We actually got rolling today. Finished up the PC’s and most of the FoN’s. (2.5 of 4 FoNs…) But we wanted to jump in, and one of the FoN’s is a Faction leader.
- No offense to Chris intended, but NONE of us know anything about the Iron Empires save what we gleaned from the rulebook. B&N is out up here. SO if the names and themes are bad, Oh *ing well.
- I wanted to run BWR, but they wanted non-Dune sci-fi.
- They were all skeptical. We are all now impressed.
- I was leery of scene budgets; I’m not now.
Her Grace Arianwen of Morpheus, 27 yo daughter & third child of Duke Angelus of Morpheus. 4LP*
Hano, Butler and personal bondsman of Duke Angelus. Mid 30’s, 6 LP.
Meriadeth Anne deTour, Lover/Confidant of Dominic of Morpheus.
Figures of Note:
His Grace Angelus of Morpheus, Duke of Nod
His Grace Benedictus of Morpheus, Heir to Duchy of Nod. 1st born of Angelus
His Grace Dominic of Morpheus, Rebel Faction Leader. 2nd born of Angelus
Her Eminence Lenae of Highlanding, Royal Inquisitor, Valen.
Arianwen knows Bendictus is compromised but can’t prove it.
Hano doesn’t know, and doesn’t WANT to know about benedictus. “I serve the house, and he who leads it.”
Benedictus has been disavowed, but is also the Rebel leader. Not yet written up save for beliefs.
Angelus lusts for Lenae.
Lenae is looking for a way to infiltrate better.
Angelus thinks there are no vaylen present. He’s also loyal to Benedictus.
Benedictus has been a host for about 15 years… while he was sick as a youth. Only now, while above suspicion, has the rather old worm decided to make a move to bring in more. He personally prevented Lenae’s being searched inbound upon her return home. (She’s originally from a minor holding on world.)
Meriadeth is hoping to become a duchess by her own right.
Arianwen wants to be Duchess Nod, but won’t kill her brothers to get it.
Hano is hoping to serve a Royal House… and is working to make the House of Morpheus material for House of Kings…
Angelus has instinct: Always takes Lenae’s side unless convinced otherwise.
Minor Recurring characters after session 1:
Marie: senior household maid, busybody.
Scotty: Doorman (of about age 17) of the Morpheus household serfs.
His Eminence Chris of Hilanding, son of Lenae. Not valen. Arm-piece of Meriadeth… since Dominic is under threat of death for being a rebel. (Dad’s mad!)
Jerry (Hano) gave us “Hey! I’m a Lackey with a Lackey!” and “I missed with the name… should have been Mercedes.”
Steph (Arianwen): Upon finding out Dad hired a marriage broker to secure a contract with Lenae, and not for her, but is sending Hano to find her the #2 best broker on world, storms out, storms back, and says “And I don’t liker HER, either!” then storms out again.
Maneuver: Both sides assessed; the vaylen to get ready to attack the humans, and the Humans to secure ties to the Rebels.
(1) Still a versus test, right?
Plot twists. Steph (Arianwen) used Court-Wise (FoRK: Lord-Wise) to find out who dad was going to marry her off to…
S: She finds out which well palced suitor dad is going for.
F: No suitor, but you think there is one anyway
Result: massive failure (0s)…
Same fancy court scene, Meriadeth wants to get introduced to Lenae. Sets high success stakes:
S: Gets to talk to Lenae privately and pump her.
F: Makes a major faux pas and decries her as Vaylen.
Ob3, but she’s only got two dice.
She choses to back down…
(2) Was I Evil-GMing to set the fail harsh enough to back her down, or is that normal BW/BE type play?
then, regrouping, Meriadeth seeks influential boy-toy to pump for information using seduction.
Called for a circles roll. FoRKs: Seduction and Court-Wise. Ob3
S: She finds a suitable guy who she can later brush off safely
T: She finds a guy she can use, but he is thinking it is more
F: She finds a guy she can use, but he’ll stalk her later.
5s on 5d… gets Lenae’s son.
Same scene, Hano gets Lenae into conversation, and she burns him with a command to report all Vaylen rumors to her. (SHe used him for damage control!)
(3) Should this have been three scenes? or are we allowed to have a large “building scene” where everyone is doing something different in the same place and time (Much like a Glbert and Sullivan musical often does…)?
Arianwen gets dad alone by Hano’s help, and presses him about his feelings. Big obnoxious building/interstitial scene. (She wanted to have Hano have a chance to listen in, and wanted to make certain Benedictus couldn’t…) Storms off in a huff when he refuses to consider that Ben might be Vaylen.
Meriadeth decides to get Hano to help plan the Bridal Shower for Arianwen. Hano checks with Angelus, who, courtesy of the failed roll, is confused.
Some procedural questions:
(4)We chose, due to three players and a GM, to use 3 scenes each in this maneuver. Are we now “stuck” on 3 per, or can we do 2 per when we want a shorter maneuver?
(5) Are we supposed to go around in order, or just make certain everyone gets their scenes?
(6) I seem to recall seeing something somewhere, but my google-fu and memory failed me: When rolling opposed, do you count the opponent’s successes or dice for determining difficulty type (for experience: Rout., Diff., or Compl.)?
this was the most intense session I’ve run in years, and one of the easiest, too. Plot just flowed out. I am quite pleasantly surprised. We all laughed, cried (from laughter, to be honest), and found the humor flowing quite naturally from the dichotomies of struggle in the characters imposed by Let it Ride and Must-Roll-to-Affect-Others. And yet, this was also quite dramatic… We found our cross-purposes driving the story, and the characters being driven by the story as well. We got more done in a third of a session (ours normally run 8 hours, FYI) than we normally get done in a full one. ANd we were slower than normal due to lots of look-ups, generally having a great time.
We used the hub, and a few spokes (Artha, Resources, Circles), but no combat nor DoW… And 'm not typing up the whole thing.