Pathfinder Kingmaker

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Zion brings the kings together in the meeting room with the table to show the others the letter he received from the Queen. When they have all taken their seats, he begins by tossing the parchment on the table within easy reach of Pik who he knows would be the most curious.

“My Fellow Kings, and friends. The queen has left us. She has undertaken what we have already discussed she should not do alone, which is find, and confront this ‘Caretaker’. In her arrogance, She believes she is the only one qualified to deal with it. Yet one more reason why she never should have been elevated to the status we share. She claims she is doing it for the people but it is NOT up to her to decide what is best for them. Our people come to us because of how we govern our people.

“She is unhinged. I believe we need to craft a defense if she is to return.”

Pik reaches out and takes the letter, reading it aloud.

Dread Zion,

I have chosen to share my decision with you first, that you would then pass it along to the rest of the kings. Perhaps by entrusting you with this information you will be able to discern my true intent and loyalty.

I am greatly concerned with this Caretaker, and its place in the realm. I wish to learn more about it. To find it and speak with it, whatever it is. I believe that I, with my deep history in and knowledge of the lands and world and people am uniquely positioned to take on this mission. I will find the Caretaker and determine the Caretaker’s real intentions, so that we can act on them.

It is a sad thing indeed that you have so arranged yourself against me these years, never trusting nor accepting my person or position. If only you could know my heart in full you would know that you have nothing to fear from me; and, in fact, everything to gain from me. From me. But that is all in the past now, and only our work today and tomorrow will determine what the future may bring. Perhaps a piece of my heart still holds out hope, but that is for another day, and maybe another world entirely.

I do not know when you will hear from me again; and if my mission fails, if you ever will again. Believe me when I say that I am looking out for the realm and its people, and will keep these ever-forward in my heart and mind as I delve into the Caretaker’s secrets.

Yours, forever and affectionately,

Tessara

Comments

“Of course things have changed with Queen Tessara, she has changed, but I can’t help but trust her judgement to some degree. It is true that I do not understand her of late and she seems out of sorts, but I will not yet stand in opposition to her.”

Anton does his usual pacing in the war room. His long strides causing his frequent change in direction.

“Gentlemen, I see nothing that can be done right now, unfortunately. We will deal with her majesty upon her return, if she returns. So, let us focus on our plan to illuminate the darkness and scour the taint that has come upon our lands. What is the status of our current and previous stages? What is our next step?”

Anton looks to Pik, “What news of the kingdom? Anything unusual happening outside of Misthaven?”

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Meta
As stated in the post before this one, setting up the light posts in the neighborhoods next to the slums takes a few weeks, and is almost half done when Tessara leaves her note and apparently disappears. Akiros is in the process of gathering and analyzing what intel he has on the criminal elements in the city relevant to the coming operation, which should be ready in another two weeks.

He is, by the way, referring to the lamp post initiative as ‘Bright Night,’ and to the coming assault on the slum as ‘Sanctuary.’

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“Not much new to report, but here is what I have. Brevoy still on the brink of Civil War, now almost a joke when mentioned as it seems they’re threatening, but not acting. Anyway, Kyonin is being extremely insular, not really willing to see envoys. It is the time of Baba Yaga’s return, and as expected, folks are cringing. The Linnorm Kings are bringing their forces together for protection, anticipating what may be to come. All in all, the Mistmarches appears to be the only with exciting happenings going on that are new and different.”

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Just to be pricks, we should go to Issia, destroy stuff to finally see them go to war with Rostland.

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Meta
That’s…that’s funny. Go for it.

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(Like someone dragged the needle across the record)
Anton perks up at even an inkling of the possibility of a war.
“It might only take the Mistmarches siding with one side or the other to tip the balance. Perhaps we could get some proper recognition from the snoots. I’m in. How do we want to handle the details so we can get on with the fighting. I didn’t get all dressed up for nothing!”

META
Do we need to hire Vessini and his crew? :) hehe

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Meta
That’s a typical tactic of tyrants: distract people from domestic problems (like rampant crime, government inefficiency, and corruption) by picking an unnecessary fight with a supposed foreign enemy in order to score a big win and boost public opinion ratings.

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Mine was a joke. Although, that is one of the reasons why Brevoy, / Rostland gave us this deed. Shore up their southern border.
Zion has no quarrel with issia, even if he is a Rostlander.

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Meta
Rostland (Southern Brevoy) has maintained ‘okay’ ties with the KotMM. At times they Sword Lords treat you guys like junior partners, which is irritating considering the fact that the KotMM is larger than Rostland – actually, it’s almost as large as all of Brevoy. Still, some of the most powerful houses look down their noses on you guys, and there is definitely an air of expectation regarding your behavior: they granted you the titles, and so you should be ready to stand up for them when and in the manner they choose.

Issia, on the other hand, as the official government of Brevoy, has maintained distant and chilly relations with the KotMM, only dealing with your government through third parties and private interests. Since you were originally chartered in a manner that they view as quasi-legal, the government’s not too hip on your existence. However, there’s no way to deny your existence, so they’ve reached out through unofficial channels to at least break the ice.

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Question… Does Issia still consider KotMM legally under their rule?

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Issia and Rostland are two regions of one country, Brevoy. The rulers of Brevoy are located in Issia, and yet the two regions aren’t on good terms. Technically the Sword Lords of Rostland granted the charter under their local authority – like a noble giving land to a vassal knight. Technically that charter isn’t recognized by Brevoy/Issia, and that’s in large part why no other countries would give you guys the time of day until you started to grow, at which point they didn’t have a choice.

Taking the Varnhold territory wasn’t that interesting to your neighbors. Taking the Slough was, to an extent. Going to war with an established River Kingdom – Pitax – and defeating it legitimized you folks in your neighbors’ eyes, including Issia/Brevoy. Still, you’re dealt with through intermediaries so that the rulers of Brevoy don’t have to admit that you’re sovereign, and in so doing admit that Rostland has the independence and power to enable the creation of other sovereign lands. In a way, you’re Taiwan, the Issian faction of Brevoy is China (albeit far less powerful), and Rostland is the United States. That is, reality on the ground takes a back seat to the perceptions that diplomats must maintain to keep Brevoy from descending into civil war.

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Anton gets tired of all the talk and asks the other kings what they think of he, Akiros, and any other willing clergy walking the streets at night detecting evil. Anyone who fits the bill will be arrested and questioned. Anyone found guilty will be put to death.
META
A fantasy sort of ‘0 tolerance’ policy. Personally I’m growing bored with the slow intrigue. Unless we are going to do it in-session.

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Meta
I’m all for kicking it into gear. In my opinion, you guys need to make a decision about what to do now rather than pondering about international relations, plans that’ll take the next month or so, and the like. Over-analysis leads to paralysis, and you guys are failing your save at this point. Quit acting like dithering vote-seeking politicians and lead!

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It’s simple. We are waiting for more intel as operation light up the night continues… Zion could blow up our brand spankin new harbor which would clear them of bad guys. But really, we’re waiting on you ‘Dungeon Master’.

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Lyle

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