This certainly expands upon the Prince Hakon entry of the 30 Princes. The link between the sailor his mother confides in and Prince Hakon seems a little thin, and that he does not make a greater effort to get home.
Also, while there are a lot of possibilities for roleplaying, a few examples would be good since you included the section. Go to Comment
This motivation would be a good inclusion in the sub itself; a little backstory that he was part of the corruption, and that after he fled he saw the abuses of the common folk, and perhaps was given shelter by some families who pretty much had nothing to share, but shared anyway.
Why exactly does he insist on avoiding the royal court even though the man who ordered his execution, is long since dead? Does the order still stand? Or is he simply wary of being betrayed again by the royal court? Go to Comment
Martin was part of the corruption at court. Once the coup took place and he was able to escape, he hid in peasant villages. He saw first hand how the peasants were misused while he was in exile. He is making amends for his past transgressions by helping the poor. Go to Comment
Many games draw moral lines in bold colors, where the real world is not so easy to categorize. Suppose that the player characters are faced with an overwhelming foe? Even unsavory allies such as orcish barbarians may be better than no allies at all. More disturbing, these allies may be honestly friendly to the PCs when all is done, overcoming barriers of race and religion. Will the PCs remain friendly with the bloodthirsty humanoid tribesmen when their mutual foes are defeated? Some would expect the tribes to betray them, but after the characters have honestly won their respect, even orcs may not be all bad.