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The Feint within the Feint or Calaban Ru's Great Game

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:38 pm
by wunderworks
Hola!

One of the things I LOVE the most about HotB, and especially the LARP is how players can conspire together against each other. John tells a story about how he and his buddy Jesse played a Magic Cop and a Serial Killer and how they'd meet before each game to figure out how to screw each other over and create more fun for everyone. This is exactly what I want to try for next game.

I want Calaban to become a Marquis over a number of Counts. HOWEVER, this is only a set-up for the future for everyone to be able to play off of each other. I want to create a Game of Daggers. I want Calaban and a number of us players to sign a series of Blood Contracts that creates a Marquis with three (or four if we have enough) Counts. The key to making this fun is how the Blood Contracts are worded. What I want to try and do is make it so that if Barons of the contract attack a Baron under another Count (or the Marquis) they do not void the Blood Contracts between the Counts and the Marquis. But the Blood Contracts DO forbid direct attacks between the Count and the Marquis.

This is the sort of thing that Homer set up for the Gods of Mount Olympus, ntm, a whole host of other great Byzantine type power structures. I want Calaban and all the other Counts (whoever you are) to play off of one another and really try to screw each other over/gain advantage, but have to do so through their Barons. Oblique Strikes, Feints within the Feint, Revealing Checkmates, all that sort of great subtle and bad-ass power struggles! :) This creates a great reason for all the 'powerful' players to want to interact with new players (a new player is a new weapon to be honed and aimed towards my enemies) AND to create more and interesting stories for the players under them! :)

So who's in!?

Post here and let me know so we can start working out the details. I will be posting the potential wording for contracts very soon, and I will also be offering all of my Style for the night to be divided up amongst the Counts who sign up. I want this to be fun for everyone! :)



And since I started this I will now post the three big ways to really be wicked to Calaban Ru:

1. His Swordmistress HATES magic. Get something, like say a Blood Contract he's recently signed, and show her. But talk to Jessica first - she'll want to really build up Beryll's revenge and make it oh so sweet! :)

2. He has a Prowess weakness, but he is strong in both Beauty and Cunning. He has a Romance, but he never seems to do anything romantic. Because sort of like Lawrence of Arabia, all of his energy goes into his plans and schemes, and he has little time for any sex. Hit him here and it will REALLY get under his skin. He thinks he's impervious there, but he is so not.

3. Calaban is a Puppetmaster. He turns others to his will, and I want him to be awesome at this, but I see his ultimate down fall as something along the lines of all of his puppets turning against him and leaving him utterly without help or hope. The opposite of Love (and he does 'love' his people in his own cold calculating way) isn't Hate, it's Indifference.



Calaban has a lot of other failings, but those are three of his biggest Achilles Heels, if we can share these and start helping each other to be awesome and also screwed over (in a totally cool way), the coming tragedy and downfall will be all the sweeter! Share your characters weaknesses and we'll start building a tragedy that we'll tell our friends about for decades! :)

Re: The Feint within the Feint or Calaban Ru's Great Game

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:41 pm
by Nihilistic Mind
Oooooh, in that case, I'll need to make sure to remain a Baron rather than become a Count like I had planned...

Although he is Cunning enough, Tyv Adrente is more of a pawn than a puppetmaster himself... After all, Tyv means "Artifact of Victory".

Re: The Feint within the Feint or Calaban Ru's Great Game

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:34 pm
by wunderworks
Nihilistic Mind wrote:Oooooh, in that case, I'll need to make sure to remain a Baron rather than become a Count like I had planned...

Although he is Cunning enough, Tyv Adrente is more of a pawn than a puppetmaster himself... After all, Tyv means "Artifact of Victory".



Okay, cool. We need to get everyone on board with this before game. I don't want to blindside anyone with this. Hopefully, we can do this and it'll be a big fun event! :)

Re: The Feint within the Feint or Calaban Ru's Great Game

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:47 pm
by Aban the White Stag
I'm totally down for this. I figure that through a series of false promises and daring subtleties, Aban Steele has somehow emerged with several barons backing his claim to become a Count. After all, we exploit family first (his brother Ceastor and his wife Annibella), then family friends (his Spymaster and sister-in-law Tava as well as Raban and O), then complete strangers (everyone else on the Baron List).

