Kingdom Turn Sequence

Kingdom Turn Sequence

A kingdom’s growth occurs during four phases, which together make up 1 kingdom turn (1 month of game time). The four phases are as follows:

Phase 1—Upkeep: Check your kingdom’s stability, pay costs, and deal with Unrest. If your kingdom controls 0 hexes, skip the Upkeep phase and proceed to the Edict phase.

Phase 2—Edict: Declare official proclamations about taxes, diplomacy, and other kingdom-wide decisions.

Phase 3—Income: Add to your Treasury by collecting taxes and converting gp into BP, or withdraw BP from your kingdom for your personal use.

Phase 4—Event: Check whether any unusual events occur that require attention. Some are beneficial, such as an economic boom, good weather, or the discovery of remarkable treasure. Others are detrimental, such as foul weather, a plague, or a rampaging monster.

These phases are always undertaken in the above order. Many steps allow you to perform an action once per kingdom turn; this means once for the entire kingdom, not once per leader.

Who Rolls the Kingdom Check?

Running a kingdom is more fun if all the players are involved and each is responsible for making some of the kingdom checks. Who makes each roll depends on the players in your group and what roles they want to play. Some players may not want to make any of these rolls. You may want to start with the following die roll responsibilities and modify them to suit your kingdom and the other players. Anything marked as an optional rule is described in the optional kingdom-building rules.

Ruler: Loyalty checks, any checks or edicts not covered by other rulers

Consort: As Ruler when Ruler is unavailable

Councilor: Holiday edicts

General: Kingdom checks for events requiring combat

Grand Diplomat: Diplomatic edicts (optional rule)

Heir: Kingdom event rolls

High Priest: Holiday edicts, rolls to generate magic items from Cathedrals, Shrines, and Temples

Magister: Rolls to generate magic items not rolled by the High Priest

Marshal: Exploration edicts (optional rule)

Royal Enforcer: Loyalty checks to reduce Unrest or prevent Unrest increases

Spymaster: Kingdom checks involving crime and foreigners

Treasurer: Economy checks, Taxation edicts, Trade edicts (optional rule)

Viceroy: Vassalage edicts (optional rule)

Warden: Stability checks

Upkeep Phase

During the Upkeep phase, you adjust your kingdom’s scores based on what’s happened in the past month, how happy the people are, how much they’ve consumed and are taxed, and so on.

Step 1—Determine Kingdom Stability: Attempt a Stability check. If you succeed, Unrest decreases by 1 (if this would reduce Unrest below 0, add 1 BP to your Treasury instead). If you fail by 4 or less, Unrest increases by 1; if you fail by 5 or more, Unrest increases by 1d4.

Step 2—Pay Consumption: Subtract your kingdom’s Consumption from the kingdom’s Treasury. If your Treasury is negative after paying Consumption, Unrest increases by 2.

Step 3—Fill Vacant Magic Item Slots: If any of your settlement districts have buildings that produce magic items (such as a Caster’s Tower or Herbalist) with vacant magic item slots, there is a chance of those slots filling with new items (see the Magic Items in Settlements section).

Step 4—Modify Unrest: Unrest increases by 1 for each kingdom attribute (Economy, Loyalty, or Stability) that is a negative number. The Royal Enforcer may attempt to reduce Unrest during this step. If the kingdom’s Unrest is 11 or higher, it loses 1 hex (the leaders choose which hex). If your kingdom’s Unrest ever reaches 20, the kingdom falls into anarchy. While in anarchy, your kingdom can take no action and treats all Economy, Loyalty, and Stability check results as 0. Restoring order once a kingdom falls into anarchy typically requires a number of quests and lengthy adventures by you and the other would-be leaders to restore the people’s faith in you.

Example: Jessica is the Ruler of a kingdom with a Size of 30 and a Control DC of 60. Based on leadership role bonuses, kingdom alignment bonuses, and buildings in her settlements, the kingdom’s Economy is 52, its Loyalty is 45, and its Stability is 56. Its Unrest is currently 5, its Consumption is 5, and the Treasury has 12 BP. In Step 1 of the Upkeep phase, Adam, the Warden, attempts a Stability check to determine the kingdom’s stability. Adam rolls a 19, adds the kingdom’s Stability (56), and subtracts its Unrest (5), for a total of 70; that’s a success, so Unrest decreases by 1. In Step 2, the kingdom pays 5 BP for Consumption. None of the kingdom’s magic item slots are empty, so they skip Step 3. In Step 4, none of the attributes are negative, so Unrest doesn’t increase. Mark, the Royal Enforcer, doesn’t want to risk reducing the kingdom’s Loyalty, so he doesn’t use his leadership role to reduce Unrest. At the end of this phase, the kingdom has Economy 52, Loyalty 45, Stability 56, Unrest 4, Consumption 5, and Treasury 7 BP.

Edict Phase

The Edict phase is when you make proclamations on expansion, improvements, taxation, holidays, and so on.

Step 1—Assign Leadership: Assign PCs or NPCs to any vacant leadership roles or change the roles being filled by particular PCs or closely allied NPCs (see Leadership Roles).

