Thank you all for your feedback - it’s great to have so much support!
@Disciple Thanks - I’ll give it some thought.
@Whitewolf Short answer: yes. Mordred’s opportunities for serious scheming are a bit limited in Lothian, but will become progressively broader once you get to Camelot.
In Chapter 1, Mordred’s still very much a fledgling version of his future self - and his opportunities for manipulation largely come either from finding ways to goad the people around him, or learning to smooth things over and build relationships.
This might be a good time to explain some of my thoughts for Mordred’s stats.
You have two main abilities:
- Bloodshed: which is used to achieve things directly, by stabbing someone to death or leading an army in battle.
- Guile: which is used to achieve things more indirectly, through cunning or manipulation.
Both abilities start at 1. You can increase one of them to 2 in Chapter 1, and I’ll probably let you increase either one of them by an extra point in Chapters 2, 3 and 4.
I’m using three pairs of opposed stats to track Mordred’s personality (Passionate-Calculating, Chivalrous-Cynical and Compassionate-Cruel). There’s also Bile, which is a measure of Mordred’s spitefulness, angst and inner turmoil.
To be a successful Machiavellian, Mordred will need a high Guile. He will also find himself leaning towards being Calculating, Cynical and Cruel.
Some of those characteristics are intentionally easier to increase in Chapter 1 than others. For example, Mordred’s still a teenager and outbursts of passion come more naturally to him than learning to control his emotions (although that doesn’t mean that he can’t).