Now as preamble, I’ve played one-on-one before and had no real trouble scene framing. This time however it just isn’t gelling. The player took some time trying to craft beliefs, and in the end we just got them down and tried to make them actionable.
Setting: Edge of the wild, a human stronghold, where the last elven folk are treated like vermin and outcast to the slums against the exterior walls. Dwaves are treated like second rate folk, yet have one ace up their sleeve - they trade from the north down the river, offering precious mithril weapons with which to best the increasing surge of monsters from the ancient forests sorrounding the besieged town. Monster hunters are more prevalent, spreading their ire as they awash the town with fear and some measure of monster-slaying fervour.
Character concept: Iorveth, Elven rat catcher (human outcast setting) who seeks to murder the (far distant) king by first overthrowing the tyranny of the Sheriff of the slums, harnessing the monsters vitriol and allying himself with the dwarves.
The Situation: Duke Stal has ordered the elven slum be burnt to the ground, (seeing them as vermin too long tolerated) creating a ‘fire zone’ sorrounding the walls to assist in repelling attacks of the larger and bolder monsters. This will be tantamount to genocide, since they are the last of the known elves. Iorveth has a hateful relationship with the Sheriff carrying out these orders (the illegitamate daughter of the Duke).
Iorveth’s Beliefs are:
- I must stop Trutka from carrying out the burning of the elven slums to bolster my reputation amongst the last remaining kinfolk.
- I will strengthen my affiliation with the dwarven merchants as they can provide me with sanctuary in these troubling times.
- I will murder the king by any means for what he has done to my people. First, I will delve deep into the wild and harness the vitriol that monsters possess.
He has instincts relating to always having his knives at the ready and always insulting the sheriff.
His traits are: Loner, bitter, scarred, one-eyed, cold-blooded killer.
Any Ideas to start the game of with a ‘bang’?
NB: If you have been following previous posts on this game, the character we semi-burned to play a prelude with was Iorveth’s only relationship character - Trutka the Sheriff. She is a desperate, focused, misunderstood loyalist - trapped by position and birth. They share quite a few similarities of character and point of view.