Step 2—Claim and Abandon Hexes: For your kingdom to grow, you must claim additional hexes. You can only claim a hex that is adjacent to at least 1 other hex in your kingdom. Before you can claim it, the hex must first be explored, then cleared of monsters and dangerous hazards (see Steps 2 and 3 of Founding a Settlement). Then, to claim the hex, spend 1 BP; this establishes the hex as part of your kingdom and increases your kingdom’s Size by 1. The Improvement Edicts table tells you the maximum number of hexes you can claim per turn.

You may abandon any number of hexes to reduce your kingdom’s Size (which you may wish to do to manage Consumption). Doing so increases Unrest by 1 for each hex abandoned (or by 4 if the hex contained a settlement). This otherwise functions like losing a hex due to unrest (see Step 4 of the Upkeep phase).

Step 4—Build Terrain Improvements: You may spend BP to build terrain improvements like Farms, Forts, Roads, Mines, and Quarries (see Terrain Improvements).

You may also prepare a hex for constructing a settlement. Depending on the site, this may involve clearing trees, moving boulders, digging sanitation trenches, and so on. See the Preparation Cost column on the Terrain and Terrain Improvements table to determine how many BP this requires.

The Improvement Edicts table tells you the maximum number of terrain improvements you can make per turn.

Step 5—Create and Improve Settlements: You may create a settlement in a claimed hex (see Founding a Settlement). The Improvement Edicts table tells you the maximum number of settlements you can establish per turn.

You may construct a building in any settlement in your kingdom. When a building is completed, apply its modifiers to your kingdom sheet. The Improvement Edicts table tells you the maximum number of buildings you can construct in your kingdom per turn. The first House, Mansion, Noble Villa, or Tenement your kingdom builds each turn does not count against that limit.

Step 6—Create Army Units: You may create, expand, equip, or repair army units (see Mass Combat).

Step 7—Issue Edicts: Select or adjust your edict levels (see Edicts).

Example: Jessica’s kingdom has no vacant leadership roles, so nothing happens in Step 1. The leaders don’t want to spend BP and increase Size right now, so in Step 2 they don’t claim any hexes. In Step 3, the leaders construct a Farm in one of the kingdom’s prepared hexes (Consumption —2, Treasury —2 BP). In Steps 5 and 6, the leaders continue to be frugal and do not construct settlement improvements or create armies. In Step 7, the leaders issue a Holiday edict of one national holiday (Loyalty +1, Consumption +1) and set the Promotion edict level to “none” (Stability —1, Consumption +0). Looking ahead to the Income phase, Jessica realizes that an average roll for her Economy check would be a failure (10 on the 1d20 + 52 Economy — 4 Unrest = 58, less than the Control DC of 60), which means there’s a good chance the kingdom won’t generate any BP this turn. She decides to set the Taxation edict to “heavy” (Economy +3, Loyalty —4). At the end of this phase, the kingdom has Economy 55, Loyalty 42, Stability 55, Unrest 4, Consumption 4, and Treasury 5 BP.

Income Phase

During the Income phase, you may add to or withdraw from the Treasury as well as collect taxes.

Step 1—Make Withdrawals from the Treasury: The kingdom-building rules allow you to expend BP on things related to running the kingdom. If you want to spend some of the kingdom’s resources on something for your own personal benefit (such as a new magic item), you may withdraw BP from the Treasury and convert it into gp once per turn, but there is a penalty for doing so.

Each time you withdraw BP for your personal use, Unrest increases by the number of BP withdrawn. Each BP you withdraw this way converts to 2,000 gp of personal funds.

Step 2—Make Deposits to the Treasury: You can add funds to a kingdom’s Treasury by donating your personal wealth to the kingdom—coins, gems, jewelry, weapons, armor, magic items, and other valuables you find while adventuring, as long as they are individually worth 4,000 gp or less. For every full 4,000 gp in value of the deposit, increase your kingdom’s BP by 1.

If you want to donate an item that is worth more than 4,000 gp, refer to Step 3 instead.

Step 3—Sell Expensive Items for BP: You can attempt to sell expensive personal items (that is, items worth more than 4,000 gp each) through your kingdom’s markets to add to your Treasury. You may sell one item per settlement district per turn. You must choose the settlement where you want to sell the item, and the item cannot be worth more than the base value of that settlement.

To sell an item, divide its price by half (as if selling it to an NPC for gp), divide the result by 4,000 (rounded down), and add that many BP to your Treasury.

You cannot use this step to sell magic items held or created by buildings in your settlements; those items are the property of the owners of those businesses. (See 30 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty +1

Magic Items 3 minor items, 2 medium items

The home and laboratory for a spellcaster.

Castle54 BP, 4 lots

Kingdom Economy +2, Loyalty +2, Stability +2, Unrest —4; Fame +1

Discount Noble Villa, Town Hall

Limit 1 per settlement

Special Defense +8

The home of the settlement’s leader or the heart of its defenses.

Cathedral58 BP, 4 lots

Kingdom Loyalty +4, Stability +4, Unrest —4; Fame +1

Discount Academy, Temple

Limit 1 per settlement

Special Halves Consumption increase for Promotion edicts

Magic Items 3 minor potions or wondrous items, 2 medium potions or wondrous items

Settlement Law +2

The focal point of the settlement’s spiritual leadership.

