KINGDOM OF BEAUGARDE
First of all, this is a concept from like two years ago, there was a guild post about it. However I didn't have the tools to make it a reality. This time I'd like to give it another shot. First of all, I'd like to know whether players of the server are interested to try this style of roleplay out.
The main philosophy the guild is going to adapt is creating an environment where everyone is involved and still have choices of character to play out. If you ever wanted to find your way in the world of a medieval society and earn respect and glory throughout it, this is the place. If you fancy the idea of your accomplishments meaning something and having something to show for it, Beaugarde is the place. The guild is still not open yet because the base still need work onto it, that is why we are recruiting players whom want to support me with decorating and dungeoneering as well. In the begin, we won't involve the high ranking environment. We will start low until we have enough members for everything to play out. That's why we will need the DM'ers to dungeoneer some key characters as well.
"Never sell your comrades out"
Once upon a time, there was a village between a large forest. During the darkest night of the moon cycle, everything were almost black. The village's torches were wavering, as if it's fighting against the darkness. The villagers were inside, sleeping soundly because it was finally dark inside their houses. The moon were very big and it shone through their curtains. so it was finally the night they could sleep a lot easier. Suddenly, the bell screamed soundly and the wave spread through the village. The guards are running around, screaming. The villagers ran towards the town hall. A white stripe appeared at the sky, it was falling towards the ground. The meteor fell into the forest. The trees were burning, you could hear the screams from the local fauna. The village were in panic, the mothers were crying, the fathers were outside, trying to repair the collapsed houses. It went on until the morning, where everyone could see the damages. Luckily there were no corpses around. Everyone was safe. The elder family Saddleforth and some guards went to see the crater, it was big, diamond-like meteor. The Saddleforth decided to put cloth on it, to hide it from passengers.
Some months later, where they begin to farm. Everyone was working on the field, the sons of saddleforth's Erwin and Frank were repairing the aqueduct, suddenly a blonde lion with sapphire eyes walked towards them. The brothers were scared, they could not move themselves due to the shock. The lion walked towards them, his gaze didn't turn away from them. His sapphire eyes looked towards their eyes. It was as if they froze themselves. Suddenly, the lion stopped and sat on the ground. It opened his mouth and began speaking "What are you doing, what's that beautiful thing". It was referring to their aqueduct. The brothers started, the younger one mumbled "It spoke!". The older brother adapted to the situation "That? That's the aqueduct, we use that to lead the water towards our farm". The lion quickly asked another question again "Farm, what's that?". The younger brother laughed "Don't you know what's a farm? But I guess you're still a lion, you don't need to farming because you are hunting the animals." The lion startled "Why do I have to hunt? I won't do such cruel thing." with slight sad face. The brothers were confusing, they turned their face away and close to each other. The older one rose his eyebrow high, and lets a sigh out while he tilted his head in alternating left and right arcs. The younger brother laughed and told the lion to follow. He ran towards the village center, screaming "There's lion! There's lion!". The others suddenly ran towards the center, the guards gathered together and ran towards the opposite direction of the younger brothers. The lion was running along them, the grasses were high but his golden mane were like the dandelion between the grass field. But the others weren't able to catch that beauty, it's as if they could not see him. They were left with confusion. The guards screamed towards them "Where's the lion?!" In the center, an elderly, one legged man walked towards them "Brats, it's you again like always." The other walked towards them angered. Their speech were merged into other. They're just screaming towards them. The brothers looked towards each other. The lion busted out of laughing and walked out, disappearing into the forest. The brothers were caught and they gave them a shovel and made them shovel the fields.
One week later, they put the seeds into the field and watered them from the aqueduct. They lived happily to each other while the lion looked at them at the distance. Everyday, he smiled towards them, and even he sometime could burst out in laughing from the commotion the saddleforth's brats caused. He loved them, it was as if he woke up in an area totally unknown to him and the village was only one thing he could enjoy so his fears disappears slowly. The seeding period were over, the villagers continued with their lives, sometime the lion went to the sleeping room of the brothers and talked with them. The brothers told everyone about him, they didn't believe them, the brothers kept the story going on. the village was big, between the city, there was five clans, between the leading clad, the Saddleforths, there was one clan studying the magic, other the Holy, and the guards. But there was a guild as well, they were tasked to maintain the trade and kept contact with the merchants and craftsmen. The Saddleforths, the main family were the leader throughout their lineage. Some myths said they are the founders of the village. It was a century-old story. Apparently all of them have one common thing, if they are confused or lost to something, they rose their eyebrows up and lets a sigh out. Their hairs were blond like a lion's mane, their eyes were green like grass. Their blue robe matches with the roofs of every buildings.
6 months later, on a day of September. The vegetables were growing very good, it was on the peak of their known history. The harvest was so great that their silos ran full. The villagers had more than enough supply for long time. Their harvest festival was far greater than their previous ones. there were tents, they ate a lot and drank beer in great proportion.
