 1ntemal wOImd, !Jesll\\'Ol't is s.lowly absorbed by ailY marmaaliau bod}' as :raw matel:Ja1 to build 1l£1f~" tissii~. it grants a: +2 ,\!chemital bd'ims Oll Heal checks ttl provide k)[l~:rerm ,c~re.,Cos~: t gpJa~lirnti~n. ' .. . S:llV'eriJa-r1i:Sl~lP:The ~p of the. ~d\mrbllrk t1-CC IS clear. iil.td s:lighd~l s<t:jd:}'. It acts Il;Sa m inor :Illti~m::in. grnllt.Ullg IIIWmit ,.vho Co.JlSI!I.mes at I~a:st L ounce a. + '.l alchcllI1.ic:ll OOntUi all Fortitude silvb'l,g thwlI:\'i against poison for iI. h\QUI. A tn}ical silverb:u·k tree can he harvesced of 2<14doses sap per Y(."iif.

p!.'opernes appropriate to many situations. Se\'crai 'additional herbs. roo e pensive to be found ill a typical be'lllc.r's kit,,· arc
·demiled below: . __ Bloodfurgoc: FQll,mI it] r.h.e depths of fl;.t:s1~"r:rte1·. IUill'shC§ polklt·ed by m~giciil and ItOlu[Jagi\['~l wastes, tills herb can • lJ.eunn]i1:c miL1Qr pol.W!l.S. It gl"::I'Ilt'S a +2. alchemical OO.Ilu.5 OJ] Ee<lIl chstk:s. to treat pcison;"'Cost: 1 r gpldose.: ~ B1Qod$ta1il1:1J~h: Found' in d:l")' gullies in s.eJll1i.-arid tC'l'i:ipCUwt zones. this herb thkkeil:ii blood. very qu.idlyupan dn~'cctconeace, alid:so elm be applied toOpe1! wound's' to. slow 01"Stop h1;;:cdil~, - It .gl.'all·cs 'l .. 2 akhemicd OOI~US on Heal cheeksto :Jdnimis~[

Cost 20 gp/dose.

or

first aid. Cosr: lQ gp/do.se.

.

y
S9

t

i ne.:!::twave o( serslers whe \"i 1.1 chose ,>,her.her to .m.igl.':ae '~a:!led an reports of 110\\' the last group was tre[l~d. pa~.;;td.~i1 ot .r~llgers .in th~i service, s,. r

for

membersof

all thr.re
'W'e,r'e jU$~ke$

groups art? trad'il:loJ!<1~r}' :l!ccwded ~e$pect a.\ if t.bey

some fFontieJ.' l~~der~ seek to sulYugare the Ioeal.populace (e.g. barbarian or .1l!UlmUlOld tribes) •. un e:ffel:t .Lnoorporatil1g. members of defeated ''piri.~uiitive'' tribes into the ne~'I' society. StIbjuglr~ing the local PC!fm~.IHic us...mUy .iuvo!ves mil.itary oo~quest 'lh~t: ends in ~lllf.render lIS opposOO to dt>3Jth or a.ltspJm:"ell1ent. In suchcases, t.he ~oc;ll!ord lItI.igh.t decide tbat the cost of'~nshtYing (Of e.nforcing_.indemu:ood $flIfYHtUGe O~) the ,dJ~red1populace .is cheapel.' tha.n. attracting Jt!."1,'\' ~ltle,!5, 'fhe usual uccd roErea~ the .existing sertlers fairly .ill 1J.rlki[ ro ;tttrn.~t new imm igrant:5, does not a~ways apply due to '~he cultunl divide between the ccmqllcrooloc:i] PQPlIla~e IU~d1 t11e IbeW .irmtti'ligntlJ.ts. Of course, t'.rC:lhllg II two-fier society creates its own tm'l~/~(:.rm.prohle$i.ls and oollkl .PO&;: ;fL, moral qmtuOOl"Y to g9QdL aligned (and C\'CB ncutrnl-alignfld) leaders, If tile ~u!~llgllted .!ocal pof~tJliJ~ is treawdas ::IUot.he.r sctde;.5., tJ:M;HSO:~l~ m~g!llt move aw.'lyw rebuild roor culture eJ:5e\\ib,~Ht wb.i~e otbersvoluntarily ad;lpt Il.ndjoil.1 tb.c lJ~W~y .cmcrgi:l.1g society; t

SUBJUGATING THE LoCAL POPULACE A]thmigJ! .iumlignUJ.t:5, build .most r[oOmie.r5ett~e.lUel]ts>

of rhe .peace, . Fl:lontter j[l~tice is q,u.ickand ha rsb u since sNders have Ut:~1e 1U::ri:uryo rol~rate 'lr·ootiremaker.;, i:n their m idu: and few resourees t to .~n{p.riso:;m ~dm~il<lls, Most jll.d1gmelf!tsare made quiddy and

favor

]lllIn.i.slmlCIl'[

Q\l'ef

theri.gihrs of the

aCC'UiSCd.

MOs[p:unishments fall 1ntQ one or~mee caregQrk-s: e.~.pt'Oprilrlion of property, ban iiPuuei]t. ami deiith, E.:rpropriati<m of proper'~y is the usual pei1~lty for clispulteS over whQ ,O'W~&\.\'hoan. TroubJema~ers w'h.othreame!l o~her~ncllvfdlJiils~:re uwally ban~s.bed> wit.!t the .ilJnQtlil~ Qf gear' 'Ebeyare ,a.lkmJed' 'Eo take WJEh them d.~mini:ihillg with the aeverily Qf the crime. De~dt is IJSIlal.ly reserved fo:rlJ:lose wb_o d~allenge[be~~, Iqrd's aud1Q:r(EY or bermy r:he ~t~lelJlent h~1aicHug dl~ who thre~ten its s~Jlll~?

"EIQrnin~ 'Titles
On the frontiel:' r.~[le.s, :Ire fast :Ind !Q<lSe and (lfteneilfOl)o@d :J;t the end of a :>warJ., There is a lO~1!g trad iti_.Q~1 innUQr lords..of isolated setrlemeuts ,~J;].im €xaggerat:edtide$> illS: Wt sucillti.d~.s 1.'llr-ely~urvhre econoaIl korp()H~l~alinregi:ation w!tlt ne\gl~OO:rltlg kingdoms.
J

@r

~ The rele of k~'Wis wcak.cr On the fro~l,tier than it is .in cjVi.~i:1;erl ~ k:ingdol'lJJS.. In most' cas-I:s,ki>cal.·.lorcl.swith dm lllltltori,tj' to grn:l1t M 0'Jl0C$, .,Ii tide m fl[op~.rty ::I.~d natural rC50Li1U:s also h:xve ti\e 1[Urhoff.it)' Leaders of foomier setrlemenrs tel~d~o fan .in one of rhN~ ~ to ~at'm. judgm,em oftho.sc &:tdCIS who uiI.igmtiC to dle.ur newl}' ,c1r~eg:OI.'ies: lords .. 1:uayors. ,;IUd' 'N:miel~s,LQ.!"ds are ge,nerally ac~ ,t. CS:fltblishcd Mlllain. Lords th;tt rule over IJmltipl~ setd,en.wl]t5 ~ '\'lOl'aed their tide 'by a .Ile~ghbar~ ng kil1gdom" are cQl~~ide.red~p .~ us,'I!IaUy '1un,St oomcl1!lIt'hcitity for fl'omil:::r justice to bards,

~

srorrtier Justice

Lords,

und word ens

~ ..,

~

.11 tal.'
'Ulc.:r

coiiectrM" tJl:I;epf.r
If

pt)lmI!JIt'/roJ'}ll

IMmkt'~

\

,

own an land ""'~.thin '~F}ei:rdom:a.~iJ!.~.ilclare e\'{pecrec~ to pass their' lmxlship ,to a b:rood: hei~. Alr.houg)'l titles ~'ary r~om region to regto!\. 1blQ1l[ lcrdsare populady aeeorded the rank of ba~o:n (in the Heartlands), 1m!:! (in thee No:rfh), QI," \l'J.sc-oUllt (hnJ)e Sou.th). .As diose setd~me11ts gWVi! it! po'll''er ~!ldii1.flue-~ce. th.e local fords are ofwn accorded: gr.l1ltie, ddie~. ~'I,l'.ch earl or duke. as Ma}'Q:rs are gel1enUy :I!CCQ:rdedt'keir d~le by the 1Q('.a.lilllLab~t:-, ai1I~s.,widj th11. ulfldersEilildingEb~t it 'cQtI~d 'be r~ltecl b}~poPIJlaT ron$eIlSlIS Ir[ ,~I]yrime, Mayors are seen 1Il~,~rM~er~ rnor,e dmu leaders, ami Elley are e,:.::pecrec] to sie~ 'CQJl~ilSUS 1l.IIl<mg d~e10('<11 elite (e.g. a. ~ulliCi~ ,ofeld'ers '01' llocalh~siile&S owmr~) rather dmu issue orders without tlLsClli.~"toil, Witl'den~ are gelleral'~}' aIT.QN'ed the!l: t~r.rit.Q.ryby alleighbm.'., ing kingdom. :lkl~oug11 SQme claim. the dEle due to a sense of mQral

:rl.A Y.FNG A SUBJECT OF THE CR:DWN A f:r(mtie~ lleail'er \'o'hois :I. subject of the Cl)o.Wll lULlst S\\'Car feil:t). to the Cro~l'lland bo.llor the I:.iuS~s OOl.M mands, Kings loo.k to such I.o:rns to PI:'Q\I'.ide learl.ership, vi~lon. ami ill il;iatu\f€ as, well as, 'to $pea~ for the k ~Ilg in an area o~'el: which;. hi& hand rests ~ighdy; Kings are quick teremove loora:~ loro\sof the fI)Ol]Eie,r ""illo. seelMJ (w,edy dependent on the ~esOtl.rce.s of the kin.g:dom to sdlve their, problenlll. Afi<i~ t.he}' \,loiunrnereJ far the risk of building a new settl'ement and are pqjsei! to reap gl'e1[~ wealth if th.ey 5[10066[1, As $udl"most ki~~gs do not \vam to !nvesrnll!ldl in sl!ld~ sertlemeuts (either .~n dl,e fOrTI} of gold" soldiers, .or free Stl:ppl!esJ~ l!l.ltJ.maJtt:I}', hav~ilg to do so significaml:y undercurs the·.m}'Il~.treasury ona high.'l"~sk investment.

