Random Idea: The Man of Mode

Posted by on January 25, 2017

This is part of a series of RPG characters, creatures, items, adventure ideas, and locations inspired by random entries from Wikipedia. The material I create may grow distant from its roots.

Today we have The Man of Mode, a comedic play about a libertine trying to win over one young woman while disentangling himself from another. It\’s been called \”the comedy of manners in its most concentrated form\” and the main character may be based on a real person.

Let\’s change the people into nations.



The Commonwealth of Astaria faces dark days. The Empire advances, and Astaria\’s allies in the Holy League are ill-prepared for a continent-wide war.

Worse, the cliffs and city walls of neighboring Vanna repulsed the Empire\’s forces. After two humiliating defeats within Vanna, the Empire\’s forces have turned towards Astaria.

Adil Giray rules Astaria with foresight and subtlety. He is far removed from his bloodthirsty ancestors who conquered this country two centuries ago. He is no warrior on the field, but few navigate the courts of the land with more cleverness.

Unfortunately, cleverness only goes so far against the sword. Astaria is fat, prosperous, and ripe for conquest. Its army, while well-trained, remains small due to disastrous agreements with other nations in the Holy League.

Adil desperately seeks information about the invading army, both standard strategic information and blackmail material on the Imperial General, Kara Mustafa. Is there anything that an enterprising adventurer could find about Mustafa that could be used against him, to turn the tide of the army? During these dark days, a few simple actions can keep a ruler on the throne, a ruler who will be grateful….

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