Brotherhood: Bards’ Guild

Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showcased the Thieves’ Guild.

And with Brotherhood finally done now, here is the last of the guilds.

Bards’ Guild

Faction Fluff

Name: The Twisted Lillies
Faction Type: Entertainers/Bards
Theme: Money/Trade
Motto: Beauty And Fame
Rulership: Seniority of Service
Recruitment offers: Brotherhood
Oddities: Distinctive weapon/tool
Faction Goal: Extend/increase their influence over an area/faction.
Allied Faction: Socialites/Bourgeois
Rival Faction: Thieves/Smugglers
Age: Old
# of Events: 6
Events: Bribery, Creation, Miracle, Betrayal, Betrayal, Champion
# of Members: 29

Skills

Reputation: 66
Wealth: 58
Notoriety: 24
Treachery: 40
Might: 38

Specialisations

Athletics: 37
Coercion: 24
Combat: 37
Craft: 58
Drive: 25
Mental: 59
Negotiate: 62
Perception: 46
Special: 62
Stealth: 46

Faction Base

Luxuriousness: Rich
Acquisitions: Crew Quarters, Entertainment Space, Hygiene/Bathing, Kitchen/Dining, Dock/Garage, Vehicles, Specialist Quarters, Office Space
Specialists: Diplomat

And that’s it for all the Guilds. Next time we’ll give you a sneak peak at what the faction sheet will look like before Brotherhood gets released .

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Turn yourself into a Sigil character

For the Sigil System as well as the next supplement for Z-LAND, we are working on creating a character generator that will model your character after you (the real life you) in the most faithful way possible. In essence, we want to turn your into a Sigil character.

To build that generator, we need to know one thing: how the 20 Sigil Skills fit together. We need to know which ones go with which, what Skills are contrasted, and if there are groups of Skills that naturally flow together.

That’s where you come in. We made a survey just for you. It has the 20 Sigil Skills in it and you just have to say how good you think you are at each Skill in real life. We’ll then take all the responses, do some fancy data analysis on it, and see what pops out. After all that, we will build the character generator and publish it.

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Brotherhood: Thieves’ Guild

Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showcased the Warriors’ Guild.

And with Brotherhood just around the corner, here is the Thieves’ Guild.

Thieves’ Guild

Faction Fluff

Name: The Black Rats
Faction Type: Thieves/Smugglers
Theme: Criminal/Underworld
Motto: Wealth Through Silence
Rulership: Democratic Single Ruler
Recruitment offers: Wealth
Oddities: Communicates chiefly in code.
Faction Goal: Gain more usable, spendable money.
Allied Faction: Entertainers/Bards, Assassins/Contractors
Rival Faction: Vigilantes/Lawmen
Age: Vintage
# of Events: 6
Events: Blackmail, Betrayal, Bribery, Fall, Sprout, Friend Gained
# of Members: 37

Skills

Reputation: 22
Wealth: 37
Notoriety: 39
Treachery: 75
Might: 70

Specialisations

Athletics: 70
Coercion: 41
Combat: 70
Craft: 38
Drive: 41
Mental: 38
Negotiate: 27
Perception: 72
Special: 28
Stealth: 72

Faction Base

Luxuriousness: Poor
Acquisitions: Armory, Camouflage, Crew quarters, Dock/Garage, Hygiene/bathing, Jail, Kitchen/dining, Office space, Safehouse, Specialist quarters, Misc (eg storage)x2, Training grounds, secret passageway, Vehicles, Defensive structures
Specialists: Scout

And that’s it for the Thieves’ Guild. Next time will be the last of the premade faction showcase, and we’ll cap it all off with the Bards.

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Brotherhood: Warriors’ Guild

Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showcased the Mages’ Guild.

This time we’re showcasing the most noble of factions, the Warriors’ Guild.

Warriors’ Guild

To be in the Warrior’s Guild is to be amongst brothers who’ve bled and fought alongside you.

Faction Fluff

Name: The Broken Blades
Faction Type: Warriors/Soldiers
Theme: War/Combat
Motto: Death Gives Us Honour
Rulership: Might Makes Right Autocrat
Recruitment offers: Might
Oddities: Arduous joining/initiation rituals.
Faction Goal: Build up and expand their offensive power.
Allied Faction: Traders/Craftsmen, Vigilantes/Lawmen
Rival Faction: Assassins/Contractors
Age: Ancient
# of Events: 9
Events: Champion, Battle Won, Sprout, Destruction, Sprout, Fall, Friend Gained, Battle Lost, Loyalty
# of Members: 42

Skills

Reputation: 1
Wealth: 27
Notoriety: 42
Treachery: 37
Might: 63

Specialisations

Athletics: 62
Coercion: 42
Combat: 63
Craft: 28
Drive: 43
Mental: 27
Negotiate: 1
Perception: 32
Special: 1
Stealth: 32

Faction Base

Luxuriousness: Poor
Acquisitions: Armoury, Crew Quarters, Training Grounds, Dock/Garage, Vehicles

And that’s it for the Warriors’ Guild. Next time we’ll show you what the Thieves’ Guild is like.

