I’ve been preparing for the second session of Bloodstone, and have been thinking about the trip from Valls to Bloodstone. The region has fallen into anarchy as the Kingdom of Vaasa continues to exert control over the shattered remains of the Kingdom of Damara.
During the second session, the players are almost certainly going to be encountering numerous villages along the way. In fact, since they left without supplies, I’m assuming they’ll be scrounging and begging at each of the villages.
I figured I’d up a platform to generate villages during wartime. So at lunch, I started thinking about various attributes of a fantasy gaming village during wartime.
To determine the village size, roll 1d6 × 1d6 × 30. Of those villagers, (1d6 + 4) x 10% are capable of defending the village (50% to 100%); In the case of 100%, assume that the village has sent the children, elderly, and infirm away.
In addition to the village size, I wanted some other random attributes: physical condition, mental condition, current supplies, most recent raid, who’s in charge, and an associated random event/hook.
Physical Condition - What is the current physical state of the village
Light Village-wide Fortification
Heavy Village-wide Fortification
Mental Condition - what is the current mental state of the villagers
Sympathetic to the enemy
Preparing to evacuate
Enough for the season
Enough for the year
Most Recent Raid
Most Recent Raid
1 hour ago
1 day ago
1 week ago
1 month ago
1 year ago
Who’s in Charge
Who's in Charge
Lord of the Manor
Lady of the Manor
Interesting events, roll twice.
Some nefarious abomination has seized control of the village.
Garrisoned with oppositional force (Soldiers of Vaasa)
A contagious disease is beginning to take hold
Mercenary troop now controls the village
Lord has been killed
Village has taken to raiding other neighboring villages
Holding a neighboring lord ransom
Sleeper agents (1d6-2, minimum of 1) is amongst the public
Overwhelming number of injured militia
Lord is being held for ransom
Roll 2 more times on this table
Currently sheltering an entire neighboring village
Garrisoned with sympathetic force (Soldiers of Damara)
A sorcerer has moved into town and is offering protection
A small group of heroes have been enlisted to defend the village.
A local god has manifested to "protect" the village