;a:n.

obHg~,tiol] or rel~loos duty. AldlOUgb wardens are imere~ted in settl ~L1g the fro!ltiel" their primary 'COJJC'e't'Ja is protecr.i.Jlg th~ dviliz~tioll dle-y itiil\f"e :I.er:t behind, l\Iost W~rde!1l~rule teord~or~ r.!~~ He asr.rlde '~ey i11\nl)s.iQ~ routes il~lCI might not be eOO!lom:i;· ,cally vi:abl.e .!il the ]Ol1g term. \V:aroellS ,oft~n recejve logi$~ka~ .andnlliHUfY ~ppo:tE fromrheilelgili&orrng 1.:.1lgdom~T:ley h.elp i to defend.

In ge!le.m~.,m()$~ frOllt~8r se:t;rlerneilt!l faii \Vi~bin ·~.Ii!llitcd J:llll'nLeJ" and fort.ifica;cionsclla,t tlley coo~ d~.emuc!l·necdb;] !¥'O'vth ~f of years !Je~usc of the mill~}' angers tbu: haune the wiJldcm'css d the seUlenlCllt di.~Yic,ad, regiom; ofF;l:·enh~. Once a ~tde!11:ellt J£ e:.tao,l ished and proved \!:[,1b1~.llcigiloorn,s: kJJ1@.loms ll1.evitaWy Wa11t to C)iteiltltbcrr ~Ilthori~.y il~oo the Del.\!~'~s:io:n. oocf:M;fore "-WU:: time, fc'ill ki.ngs 0. or !llereWlmS"'lllltro risk predou~ eeinsoa ;mather iJ]·fatt'(] • armem,priO (lonquer rhe frontier. The primM}' rol~ of a frQJ'I~ier ]~adc.i" is cstallJiishiJ'IS a civ.il society. Cre-aei:nga. function il'lS d(ljll~ir~recruinsa stead}, ecwlu· Fiefdoms ;a:re iude:'pentl!inr domaais t'b>1t:allS'iloo.er ouly ro e.hc I~I lord-sp lOllS: :IS h~' is able~o i"jlal.!t~ain and proje,"~ his au~io~]of the fiefdom through. ;'I""'eII·uil~!erstoOd bue dlalfullsu1g series of eoollomic. poJitiC'ill. and cuhuralwlIlSfOl''!l1Ja,tions. In ~hork}',Ftef'lkllns might lie 'L!.'ltbill b;nt~ d~,il't1.cd by a. neigh.oo.ring ki:t,g,i!O;1'n" hu~ Uilti] tile I1ei,ghLoring!.::i-l,lgdo~n.exerts its a,uthorJt)' effec~ i~'s tbe role of ,""rroJ~tiei' i~tkr 00 pl"nt ;'l.Lanrl~r mth.e i "']Menle!l&, COHVlaWC Ot!Lei'S to foJfuw him .. !l.i'i'e seeders a f~~Jlil1g everthe region (\'li11ch iIt migllt llotbe willing or olDiero ~lo).' i of il.lvCStin~m in dle e[l~~rgillg society, .and odden,a the friUi~~ of fiefdr)J'Ilo~e)(i~t as l!ld.cp~miellf" ww.reign el1J~ities, e.hell' ha;rd·~r.n~d ]aoors.. Vassal statoe~. such, a~ Murgoom eo th,e case of MuThonu.~d or S~mllf;ICh al~lllg the Ghuluu Piellinsula." :Ire autonomeus regions sut8ec:!; ttl the gce!l.eral ,uathori,ty of a llelg:l~bo.i"il,gl::i:l'~gdom bur IlunniIl;~n g~\ren a brge degire of uldependellC>e on loCal is~'!.le~, Mall}, A r~oarler dOmarncQrI$iM:S· of QJ1Ieor mere set:~fult}ellts wi~hi.iJJ ~ :frontier setde!:!:~e.n~ claimed by ;J: stroLlg nelghborirlg kingdom lll¢d~st-sized wogra:plaic~J (~giOJtI ,ukd by a lbcallio.d. 1111 itU.l'IY arelli;mll,c.c] a$ vassal s~~es, Others begin as imlepe~de1'l~ fi~fdQ:!:1~s re&p«:ts, fillimillg a. f~otltier dorm.in is a lot ]Lke .uun ing a nedgbut evoenw.dl}' become lfassaJ Stl~ M.C>C they ~row .wea]f1~y~.nd I i~li,g~u$i!lce~. Fol'b; Ihd!llg lle}'QJ1~d. dw r.da,tively safe COil fii~~esof stabIle e!lClughro· ~U:rac~ the anenrlon or dIe loC'illki1~gdQ:rn. dviliza;tioi:l Hiice numeroustlli'~ats to Hf~~ud Ilt'nb, A f"o!l~ic<r V:assal sb~s are ,more Ukely to ~urvi.vc due 00 their proximi:ty lende, n~u~t bala1i!CC fhe various ri£l:s and C<1~~fully 1'mi~~~lle to ;'II} alii.~dl::i:Jt~gdr),m ami fIle po£.~ib.il.ity of 1)eulig able to drlw greweh of Ilis dO:l1~a.i.!ll, Oil fIle neigboo.rin.g kn1lJ:¥lo1:!:1~ reoou~s ill eimes of great need Oue or file fi!i".u~);'Itytbl:'e4~$ 'oo~beCQnr~ilUBd ,s.ur",~\,.al ofa ($uch as a ~rougJ1t or locaioor), Of course, vassal ,~ta,1X'.s are a~' foomier Sftt'!emem is imerilill pO"\'er st~ugg~es :ImoO~g the se~de!'S, L~st l.oos.el}' S!,l,bjecrm. the ~rm l~U'~.t"l;ditiol:l~. WS.WlnS as ~l:!ld bola~ SBulente!)t$ r.acetlutueroU'~ proti'.etn~> and i.t is· nOE unoo.m· rf.l,el(il'l~!n to 'INIhk:h~h8y 0\\'1e .liea~:~y.lnd 'this can r!2dJ!loOeEne i mo:n fiOl'men~ber~ of a com mlln itr toOfee~ tl}8Y ooulil be do!n,g <1 incemive for W.J1.e ,SL'~ders seeking new!all.d free fl:ot1J t:he heavy '&ct~~, ob leading die !P'0up, As stic'b.. i~ill \!~ry inlpQ:ruilt fw a J hand of largcJl'. ~t~k:d regiolli~ fromie-r kader 'ft) ma±utainhls authority .ill! '['he face of,in~erila~ dudleJ1~ges that m igll~' \\'Calffi 'the group il:~ a 'L!.'hQle.OJil 'the Ofhc1:

vosscl srote ,

US •. siefdoro

PI frolltier lord woo p'B[I,!W.~alregiitucero,no Qm Imt!t~m~lfllliLlSE reTy e~ltirely Ol!l bi~ (lVo'i] perW!):Il skll:l's and hhs. abHl,tyt:o illespire Q~her~ EO fQH(lIW!~lo!:fead. Lords w~Ehoutilneg)aac~' musEpllli}'l d~:m~i)OOs billanc.ing acriler~'8Ci] growth u defense, a lid. al,',1:Il)eneSS, Hl' d~:fi itl,rkm. d~ey $Eart out as minor bx!Ung,s.. 1'(lspm1s.1h~e' riOT SInai I p<lpu'!ati.on~> fffiVn'$OO.rce~ and ~maU amounts of~errilO.i'}', They irilL1St grow rIlet!" {!efe:tl~. s.oEll~t die C(ls,t of ann~){ii'S rhcii territ.Qry~lways crceeris dl.~ value-of whitt can be seized u yet daey rmlst l10t "'fI.s,te SO much of' tb.eir lUf(l·eat.i'led'ti'e~re ona:rl'11ies

PLA1'1NG

.11..

LOR.D ll.rITHOUT ALLEGIANCE.

Buli ncs

fiefdo,cn

fJ':ontief Domain

90

L

TA),II"E THE

FR.ONTIER.

mubd. ;;::\fCI'yQ;t~ must do his pa:rt to keep a fromier sertlenrent ilfloot. A successful fro!lti~f leader mase be ope-n eo 1lC\\i' Sugges.lions Imdbc ~\"illing to delegue 31!l:thori'cy as al)propria~c, Another'thr-eat to the conHnued success ora. frolltic-r settleIUCllt Y'cyollV'Cs IU;OlllJO. amount of atoclltiontbc 'tl'le co.mmunity ILm~~t5. Too mueh atrelltkm le~;dsto th~ poos.ihilicy of 11cighboring. ~illgdOJ:1l5 seizing oontrol o.r bandits see~"ing: ro phlD)ticr a poorly defendcd settlement's newfOillud \1,'Cdth_ Too littk ilttention coald k-a.d to the diminishment of trade oPPOrtlu'l.ircies and. slow the ~l1f1.IlX of new arrivals as fOlks fOrget abcue the oppIXtllt1i&ies iI\1:ililiiblc i]~a paericular fron~ie.r seetlemene, Fmmier setrlamenrs Hveol.l a ~~_uife's dgc between survival e alld death. Unlike OO\\IIJS iII settled lands, frontier comlllunities; o£l:l;ll have,little to buffer them.sellic"eS agau1St distuI)tiolls ill supply. A frontier settlement mightre<leive regular sfiipmcms of food from 11 nearbyking.dom but be too poorro Ixl ild up much of :I. reserve, k; 3. result, one missed caravan at dlC wrong ·ti:Rlc of yellr JDiiightbe tile difference ·1;JetJ,!.'eiC11 I ire and deilth.

