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Styria: Years of Blood




Disclaimer: The map and the name of the roleplay are shamelessly ripped from Joe Abercrombie's - Best Served Cold. If you have read the book, awesome, if not, no biggy since we're only keeping map, name, and general premise of violent death/chaos.

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INTRODUCTION

Styria, a land of azure blue seas, deep lush forests, mighty rivers, rolling mountains, and fertile fields, a land of war. For as many generations as anyone can remember, Styria has been embroiled in a never ending conflict between those who seek to call themselves King. City-states move and shift between alliances like a school of fish about a shark. Mercenaries grow rich, the great lords grower poorer, and the common folk are left to suffer the armies that cross the land.

This is your legacy, and that of your house. Will you balance the swords edge of neutrality? Will you build an alliance to conquer the land? Perhaps you can find an accommodation to live in peace with your neighbours? Do you live for the clash of steel? Do you want to be King?


OUT OF CHARACTER

Welcome one and all to a roleplay designed by a horrible person for other horrible people. I am looking for folk who want to write the epic story of a land torn apart by warfare. This is going to be dark. It is going to be intense. It is going to absolutely be an 18+ adventure. If that bothers you, back away now and no one gets hurt.


QUICK NOTES/RULES

  • Tech level is pre-gunpowder, literally just before it was invented. Think 1500's minus the muskets.
  • Culturally and architecturally, the entire continent is basically southern European with Arabic influences. Think Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Malta, etc.
  • All city-states are human. There are no non-humans.
  • Don't get caught up in numbers and the size of a military. A major army won't be more than 30,000 troops. I will trust you all to make grown-up choices and will only step in if I think you're being ridiculous.
  • Navies are more or less non-existent. What little exist are war galleys at best due to the shallow waters around Styria.
  • This isn't really about winning and losing, though I suppose both are possible. Not at the same time of course.
  • If you go away, please tell us. More than a week without activity on discord without prior notice and your city-state will be put up for adoption.
  • Posting rates may vary. Don't hold up storylines.
  • Don't God Mode.
  • Write some fabulously epic storylines!
  • Join me on discord.
  • We will discuss the major plot driver on discord.



NATION SHEET

This is an adult level advanced nation-state roleplay. By that I mean I intend to provide you a very basic character sheet and you can make it as complicated as you want, providing you check off some basic/simple boxes for the rest of us. I would prefer to see your characters and nation-state fleshed out in the roleplay itself. That said, I expect you to keep an ongoing list of your important characters on your CS when you create them so we don't have to dig around for information.




CURRENT DIBS

I allow first dibs on a city-state. That dibs will stand for one week. If you have not posted a COMPLETED CS by the end of the week, you lose dibs and anyone can swap into your spot, or claim said spot if they're new.

Talins - @The Wyrm
Ospria - @Hyperdrive
Puranti - @Rtron
@Mr Irony II
Coronitz - @gorgenmast
Jacra - @gowia
@Dinh AaronMk
Visserine - @jimapple
Westport - @Kinith
Affoia - @Kegger0311
Nicante - @Romero
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Placing dibs on Ospria.
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Can I place a dibs on Visserine?
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I would like to place dibs on Westport.

Should the CS be posted here or on the discord server?
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I would like to place dibs on Westport.

Should the CS be posted here or on the discord server?


Here in the OOC. When approved, it will go to the CS tab.
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Status: WIP
Points to add/change:
- Relations once neighbours are found

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@KinithLooks good! Add it to the CS tab at your leisure.
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I'd like to call tentative dibs on 'Puranti' please
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Dibs on Jacra please ^^
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Major WIP
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Here is my application.


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@jimapple, I like it. Though there no epic heroes around here who can fight their way through an enemy camp. Legends are fine, reality is a bitch. CS accepted, please move it into the CS tab!
@gowia, keep up the good work!
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I should be more clear that it was him and his band of men.
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City-State: Sipani

Ruler: Duke Adolfiano Clairmont Artoya Amallo

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Capital Description: Sipani is a moderately sized coastal city, long home to many long lived minor noble houses. The rising colorful facades of the centuries old buildings rise up a gentle sloping hill on the coast line, bordered on one side by the gently rolling black waters of the Olba river. Its white walls skirt the hill, while just outside at its base the assembled and scattered hovels of the urban poor are often scattered in hodgepodge hamlets just in the shadow of the towers and bastions. Atop the city mount, the ancient Ducal Palace stands soaring high over the city, from whence the ancient blood-soaked nobility has lived within the comfortable confines of their city.

While outside the walls, vineyards and orchards rolls over the picturesque green hills among wheats and the sentinels of the mills. Castles to the minor nobles lay scattered throughout the land brooding over their own serfs and principalities within the city-state. Their flags form a rainbow that hides the sky when all assembled.

History: The city-state of Sipani has long been ruled by its dukes. Through intrigues or marriage successive families have gone in and out of the ducal palace located at the center of the city, atop its central mount. Priding itself on its fertile soils the families and people of the city accrued a modest wealth to themselves, made all the more better by the river. While the city never ascended to the power and dignity of many of the other cities of the continent, they still came to cherish a certain life-style.

The aristocracy of the state though have always held a long tradition of "chivalric virtue" and romance to war. In ancient times when Styria had a king they would be foremost among his knights, first to charge to battle. Meanwhile at home, for reasons forgotten, they've long held a rivalry with the nearby city-state of Muris that has been the central locust of conflict for the sons of Sipani. Repeatedly over the generations clashes have broken up between them and their neighbor for any number of reasons. Sometimes minor, oft-times major rolling regional conflicts. Though, one side has not gained the upper hand for long and the tides of this seemingly permanent feud are locked in a constant ebb and flow.

Lately, with the forceful demise of the Union in Styria and their ouster from the city of Westport the conflict with Muris was put on hold as a broad coalition of Azure Sea principalities pooled together their resources and battled the Union from their coasts. Sipani was among them, lending their sons and levees into the new enemy of the moment alongside mercenaries from Vesserine and Puranti as well as their rivals of Muris.

With Westporn fallen to its new mercenary king, the knights of Sipani return home ennobled by another grand war and with bounty looted. But as the wine flows, old troubles have not been doused and a war again for the river may return.
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I'm gonna add more later for flavor but otherwise done
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@Mr Irony II, looks good. Add it to the CS tab!
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Working on a CS for Muris as we speak.
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@Rtronlove it! Please add it to the CS tab!
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