Cistern6 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Stability +1

Limit Cannot be adjacent to a Dump, Graveyard, Stable, Stockyard, or Tannery

Special Can share lot with another building

Contains a safe supply of fresh water for the settlement.

City Wall2 BP

Kingdom Unrest —2 (once per settlement)

Limit Land district border

Special Defense +1

A fortification of one side of a district with a sturdy wall. The GM may allow for cliffs and other natural features to function as a City Wall for one or more sides of a district. You may construct gates through your own city wall at no cost.

Dance Hall4 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty +2, Unrest +1

Limit Adjacent to 1 House

Settlement Corruption +1, Crime +1

An establishment for dancing, drinking, carousing, and holding celebrations.

Dump4 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Stability +1

Limit Cannot be adjacent to House, Mansion, or Noble Villa

A centralized place to dispose of refuse.

Everflowing Spring5 BP

Limit Settlement must have a building that can create medium magic items

Special Can share lot with Castle, Cathedral, Market, Monument, Park, or Town Hall

A fountain built around several decanters of endless water that provides an inexhaustible supply of fresh water.

Exotic Artisan10 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Stability +1

Limit Adjacent to 1 House

Magic Items 1 minor ring, wand, or wondrous item

The shop and home of a jeweler, tinker, glassblower, or the like.

Foreign Quarter30 BP, 4 lots

Kingdom Economy +3, Stability —1

Special Increase the value of trade routes (see Trade Edicts) by 5% (maximum 100%)

Settlement Crime +1, Lore +1, Society +2

An area with many foreigners, as well as shops and services catering to them.

Foundry16 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Economy +1, Stability +1, Unrest +1

Discount Smithy

Limit Adjacent to water district border

Special Increase the Economy and BP earned per turn by 1 for 1 Mine connected to this settlement by a river or Road

Settlement Productivity +1

Processes ore and refines it into finished metal.

Garrison28 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Loyalty +2, Stability +2, Unrest —2

Discount City Wall, Granary, Jail

Upgrade From Barracks

A large building to house armies, train guards, and recruit militia.

Granary12 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Loyalty +1, Stability +1

Special If Farms reduce Consumption below 0, store up to 5 BP of excess production for use on a later turn when Consumption exceeds the Treasury

A place to store grain and food.

Graveyard4 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Loyalty +1

A plot of land to honor and bury the dead.

Guildhall34 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Economy +2, Loyalty +2

Discount Pier, Stable, Trade Shop

Upgrade From Trade Shop

Special Base value +1,000 gp

Settlement Law +1, Productivity +2

The headquarters for a guild or similar organization.

Herbalist10 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Loyalty +1, Stability +1

Limit Adjacent to 1 House

Magic Items 1 minor potion or wondrous item

The workshop and home of a gardener, healer, or poisoner.

Hospital30 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Loyalty +1, Stability +2

Special Increase Stability by 2 during plague events

Settlement Lore +1, Productivity +2

A building devoted to healing the sick.

House3 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Unrest —1

Upgrade From Tenement

Special The first House you build during the Improvement phase does not count against the total number of buildings you can build during the phase

A number of mid-sized houses for citizens.

Inn10 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty +1

Limit Adjacent to 1 House

Special Base value +500 gp

Settlement Society +1

A place for visitors to rest.

Jail14 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Loyalty +2, Stability +2, Unrest —2

Settlement Crime —1, Law +1

A fortified structure for confining criminals or dangerous monsters.

Library6 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty +1

Upgrade To Academy

Settlement Lore +1

A large building containing an archive of books.

Luxury Store28 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1

Limit Adjacent to 1 House

Upgrade To Magic Shop; Upgrade From Shop

Special Base value +2,000 gp

Magic Items 2 minor rings, wands, or wondrous items

A shop that specializes in expensive comforts for the wealthy.

Magic Shop68 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1

Limit Adjacent to 2 Houses

Upgrade From Luxury Store

Special Base value +2,000 gp

Magic Items 4 minor wondrous items, 2 medium wondrous items, 1 major wondrous item

A shop that specializes in magic items and spells.

Magical Academy58 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Economy +2; Fame +1

Discount Caster’s Tower, Library, Magic Shop

Magic Items 3 minor potions, scrolls, or wondrous items; 1 medium potion, scroll, or wondrous item

Settlement Lore +2, Society +1; increase Lore bonus by 2 for questions relating to Knowledge (arcana)

An institution for training students in spellcasting, magic item crafting, and various arcane arts.

Magical Streetlamps5 BP

Limit Settlement must have a Cathedral, Magic Shop, Magical Academy, or Temple

Special Can share a lot with any building or improvement

Settlement Crime —1

Continual flame lamps that illuminate the lot.

Mansion10 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Stability +1

Upgrade To Noble Villa

Settlement Law +1, Society +1

A single huge manor housing a rich family and its servants.

Market48 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Economy +2, Stability +2

Discount Black Market, Inn, Shop

Limit Adjacent to 2 Houses

Upgrade From Shop

Special Base value +2,000 gp

Magic Items 2 minor wondrous items

An open area for traveling merchants and bargain hunters.

