The Holy Shriah declared there would be a holy war against Kian in the south and the armies of the faithful nations assembled. A trio from the Mandate, a sorcerous order, discovered there was a cabal of evil sorcerers in the ruins of the apocalyptic north bent on ending the world and that these sorcerers were manipulating events around the holy war.
The three, a powerful sorceress, a sorcerer prince and their outlaw bodyguard convinced the assembled bickering faithful kings and queens that the true war was to the north. She used the divine sight of her daughter to see the enemy agents.
This earned them a deeds point each.
The war to the north will be a very different beast than the war in the south. There are feral orcs, they would typically retreat back until they have enough numbers to try an attack. The distance is vast. Cynaes the bodyguard has been invited to the strategy table.
The beliefs of the three characters:
My sister, Miramis, princess and general of the holy war, is more than worthy to wear my crown, but I will prove myself and make her accept that I am the rightful successor.
Sorcery is my birthright and I will master it to serve Conriya’s future.
Belief 3: TBA
Special Belief Noblesse Oblige: I govern from duty, heritage and right.
Outlaw bodyguard Cynaes:
This war is an opportunity. I will make myself famous as a soldier.
Prous may be my future King. I’ll push him into battle so I see what kind of man I’m working with.
I was outlawed for a crime that would have seen a noble boy flogged at most. Once I have some power I will do some levelling.
I now have proof that the existence of the Consult (world ending wizards) is true. I will exploit this to further myself and my daughter, Mymara, within the Mandate.
Signs point to Cynaes’ being important to the Mandate in the upcoming battle. I will prioritise protecting him from sorcery.
Eleazara, head of a rival school, showed how sorcerers can wield power. I will gain Prous’ favour and confidence by training him and Mymara hard on our journey north. We will need them in the coming battle.
So we’ve got a rivals within the army, Miramis, princess and military strategist, Eleazara the evil sorceress, she’s envious of the Mandate’s special form of sorcery. I don’t know how the military logistics will work but I need to focus on the beliefs. So for planning the session, is the war just a backdrop, are the details important? Prous should be stretched between competing attention sinks, his sorcerous training, competing with his sister and being pushed to the front… If I used Strategy tests (which no-one has) to do a whole battle what can I say for failure? You lose 1/10th, you lose 1/4? You are separated from the army? Supplies are gone?
I could plan places they’ll go to highlight a particular conflict but never actually put the destination (the evil world ending wizards) at stake. There’s conflict there but am I just being clouded by my big picture when there aren’t beliefs specifically about that?
I need to reset my brain here and come up with focussed conflict for the next session.
Why does anyone want to destroy the world? I’ve got stuff in mind it’s not just for the sake of doing evil.