Last year in the Swordlords game the players made an obstacle 8 Resources test to keep the old standing army of the new-dead nation of Rostland paid. Technically, it wasn’t the whole army, it was 400 members of the Olde Rostland Central Infantry Division but out on the Riverlands frontier, 400 professional soldiers goes a long way.
So, let’s say they make a lifestyle check this spring, or more accurately, the Swordlord makes that ob 8 check for the equivalent of a ducal household (I’m guessing, don’t have the BWG book in front of me). What is she buying with that roll?
I’ll say she’s paying the army, her servants and for food and general upkeep in her fortress. She’s paying for messengers. She’s paying and equipping her knights. She’s paying the folks who work in her gold-mine. She will equip local farmers around her local keep, Fort Hajek and will build grain silos and mills and such. I’d think that she is paying for her own clothes and the clothes of her servants - banners and some finery.
And if she fails that roll - maybe corners have to be cut. Maybe tough choices have to be made.
She still has to figure out the building of her castle, roads and other infrastructure things. Her knights will have to build their own manors, walls and castles. She still owes the carpenters who have been fixing Fort Hajek up for the past months, who have let the payment go past due for the privilege of living safely behind guarded walls with food and water.
She will get cash dice from the taxes she is set to receive from Spider Hill, Olegton and Spearpointe and the first shipment of gold from her recently started gold mine. She won’t get money from the Dakka merchant clan of horse-traders because they paid their taxes early so that the soldiers could be paid, in celebration of her engagement to her son but they are a city’s worth of taxes all on their own.
I am trying to think of anything I have missed.