Menagerie16 BP, 4 lots

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty (special); Fame +1

Special Increase Loyalty by 1/4 the CR of the highest-CR creature in the Menagerie

A large park stocked with exotic creatures for public viewing.

Military Academy36 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Loyalty +2, Stability +1; Fame +1

Discount Barracks

Limit 1 per settlement

Special Armies and commanders recruited at the settlement gain one bonus tactic (see Army Tactics)

Magic Items 1 minor armor, shield, or weapon; 1 medium armor, shield, or weapon

Settlement Law +1, Lore +1

An institution dedicated to the study of war and the training of elite soldiers and officers.

Mill6 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Stability +1

Limit Adjacent to water district border

Special With GM approval, you can construct a windmill at the same cost without the water district border requirement

Settlement Productivity +1

A building used to cut lumber or grind grain.

Mint30 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +3, Loyalty +3, Stability +1; Fame +1

A secure building where the kingdom’s coinage is minted and standard weights and measures are kept.

Moat2 BP

Kingdom Unrest —1 (once per settlement)

Limit Land district border

Special Defense +1; cannot be damaged by siege engines

A fortification of one side of a district with an open or water-filled ditch, often backed by a low dike or embankment. The GM may allow a river or similar natural feature to function as a moat for one or more sides of a district.

Monastery16 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Stability +1

Settlement Law +1, Lore +1

A cloister for meditation, study, and the pursuit of various other scholarly paths.

Monument6 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Loyalty +1, Unrest —1

A local memorial such as a bell tower, a statue of a settlement founder, a large tomb, or a public display of art.

Museum30 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty +1; Fame +1

Settlement Lore +2, Society +1; increase Lore bonus by 2 for questions relating to Knowledge (history); apply Lore bonus on Appraise checks regarding art objects

A place to display art and artifacts both modern and historical. The GM may allow the kingdom leaders to display a valuable item (such as a magic item or bejeweled statue) in the museum, increasing Fame during this display by 1 for every 10,000 gp of the item’s price (maximum +5 Fame), and by an additional 1 if the item is significant to the kingdom’s history.

Noble Villa24 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty +1, Stability +1; Fame +1

Discount Exotic Artisan, Luxury Store, Mansion

Upgrade From Mansion

Settlement Society +1

A sprawling manor with luxurious grounds that houses a noble’s family and staff.

Observatory12 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Stability +1

Magic Items 1 minor scroll or wondrous item

Settlement Lore +2

A dome or tower with optical devices for viewing the heavens.

Orphanage6 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Stability +1, Unrest —1

A place for housing and taking care of large numbers of orphans.

Palace108 BP, 4 lots

Kingdom Economy +2, Loyalty +6, Stability +2; Fame +1

Discount Mansion, Mint, Noble Villa

Special Base value +1,000 gp; you may make two special edicts per turn, but take a —2 penalty on kingdom checks associated with each special edict

Settlement Law +2

A grand edifice and walled grounds demonstrating one’s wealth, power, and authority to the world.

Park4 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Loyalty +1, Unrest —1

A plot of land set aside for its serene beauty.

Paved Streets24 BP

Kingdom Economy +2, Stability +1

Limit 1 per district

Settlement Productivity +2

Brick or stone pavement that speeds transportation.

Pier16 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Stability +1

Limit Adjacent to water district border

Upgrade To Waterfront

Special Base value +1,000 gp

Settlement Crime +1

Warehouses and workshops for docking ships and handling cargo and passengers.

Sewer System24 BP

Kingdom Loyalty +1, Stability +2

Discount Cistern, Dump

Limit 1 per district

Settlement Crime +1, Productivity +1

An underground sanitation system that keeps the settlement clean, though it may become home to criminals and monsters.

Shop8 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1

Limit Adjacent to 1 House or Mansion

Upgrade To Luxury Store, Market

Special Base value +500 gp

Settlement Productivity +1

A general store.

Shrine8 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Loyalty +1, Unrest —1

Upgrade To Temple

Magic Items 1 minor potion, scroll, or wondrous item

A shrine, idol, sacred grove, or similar holy site designed for worship by pious individuals.

Smithy6 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Stability +1

The workshop of an armorsmith, blacksmith, weaponsmith, or other craftsman who works with metal.

Stable10 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty +1

Limit Adjacent to 1 House, Mansion, or Noble Villa

Special Base value +500 gp

A structure for housing or selling horses and other mounts.

Stockyard20 BP, 4 lots

Kingdom Economy +1, Stability —1

Discount Stable, Tannery

Special Farms in this hex or adjacent hexes reduce Consumption by 3 instead of 2

Settlement Productivity +1

Barns and pens that store herd animals and prepare them for nearby slaughterhouses.

Tannery6 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Stability +1

Limit Cannot be adjacent to House, Mansion, Noble Villa, or Tenement

Settlement Society —1

A structure that prepares hides and leather.

Tavern12 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty +1

Limit Adjacent to 1 House or Mansion

Special Base value +500 gp

Settlement Corruption +1

An eating or drinking establishment.

Temple32 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Loyalty +2, Stability +2, Unrest —2

Discount Graveyard, Monument, Shrine

Upgrade From Shrine

Magic Items 2 minor items

A large place of worship dedicated to a deity.

