>>43446052 As NPC's? I don't mind them. Might make for an interesting plot hook. As players? I would probably make it my mission to have my character kill theirs. No need of that special snowflake garbage.
It's great and I love it. The weirder and more violent the better. > Bear witness to your new monarch. The Red Despotess appears to be a human child, with freakishly long, multiply-jointed fingers. She wears rich red velvet clothes over ancient armour of rusted scales. The purpose of her rule is to outdo all the previous conquerors of history. The monarch can only be permanently killed while staring at her own reflection. Her sovereignty is made evident by her inhuman and incomprehensible lineage, and she is heralded by four dread horsemen
>>43446400 I feel like this is one of those times weeaboo is used when it really is unbound from being specifically anime at all.
Anyway have another >Bear witness to your new monarch. The Black Kaiserin is two conjoined twins, identifying as a single being, with an open, sucking, star-shaped wound over her heart. Her body is encrusted in thick, multicoloured ice. By royal decree she has commanded that all that is not the embodiment of herself must be destroyed. The monarch can only be permanently killed if her body is raised undead and then destroyed by fire. Her sovereignty is made evident when living things wilt & wither under her feet, and she comes mounted on a huge and ethereal butterfly, its wings painted with nightmares.-
>>43446052 I played a campaign in Eberron once where I my character intent was to be an estranged warrior-noble from Cyre, with a bit of a backstory as a warrior mage and military background. The DM suggested I up the ante to Princess for reasons, so I did.
Ended up being pretty fun in parts, although I honestly lament the fact that the DM didn't really know what to do with the rest of the party and almost exclusively focused on my own character's personal story arc (which ended up turning from Political Intrigue to "Just go kill everything in the Demon Wastes so you can found a new Cyre there").
Mechanically, it's pretty awesome, especially if your royalty has access to shit like White Raven. Few things are as batshit crazy as cutting/spelling your way through the front lines, pointing at the enemy general that you've carved a path to, going "Alright, everyone dogpile on that motherfucker" and having your loyal armies kill the shit out of them. If you're a good boss that keeps your forces safe, it's even more satisfying.
To what? Pull a Gustavus Adolphus? It's really stupid to risk so much a figure that is so respected, especially if he is a good commander, they can easily die, and with them dead the war could be lost.
>>43446052 Depends on the type of ruler, the situation, and that sort of thing. If they're a barbarian king or something, he's sort of obliged to join his people at the front lines.
If they're a military commander in a pre mordern setting, they might also be needed to help direct the battle. If they potentially making a last stand for the kingdom, they probably should get out and help fight
But if they're pure political and such. Yeah, keep back.
>>43446052 There's nothing strange about it, kings, emperors and princes have done this throughout history.
However, you need to remember that royalty who did this generally had their bloodline secure and never took the most dangerous jobs in the battle.
The appearance of royalty on the battle was pretty much a guarantee that the victory was certain, not only because they'd have the best troops of the nation taking part, but also because the royalty generally did not participate personally in battles they knew they couldn't win.
>>43446052 >mfw the dumb bitch princess is about to bring a succession crisis over us again after we worked so much to keep her retarded ass safe >because self-esteem issues >because daddy was crusading all the time and could not pay her enough attention >so now she needs to PROVE HERSELF to her daddy by performing the Light Cavalry Charge >so that the daddy can finally love her
And the party face will not allow our bard to solve these issues with his dick. Fucking politics man.
>>43446052 It was completely expected during the times Fantasy RPG's are often based on. The practice largely ended with the introduction of gunpowder on a large scale, because warfare became more unpredictable. An English member of royalty was killed by an exploding cannon while commanding artillery, for instance. But the practice persists, even into the modern age.
>>43448284 Careful now. She's daddy's little girl with all of his political cutthroat acumen and just enough empathy to feel for people; she goes around the camps giving speeches and listening to the soldier's woes (while under guard, of course). She's the darling of the army, from the footsloggers to the knights to the nobles, they'd all lay down and die for her.
She's got tears in her to cry for each peasant's death, and a ruthless streak to make their deaths count for something. When the last big battle broke out, she moved her honour guard near the front lines and the entire army surged to protect her, fought like goddamn mad tigers.
So be careful where your friend sticks his dick or he'll have an army on his back because of it.
>>43446052 It depends on the royalty. A politician has no real place on the battlefield, and sometimes the ruler is too important to risk in dying in battle regardless of their combat prowess. Sometimes they might be an excellent strategist but a poor combatant so they stay away from the actual combat. That being said I would respect any ruler that's willing to actually get down in the dirt alongside his subjects and there are other ways of doing that than fighting.