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Brotherhood: Mages’ Guild

Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showcased the first of the premade factions that you’ll find in the mod, the Assassins’ Guild.

This time we’re showcasing the most otherworldy of factions, the Mages’ Guild.

Mages’ Guild

To be a mage is to be a god amongst men, so what happens when you put of gods together?

Faction Fluff

Name: The Runic Prophets
Faction Type: Academics/Scholars
Theme: Supernatural/Occultism
Motto: Knowledge Thus Magic
Rulership: Appointed Merito/Geniocrats
Recruitment offers: Mysticism
Oddities: Extensive ritualistic practices.
Faction Goal: Become better at what they specialise in.
Allied Faction: Bureaucrats/Officials
Rival Faction: Warriors/Soldiers
Age: Old
# of Events: 5
Events: Creation, Lunacy, Destruction, Wisdom, Miracle
# of Members: 34

Skills

Reputation: 100
Wealth: 82
Notoriety: 3
Treachery: 1
Might: 56

Specialisations

Athletics: 55
Coercion: 3
Combat: 56
Craft: 82
Drive: 3
Mental: 82
Negotiate: 98
Perception: 1
Special: 96
Stealth: 1

Faction Base

Luxuriousness: Lavish
Acquisitions: Base, Crew Quarters, Specialist quarters x4, Office Space x3, Kitchen/Dining, Hygiene/Bathing, Training Grounds, Misc (library).
Specialists: Tutor, Sage, Bouncer, Physician

And that’s it for the Mages’ Guild. Next time we’ll show you what the Warriors’ Guild is like.

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Brotherhood: Assassins’ Guild

Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showcased the first of the premade factions that you’ll find in the mod, the Adventurer’s Guild.

This time we’re showcasing the deadliest of all factions, the Assassins’ Guild.

Assassins’ Guild

They live for one thing and one thing only: death. Whether they do this in service of chaos or order, is up for you to decide.

Faction Fluff

Name: The Crimson Thorns
Faction Type: Assassins/Contractors
Theme: Politics/Influence
Motto: Death And Eternity
Rulership: Divinely Ordained King
Recruitment offers: Goal/Cuase
Oddities: Extensive ritualistic practices.
Faction Goal: IGrow their number of members, contacts, specialists.
Allied Faction: Thieves/Smugglers
Rival Faction: Vigilantes/Lawmen
Age: Established
# of Events: 2
Events: Fiend, Lunacy
# of Members: 29

Skills

Reputation: 15
Wealth: 29
Notoriety: 34
Treachery: 88
Might: 48

Specialisations

Athletics: 47
Coercion: 36
Combat: 48
Craft: 29
Drive: 35
Mental: 29
Negotiate: 20
Perception: 84
Special: 20
Stealth: 84

Faction Base

Luxuriousness: Poor
Acquisitions: Base, Crew Quarters, Camouflage, Jail, Safehouse, Training Grounds, Defensive Structures, Misc (storage).

And that’s it for the Assassins’ Guild. Next time we’ll show you what the Mages’ Guild is like.

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Brotherhood: Adventurer’s Guild

Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we finished off the rules of Brotherhood.

So while we turn the blog posts into the Sigil Mod, we’ll showcase some example factions that you can use. First up: the Adventurer’s Guild

Adventurer’s Guild

The Adventurer’s guild is a staple of heroic fantasy stories and RPGs. It’s a place where adventurer’s congregate, share stories, and most importantly find new jobs, missions and quests.

If you want a quick Adventurer’s Guild in your game, here’s what it can look like:

Faction Fluff

Name: The Drunken Stallions
Faction Type: Adventurers/Mercenaries
Theme: Money/Trade
Motto: Fortune Creates Freedom
Rulership: Military Rank Hierarchy
Recruitment offers: Wealth
Oddities: Iconophiles
Faction Goal: Increase their fame/infamy.
Allied Faction: Thieves/Smugglers
Rival Faction: Adventurers/Mercenaries
Age: Established
# of Events: 3
Events: Fiend, Champion, Destruction
# of Members: 25

Skills

Reputation: 66
Wealth: 28
Notoriety: 21
Treachery: 33
Might: 43

Specialisations

Athletics: 42
Coercion: 21
Combat: 42
Craft: 28
Drive: 21
Mental: 28
Negotiate: 66
Perception: 33
Special: 66
Stealth: 33

Faction Base

Luxuriousness: Average
Acquisitions: Base, Crew Quarters, Dock/Garage

And that’s it for the Adventurer’s Guild. Next time we’ll show you what the Assassin’s Guild is like.

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Brotherhood: Party Based Factions

Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we finished off the main rules for factions by showing you faction advancement.