Tenement1 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Unrest +2

Upgrade To House

Special Counts as House for buildings that must be adjacent to a House

A staggering number of low-rent housing units.

Theater24 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Economy +2, Stability +2

Discount Brothel, Exotic Artisan, Inn, Park, Tavern

Upgrade To Arena

A venue for entertainments such as plays, operas, and concerts.

Town Hall22 BP, 2 lots

Kingdom Economy +1, Loyalty +1, Stability +1

Discount Barracks, Cistern, Dump, Jail, Watchtower

Settlement Law +1

A public venue for town meetings, repository for town records, and offices for minor bureaucrats.

Trade Shop10 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Economy +1, Stability +1

Limit Adjacent to 1 House

Upgrade To Guildhall

Special Base value +500 gp

Settlement Productivity +1

A shop front for a tradesperson, such as a baker, butcher, candle maker, cobbler, rope maker, or wainwright.

University78 BP, 4 lots

Kingdom Economy +3, Loyalty +3; Fame +1

Discount Academy, Bardic College, Library, Magical Academy, Military Academy, Museum

Upgrade From Academy

Magic Items 4 minor scrolls or wondrous items, 2 medium scrolls or wondrous items
Settlement Lore +4, Society +3; increase Lore bonus by 4 for questions relating to one Knowledge or Profession skill

An institution of higher learning, focusing mainly on mundane subjects but dabbling in magical theory.

Watchtower12 BP, 1 lot

Kingdom Stability +1, Unrest —1

Special Defense +2

A tall structure that serves as a guard post.

Watergate2 BP

Special Shares City Wall

A gate in a City Wall that allows water (such as a river, Aqueduct, or Waterway) to enter the settlement. A Watergate has underwater defenses to block unwanted access. If you construct a Watergate when you construct a City Wall, the Watergate does not count toward the limit of the number of buildings you can construct per turn.

Waterfront90 BP, 4 lots

Kingdom Economy +4

Discount Black Market, Guildhall, Market, Pier

Limit Adjacent to water district border, 1 per settlement

Upgrade From Pier


Special Base value +4,000 gp; halves Loyalty penalty for Taxation edicts

Magic Items 2 minor wondrous items, 1 medium wondrous item, 1 major wondrous item

Settlement Productivity +2

A port for waterborne arrival and departure, with facilities for shipping and shipbuilding.

Waterway3 BP, 1—2 lots

Special Counts as water district border for adjacent buildings

A river or canal occuping part of the District Grid. At the GM’s option, a natural Waterway may already exist on the grid, requiring no action or BP to build. If you construct a City Wall that touches or crosses the Waterway, you must also build Watergates on the same turn.

Events

Listed below are unusual events that can happen during a kingdom’s Event phase. Most events occur immediately and are instantaneous or terminate at the end of the Event phase.

Some events impact the whole kingdom, while others are centered on a specific settlement or hex. Roll on Table 4—7: Event Type and Danger Level to determine the type of event and whether it is beneficial or harmful. Then roll on the appropriate beneficial or dangerous settlement or kingdom event table. If this results in an invalid event (such as a pilgrimage when there are no Cathedrals, Shrines, or Temples in the kingdom), roll again.

Continuous Events: A continuous event’s effects continue each turn during the Event phase until you resolve the event (as explained in the event description, usually by succeeding at a kingdom check).

Localized Events: Some events are listed as “settlement” or “hex.” The effect of these events are localized to a single settlement or hex. Randomly select a settlement or hex for the location of that event. Some events (such as a feud) could be confined to a settlement or start in one settlement and spread to affect the entire kingdom, depending on whether they’re rolled on one of the Kingdom Events tables or one of the Settlement Events tables.

Settlement Modifiers: Some events adjust settlement modifiers (Crime, Lore, etc.). If an event is localized to 1 settlement, its settlement modifier adjustments apply only to that settlement; if it’s localized to a hex, it affects only settlements in that hex. If the GM is using settlement modifiers for the entire kingdom (see Expanding Settlement Modifiers) and the event is not localized, its adjustments apply to the final modifier for the entire kingdom. For example, the new subjects event increases Society and Stability for the entire kingdom by 1.

Hiring Adventurers: Once per Event phase, you can hire NPC adventurers to help deal with an event, gaining a bonus on one Economy, Loyalty, or Stability check made as part of that event. Adventurers of levels 1—2 grant a 2 bonus on the check and cost 4 BP; adventurers of levels 3—5 grant a +5 bonus on the check and cost 8 BP; adventurers of level 6 (but never higher than your APL) grant a +10 bonus on the check and cost 16 BP.

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d%Event
01—02Natural blessing and roll again1
03—04Good weather and roll again1
05—25Beneficial kingdom event (Table 4—8)
26—50Dangerous kingdom event (Table 4—9)
51—75Beneficial settlement event (Table 4—10)
76—96Dangerous settlement event (Table 4—11)
97Bandit activity and roll again2
98Squatters and roll again2
99Monster attack and roll again2
100Vandals and roll again2
1 If the reroll indicates the same event, ignore the duplicate event and do not reroll again.
2 If the reroll indicates the same event, the second event occurs elsewhere in the kingdom.