>>43446052 Is a monarch who refuses to fight with his troops even worthy of his title?
>>43448381 As much as modern monarchs are shit, you have to admire Albert of Belgium as well as the Belgians in general during WW1. A tiny speck of dirt that didn't stand a ghost of a chance against the German war machine fought tooth and nail, ensuring the French had enough time to get their shit together. Tiny Belgium in a way won the war for the Entente.
>>43448475 >she goes around the camps giving speeches That could've been useful if we were an unorganized militia full of gullible coward idiots. But actual soldiers don't need speeches. They need full bellies, frothy mugs, hot wenches and a good sleep before the battle. Give them that and they'll do the rest, achieving the impossible for their land like it's some everyday job. Last thing they need is some blueblood bitch throwing her snot around. She doesn't know shit about what we're doing here, the best thing she could do is stay safe in the castle, so that the kingdom doesn't get cut apart by pretenders after she dies without leaving a heir.
>they'd all lay down and die for her Who the fuck told you THAT? No matter how many times these damn court fuckers dress her in full plate - she's still an upper-class spoiled brat, good or nothing aside from finally delivering a worthy heir so that the kingdom can live on. She can't even dress herself, and we're supposed to follow her into battle like she's not a child spoiled into madness, but a trustworthy veteran? Man, she may find some sympathy among the damn decadent courts and dinners held by merchant families, but in this here camp she sticks out like a sore thumb.
>When the last big battle broke out, she moved her honour guard near the front lines and the entire army surged to protect her Fucking A they did! We had to butcher the entire battle plan to keep her from being captured by the enemy cavalry! And look at the casualties we suffered as the result! Half of Baron's pikemen host lies dead in that field! That could be avoided if Her Highness could keep her bloody ego under control. And you suppose soldiers would adore her - someone too ignorant and stupid to even understand what she's putting us through?
>So be careful where your friend sticks his dick At least we'll have a worthy king. And soldiers don't really mind following a bastard.
>>43448959 That's why you're seen as a cold-hearted merc who gets put on the front lines to die first, bub. A pretty girl telling the people what they need to hear to keep their spirits up, does a hell of a lot more for morale than you think.
>Half of Baron's pikemen host lies dead in that field! That's because YOU and your "veteran soldiers" ran like fucking dogs in droves when the left flank started crumbling, and it's only because she moved up personally did our forces rally. I'm surprised you're still standing and not being chained up after that shitshow of cowardice. Protip: they held the flank for her and stopped us from being overrun, literally laying their lives down for her.
>All these boring machine-like sons of bitches who treat war entirely like economics and have no sense of the concept of morale.
The greatest conquerors in history led from the front. Do you know why? Because its badass and romantic as fuck, that is why, and that raises morale, and morale is one of the most important THINGS in warfare.
If a ruler can actually fight, and consistently survive, fighting like this, he should definitely do so for the benefit to morale, which massively outweighs the risk of his dying in terms of utility. And since in a fantasy setting, literal superhumans often run this, this trope should be common as fuck.
If your noble isn't a badass, a retired badass, descended from a badass, or a schemer, you're doing it wrong.
>>43449225 Altina the Sword Princess. The title character is like 4th in line for succession of the throne of not-France, and with the help of her bookworm low-ranking military clerk, Regis, whom she appoints as her strategist, the series follows their rise from the commanders of a small backwater post of a few thousand soldiers through her battles with the not-Germans and the not-British to eventually command huge armies and navigate Machiavellian court politics as they struggle against Altina's older brother and first in line for succession of the throne so they can reform the feudal system and provide greater prosperity to the not-French people.
>>43446052 I have told this story a number of times on /tg/, but I will tell it again.
My town used to be a castle. The lady of the castle had been the nurse maid of Charles II. 13,000 Roundheads turn up at the castle to face off against the 2000 royalist defenders. Fairfax sends in his man to sort out terms of surrender and is met by Lady Christabel who tells the man that they will hold the castle to the last man. Oliver Cromwell himself turns up to see what the fuck is going on. Lady Christabel Wyndham learns this and storms up to the battlements, snatches a rifle from one of the men and takes a shot at Cromwell. She kills the son of Fairfax. Lady Christabel Wyndham writes a letter to Fairfax and Cromwell asking if they had "received her love token" and that true gentleman would return the favor, or as I'm sure the exact quote went: "Come and 'av a go if you think your 'ard enough!"
