Friday, July 19, 2013

War setup

1) Establish a liberation army fighting a long and ongoing war. Give a colorful title to the army, it general and the ongoing war. 

2) Establish and name 3 sources of powers for the liberation army:
  • A elite troop (can be mundane or supernatural). 
  • A powerful champion or a unique artifact or device (can be mundane or supernatural). 
  • A important ally (can be mundane or supernatural). 
3) Establish a land being liberated by the army. Link one of the army source of power to the land.   

4) Establish a major victory for the army. Name the battle and link the victory to a colorful location. 

5) Establish a local hero. Some ordinary folk from the land that rose as a local hero through a act of courage. 

6) Now establish the invading army and reverse the flow of the war. 



7) Defeat the 3 sources of power of the liberation army and establish the 3 sources of power of the invading army (use the same three type):
  • One source of power betrayed the liberation army and now serve the invading army. 
  • One source of power was crushed and captured by the invading army's second source of power. 
  • One source of power failed and broke or routed while confronting the invading army's third source of power.   
8) The liberating army is falling back and the invading army now occupy the land  

9) Establish a local collaborator that investigate the land for the invading army. Back him or her up with a minor manifestation of one of the invading sources of power.    

10) Hide the local hero and let him or her lead or help the local the resistance
11) Isolate a liberating army's regiment still defending a important location

12) Give reinforcement to the liberation army but block them with a obstacle. 

13) Give also reinforcement to the invading army but slow them down with a obstacle. 

14) Establish a neutral source of power. This source of power want to remain neutral because it fear or own a debt to one of invading source of power.

15) Roll a d6 & d4 to find the goal of each NPC or faction:
  1. To destroy or attack a...
  2. To capture or control a...
  3. To influence, corrupt or transform a...  
  4. To help, advantage or make stronger a... 
  5. To free, protect, restore or heal a...
  6. To create or find a new...
  1. ... source of power.
  2. ... major NPC.
  3. ... faction or group.
  4. ... strategic or important location.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

City Conspiracy Setup

Sorry no drawings again, but I am having fun doing those setup procedures and I have more in mind. Also with the heat wave over Montreal the humidity level is just too high to drawn. 

I think that I will write down some setups to maybe rework them later (and complement them with random tables to roll on). 

1) Establish a city and give it a colorful title.  

2) The city prosper through 3 sources of power
  • The first source of power is a unique local product. (slave warriors, exotic drugs, special ore, magic spices, fire lizards, etc)  
  • The second source of power is a unique cultural establishment, institution, school, religion, guild or military order. 
  • The third source of power is a pact or alliance with a powerful group or entity exterior to the city (group, tribe, race, monsters, supernatural entity, etc). 
3) Establish a ruling family or a city council and link at least one important member to a source of power.   


4) Give the city a major landmark.

5) Establish a city benefactor, a respected and active public figure that move things and have the city well being at hearth. Link his or her background with a source of power. 



6) Now establish a external or neighboring rival faction (or entity) that have secretly taken over the city. 

7) The rival faction have taken over the city's sources of powers:
  • Choose a source of power and infiltrate it to secretly corrupt, transform or sabotage it from inside.
  • Choose a source of power, discredit it and place it under direct control of the city rulers. This source of power is now being transformed and reorganized through official means.  
  • Choose a source of power and close it down to replace it with a new source of power directly serving the rival faction. 
8) Establish a shadow council that serve the rival faction and link at least one shadow member to a source of power. Eliminate, impersonate, blackmail, bribe, disgrace or undermine the former established ruling members.  

9) Establish a aggressive investor that ruthlessly invest in the city development to make huge profits. Give him a gift from the rival faction that give him a unfair business advantage. This investor is not a member of the conspiracy, the conspiracy just profit from his actions (for now). 

10) Place in a corrupt captain in charge of the elite city guard

11) Place in a incompetent or blind captain in charge of the city or night watch

12) Disgrace, imprison or hide the old captain of the elite city guard

13) Destroy or sabotage the accomplishments of the city benefactor. He or she know that something is wrong.



14) Establish a underground neutral source of power. This source of power is not working for or against the conspiracy. Link it with a source of power that it fear or own a debt to.

15) Establish a neighboring settlement  that resent the new city directions   

16) Establish a neighboring settlement  that profit from the new city direction.

17) Establish a neighboring settlement that remain neutral about the new city direction.

18) Roll a d6 & d4 to find the goal of each NPC or faction:
  1. To destroy, ruin or shame a...
  2. To control, own or buy a...
  3. To influence, corrupt or transform a...  
  4. To help, advantage or make stronger a... 
  5. To free, protect or restore a hindered or lost...
  6. To create or find a new...
  1. ... source of power
  2. ... major NPC
  3. ... faction or group 
  4. ... strategic or important city activity.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Thief guild power struggle setup

Some procedures to setup a thief guild power struggle sandbox. 