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d%Event
01—07Archaeological find
08—12Diplomatic overture
13—20Discovery
21—31Economic boom
32—39Festive invitation
40—53Food surplus
54—66Good weather
67—75Land rush
76—85Natural blessing
86—90New subjects
91—100Political calm

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d%Event
01—05Assassination attempt
06—18Bandit activity
19—28Feud
29—41Food shortage
42—51Improvement demand
52—59Inquisition
60—64Large disaster
65—76Monster attack
77—84Plague
85—92Public scandal
93—100Smugglers

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d%Event
01—14Boomtown
15—26Discovery
27—40Justice prevails
41—46Noblesse oblige
47—58Outstanding success
59—66Pilgrimage
67—72Remarkable treasure
73—81Unexpected find
82—93Visiting celebrity
94—100Wealthy immigrant

<caption>Dangerous Settlement Events</caption>
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d%Event
01—10Building demand
11—17Crop failure
18—25Cult activity
26—33Drug den
34—41Feud
42—49Inquisition
50—54Localized disaster
55—61Monster attack
62—66Plague
67—74Sensational crime
75—80Slavers
81—90Squatters
91—100Vandals

Archaeological Find: A well-preserved ruin is found in your kingdom, with historical artifacts connected to the people who lived in your land long ago. Effect: Lore +1. If you have a Museum, the discoverers donate 10,000 gp worth of historical artifacts to its collection (if you have multiple Museums, choose one as the recipient).

Assassination Attempt: One of your leaders (determined randomly) is the target of an assassination attempt. If the target is a PC, the GM should run the attempt as an encounter, using an assassin of a CR equal to the targeted PC’s level. If the target is an NPC, you must succeed at a Stability check to prevent the assassination. If the assassination occurs, Unrest increases by 1d6 and the kingdom immediately incurs the penalties for not having a leader in that role.

Bandit Activity: Bandits are preying upon those who travel through your kingdom. Attempt a Stability check. If you succeed, your kingdom’s defenses stop the bandits before they cause any harm. If you fail, the bandits reduce your kingdom’s Treasury by 1d6 BP (each time you roll a 6, add the result to the total and roll again).

Boomtown (Settlement): Randomly select one settlement. Commerce booms among that settlement. Until the next Event phase, Economy increases by the number of buildings in the settlement that grant an Economy bonus, and Corruption increases by 1d4 in that settlement.

Building Demand (Settlement, Continuous): The citizens demand a particular building be built (01—75) or demolished (76—100). Select the building type randomly from those available for the settlement. If the demand is not met by the next Event phase, Unrest increases by 1. Alternatively, you can suppress the citizens’ demands and negate the event by succeeding at a Loyalty check, but this reduces Loyalty by 2 and increases Unrest by 1.

Crop Failure (Settlement): Pests, blight, and weather ruin the harvest in the settlement’s hex and all adjacent hexes. Attempt two Stability checks. If both succeed, the problem is fixed before your kingdom takes any penalties from the event. If only one succeeds, affected farms reduce Consumption by 1 (instead of the normal reduction) in the next Upkeep phase. If neither succeeds, affected farms do not reduce Consumption at all in the next Upkeep phase.

Cult Activity (Settlement, Continuous): A religious cult of an alignment opposed to the kingdom’s alignment begins kidnapping, converting, or even publicly sacrificing citizens. Attempt a Loyalty check and a Stability check. If both succeed, the cult is disbanded before your kingdom takes any penalties from the event. For each of these checks you fail, Unrest increases by 1 and Productivity, Society, and Stability decrease by 1. If both checks fail, the event continues in the next Event phase.

Diplomatic Overture: A nearby kingdom sends an ambassador to you to negotiate an embassy (01—60), treaty (61—90), or alliance (91—100), as if using a diplomatic edict (see Special Edicts). If the GM doesn’t have an appropriate kingdom in mind when this event occurs, determine the kingdom’s alignment randomly; it may be hostile or friendly. The ambassador bears 1d4 BP worth of gifts for your kingdom.

Discovery (Settlement): Scholars unearth a bit of ancient lore or devise important new research of their own. Fame increases by 1 and Lore increases by 1d4.

Drug Den (Settlement, Continuous): One of your Houses or Tenements becomes a hive of illicit drug trade. Attempt a Loyalty check and a Stability check, with a penalty equal to the number of Brothels, Tenements, Waterfronts, and lots with squatters in the settlement. If you succeed at both checks, you eliminate the drug den before your kingdom takes any penalties from the event. If you fail at one check, Crime and Unrest increase by 1. If you fail at both checks, Crime and Unrest increase by 1; Economy, Loyalty, and Stability decrease by 1; and on the next Event phase, a second drug den event occurs in the same settlement (01—50) or the nearest settlement (51—100).

Economic Boom: Trade is booming in your kingdom! Your Treasury increases by 1d6 BP (each time you roll a 6, add the result to the total and roll again).

Festive Invitation: Your kingdom’s leaders are invited to a festival in a neighboring kingdom. If you attend and bring 1d4 BP worth of gifts, for 1 year Society increases by 1, Fame increases by 1 for any check relating to that kingdom, and you gain a +2 bonus on edict checks relating to that kingdom.

