Trials as Intrigue

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Trials as Intrigue

Postby Saturno » Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:56 pm

Hello everyone,

If faced with a trial in game, how should I represent it (with some High Lord or King as judge) with the rules of Intrigue? I'm thinking about that for some time as it is relatively easy for player characters to find themselves on the hands of a higher authority.

I tried to see Tyrion's trials (the one at the Vale and the other at King's Landing) through the Intrigue perspective but isn't easy. Any ideas?
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Re: Trials as Intrigue

Postby coldwind » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:21 pm

Although it wasn't a full blown trial, I ran something similar like so:

The Sitch: A knight (a member of the player's house) is accused of poisoning his opponent before a joust, and thus the reason for his victory.

The PC (as heir to the House) acted as the defense, and another group of NPCs (the house of the poisoned knight) as the "prosecutor", and then the Lord Paramount as the judge.

Each side had their own objective: for the PC - prove his household knight didn't do it; for the NPC accusers - prove he did; for the Lord Paramount - find the truth. In the case of the two houses, they needed to defeat the Lord Paramount, but in his case he needed to defeat either of them. I did however, allow other outs, and they were partially used - either accuser or defender could direct their influence at the other party in an attempt to get them to break (in this case, the accuser tried to provoke the defender into attacking, to show his temper and get the Lord Paramount to rule in favor of the accusers).

To add to the complexity (and fun), the Lord Paramount's heir was present, aiding and mollifying his father, the accused household knight was there to support the PC heir in his defense, and the liege lord of the poisoned knight was there to support his bannerman.

Interestingly, it was in a PbP game, so you can read about the details starting here: ... ost5608005
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Re: Trials as Intrigue

Postby Kajani » Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:13 am

I would say you could handle that towards a intrigue between the both parties if both sides blame each other and if the judge is "neutral" - this would be the classic two noblemen or two houses clash over rights or wrongs before their liege-lord. I would give bonus or drawbacks if one side has something to influence the judge (reveal bad things about their enemies which are not related to the case but weakens their position, if the status differs a lot, if the judge is bribed or has a better relation to one of the two sides). If it is a prisoner-towards-judge-situation like the dwarf in the Vale I would say let a intrigue happen between the judge and the prisoner, but the second should have some disadvantages from his position. The "change to fight" option of a intrigue would be of course a duel like Tyrion Lannister did.
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