In this post we’re showing you how to turn your current party into a faction.

Skills

Getting faction Skills out your party is easy to work out:

  • Your newly made faction’s Notoriety and Treachery will be 1 by default, so that’s two out of the way.
  • Your Might Skill will be the number of player characters in the party
  • For the Wealth Skill, add together the first digit of each player character’s Wealth Skill Levels (so a 3 for a Level of 34)
  • Lastly, for Reputation, each player chooses a Social Skill for their characters; add together the first digit of these.
  • And there you are, you’ve turned your party into a faction. It probably won’t be the grandest of factions, but then it is only the few of you thus far.

    Specialisations

    Until you get another member (that isn’t a player character), there is no need for Specialisations. But, you can already work them out beforehand to make life easier.

    Much like Wealth and Reputation, for each Specialisation you will add together the first digit of each player character’s assigned Skill Level to create the Specialisation Level. Each Specialisation is tied to a character Skill (or sometimes more than one, and you can choose one of the Skills to use), so just have a look at the list below for which Specialisation goes with which Skill.

    Athletics: Athletics
    Combat: Fight or Shoot
    Craft: Broad-Craft or Fine-Craft
    Drive: Drive
    Mental: Logic
    Perception: Perception
    Negotiate: Diplomacy
    Special: Special
    Stealth: Stealth
    Coercion: Intimidate

    As an example: say you have three player characters with Logic Skill Levels of 39, 37 and 41. To work out their faction’s Mental Specialisation Level, add together 3, 3, and 4 to get 10.

    Using a party faction

    In nearly all respects, a faction created from a party works exactly the same way as a faction created through the faction generator. The main difference will come from the lack of members. If the faction only consists of player characters, then there won’t be any Treachery Events, since there are no (potentially) treacherous NPCs. Similarly, without NPCs in the faction, you can’t roll faction Might Skill Checks to get faction members to come help you in times of trouble, since you are already there.

    If you start a faction as a party, the first goal is to get more members into your faction in order to get the most benefits out of your new faction.

    And that’s it for party factions; and the rules of Brotherhood!. Next time we’ll start showcasing a few factions to show you what can be done with the system, and so that you can quickly pick up a faction and run with it.

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    Brotherhood: Advancement

    Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showed you the silent heroes of the faction, the Specialists.

    In this post we’re showing you faction advancement, and how to increase your faction’s Skill and Specialisation Levels.

    Advancement

    Faction advancement comes in three forms; and we’ve already shown you the first. The members and specialists will be the main driver in your faction’s advancement. Each time you recruit a new member, one Skill or Specialisation will be increased, and another will decrease. It won’t add anything to your faction, but it will change it. The specialists on the other hand, will add a lot to your faction. If you get a Manager, you can bet good money that your faction’s Skills will increase.

    The other two ways that your faction will advance works much in the same way as character advancement. The only main difference will be whether you are advancing a faction Skill or Specialisation. Regardless of which one it is, just like character advancement, it will happen between each session so that it doesn’t interrupt gameplay.

    Specialisations

    Specialisation advancement works just like character advancement. At the end of each session, if certain criteria are met, your GM will give you some EXP. You can then spend that EXP on the Specialisations that you actually rolled in that session. You can also trade 1 Level from 1 Specialisation to another, but it must be from a Specialisation you didn’t roll, to one you did.

    For each criteria below, you will get 1 EXP:

  • Making at least one Faction Skill Check.
  • If the faction was instrumental to advancing the current plotline.
  • Finishing a faction based mission or quest.
  • Getting a Might Location Destroyed Wound.
  • Getting a Wealth Location Destroyed Wound.
  • If you roll a Specialisation Check and you roll exactly on the Specialisation Level, that Specialisation automatically increases by 1 Level.
  • Getting a new member into the faction.
  • Getting a specialist.
  • Purchasing a new base.
  • Accomplishing your current faction goal.
  • So there’s a lot that can give you EXP, and if you’re lucky and get all of them in a single session you’ll get a whopping 10 EXP to play around with.

    Skills

    Skill advancement is a bit more nebulous, as the Skills don’t really show what your faction can do, but rather what your faction is. As such, Skill advancement (other than through the changes brought about by members) is entirely handled by the GM. Each session your GM will make a judgement call for each of the five Skills to see if what the faction has done that session has been good for that particular Skill, neutral, or bad; and he will either add 1 Level to the Skills, subtract 1 or leave it alone.

    For example, if the faction (and players in particular) have gone around and bullied whomever they saw to get their way, the GM might feel that this hasn’t been good for their faction’s Notoriety and so at the end of the session will increase the Notoriety Skill by 1. However, if through all this bullying, the players got a new money-maker for the faction, the GM would also increase the Wealth Skill by 1. In the same session, with all the bullying going on, the players insulted the wrong person who turned out to be the local noble of the lands, who decided to confiscate some of the player faction’s weapons as punishment. This was disastrous, so the GM decreases both the faction’s Reputation and the Might Skills by 1. The faction members are more angry at the local noble than the players, so the GM doesn’t touch the faction Treachery Skill.