They also held a firework show, their multiple spectrum of the colors shone on the forest around the village. Of course the younger ones and the saddleforth brats were partying, they
were so drunk from the morning and even continued to party after the others went to the bed. There were a lot beer left, the harvest this year were too great. Again, the lion looked towards them from the forest. He left his usual smile out, and burst in laughing too. Mostly towards the brats of course. At the dawn, the others except the brothers still slept soundly. The brats were still awake, they sat on the bench, chatting to each other about the life and everything. The lion walked towards them, "Why are you doing this. What's going on.
I really like that, it made me laugh so much." The older one explained him about the harvest. the lion surprised "Ohh, I thought you wanted food so I mended the fields, making the plants grow well. And I let more water flow through the aqueduct". The younger one let tears out, "W...why? Actually, we've never asked but what is your name?" The lion laughed and replied "Beaugarde. My name is Beaugarde."
Many years later, the older ones passed out, the saddleforth grew to be adult, they bore children and of course their hairs were yellow. The fathers became the elders and led the village towards it's glory. Their fathers decided to give the village a new name, the brothers' proposition were accepted and it became Beaugarde City. They moved the comet under the fortress. The lion moved there as well. He walks everyday on the streets and held conversations with the brother. They chatted in the open during the day. The villagers saw them like they are talking towards the air. It became their figure of speech too, "You're talking towards the air". It meant you're not normal. Gradually, the Beaugarde became a kingdom. The Kingdom they were attached went bankrupt, and they bought their land from them. Their banners were blue with a lion in it. The four Clans became orders. The Wizardry, Merchant's Guild, The Chantry and Gilded Lions. But the kingdoms around Beaugarde saw them rising, and their land expanded as well. But they didn't invade them, they obtained them through diplomacy and trade. The Merchant's guild was known throughout the world and the markets were filled with merchants from the countries far far from them. The magic was studied intensely by the Wizardry, sometime they assist them to safeguard the crystal comet from the outsiders. As the Guild's success, there were others that tried to oppose their success. The world was full of malicious figures. They heard about their comet and tries to steal it. They resorted everyone for this task. Like the thieves, or mercenary armies and even dark magic users. The Chantry had to deal with their necromancy. The Kingdom was almost wiped off from the disease they caused. As for the mercenaries, the Gilded Lion's army could defend themselves towards them. The Saddleforth Brothers roared through the battlefield. Their azure garb with golden ornaments. They were mighty and led the battles into victory.
Frank, the younger brother married off into one kingdom very far away, they got separated. And Erwin were left behind and became a king. The lion stayed in the city and watched them over. Frank promised Beaugarde to come back 20 years later. The sieges were increased and they went in war against bands of the mercenaries, The Brigands. In Frank's absence, their strength decreased and the King decided to lock the lion in the hidden door. He didn't want him to see the suffering, he definitely didn't want to witness him crying. The brigands' forces were so barbarous and the beaugarde City was nearly overrun, everyone was wounded and the King was tortured to tell him the location of the Comet. They continued to question "Where's the Lion?" The city suffered a lot from them and after days, the brigands gave up. They left some of them behind and walked towards other job. Suddenly a force arrived, they were not so big but they won against the small groups of bandits. They set their camp up in the forest with a blonde child watching over them. The group tried to rescue them, they saves many people from dying. They also saved Erwin from the torture room, his his hands was burn, his body was full of cuts. He was on the verge of death. The group didn't understand them, but they went along to them. Their marshals were searching because the child asked them to find the lion of Beaugarde. But the child remained in the camp and waited for them to recover. The marshals were busy to save them. Erwin told them about the brigands and what they did to them but they didn't mention the lion. The doctors were busy to pull Erwin back to the bed but he still held festivities with the marshals anyway. The villagers were happy, they were so relieved that they were saved by them. The marshals saw the suffering of the city and how they were relieved and thankful for saving them. They decided to not ask them about the lion yet.
When everyone was sleeping soundly, the sun rose up. It was a dawn, and the boy decided to visit the village. The two marshals missed him when they was walking towards the city. Upon the arrival of Marshals, they heard the boy was heading towards the village. They suddenly realize and panicked, one said "What if the boy asked them about the lion!?"
