Friday night, our nascent On Her Majesty's Arcane Service IRC game kicked off with a Session Zero Association Building session. Really interesting results ensued:
1: They decided to make the Association as
"Courtier's Henchmen". In the Elizabethan model, courtiers were
generally given enough rope to hang themselves, and several did. The
courtier in question may very well end up being a player character, as
we have not yet created Player Characters.
2: They located their
HQ in a manor house and fishing village near Gravesend on the Thames
estuary. This is an odd location, but there were reasons for it, as we
3: For security, the opted for a platoon of Elite Musketeers. An early indication of the way this game will go...
They built Standard Spy Rings in France, Spain, Portugal, and The
Netherlands, and recruited 4 Poor Double Agents. They will have
political information flowing from each of the queen's enemies and
friends, obviously, but the double agents are interesting. Poor Double
Agents are minor functionaries, junior officers, and the like. they have
not named them, so any time one of these types turns up in play, they
may name that character as a double agent. This is a moderate espionage
capability, so espionage will be in a supporting role rather than front
and center in this game.
5: They purchased a squadron of six
armed pinnaces - in Elizabethan times, a pinnace was a small ship, not a
boat, about 100 feet long and with two or three masts. It could be
lateen or square rigged, with between 8 and 12 guns. This is some
serious muscle. Pinaces are sturdy anough to cross the Atlantic, but of
relatively shallow draft. This shows they are thinking of private armed
forces as a measure of how they will go. Fascinating!
their Arcane Library, they purchased a series of books aimed at covering
the most anticipated situations - Common and Rare Bestiaries, Folk
Tales, and Mythologies. This is moderate for moster hunting - enough to
cover their asses but not really specialized. They also hired a Master
Librarian and purchased some common Grimoires - these are spell books
covering moderately powerful charms that affect the power or size of
various things. Again, covering basics, and useful, but not very
7: They purchased a common Portolan covering the
Channel, and 4 unnamed Uncommon Portolans. They obviously anticipate
going to interesting places on their missions! Perhaps the coast of
Virginia, or Africa, or maybe even Asia!
8: They hired a company
of Elite Mercenary Infantry. This not only is a lot of people, but very
expensive, and Elite Mercs are extremely loyal for mercs. It's a small
private army - or, given their squadron of pinnaces, Marines. They
obviously expect the type of trouble where having a powerful but compact
armed force will be really handy!
9: They purchased or hired
everything possible for item creation! A Master Artificer and four
journeymen, An Artificer Laboratory, A Forge and Fountry, a Glass
Blower, and a Precious Metalsmith. Their bling with have zing! I expect
Bond-esque hardware coming out of these experts, as well as their own
cannon for their Pinnaces! Anything that was possible to build in the
Elizabethan era can be built on premises!
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!
wide ranging expeditionary force, with a powerful but small military -
think Special Forces - and the finest and most modern equipment,
supported by magic, espionage, and knowledge. What we have here is a
late Tudor Seal team Six!