To the people of Travance, from His Grace Count Sebastian Everest, Earl of the Marches, and The Council of Travance:
Travance and Ser Danarest of Mornea will be engaging in a war game this coming Feast. The full text of the rules is at the bottom of this posting.
On the topic of the game itself:
The game is, in essence, a large-scale game of “capture the flag” with multiple types of flags, each worth varying amounts of points. We have not yet chosen those who will carry the Commander flags for the course of the game; there will be at least 10. If you wish to be considered as a Commander for the Travancian side, please send a message to your Councilor of choice. Those carrying Division flags will be chosen and switched as-needed, depending on how the game unfolds.
Either side attacking non-combatants (the commonfolk of Travance, or visitors such as traveling merchants, etc.), or vice versa, is outside the scope of the game and falls under the purview of the Travancian criminal justice system. After any battle between our sides, both sides will do their best to ensure that anyone slain during the battle is reanimated so that no permanent scarring of the soul occurs.
With that said, this is still a war game with both sides using their martial and mystical might, and choosing to participate does come with risk of injury, loss of property, and potentially death. Anyone participating agrees that they may suffer unfavorable consequences outside of what has been disallowed by the rules of the game.
The game will be arbitrated by a neutral third party. We have chosen a baronial historian, and Ser Danarest has agreed to this.
Concerning Ser Danarest’s offer to hire Travancians as mercenaries for his side:
We understand that some of you may enjoy testing your mettle against your fellow Travancians in a sport such as this. Travancians are allowed to accept Ser Danarest’s offer to work for his side. If you intend to join his side to spy on his forces on behalf of Travance, notify a Councilor. If you choose to work with him during the game fully as a mercenary, there will be no legal repercussions for this, though we cannot control the impressions others will have of you afterwards.
If it is suspected that you are aiding Ser Danarest outside the context of the game, expect there to be a full inquiry. Keep in mind that participating on behalf of Ser Danarest does not grant you blanket immunity to any crimes you may commit during the course of the game. In other words, murder is still murder, and if you steal something as part of your role, you are expected to give it back at the conclusion of the game.
Concerning Ser Danarest and the Knights of Mornea:
For those who may be unaware, Ser Danarest is one of the Knights of Mornea, a group of followers of Necrophitus Arcane. We fought them off last March as they attempted to assault the Ivory Tower; this war game is a result of a negotiation performed during that time to rescue several hostages. We are well aware that he is likely using this game as a distraction from something else. However, we also know that he will play this game as it is written to the letter. You do not need to fear any permanent consequences merely for engaging in this game. Enjoy yourselves!
The event runners absolutely want you all to be able to play this capture the flag game as a true game, and to feel comfortable working for Danarest’s side if you want to. What this is *not* is an excuse to grief your fellow players with CvC/PvP. If we get word that you’re behaving in such a way, there will be consequences to you as a player.
The rule about not attacking non-combatants doesn’t affect any other non-weekend-plot mods that may go out. You don’t have to worry about getting dinged with penalties to the game for participating in unrelated content.