Saturday, May 11, 2013

Readers' Requests - "Life in Tekumel", or, "Tell Me Again, Why Did I Join the Legions?"

At least you get nice clothes. They wear like iron, too.

One of the questions I get asked from time to time is what life was like for a player-character in the Tsolyani military. Well, since the last set of video clips went over so well, may I suggest having a look at HBO's "Rome" series? There are several story arcs that sound like the 'little errands' I used to get sent on by various Princes, to solve some little mess that one or the other of then had created with their meddling and intrigues.

First off, three clips from an episode where the player-characters - I'm sorry, Our Heroes! - 'volunteer' to find the Thirteenth Legion's Eagle that Caesar has been absent-minded enough to lose...

We have thoughtful, considerate officers who give us the easy jobs:

We have clever and witty companions in the party:

And sometimes - just once in a while! - you get really, really lucky:

Most of the time, though, you have to be really quick and smart, and pay attention to the little details that can often mean the difference between life and death. And fame and fortune. And abject poverty and a bit of ready cash in hand...

(Pompey's men are fleeing Rome, and the treasury from the Temple of Saturn is missing. Guess who gets sent out to look for it...)

followed by:

I've played both these kinds of story arcs with the Professor, and we had a great time. Some nasty bits along the way, but that's life in the Legions...

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