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Questioning the Chief

Type

Random Event

When clansmen call their chief into question...

Events

Dialogue: Men's Complaints

A number of the clan's leading men approach the ring. Their leader, <X>, has a litany of complaints. "Ever since <Clan Chief> became chief," <X> says, "things have gone from bad to worse. Our friends the <Allied clan> ridicule our ancestors. The <Feuding clan> send curses that spoil our butter and give our children nightmares. At home, things are no better. Legal cases start up again a week after <Clan Chief> makes a judgement. He/She sends our weaponthanes into the woods on pointless hunts for the plant-folk. <Clan Chief> is unlucky in battle. It's time we had a new chief."

  1. Dispute their allegations.
  2. Do nothing.
  3. Remind them of their duty to follow chosen leaders.
  4. Request <Clan Chief>'s resignation.
  5. "Who put you up to this, <X>?"

King of Dragon Pass


Dialogue: Women's Complaints

A number of the clan's leading women approach the ring.  Their leader has a list of complaints.  "With <Clan Chief> as chief," <Y> says, "This clan has headed downhill.  Our friends <Allied clan> ridicule our ancestors.  The <Feuding clan> send curses that rot our meat and make our bread taste like straw.  At home, things are no better.  He/she constantly favors the men.  He/she sends our weaponthanes into the woods on pointless hunts for the plant-folk.  The spirits of our ancestors are slow to answer us. <Clan Chief> is unlucky in battle.  It's time we had a new chief."
  1. Dispute their allegations.
  2. Do nothing.
  3. Remind them of their duty to follow chosen leaders.
  4. Request <Clan Chief>'s resignation.
  5. "Who put you up to this, <Y>?"

King of Dragon Pass

Consequences

Even though there are dialogue events, the consequences are appropriate for both:

  • Doing nothing will probably just delay any consequences.  However, the people will stay disillusioned as the clan ring essentially ignores their concerns.
  • Sitting them down and disputing their allegations might lead to them being out of arguments, and settle the matter, allowing for your chief to remain chief.
  • The clan chief's resignation may satisfy the complainers temporarly, but unless things improve with the clan, more complaints will arise. 
  • Finding out who put them up to this might just irritate them further. However, it can also reveal one of your other nobles is behind it. You then can outlaw them, or put them on the ring, or just do nothing.

Notes

  • The list of complaints itself can be somewhat random.  Additionally, unless things improve, or your persuasion skills can nip things in the bud, the complainers will come back.
  • Both men and women can complain about the chief (and it doesn't matter what sex the chief is).
  • This event will trigger if the clan mood is too bad, and the people lose faith in their leaders.  However, it can happen even when things are going well with the clan.  In this case, it is because some people believe that another person would be better suited as chief.

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