Note: It's past 3 AM and this post is probably a mess but here we go! I'll probably be more sensical tomorrow when I answer everyone's questions about my crazy nonsense.
The Emperor is dead. The Prime Minister is dead. The Empress is dead. The capital in Wénzuò is in ruins.
Long live the young Emperor for ten thousand years!!!
Perhaps... we should go back a few months.
The Empire is in a state of civil war. In the south, the province of Shahai have invaded Xin'an over grievances from the last war. Just as they before, Lǎojīng has joined them in this rebellion as well. Yúnshān has been implicated in an attempt on the life of Lord Kuǎi Fēng of Xiàběi. One that was deviously made while he was carefully negotiating with Gosam nationalists. Now relations between vassal-state Gosam are at an all-time low and there are reports of open battle between Yúnshān and Xiàběi.
Of course... while all this was happening, the Emperor suddenly died. Drifted off in his sleep at the age of thirty six. Immediately, Prime Minister Guǒ Fēi and Empress Akita Terumi were at each other's throats, vying for control over the new Emperor, a twelve year old boy. Much of the capital was destroyed during the battle, leaving many in each camp dead. Now the leaders of both factions are dead and the rank and file ministers fear the uncertainty of such a gaping power vacuum...
It is within their power to choose a successor, a regent to guide the young Emperor and help him rule these turbulent lands... But if they choose wrongly, then the fractures within the Empire's structure may only widen- casting their lot in with the wrong man or woman may only plunge the Empire into total war.
So the Emperor's loyal ministers announce a summit. All the provincial lords and ladies of the Empire (barring those openly at war with Imperial authority) are to come to the capital so that a harmonious resolution can be made, a compromise that will be pleasing to everyone involved... right?Players needed
You can either play a contender for the regency or a bodyguard to one. Either way, you'll have as much an impact on events as you push for- a bodyguard can also be a spy, a diplomat... or an assassin.Open Slots for Contenders
Yǒuxí, lit. Black Marshes, caught in the middle of the feuding Guo and Akita families of Nanxia and Donghai respectively. An old province, largely untouched in the last war thanks in part for their decision to switch sides and support the Guo/Akita alliance. The only province to emerge from all the bloodshed better off.
Yáojiāng, lit. Remote Border, removed from much of the infighting of the Empire, but adjacent to feuding Xiabei and Yunshan. The land itself is rough and its people hardy. Easily forgettable but then again, the province has a history of producing great military leaders. The only problem is... sometimes they go conquering towards
Xīshuǐ, lit. West of the River, smack dab in between the two rebel factions, the Shahai/Laojing alliance and the Yunshan who made an attempt on Kuai Feng of Xiabei's life. Not only that, but adjacent to the Akita powerbase in Donghai and currently the only province with an open road to the capital.
Yùyán, lit. Bountiful Salt, a wealthy but war-torn province thanks to the last war. Currently caught up in the same situation as before- sandwiched between mighty Shahai and the Empire proper. Geographically removed from its allies by mountains, it finds itself in a perilous position. Even after the devastation, the thriving salt economy has ensured this province can hold its own.NPCs
Kuǎi Fēng of Xiabei, King of Chu. The highest ranking lord of the Empire, a veteran of the last war and the Prime Minister's protege. However, he still bears the wounds of Yunshan's attempt on his life. He is married to a princess of Gosam and is the vassal state's viceroy, but many whisper that his personal feelings may embolden the Gosam separatists to finally declare their independence.
Tsū Dzú, Governor of Xīn'àn. Shortly before the Prime Minister died, the governor of Xin'an died in battle against Shahai and his retainers recommended this eighteen year old girl as his replacement. To many of the other lords, she is a mystery... but Shahai hasn't launched a single offensive since she came into power.
Akita Teruko of Donghai. The sister of the deceased Empress and ruler of Donghai. In the last war, she married the lord of Donghai and together they conceived a son. Tragically, the father died in battle not long after that. For sixteen years, she has ruled in his stead, raising their son to one day take her place. As he grows older, many are pressuring for her to step down- but neither Teruko nor her son seem inclined to end her regency.
Guǒ Suàn of Nanxia. The Prime Minister's eldest son. Twenty four years old, he was too young to participate in the last war but has cut his teeth during the current rebellion against Shahai. Considered a shadow to the mighty force that was his father, he nonetheless has proven himself competent in battle and administration. All that being said, the current rebellion can most likely be traced to his father's poor treatment of his adversaries from the last war and his name might be more of a hindrance than an advantage.
Various ministers, eunuchs, and retainers of the capital city in Wenzuo, though the city itself is pretty wrecked since the battle that occurred there.System and Format
System or no system? A system imposes clear limits on your characters, otherwise you could simply try to kill 'em all to make sure your group ends up on top. Without a system, you'd have to rely on me to adjudicate things. You can have a plan to assassinate someone but you'd have to leave it to my discretion whether or not it'll succeed. In the later case, well-thought out plans, forging alliances, learning your rivals' weaknesses and establishing conditions that benefit you can make your plotting all but certain to succeed.
If or when it comes to 'PVP', I'll do my best to make it fun for everyone involved. No bullshittery here. The imperial guard's still all over the capital, after all...
But perhaps I am overthinking it, as I'm wont to do.