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DivineRightofKingsforKingdomsof

Kalamar:Legacy
January12,2016 Flannel KingdomsofKalamar:Legacy,VariantRules 5e,DND,homebrew

OneofthecleverpartsoftheoldKingdomsofKalamarsettingwastheDivine
RightofKingsmechanicwhichgranteddivinebonusestonobilityandroyaltyin
theworldpassively.So,NPCkingsreallydidhaveasortofdivinerightto
rule.ItwasntthataparticularGodorGoddesschosethem,somuchasitwas
thatbecausetheworldwasveryVERYfriendlytodivinemagic(fourdozen
fleshedoutdeitiesandvariantclerics,whichwereworkingonupdatingto5e
now)thatthemakerswantedtorepresenthowthatwouldinfluencethebuilding
ofnations.
So,wevedoneandtestedourownupdateforthatsystemandsimplifiedit.
Theprerequisitesareguidelines,ofcourseinoneregionaDukemaybea
slightlydifferenttitleoramongstoneremotetown,theirkingmightbethatin
namebutproperlyrankonlya5ontheDivineRightchart.Flexibleisthekey.
Theideahere,belowisthatPCshavesomethingtothinkaboutwhenmeeting
NPCs.ItsonethingtoRPnaturallythattheDukeisapowerfulman,butitadds
awholenewdimensionwhenoneisconfrontedwiththatsameNPChaving
somestatsandasortofDivineFavorfortheirrule.Attheleast,itshouldmake
assassinationplotsharderandreallyemphasizewhyanAssassinRogue
needsallthosedicetokillonesimplenonPCcharacter.

VariantRuleDivineRightofKings
PrerequisitesandStructure

Rank

Category

Title

GeneralRequirements

10

Imperialty

Emperor

Titleishereditary.Mustbeblessedby
clergyofatleastsevenofthefaithsof
TelleneofatleastRank9each.

HighKing

Titleishereditary.Mustbeableto
claimanation(atleasttwolargecities
oratleasteightsmallones)as
domain.

Royalty

Royalty

Royalty

Sovereignty

Sovereignty

Sovereignty

Nobility

Nobility

Nobility

King

Titleishereditaryorbestowedby
Imperialty.Mustbeblessedbyclergy
ofatleastfiveofthefaithsofTellene
ofatleastRank7each.

Prince

Titleishereditaryorbestowedby
Imperialty.Mustbeabletoclaimat
leastalargecity(orseveralsmaller
citiesinanation)asdomain.

Archduke

Titleishereditaryorbestowedby
Imperialty.Mustberecognizedasa
patronandprotectorofatleastoneof
thefaithsofTelleneandownaprivate
armyofatleast500soldiers.

Duke

Titleishereditaryorbestowedby
Royalty.Mustbeblessedbyclergyof
atleastthreeofthefaithsofTelleneof
atleastRank5each.

Marquis

Titleisrarelyhereditary,usually
bestowedbyRoyalty.Mustbeableto
claimasmallcity(minimum15000)as
domain.

Count

Titleishereditaryorbestowedby
Royalty.Musthavelands,atleast
threepermanentbuildings,structures
aspartofestate,andanumberof
permanentservantsequaltoor
greaterthanlevel/HD

Viscount

Titleishereditaryorbestowedbya
Sovreign.Mustbeblessedbyclergy
ofoneofthefaithsofTelleneofat
leastRank3

Baron

Maybehereditary,purchasedtitle,
bestowedbyaSovereign,etc.Prices
andinheritancelawsvaryfromnation
tonation

Keepinmind,again,differenttitlescanexistfortheranksandDMsare
encouragedtobendthecurveupordownfortheirgamesastheyseefiton

someoftheprereqs.
DivineProtections

Rank Category

Title

DivineProtection

10

Emperor

Venerated[iImmunenonmagical
damage]

Imperialty

Royalty

HighKing

+Legendary(re)Action(Truly
Blessed[asCounterspell,apassive
effectinresponsetobeingthetarget
ofmagicaleffectsandspells]),total3
LA/round

Royalty

King

Annointed[+50hp]

Royalty

Prince

+LegendaryAction(Regal
Bearing[targetmakesWissaveorbe
stunnedmayretryifattacked,ona
successignorefor24hours]),total2
LA/round

Sovereignty

Archduke

Chosen[resistanttononmagical
damage]

Sovereignty

Duke

LegendaryResistance3/d

Sovereignty

Marquis

Revered[cannotbeduplicated,
impersonated,orshapeshifted]

Count

+Legendary(re)Action(Noble
Bearing[inresponsetoasuccessful
attack,butbeforedamageisrolled,a
servantwithin30ftmaymove
inbetweenattacker(s)andnpc
adjustingnpc5ftwithoutinvokingan
opportunityattackandtakedamage
onnpcsbehalf),total1LA/round

Nobility

Nobility

Nobility

Viscount

Baron

Honored[advCharollsvs.non
nobility]

Lair(aphysicalestate,manor,keep,
tower,castle,etc.worthatleast
50,000gpandtitledtothenpc),grants
advantageonallrollswhileonits
premises.

So,asyousee,thehighertherank,themostabilitiesandbonusesaregiven
overtothecharacter.Youraveragekingwouldbeahardcharactertodealwith
(notjustcombat,butingeneral)withintheirpalace(Lair).Theydbestacked
withextraHP,rolladvantagenaturallywhileinthepalace,havethe
convenienceofmenandwomenatarmsthatwillthrowthemselvesbefore
threatstotheroyalperson,theyareunimpersonatable,willpasslotsofsaves,
hardtohurtwithanythingshortofmagic,andcanStunwithaglance.
Hardlyunkillable,butitmakesanymeetingwiththekingonewherethePCs
arejustgoingtobeontheirbackfoot.AnditmakesPCsthatdecidetogofor
itandtryandkillaroyalorsovereignNPChaveahardtimewithit.Thegods,
afterall,agreedtorespectmortalrulers.ItsnotenoughtosavetheNPC,but
enoughthattheydsurvivethefirstroundortwoinmostsituationsandleave
plentyoftimeforguardsandservantstotackleandpinmostthreats.
Italsogivesplayerssomethingtoreallylookforwardto.Itsonethingtosay
youcanearnatitlelikefromtheDMGanothertohavethatmeanyou
mightgetsomethingfromthat.IvefounditencouragesbroadgoalsandRP.I
have,byhavingthingslikethisinmygames,moreplayerstrytoplayoutcast
nobles,powerhungrywarlordsintrainingtheywanttoruleandbuildand
growandbecomelordsoftheland.Iliketothinksomeofthatmotivationis
fromaDivineRightofKingssortofmechanic.