The other said "Yes, we have to hurry and bring the boy back!". The two ran back to the village, searching for them. The bellboy saw the child, he startled and the tears dropped out. The child had blonde hair and his emerald eyes were so bright. He said "I am Leonard Saddle..". Before he could finish his sentence, the bellboy began to cry and ran towards the bell tower. In panic, he rang the bell and it screamed throughout the city. In the fortress, the Gilded Lions woke up, one was running with the horse. The other orders woke others up and rallied them to follow Erwin, everyone didn't know what happened but ran towards the main gate. Erwin rode on his horse along with Gilded Lions. Gilded Lions aren't only tasked to guard the city but the king personally as well. Behind the riders, the others was running as fast as they could. Some of them heard about the Saddleforth. The other three marshals that remained behind woke up as well and they heard from the others. They also realized about the situation and tried to run past them and hide the boy from them. When they arrived the main gate. And started to look for him. The boy was nearly out of the forest before the marshals caught him. The marshals brought also their army along with them, they waited in the forest to save the boy if they found him. The boy was caught and the marshals tried to persuade him to not go. The boy let their usual sigh out with raised eyebrow and said "I'm going anyways.". Erwin and others saw him coming out of the forest, they recognized Erwin's golden hair and green eyes. He walked towards him and said "I am Leonard Saddleforth of the House Saddleforths. My late father is Frank Saddleforth and I am looking for the lion. Where's the Lion?" The villagers suddenly gathered and looked towards them. They recognized him because of the family trait. The Blonde hair and green eyes. They started to walk slowly towards them. It's still far from them but the army behind him ran towards the boy, they are trying to save him because they thinks the Beaugardians will attack him. Erwin and others were close to the boy, it was as if they were too late to save him. Erwin suddenly sat on the ground, he was crying. The others behind him as well. They felt so relieved. Erwin looked back at his torture and replied "He is safe." The marshals stopped and knelt. Their eyes opened widely, they were so shocked. They realized that the rumors about the lion were actually true and they kept their mouth shut all the time during their defeat. The boy replied "Oh yeah, he's safe." One marshal ran towards Erwin, his cheeks was filled with tears "Is that true, no one of you didn't tell... how was that possible? Your city was ruined and you were on the verge of death!" Erwin stopped with crying and smiled "The lion and us have been together from way back, we would never sell him out to other". Erwin asked Leonard about the other brother, the father of the child. The other marshal took over because the boy cried. He told him that Frank was killed because his wife wanted to marry other lord whom is more rich and wanted to kill the boy as well. The five marshals and his retainers could escape, that is why they came to them before the promise Frank made.
They led the boy towards the hidden door. Erwin opened the door and the lion was lying on the ground, his face looked tired, his eyes were swollen up from the crying. The boy walked towards the lion and asked "My father wanted to say he's sorry he could not meet you but his last words were "I really wanted to see the lion's smile once again" and died smiling. The lion cried again but in the end he smiled. Along with Leonard's group, they repaired the city and returned into it's former glory but the wife of Frank still wanted to kill the boy before he became adult. Thus the Kingdom of Beaugarde still have to be on their guard and not only protect the lion but the boy as well.
These are the protectors of Beaugarde Kingdom. Some have a preference for the powers of the Holy Light, others prefer pure brute force in combat.
Both Paladins and Warriors are considered Guards in the eyes of the ranks of the Kingdom. For a Guard on a mission it is simple, to them.
The path between two points is always a straight line, and with them there is no time for nonsense.
Trademark of the Elves in the past, Rangers are the key military class of the Kingdom.
Rangers are experts in sabotage, stealth, traps, and nearly all forms of combat. Some rangers are able to tame pets to use in combat as well.
Rangers must be well versed in stealth and in addition know how to get information out of rival factions either by using their stealth or their words.
After the King adopted this style of warfare, they also have evolved the rangers, they also have skilled marksmanship and bolstered their ranged defense.
Enchanters are masters of magic, be it the Holy Light or Elements. In addition to their mastery of magics Enchanters tend to be analytical and scientific in the way they think.
Critical of mind Enchanters rarely make judgement without evidence. All casters of Cloth armor, are classified as Enchanters.
Due to his lineage of Saddleforth, the king rules the kingdom with absolute authority and he holds it with the fairness towards everyone.
The real world equivalent of the Chancellor is a mix between a Supreme Court Judge and a Minister of State. Some may have specialized roles others may not.
Chancellors have a very light work load and are the sources of great information and power in the Kingdom.
Chancellors pretty much have unquestioned rule in the Kingdom within the Kingdom with few people able to question or counter their orders.
After their long-term service as a Knight, they have gained their trust from the King. One rarely gets promoted to this rank.
Besides being a guardian, four of them are also bestowed to lead the order. Guardians run the Kingdom on a day to day basis.
Once a squire completed his apprenticeship and have shown their valor, the King will formally grant him a honorary title of Knighthood.
The tasks that comes from Knighthood depends on the orders. Some may have to guard the King directly, some can act as Mayor's assistant.
Upon becoming a squire, the gates of the orders opens for them. There are four orders the squires can join and start their apprenticeship;
The Gilded Lions, Wizardry, Chantry or Merchant's guild. Some of the orders require you to continue your duty as a loyalist, some may not.
Loyalists are the first among the Intermediate ranks of members. Loyalist become more enforcers.
They are also able to enlist new recruits and are also responsible to oversee their paths within the Kingdom.
As Aspirants, they have served with dignity and pride for their careers as soldiers. In return, the Kingdom will accept their application for their citizenship.
The commoners may continue with their military career or take a different turn and become merchants. They also gain the right to wear the Beaugarde's Lion Tabard.
The Aspirant, is a promoted recruit. They also can choose one of the three classes.
They have the the most duties to perform which include:
patrolling the Town area as a whole, stopping intruders and routinely providing guard duty for officials.
The newcomers. They wear simple chain mail uniform and their activities contains:
Training, following the Aspirants and do minor tasks.
PS: 9gag = life so I have to say, I'm sorry for my bad English.