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Intrigues

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 | Uncategorized

(This is a chapter from the forthcoming Houses of the Blooded Companion: a potpourri of alternate and additional rules, a veiled House and some other goodies. I’ll be releasing additional chapters in the future with the eventual release of the book/pdf. If these rules seem familiar… they should. I steal from the best, after all. And who better to steal from than myself? Enjoy!)

Intrigues

Intrigues are story hooks you can give your character to get him going right at character creation. Every player chooses a single Intrigue from the list below or even makes up his own (with Narrator approval, of course). This is a story the player wants to unfold for his character as the game progresses.

Intrigues also give each player a bit of “spotlight.” This is a moment in the game that’s devoted to a single character. Everybody else works together to give focus to that character’s story. At the beginning of each game session, the Narrator announces which Intrigue will be active for the evening. This establishes a kind of “spotlight” on that character. Other players should be focused on helping move that character’s Intrigue forward. Anyone who does so receives Style from the Narrator.

Each session of spotlight increases the rank of the Intrigue by one. At the end of each evening, the player receives a number of Style Points equal to the rank of the Intrigue. Finally, when the Intrigue reaches its climax, the character either resolves it successfully or unsuccessfully. Either way, the Intrigue is over and the player can choose a new one.

Listed below are some example Intrigues. This is not an exhaustive list. If you come up with a particular kind of Plot you want to chase, talk to the Narrator.

Artifact Quest

You are looking for a particular sorcerous artifact. You don’t just want it… you need it. Without the artifact in question, something will go horribly wrong. Perhaps an enemy is holding a loved one and demands the artifact for their return. A castle under a terrible curse. A demanding Count who wants the artifact for his own nefarious reasons. Whatever the reason, it must be yours. No matter the cost.

Blackmail

Someone is blackmailing you. You don’t know who it is, but they’re costing you dearly and that cost is getting higher every Season. You have to find out who it is and eliminate them before the cost breaks you. Or, perhaps you are on the other end of that scheme. You’ve got the dirt on someone and you’re exploiting it for all its worth. Of course, sooner or later, that cost will get too high and your target is going to come looking for Revenge.

Exiled

For crimes unspeakable, you have been exiled from your House. Members of your House have been ordered to shun you, mock you and perhaps even arrange for your circumstantial death. But the crime you’ve been accused of is as false and it is heinous. You are innocent. And if you can get the evidence, you’ll be cleared of the crime and allowed the proper Revenge against those who framed you. But you need the evidence first…

Hunted/Hunting

Someone is looking for you. And if they find you, it won’t be pretty. It’ll be bloody. That’s why you’re living under a false name. Or perhaps you’re living out in the open and someone is anonymously giving your life a ton of grief. On the other hand, perhaps you are looking for someone. Perhaps you are searching for someone to fulfill that burning need for Revenge.

Kidnapped

Someone you love has been kidnapped. You must get them back. Or, you’ve kidnapped the love of another and have been gathering payments ever since. Either way, someone has to rescue the victim. If that’s you, you’ll need a lot of help to do it. If you’re the one holding the hostage, you’ll have to be ready for an attack.

Lost Love

You had true love, but something went wrong. Either you or your lover wrecked that perfect love and now, you’ve got nothing but pain. How are you going to heal that pain? Will you heal it with finding a new love or will you seek out blood and Revenge?

Marriage

You need to get married. You’ve been putting it off, refusing the marriages your parents arranged for you, but time is getting late. You need to get married. Of course, no normal ven will be good enough for you. Your imagination has been contaminated by romantic notions of a perfect mate. Someone who will compliment you in every way.

Relic Quest

You’ve heard the rumors of a relic attached to a Suaven you hold in strong Devotion. Gaining the relic could unlock secrets untold. But the risks are great. Danger surrounds the hiding place and you may even need to commit murder to gain it. How far would you go to show your Devotion?

Revenge

Revenge is always a tricky thing. You may have gotten legal permission for your vrente, but all that means is you won’t face legal consequences for seeking it out. You still need to find a way to put your blade where it belongs: in the heart of the one who deserves it. That little detail is something most ven overlook. How about you? How will you accomplish your Revenge? What troubles do you need to overcome to get satisfaction?

Romance

Far less legal than Revenge, Romance contains all its own problems. Jealous spouses, protective siblings and wrathful parents all make dangerous hurdles to overcome. But it’s all worth it, isn’t it? You have fallen in love and you must let her know. You must! Perhaps, just perhaps, she feels the same way. Or, perhaps all your efforts will be in vain. But any price is worth a moment of love. Isn’t it?

Rivalry

You have a rivalry with another ven. Perhaps it is a romantic rivalry or it is based on an injury from the past. Your rival will do anything to trip you up, to embarrass you, to harass you and otherwise make your life miserable. What are you willing to do?

Suaven Vision

You’ve received a vision from a Suaven. It may be a Suaven you have Devotion for or it may be a Suaven who has cursed you with its wrath. You’ve got a goal and you must fulfill it or face the full wrath of the sleeping ven.

Vow

You’ve made a promise that you can’t afford to break. You must keep your promise, regardless of the consequences. Of course, the cost of keeping the promise is just as high as breaking it. You don’t know that yet… but you will. Very soon.

Wager

What are you willing to risk? A parcel of land? A night with a lover? You pride? Your dignity? You’ve made a wager with a friend or an enemy or a rival and one of you is going to pay the price. But what kind of wager is it?

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