You could torch Wheatsword, but I doubt it would take long for the buildings to be rebuilt and while the year's crop may burn, there is no telling how much grain has been distributed to the lesser holding stations, or even into the civilian economy. The only problem I see is that soldiers have families, and where there are military bases, civilian cities grow. While security on the base is tight, the soldiers would need somewhere to go to drink and gamble and be normal guys, a place to put away the swords and the uniforms if only for a few hours. Nicely done. Go to Comment
Call me different but I like the idea. At first I had assumed it was mobile until I completely read the entire sub. While not genius it is still believable. Often in literature you find cities that were founded and designed specifically for the military and its deployment of supplies and troops.
However, the 150% military standing I see as a problem. Having been in the military if there is nothing but military issue society, no civilians to offer up fun, than it is true bordem sets in, melencholy, among other problems later down the line. The idea of a bootlegger selling alcohol is perfect, there needs to be establishments for relaxation and entertainment. Go to Comment
That and I don't think that Hardtack burns too well, you'd have to get in and get the stuff soaked after you tourched the fields and let it rot. Or you could let the worms have at it, but that would only add protien to the soilders diets so I don't think that would quite stop the army, maybe keep them healty but... Go to Comment
Everything is fine but this is essentially a one dimensional idea. And I think there is an under lying cultural element that you are not discussing. The attitude of Wheatsword is one of stoic military utilitarianism and discipline. This idea is a relatively modern one, in many cultures and European culture is not exception to this. The Military life was full of pomp. Uniforms were often flashy, military's had cultures, rallies and myths. Even Napoleons armies were slaves to fashion (given they were French), but look at the changes in uniforms and hair style from his invasion of Egypt to the taking of Moscow. But even if your a looking to model this after some ancient Empire such Rome or Inca, both of which maintained large standing armies, you haven't addressed the cultural and social justifications for such sustained and organzines military activity.
I have two sets of questions one set about details and one about the concept. Was Wheatsword the idea of a General or did it grow up economically first? How do they deal with all the rats? What is the major water source for the area, and what of the women? Can you have a military camp without camp followers?
Who are the soldiers; are they young nobles, citizen soldiers, conscripts or mercenaries? How does life at Wheatsword compare to the daily life of soldiers when they are some where else? Go to Comment
An interesting idea, but I can't help but think this needs higher then average agricultural technology then the typical peasant farm of the middle ages. The government who set this up must have been quite organized and wealthy! Go to Comment
Now remember, Dwarf bread pulled double duty as both food and weaponry in Discworld
This is a very true statement of what is important, Napoleon didn't have good supplies and when the Russians burnt their crops and land as they retreated, the French army had nothing to feed on, had they been supplied by a constant source history would have been different Go to Comment
Additionally, if there are any wards in the area, then he would be blocked by these... and certainly know to evade those temples, and other sensitive places. But there might be surprises... Go to Comment
No need to apologize, I perfectly agree with you. He is a solid 4 kind of character. Good for a campaign, but not the kind of plotline that is the exciting or epic. He is one of those minor story arcs you put in the campaign to help "fill in" the adventuring life of your characters.
And 5/5s should be handed out on a rare basis.
He is suitable for any kind of campaign, as mini-merchants/ street merchants are found in all settings. He could be an intinerate ship trader, a street vendor in the city or sprawl or arcology, or even a website that you can order odd things from (one must change with the times). Go to Comment