The RP has just started we've had one no show and another drop out so there are two slots open to heroes. I'm also having another slot open for a princess if anyone is interested in this idea.The time has come for the Emperor to step down
Emperor Edward Hellatius has decided that finally time has defeated him, his blade has turned dull and so has his mind. He's no longer fit to rule his Empire and his weakness would make it vulnerable. By law of the Hallation Empire without a male heir he must select a man from outside of the family to marry a daughter and assume a new blood line. Abiding by these sacred laws Emperor Hellatius has decided to bring in the most famous of warriors, generals, nobles, dukes, counts, and heroes of the land to try and prove their worth as Emperor. At the center of which will be a grand tournament for the right to select one of his daughters to be the new Empress.
However there is more to this game then just the tournament, for he who seeks the crown must be more then a simple martial master he must be cunning, he must be empathetic towards his people, because the Emperor doubts his wits to be Emperor one has to be approved by four of the five authorities. The Emperor, A Princess, The High Bishop, The Speaker of the Senate or the Representative of the Common folk. Only when he has proved his worth above and beyond the average man will he be allowed to assume this title. And the only way one can earn such a title is proving his cunning, guile, strength, and conviction before anyone else has a chance. For each authority values something different.
At the heart of everything would stand the tournament. Here the princesses might find their interest in a hero, and a hero might find interest in her. Here those who were weak might find foul ways to overcome those who were strong. Here fools would be cast out, and the unworthy destroyed. It would be no fluke that someone was named High King, this truly was the intent of Edward Hallatius.The Concept
This is more then just a man trying to marry a woman and become emperor because there is no set princess. The princess must also prove valuable and worth while to the hero trying to become Emperor. If she is judged poorly she might be passed by the hero finds something he values in one of her sisters. It also allows for foul play by the sisters as they try to eliminate heroes that either impedes their own goals. By all rights you may not be able to trust anyone almost everyone is after something only 2 can have.
I'm hoping for more then a few players for this RP. The Emperor never had a son but it wasn't for lack of trying, there can be plenty of princess's if someone is interested int hose roles. And there can be plenty of heroes on the other side of things as well. The goal isn't to have only 2 heroes rise and battle each other for 1 princess, but to have a cluster of heroes and princesses trying to gain power of the throne. Have backstabbing, love triangles, all the good drama that comes when a collection of people want the same thing. The Tournament
Initially the users probably won't face each other. Because it is a empire there are many different heroes and while the pallet was narrowed down, there are still 128 men fighting for the right to marry a princess. So for the first couple of rounds we will be fighting NPC's until the heroes establish themselves and then we'll start worrying about facing each other.
The tournament is set with dulled and blunted weapons. The intent is not to kill the heroes who may have more use to the Empire before the end. Or may find approval from 4 of the 5 authorities before the tournament winner can. However accidents and schemes do happen, anyone who is set to enter the tournament should be wary. The easiest way to eliminate a threat is to kill it.
No matter what the winner of the tournament gets to marry a princess of his choosing, if he is not chosen as Emperor then he will precede under the Emperor as High King with his new found wife. This could mean if your character is in love with Princess A, and Hero B wins the tournament and selects Princess A, you may have to settle princess B instead or find a way to eliminate Hero B.
A noble may have a representative fight for him in his place if he so chooses to do so. However a warning, should your Representative be smarter then you and gain the proper approval you may find him stealing your prize out form under you. In this regard many nobles who are doing such, are picking uneducated people to fight for them in hopes they won't become wiser to the overall scheme of things.
No one is above the law, if you are caught murdering innocent people, or other competitors you will be arrested and any chance at the crown will be lost.
It is also possible if a princess so chooses she may enter the tournament as well, her prize being she may pick one of her suitors she herself deems most worthy to rule. Should he fail to gain approval from the authorities then she would reign as High Queen alongside her high king, eligible to rule should the Emperordoe before a legitimate heir be born.NPC'sAssumed NPC's
Assumed NPC's would consist on the non important NPC's that may or may not interact with the heroes. These are controlled in any which way and allowed to be killed and used as needed. Maybe a jaded tournament loser tries to kill a hero that defeated him, or kidnap a princess as ransom only to be easily overcome. They aren't important so do with them and create them as you will.User NPC's
These NPC's should be close to your hero, be it a bodyguard, friend, family member, etc. Someone who only you want to control. Every user may have to of their own NPC's to assist their hero in whateverMagic
Magic is not powerful, the strongest flame that can be conjured is a little less powerful then a torch. They are cheap parlor tricks, useful only in certain situations, and even in those situations they only give a slight edge. It is so weak and so little used that a large share of the world do not believe in it. And those that do see it only as a gift from the gods, or as vile and demonic. There is nothing strong enough to control one's mind, there is nothing strong enough to make someone ill. Some can throw a candle fire at you and it might burn like being burnt by a cigarette but that's the extent of it.
The Church grants magic to those most devoted to it's cause. Those who have spent many years and have given much time to the pursuit of the betterment towards their gods. It is supposed to be a sign of the faithful. This magic comes in the form of runes. The church grants and teaches it's greatest members how to use magic in the form of runes. These runes are found in certain scriptures and books, these runes must be precisely crafted, and one has to be able to imagine the power they invoke as they craft the rune. As such the only true way to learn magic is through the scriptures.
Scriptures do not all reside in the church there are many, it's very easy to believe that in a massive castle library there are a few books on runic magic either handed down by the church or taken by overzealous Emperor's and princes. However for a low class citizen that isn't religious and doesn't have a library near him, the odds of him coming across such information is much lower. If you want to add a rune or two to your character you must explain how you came into the knowledge.
Those not granted magic through their devotion are in turn claimed to be working for dark forces. Possessed by demons and on a mission to taint the very ground they walk upon. Still if a princess or the Emperor was discovered to have use of magic without the gift of any of the churches the church wouldn't be able to do much. A full scale war would crush them, the strength of even half a country's faithful against the entire might of the Empire would spell doom. They would need the support of multiple lords and start a civil war in order to bring the "evil to justice". They could send assassin's but the trouble is if they assassin's fail and the church is discovered they would be crushed. So by all rights magic really should have no effect over anything until towards the end. And even then it could only really be used as "justification," to bring the Empire into civil war if enough of the lords rallied behind the one crying foul.LinksOOCrecruitment threadBazaar ThreadHero's Quadrant Palace ThreadThe Proving Grounds ThreadCharacter Thread