An Affair for the Loyal
New Background – Age
Throughout Westeros the young are beginning to taste their first hint of Winter. The Summer snows are moving South towards the warmer lands, White Ravens will soon fly from the Citadel. The old know of the Winter snows, and throughout the Song of Ice and Fire series, age plays an important role. It will be important for your character, whether he is “So green he pisses grass” or so venerable they have seen “Winters so horrible, mothers smother their children rather than see them starve”. Age is a new background, which alters your starting attributes, for more information check out Character Creation.
0. Youth 9 – 13 years old. Attributes 5/5/3 | Skills 10/6/3, 1 Specialization
1. Teenager 14 – 17 years old. Attributes 6/5/3 | Skills 10/7/3, 1 Specialization
2. Young Adult 18 – 25 years old. Attributes 7/5/3 | Skills 11/7/3, 3 Specializations
3. Adult 26 – 40 years old. Attributes 7/5/3 | Skills 11/7/3, 4 Specializations
4. Middle Aged 41 – 50 years old. Attributes 7/5/4 | Skills 11/7/4, 3 Specializations.
5. Old 51 – 65 years old. Attributes 6/5/3 | Skills 11/8/4, 3 Specializations. Must take 1 flaw.
Flaws were dropped from the New World of Darkness system and rolled into a more “honor system” which can provide experience points in the future, thus simulating the persistant development of flaws and creating drama at tense points. In the Song of Ice and Fire we often meet characters who are flawed from the beginning. Sir Gregor Clegane was horribly scarred and his visage was a constantly disturbing to Sansa, Samwise’s cowardice wasn’t only present during moments of life and death, but also during his training. In this game flaws will be taken from the beginning of character creation, much like the Old World of Darkness system, in exchange for points to be used at character creation. For a list of flaws check out the Flaws section.
New Morality – Glory/Infamy
In a Song of Ice and fire a man’s morality isn’t determined by the Gods but by public opinion. Kingslayer saved thousands of lives when he betrayed the Mad King, yet he was cast as a villain in the eyes of the Smallfolk. Ned Stark’s “honor” plunged the Seven Kingdoms into civil war, yet in the novels he is portrayed as a hero. To this end the “Morality” track will be replaced by “Glory” and in some cases “Infamy”.
When you commit an Act of Infamy on the chart below you must roll the number of corresponding dice, a success indicates that your public perception and honor have remained in tact, a failure means that your deeds shall be song by bards and condemned by Septons.
Not all indiscretions are talked about though, and private vices are private disgraces. The King’s wife has been laying with all sorts of men, yet her honor and indeed the honor of the King is still intact. For this reason your dice pool may be modified by circumstances. In the end the Storyteller is the ultimate arbitrator of the circumstances but some examples are provided below.
Finally Westeros is a land with little communication infrastructure, after all a small scavenger bird is the best option for mass communications. In order to deal with this colorful names are often attributed to certain players in the Game of Thrones. “The Hound”, “Kingslayer”, “The Blessed” Ser Balor are all examples. If your Glory should rise to 8 or more, or fall to 4 or below if you do not already have such a name associated with your character, the bards will create one for you.
10 – Selfish Act (5d)
9 – Harm to anther’s property (accidental or otherwise) (5d)
8 – Injury to another (accidental or otherwise) (4d)
7 – Intercourse outside of wedlock. (4d)
6 – Disrespecting a citizen of higher rank. (3d)
5 – Speaking ill of your Lord, killing someone of higher Glory. (3d)
4 – Killing for anyone but your Lord or superior. (3d)
3 – Committing serious crimes. (2d)
2 – Becoming a brigand, terrorizing small folk, abuse of power etc. (2d)
1 – Utter perversion, heinous act, treason in which you do not seize power. (2d)
+3d – Act committed in private.
-2d – Act committed by someone with status 3 or more.
-3d – Act committed in front of a crowd.
+1d – Act committed under direct order of a superior, after mild protest.