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Thangorn
Learned Scribe

New Zealand
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Posted - 24 Jun 2018 :  02:44:55  Show Profile Send Thangorn a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Hi all,

Just a wee question to pose that will hopefully precipitate a brainstorm.

My question:
Under what circumstances might eight different Cormyrean Noble Houses find that they are all equally eligible to assume governance of a town or outpost? This after say a sudden death or disgrace suffered by the current governor..

My thinking is around land ownership, control/construction of key infrastructure (ie. roads, defensive walls, etc.)..

What are your thoughts noble scribes?


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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 24 Jun 2018 :  05:16:40  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't know if this will work for you or not... But given the limited info here and the stated objective, I'd have it be some sort of outpost or colony, outside of Cormyr and in lands beyond the official control of the Crown. It could be uncontrolled territory in Faerūn, it could be a recently discovered island in the Sea of Fallen Stars, or even a colony in lands beyond Faerūn.

And this outpost/colony was founded or for some reason wound up in the control of a cabal of 9 noble families. For local governance, they formed a council, with one representative from each family, and that council of 9 elevates one of their number to act as the head of the council, with some proviso that once a family has held the top spot, they can't hold it again until three other families have held the position.

So then that head dies under mysterious circumstances, or flat-out disappears...

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Thangorn
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Posted - 24 Jun 2018 :  12:30:48  Show Profile Send Thangorn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Perfect. The council idea works well. A council of landholders with a long history and no way to choose a successor to govern when the governor is suddenly missing/presumed dead. I'm thinking Eagle Peak as the place for it, a fortified caravan stop really, which could gradually have become more of a hotspot considering its proximity to the Well of Dragons in 1489DR.. I'm thinking that sort of Cult of the Dragon activity would create dangerous waves in the vicinity (I mean it's a crapload of Dragons and Cultists flocking to a fairly unoccupied region all of a sudden and setting up shop) and generate considerable interest and investment in the area by the Crown... Might give one or more noble families a chance to shine and/or profit?

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