Feud (Settlement, Continuous): Nobles (or other influential rival groups) are bickering. Attempt a Loyalty check. If you succeed, you end the event but Unrest increases by 1. If you fail, Corruption increases by 1, Unrest increases by 1d6, and the event is continuous.

Food Shortage: Spoilage, treachery, or bad luck has caused a food shortage this turn. Attempt a Stability check. If you succeed, Consumption in the next Upkeep phase increases by 50%. If you fail, Consumption in the next Upkeep phase increases by 100%.

Food Surplus: Farmers produce an unexpected windfall! In the next Upkeep phase, the kingdom’s Consumption is halved (but returns to normal on the next turn).

Good Weather: Good weather raises spirits and productivity. Economy, Loyalty, and Productivity increase by 2 until the next Event phase.

Improvement Demand (hex): This event is identical to the building demand event, but the citizens want the construction or destruction of a terrain improvement in the hex.

Inquisition (settlement, continuous): Zealots mobilize public opinion against a particular race, religion, kingdom, behavior, or kingdom leader. Attempt a Loyalty check. If you fail, the zealots run rampant; Infamy and Law increase by 1 and Lore, Loyalty, Productivity, and Stability decrease by 2. If you succeed, the zealots are somewhat suppressed; Lore, Loyalty, Productivity, and Stability decrease by 1. Two successful checks in a row end the event (if a check ends the event, no penalties from it occur that turn).

Justice Prevails (settlement): Authorities shut down a major criminal operation or thwart a plot against the settlement. Law and Loyalty increase by 1 and Crime and Unrest decreases by 1.

Land Rush: Overeager settlers claim an unclaimed hex and construct a Farm, Mine, Quarry, or Sawmill at their own expense, but are fighting over ownership. This hex is not part of your kingdom, so you gain no benefits from it. Productivity, Society, and Stability decrease by 1. Attempt a Loyalty check. If you succeed, Unrest increases by 1. If you fail, Unrest increases by 1d4. If you construct an identical improvement in an adjacent hex during your next Edict phase, remove this event’s changes to Productivity, Society, and Stability.

Large Disaster (Hex): A fire, storm, earthquake, flood, massive sabotage, or other disaster strikes! Roll 1d6; on a result of 1—5, the disaster threatens only 1 improved hex. On a result of 6, the disaster is widespread and threatens 1d6 additional improved hexes adjacent to the target hex. Attempt a Stability check for each threatened hex; failure means the disaster destroys one terrain improvement in the hex and Unrest increases by 1. (This Stability check represents your kingdom’s ability to prepare for or react to the disaster as well as the structure’s ability to withstand damage.)

Localized Disaster (Settlement): A fire, a flood, a storm, an earthquake, massive sabotage, or another disaster strikes the settlement! Roll 1d6 to determine how many lots are threatened by the disaster. On a result of 6, the disaster is widespread and affects 1d6 additional adjacent lots. Attempt a Stability check for each threatened lot; failure means the disaster destroys the building in that lot and Unrest increases by 1. (This Stability check represents your kingdom’s ability to prepare for or react to the disaster as well as the structure’s ability to withstand damage.)

Monster Attack (Settlement, Continuous): A monster (or group of monsters) attacks the kingdom. The GM picks a claimed hex in the kingdom in which the monster is active. The CR of the monster encounter is equal to the party’s APL + 1d4 — 1. You can personally deal with the monster (earning XP and treasure normally for your efforts) or succeed at a Stability check to eliminate it (which doesn’t affect you or the kingdom’s statistics). If the monster is not defeated this turn, Unrest increases by 4. If the kingdom’s Unrest is 5 or higher, the monster’s hex becomes unclaimed—this is in addition to losing control of hexes in the Upkeep phase because of the kingdom’s high Unrest score.

Natural Blessing: A natural event, such as a bloom of rare and beautiful wildflowers or a good omen in the stars, raises your kingdom’s morale. You gain a +4 bonus on Stability checks until the next Event phase.

New Subjects: A small group of indigenous intelligent creatures joins your kingdom and submits to your rule. Society and Stability increase by 1, Unrest decreases by 1, and your Treasury increases by 1d6 BP (each time you roll a 6, add the result to the total and roll again).

Noblesse Oblige (Settlement): A noble family offers to construct a Monument (01—50) or Park (51—100) in your settlement at the family’s own expense. The nobles pay all costs and Consumption for this purpose.

Outstanding Success (Settlement): One of your kingdom’s citizens creates an artistic masterpiece, constructs a particularly impressive building, or otherwise brings glory to your kingdom. Fame increases by 1, your Treasury increases by 1d6 BP, and Unrest decreases by 2. You gain a +4 bonus on Economy checks until the next Event phase.

Pilgrimage (settlement): Randomly select one settlement with a Cathedral, Shrine, or Temple. Pious religious folk journey to your settlement, holding a religious festival in that settlement at no BP cost to you.