1) Establish a thief guild master, give him or her a title and color it with a word representing his or her power and reputation. 

2) The thief guild master rule over the city crimeworld with 3 sources of power
  • The first sources of power is a very profitable criminal activity. service or black market.
  • The second source of power is a valuable expert or a corrupted official or legal figure.  
  • The third source of power is a pact or alliance with a other criminal group or faction. 
3) Establish a partner in crime, this partner in crime is a legal faction or person not issued from the crimeworld that participate in and profit from the guild's criminal activities.

4) Give the guild master a second in command. Link him or her with one source of power.

5) Establish a lawful character investigating the thief guild's activities. Give him or her a supporting contact but also a important figure or faction unrelated to the thief guild that hinder his or her work for personal reasons.
6) Now kill the thief guildmaster and replace him or her with a vicious upstart! Give the upstart a title and color it with a word representing his or her power and reputation.  

7) As the upstart take over the thief guild he also take over the 3 sources of powers.
  • Choose a source of power and buy it. This source of power have changed allegiance.
  • Choose a source of power and violently intimidate it. This source power despise the upstart and is painfully forced into submission. 
  • Choose a source of power, kill, exile or depower it and replace it with a new source of power serving the upstart. 
8) Force the partner in crime to work with the upstart. The partner in crime wont move again the upstart but complain about the new upstart's methods. 

9) Give the usurper a second in command. Link him or her with one source of power. You can also hide the old second in command, she or he want to take over the guild but need to control or build three sources of powers to do so. Note the old second in command can be the new second in command, waiting for the right moment to make his or her own move. 



10) Give the upstart a some elite henchmen. Those are not supernatural beings, but they are dangerous and loyal. 

11) Give the upstart some regular henchmen. Many worked for the old guild master. 

12) Kill a few and hide the old elite henchmen. Those are the survivors of the guild master inner circle and elite henchmen. 

13) Remove the investigating character from the case. He or she is piss off or disgruntled. You can replace him or her with a new incompetent or corrupted investigator. 

14) Establish a mercenary source of power and color it with a word representing it power and reputation. 
Link this neutral power to another source of power that it fear or own a favor to. 

15) Establish and disfavor a faction/group that was doing well under old guild master's rule. 

16) Establish and favor a faction/group that profit from the upstart rule.  

17) Establish a neutral victim of the guild war and link him or her to one of the upstart asset.  

18) Roll a d6 & d4 to find the goal of each NPC or faction:
  1. To destroy, ruin or shame a...
  2. To control, own or buy a...
  3. To influence, corrupt or transform a...  
  4. To help, advantage or make stronger a... 
  5. To free, protect or restore a...
  6. To create or find a new...
  1. ... source of power
  2. ... major NPC
  3. ... faction or group 
  4. ... strategic or important city activity.
19) Create a quick relation map to note everything. Let the players meet and work for the various factions as they wish. 


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Usurping the Bookkeeper Kingdom

In the past...

The Wise Ruler: Edmund III The Bookkeeper. Yeah, he was maybe a little bit obsessive.

 
His 3 sources of power:
-A artifact: The Ledger of Life (work like the Death Note, but in reverse)
-A loyal friend: The Old (and last) Stone Giant Librarian.
-A pact with The Word Weaver Spiders.

The Consort: Galata the Poetess. Adopted daughter of the Weaver Spiders.

Their Heir: Agnes the White Feather. She consider the Stone Giant her uncle. He gave her a magic quill of giant strength. Whatever she write, once read can be done with the strength of giants.

Castle: The High Library. Long ago it was the last stone giant library. It stone walls have been converted into a strong castle.

Now... 


The Usurper: Elinor The Scissors Queen sit on the High Library throne.
Goal: she want to transform the old giant and is pushing him into acts of destruction.

Her 3 sources of power:
- She corrupted the old giant, now he live to eat books or anyone who ever read one.
- She enslaved the word weaver spiders. Forcing them to weave poisonous words spells.
- She cut the pages of the Ledger o Life with the Scissors of Fate.

Her death consort: was a gentle cloth maker. Now cursed in hell.

She married the Poetess, now mad she think that the Scissors Queen is her husband Edmund.
Goal: to shame her daughter.

The usurper heir: Garun the Needle. He is a scholar, writer and torturer (he use needles). His object of power are two magic dancing daggers (they can bound to work like scissors).
Goal: he want to protect books.

The usurper elite troop: The Silents
Goal: to destroy a important location, a secret library.

The usurper regular troop: The Blades
Goal: To capture a important location, a town still loyal to wise ruler heir.