Reports of the battle tells that Cromwell, despite taking the castle walls, was forced to turn the cannons inward and level most of the town. The royalists and townsmen "fought like lions and refused to yield until the castle was leveled"
Lady Christabel Wyndham was arrested but quickly escaped. She came back and had something to do with rebuilding a local Church.
>>43446052 They're the kind of royalty who aren't going to have to worry about a military coup, and who'll probably have the respect of the nobility and the peasantry (assuming the nobles and peasants also serve in the armies).
It's a good way not to be seen as decadent and uncaring.
>>43446052 In reality it's a fucking terrible decision because the odds of randomly getting killed are way too high and the next guy in charge is worse than you and therefore will get more of your men killed.
You have to remember that most pre-modern battles were won when one side broke ranks and fled, and massacres were extremely uncommon.
The morale boost of seeing the king leading from the front (or alternately, the fear of retreating in the presence of the king) meant that your army was much more likely to maintain its discipline in the face of battle and successfully rout the enemy.
>>43448312 >Prince Harry of Wales has apparently been credited with some insurgent kills while commanding an Apache. It's weird just how similar that is to a knight, on a huge charger, decked out in full plate, riding down some peasant levy
>>43452196 It's really... casual? Or simple maybe. I don't know exactly. The characters and world are fun, there's no magic which is a nice change of pace (it's closer to Age of Enlightenment Europe in tech level), though it's pretty repetitive.
I've read 8 volumes into it so far and plan to keep reading it, for what it's worth. There's only light romance and harem stuff (almost no "fanservice moments" like most fantasy harem series have, and while there is a large cast of female characters, it's gearing hard for a Regis/Altina OTP), and it's really more about battles, politics, and world-building than it is about anything else. It's a really nice change of pace from the dime a dozen fantasy magic school/trapped in an MMO/reincarnated in a fantasy world stuff that's popular these days. I'm sure some might fault me for the comparison, but it reminds me a lot of stuff like the Three Musketeers, more like an historical (though it's not set in real-history) swashbuckling romance than an epic fantasy adventure.
>>43449329 >I guess you're an American? Or perhaps French? Worse. Russian. Once our aristocracy ceased to be useful for leadership, we sought for unorthodox ways to recycle nobles in other uses. Like lamppost decoration and close-quarter shooting target practice. Turns out those burn through blue-bloods really fast.
>>43449281 >The greatest conquerors in history led from the front Yes, the ones who conquered using small squads of their companions - Cortes, Pizarro, Yermak, et cetera. They had to be on the front lines because they were the most competent commanders in the force (which was usually what brought them in this position in the first place), and the groups themselves were so small that putting an extra command level between themselves and the rest of troops effectively doubled the length of command chain, i.e. - made commanding a lot more of a trouble.
But look at bigger armies and history will give you hundreds of cases when leading from the front turned out to be a Very Bad Idea. From Alexander the Great to Friedrich Barbarossa to Peter of Aragon, entire campaigns were failed because their very motivator bit the dust or fucked things up by being somewhere he shouldn't. "Leading forth like a badass" was the MO that lead French kings to suck miles of English dick for the better part of Hundred Year War. Morale does not depend on the presence of royalty alone - no sort of leadership can compensate for being grossly outnumbered, bad logistics, incompetent command or outdated weapons. You can put the entire royal family in the first line of troops - if these troops are hungry your king will probably end up dead before battle even begins. Even in the perfect conditions it's a double-edged sword - boosting morale from the front requires royal to be very popular among the troops, which would mean a huge blow to morale if the royal in question is killed.
>>43450869 Lots of boasting, little use. In the end Cromwell won the war.
>>43446052 Royalty must take up arms. to inspire their people, to show them an Empress who will stand in front. and give them the trust they have in the crown. If the crown will not do this for them, then what purpose does the royalty have to rule them? So much money in wealth, taxes, a gentry of reagents and instructors, and that investment is to be tucked away instead of put to use?
I ask my common people to serv us nobles, and for that we owe them protection, and they ask their slaves to serve them, and for that they owe them protection. The crumbling of society that occurs when the State welches on this deal is far more drastic than any shuffling of crown and cabinet. It erodes the soul of Empires and Monarchies, Drow or human, and teaches the people that corruption and crime is implacable.
>>43446052 That was pretty common practice in many places throughout large swathes of history. Generally it's not a good idea... Unless their charges are in some way better off with their leader dying.
The whole feudal model was built on warlords offering their own arms and those of their pledged men to a stronger warlord. Heck, there was a blind king of Bohemia (John) who had knights tie their horses to his so they could guide him into melee at the battle of Crecy during the hundred years war. The guy's motto is still used by the Prince of Wales today.
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