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    Law holding mechanical alternatives

    I've recently re-read Ruins of Empire and it struck me how in the write up for Elinie, Coeranys and a lesser extent Mhoried and Roesone's regents purposefully don't rule up their law holdings too much as they and/or their people oppose heavy handed rule.

    The mechanics however benefit regents to rule up law holdings as it allows them to generate more wealth, regency and ignore domain attitude changes. If one plays with the optional build rule for units, the benefits are further compounded. I can certainly see this is as a sort of different perspective on how best to rule other than interpretation based on alignment. i.e. a lawful evil regent's law holdings would be more oppressive than say a lawful good regent and so forth. As it stands, there's no mechanical reason other than keeping reserve cash and regency from ruling up holdings.


    One idea I've come to consider are potentially removing the ignore domain attitude changes for controlling 50%/100% of law as the BR 3.0/3.5 rules have done away with taxation levels which were the major driving force behind attitude changes. Having a higher level of law would already represent that increased taxation as law holdings now generate income on their own. That said, I'm reluctant to give a benefit to domain attitude for having low number of holdings because it might seem like it places value of Freedom over Security and a strong government or conversely imposing penalties for maxing out law.


    Another would be modifiers on handling random domain events but I've been able to argue both sides of the coin so have a hard time deciding where one might be better over the other.


    Has anyone come up with any solutions or suggestions on how having a realm with light law holdings might be beneficial?

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    I find that it is better to disregard the silly notion that some realm rules do not want to fill their law to capacity. I think whoever wrote that bit confused a lack of law holdings with the fact that 'law' can be many different things, not just the king's royal service or the iron-handed fist of oppression.
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    Example: The law of the Mhor is quite different from the law of Ghoere. The former promotes fairness and freedom, while still collecting taxes and keeping the peace. Mr. Tael's law is somewhat more heavy-handed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Knight View Post
    Example: The law of the Mhor is quite different from the law of Ghoere. The former promotes fairness and freedom, while still collecting taxes and keeping the peace. Mr. Tael's law is somewhat more heavy-handed.
    Oh I'm very aware of the interpretation on the flavour of the law based on the domain's alignment and did allude to it in my original post. My question was borne more out of a curiosity in trying to offer alternative realm management styles for characters and my players other than: "max out holdings".

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