Leadership Roles

A healthy kingdom has leaders filling a number of different roles. Each leader grants the kingdom different benefits; leaving a role unfilled can penalize the kingdom. In order for a Leadership role to grant its bonus, the character in that particular role must spend at least 1 week per month engaged in various leadership duties (during which time the PCs must be located within a hex that is part of their kingdom). For this campaign, it’s best to have the party pick the same week to dedicate to their administrative duties so that all of the PCs are all available for “adventuring duty” at the same time. A single character can only occupy one leadership role at a time.

Ruler

The ruler is the primary leader of the kingdom. Unlike the other leadership roles, a ruler uses one of three distinct titles, depending on the current size of the kingdom. For a kingdom of size 1–20, its ruler is known as a baron or baroness. For a kingdom of size 21–80, its ruler is known as a duke or duchess. A kingdom of size 81 or higher is ruled by a king or queen.
Benefit A baron or baroness chooses one of a nation’s statistics (Economy, Loyalty, or Stability) and modifies that score by a value equal to the character’s Charisma modifier. A duke or duchess chooses two of these values to modify. A king or queen modifies all three values.
Vacancy Penalty A kingdom without a ruler cannot claim new hexes, create farmlands, build roads, or purchase city districts. Increase Unrest by 4 during each Upkeep phase in which the kingdom has no ruler.
Special Two characters can fill this role if they become married, in which case the two rulers can jointly command the kingdom. Both rulers apply their Charisma modifiers to the kingdom’s Stability, Economy, and Loyalty checks as appropriate for their rank, and as long as one of the two rulers is present for 1 week per month, they avoid the vacancy penalty.

Administrative Positions on the Council

The Treasurer organizes tax collection, and manages the treasury.
Benefit Increase Economy by a value equal to the Treasurer’s Intelligence or Wisdom modifier.
Vacancy Penalty Reduce Economy by 4; the kingdom cannot collect taxes.

The High Priest guides the kingdom’s religious needs and growth.
Benefit Increase Stability by a value equal to the High Priest’s Wisdom or Charisma modifier.
Vacancy Penalty Decrease Stability and Loyalty by 2. Increase Unrest by 1 during each Upkeep phase in which the kingdom has no High Priest.

The Magister guides a kingdom’s higher learning and magic.
Benefit Increase Economy by a value equal to the Magister’s Intelligence or Charisma modifier.
Vacancy Penalty Decrease Economy by 4.

The Councilor ensures that the will of the citizenry is represented.
Benefit Increase Loyalty by a value equal to the Councilor’s Wisdom or Charisma modifier.
Vacancy Penalty Decrease Loyalty by 2; the kingdom cannot gain benefits from festivals. Increase Unrest by 1 during each Upkeep phase in which the kingdom has no Councilor.

Diplomatic Positions on the Council

The Grand Diplomat oversees international relations
Benefit Increase Stability by a value equal to the Grand Diplomat’s Intelligence or Charisma modifier.
Vacancy Penalty Decrease Stability by 2; the kingdom cannot issue Promotion Edicts.

The Spymaster observes the kingdom’s underworld and criminal elements and spies on other kingdoms.
Benefit Increase Loyalty, Economy, or Stability (Spymaster’s choice) by a value equal to the Spymaster’s Dexterity or Intelligence modifier. The Spymaster can change which value he modifies during the kingdom’s Improvement phase (but only once per phase).
Vacancy Penalty Reduce Economy by 4 because of out-of-control crime. Increase Unrest by 1 during each Upkeep phase in which the kingdom has no Spymaster.

The Royal Assassin can serve as a public executioner, a headsman, or a shadowy assassin.
Benefit Increase Loyalty by a value equal to the Royal Assassin’s Strength or Dexterity modifier. Fear inspired by the Royal Assassin reduces Unrest by 1 during each Upkeep phase.
Vacancy Penalty A kingdom without a Royal Assassin suffers no Vacancy Penalty.

Military Positions on the Council

The Warden leads the kingdom’s defense and city guards.
Benefit Increase Loyalty by a value equal to the Warden’s Strength or Constitution modifier.
Vacancy Penalty Reduce Loyalty by 4 and Stability by 2.

The Marshal helps organize patrols and enforces justice in rural and wilderness regions.
Benefit Increase Economy by a value equal to the Marshal’s Dexterity or Wisdom modifier.
Vacancy Penalty Decrease Economy by 4.

The General commands the kingdom’s armies and is a public hero.
Benefit Increase Stability by a value equal to the General’s Strength or Charisma modifier.
Vacancy Penalty Decrease Stability by 4.

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