Second. ft011l~ieX leaders sl:to:uld foolS ali. dcfhtding yilal trade arteries oonne~tillg their domain with the Olltside \\·orM. In the prc"io~ e..'l:amp1e, tile Lord's subsequent expall~iollS !Bight include erectillg a series of dO\~'Jrrivcr fo.rtifli~1tEio1lJ5 from ",ihidl he can Mend rhe flow of trade good's up and do\\~i d-.c river, If:il "l.'ll!t~r£"]]J or ford e)(i~'1:$ in the area" he' might ,~b1isJ] il. SC<loL100l'YSi1:ltre.~nenl the.re ·~oserve as a way station and secondary tmding hub. Thlrd, fl'onrle-r lC'il.clersshould make oon~illg:Cllcy pJ:ms, for little belp is likely to be availilble if (In Oft horde or a large contililgent of brigand's suddenly menaces the ncw1r founded ho,ld. III the prevlons e~:a,tnJ?~e. he lord JJ:tR,ghE establisha secondllry e retreat
iJl the old cave Sjrsrelllthat once servedasa lai:r for the go:blil~

tribe \\'ito elaimed the valliey before the: lo.rd's:lnival. He might dletl begil~ cousrfuC'ti01'l of il series of tun nels beneath the river. li;lking his keep' .ill tlle' hC'al"t ·of the clolilliiln to. rhc Cll\'CS ill whidl his fo]lO\\-ers ~al] regroo.fl

FroHlti~r leaders are ooiigilredtO support ani! defend. those settlers Wl:t~I,;~S cs·mbtished kill.g{!oU1S :light battles with OJ:ic another, .. do ",.rhoflock. to their oolUler; .A (mild",,!" domain hils no I11l.de.rl}'ung warfa:teto tiCJ£.!: rur.ilm·y from illilothet· kingdom is 11U't:ly ~'CIXth illrl'astruC'tIl,re or e(;onolUY to fall back on 3s.idc (.. om the b-lood, tbe COSt given the propensity of the .regio!'l:"sinbah.italltsto fight sweat, and tears ort.he settlers- Frontier lc::idcl;s\\i1O do nor lead fiercely Cor tbeir illdependellce. 0.11tbe frontier, llowc\,eJ(,tertito'IX who avoid taking ·the same ri _. req;uired of'tlllCi.: follower .. are ri;d claims ;lifC much .1Ill00'e tenuous. particularly far illdcpcJ1dcnt usually brushed :lis£de.Likewise, frontier' leaders can never resr nefilOllris. The rjght to rule is maintained as much tlJroogh force all their Jail rels, for frl)J:ltier settk-.il'i~mS :iirC'ral'e:ly stable: The,y of 'Lt'.illillil:l the end of :I. swo:rd as in: i~ t~ditit'!it. p.art.lotisll1,. and by eithe-I' grow 0:1" fade il:\\~a}l_ tlit: rule 'Of b.w. As SUd1 .• onee a. snm:1!l frontier ·tcrrimry is. seized, ~ It is the .re.spOllsibil it)' of a frolU'i:cr leader ropt-ovide unflinch· few ~ipurc flu: right to rIlle'by the vlcterious cl@i1mmlf. ing determination and a will to persevere, for settlers look 101" l'ill.ch Fr,Ollticr leaders must ooilst:l1ld}' guard against those WJlO un the fil.ce of the gt''alfe d(!._llgc.rSthe Wi1li:lCfnC5S holds, A froaner would seize what has been buifr before tIl.cit holdings grow su.i~eader must :Jlltidpa,te pro!JJ.IC.IllS beforc thcy arise lind p!:epare ficient to i:l15p,il'~ fe~I,ings of lU'rlonal it}' 411d CLllhlr.al. identity. eonriagenries iI~ aih·am::e.l.ike"'ise. a fmL1tlcr l!ro-de:rmus.t busha:nil Sm'l'lelim.~ the best way to deter stich th:re·ats is thl'oog.h O]r·cflJ1Hy scarce resources (be they peopJ.e or ohjcc~).alloc[lting them based iii gotiiirfoo alliances, .although deals witb J:;l;rg'C( powers somctanes 0'.11 the probabHiI:)' that their service will hoerequired. leail ,to tb.c licss~r partner bei Ilg stlb$iil11ed as it vassal State. T11~ JIIIl.OS!' successful fJrOntref leaders recognize fhat the varioos prim i~ll,l(: nomadic tribes that illbab~t the greater region can be and alled with lind played aga:llist each otM'1' to fo[m a buffC1"llg11.illst Collflkl: is i:m:vjtabJe and lIllcndilig OIi the fml1tier ..By definition. ",,-ouW-btlinvaders, On oct:Il~ioi'l LoIder action is rt:qo ired, with the .. raming the. frontic'i" requires driving sOInetJlil1g or SO.lnBO!\e our lbcal.lord making a preemptive strik.e on a hostile lIeighbol' before or its bUi1fi~&l. groends or eradirional lands. LikewiSie,Ehe tenuous rh.i>Y grow strong enough to pose OJ: sun]l!)t threat in turn. held frontiel" seuleJl.'l.C'nts hiln OJ) the land enceuragea oOi"llflkr as well, for MLCbiusccL.lrit}l ~':uils the use of violence far mor·e D ·thal! ls ebe ease ~oJ:'civiJizcdki.l1gdo'l1l>S.

aoldinv Te reiror .

obli~? ions and Duties of n rronrrer Leader

conflicts

t~{P ondi n~'the
moot frontier

omnin

To· tllrive,

seedemen

IliJU£t cxpaud

and g:rm¥,

.~lCo.l·porating territory iml.lle'li\' SllccUirteettlements. Sucoe..ss· 1Ie\ s ful fr-anti.e;r !~aders,ol1cenrnte firsr on def'Cli.5e ami tite i.l'ltegrity of food stores. The fotnler teqll ires c1tpal.l<iing one's domain t.o ~11OO'Jl:1P[tSS natural ae-fensi\\'i!' fO(filka.ti.ons. FOf iusrance, after Gfllctillga [Q!.\'e1" at the eenflccnee ·of two river'S.•a .rI:CIlltierleader lIight build two additkmal to\\'el"S upri,fcr. 3Uow.illg him to defend tbe £r.~:Ingle of land between the rivers for [:irming.Eventually hi: Inight ffi!!P:I!H(1 his -domaaito cn,co1liill'lliS:5 theentire valley, i:wJ.i.l'di ngliorti:fi!Ca,tiol.lS il~ surtound,ing hiUs ov-erJooking ·the the natuml roo1:e:..s~eaMJlg into and :OOtof tbe >-';lUcy. '

]LOCO} LotU' US.

:Re~ionoll.Qw

As discussed l>n:V.iollsly. frontier justice 1<; uS!lJally q_q:Ikll. and efficieJlt, if uee always jliSt·, I.ih"W.i;s(t, rerriterjal claans on the f.ontier are of tell OOJ'ifuscci 3J1d ove.rillpping.Locai !a',llS by \\.ruch a fI'OJltier leader 'ldmil1istcrs. jLJSfia: and assigns propel~q'rig,l-rts or~1l cottle .iinto·confiicc \vidl rcgional.la~\'5 that nominally e~re.nd from neighboring ki1'1S~ki:Jns the f.rmJtie.r. Oftentime-S, t}le <<In] iI'icr into ~t:\1;·ee.nlocal Jaw a.ni! t(:g:lo.lllal]a",' is ll:liedas a.pIJete:.:t fof' established reai!l1S ·to mcddJ~ in the ill:'lir.s or iL""'ea.le-I' neighbor.

i.,

For exa.mple, if a lecal 1'000 '¥eI'C to e5'tllbllis1l.:l k![\ony .inthc Stolli!iln~s nOl~,thofCmIll}"r, theForest K.ingdl:m.l might ]llitiliUf iguere III nl.!eavang hi!il ro de .."el'op a local tradition of jlJ~ticc ailed propertyrig)lls, One wc:h tradirion might be dlllt IIU settlers are jud,ged only for~heir actUlll<S in thesettlement, wip.iag dl~ shre dean of pilSt erhnes, If a rraitereus nohle 1100: Contlyr .for '~h>e :SW:lle~ancls, e migJ:lt he accepted ~J~W h the oommuniJty if llc \\l'O:r'lled 'hard ~ml d iii not rnuset"Qubl~"M;Qnd!5 btcr:..thc Furple Dr:~gOlliS, ight a:rr.ive to llr.oost tire traitor, hlnt.lng .fi.~llllytrnckcd, m !lim down, Such siruaricns require ih~ locallord to dcl"dy bal.-ll'lCC tJJ,e 001]ll!iC'~ of local customsaud regiona] 1.iI:~~' ttl [3\,Or Oll~ .for o:r 'Ehe Qther ~nigJnlead. to the breakup of his ~nlen.\cnt 01" .inclte dl~ wrath and :memjon of C:01'1'nyr. In the same eX"lImple., dtll local lord 1l1~~n ;t<;ccpt bcc(ullil1lg il vassal of CQrmy~" plrngil1S: r.eal.tyro the FOl.Illst Kingdom which ha~ a ""'en·d'ocu~nel](ed. IO:l1g.St:t~l!di~ig clann to the ugiOll. albeit one th~t lNS lle\rer been enforced!, H0\,1i'g\'~r:. streh all' dli:IIUX: .might mise t:he ire rhe C~t~~ Slmde. "~1Q 11.1~ght then tllI:ellln::l1l, to destroy dIe .fi.erdom .if it did nor plOOg:e 3.1k.ginm:c W tIle eeboru e~npil:'e of NelheI'il. Aga.LIl, 5.~WatiolliS imlo1vil~g oolnperillg Jc,gf1.l daims~o~alld might undermine tire lOl)d·spe.rtti~lcd atlthOl".~ty Eo, grant fI~~cperl)' 1".~g;hM alld thus underm in~ the luo.ti~aEio:t1 of dlc se:t;trers.

dom!~ins are ]es.s llliobi1!c than caravaas or ships, the.~·are more to have sigl'l:ificanlt def'Cll~s ~gai:tl$t b;rlgaitdlage'. Neverlibeies.s, since dt~y-eeunot m~. Lalldits aud brlpnris bavernore tilb'ot to ~SSI,;'"SS the defenses of all isolated frontier seEtiement, whk'J\, tbcy see as l.inle more WIll .. OOUllty .ot:. $upplies~Olide them over ~i1~Jtilthe ftc;,;:rraicL " One of ehe bese tl.'Il.j'sto redu~ the dll'eat or brigaildas~ ~ to, imJllcc- roVil'!l bends of ootiav;'S that it i~ii~ their best in~eresls to join d~ seeders alld earna reward foI' '~h-e~}'pef rjsl~ they are o
ilf1t

takillg anyv\'Il.}'. Of
UiI,;,"llt<lUy

ullsuited

driU their ~fs

brigands ilild bailditll are ten:]per~" s,eUled I if~;and frol1~ier lords lllill'St ro capuu'c, kill, or d'riV'B 011 $uch n~l~real]ffi,
OOUi'~.OOJ:ne

lior

Sllcll

Monstrous 'rhceors
AlthOltgh 1'I.\OOt li.'gc lards bcg1noo cstablisll. tlleir frollt!er domain by driv.lllg off the mOllc&fC.iSfnat mhahlt the Llppeli reaA;:hesof~h~ f'OOd chaill" .llWJJlSltWS threats never ~Iltire!y slibside. Ne\v f~ SOOtcCS, S'Ucl1 as .fields of grain Of berds of passl~'e ~.h't',stod;. :lUr~c~ n.c\!,'tYf~ of l1ro.ll'$re~1) as allk.hegsaml d~'Pnh "11l,,11 $l.ldl ~cll see feed stares ;u;.c;u;y pirkia.~ PdmitlverrIboe,s with f'll!pid breeding rntc$ nt!gllt withdrfLw upan defear onlyro reeuru severnl }~r:s latct with a new crop of warriors i:ntow. as has been dle case with fa, roo l.1'IJl1nyOI'C hordes ill the K'onh. Likewise, nomadic crcamres 1'I1.ightr'CJt!,iJf.!l.Lt ~.ny til11t. 'lIl~,W;l.rC dl<lif a n~ settlement b~s ~ i ~
beencstablisbcd
MOlNlt:rtnlS,

or

or

BOnd'·· on'd eri rrs lBn~OJ)- d s
caravaas ,orr sa.iling ships, fl.'o:ntier domains are .roo 11m ill lawl~ss regio.l]s between established cenrers of ci.v.i~.i];a:r~O:I1. Outla"',~of Ulan}, suipesprey em rnl.'l[vanners lind settlers al ike illl ~m.1S w!am large tUm~'r}' forres .r:JJl:\ely tread, Although frontim" ,

withii!l. their traditional humin!:) bJlils.