    Each session, the GM can do this for all five Skills to advance the faction based on what has happened.

    However! There are two Skill that have an extra rule: Notoriety and Treachery. If there is a Notoriety or Treachery event going on and it is not finish by the end of the session, then the Skill gains 2 Levels. If the Event is finished successfully, then that Skill is decreased by whatever the Event Roll was that started it all (so if you rolled a 39 for which treachery event to happen, the Treachery Skill will be reduced by 39). If however, the players fail to stop the Event and it all ends in tears, if the faction is still left standing, the Skill in question is increased by 10.

    And that’s it for Advancement. Next time we’ll show you how to turn your own party into a faction.

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    Brotherhood: Specialists

    Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showed you the faction members and how their flaws and strengths will change your faction.

    In this post we’re stepping it up a notch and showing the Specialists, members who will do as much for your faction as you will.

    Specialists

    Specialists are members that take an active role in leading your faction in a specific manner. They aren’t the rulers of your faction, but they certainly are head and shoulders above the rest, and they have a certain set of skills that can guide your faction in specific direction.

    Before you can get Specialists, however, you need to get some Specialist Quarters. These are base acquisitions that you can purchase with your faction’s Wealth Skill, and we covered it when we did Base Building. This is because a Specialist isn’t a lone wolf that goes about things in his own way; he needs the support and infrastructure of the faction in order to get his job done. The Specialist Quarters become the office, workshop, design space, classroom, whatever the Specialist needs in order to carry out his duties.

    One Specialist Quarters is only good for one Specialist. They don’t bunk up and they don’t share offices. However, once you have a Specialist Quarters, you can choose any Specialist you want; and you can have as many Specialist Quarters as you can afford, and you can also have more than one Specialist of a given type (eg two Quartermasters).

    Types of Specialists

    Specialists come in 3 flavours: Managers, Mentors, and Minders. Managers are tied into the Faction Skills and they make sure your faction is performing as best as it can. Mentors are tied into the Faction Specialisations and they boost the performance of a specific Spec. Minders are the miscellaneous pile that takes care of the faction in one way, shape or form.

    Managers

    Getting a Manager on board will immediately make your life easier and your faction better. Each Manager will either raise or decrease a Skill’s Level (depending if it’s good or bad), and this will happen during every Upkeep (in between sessions). So if you have a Quartermaster and you’re lucky, your faction’s Might Level can increase every session like clockwork.

    Quartermaster: During Upkeep, GM rolls 1d100. If the result is less than 60, the faction’s Might Level is increased by the first digit of the result (1-9 being a 0). If result is 90 or greater, the Level is decreased by 1.
    Lobbyist: During Upkeep, GM rolls 1d100. If the result is less than 60, the faction’s Notoriety Level is decreased by the first digit of the result (1-9 being a 0). If result is 90 or greater, the Level is increased by 1.
    Spokesman: During Upkeep, GM rolls 1d100. If the result is less than 60, the faction’s Reputation Level is increased by the first digit of the result (1-9 being a 0). If result is 90 or greater, the Level is decreased by 1.
    Sergeant : During Upkeep, GM rolls 1d100. If the result is less than 60, the faction’s Treachery Level is decreased by the first digit of the result (1-9 being a 0). If result is 90 or greater, the Level is increased by 1.
    Shopkeep: During Upkeep, GM rolls 1d100. If the result is less than 60, the faction’s Wealth Level is increased by the first digit of the result (1-9 being a 0). If result is 90 or greater, the Level is decreased by 1.

    Mentors

    Each Mentor is attached to a specific Specialisation, and they allow the players to spend their own Sigils on the faction members Skill Checks as if the players were rolling themselves. This gives the faction a safety net, and gives the players some control over their faction’s destiny.

    Coach: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Athletics Skill Checks
    Enforcer: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Coercion Skill Checks
    Instructor: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Combat Skill Checks
    Tradesman: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Craft Skill Checks
    Chauffeur: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Drive Skill Checks
    Tutor: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Mental Skill Checks
    Diplomat: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Negotiate Skill Checks
    Lookout: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Perception Skill Checks
    Sage: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Special Skill Checks
    Scout: Players can spend Sigils to reroll or give a +25 bonus to faction members’ Stealth Skill Checks

    Minders

    Each Minder does something unique, but each one is geared towards making up for a weakness in the faction. Whether that is actually going out to find recruits, getting missions, or even reducing the costs of base acquisitions. They are the unsung heroes of the faction, but without them, the faction definitely isn’t doing as well as it could.

