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Earlier sections covered several details about Norhurst itself, from its administration to its local nobility; it is now due time to focus on you, prospective player, and your intentions within the game. This section aims to portray Norhurst from your perspective and provide an overview of the different opportunities you could acquire by joining us. If anything piques your interest, please do not hesitate to contact us and inquire further into it!
Opportunity per Playstyle
Trading & Economy-oriented Playstyles
You’ve got an interest in leaving your mark on the economy? Want your very own storefront, or maybe you’d rather travel the roads? Whichever it may be, you’re in luck! Norhurst’s main focus is to have a hand into nearby trade and act as its foundation, which means there should be no shortage of neither materials nor clients for your endeavors. The Trade Council should also act as a way for you to get involved in politics and have a say in our government, and if you have a look at this County’s ruling Dynasty you will quickly realize that your intentions in the game very likely align with theirs, as well.
You might also want to consider the region we reside in, as further motivation. Norhurst is located within the Duchy of Triton, which is a region greatly devoted to naval pursuits; it is therefore quite likely that the area will become a hotbed of economic activity throughout the game’s lifespan, with ships and caravans acting in unison to transport goods all over the hemisphere. To further support this claim, the location will be mainly populated by Nerans, a tribe adept at learning languages and as such well-positioned to foster a very strong economy. Combine these facts with the willingness of this government to help fund players who have clear economic ambitions; hopefully you should see the same potential I do, regarding your playstyle’s overall experience.
Warfare & Combat-oriented Playstyles
If you wish to put your foot in the military side of this game’s gameplay, then I daresay this County may be ideal for your desires as well. Over here, we are treating our combat-oriented players in such a way that they stay in control over what, precisely, they want to develop in terms of in-game skills, and we make sure that they’re faced with situations where they can put those skills to good use. A military career among the ranks of the Norhurst Watch also opens you up to a position of leadership in times of war, since fostering solid leadership is a skill we will aim to maintain.
If you’re still not convinced, then I should also say Norhurst might prove to be of interest to you due to its political situation. Since my own personal goal within the game is to foster my Household, I will likely seek a way to expand the Household’s reach, and although part of that will simply come from the mechanics of marriage and childbirth, it wouldn’t be surprising for it to also revolve around wars, eventually. If you want to participate actively on that side, the opportunity is there for you to be called to a frontline, be it mine or someone from the bloodline, much more often here than anywhere else. With the constant build-up in experience, you should have a great military career ahead of you.
Exploration & Adventure-oriented Playstyles
Out on the roads, eh? I sure am happy to have you among us, here in Norhurst, because I’ll have a ton of work involving you guys. First of all, as a hub for trading activities, it is paramount for us to have a very good understanding of our own lands, and that no errors be present in our charts; ensuring it is so will therefore require putting a budget forward for your endeavors, so that we may have the most effective road network possible and all riches from nearby ancient structures are accounted for. In the long-run, this County will also participate in Duchy-wide efforts to push for a naval colonization of new continents, which means settling here will allow you to be at the forefront of these actions, should you so desire.
Another aspect to consider for this kind of playstyle is the interaction you might want to participate in, with the Norhurst Watch. Although mainly a military force, the Norhurst Watch will have a particularly dire need for a large amount of information regarding the landmarks around them, and this intelligence will be in constant need of renewal. As it stands, it is our plan to provide to every Watcher a set of documents called the Watcher’s Collection, which will among other things detail the landmarks of not only Norhurst, but the neighboring territories as well. This information will need to be collected, and this task will prove vital to the well-being of our whole community; a task which would be right up your alley, should you desire to partake in it.
Food & Nature-oriented Playstyles
Players who want to connect with nature will find that this community can make great use of their ambitions. In regards to food, be it cultivated or hunted, you will find that a very unique opportunity opens up for you, here; since food has a tendency to spoil fairly quickly, it will be fairly difficult for us to acquire it in large amounts through trading, like we’d wish to do with other commodities, yet the constant caravans going through the region should also mean a producer located here will reach further than usual; meaning, someone willing to dedicate themselves to this business has the potential to tap into a much larger market than typically available, if they are located in the area.
Should you rather be after a connection to nature in regards to fauna and flora, be it through for instance animal breeding or alchemy, you will also have a lot of opportunities within reach in this community. It is currently intended for the Norhurst Watch, the main military force of the County, to be an organization with a very close tie to nature; the common wildlife of the region will be trained to join into the fold in either a combat, tracking or support role (for instance, messenger birds), and the local floras will be thoroughly documented, alongside all their properties, in the Watcher’s Collection, which is a set of books distributed to every Watcher. As an honorable mention, it is also worth noting the high demand for excellent mounts (due to trading) and reliable medicine (due to constant travels) in the region.