~

No~llJJIU::e

rhrcatscan usml.llybc dissllii.dOOby Mllialing foo.1or ~ Qt1~jlT items they rovet J1Ot ..... orth the cffon ros.:.:iu-. For ~N,illlll)I~, ot ill the North. many frontier serrlemeats keep herds of roth~ in nearby CII\'1::1'J15 rarher th~.11 allow s.heep and Cllttl;:~O graze in t;" ~ ~

i

·m
TAME THE FRONTIER

plain sight 0.11 the &llrf:a.re. III the Imler Sca lan.ds, sli.ephe.nl'spufel· to employ large packs of !lerd dogs, to, g-u,ard' slt:all handt':ulsof .IiVl.'$l:OCk d:;]!},st a rime, TIle dogs are trained ~o kccptbc for a livestock fram drntel'ing lIlto large herds, reducillg tb~ threat of !i!irst .pre.alltol's gobbling IlIpalarge meal. in ~. matter of m;n.lu~. i!lt']]m~gll fi.lU!i.U. groups of HVe!3tock are loot o.aaa, te.gu]ar oos.~ no om IJ:lOJlstc:r is W~i'yto deStroy a f>I~7phC.ro·S eueire .~ock. PowcnUlI ,tUDI1SCl'OtlS threats, such as d~Oll~ who if~~kc fl"(l.l]] II bLlS ~~"P OJd~~ to illd a flewl}' OOl'lsttut"ted settleul< .. outside the 'lu ll10uth of their lair. nlighl:" be 'too strong for dIe local. setd.'N .0 co.nfnmt dirocrl)~ III !iIllt'hcases, {he t11I1.. '-all oftell 00 ,a,"~rred by ".lM£ I~t.iat.u'lf: a 5tlitabk: monthly bribe, In tile 1.;1i5C elf au m-erly llelgJlbox.l}' red drngotl, for instance, a oonnnunity IBight 111cdgc a .regu:!;rr supply ,of li~'~'OCk and lmlf tJn.c~k.ll1gs rOOlI:lJrhe locllll'U.UleS,

mseo.ses
i!1

Though crowded urbail comlitiol.l!; (particllluJtiy in FOrts or :rirv« ellrourage the rapt.J spread of COlUag101.li5 ill.n.esses. and all caravan routes are more likely to ~p;lIt'h~\'a:)'~, f iurec· o

citit:s) strongly

rion rhan spa:rse:I.y-seuleii ba.ck~nds. "stral.i,gC lie"' affiictioll.jj" :.ll"iseIl10St often m:n fOOJ]t:ie. areas, "1lC.re civ.ili::i:ed folk colm: into, frequent contact wi[ll wild ~st£., insects, iliDdpl3i~ts, . l:Videsp.read plagues are nOlA' few il, tbe Rt"iLhns. This is deeto effective herbal tr,;;:atm1rntsi rulers and pl·i~thODi:ih; fOl',cibly (01' ,(loveril'lI}in .. f'oodl-or drink) administeril1gtrclltmt:nts to .s.ubjeccfi." scl.d iers, ;lind "'Ots!i:ipc.rs; childhood exposure ,t'O Iilal}.)' germs lind: I:iei1Oesu',ong p~r5Ol:I!:dresiS!:al10C; and {lcnt1ll:r~of

Insidious rhreors
.i;'
.~ gtOWS

int'eil'Dnillgling of species
(both c.rossbriXdillg ,'1110 dwclLing and tradillg togethed. The wurst l'lltEUr:dout:bl'cab of isease occur when

t ~mt jW.::f!llOOr:s that prey ~ on such OOl.nli111JJil~ frnllll ~ wiebin. iVfullY d~lgaatge.r.;

~

As ;)[ frontier sctrlement in strength lind nu.mbe(, it begins to at-

'i imt,ed

~ llaruraLly gravitate to settlements on ~ the rr-outi~. lacking in ~ sigllifkall£ arcane and divi]'l!: magical support, b!:call5C such, setrlementshave little :ru~'1IIJ.sof defending them., !lCh'tS 3g11il1~t t]le inn Ir.rMioH of

. aso
].;~1O'L"

.J100pLlbu"ioJIIs fllae infections to which tJl.et'!~ ne'V,eT 'been (l".~pos.ed befOl't."; IUoo:t ~uch 0.11' ,s,roriCC5 happened fmlg in Ulc 1WL1ms.,1.eaving bclti:l1d immunities ill

a

1I1·\'lVOfS.

sMP'I''ChalJge:L'S. nce established, O .' 1Jllff:ktt}I~[;Ue claim'!' ooppe:!gilJl,gJ1',I"S p.tl!y Oil Ule"' ,a:rm'llls .. .. dmt are ,ffll'el}' mmsSed if ~Iley disa.ppear ,(I, few QilYS aft£:r jOlmllg t~ oommuniltj'. ,i\fOst 'are f1ili;ely pR."Stillllcd to have returned to t~ comfortsand safet}' of c.ivilizarroll. . Likew~se. creatares such as beJlolders,. i11ithids, and vampirer-wllD' are able to ch<wm. or drmsilNlfe hr il1dividua]s_-lI.lso find isiOtate<l frontier cOJnmunlti,es t;;aSoytargcts fOl" subjugation. Sm:,h predators usua Ill' esmblish ;.l la ir near or .ill the territory claimed by the locallordaJlld then begin bending key individuals Eo their will, The Jael:: of sop,bisricawil magiCl1l1 defenses coupled with tilt" lill!}ited mmioor of Ul,djVid1.~a~n1akc it possillfu COl" II SIi'£'[-.e~ tn~stel: to dominarc c>"c('tooc ill. II pooiticm of allthority and thereby fo:r'Ce an entire OOil'nm~laity into un""~ttil1g service, TJI~ possibtHt~' 'of weh i:n&idious aeeseks ~'SScmidly Il~intte:s the ~cqui~tiOl'l of some magiO'll dcicllscsby f~olltie~: lea:dm who hope to S.lJcceeil in blliMin,g a new commumty, Likewise, ~~ost fronder ooJ:1l.lllu.nitiesare forced eo develop some llSpects trndlt!Ol1a1lv accorded to secret' ooc.ieti.es---such as spies or secret ,pclire----to ~ such iusidious threats from p(;"l'ICtrtlting their ranks,
llXedatory

Most Facrunian rO]k roughly bow known dmses are frausm itte.d. bur m!gllt di.'la.gl'ee sharply 011 tr~,'ltb1.Hlnt:s(beyond.
ttRblbet' poor 'l1iV;lim

the basics of rest, C3n:', OOt'h.RIlg, and reed· il,g: vi.ctuas jlll1l;atll'C5 01" rn[lefll.lllmoon~ of "test" foods), Tbe~' tend co il'nJst l1.11Stii! memories of \,'l~~ i worked fo. then, Of dicit friends.. :lml se>tl()ll.dly ia Joeal "wioe WOIl1.eu" cr e1de.rs, l~ehi.!ldsome of rhese ~p'cemclIts ar..c\\"Ilrious!l"\'il.a.lign'llld clergies" notably ehechareh of Tilloml~ sOIne of ~'IIbOl~ ~~ mi.~,illform.atiot1J (lower-tanking priests 1l~lla].lr d'o this !1m 1'1:lillgIJ') or keep secrets so as eo increase flu; fa;ith'i influence and cou~i'ol-and eilCourage aCO!'1tinllillg flow of eoins i:llpayTne'llE for heaJings. Sotnc OUd;lIWS,OO\!'C' fOUil1a. th:.tt 5:lJ\l'eadingr~ll"I~~of di!le'a8e (pai:tkuJady Wh~jis~:rU'J)t"O"JtlS 1U'e fllk-eil by II f~'i-\.' IIl.il.~\'.!d'.ual;s.)15, a '~teryeffective \~y of gt.1ting \Iillagers to tllle. at least temporarily, 11.00 kiI\fC mlldl of dDcir p.r..ope'rtj' L111~lI!n'd~d. V1sibly diseased serangers (and tl105!i:! thought 'to be mad) are apr 'to be ·slilin or d~i\"ell Q\\'i\y (oCtcn being theearened by arehers 01' ",,'kb fire); tItus, the af.flictcdtClld to '''COVIlI' IIp'' and approach settle:meilts, iuus, and taverns bYllligbt or in fogs, . Known OOJltltgiousaffJ:icclons in fhe realmstend to ~ named fOT their vjs.iblle s~'mpt"Oi:l.'lfi."and! ]ncl.ude:~

,

,
-,

Tbe Five Fc:n:f;s.; bJacklung fever, blltd;congm:'. marsh fever ,or,s:lI.I.Il.r(tYl~bus). sbaking feve~. and. wi.IHeKoiU fe~>ef (p!:l!el1moni.:JI). The TlI~ee Ffag!ll!l:s; fe:lJei1:rtung. spotted pIaglle~ ,the shaking plag,ue (!Dot the SIl]U'C as the shakillS feve.r. 1,1,1'hi'cll ["c~~lJd},'struck S~rdIlJe), .

frontier stl"on~holds"
Fronricr strongholds range from natural enves W.it'Il botlldtlts
piled II.'CI'Q5S, their entrances every nighr, to g.ig31U:ic fortresses bll.ilt to w.id15t3lld .a~ults by giants and d~3S0ns. Mos.t are small,

'l)irhel!:',AfJliuiO'DS: dlltkrot (gangrene), fieshror (a oomnlll" l1icable form pf Ilumun)' [ot)" (;r~~";"Dr (SCc:l]y dc-arh" 11magical disease tied to Tiilom!.). ami wb~tffi"'a$~il1g (kp,rosy).