    Recruiter: During Upkeep, GM rolls 1d100. If the result is greater than the faction’s Might Level, a prospect is recruited.
    Liaison: During Upkeep, GM rolls a Reputation Skill Check. If successful, Liaison brings a job opportunity to faction during the next session.
    Taskmaster: Handles all faction member missions, and missions gain a +10 bonus to the Skill Check.
    Architect: Reduce the cost of a base acquisition by 1, to a minimum of 1.
    Physician: Spend a Sigil to reduce the severity of a Might Wound by one step.
    Treasurer: Spend a Sigil to reduce the severity of a Wealth Wound by one step.
    Bouncer: Spend a Sigil to reroll either the Strength or Flaw of a prospect.

    The Righteous Prophets.

    Back when we did Base Building, the Prophets didn’t have any money left over to buy Specialist Quarters, so unfortunately for them, they won’t start the game off with any. In saying that, when they do have enough Wealth do get a Specialist, the first one they are going to lay their hands on is a Physician. It’s dangerous work that they do, and they need all hands on deck all the time. They don’t have the luxury of waiting for members to recover, so a household Physician will get them back on their feet in no time.

    And that’s it for the Specialists. Tell us what specialists you want to get and how you want to use them; and if you have ideas for more Specialists, we’d love to hear them.

    Next time we’ll show you Faction Advancement and how to level up your faction.

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    Brotherhood: Prospects and Members

    Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showed you all the faction specialisations, and brought you the first real contact you can have with faction members.

    So for this post, it’s all about the members; what they are, how they affect your faction, and how to use them.

    New Prospects

    A faction member has two traits, and mechanically speaking those two traits is the sum total of the member. With the faction Specialisations acting as the member’s skills, these two traits sets him apart from the rest. These traits are the member’s Strength and his Flaw. Other than showing a bit of personality to help the GM roleplay that member, the traits have huge mechanical significance. After all, a faction really is just its collection of members. If they are all good at something, the faction is good at something; and the reverse is equally true: you can’t have a combat faction if none of its members are good at fighting.

    So each time you get a new prospect and member, look on the table below for his Strength and Flaw and permanently increase the associate Skill/Specialisation of the Faction if it’s a Strength and permanently decrease it if its a Flaw. In this way, your faction’s capability will constantly be evolving as it gains new members, and the faction you start off with may look dramatically different to the one you end up with.

    The Strengths and Flaws

    When you get new members into your faction, your GM will either choose or roll on the tables below to pick the Strength and the Flaw. When rolling, it’s a single roll that works for both tables. Whatever result you get for the Strength, reverse the numbers on the dice (96 becomes 69) and that shows you what the Flaw is.

    You’ll notice that there aren’t just Specialisations and Skills here though, but also Criticals. When you get a Critical Something as a Strength, it means that not only is rolling on the Skill in a Check a critical success, but so is rolling a 1. Get another Critical Something as a Strength, and it means also rolling a 2 is a critical success. The more of these you get, the higher the chance of rolling a critical success. The same works for the Flaw. For each Critical Something you get as a Flaw, you work backwards from 99 (since 100 is always a critical failure), and they become critical failures as well.

    The unique option on the tables are Lucky and Unlucky. These either increase or decreases your faction’s Sigil Threshold, and is in fact the only way it can be done. If you ever want to use Sigils for your faction, you better pray for Lucky members.

    Roll – Strength – Specialisation/Skill/Critical
    01-05 – Adventurous – Drive
    06-10 – Agile – Athletics
    11-15 – Content – Critical Treachery/Notoriety
    16-20 – Brave – Might
    21-25 – Cunning – Mental
    26-30 – Deft – Craft
    31-35 – Dependable – Critical Reputation
    36-40 – Diplomatic – Negotiate
    41-45 – Discreet – Stealth
    46-50 – Formidable – Coercion
    51-55 – Gregarious – Reputation
    56-60 – Supportive – Critical Might
    61-65 – Loyal – Treachery
    66-70 – Lucky – Sigil
    71-75 – Meticulous – Critical Wealth
    76-80 – Observant – Perception
    81-85 – Taciturn – Notoriety
    86-90 – Thrifty – Wealth
    91-95 – Tough – Combat
    96-100 – Wise – Special

    Roll – Flaw – Specialisation/Skill/Critical
    01-05 – Sedentary – Drive
    06-10 – Sluggish – Athletics
    11-15 – Ambitious – Critical Treachery/Notoriety
    16-20 – Coward – Might
    21-25 – Inept – Craft
    26-30 – Gullible – Mental
    31-35 – Rude – Negotiate
    36-40 – Unreliable – Critical Reputation
    41-45 – Antisocial – Reputation
    46-50 – Clumsy – Stealth
    51-55 – Meek – Coercion
    56-60 – Grouchy – Critical Might
    61-65 – Treacherous – Treachery
    66-70 – Slovenly – Critical Wealth
    71-75 – Unlucky – Sigil
    76-80 – Talkative – Notoriety
    81-85 – Oblivious – Perception
    86-90 – Foolish – Special
    91-95 – Greedy – Wealth
    96-100 – Frail – Combat

    What if I’m special?

