A note: In the interests of making things more personal for the PCs, each faction is generally going to be represented by one or two NPCs who reflect that faction's essential nature. We'll see how it works.
Factions of Immediate Interest to the PCs
Or immediately interested in the PCs, take your pick.
Lookshy will be present mostly in opposition to the Mask of Winters. The conflict will be a backdrop for the adventures in the Scavenger Lands, but will take greater prominence later. I'm thinking Lookshy will ask Captain Kaizoku for help in breaking a blockade on the Marukani coastline... or in setting up a blockade on Thorns. And they're likely to be a competing faction in the quest for the lost First Age naval depot. In any case, most contact will be through the Seventh Legion Naval Forces.
Represented by Shozei Teresu Kado, who's badass. I haven't decided if he's played like Bester from Babylon 5 or someone a bit nicer.
- Nature: Strong, professional, slightly overconfident.
- Goal: Defend the Scavenger Lands and maintain the balance of power therein.
- Methods: Military might, special operations, and careful diplomacy.
- Played by: Mythic Sparta (as opposed to the historical Sparta).
Mandate of HeavenStats
(Copied from Scavenger Lands)
Lookshy, a Magnitude 4 Dominion Military: 4 Government: 3 Culture: 1 Abilities: Awareness 2 (Heliograph +1, Superior Dragon-Blooded Diplomats +2), Bureaucracy 2, Integrity 2
(Steadfast Ideals +2), Investigation 2 (Due Diligence +2), Occult 2 (First Age Weaponry +3), Performance 3 (Rousing Rhetoric +1, Sabre-Rattling +1), Presence 2, Stealth 1 (Sabotage +3), War 4 (Defense +1)
Virtues: Compassion 1, Conviction 3, Temperance 3, Valor 4 Virtue Flaw: Valor Current Limit: 3 Willpower: 8 Bonus Points: 20 External Bonus Points: 6
More Remote Factions
At the GreenLady's urging, Walker in Darkness is stepping up a campaign of subterfuge and sabotage that he hopes will lead him to a position of dominance in the East. Rather than oppose Great Forks directly, he is trying to strangle it economically. Of course, the need to purge his citadel of the curse laid upon it is growing more and more urgent.
Represented by Deathknight Minister of Unleavened Mercy (Day Caste)
- Nature: Patient, paranoid, and direct.
- Goal: Achieve the goals of the Malfeans; defeat MaskOfWinters. (Short term: Secure his citadel)
- Methods: Economic strangulation, open war.
- Played by: Darth Vader, but with slightly better manners and no breathing apparatus.
The Mask is about to declare war upon the Marukani in a bid to weaken the Threshold so he can move against the other DeathLords without interference from the living. In his arrogance, he's planning a "limited war," believing that careful threats and diplomatic maneuvering can keep Lookshy and the other Scavenger Lands out of the conflict. He's wrong.
Represented by the Deathknight First Light of Grief (Dusk Caste)
- Nature: Domineering, deceitful, arrogant.
- Goal: Rule All of Creation! Destroy All (other) Deathlords!
- Methods: Military force and false diplomacy.
- Played by: Grand Moff Tarkin. (I'm running Exalted f***ing Star Wars here, man...)
Exalted Servants of MoW
For this campaign -- specifically, the war -- I need to know just how many Abyssals the big guy has available.
Assume that 100 sparks were stolen and corrupted. There are 13 deathlords, which gives an average of 7.7 sparks per deathlord. However, the Princess Magnificent was shamed and probably lost her allocation, changing the average up to 8.3. Add in a few converted Solar sparks and we get, say, 9 per DeathLord. Given MoW's noted efforts to recruit, I'm going to say he has a grand total of 10 Abyssals in his service, plus the Green Lady, a rogue Sidereal. These Abyssals are:
The Eastern Circle
- Fist of the Storm Dusk
- The Apostate In Tatters Midnight
- Ten-Leaved Scholar Daybreak
- Typhon Day
- The Perfect Rose of Thorns Moonshadow
The Western Circle
- Reducer of Cities Dusk
- Supplicant of Plague Midnight
- The Graceful Student of Sorrow Daybreak
- First Light of Grief Day
- The Merchant of Bones Moonshadow
I think I'll have her playing both ends against the middle for her own mysterious purposes. Whether she's good (very dedicated Sidereal) or bad (Infernal Sidereal) I haven't yet decided. In any case, she's going to get Walker and Mask of Winters in a war neither one can win against both each other and the Confederation of the ScavengerLands. A dangerous game, to be sure.
Represented by Herself.
- Nature: Subtle, manipulative, laughing.
- Goal: Destroy existing power structures in the Scavenger Lands.
- Methods: Manipulation, espionage, prophecy.
- Played by: Soulcatcher (from The Black Company books)