- Every PC chooses one personal resource at character creation
- Your resource determines where your character nominally lives
- You can never have more than one personal resource
Every character chooses one type of personal resource and what territory it is located in when their character is created. Most personal resources automatically produce money or items for the character’s use every event that they attend.
Personal resources have broad generic names that imply a whole category of possible options. Like income, it is up to the player to interpret the precise nature of their personal resource in a way that is appropriate to the setting and their character.
All personal resources can be upgraded to make them more productive or effective. Upgrading a personal resource requires building materials which are held in Imperial warehouses and can be acquired at the Bourse.
- Business - produces 9 crowns.
- Congregation - produces five doses of liao and provides 10 votes in the Imperial Synod.
- Farm - produces 9 crowns.
- Fleet - can trade with foreigners to produce items or money, or engage in privateering to produce random resources.
- Forest - produces ten units of one rare material that are used by an artisan to make magic items.
- Herb garden - produces fourteen herbs for use by a physick or apothecary.
- Mana site - produces seven crystalized mana for use in spellcasting and rituals.
- Military unit - can be used to enhance an Imperial army or engage in paid work to produce random resources.
- Mine - produces ten units of one rare metal that are used by an artisan to make magic items.
You can never operate more than one personal resource at once. Although a group might hold more than one personal resource, each character can only own and use one personal resource. This represents the time and effort required to manage the resource.
Although Orcs cannot purchase religious skills, they can purchase a congregation. They receive liao and votes in the Synod accordingly. Personal resources can be improved to make them more effective, those resources that produce money or items will produce more when improved.
- Any character may be allocated control of a campaign resource
- You may control more than one campaign resource
- You may legally only hold one Imperial title or position
Campaign resources are similar to personal resources, but each one is unique and they can only be acquired in play. Characters do not own campaign resources, they are assigned them as a result of the actions of characters at the event. Some Imperial titles, such as General have a campaign resource associated with them. Although you may control any number of campaign resources at once, the Imperial constitution forbids an individual from holding more than one Imperial title at once.
E.g. The Imperial title of General of the 1st Marcher Army. The character with the position has control of the accompanying army and can determine its actions between events. The Imperial constitution forbids any Imperial citizen from holding two offices simultaneously, so a Marcher senator would have to resign their position to assume this position.
E.g. The Lord of the Four Winds, an eternal from the realm of Autumn can choose to give control of the North Wind to a character. This campaign resource is not an Imperial title or position, so it does not affect your ability to control any other campaign resource.
Campaign resources are unique, they may produce money or items or they may present other options for your character between events.
- It costs 2 crowns for a character to exchange their resource for a new one
If your existing character wishes to change their resource for a new one, either a different resource or the same resource in a different territory, then you can do so by email between events. Your character will be charged 2 crowns to represent the charges they incur in changing their resource. If you wish to exchange or sell your resource to another character, this also costs a total of 2 crowns.
If you are playing a brand new character and realize you have made a genuine mistake, then we will not charge your character to change their resource. If you do not have the money in your character inventory, it is possible to change the resource by creating a debt for your character which will be automatically deducted from your character's income at following events.
If a character in your group or territory dies leaving an upgraded resource and you wish to take it over in place of your own, this can be requested in the same way with the additional information of the deceased character's CID. You cannot, however, take on the resource of your own deceased character. Disputes arising during time in from such transfers will be handled IC as a civil claim (See also Will).
- The Empire identifies where your character lives based on the location of their resource
- To change territory, you must obtain a new resource in a new territory
Imperial citizens (especially the Navarr) may move freely around the Empire as they choose, however a resource cannot move. Because of this, the game is not concerned where your character is at any given moment, instead the location of your personal resource determines your "territory". Your territory can be important for rituals and is critical for voting in senatorial elections in some nations. This means if you want to change the territory where your character lives then you must obtain a new resource in the new territory. This follows the standard rules for changing resources above.
The cost to change resource still applies if you own a military unit or a fleet and wish to change territory. Both these resources include the active service and involvement of a large number of Imperial citizens. These citizens have homes, families and roots in the territory they are based in - and they do not wish to change territory even though you do.
For the sake of simplicity, we assume the most advantageous situation reasonable applies to a resource that is in a territory being fought over. So a resource is unaffected if the territory it is based in is partially controlled by barbarians - even if the barbarians control the majority of the regions in that territory such that it is not eligible to return a senator to the Imperial Senate. However if a territory is completely conquered by barbarians with every region controlled by them, then all resources in that territory suffer a 50% production penalty.
For example, the majority of Holberg is controlled by the Druj, but there is no effect on resources here, while the Empire controls one of the regions in the territory - in this case the portion of the fortified city of Holberg that remains under their control. We assume that player resources in Holberg are in the Imperial held region - or at least close enough to enjoy the benefits thereof.
If the last region in Holberg falls to the barbarians then every resource in the territory would suffer a 50% production penalty, we assume that inventive players who are determined to hang on find some way to operate their resources and collect some portion of the wealth. How this is achieve is left to the player to decide for themselves as part of their personal story.
As fleets and military units are mobile, they are not affected by the rules for conquered territories. Fleets and military units based in a conquered territory do not suffer a production penalty.
Resources are used by the Imperial civil service to calculate a citizen's votes in a number of cases, most notably in the Bourse and the Synod. In these cases, the number of votes received is similarly affected.
Resources in other Nations
It a character finds themselves owning a personal resource in another nation than their own, that resources suffers a 33% production penalty while it is under their control. This penalty reflects the natural predisposition of inhabitants of the nations of the Empire to favour trade and interaction with citizens of their nation. It affects all types of resource, including military units and fleets.