    Ten of the options on each table has a Specialisation associated with it. If you get a member with one of those (eg Meek or Observant), not only does it increase/decrease your faction’s Specialisation, but if you ever use that character they will get a +15 bonus to using that Specialisation (for a Strength) or a -15 (for a Flaw).

    The Righteous Prophets.

    With all that has happened to the Prophets, they are ready to rebuild so let’s see what their first new conscripted member looks like. With a roll of 80 their Strength is Observant, so not only will the Prophets’ Perception Spec increase to 41, this fellow will also get a bonus to using it. However, an 80 becomes an 08 so his Flaw is Sluggish, which means the Prophet’s Athletics go down to 29 and we won’t be using this guy when it comes to fast paced action. Looks like he’s going to be stuck on guard duty for a long time.

    And that’s it for the Prospects and Members. Tell us what your members look like and how they’ve changed your faction.

    Next time we’ll show you the special sort of members: the Specialists.

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    Brotherhood: Faction Specialisations

    Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showed you what the Wealth Skill can do and how you can dip into that collective fund in game.

    This time we’re showing off faction specialisations, which is all about using your faction and faction members in game.

    From Skills to Specialisations

    Much like with characters in the Sigil System, Specialisations are focused form of a Skill that is used in a specific and particular way. What differs in the Brotherhood faction system is that the Skills are what makes up the faction, while the Specialisations are how the faction (particularly) the faction members interact with the world in all its various ways in game. There are ten Specialisations, but before we get there, let’s start at creating the Specialisations.

    Faction Generation

    During faction generation, after you have rolled your Skill Levels, and after the historical events have added or subtracted from those levels, have a look a the list of Specialisations below and assign to each Specialisation the Skill Level of the listed Skill. In effect, the Skill Levels become the Specialisations

    Athletics: Might
    Combat: Might
    Craft: Wealth
    Drive: Notoriety
    Mental: Wealth
    Perception: Treachery
    Negotiate: Reputation
    Special: Reputation
    Stealth: Treachery
    Coercion: Notoriety

    This is the only time that the parent Skills and daughter Specialisations will be connected. After this point, if the parent Skill Levels go up or down, the Specialisation won’t be affected, and vice versa. In this way, the faction’s Might can go up or down, but its Athletics or Combat will stay the same.

    Using the Specialisations

    The Specialisations serve two main purposes in game. The first and most important is that they can form the “Skills” of your faction members. You can always go through the whole Sigil System character creation process for each faction member, but this is only really practical if you have a handful of members. No one wants to go through fifty-odd character sheets to find the one member they are looking for, and it will be even more difficult to remember who is good at what. Instead, you can simply use the Specialisations to act as the character sheet for all your members. You only need to remember ten levels and that’s it. When we get into the members next time, we’ll show you how you can do a little customisation to make each member feel unique, but even this won’t change the fact that if you need a member to go do something, you won’t have to worry about which of the dozens of members you have is the only one that can get it done. All that bookkeeping can go away and you can just use the Specialisations.

    The other main use for Specialisations is to abstractly portray the way your entire faction does something. If you have a faction vs faction battle going on, rather than trying to manage a combat encounter with possibly a hundred people in it, you can simply use each faction’s Combat Specialisation, and the damage inflicted will be shown by the Might Skill’s number of Wounds. Or if you want to send most (or all) of your faction out on a stealth mission, rather than rolling Stealth two dozen times for each member on the mission, just roll once. Or if you have a building project you want your faction to undertake, or a research project, just roll Craft or Mental (respectively) and it gets done.

    High Level or Drill Down

    In the uses for the Specialisations above, you can see that the Specialisations allow you the flexibility to abstract the details when you need to, or if you don’t want to do the bookkeeping; but they can also step out of the way if you do want to have a character sheet for all your members, or want to have those mass battles or group crafting sessions. They are what you need them to be.

    The Righteous Prophets.

    Throughout this walkthrough we’ve been rolling for the Prophets’ Skills, and this is what we got:

    Reputation: 10
    Notoriety: 50
    Treachery: 40
    Might: 30
    Wealth: 30

    This means that their Specialisations look like this:

    Athletics: 30
    Combat: 30
    Craft: 30
    Drive: 50
    Mental: 30
    Perception: 40
    Negotiate: 10
    Special: 10
    Stealth: 40
    Coercion: 50

    It’s not too bad, although not too good. In fact, the average for this is 32 which makes it completely average for a character and that in turn means it will do exactly what we need it to do. With 22 members, we can confidently use the Specialisations in lieu of character sheets and we won’t be giving ourselves too much of a disadvantage. Looking at the Specialisations we can also see what our faction will be good at. Drive and Coercion is at the top, which makes sense for a smuggling ring, and Perception and Stealth is tied for second place. For the type of people the Prophets are, this is exactly what we are looking for. We can send them on stealth missions and smuggling missions without worrying too much about them, and we can bully our way out of a fair bit should it come to that. All in all, quite pleased with how the Prophets’ Specs turned out.

