Birthright: Player’s Secrets of Muden (2e)

Player’s Secrets of Muden

“Some regents would find the conditions in Muden a bit to their disliking — sharing the rule can be uncomfortable. Depending on the motivations of the regent, and on what he wants to achieve for himself and the realm, he can use Grabentod’s sentiments to his benefit. Since the pirates have tried to assassinate Melisande Reaversbane more than once, chances are good that they will try again. A count seeking to eliminate his co-regent can make sure that, this time, a back door is left open for the assassins.

With the captain dead, the count becomes the sole regent in control of Muden (for a while, anyway). Her horrible murder would be avenged, of course. The Royal Fleet would not sleep until the whole of the Grabentod navy rested under the waves and its current leader was hauled to court in chains — possibly even for usurpation of birthright and regency.

The count then could set up in Grabentod a puppet government that would pay vassalage to Muden, guaranteeing the sale of lumber cheaper than the market value. This tactic would help save the some of the precious forestland in Muden.

Of course, it would be dangerous to underestimate the captain’s appeal among the citizens. Only the most popular of regents could weather the resultant outcry and unrest within the bayshore provinces following her foul assassination—and woe to the regent who finds himself rightly implicated in her murder! In addition, if Muden’s ruler proves himself a less than able naval commander, the officers of the Royal Fleet could easily prevent him from seizing the law holdings left open with Melisande’s passing.

But most importantly, assassinating a lieutenant of such fine character as Captain Reaversbane is quite a bit less than a noble act—certainly beneath someone claiming to be a hero. An alignment change might be called for, should the hero attempt such a foul deed.”

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