So something that me and my players are a little confused by, and we have may missed the clarification in the book, if so please let me know. But if you take the example of the City Lifepath Captain of the Guard it states a prerequisite of any Sergeant lifepath. However if you take Village Sergeant it does not have a lead to City. Does it mean you can go to this lifepath even though there isn’t a lead, or would you still need to go to a different lead to get there and because it was a previous lifepath you could take it.
It’s fun to reverse engineer the paths to get to a chosen end LP!
Starting from Village makes the journey hard, as how can a peasant possibly end up in such an important role? I made this straight-forward one based on a simple narrative:
Born Village> Village Guard> Village Sergeant>Lead to Professional Soldier>Sergeant> Lead to Noble Court> Man-at-Arms> Lead to City> Guard Captain
That’s 6 LPs with two Leads. A very powerful character!
Let’s try some simpler paths:
Born Village> Village Guard> Village Sergeant> Lead to Noble Court> Squire (or many of the other Noble Court LPs) > Lead to City> Guard Captain
Born Village> Village Guard> Village Sergeant> Lead to Professional Soldier> Apprentice> Lead to City> Guard Captain
Born Village> Village Guard> Corrupt Sergeant> Lead to Noble Court> Bailiff> Lead to City> Guard Captain
Still 5 LPs, but closer to starting character recommendations.
And importantly, if the player can’t get to that goal within the LP limits everyone agreed upon (say a limit of 4), then becoming the Guard Captain becomes an important Belief at the start of play. This is actually the preferred method with BW as that journey sounds way too fun just to skip over as backstory!