    And that’s it for the Specialisations. Tell us how your faction stacks up and how you plan to use them in game.

    Next time we’ll show you how to recruit faction members and how they will shape your faction simply by being there.

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    Faction Skills: Wealth

    Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showed you what the Might Skill can do and how you can use your faction members to help you in game.

    This time we’re showing off the last of the faction Skills, the Wealth Skill.

    Wealth

    When we walked you through faction generation and building your faction’s base, we showed you how you can buy acquisitions for your base with the Wealth Skill. This process isn’t just limited to the pre-game faction generation. As you play the game and increase your faction’s Wealth Skill Level, you can continue to buy acquisitions to build up your base and turn it into the palace or fortress that you want.

    This is the major purpose of the Wealth Skill, but like all the rest it does have a function for the PCs. If the PCs are the leaders of the faction, or the leaders have allowed the PCs access to the faction’s funds, the the PCs can dip into those funds to help them in their adventures.

    Just like with Might, a faction will have Wealth Wounds (the number of which is equal to first digit of the Wealth Skill Level). When a player has to do a Wealth Skill Check, the player can elect to give the fation a Wealth Wound and gain a bonus to his Wealth Skill depending on the severity of the Wealth Wound Inflicted:

    Minor Wealth Wound – +5
    Significant Wealth Wound – +10
    Grievous Wealth Wound – +15
    Wealth Location Destroyed – +40

    If a Location Destroyed Wound is ever inflicted (either by choice or because it is the only Wound Slot available), then the Wealth Skill of the faction drops to Level 1 again.

    Wealth Wounds “heal” and refresh just like normal Wounds, so after each encounter the Minor Wealth Wounds will refresh, meaning that if a PC has access to the faction’s purse-strings, they will always at least get a +5 to their Wealth Skill Checks

    The Righteous Prophets.

    With a roll of 62, the Prophets’ Wealth Skill is 30. That’s a healthy Wealth Skill to start the game with. It means they have all three severities of Wound Slots and the players will be able to draw a decent +15 bonus to their Wealth Skill Checks if they need it.

    And that’s it for the Wealth Skill. It’s a quick and easy Skill to use, but it will help you out far more than you think.

    Next time we’ll give you a quick run-down of the faction Specialisations and you’ll see how to put the faction itself to good use in game.

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    Faction Skills: Might

    Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showed you what the Treachery Skill can do and what Treachery Events are.

    This time we’re showing off the Might Skill.

    Might

    The first thing that Might does for your faction is say how many members your factions starts off with. When you generate a faction, take the first digit of the Might Skill Level (eg 3 for Level 34), add 1 to it and roll that many d10s (so 4d10 for Level 34). That’s how many members your faction starts off with.

    The Might Level also shows how many members your faction can control before things start getting out of hand. For every member your faction has above the Might Level, your Treachery Level goes up by the same amount. If you bring the member level down below the Might Level, the Treachery goes back down again.

    Along with just showing how many members your faction can (and does) have, Might is also the health bar for your Faction. Just like a character, a faction has Wounds, and just like a character the number of Wounds a faction has is determined by the first digit of their Might Level (so 3 Wounds for Level 34). The more Wounds a faction takes, the more of its members are out of commission. If the faction has no more Wound Slots left, and takes an additional Wound then the faction is dead.

    In game

    Might isn’t just used by the faction as whole though. Players and their PCs can also use Might in game. If the context of whatever scene allows for it, the players can use Might to bring faction members into a scene to help them out. To do this, the players declare that they are giving their faction a Wound in return for getting members to join the scene. 1d10 members for a Minor Wound, 2d10 for a Significant Wound, and 3d10 for a Grievous Wound.

    An example of this happening is if the PCs are in a city and find themselves ambushed by a rival faction. As the combat are about to begin, the players say they will give their Faction a Significant Wound to bring 2d10 members into the scene. Since it’s in a city where their faction operates, the players argue that their faction would be keeping an eye on them (its leaders) to make sure just this sort of thing doesn’t happen. So the players roll 2d10 and bring in 11 members to help join the fight.

    If you are in the middle of nowhere, down deep in a dungeon, on the open seas, or anywhere else that your faction can’t immediately come to your aid, then you can’t use this ability. All the more reason to stick by your faction.

    One thing to remember as well is that you can’t bring in more members into a scene than you have in your faction. If you only have 11 members, you can’t bring in 12 or more members.

    The Righteous Prophets.