.

Duea.se BI:rckltllllg fe-vet B'lackroug,l1c Dar.kror1 Fea~herlllllg Flesh f'ot
G!'ffn tot Marsh fevcr' Shaking fever ,~['ted pJag~l~

1Il:lic(!tiQ.D In,haled iJI'ISfStecl

DC

Incuiha,tlo'R

DI~m~Sc
1d+ Con Ld4 D~:-;: ld6D~1 ld6 Co.n
ld.4 COJil

Injury
IIlLml!ed
COlrn:3t'~

16 lrl1:J.~' IS 11:14 d.lly.5
1'2:
1 day

simple tOl'tifioitions de~rgl1ed_reprotact ramilies or all. the folk of:l villag,c-plustbeir gooos and food storcs-----at a site \vl\:ere natural driuking water (or a \"!,'eLl) exists and some outlook of appmaches~o 'dxe ~m;oi:lg,hol.d is possible (fo.r ~"J!ampIe. n',om a ID'O'I'er bu]lit :ltop a height of ]'ilndJ . Two sall.1pk strongholds. one a wel.l-cstahlisl:1O:!forti:lied manor and the other a smajJ, siln.ple castle, ;t[IC bridl.y ,kuiled bellow.

19 1d~ days
H ld41 dJal','; 20 1 day
11 3~l,6days

wolfwnrch

-~O.n.Of

]'ltI1Jlr)1 llliLttj'

Wllite"'3St:lng Wil1iterchill
lievel"

Co.ntaCf Conta.cf Comltct Illl:'alcd

IS

H 16

'2. days i alii}' r yem:s

11 ]do days,

1d6.lilt ~d6 Coil: lc1.4 Dex 10.4 Clil'! ldo Dcx ld4CoIl

1 Darkror

it; II .risk every time a character iii woulldcd with a piercing, or sJashin,g3!tmck and the resultant \\'OI.l.Illd is left

1,lIltreated 3:nd uncleaned for ll'lO.re 'than 24 'hom's, '2. A fa iled. S1I.\i'e 1.lequircs {he character to make lI! Scccond save to avoid losing a limb, Roll, ld4: 11left leg, 2 right leg, '3
j

left arm,' '" right arm, Mal'S:!a fever is, uonraii.U},' comml.lllicated fro.m vermin CO mammals, Then: is a i% ehanee a vermin is eoetagious with this rlis.c::l5C.

On the froOntiel', coins ;Ire kss valuable than II saeure .plnc~ to spend the nighf and II .r,egular seuree ,of food and driul, The frontier gives [lime whO' work fOr it the abi hty to chart their Ot 1.11desti.n},:.free f r-om tb~ bi!J"C~uc;rat:ic. ol iricnl, and n:ligioli p st;iicture~ of their ·hO:lI.1dand-.at ka~t (:01' :J. time, III addifiou

EOthe seuseof a.roampli.sbn1elu th~y obtain by bui!djng ~mJ] cemmnnlnes and! cstahl.i!s.hulig their i.ndepe'ndellC'e. frontier leaders reeeive thei.r r<:"'ilnl.s ill dte fori'll of lasting ami tltngiMc assets. Itl parriculnr, those with ebe vision ::md dcd ic:~tiOJ.'lEO c:ml.~lish new .fie~dOlllSon du: fronti-er end up ClO'Jltri:)llill.g large s\'1F.J,t'hsor [,erri.tory. with some of it unde~'their per onalconrrol (],<;" their esrare) :Iud. SOllIe fallins uader their politicalcoatrok Tile b:tter ll<5.tmllypllro'!tid.lcs a sre-ady stream of il~cmlle ill. dle fOLm of t[u... or t ithC5, ~O.Ill~ of whieh must 00 reinvested ill .e...s ,the communi!)1 ami Some of \"hicb usually goes to bu:iM fhc from,i-er leader's persoml.l fornl al'C"

Th is oid stone ma nor hcu se 1~typical of tl1es:mallest fortilifd "grand homes" fmuu;t in the Sembian u:p13liils and the Loo~[ Dessarin and ])clilnbiyr valleys of the SWO'Ji'd Coase ortb, More rccently-bu.i.lt manors are largi.':l· and grii.mkr_ A building ,~11Ch as this wmild i.ui,tia n)V be bu ilr as th~ counrry n;-swe:nCf 0'[ a fam i]y of til iner nobility OI' wea Ithy ~liitry Oaml-owning merchants scc:kil1g ennoblement) and thilf' 5Cn'311ts and gu £5. ami it wou ld be rers ined as a hUllt! rag lod,g,e if cile fami]y ~t· til.! Iled :I. c.~ty home. If its- owuers died o.r abandoned it, thi'ee families qf foresters or farmers could .... 'ell end ull sbaring ':Volfwat,eh. Manor. l:llolfwatth M~ nm is !lOW one of the ~GIlO5'tHold5" wcst ,of Eatderlale, abandoned to beasts. brigands, and the c'llcr,oachin,g forest, Shaded aud O'ii'crgro'i.\'ll \ itb trees, it stands on ii knoll, enveloped by l'illgs of d'ClibloSr;:.Begutl.li'i!lg on :the imidc lind going . ollltward, Wolr watch Mano.r is surreuaded by II steep earthen ra mpart, de.... end ili1; olltlie ,ootside to, a "'dry moat" (3. trench c as \,",iiIeas a mule's body). which in tu.rll .rises into a rin,g of old ~tumps ;among ,,~'hic;btU"iimbles and thm"n bashes ha;ve bOC1l enooo.r~_to gr-o'W inro, a Iligh.·impe~letrnhle hL'idJ!!>t, piClrt:..m hy~, secret crawl-parl; inone direceien and a single cart-track 6~-irha ~win.g·log gate) in anorhcr, In reeenr yeIl!'s" WolfU'tlitChMa..ilOi· as become a secret 'bi:~sc h for Corm:J.nthor drow active.in the area; they cankeep a close watch em mercil:mt u~affic and llctiv.itics in Battledale fjlOln irIS tOWers. .AJt!lcmgh he is Oil ~yiuJ['cqllo:ndy ill residence, dIe Cilurcllt "lord" of the .ll:"Iallm .is. a O.rolN ooJunJi1llilc.i" named i]rhivmu' Dru:tno:liscar (CE male draw ['ague 2/d.c.r.ic Y [V'h:tllf:aun]!s!rado.wd:liiCl.:'t 2).
Iitbiv:tar seeks evcnt~-;.11j' to clai.m Battledale fiefdo:m, but he is still a long \;n)' from dislodgj:ng illl1ihitams (ie. the DaJesf"OI1:.)
:15

his pc:rsorml the ''prim itiw~

GROUND FLOOR 1. oGrea,t &aom: The wide .rIoo.bledoors ofth~ MallO'_[ Op~Jt inm this]a.rgc morn. whac livc.,"StO!Ck. wagons of bay, and clwppt,>d tir,ewood can be b:f1t iu winter. and feasting and gcm::l'alliviug
carried
011

.in a]1 SCaWl'U$-

'2-, Kiitcb:e'n: A large .. eareh alldchillmey aomi.l1:t:lle ~his room, b where meals al' prepared :at all hours. and herbs and 1l1ooicillcs are stored and 11m Tile ki.tchen ~50 :lquipped with cut:ti.ll,g-oXi1ltl.".l'S. 1 wa:rming-trny-rl!£..h;, ..~nd.d!;,:e, si:l'n k~.

94

thu'hdl: 'Iyplit'tl~ of upl:md dJ,',-ellingS.tilis

"c.ross:roads"

room conta ins the C~ovcred) head 'Of 'the \\lcll" .I.>lU5 11IIclet-5 ami

\\':I~er-storage kegs. Ale kegS and brine-kegs of fish. and salted mea~ are also stored. here a.long '[h~ waUs. ami. cag:es far doves and chlckens fiU the sourhwesteru par't of the roeeu, 'When a !ord was .ill, .,es:i'licmx, the birds yi.elded~ eggs alld were roasted for the tah'le" and OOJl'iC' message-doves were }:_e,l,l't here roo, .Additional pe1liS axe lcx."i1lcd.outside: the muor MUlSC, bllt dre I:>r:cc:din.f:l birds were kept here. Stairs depart tIu: rearhall f(»' die upper floor and: (through a barred door) down UJ. the cellars.
.. P'!!JDtlY: TllC pantry
lllCeSron!

Ii tile home of fJl~ M:mOl" cats, wllOli!e

used to kill lI1ic.e and rats here, a.iDdso guard tile houscbokl.'~ bread and cheese, s.torcd on 5IDlliC shelves under metal. 00l1'l'C'S}, Herbs Vffire hu.ng, W d:l"}'in the raf:rel'S, and sausages, :fhllit, IicllQ ve~rnh:!c:s.,alld s.lHoked meats IImJ fi~1i were kept in harrels here, The M:il1O¥ cats are now feral, bue they do nor bother humliltoid jntJcuder~ to Back Sto1.U':TMs srail: leads Cthroog.h U,'o .hatdtes) to a' dowcotc hoosing die Mallor's messenger pigeolls SIll".lllOlliltetI by ~ l.oo1out'tlll'ret (1101: apped; Yitectl), above room. 6 and equal m ~o it ill dimensions) w1let~ :a signal beaeen of d~ried.fi re\1i<'OOid.is kept ilIlu:la wraps (a eevering of old. d.o.1ks, 5([\\'11 togerbe~" ,and llI:akdwith tar. and. kept in p,lilcc against wind by S[01]t. peg~beb.l Ivooden frames), FI'Olll thi£ turret, CrOSSOOwJ1.l1Cl] eould com-

maIM tb~ '~l'p:roa_ches '1)0 t_lle !)l!U1Or fl'Olt1 dl£ nOl"rl, and ""'est, \Vlieil in residence, d~~ drow , llsl.mllvI n~fh.is turr-e-t for the :s,,1.l'ne , pUiip~. , 6, NOd'b W~U_cham.be.r:The' ,!JO.iit'1i. waJ1chall100r is "'"'h,ere the ~_ds and UlUllm:l:leiil men or the nOllschold '~Ilstomffi"itlyslept. This

