During the night everyone dreamed. Life as a barbarian, what was it going to be like? Harsh, you're sure. You've heard the stories, never knowing if your upkeep would hold.
For those who were not commanders, things felt a bit different now. You still felt some loyalty to your side, well what was left of it, and to Duke Mismeal the brief ruler of Columbii, but it is different now. The biggest component of your loyalty now cam from the fact that it was his purse that pays your upkeep, that keeps you alive. What would happen if someone made a better offer? Someone richer? Someone who had a greater chance of insuring your continued survival because they had a bigger purse? Or because they were backed by a treasury? These were thoughts you had never considered before.
Furthermore the desire to be a warlord was stronger now if it was present before, and came into existence if it wasn't. Some of you never gave it a though, but now, you know, that if somehow, you became a warlord, you'd have a purse, you be free, not tied to someone else's purse for survival but could in theory, strike off on your own, if it came down to it. Now it doesn't mean you still could not work together, but how? how could such a thing come to pass? How could you get promoted? That was a thing only rulers or chief warlords with a capital could do did. For now you were stuck, is stuck the right word for this feeling? It is not that different from before, Overlady Martha could disband you with a whim, and paid your upkeep, so you did as you were told. No you did as you were told because you were loyal,, right? Now it is confusing. You should do as your told, but your commander cannot disband you on a whim! Really? No, you don't think he can. However, he can just choose to not pay your upkeep on the next turn, so what's the difference?
Peter had his own troubled thoughts tonight. The magic kingdom was denied to him, that could have been a place that he could have fled to, if he had been in the capital but he wasn't. Now, he had to analyze his situation, find the clues and the reasons and the pathways for what he should do. One thing he knew, he was his own person, of sorts. Sure he felt, some loyalty to Duke Mismeal, Is Duke still the right term now? But he could, in theory strike off on his own. His purse was not zero, Duke Mismeal could not draw from it without his consent. If he managed to obtain any gems, he could fill it more. If the Duke, should titans forbid it, croak, he would live on, at least until his upkeep ran out. No, working together is a far better way to survive, but there was some comfort in knowing he could go off on his own if he wanted to. Would he? What if the Duke found a side to ally with, could he make his own deal? Turn to them, or just get to their portal room and into the magic kingdom? That would me he would be abandoning his friends. Could you do that? Would you ever want to? What if your life was at stake? What if your purse was empty? Also, what about the others, Magda, Teldin... You know you have the ability to pay for their upkeep, if you wanted to..they could work for you, but your not a leader, no leadership bonus from you. They would certainly fare better in a fight with Duke Mismeal leading them. But if something happen to him, you'd be a backup, you guess.
Ah life as a barbarian? What does it mean? Duke Mismeal dreamed as he tossed and turned on a hard flat stone block of the ruin. Your tribe lives on in you, and your side dormant, unless you find a capital site and claim it. The lives of these troops depend on your, you are their only source of upkeep, wait no that isn't true. Peter has his own purse, it isn't zero. You knew for that brief moment you were overlord where all the treasury funds had gone. You can't pull funds from any purse but your own without his consent. He could theoretically survive on his own, wait what does that mean? Does he have loyalty to you? You sense no such thing from Autumn, you don;t sense her at all, or Ken, and they are both far away. The troops, there is something different there too, but your not quite sure of it. Neverthessless, despite the great loss you have suffered, you feel this unnerving, powerful sense of...freedom... you are your own man, bound to no one. Do as you like. Perhaps being a barbarian isn't all bad, but perhaps that is just how all rulers feel. Its not like you had much time to dwell on it during your brief tenure, before taking the black. Taking the black? What an odd idea, what does that mean? Free from your old obligations, the politics of the past is behind you, but duty sworn to your brothers. Something to do with Raiment? You looked down at yourself in a your dream state to saw new black furred garb. Strange.
But what can a barbarian commander do? Well not much, but some things that you couldn't do before. You can use your purse to pay for upkeep of anyone under your command. You can convert gems to shmuckers, well you could do that before, but it is a comfort to know you still can. Your purse can buy rations and standard replacement equipment. You can receive and give away shmuckers from your purse to someone else who also has a purse, or to chieftains like Luglug here. You...cannot...disband those under your command, you knew you could briefly as an overlord, but now you can't? You guess it doesn't matter... you can choose not to pay for their upkeep, which will disband them all the same....unless...they turn to someone else who has a purse...or a treasury.... speaking of such, they know how much is in your purse, somehow you know they know. You won't be able to hide that fro them. Lowly troops never knew how much was in your purse before, though it had always been zero. They certainly never knew how much was in the treasury, you certainly didn't until you were briefly overlord. That means you won't be able to hide it if someone is in danger of getting disbanded from lack of upkeep. You wonder will that be a good or a bad thing?
But what elsecan a barbarian do? You can't take a city with so few troops! How can you get more? As you though of this, the answers came to you in the dream. You can always tame feral units. They have a minimum upkeep of zero, just make sure you can feed them, if you can't you need to buy them rations, with your purse. How else? You can take a city. Yes somehow you know that funds from a city can be used to directly purchase more troops even if your a barbarian commander, like how Luglug and natural allies can just pop more of their race. You can pop more of the race of men. Yu can do more though, you can pop other units types, units you have under your command already...but right now that is only ogres and men, and ogres don't count because they are a natural ally. Maybe tamed units, of if only that mount was still alive. None of that matters though, if you don't take a city. Right, how do gain funds form a city? By claiming one.. wait. Claim a capital city, what would be the point of buying more barbarian troops, other than to gain some instantly without waiting? no that wont work, you get funds form a city by razing it.... you probably don't want to raze a capital city, well maybe you do if it is crappy, you can just claim the site and rebuild. So non capital cities... you auto-raze them, get money, buy more troops (or just pay for upkeep longer)
How else can you get troops? Capture them, turn them loyalty may be dubious, especially if they are from a side. Other barbarian troops though, you could probably bribe them, if you have a bigger purse and can convince them they can survive better under your command. Wait, could Peter do that to your own troops? Would he? Why would he? No that's silly.
What else? You can make deals, alliances with other barbarians. Alliances with sides, and natural allies. A ruler could command units to turn to your command, become barbarian. That doubtful, but yo that could be done with beasts. Ask for some mounts in addition to upkeep payments, just plain capture some mounts or other beasts. Ask for items and equipment. You never had to think about logistics before, a mathematician would be handy. Maybe a ruler could give you city funds, let you pop more troops, more men, or the like. You're not sure if they would go for that, as long as they didn't feel threatened perhaps..... so much much to think about. Upkeep, provisions, equipment, obtaining more units, finding a city, finding gems... life as a barbarian isn't easy...
Everyone awoke to the sound of the jungle birds and howler monkeys screeching in the nearby jungle trees. A loud POP was heard, and an Ogre appeared. Her name was Gertie. Turn started at dawn. That is a good sign, no barbarian units moving before you do, no way to tell if anything will be moving after you though. Everyone's wounds are healed, their equipment repaired, clothes cleaned and the like. Time for the first turn in this new life as barbarian units.
Still messing with stat stuff, and I'll update upkeep and provision counts later. I assume everyone ate, so upkeep is at 50% less at least. (However now you have 2 ogres, so starting next turn, total upkeep costs has gone up.) I originally said free form game and rules, so I don't want to find myself spending too much time fretting over stats and such. I kind of feel like I've spent to much time on that already but I have some ideas I want to try anyway. Remember though this needs to be player driven also. too, so that means frequent quality posting. (and frequent high quality posting will be the way you r characters gain XP)
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