Caged Bird

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  1. The sons of the Emperor are always tested far away from the court until they are ready to overthrow their father, exiled inside the Eye of the world, a faraway oasis only reachable by a small canyon. As soon as they are born, the infants are each given a small kingdom, two advisers, a handful of slaves and a village worth of citizen to grow into a powerhouse worthy of a future emperor. They are left on their own by the world at large, only knowing the small oasis they grew in and not much more as they are shown the way of a true emperor while having to constantly watch their back. Indeed, their life is much like those of a bird in a gilded cage, shown only what their elders want them to see and groomed into hating their rivals with the paranoia of a madman.

    Once prepared, the surviving sons of the Eye normally amass an army from their subjects, attempting to overthrow the throne and claim their place as the new emperor... You are one such son, and are now ready to start preparing for your destiny, on the edge of your 15th birthday, the day you become a man in the eyes of all. The subjects you have inherited are now numerous enough to start expanding and strengthening your kingdom by either political, financial or martial might.

    You are one of the sons of the emperor, starting at fifteen years of age, you will rapidly grow into a king of your people or die by the hand of one of your brothers' assassins. You will be a sheltered young man and must act as such, having faith in what your two advisers tell you whether they want your triumph or your ruins is up to you to discover. You will start by introducing you character by the mean of a flashback and will be assigned subjects that will have random personalities and loyalties to your young king. They will either hate, be indifferent to, like, or love you and your action will shift those predispositions based on their personality and the gravity of your act. Be careful of your actions, mishandling your subjects could lead to dangerous consequences.

    That method was proven again and again, as the very first Emperor slew his own father to take over his throne and making it into a flourishing empire. Then but a small kingdom, the four hundred years old Empire now spanned a great deal of land, always expending. The male heirs never met their sisters, as the latter were sent at birth to be married to worthy nobles and thus forgotten.

    The Eye of the world is a desertic land with a gigantic oasis surrounded by great cliffs on most of it's diameters serve as the heart of the known world, the centre of a great circle of sand encircled by ice-peeked mountains. All the capitals of the various kingdoms occupying the Eye of the world, as the inhabitants of that land called their home, can be found surrounded by great white walls of sand on the edge of the cliffs, near the life-giving water. The vast desert, itself, is used as the home of various nomadic colonies of those countries, various tents and small huts littering the sands. A narrow and dangerous canyon leads to the world beyond, where only merchants dare thread the treacherous and serpentine passage. It's emplacement is unknown to all but the Emperor and his Vizier.

    For four hundred years has the Eye been the cradle, arena and prison of the sons of the Emperor, most dying in it's midst and few leaving it for the Imperial Capital. Even rarer are those that succeed in overthrowing their brother's, father's uncle or even grandfather's regime to become the next Emperor. The fortresses found on the desolate land of the Eye are nearly just as old as the land's purpose, exactly one hundred in number and inherited by each successive generations of young kings.

    Character Sheet:

    Brief physical overview: Quickly go over you character's appearance.

    Build: Skeletal, Lean, Average, Athletic, Strong, Big and Obese are the available build. Please take the time to choose and act in consequence of your character's physical build.

    Strength: How strong is your character? Please be sensible in your choice.
    Stamina: How much stamina does he have? What does it take to exhaust him and what are his usual fitness level?
    Speed: How fast is your character?
    Health: Is your character particularly vulnerable to diseases or is he nearly always healthy?
    Toughness: What would it take to seriously hurt you character?
    Intelligence: How intelligent is your character?
    Wit: How good is your character at thinking on the spot?
    Wisdom: How wise is your character?
    Charisma: How do others generally react when in your character's presence?

    Brief emotional and mental overview: How do your character act or think usually?





    Vice: What hold your character back the most?

    You will start with 2 advisers, 100 citizens and 25 slaves.

    Skills: (Choose one specialization and leave the rest as beginner, the skill you choose will start as novice.

    Financial: How good are you as a merchant?
    Political: This will mesure your diplomacy and leadership abilities.
    Martial: How good as a warrior and general are you?

    Who was your mother?
    You will put the name of your queen here.
    You can have one True Companion later, a true friend on which you can depend.