The old guard: The Historian Knights
Goal: To protect a important location: the secret library and the loyal town.

The true heir: Agnes the White Feather is now in hiding.
Goal: to create a new source of power. I guess she is writhing something important. She will need magic ink, pages, references and stuff.  

The neutral source of power: A Sphinx. She old a debt to: the Scissors of fate.
Goal: to indirectly help the true heir to write her book.

A repressed group: the printers guild.

A advantaged group: the goblin spiders.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Usurped Kingdom Setup

Some setup procedures to create a usurped kingdom to build a sandbox around it. 


1) Establish a wise ruler, give him or her a title and color it with a word representing his or her power. 
Like High King of the Sky, Queen of blades, etc. 

2) The wise ruler reign over his or her kingdom with 3 sources of power
Use the wise ruler title to color his or her 3 sources of powers.
  • The first sources of power is a object or a artifact, something material.
  • The second source of power is a loyal servant. It could be a mighty general, a court wizard, a spirit servitor, a robot, a giant beast, etc. 
  • The third source of power is a pact or a sacred alliance with a powerful group or faction. It could be a powerful tribe, a clan of giant eagles, fairy weapon smiths, secret shadow creatures, a guild of engineer, etc. 
3) Establish a consort for the wise ruler, give her or him a title and color it with a word representing her or his virtue. Link the consort with one source of power.

4) Give the wise ruler and his consort a castle reflecting their powers and their elements. 

5) Give the wise rulers a heir. Give him or her a title and color it with a variation or a mix of his or her parents elements. Link the heir with one source of power and give him or her a minor version of the linked power source.       

6) Now kill the wise ruler and place the usurper on his or her throne! Like for the wise ruler, give the usurper a title and color it with a word representing his or her power. You can twist the title or the coloring element of the wise ruler to create the usurper title.

7) As the usurper take over the wise ruler throne he also take over the 3 sources of powers.
  • Choose a source of power and corrupt it. This source of power is now tainted and have changed allegiance. It will try to tempt and corrupt it former allies. 
  • Choose a source of power and enslave it. This source power despise the usurper and is painfully forced into submission. 
  • Choose a source of power, exile or depower it and replace it with a opposed source power serving the usurper. This new source of power should be the dark mirror of the former source of power or it antithesis, competitor or natural adversary. 
8) Give the usurper a dead consort remembered for one virtue. Now force the wise ruler consort into marriage with the usurper. The consort is bound and won't rebel again the usurper, but he or she will try to protect what remains of the old kingdom.




9) Give the usurper a heir, give him or her a minor manifestation of the usurper's power. Like a fire sword for the son of the Fire Lord.

10) Give the usurper a elite troop of stormtroopers. Those are not supernatural beings, but they have a bad reputation and are well trained. 

11) Give the usurper regular troops. Those are just regular soldiers just doing their duty. Many served the wise ruler. 

12) Disband the old guard. Those are the survivors of the wise ruler elite troops. Many are ashamed, but some are still fighting.  

13) Hide the true heir. She or he want to reclaim the throne but need to reclaim or build three sources of powers to do so. 

14) Establish a neutral source of power and color it with a word representing it power. 
This third player don't want to rule, but hope to make some gain from the situation. 
Link this neutral power to another source of power that it fear or own a favor to. 

15) Establish and repress a faction/group that was doing well under the wise king's rule. 

16) Establish and favor a faction/group that profit from the usurper rule.  

17) Roll a d6 & d4 to find the goal of each NPC or faction:
  1. To destroy, ruin or shame a...
  2. To control, own or capture a...
  3. To influence, seduce or transform a...  
  4. To help, advantage or make stronger a... 
  5. To free, protect, heal or restore a...
  6. To create or find a new...
  1. ... source of power (the 3 controlled sources, the exiled one or maybe the neutral one)    
  2. ... major NPC (the usurper, the consort, the heirs, etc) (could be the death ruler or usurper's consort)
  3. ... faction or group 
  4. ... strategic or important location
18) Create a quick relation map to note everything. Create a geographic map of the usurped kingdom and it neighbors. Add in some adventure locations linked to the elements of the setup. Let the players meet and work for the various factions as they wish. 
Next: I will post a example. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Chimera's Cross of Animal Flesh

I am bored and a little bit demotivated so I am just mixing old drawings together. I guess this could be some impossible artifact. You could present it as a apparition, if you dare to reach inside you end up holding a grail. Naturally drinking from the grail must have interesting chimera flavored side effect. I guess that once you move the grail, reverting it to it double cross form of animal flesh is a bad thing. Also the apparition feel like blood & water transmuting into each other. Sometime it also spawn chimeras.  



Wednesday, July 3, 2013