room hmi crossbows hl!l11.g ready on the ~ifflll5,. Rna Mills pie«e<l " with fiti:t1,SllGrts (sliding iJoal'ds on itrm'l'ior-~ifflU frames !)ormalb' cover ti1cItl:llg3.illSt a.viall;JJld mice' invasions), TIle drow use ir W· siJ:niJar cffca. ,. LoIl,gI'Clom: Waned witb \'lforkIx1'lches and crammed-f ull cupboards.,this, chamber served 9S a '1001wom and wa.rd.m'be for the men of rile Manor. , 8. SOlidi W:I]l:dua,m.!le.r: Th-e oouth "~UdDamher se'-.I"vetl as shared skep.ing-quarrel's for all couples ,;IlIllong tbe Manor servalltsThis room had CIIC!6SllOOIS bung i"C"iI!dy emelle MIlls, amll'lall wails pieoocd\?;ithfiring ?O~'t.<I (covered cas in room 6). The drow use it to situihu' cffee[. 9. l'IIUe:t lloom.:~orm:dl}' used as 3. \1{O'l'kriliopaml drying; d'tlliUW, cluttered wlthsaw!lorses, !ihav.u:tgs, and racks for clothes, t'I1ijlll~d, la kle5, and strlI!lg ami sJiwd fHllts and vege!'JIbl~$> tIllii ChtIJi,IJcJ-b3s\1lanspIel'o~d wit'h. m:l1l,~ firing porrs (oo:ve.re-d ,as in room 6) and two infedor stol'le W'3115 to gi'Ve d.efellders CO\'CJi 3gaiJ1sI: m:I.'ows and. qU:lu"re'b firOO in by artackers. Th.e drow use ~tro s:imilar effect, 10, Glle:st liIedcfla.mbq: This ("oom was once a lu:wriousl)'· fumisjuld bedchamber. used as a stllldyand sewing-room wileil, rhe Mallo.':- has no gtt'e~,So.. • , 11. Ma~fe.r Bedc&l.mb~t The 101'1:1'5 edchamber llld offu:-e b was, once a SI.I mptllou!!J,y furnished room, a]way.s-~nled. by personal servants, ]it is now emplo)"-d ttl s.imiu.r eff£cot: y UtbiV.;1aJ" b
Dii'CfI1O.nsca.r.

11. Armory: Thill! l!ocked room oonmilloo' tIle 1O.ni'Snll1!!b'les trappt-id with Jlccdlc and fa.l]ool])" his personal 'ar.I,IDM. ~Uid the .M:U1'O~''s best '1;1,r'C~I)lQnry. (PO!ea:r.rns a~d knives were kept i.n waU-racks in 'toe RcadlalL)

lm carry-coffers

UI'I'ER FLOOR
11:, CCl:tlrtw;en~ Open 00 the Re;I!rhal'l (room ill) and ir~sQ~cnd· .ullg sea Ihis hallway 00$ sliUtt:e'rl:d w.illoows along its ~'est '~,'311 lbllts (1te1~b"and edibles. such. as pole.beans) were grown O~I windO\Nabks OCllC<Ltb t:hr:m.. _
liji, Mlliidieo. I~'mb~~~ The M;liclen Ch~.mbc:rserV'ed as a

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it:

~26. Aunor;'. Wo.bhop. aDd St,ara_ge: The «e'lTe'l'),Eili:n.g," [1]0111 ~\'as used for sro:roge of things tJmt Itccm:il: mending allil for ,mikilllg 011 them and doing other 1.1lilinteitairlce work (such as dipping. sGllliing.. dye~ 3.1Ild. oating thillg5)thll,t ilWQhred \rats c of ha.r,ll1fIlI or oJiferou.s ~iquids.

"f'OOIS(lUare" casdeia, the fir.[ Sor.ep up' Fronl a simpk rom::-'W,rrec:keep, ,Old is, typirnl of lhlnaU froJltieJ" fortifirntiom Chl!lmb~J.'~The C'rQllC Chamber served as a throogiI(mt the Heartlands and the ~oJ"th. Srorn)i'l'<l.wk Keep bedcham1->ef shared by an'th_' older'u!!marricO: women of the \\\::Isthc abode of a sel:f:S[}ll.ed noble f.11nilY)11 the !till coolltr)' hou.sello1d. Older married couple'S srayed hereas wdl when the~' Ilo.[thwcs~ of I':rosku:r. and ~tsrjll 5'!:rvt:S ..S dl~ central meelt:i.n,gl could not :dlbc accOJtllJaJXbted ill room 8. This, area is fuJ'jU is.lled place; temp!";, and 1lurket ,of thevillage of Sto.rmh~\yt.;. It CT..a:\\'n> !liS fOOl}) H. a 11iU that was ilnitiaU}, elemfcd of brusbtc yieItl gra.zIng-land 16, 10:1 R.oo.m: TI'IC Ix»: room ~n'Bd as sroragc for cv,erytlling and dcpl-i\r,c ~!t:tad;er.s of co\'er; the cottll!)!;;$ and yard·gan'fells of that \'IIOUM ha.v(?ooc'J1 ruined by (!!amp in rhe cellars. Typu.-a]ly. Stonnhll,wk now ,cO'!f-ertire emire hilLsid!;;, . .its OOjll[elrlfSOOr1: dominated by clothing and carry-ooffers full Onlythe ground floor of Srormhawk ~r is Slto\~111.J Il times of i)e];SOllal belollging:;. In additiol1l. rhls- roomcould be usedas of trouble, dIe enti.!:e \riUage moves i",ro the cassle, hobbling ;m over .!low OOdd131l1lx.'t. their livestock ill' t!n,e FON}'a.n:l as well as piljn:g ,hay. gmll1~. and 1'. Uppe'rTl!Iu'et: The tappe'.!" turret served as a,~'Wing· firewood there, UlldB!: the "square" of rOOJti.5, joitJ Lng tIle fCM.!!.r lOOIl' and retiring room for' the women 00 the household. !t comeit' rowers is a dlmgeCi11 and grallary lcvcl, and each ttmrer has \\l';liS<-"quipped for defense jut" ,IS ~'QOIll 9' is, oontllillinJ; interior foul" levels of b:dd~; ..mbers abow til ground floor, S'U!'Il101.llued protecth'e' walls (cJQove'.I"cd ith stor:lge~ad:s)and w a narrow 'by a turrct-rop fi.rillg-platrorm (slIlcrotlatdl;xl by crenellated t);auillias.cending sta !I~ that ascends (\t ia :l hatch) to a rocrft.op' lookoiU ments • and :>lJQrringa !lagSiron and aball.i<!irn). and fiYing.platform (not Ji1fillped or ShOO'II). The dro w uSC itt to Stormlllll\,k is. crummtl}' ruled! by :JI mayor. descended Irem similar effeer, tile easrlc's .In:ot :it:'.II~dla:l, The mayor has U1l11srormed one ,of S1~onul'lawk 's corner ·tOR'e'tS 1[J'~ :I sma]! personal suite. lie fUllS . C· LARS the bedchambcre ill die rest of the keep 35 aguesthcuse for 18. D:owDS'til.ir,: he room at the base or the stairs COllt'ilUrled T visitol'S ro the yillnge. The mayor lias long sought 'to dnim tbJ a eable tii;!;pia}'iug ti ndc:rl:!ox, fl illt, steel. tapers, and l:l.l1tt.m~. and • tuantle of Stoo-n1!KL~k1;.lo.lXls.hip fo:r himself. bur dl~ people of ~'iteralcilsb of WiIlC, Stal"m.hmyi< 54X: 1ittlt= needre mO,\!1? to, an nnbcri.1X.'tI i.oroship, 19. Fruit Cellllli': The fruit cellar held casks sunk ill sand. The easks were filled with apples ami other gatflercd fmit, preserved 1., Fo:rey:ud~TIDe for~yar(1 is a g~assy )'ard (rising from outer for \\,jmer eating.. ,, gates toward area 2) used. for assernblilllg 1.I!1(mn~~d I~n:ies., ,silor10'. Strong ,Ce[lar: The strong cella r held'raised pallets sup· ing and. hitching L11i wagons, delivel~:ies and .ICKLdi IIgs,emclse, poning coffins (tl.u71iting ru.-arhs), stored foodsttlffs (overflow t,<iapon!>-practic;~.I rul as a pla}'g'l'l;mndfor children, : from room 'H), and valuables, in locked carry-coffers, 2 •. Po.rt.cllni5Th]'Q~!t, D()tted lines mad; wh~'t,e t\vo port.w] lis ~,:t'Cells: The eellswere (;o.mposed or :;11"0\.' of c.~iJit ~ock~Q, "wans" can be d1roiJp<i!(or raised via ch<ll:llI.l;-I\'ill"h~"S) from an cages for qlll Dilling prisoner • the infectious. hunting dogs, beasts ove-rheadl "Lintel ChrutiJ)cr" (not shown) that links .roo.ms 4t a!l!d (c;iptured live and kept for later slaughter and eating), and clle 11. and has fil'Lng-l)OrtS Utl its Iloo:r allowing defellders fO att~d. s,t.o:I1!ige of 'bulky valuables best l«k ..e'd. away. .. intrudees v\rnnl~iI'lS tbroogh area 2. n. Ume Pit: The lime pilt is So Jeep pit full 00 natu ral lime, ~. IllD.u Ya:ru; The ro~,bred (aga iusr murl) c~l\tml GOlIlH}>aN ",here all refuse except dllIJilli>t=rpc;t-VI',aSfl! was thl.'O\\'n. CLune (lis· of the castle t:OJltaia1:Sa covered well at ~A (nOT'IUaUy df3wU OIl eelves hoJiles and aU, lind nxlm::es all odors of decomposition)'hy senralnsID J,;.~~pstorage barrels and horsc:-tTol.IShs cOittl i'Iual1y 11, Ch:ape~:Th iii clJ{!Inb~rscrved as an al.I.·flliths room with a fun of water), kJi~"di.nS·p~ and simple sIDllealt;l(, for private pray~r and sim?ie +. A.r.mory Gh.!al'dixii:i,m: The armary ,i.:; a guardroom "'~leJ~ tdig.ioos rituals. Tile: dl'oW haw tr:ansfor,mEld i.t into a dark shrine \mapol.l.S and a.rmo:r are mai I1tain d and stored. Firii'l,g-pott> of,the M3Sker:l Lord, marks on Ilinp) open iq~to area ~J ami ,~,:ih icldeJ ball ism is 14_ Si('k hom: The sick room, was an iselared bt::dd.l..H11ber mounrc ..d to fire t11.rousb a horizomal-sl it port Qua.rked by a~ "'<here ,anYOlle a.ilin& .... ounded, or near childbirth or death clYllld a.r.row) througID area '2, 00' as to ".r31ci'>a.rca 1. be teilded in I)t.'dati\rc qlli~t and ioolatIon, 'f. Day R.oom; This cl1i;nnbel~ is a b:u;5Y ucroosroa,ds" loung.e and it. Gr,~.ni1ry: The gn:riIbiL[), heM dr}' g~ storage, in bros, living. room for castle illhabitants, .h laasboot and doi~ stOI11gt' casks, antI (on raised l~l1cts) Soi1.cks. accessible to om: earner of and cleaning for severe \\l'I!'lIthe,r .. th.; kiocllel1via. a shaft and batches. (Ladders were kept .Ilet'e. and - 6. Sou:t:bW~5t Lote: Tb~ ground. floor u,om of s.ou;l:hwe~t IDI,r ":n:.iic:hdO'w!l hooks" hUllg on shaff ...~a1'Is wel'!': aCGcss.'lbk rrom 'M"l"et .has a land_.ingoffed:l'I.s, ~.cce:;.s 1:0 the .1I1'f;1i's'· ,s,anlerolie (pri'i'}r) kit'dl:t:ll above). at 6A and] trut lIO'OI1l'U:',DlS'g.1rderaoo (privy) at 6B_ StaiN lead d'ovrfla \!,!';1,s1I~tud. H. Crone This

