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Actions in Game Year 1408

Society Name: Shanari

It is written that in those days, the black-robed seeresses walked many miles from tribe to tribe, bringing the word of the great Sin-Alb to the people. The people were many and scattered, and the priestesses walked far. Those that heard the word were awestruck, and they bowed themselved to the Floating City. It was thus that the word was spread among the chosen.

The great Hisinvol, first of the Alb-Sanouki, praised be his name, sent forth messengers to the many tribes of the chosen. He gathered the Sanouki in a great meeting, and they came for many miles across the deserts to hear the word.

Hisinvol, praised be his name, gathered the Sanouki within his tent, a great feast was served. The Sanouki quarrelled, as they always did before the coming of the word. When the meal was finished, Hisinvol, praised be his name, stood and announced his ascention to Alb-Sanouk. Many voices rose in protest, as the cowardly dogs remaining among the Sanouki wished to grasp tightly on their pitiful power.

Most loud among these was the cursed Shamir, and his vile words swayed many of the Sanouki to oppose Hisinvol, praised be his name. The cursed Shamir stood and spoke, his poisoned phrases dripping into the ears of the assembly. Hisinvol, praised be his name, stood before the gathered assembly, the words of the cursed Shamir fueling his wrath.

The three seeresses stood behind Hisinvol, praised be his name, and as the cursed Shamir spoke, one gestured with her hand, calling upon the great Sin-Alb. The cursed Shamir choked upon his words, his face became black. He was struck dead before the assembled Sanouki.

Action 1: The seeresses continue the process of conversion, spreading farther into the hinterlands bringing word of Sin-Alb. This will be an ongoing action, stretching over five years.

Religious, Internal
TYPE: Religious Conversion
ACTOR: Alb-Shanari seeresses
SUMMARY: Convert the Shanari to the new faith
WEIGHT: Single
SECRECY: None
PRIME DETERMINANT: Influence: Great (+2)
TASK: Normal
MODIFIERS: + the seeresses have demonstrable magical powers
+ the Shanari are in general superstitious
+ many other Shanari have converted - the new religion has no weight of tradition backing it up

Result mod: Task: Huge as it's a lot of territory to cover

Result: +2 -3 +2 + (+1 +1 -1 +1) = +4 Superior Success!

Suggestion: Word of the new faith spreads like wildfire, catching hold of the minds of the majority of the Shanari who hear the news of the floating city. By the year's end, the western, eastern, central, northern and most of the southern tribes are true believers, their Sanouki stamping out dissidence fervently. A few pockets of resistance remain, notably the Jabuasi tribe of the Midsea coast, who were formerly led by Shamir, and a strange group of foreign mystics in the central mountain range that refuse to acknowledge the new faith, and somehow protect themselves from the seeresses' magical powers.

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Action 2: Hisinvol, backed by the Alb-Shanari seeresses, calls for a meeting of all of the Sanouki, something that has not happened for hundreds of years.

Political, Internal
TYPE: Political Gathering
ACTOR: Hisinvol
SUMMARY: The Sanouki are summoned to a meeting
WEIGHT: Single
SECRECY: None
PRIME DETERMINANT: Authority: Superb (+3)
TASK: Hard
MODIFIERS: + many Shanari now follow the Alb-Shanari faith, and the seeresses back Hisinvol
- this hasn't been done in ages
- the tribes are widely scattered and gathering all of the Sanouki will be difficult

Result: +3 -1 -1 + (-1 0 0 -1) = -1 Complete failure.

Suggestion: Although many of the Sanouki believe Hisinvol and the seeresses are a new authority, more are unable to attend for losing face to their own tribespeople. Privately they send messages of regret. A few Sanouki pointedly refuse to acknowledge the authority of Hisinvol and are angry at the murder of Shamir.

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Action 3: Hisinvol gathers support among the few Sanouki who actually arrive at the meeting (mostly those who already support him). He will create a support base in his area from these Sanouki.

Political, Internal
TYPE: Political Maneuvering
ACTOR: Hisinvol
SUMMARY: Hisinvol wishes to consolidate his support
WEIGHT: Normal
SECRECY: None
PRIME DETERMINANT: Authority: Superb (+3)
TASK: Normal
MODIFIERS: + the seeresses back Hisinvol, and many Sanouki follow the Alb-Shanari faith
+ the seeress' magical demonstration will impress the assembled Sanouki
+ the Shanari are a superstitious bunch
++ most of these Sanouki already support Hisinvol
- the Sanouki have a long history of autonomy

Mods: I'd say 2nd & 3rd mod are the same thing?

Result: +3 -0 +2 + (0 0 +1 +1) = +7 Mythic Success!

Suggestion: The meeting place is a great success. The attending Sanouki swear allegiance to their Alb-Sanouk. Hisinvol's power base in the west is secure - word spreads of the meeting and the Sanouki of the northern and central tribes offer their support retrospectively. The Alb-Sanouk now controls fully 3/5 of the Shanari peoples destiny - only the southern and eastern groups are unaffected. Hisinvol's consent within the powerbase tribes (N,W & C) increases to a permanent Good (+1). Word of the new Alb-Sanouk spreads further west among the peoples of the Shadowlands.

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Action 4: After the meeting, Hisinvol is angered by the lack of support demonstrated by the majority of the Sanouki. He will begin to circulate among the tribes, drumming up support in person, starting with the closet Sanouk who did not attend.

Political, Internal
TYPE: Gathering Support
ACTOR: Hisinvol
SUMMARY: Hisinvol wishes to become Alb-Sanouk
SECRECY: None
PRIME DETERMINANT: Authority: Superb (+3)
TASK: Hard
MODIFIERS: + the seeresses back Hisinvol, and many Sanouki follow the Alb-Shanari faith
+ the Shanari are a superstitious bunch
+ the seeresses have demonstrable magical power
+ Hisinvol is a persuasive and charismatic man
- the Sanouki have a long history of autonomy
- the death of Shamir has angered many Sanouki
- Hisinvol is already calling himself Alb-Sanouk

Mods: as action 3, except I'm removing the -1 for being Alb-Sanouk, as he has just been declared the rightful holder of the title by most Sanouki!!

Result: Influence (he has no authority on the remaining Sanouki) -1 -1 +1 + (+1 -1 -1 +1) = -1 Complete failure.

Suggestion: The overwhelming success of the meeting means only the intractable Sanouki of the 'civilised' eastern and 'quasi-Cedonian' Jabuasi of the south remain, and they are vehemently opposed to Hisinvol.

Shanari Reprise 1408