Expanding the idea of faction powers…
…And continued from my earlier post.

Back when I was running the Deep Sekh Tournament at conventions (wow, that makes it sound like a long time ago), I established differences between Faction powers and Characters powers. At the time, I was referring to them as “qualities” — this was still a bit before the launch of Fourth Edition, and before Paragon Paths were introduced.

Inspired by the Prestige Class and Affiliation mechanics, I developed rules that allowed characters to act on behalf of an organization, spreading its influence through the city. I was also inspired by the territory battles in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Sadly, that system never worked as well as I would have liked.

…What it did despite failing as a stand-alone game, was help lay the foundation for future systems, and further delineation between Character and Faction powers.

I’ve had varied responses to the concept of the slave faction, though most of them have been fairly negative. I haven’t found an alternative name that’s catchy or suits the group much better, though I’m leaning toward referring to them as “tribes” again. They’re the holders of both the harvest, and exile executive powers.

Call them workers, colonists, or slaves, but the point is that this type of faction is generally a loose collection of people grouped by familial or cultural (and often spiritual) ties, which settles in one area, or migrates from place to place, and lives. They’re a resource converter, typically transforming man hours into commodities.

One thing these factions tend to do well, is produce things. They might not always be the most efficient operations, but when there are problems, they’re good at finding someone to blame, whether they prove to be responsible or not. Exile usually falls between the pariah and assassination powers in the permanency of its effects.

An important note I want to end this on, is the disclaimer that not all slaves are a part of the slave faction, and not every member of a slave faction is a slave. They are (probably) just as likely to be freemen as they are to be bondsmen. It’s important to impart the idea however, that slavery is an enormous factor in the world.