Plague (Hex or Settlement, Continuous): A deadly sickness strikes the target hex or settlement. You cannot construct terrain improvements or buildings there while plague persists. Attempt two Stability checks, each with a penalty equal to the number of Brothels, Foreign Quarters, Highways, Inns, Piers, Roads, Stables, Stockyards, Tenements, and Waterfronts in the hex, and a bonus equal to the number of Alchemists, Cathedrals, Herbalists, Hospitals, and Temples in the hex. If you succeed at both checks, the event ends, but Stability decreases by 2 and Treasury by 1d3 BP. If you fail at one check, Stability decreases by 4, Treasury decreases by 1d6 BP, and Unrest increases by 1d3. If you fail at both, Stability decreases by 4, Treasury decreases by 1d6 BP, Unrest increases by 1d6, and in the next Event phase the plague spreads to an adjacent hex.

Political Calm: A sudden absence of political machinations coincides with an increase in public approval. Unrest decreases by 1d6. Until the next Event phase, you gain a +2 bonus on checks to resolve continuous events. If your kingdom has no Unrest and no continuous events, both Loyalty and Stability increase by 1. If you are using Law settlement modifiers for the kingdom (see Expanding Settlement Modifiers), this also increases Law by 1 for the entire kingdom.

Public Scandal: One of your leaders is implicated in a crime or an embarrassing situation, such as an affair with another leader’s spouse. Infamy increases by 1. Attempt a Loyalty check. If you fail, Unrest increases by 2 and you take a —4 penalty on all Loyalty checks until the next Event phase.

Remarkable Treasure (Settlement): The settlement immediately fills one of its open magic item slots (selected randomly) with a better than normal item (medium if a minor slot, major if a medium slot). Treat the settlement’s base value as 50% higher than normal for determining the item’s maximum price. If the settlement doesn’t have any open magic item slots, treat this event as Unexpected Find.

Sensational Crime (Settlement, Continuous): A serial killer, arsonist, or daring bandit plagues your kingdom. Attempt two Stability checks, adding the settlement’s Law and subtracting its Crime. If you succeed at both checks, the criminal is caught before your kingdom takes any penalties from the event. If you fail at one, the criminal escapes, Unrest increases by 1, and the event is continuous. If you fail at both, the criminal makes a fool of the authorities; Law and Loyalty decrease by 1, Treasury decreases by 1d4 BP, Unrest increases by 2, and the event is continuous.

Slavers (Settlement, Continuous): Criminals begin kidnapping citizens and selling them into slavery. Attempt a Loyalty check and a Stability check, each with a penalty equal to the number of Brothels, Tenements, Waterfronts, and lots with squatters in the settlement. If you succeed at both checks, the slavers are caught before your kingdom takes any penalties from the event. If you fail at one of the checks, Loyalty, Stability, and Unrest decrease by 1, but the event is not continuous. If you fail at both checks, Loyalty, Stability, and Unrest decrease by 2, and the event is continuous.

Smugglers (Continuous): Unscrupulous merchants are subverting legitimate businesses. Attempt a Loyalty check and a Stability check, each with a penalty equal to the number of Piers, Waterfronts, and trade routes in the kingdom. If you succeed at both checks, the smugglers are stopped before your kingdom takes any penalties from the event. If you fail at one of the checks, Corruption increases by 1d2 in each settlement, Crime increases by 1 for the kingdom, Productivity for the kingdom decreases by 1d3, Treasury decreases by 1d3 BP, and the event is not continuous. If you fail at both of the checks, Corruption increases by 1d4, Crime for the kingdom increases by 1, Productivity for the kingdom decreases by 1d6, Treasury decreases by 1d6 BP, and the event is continuous.

Squatters (Settlement, Continuous): An empty settlement lot is taken over by beggars, troublemakers, and people unable to find adequate work or housing; they camp there with tents, wagons, and shanties. You cannot use the lot for anything until the squatters are dispersed. Fame and Stability decrease by 1, and Unrest increases by 2. You may try to disperse the squatters with a Stability check. Success means the squatters are dispersed and the event is not continuous, but if a House or Tenement is not built in that lot on the next turn, Infamy increases by 1 and Unrest by 2. Failing the Stability check means the event is continuous, and you may not build on that lot until the event is resolved.

Unexpected Find (Settlement): Local citizens discover a forgotten magical item. The settlement gains one temporary minor (01—70) or medium (71—100) magic item slot that is automatically filled in the next Upkeep phase. This slot and the item go away if the item is purchased or in the next Event phase, whichever comes first.

Vandals (Settlement): Thugs and dissidents riot and destroy property. Attempt a Loyalty check and a Stability check. If you succeed at both, the vandals are stopped before your kingdom takes any penalties. If you fail at one check, Society decreases by 1 and one random building in the settlement is damaged. If you fail at both, one random building is destroyed (Unrest increases by 1 for each lot of the destroyed building), and 1d3 other random buildings are damaged. A damaged building provides no benefits until half its cost is spent repairing it.

Visiting Celebrity (Settlement): A celebrity from another kingdom visits one of your settlements, causing a sudden influx of other visitors and spending. Fame increases by 1 and Treasury increases by 1d6 BP (each time you roll a 6, add the result to the total and roll again).

Wealthy Immigrant (Settlement): A rich merchant or a noble from another land is impressed with your kingdom and asks to construct a Mansion (01—75) or Noble Villa (76—100) in the settlement at no cost to you. If you allow it, the building provides its normal benefits to your kingdom.

Kingdom Turn Sequence

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