Pathfinder Kingmaker

The Spoils of Pitax

to whom do they belong?

By mid-November, almost two months after the war ended, the city of Pitax is completely under the control of the Mistmarches, with law enforcement established, elements of local government back on the job, and food and trade goods flowing. A sense of normalcy has returned to the city, despite the fact that a number of buildings are still damaged and the outer wall is still breached in several places. Forces of the Mistmarches successfully cleared out the few dead-enders hiding in and around the city, and dispersed a company of barbarians and a team of giants in the hills, as well.

The following items and other treasure are recovered from the palace itself:

  • +5 Mithral breastplate
  • Rod of Razors
  • Amulet of Natural Armor +2
  • Boots of Speed
  • Cloak of Resistance +4
  • Ring of Protection +3
  • 8000GP worth of good wine, as well as a lot of plonk
  • +4 Studded Leather armor
  • Amulet of Natural Armor +1
  • Ring of Protection +2
  • Various objects of art worth 9000GP
  • +4 Bastard Sword with numerous additional layers of magic on it that you can’t figure out

And that’s it. There is no vast treasury of gold or bonds or other liquid loot. In fact, when the offices of his Exchequer are found and ledgers studied, you learn that Irovetti was deep in debt, from both his public spending and his seemingly sudden desire to wage war. He owed money to Daggermark, Mivon (not too much there), some of the families in Brevoy, and some powerful merchant houses, as well.

What will the kings do with that debt – honor it or ignore it? This debt is fully understood when, in the months after the war ends, representatives of the various lenders start inquiring as to the status of the debt and as to when payments will resume. Much like the mercenary company, their contracts were with the city and overall holdings of the realm, and not just Irovetti the person.

Nice lands, tacky architecture in the city, some decent items, and a mountain of debt. How’s that for victory?

Comments

I would say honor the debt that is for the nation of Pitax, but not the personal spending for Irovetti. That is if we can figure out what is personal vs national. Also, not pay for their “war” debt. That was a poor investment on their part. An investment that went belly up.
I believe Zion speaks for the rest of the council when he says we would be happy to hear from the other nations for trade negotiations going forward for this new nation.

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Pitax’s debt, as separated from that of Irovetti the person as possible, is over 250,000GP – probably closer to 300,000.

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Then we build Pitax back to pre war conditions, let their economy flourish, using all of Pitaxs income to go to just Pitax debt, and not Irovetti’s and war debt. Seems simple to me. It’s not all due right away I’m assuming. Not even all of Misthaven has 300K sitting around.

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You’re correct on your assessment of timing & the Mistmarches’ cash reserves.

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Perhaps we can set up new negotiations that is favorable to daggermark or whomever to pay back these loans more quickly??? Once the loans are paid back, then renegotiate the trade contracts.
It will do a few things.
1. Show the surrounding nations we are here to work together.
2. Pay back what is owed a little faster.
3. Show our neighbours we can trade for the benefit of everyone involved.
4. Prove to those who we currently don’t have trading with that we are honorable, and stable.
The more we trade, the better our economy will be, and the bigger we will grow. Faster too.

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Oh, and as to the spoils, Zions last feat was medium armor, I would like the breast plate if no one objects.
Also, what does the rod of razors do? I’m intrigued.

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The Rod of Razors is a Numerian artifact. I’ll add information about it later.

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Since when does any victorious kingdom take on the debt of its conquered kingdoms? And I would like to know WHO in Brevoy loaned money to our enemy so he could go to war with us!! Perhaps they are the next ones on our “TO BE CONQUERED” list…

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Look, all I do as GM is pass along the message from various characters and factions that I make up. I can’t be held responsible for what they say, want, or any other positions they take. Pitax borrowed a lot of money from its neighbors over the last year, and those neighbors – now potential allies, trade partners, or adversaries of the Mistmarches, are looking for some payment on those markers. Don’t blame me!