Here's how to mess with Aban:

1) His Weakness is Courage (which explains his affinity to Foxwine) and though he can't say "No," he tends to pass the buck to someone else. This creates great Rumors and all around fun.

2) He relies on his family. A LOT.
"You want to fight? No, not me-but my brother can oblige."
"I see you've met my wife. Entertain them, dear."
"Hey, can you get me another shipment of Foxwine? Oh-and don't tell my wife..."

3) He has delusions of grandeur about his own ability to persuade others to his own cause. In short, though lying to everyone, he assumes everyone is telling him the truth... (Have fun with that one, I know I do)

4) He tends to do anything he can to ruin Tyv Adrente's plans. For some reason, Aban sees Tyv as a rival. Anything that will thwart Adrente has his vote.

Again, i think this will be spectacular fun. I can't wait for the Game of daggers to begin! :lol:

Re: The Feint within the Feint or Calaban Ru's Great Game

PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:06 am
by Nihilistic Mind
It would be very fitting for Aban to use Tyv as a pawn even though Tyv is not likely to become a Baron underneath the Count Aban Steele... Tyv is not foolish, but again, his Rivalry with Aban could blind him (and quite horribly so!). Although he has the Ambition for a County, I would rather see him as a Baron for now. The diligent right hand of a dangerous Count. I must remember to choose my alliances carefully!

Three Big Ways to mess with Tyv Adrente:
Beauty is his Weakness. He has grand ideas but no leadership to undertake things the way Calaban would.

1) Get him into duels that don't involve protecting a lady's honor or virtue or whatever else... He is not likely to win these duels, but as an impetuous and overly confident wolf, he will jump at the opportunity to shed some blood, even if it is his own. You've all seen his many scars I'm sure.

2) He loves to Insult other nobles, mostly because he thinks them too cowardly to respond and Insult him back. For once, just once... Ask him if he is Sincere! (He has Beauty as a Weakness, remember?) Should he become insulted himself, it is likely that he attempts skewering the person in question. Thankfully, that's not likely to happen due to the laws of hospitality.

3) He follows the Seven Laws of the Ven. He does not stray.
Tempt him! Mess with him! Put him in situations where he has to break a law to get what he wants! (He hasn't murdered Aban Steele yet, for goodness' sake! lol)

Re: The Feint within the Feint or Calaban Ru's Great Game

PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:49 pm
by Peregrine
Well, Thavren still aspires to the title of Count, though I'm not sure I'll be able to hold it. And I have convinced my sister and my friend down here to join the LARP (even got them to agree to pledge their loyalty to me - gullible and exploitable, good 'friends' to have in Shan'ri). I am very much in favor of using pawns and catspaws, though I feel an Elk would play such games better than a Falcon.

A question though; would the contract allow for a count to directly attack another count?

Empire building? Who, me? I am but a humble Master of Roads ;)

Ways to mess with Thavren:
1.) Well, I've promised not to shed the blood of my father, and he has a dozen bastards running about of which I know only seven.

2.) I've a Strength weakness, yet spend a great deal of my time exploring and securing territory, along with other outdoor physical activities.

3.) I'd rather explore territory than capture it, am on good terms with my Veth, and am open-minded about Orc.

Re: The Feint within the Feint or Calaban Ru's Great Game

PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:49 pm
by Nihilistic Mind
Peregrine wrote:3.) I'd rather explore territory than capture it, am on good terms with my Veth, and am open-minded about Orc.


Outrageous!

Re: The Feint within the Feint or Calaban Ru's Great Game

PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:28 am
by wunderworks
Peregrine wrote:Empire building? Who, me? I am but a humble Master of Roads


"Even the Falcon have an Earl" - a famous saying of the Elk to not discount the Falcon or anyone else who seems apolitical. ;)


Peregrine wrote:A question though; would the contract allow for a count to directly attack another count?


Go check out the Blood & Tears contracts I posted. You can have duels with another member of your cabal, but only to the Injury, no matter what the duel level is called for. This allows for steam to be blown off, but the Counts and Marquis have to use their people to fight each other indirectly and remove each other via indirect means - check out the clause regarding Our Word is our Bond and our Bond extends only to such distances...also the replacement of dead members clause. ;)