Part 236: Treasure Trading+Heroquest Prep
Magic distribution was tricky this year - I wanted a point left over just in case, but there weren't any good categories to skimp on(not even War; even if we're not raiding others this year, we can expect to get raided at least once). I took the point from Crops because we have a hilarious food surplus and a good harvest omen.
Looks like we have to rearrange the ring!
I put Barngradus in the freed spot. With Ernaldesta gone, he's now the best at Plants. He's also the only young guy we have whose god doesn't overlap with one of the other gods on the ring(and we want seven different gods represented since it's a heroquest year!) The ring is a sausagefest now, but so be it. There'll be a lot of then keeling over in the coming years anyway.
Oh, for fuck's sake.
Looks like I'm going to be rebuilding the Watch Tower again. Although with Jorator wounded, he won't be available for advice in events, and heroquesting will be unsafe until he's back in commission(wounded ringmembers count as a broken ring as far as questing is concerned).
At least we won.
I send Jarolor over to the Orlundi to see if we can get Humakt's Sword back. I have him drag the Godbone along since trading a useless treasure for a useful one is always an attractive option.
With both parties dead, will this event chain end? (probably not)
Fire season comes, and I recruit more weaponthanes so we stand a chance against incoming raids.
Trade time! They're willing to buy our useless Godbone, and they're also willing to offer a treasure that's not Humakt's Sword. They're offering the Shifting Statue, which they describe as "a magic statue that keeps everyone amused by changing its shape each season." The clan mood is getting bad again, so this could still be useful.
-Buy the Shifting Statue (how many goods/cows do we offer?)
-Decline the trade.
-Offer to exchange treasure for treasure.
-Sell the Godbone.
Most treasures are worth at least 50 cows. We need not believe Korol's first offer, he is known to poor-mouth in order to get better bargains.
And while we have a chance, pick the heroquest we'll do this year. I'll do it in the appropriate season, so don't worry about specifying when.
Humakt The Champion. Possible rewards include strengthening the quester, defending against undead, reconciling the weaponthanes, obtaining a treasure, and bestowing Humakt's blessing upon our battles.
Chalana Arroy Heals the Scars. Possible rewards include healing the sick/wounded(which we don't have many of), mending a rift in the clan, making peace with a neighbor, making the quester wiser, or making our wounds heal faster in the future.
Elmal Guards the Stead. Possible rewards include strengthening our defenses, gaining fine horses, strengthening our leaders or the quester, warding against chaos, or reconciling the weaponthanes.
The Making of the Storm Tribe. Possible rewards include gaining Orlanth's blessing for tribe-making, improving our reputation or political abilities, and making the quester a strong leader.
Orlanth and Aroka. Possible rewards include bringing rain, strengthening our clan or the quester, making dragonewts fear us, or bringing back a treasure. We already got Splendorbread from this.
Ernalda Feeds The Tribe. Rewards include bringing back a (useless) treasure, increasing crop yield, making peace with the elves, making our cows healthy, reconciling the farmers, and strengthening the quester.
Lhankor Mhy Finds The Truth. Rewards include learning new myths, making our quester or the leaders wise, fighting darkness(whatever the hell that means), defending against chaos, and "learning more about dragon pass"(revealing more of the map, in reality).
Issaries the Conciliator. Rewards include "learning more about dragon pass"(revealing more of the map, in reality), learning the secrets of a myth, making the quester stronger, improving relations with a cult/another clan/outsiders, improving trade relations, and ending a feud.
Here's a list(with slightly outdated stats) of our young nobles we might consider boosting up:
All their stats are probably slightly better now(except for Barngradus, whose stats are current as of this update), since we've been using Heroism magic every year, but their general areas of expertise will be the same. Also note that Elmalandti is currently our oldest noble(meaning he's probably going to die next, leaving us without a solid clan magician). It seems like nearly every heroquest stat boost includes magic, so we have some leeway in picking a new magic guy(however, this also makes it hard to make a noble who will advise on magic instead of some other area of expertise).