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Let the Siege Begin!

Beneath the Storm - Forum
Song of Ice and Fire - Westeros
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A few more notes:

Although you're welcome to through out some character concepts, we will be designing the PC's house first, so how that shakes out may affect character concept possibilities.

Valid character concepts will be characters that could be reasonably found in a siege camp - lords and knights, soldiers and maesters, squires and shield-bearers. Noble ladies, courtiers, and such are... unlikely to be there, but depending on the House's set-up and a good backstory, even those are possible.

Although the game is set during and at the Siege of Storm's End during the Robert's Rebellion, the focus will be on the camp, and stuff going on around it - Mace's great feasts, running down other rebel Stormlands' lords, moral-increasing tourneys, securing supply chains, etc...

Hope there's some interest.

Game Description:

Introduction/What Has Happened Thus Far

The treacherous Robert Baratheon has raised his banner, calling for Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's head, and the North and the Vale stand beside him, and the Riverlands are soon to be wed to their cause. While many ride behind the Stormland's liege, some rest uneasily - torn between their loyalty to King Aerys Targaryen and dismay at his increasingly mad acts.

Under the command of Mace Tyrell, a large force of royalists - men of the Reach - have converged on the ancient castle of Storm's End, trapping Robert's brother Stannis and his men within.

House Cassius of Cider Bridge - a minor house of the Reach sworn to House Fossoway of Cider Hall - was created at the outset of the War of the Usurper when the old lords of Cider Bridge - House Calgar - thought to stymy Mace Tyrell's march on Robert Baratheon. Lord Calgar was betrayed by his sister, Lady Kara, and master-at-arms, Ser Ortan Cassius, and his head delivered to Lord Wylke Fossoway to allow the march of the Reach's forces on Ashford and delivering Robert Baratheon his first defeat.

Having been granted the domains of House Calgar and risen to nobility, Ortan Cassius has led his men to join Lord Mace Tyrell's siege of Storm's End.

All is not well in the newly created house - whispers of opportunism and dishonorable acts taint its founding, the death of Lord Fossoway's son at the wedding of Ortan and Kara cast an ominous shadow over the house's march, families of nobleborn knights that squabbled with Ortan are rumored to have been slain at the behest of House Cassius, and as they join the investment of Storm's End, Lord Ortan's cousin Ser Randyll is found murdered.

Precipitous times await the new house...

Set Up
Characters will be members of the House Cassius household - be it via familial links or retainers or sworn swords, etc...

Although characters all serve House Cassius (in some capacity), and the siege is led by Mace Tyrell, it is a bit of a lazy siege, so characters should have ample time to pursue some of their own agendas, while also mixing in their actual duties and responsibilities.

A Note About Canon
I hew pretty closely to canon in the set up and motivations of canon NPCs, but I'm not afraid to chart a new path should particularly wild and original schemes get proposed and pulled off. That said, Storm's End is nigh-impregnable, and from the books we know the siege lasts about a year before being broken by Ned Stark.

This does not mean, however, that the ultimate fates of your characters and House are doomed. There will be plenty of opportunity of gold, glory, honour, and yes... intrigue.

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Great! What do you want prospective players to do in this thread, besides voice interest? Do you want everyone to just go ahead and discuss House possibilities (like others are doing) since we are not doing characters until after house creation?

If playing Dorne then I may be interested, since they have a few noble warrior females as testified by the Sandsnakes and since women are part of the succession.

Well, they families were involved, but the land itself wasn't. I don't believe there were any big battles in Dorne, beyond a few simple skirmishes, leaving the land almost un touched.

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Great! What do you want prospective players to do in this thread, besides voice interest? Do you want everyone to just go ahead and discuss House possibilities (like others are doing) since we are not doing characters until after house creation?
Honestly, voicing interest is about all you really can do until the House is made, since some roles aren't as feasible without knowing the House's stats.

As far as canon goes, the closest battles/skirmishes to Dorne was the Ned and Co vs 3 Kingsguard st the Tower of Joy in the Red Mountains that separate Dorne from the Stormlands. Aerys's paranoia made him keep at the Dornish forces close at hand (or at least undr the command of other loyal commanders.

My proposition would be to be Stormlands since it gives the best opportunity for our castle to be in the campaign area. My thought would be that the House has a strategically located castle along some river ford or mountain pass that would be a good candidate for a fight should they try to relieve the siege overland. Or just smugglers trying to make their way past to bring supplies, etc.

If we're from a ways away our castle and holdings are farther away.

Although I certainly can't speak of where the campaign is headed (partly because it's not fully planned, and partly because even if the plan was created, 'twould not survive contact with the players), I do not expect to have much (if any) of the campaign's (on-screen) action take place very far from Storm's End. Given travel times for armies, any castle but one nearly adjacent to Storm's End would be too far away for the PCs to march there, do <something>, and return to the siege in a reasonable amount of time. And if your House was that close to Storm's End... you'd need a really good explanation for why it wasn't gobbled into Stannis's forces and pulled into Storm's End, or why it'd be allowed free-reign amongst Mace's forces holding siege.

That said, this is not necessarily saying that you can cheat on your House resources and neglect Defense, Lands, Population, or whatever. Your home domain(s) might still see action (off-screen), and so your military forces may be put in the predicament of choosing between breaking off the siege and returning home (facing criticism - even calls of cowardice or treason!), or hoping that the forces you left behind can handle things, or some other solution that you players devise*.

*There is an inkling of an idea in my mind, depending on how well the game flows, that I may get players to build a second character that was left back at the House's home domain, to play a sort-of "side campaign". Not an idea anywhere close to solidifying yet, but it has begun percolating.

So, after the first weekend, the interested parties seem to be: Fell, SkullKnight, Tao Jones, Aurore (if House is Dornish), Lord Ben, Havelock, and Ser Iggy (via PM). Not sure if Divinity's post was an expression of interest or merely a comment on Westerosi history. That's about 7 there. I could take a few more, if there's more interest.

Having never run a game through Myth-Weavers before, I'm not sure on the protocol here - if I should PM you all with an "official" invite, or if those who expressed interest (and been noted/accepted by me) should go to the game's page and apply.

On that note, some more talk on the House is taking place in the Game Forum - specifically, description-lacking rolls have been made to serve as a skeleton for House creation discussion.

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So, after the first weekend, the interested parties seem to be: Fell, SkullKnight, Tao Jones, Aurore (if House is Dornish), Lord Ben, Havelock, and Ser Iggy (via PM). Not sure if Divinity's post was an expression of interest or merely a comment on Westerosi history. That's about 7 there. I could take a few more, if there's more interest.

Having never run a game through Myth-Weavers before, I'm not sure on the protocol here - if I should PM you all with an "official" invite, or if those who expressed interest (and been noted/accepted by me) should go to the game's page and apply.

On that note, some more talk on the House is taking place in the Game Forum - specifically, description-lacking rolls have been made to serve as a skeleton for House creation discussion.
It really depends on how you want to take it. I wouldn't worry too much about standard protocol, as long as you don't interfere with the other games on here, you should be alright in handling this however you please.

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So, after the first weekend, the interested parties seem to be: Fell, SkullKnight, Tao Jones, Aurore (if House is Dornish), Lord Ben, Havelock, and Ser Iggy (via PM). Not sure if Divinity's post was an expression of interest or merely a comment on Westerosi history. That's about 7 there. I could take a few more, if there's more interest.
I hope its not too late to throw my name in, then. I'd be happy with a House from anywhere, but Dorne would be my first choice too.




 

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