bedchamber s]u.rcd by all t:h. young and u umarried women or ehe hou'sellolq!, It \\IRS crowded with bunks and II single chair and

srormhowh Keep

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11. F!e~niiDi:Hin~ Thls paneled, snI;gbead hunting trophy· and ~ shldd-hullg chamber is C'AA\?ded \ ith massive wooden tables and 7. StI!Dle80:The s.t:ables include a row of e-.i.glnbox stans and a ,chairs (and' "servillg" sideboanls and side tables). It is used for birt]'1illg stall for the castle milk-cow lind mounts (horses). dining, mC1l:tings. and leealeesslens of justiee-eourts, It has, grail'S, S. Endy L_;Ji!l'd_er:In t'bis roon], prep~ food is asrembled iU1Jcl ascending to the upper le,,~h (bedch:a1.i.1befs) of the northeast ~pt ['C'-lliJy (rn row.rcd dish'''S) oil taMes f'Or trnnsport to reom H 'tOWCIf. and d'escelldb.g tQ the dLJl,seOJ~ levels, and vlllriOilSboe(khau1bers at,ot! Ild thor: casrle, 9. Will,eLort: Domula.ted by t~-o huge msks. rhis ,..ine ~to:ro$ dlftl!llber bas stairs rising to the upper levels (bedchambers) of the llOl'tll\\reSt tOWC,I",IlJld. smITs dcscendieg to l!nlllW palltri,"S- and ~tl~ry cellars on the dUl1g{;:Oll level, • lI.JO'.f.lry Kit-chell: This IIhV3ys-bl:lsy room is gi\!ea o\r-~r eo Although this campaign arc bas its roots ill tIle fall of 'the baikillg ami "dry" meal prellitrartlon (cutti n,g and Senrin,g of cheeses, KingdOm of Man, it deals widl c,,'cut5 o.f the Yea_r of Ligh~l!jllg cold me3Jts, pickles" saL'lds). Storms (H74 DR), If the player COOltllCtc£lj, involved. they get u. Slumbc~ Gual.'d:l:oom: This guardroera is \\Ill~ defenders n1_i,ghtseek to ree,s.t:ablish till:' Baron)' of Starsoo.doo'. not re.ali:l.Ulg li\ole sleep (bunk beds along south wall], It lIas fi riHIs;·po.rts and that E:rth.ael: Ja",~~arhl1~otl Jrns possessed 011~ of their nU1'1Ubet~ marks 0.1:1 map) illto area 3, and a shiilde£l b~"II~,t!I Jl'IOurli~ed~o or J:11'ab7..e futility of sud:'. all !:Ildcavor and attempt to 1:1)'dw dDe lire tilx,otJ,gh !l hora:lonral-slit port (mad:e-d by an ,itJ"to\~') throu,gft ghost of a fallen baron 'to rest for,r;vtt, area 2, so as to ''lilkcl' area L n, SCl''ill!l!It$' L'Oit: Th~ ground ffexw room of SOt,i-cowes.t rower t11.lrret is all "6i!sy room" for Bel: vants to relas W. offer ing .,', a_cressto <l!>min do>vn 'Eo (he cellars, and smirsto the upper levels In the Ye'ar ,of the StricKell Sun (691 DR). Lorn E~that'"r (bedchambers) ofebe SotLtJ1east 'k;I'l\'el'. Javilarhhs~ll. son of King Javi1:trhh "the Dark" SnO'L"s-\Vord~ petitioned hils Il"epliew, Kit,!; Davyd S11o.\!.'S'!1,'O.nl;for title to 1~_Oii1'VUY Kirtchel!l: This ever-basrli illg lwm is where meats StalfS!J,:ulow Va_Ie(so known for irs, positioll on the soo'l:hl.VC~rn lire cooked and carved. for direct serving to room 15'. UI. Atc~' W:alk E'\lJs5lll!l:es: T"i:1;emain eonueceing h;dh~,ays fringe of tbe High Po-test pot.""tiCilUy pklced "in the shado-w o-f the 8.tlIl!" M.oI!I'tl~"). King Dav:r'ti- clcwtlld .Lord: E-rthae:r ttl ~he of tile castlle hsve fi.ri~g~por~ eX" ma~'ks Ojl, map) illto ilreu ~:, TII~ ,arc Ilo:n:mJ1y c(wcrcilby sljU,epmbCls slid into f1llmes inside rasrk of Baron of D.auil'tyig.-tt, and gave ilim tide lO StarBhmlow the walls. Vale IlpOl1 condition that the lte~"l}',ilisroUed baron (or his hcirs) could! 110M dle land for at leasiC a do,z.en winters, >
00 th~ cellars,
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mwders seemingly .at random and wit]loot restraiut; Among In dl.c "ieal' of Clutching, Dusk (702 DR), me raiders from rlic dlooc caughe ~p ill 'the chaos was one "{al'datb Irollfistihlood High. Forest swept tlrrouglt the lower Ddimbiyr yaLlcy•. infl.itcof Turgo.. The d'\wrven lordand his folbwCfS were n:tumirngro ing ht."I!\f)'losses on the ~i!lrel" I:ingdoms of Ddimibiynu'l dllif the Fotlorn Hi'l~ after v.i<:lting kill working II small mille .i1i,,!J~ were formt:d), part of fIle Ie iilg.clom of Mall. until tile Duke of depths of the High Forest, hut too}, wel\i! fm-ccd to rnhshdJ)~'f Calii.l'idor JhtaUy ll'Iuste.ed an a.l"ln}' s.trong enough ro b.re:_.l die iunid t1l~ rt.l ins of Smrsh,adc;n'l', Towel' by the pressag:e of 'Il),ll errant Horned Horde. ,AI'l'lOl~g the realms left si1:auel'CG .nn the hordc's green u')'rlfl. The ghost baron possessed Tocd.. and th~TI led '1.th wale W'Il.S the Baron)" of St:lr~hadow. just eleven Wil.1('(.'T5 after its bim. hack 00 Fi.l"fIlalnnl{l1" Hold. 'I."heNl tile ebari5ll!llttic younS dliln f<mmlins- UnjJeknownst to the humans the rcgioll,tllc Of'CS of [ht: western HiglJi Forest eonsidercd Starshadow 'V'31ceo bea leader convim:ed many of his kmsman to return wi.fh !iiIn rock vale. The Srout Foil rclJtl.ilt Stllrsacred Imrilll ground. and it was tlie founding of thebaronyand shadow' Tower witbin, ~ matter :mbscqLlCnt wave ,of settlel'nellt ii) die ~~giOllthat of IUOiltiJ5) -aad then se-t uiXIul ll.rcciflirani! the fOfil'lil'llg of the hQrde. esrabl ~5hillg a ruby mine aloor; TJI(! Baron)' of Sta.s.hadow migbt a l!learby ridge,. Less than £'1m hevc failW .into his-tot}'. a minot' realm lHOH~hsafrer their arrival, t!til that bstt:d. barely a !If'Il:l'tbeat. lf dwarves, of Sm:rslmdo'W ToOwer not for the r~tilnn of its founder. were no mere, and the ghost Baron E.rtbner.. as a ghost. TIle baron's keep W~Ui, 'Oll.t~ ~ll!Ijll a. ghost baron refused ro rest unti] smoking ruin, 'fhe great red ]);'liuntylga r was restored to its drago'll named Imvaeenarhro earlier ~tuS and m..1liIlta.iJ1~1 for :It (detailed ill Chapter 7). tom lcasr one fill[ winter, Ullfo.rtuillately from slumber Ill' tll.e madness for r:hosc '\'ho II;]. ! fallen viceim W of the !lage. set .fire to th~ to the SilOS, bl'tl'Oll'S possession vale, quickly lming Tordath ... a,t(cmplS.. C,It11ts !LaVI! (ol\spiIred and hls follower'S and tf'IJ.ritJg ~ ~ to dcf~11Itsu~h effo.rts Olib every imo t!J.e rll~'.ladeJ) .rtrlge with ~ oems.ion. bis ,grasping daw~, Sin01' tl1~[ ~ In~he Y~llr of the ella 'time, the Si[()U1t Folk have ~ (8E2 DR). the COJnpl~ny of avoided Smrsh:'ldo-w Vare. bm ~ the Ycnoo' 'Star tookrefege ! ta les still speak of th.e fOb'tnne ~ anilQllg the smnes of fallen ill ruhic they left behlild that 4 Starshadow Tower while fo1mjg,br now lie in depths of lml"ing the rcmnanrs rutIle o]d dlwarvcn C31-t: path Imvae:rllnrh:ro's lair. Tragedy returned to Starsh .. 1.dotl' tlmt led north dlJ"Ough Vale in rhe Yeas of tile HQi'11 (1222the rOl"~"Stto tIle Han of DR). when ~ 'W'aterdhavian!umtill~ Foul' Ghosts.. The ghosr pan}' led h>' Lo.rd Orn [gar Tch.a1r baron possessed rhe le~oo zam made ,~utlp a:lfnid. therui,~s d of th,;: oomp.a·I'I)'. iI warricr Starslmlow T<l'~''e.r in tile ea~;I}'d:l.YSQ( named Hc~d.ilCk Iroll.cb"~ who rhen Tarsakh, The ghost b(llOn possessed rhe j'QllJ1g mfnrinced h~ fi:l!ows ehar Ehe~~ could TchftZ,''l.liJll scion, who thenbecame obsessed! make more coin by ,ci.aii'i:lil'ig. the vale for 'nlC (,/J(Jst ,if Darou with foul1ding' his OWJl !lold in rhe \':I1e" Tim I:heir mm than they could by pllllibdC'Jijng Erlbacr In'IJilarblJSS.!:J1t summer; Lord On1iga.r enlisted the financiil oldtombs, The COI1lp.llilY the Yellow of backing or severa I noble flU'll Hies; in tllc fall, Star spent the summer months \fi.si~ing he returned to Srorshadow Vale accompan.iOO by a dO'"l£1l scions l:averl1sl:hmugl!out the .region. 1Tl11~j.iJl,g host ,3, landless me.l1 of \Vatcl'(kep's nobility and ~Il times t!lar IIU~'Il oerof retainers, b willing to 5C1t1c Srnrshatlow Vale under the IrQl1cb.w Banner. lay Backedb)' a b.r.ge amomu of cojn a_lld the ano,gance oJ j'~tll, ea:rly autu mu, then: were a;t .least tbrce clez'CL1 fa.mil i~ settled in tJl.C .nobks qll ickJy reston-d St'ill'shadov.,' TOo'wl'll' wirl~ the aid of the val icY and "'ork was well Illl,detwa)! W r~ooil,d 'Sml'sitaaoo' •. ~.pilka$tcrs, in t11.c.~remploy, Howe\!cl',Eheir effor ~s qll fekl}' came Tower ..A.U this came to ullIug.hJ. \\~JCn a horde of de!~ons erupted to H[mght. foOrsome .iU-advised plundei!"lllg 00 the ore-be llr bruffQ'l\/S· rl10nl what was then. known as the (~t:y ·of Ascalho.rn ..The demon that dotted the ~'l!le qni tddy drew the Jttrmioll of the Horned horne qllickly overran d'l'CJii Eaerlann alld dWar\'ell Amma.rindar. Lord and 'Ianglcthoru ore tribes "of the High Forest. Within a unTea:shing SLlCCcssJ.VC WliJ\fCS of rC(l.I-sces. The fJedgillig Bailon}' or tend[JY.the Bi:tckhoni Horde had: ow:rnm the vale, and Td:}[Iiw..am Starslmdow felt less than a tort:l'ligli:c larer \,;hell landless warriors a.lld his .iU-r.'1rcd fOUO!.llc:rS Iii)' ,crushed beneatb their bOQI:~ led h), Nimoar the Reaver 5WCj1t throug.b. die vale, ~'av1giflg the In tire decades since its kLst fall. Srnn,lIado\\' Vale has bill_ har\l'~st and seuin,g fin: to die small SC'tdcmentunroud1C(l., II.S rnnlot:> or gllosdy bilUU'Cimgs,a:lld I:he 'Very real TIle Year of the Dracorage (101'8 DR)-I!lnleaslted great devdanger of dl~ Itci,ghboriug 'ore eribes deter any attempt '1:0resettk asration across the N"onh. as cn:rngcd wynns anad:etl dtie.s ani!