    With a roll of 58, the Prophets’ Might Skill is 30, so it means they can start the story with 4d10 members. Four rolls later and they have 22 members, a quite respectable number. A Might Skill of 30 also means that they Faction has 3 Wounds and the players will be able to bring in 3d10 members into a scene if they want to. So if they are lucky, they can bring their whole gang along.

    And that’s it for the Might Skill. Tell us what you think about it, what your faction Might Skill Level is and how many members your faction has.

    Next time we’ll see what Wealth means for your faction (other than basebuilding) and how you can use your faction’s wealth in game.

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    Faction Skills: Treachery

    First things first: we got ourselves a mod symbol! The chains that bind a faction together! This will be the symbol on the cover of the faction system mod that we are calling Brotherhood for now.

    Now onto the main post:

    Last time on our faction system walkthrough, we showed you what the Notoriety Skill can do and what Notoriety Events are.

    This time we’re showing off the Treachery Skill.

    Treachery

    Treachery is a Skill that is supremely advantageous if you are not the leader of a faction, but want to be; but is a dangerous risk to manage if you are the leader of a faction and want to stay there. This is because Treachery serves two purposes: as a Skill to be used, and for Event rolls by the GM. In short, the higher the Treachery Level is, the more likely it is that there will be upheaval in the faction, which is good for ambitious members trying to climb the ladder, but bad for those at the top.

    If you are not leading the faction (or if you are and want to cause a false flag attack), you can use the Treachery Skill in two ways. First and easiest is to force a Treachery Event. If there isn’t currently one happening, you can roll a Treachery Skill Check and, if you succeed, consult the table below to see what ruckus you managed to stir up. Be careful, though, because even if you’re not at the heart of the treasonous actions occurring, someone could always point the finger back at you.

    A second way to use the Treachery Skill is the more long term plan. If you want to build up some support and hit quickly and hit hard, it makes sense to increase the Treachery Skill first before you strike. Once per session, if there isn’t a Treachery Event happening, you can roll a Treachery Skill Check. If you fail, then the Treachery Skill Level increases by 1d10. Remember that this is a unique case where something happens if you fail, not if you succeed. So the lower the Treachery Skill Level is, the quicker you can increase it.

    Also, you can only do one of the above per session. You can either try and increase the Treachery Skill Level or try and force a Treachery Event, not both.

    Treachery events

    Just like with Notoriety, at the start of each session, the GM will roll a Treachery Skill Check for the faction. If it fails, nothing happens. If it passes, though, then the faction’s Treachery has led to some internal strife inside the faction. So the GM consults the table below and see just what sort of ruckus has been kicked up inside the faction. So the higher your Treachery Skill Level, the higher the chance that something happens. A Treachery Event can, of course, span more than one gaming session, so if there is a Treachery Event already going on, no need to roll again.

    01-05: Notoriety Event +5.
    06-10: Embezzlement! A member steals 1d10 Wealth from the faction.
    11-15: Discover that there is a mole in the faction, feeding info to a rival faction.
    16-20: A brawl breaks out between members in the base.
    21-25: A plot is discovered against the faction leader(s).
    26-30: News leaks out about a faction being formed inside the faction.
    31-35: Gain 1d10 members, and push up Notoriety by same amount.
    36-40: Murder! A member has been found dead in the base.
    41-45: Lose 1d10 members, and push up Notoriety by same amount.
    46-50: Members attack an Allied faction.
    51-55: Small group of members attempt an attack on the faction leader(s).
    56-60: Members insult an Allied faction enough to turn it into a Rival.
    61-65: Other faction offers to take over permanently to solve issues.
    66-70: A member(s) have secretly sold off a base acquisition.
    71-75: Members riot and destroyes a base acquisition.
    76-80: Half of faction leaves and forms new faction.
    81-85: Half the faction mutinies and attempts to take over faction.
    86-90: Half of faction leaves and forms new faction, and attacks main faction
    91-95: Civil War. Half of faction leaves, forms new faction and attacks main faction.
    96-100: Roll twice and use both Events.

    Other than causing some pain for the faction, a Treachery Event is like a snowball that just keeps getting worse. Each session that the Event is not handled and closed off means that the Faction’s Treachery Skill Level will increase. This means that the next Event Roll could be far worse for the faction.

    The Righteous Prophets.

    With a roll of 75, the Prophets’ Treachery Level is sitting at 40. Not surprising when you think it’s a bunch of corrupt criminal cops, but it also isn’t good news for the faction. Last time we found that they had a Notoriety of 50. Coupled with the Treachery level at 40, they could be looking at hitting an Event nearly every session (statistically speaking). It’s a threat they will definitely have to manage, because it looks like the only thing they are going to do for the mean time is be on the defensive.

    And that’s it for the Treachery Skill. Tell us what you think about it, what your faction Treachery Skill Level is and how you plan on handling the Treachery Events.

    Next time we’ll see what Might means for your faction and actually seeing how many members your faction has.

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