I’ll be maximizing the Assets mechanic to help detail characters in Hari Ragat. I’ll also have to categorize the Asset types.
While other Assets are possible, I’ll focus on the following as the Asset types that best reinforce the flavor of the setting.
The size and quality of a hero’s following is indicated by his Retinue rating. A hero’s Retinue follows him into raids and battles, and sometimes into hunts.
Your character’s Retinue can soak damage for you – e.g., a brave warrior takes the spear meant for your guts – but this costs you a permanent reduction to the Retinue rating. Your Retinue also acts as a unit in battle, capable of making attacks on its own or under your character’s leadership.
However, deeds performed with the aid of your Retinue only receive half the Karangalan you could receive if you had done the deed alone.
Your character’s Retinue can be increased by recruitment, or by volunteers applying to join your following. The higher your character’s Karangalan, the greater his Retinue can be.
How do you recruit retinue? Whereas Karangalan dictates the maximum Retinue a character may have, and the chance of gaining volunteer freeholding followers (those who can support themselves), most of your retinue consists of clients. To gain a client family, you have to assign them 1 die from any of your other forms of wealth, such as Land, Cattle, or Fisheries. You lose a die of wealth, and gain a die of Retinue.
Land represents your character’s farm properties, the basis of most wealth.
Land can be increased by employing your Retinue. Once a year, you can roll your Retinue rating, and if you get a six, your Land expands by +1.
Cattle represents your character’s ownership of buffaloes, pigs, and goats, which are very important to the community not only for food but also as sacrificial animals.
Cattle can increase on their own every year, representing the birth of more animals; roll 1d6, and if the roll is greater than the existing cattle rating, gain +1 Cattle.
Fisheries represents ownership of fishing equipment, boats, and fishing rights.
Fisheries can be increased by employing your Retinue. Once a year, you can roll your Retinue rating, and if you get a six, your Fisheries expands by +1.
A pearl bed is a spot on the sea floor where pearl oysters can be found in abundance.
Once in a while a pearl bed yields such numbers or quality of pearls that it increases your Wealth instantly. Roll your pearl bed rating once every year; if you roll any sixes, add +1 to your Wealth rating for every die that came up a six.
Wealth represents your character’s ownership of easily movable, precious objects such as gold jewelry, weapons and armor, ceramic jars, brassware, etc. etc.
A Servant is an individual character who exists to aid your character. You may recruit a servant the same way you recruit Retinue, but to gain a competent servant, you’ll have to give up more wealth. The servant can be a specialist in something – an expert tracker, a great musician or poet, a shaman, etc. etc.
Another idea I have for creating characters is to have Legacy rolls; use random means to find out who your character’s ancestors were and what you got from them! I remember these worked very well in my Red Branch campaign, so I’ll resurrect the idea.
Every player gets one roll on the Ancestry table.
- Descendant of Maragayon, the Warrior God
- Descendant of Apu Laut, the Sea God
- Descendant of Lakapati, the Farming God
- Descendant of a Diwata
- Descendant of a Vijadesan king
- Descendant of a Vijadesan hero
Every player gets three rolls on the Inheritance table.
- Inherited rice fields
- Inherited a herd of buffalo
- Inherited upland swidden fields
- Inherited a good fishing boat and nets
- Inherited rights to a pearl bed
- Inherited a rich hoard of gold and heirloom goods
Roll 1d3 for the rating of each inheritance.
Every player gets one roll on the Treasure table. Roll first for the treasure type, then again for the specifics, or the player can choose the specifics.
- A magical weapon
- A magical defense
- A magical implement
- An heirloom item worth 3 Wealth
- An heirloom item worth 2 Wealth
- An heirloom item worth 1 Wealth
To determine the rating or size of your Retinue, roll 1d3 and add +1 for each of the following:
- Land worth 2 or more
- Fisheries worth 2 or more
- Cattle worth 2 or more
- Pearl beds worth 2 or more
- Descendant of Maragayon or king or hero
My character Lawin-laut (Hawk of the Sea) gets the following rolls:
- Ancestry: a 4, he’s the descendant of a Diwata.
- Inheritance: 4, 2, 5 – he inherited a fishing boat, a herd of buffalo, and woot! a pearl bed! Next I roll 3, 1, 1, so I’ll assign the Pearl Bed 3, Fisheries 1, Cattle 1. He doesn’t have that much on the surface, but ever so often he’ll get lucky and get a dramatic increase to Wealth. Also very appropriate to his name, hawk of the sea, since I’m envisioning this character as a warrior-navigator.
- Treasure: a 6, I get an heirloom item increasing my Wealth by +1.
- Retinue: 2, plus 1 for my Pearl Bed 3, so my I have Retinue 3.