Blood Runs Over Westeros - A Player's Information Guide
Our story takes place in the year 364 AC, during the reign of King Aerys III Targaryen, grandson of Aegon VI Targaryen. Westeros has had many decades worth of healing, rebuilding, and alliance forging. However, beneath the veneer of civility, fealty, and oaths, lies ambition and treachery. Making matters worse the looming threat of New Valyria, an empire carved out in the East by Queen Daenerys Targaryen and her descendants from the ruins of Slaver's Bay and the surrounding countryside, engages in a new war with Volantis and Qarth. In the midst of this chaos, the King received a cryptic missive from the Sea Lord of Braavos, hand delivered by the Sea Lord's own wife and First Sword. Whatever this message beheld, only the King and his Small Council knew of its contents, and for whatever reason, he left for Braavos with all due haste, taking along with him his son and heir as well, Crown Prince Maekar Targaryen.
In their sudden absence, rulership of Westeros has fallen unto the shoulders of Lord Florian Tyrell, Hand of the King. A noble and leal servant, though in the wings of the world's stage, other actors begin to devise their own plots for dominion of the Iron Throne. For if the King and his heir were to meet an unfortunate fate upon the open ocean, well, the matter of succession would be called into question by those who stand the most to benefit from a changing of heirs. Opposing factions ask who would wish for a lengthy regency, one ruled over and presided by Flowers and Scythes, with an infant of two years, Prince Daemon Targaryen. They point to the precedent set by Great Council of 233 AC, where Prince Aerion's only issue was an infant son, Prince Maegor. Only a few spoke up for the claim of Prince Maegor, as his ascension would mean a long regency. Furthermore, they point out the Regency of Aegon III was fraught with betrayal, distrust, death, and constant changing of regents. Lastly, those loudest in opposition to such a regency, merely point out the disastrous reigns of the illegitimate Kings Joffrey and Tommen, and the regents that ruled over them.
Rumors swirl around the docks of all the great ports of Westeros, claiming dragons flying over the Summer Sea, the King's ship went down in a storm, the Emperor of New Valyria had something of great value stolen from him, Qarth has fallen, The Night's Watch elected a new Lord Commander, and so on. Whatever truth lies in the never ending tumult of rumors, this much can be said, the Master of whisperers Lord Vardis "The Vulture" Arryn will know, or he'll know soon.
War is certain in the East, but the question that dances on everyone's lips, will war come to Westeros once more?