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I’m not saying pay back the war loans nor personal vanity loans, just the regular do business with this country loans. Just because a country did business with Pitax doesn’t mean they had it out for us. Those that did, well, they made a very poor investment.

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I wasnt putting it on you – just saying I’d never heard of that before. I think if we set up trade alliances with these other nations, they will be happy to have a positive relationship with a conquering neighbor rather than one frought with tension over the previous tennant’s bad judgement.
We can’t separate the vanity debts from trade debts, war debts, and cool road debts. I say we just give them the old “theres a new sheriff in town” spin and leave it at that. Its not our fault castrated was an idiot.
On another note:
How fare the Mistmarches in general? Are we settling into the routine again? Prepared for winter? Have we gotten situation reports from the various stewards of the kingdom?
Whats going on at home? Are we at home yet? We need to clear out the “thieves forest” dont we?

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I’m looking at it like a hostile take over of a business… Not paying for the former CEO’s pension, but honoring doing business debits.

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I get it all now. IT can be worked out. I’ll look at what was destroyed, what needs to be rebuilt, and how you can reinvest your ‘peace dividend’ after demobilizing into resolving all the financial aftereffects of the war. Give me some time on that.

I’ll fast-forward the timeline to deep winter, a few months after the war ended, with the kings back around Misthaven, a mayor of some sort in charge of Pitax, most of the army mustered out, and things getting back to normal. I’m sure by that point that there will be some old sage in a tavern looking for help with a map of some old ruins, or goblins menacing trade caravans staffed by virgins and pilgrims. Stuff like that always comes up.

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What sort of building can be done in winter. Zion doesn’t want to waste time moving to SilverStep.

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Which are the factions of Brevoy in disagreement with each other? How much of their political situation would we be aware of as our neighbors and former home?

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Are you looking for another war? Sheesh. It may be an interesting storyline. Brevoy falls into its own civil war… Does choral the conqueror come back? Hmm.

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You know, it might be nice if Pik could bring his AC up from 24, I guess the Amulet of Natural Armor +2 would serve the purpose. However, the Mithril would be a nice swapout. Either way, Tessara is probably in need of an AC boost as well, she is at 21. If she took the +4 Studded Leather armor, and the Amulet of Natural Armor +1 that would get her up to 25. Not as high as Anton’s at 32, nor as close as 33 for Zion.

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Since nobody wanted the cloak of resistance +4, Anton will swap it for his +2. He needs the bonus on his saving throws. ;)

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Zion didn’t want to be too greedy…. I thought the mithral breastplate was enough. It is medium sized. We can melt down his chain shirt and turn it into a breastplate for you Pik. We’ll have to magic it up a bit though…

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I take it back… We have plenty of mithral… I forgot, we got a breast plate +2 for a LARGE creature. That’s like enough for 4 small creatures. Also a great sword +3 essentially, +2 great bow, and bracers of armor +2 when Zion and Anton took out the Oni, and the rent-a-mage. Zion took a ring of protection +3, and a cloak of resistance +3 for his troubles.

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After the fall of Pitax, Anton spent some time getting to know the city and its people. He and the sgt. major walked the walls and streets daily getting to know each other and noticing an improvement in attitudes toward the “conquerers.” The soldiers of Mistmarch along side there kings and their own military helping to distribute building materials, food, healing, and firewood for heating homes had made a big difference.
Alcorn and Anton stopped in the middle of one patrol to help a baker named Victor clear the roof debris from his storefront. Several large rounded trebuchet shot boulders were half embedded in his shop floor so he decided to use them as table bases rather than try to remove them. Alcorn suggested he make round balls of bread to go with the theme and Victor renamed his bakery “Victory Bread.” Now he can’t make enough bread to keep up with demand.
The sgt. major has organized citizen militia units to patrol the streets and is putting them through some basic training as well as roving squads of engineers and craftsmen.
Since Alcorn had no family, Anton has asked him to consider an NCO command position within the armies of the Mistmarches and he has agreed to think about it and get back to me before our return journey home to Misthaven.

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Lyle

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