Having seen the interest in this thread
for a Dragon-Blooded themed game, Iíve decided to go ahead and throw together a setting, plot and theme. SETTING
It is Realm Year 768. The Scarlet Empress has been gone for five years, and still no one is certain whether she is alive or dead, or planning to return to her throne any time soon. The Houses still pay homage to the Regent established in her absence, though the quality and honesty of this homage varies wildly from House to House and Terrestrial to Terrestrial. Privately, many are seriously considering it to be open season on the Throne. Though no state funeral has yet been held for the missing Empress, it is generally assumed that an official announcement is only a matter of time, and so every Dynast is quietly arranging matters that will potentially make or break his claim for the throne.
You will make alliances and backalley deals, create enemies mortal and otherwise as you go, seek to topple your foes from their lofty perches and perhaps be toppled yourself in turn. If this sort of roleplay interests you, then this is the game for you.HOW THIS WILL WORK
In the way of characters, Iíd like to see relatively young Dynasts (no more than 70 or 80 years) climbing their way over the bodies of others on their way up the social ladder in the cutthroat race for the throne. Whether or not they believe they personally believe they have a chance, these characters will have been selected as among the best candidates by influential forces within the ranks of their own House.
Iím placing no restrictions on any of the Great Houses, except for one: House Iselsi. If youíd like to play a member of the fallen House, this is what I want you to do: Respond here with a brief character sketch and House that would be your second option, and send me a private message explaining why your character is hiding within the halls of this House and what his goals in doing so are. If I like it, you can have it, but I will ask that you not reveal your true House allegiance to any other players while the story is going on.
Make no mistake, this will be a political game, and there will be private messages sent back and forth between myself and various players containing in-game information in order to facilitate tension and intrigue within the storyline.
I will not be using the optional experience-by-age rules for Dynasts that are older than teens or twenties. If you choose to play a Dragon-Blooded thatís been around for a couple of decades, be aware that you will still be a starting character, at the same level as those who have only newly Exalted. While this might make for interesting roleplaying, keep in mind that you are effectively gimping yourself in the eyes of your peers, and this will affect your social standing within the game setting.
When choosing Backgrounds , please keep moderation and common sense in mind. I do reserve the right to veto any ratings choices. With that said, however, this is something I rarely do. Iím fairly laid back and as long as you have a good reason to have it, Iíll generally allow it.
Other than the above, please take a free hand when creating your character. While I prefer freeform as much as possible, I do think itís prudent to have character sheets as well for the times when dice rolls may become crucial, especially in political games. I donít need the sheets right now, or even at the very beginning of the game, but I will eventually need them.
Experience will be handed out on a weekly basis, with an extra point here and there for exceptional roleplaying, heroism, cunning and other things that impress not only me but your fellow players.
If youíve read this far, thanks. :) I know it got a little long. If youíre interested in playing ďDivided We StandĒ, please respond below this post with a brief character concept. Iíd prefer a small group, but I will run for as little players as one or two. I will likely not be playing a character myself, but will be the multitude of NPCs the players interact with. Your contacts and allies, family and friends, retainers and slaves. That will occupy a good portion of my attention, so I don't feel I can play in this game myself frequently. And that's fine by me. :)
You can find an online editable Dragon-Blooded sheet here
, at Mr. Goneís website. This is a two-page sheet; he also has a single page interactive character sheet here
. Please be aware that if you donít have a paid version or Adobe Acrobat (or similar PDF reader), you wonít be able to save your sheet to your computer.