Now that I have your attention ...
Seriously, there are several topics where love and marriage come into
play in A Twilight of Empires, in addition to the
basic rules. The impact is usually minor, leaving the player free to
reflect on such issues in the real world. But these rules are
added here to reflect that the actions of foolish mortals in-game can
have effects of epic proportions.
Now when a mommy and a daddy love each other very much ... Oh, so
you know that part. When either the mommy or the daddy are exceptional
in a given stat, e.g. Diplomacy, their child will have this reflected
in its corresponding stat according to the table below. The effect of
each parent is used, i.e. they are cumulative.
Parental Stat Value
Effect on Child Stat
9, 10, 11
5, 6, 7, 8
1, 2, 3, 4
Having attractive and personable kids is a plus. Which is to say,
if you are offering a royal marriage as part of a diplomatic effort
(Diplomacy 188.8.131.52) this will be modified by the Charisma
stat of the kid involved. The size of the effect is exactly as the
table above. Now, a player will only know the Charisma of a
Prince(sse) who has been promoted to leader status. The GM will,
however, attempt to hint at the sex appeal (not entirely physical,
as we know) of the offspring in the newsfax and elsewhere.
Suppose you have a prince or princess in the family listings, maybe
28 years old, and as yet unwed. There is now a chance that such a
nubile relative will stray a bit from enforced celibacy. In such
cases the GM will roll to see whether that family member has an
Should the affair result in children, the unwed relative may do a
number of things. If female, she will usually be forced into a
marriage to some no-name, and is thus unavailable as an enticement
in diplomacy (see above). If male, he will usually just have a
child by a "concubine," a child who may have a claim to the throne
someday. In either case there may be a scandal, there may be
checks against the loyalty of the person involved ... It can get
ugly. Best to marry them off while they are young.
As always, your comments are invited.