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1'JJl.1d

In life, &iron Eni:t{M Ja ...i1arh.hsw.1I1 stood ~\,dl overt} fCC't iu +2' di#am:e t~l:turllil1g cold iroll tht''{)'1lllng_ aXI: height with. fair skul, Jiii;:l'cing gR!Y Cj'¢S;,;t1l iLgjuilinc visage. lind '!-21/+17/+12 (ld.6+4) ~btad; lli11r ""'Q.ua loose beneath h~ .hclm, E~ bad 11 .hellrty •. 000dy B.l1iJl.g~d di:St6l11C'ereturning cold iron tbro'lf/1JJg a.w! ~12 +1 lau,gh and a trod;. sro\l\eUy VOlee dlltt .cOllll.blill.lIdcd attentioll .. As 11. (ld6+6) ghost. he bas the misty t'fflllS!~aTI."licy of the .imorpo[cal undead, B;li$~ Atl +1:8; 61'p +12 ~_Ud visal!,t: is titnf,"ed wirh a bim of madness, -his Atk 0,£]0.11.:5 Gre:Jt Cleave, PO'l'o'llf Attack. Spring Atmd. Tl:tc }l'01illgesf ~] of Ka!lJ~wik:uhh"-~ Th1:[k~ SIlO'l\~"'Qrd lA'lUi f;J~'orttl C'J1cmy orcs +8, favored enemy 1:lU!"g1C1l1I:!casts +''', raised am.id the~rappilligS of' royalty at dt~ l'lllilc~ ;11 D:lirnibiynm. fa"or~ coJ:le'mygobli:noids +2, mallifc;stlI~iqJ1. s[J(kiml striko!l bu~he Sl~llt' much of the ym:rtb ''i'I.'ll:tlckriL1gh~fllltth~t reaches of t +3d6 tile DellSlxl1aand Ddii'lli~~}'r vaUeys. III d~ Y~'i~rof the Sn~kll. Sp>cchd A.>c~i:OarJ~ oornlptillg~oocll, malevolence (DC 18)" 81m (691. DIU h~ Ji'ctll:rn,ed eo COUrt convinced he blUl roo nd a t,(,"ld,inC5is (DC 18; GL Ulth) \'lIU~y he w.isbed 00 call heme. With .his kinslllan'li OOU1SCnt.. Lord Combl'it '(j,eal' IJf./,'rn 0/ blmti1lf:. Errlmr n:i.i~d .~. oM: of men andled till.: SCtt.klt:limt of StarShadow n RalIig¢1' Spd]s F~CPIli1¢d etL 6th): V3k,. seizing the lalld from crcs and other fd.l.c(;;:atllF(,:s. 3'~-d-phmt ,grlmlJb 1Il ~be }'~r$ fmU' foUo-u'!;:d. orn Erth!U.:'Flll'ow,:rlil fait and L . 21ld-.c~t'5.f!l;ac:e, protectiOtl frn:m &JiergJ' able ru]el:, .~n.crea.sio!l, die sizt:'and dlv~rsj!ty of his fi~fdmn ill II bt-d/~r,l;\~, (mtande (DC 12) CIIut[QuS and ,cOJ.l~"vati\'c r!l.s1iio.u" H(f~'Cve[.tJle de.~d~ KillS ,of ,A'b,Uiti~s S~[ 1:8 (.... wil;;:n n1lInifCl;rod). Dcx 14, GOon-. In! 10, Davyd rntlle Y~"i1:rof rhe Triltoll's Hom (69; DR) a.liidtbJ; Wis 14. an .1.6 S1Jlhseq~entco.ll.apse of dli~ Kil'l~_lo,m of M!ln ~t«iil'itatOO agr~t SiQani:tnal cml1pltniCU1 (none at presc m). lIl'lllOre<! e;a'Se. \Yalre of hemelessuess dlroUgbOO't the .region"and Kft.l~.s, bq;1I1l iir:r'eaming imn StaJ:'Sh~_d.o1[\" \!~k , c~.n1Ou:na,gc,~cam..initiative oolllJ..5.wild -llmPftlllY +16 (i-12 ll1agi(;lJr~asTIi) The uexe seveu saw tIle rapid ~~md t.l:hloomroUt:dgrowth of Srnrsbadmv Vale" il:Jld Lord Erth(tl;,"§ St'tL!.gg!ed 00 m;'lunt~,ia:l , Feat'S, ])I()tisc., 'CJC'Il\'c, Endul'Ilnac,. Foe HmltNJ'fi (arrs), Gre~t his aurhority- Tlte n.ew~}! rri\'(,'] settlers beg,l.Il logging the suea Clbyc,'Gr~at~f TWQooWelIPOllFigbting" Impre ...ed T~'O' \"llcapoJ1 Fighltil.lg, uactc.r-:shi.Po Mab:ility> P-ow1!r Attack. t'«iIi\'(li1'1g t\'ood~ at !)"precipiooY$ pa"C(;. ;!l1d m~tht.lntiug 5trii~p"_~d Sprillg Att.Il.C'l... Track, 1",m.W~1[pon Figl]~iulg mucl~ortbeSllrroullrullg \\oodljl,lms of'game, II]fhe v~UcY. Skills Chmib+4 (+6 imrclvillg dimhing m;pes), ])~pIom~.cy I~ru.¢ persons ~n l00fillgtb~ oorrow'Sth~,t liued thcv~l~y + i~Escape An:ic5t +'2 (+4 .in\'olv.i:ng [<Opes).Hide +ll" Root" incurriItlg the wrath of dl~ 0.[( tribes in the Sti,r.roli:nd~llg i.nti:I1.1id.llw +i~ Jump +9, Knmvied~ (geogrnphy) +1. '~'Qo:)(lh1:lwoS~ ord Erthaer di~-d ;l 510",,(,lil,g:eril'i!: dCliLtb. l;Jid~",,' by L ~~1 llllhtdy arrew sliot ~ml buricil :ui'i:i.dth;;: corpses of the .fi.n:tl K.llDWI~dge (Il!3Jtm'l'i) +18, JLis~en +H, lWo'I'C Si!eutly +'2:~, ~_ss:wlt'on SmrsI1l1.do 1owcr. A;5 the endless tide of the HOf.ll.(.'(1 ..... Sear-ch +il:. Spot +:n, SUl'vivlIl +18 (+10 tokMJ? frmn getting lost or avoid. ]lill1.1l1'rls and in~,l)[weglXll!lnJna,tl,lr.illl Horde ~\Cp;t tli:rol:l,gh the vale. o'!{crwhcln1~ltg e\fel"yth~l1g he bad

r~~rs

bujJt;, his thou;ghts ,lTlmed defil!ut and 1M: ~~'i'Or,(;ID all the goos dlltt he \\'OuM .!lOl be aC'11i(.x1, .. ER.IHAE:R. j:AVIL.ARHHS.sON Male g!l.osl (ao!!;lIIclm.:d elire Illuskan
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AC H,~oo.C'h 1), flat-footed 13 01' 13. t.ol!lch 12. flat-foored n against ethereal foes; Dodge. Mcihi.hty np 122 (Ul HD); .01.. f/m<lgiiC .. ill'!JOl.'pooo[l.l.tr.ili~s. l.'ej:u.\'~n~tioll 'Imm:IU:lt undead t1·ll.~tS '&esi5t fi~ 10. evasiae, tUr11 I.Iilsi,stance +4 Port +9, ~,d +14. Wi]]. +7 •

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sqU1lres),. sril1dd~y m.ovemf',nt. &tvifr

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