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NorkerMedic
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:00 pm    Post subject: idea for Yeomanry, inspired by Estes Reply with quote

Monarchists
Yeomanry League

The Monarchist faction developed during the civil foment before the formal break between the Yeomanry League and Keoland. This faction proposed the establishment of an elective monarchy for the YL, with a ruler who would serve a life term. Official YL history shows the Monarchists lost a vote on the question. But Monarchists claimed that some of their delegates were prevented from taking seats at the convention by fraud and force, and most of them refused to accept the outcome of the convention.
A Monarchist Council met and elected an elvish adventuress and war heroine Queen-for-Life of the Yeomanry.

The new queen, or pretender, left the country soon after her disputed election to battle monsters harassing settlements along the edges of the Hellfurnaces. Romantic legends grew about the ‘’Lost Queen’’ or the ‘’Pretenderess.’’ Divinations indicated she yet lived, but did not reveal her location.

The Monarchist Faction spent half its treasury trying to find her, then dissolved amid bickering as to whether its absent queen had abdicated, how a regency would work, etc. Only a rump organization survived, a social club for gentleman farmers.

After the GH Wars, a giant-slaying elfin heroine appeared in the Yeomanry, claiming to be the Lost Queen.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Return of Martin Gurre with a couple of added complications:

1. The supposed queen has likely outlived almost everyone who would remember her.

2. The monarchists are like proponents of French monarchy, very divided (Legitimists, Orleanists, and Bonapartists).

Whether the claimant is the actual pretender (what a tenuous position to aspire to!) is the obvious goal of a campaign. However, maybe taking the republican side of this would be more interesting... she could be controlled by forces of the under dark, be a corrupted clone, have changed her alignment, or even by who she says she is, but there is one glaring problem with getting anyone outside the monarchists to accept her...

Who elects an elf as queen for life?!?!?!

The point of an electoral kingship is to prevent the accretion of power in any one family over time. An elf's long lifespan negates this, as the elf will outlive all counterbalancing forces, and still accumulate the power in one person. Even is the republican were to accept a queen for life, an elf would be unacceptable.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the novel The Eyes Have It by Rose Estes, she was named queen-for-life as a reward for aiding in the banishment of Lolth in the conclusion of the Queen of Spiders supermodule (so not that long ago). NorkerMedic might have an earlier date in mind, however.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rasgon wrote:
In the novel The Eyes Have It by Rose Estes, she was named queen-for-life as a reward for aiding in the banishment of Lolth in the conclusion of the Queen of Spiders supermodule (so not that long ago). NorkerMedic might have an earlier date in mind, however.


I was thinking of some earlier mighty struggle against evil, around the time of independence from Keoland.

This could also work with a more recent set of events.

Tarelton raises good points. Kathryn Fern-Cliff (sp) being an elf Queen-for-Life of a human-dominated democracy struck me as quite odd, and therefore, interesting.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another Yeomanish political idea:

Parties form after the GH Wars.

Not political parties along the lines we are familiar with, of course, but clubs or factions.

The Peace and Freedom Club is , of course, a tool of the Scarlet Brotherhood.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To make the political clubs more interesting, you could have some sort of Jacobin club, violently opposed to a monarchy of any sort. Also, a disruptive, vicious club does not have to be a tool of the Scarlet Brotherhood. They could merely support it and let it do damage without getting their hands dirty.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jacobin types make good villains, true.

Spread the Yeoman Revolution by force, cast down the thrones of kings.
All for the good of "the People."
But of course the people must be discouraged from questioning the Will of the People. ;)
And the chopping machines set up in the public squares are a vital part of that. Necessary terror.
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