Cultural & Bardic-oriented Playstyles
If you’ve got a desire to play into the cultural side of the game, the regional surroundings should feel right at home for you! As a prosperous foundation for trade, Norhurst is a focal point for travel and visitors, imbuing it by extension with the culture and local customs of the many tribes moving through it on a daily basis. Its multicultural status helps distinguish it and can also give the region some unique opportunities toward building something of our own, an indirect result of the proficiency of the Neran tribe in foreign languages. Overall, this means Norhurst can build a very strong cultural identity, from the elements in place and available to it.
Closer at home, there is a few more advantages worth some consideration, too. Being in lands owned by Nerans and located in such close proximity to the mountainous homeland of Hrothis, the Virtori religion is bound to have a strong influence in the region, and a very interesting duality between faith and culture will certainly form as a result of the tribe coexistence. Furthermore, with one of our close neighbor and ally, the County of Domnei, being a hub for cultural activities, you can expect a lot of deep interactions and many festivities to occur in our area, which will provide many opportunities for you to bring forth your own creativity during such events; Norhurst has the potential to be an impressive home for you, as a result.
Research & Technology-oriented Playstyles
You want a hand in the field of research, and for everyone to recognize your expertise in what you do? The region can provide quite a lot of options for you then, when you look at the broad picture. To begin with, the Duchy is leading a research initiative in the field of naval advancements, a field large enough to encompass many other distinct industries, yet also with clear and tangible results spanning the entirety of the continent. The Kingdom itself also intends to drive research forward, and we as a County would love an influence on the field, by having someone like you at our side.
In more concrete terms, I think it should also be said that the Nerans, the predominant tribe of the region, have an additional proficiency toward research and learning, which should prove quite handy for this kind of endeavor. The presence of an Academy nearby, which will belong to a close, allied County of ours, should also push discoveries forward, and provide the perfect environment for you to experiment to your heart’s content. Finally, the constant traffic of goods, both ones common to the region but also ones of more exotic origins, may help you discover properties between them that would’ve been otherwise difficult to pin down due to how far away they both originate from; this should therefore be ideal for further innovations later in the timeline.
As a sidenote, I would also like to bring up the topic of research into the occult : If you would like to explore the effects of magical properties, or the relationship between mann and faith, let it be known that it is something of interest to me as well, and I would very much like to discuss the topic with you; we may be able to work out a deal.
Crime & Deviant-oriented Playstyles
You’d like to be a crime lord? Or, maybe you wish to be the one quelling deviant activity in the region? This is somewhat of a sensitive subject but, I will say that I am open about integrating players who wish to train and master deviant skills into my community, as long as we find a way to correctly use your skills. For instance, falsifying documents could prove pivotal in a war effort, or disguise skills could help keep me alive from an assassination attempt. If you’re fine with using your skills in this sort of manner, it is my intention to have a subsection of the Norhurst Watch dedicated to this kind of usage, and you should directly contact me so we can discuss how we can go about putting your ambitions to good use. It is also possible, if you so desire, for you to find employment opportunities with me in regards to the Dance of Dynasties, since my own personal goal is strongly tied to that.
If you would rather be on the other side of that coin and root out the criminals from our society, I will also have a ton of opportunities for you and a huge need for your skillset. As it is, Norhurst is particularly vulnerable to the potential effects of banditry and the smuggling of goods, which means I will ensure an appropriate budget is set forward to quench down on these practices. Some of the elements in the Norhurst Watch will be valuable for tracking purposes, but it is all for naught if we can’t find the proof we need to convict those we do catch. How we will handle the judiciary process will be absolutely vital to the region’s prosperity, meaning that you, as a person, will be incredibly valuable to these efforts.
If you’ve got your mind set on the idea of roleplaying your character, I think you will find this to be a suitable area for your desires. Keep in mind that the community here isn’t a roleplay-centric one, but it is certainly a roleplay-friendly one; what I mean by this is that roleplay won’t be an enforced practice but will still be something I expect others to play along with, since this game has the perfect framework to combine this with typical play. I would also advise you to check what’s written up about the local nobility, since I’ve set a lot of efforts into making an extensive backstory, mentality and lore behind them and it should be a great stepping stone toward your own roleplay experience.
Another Playstyle or Not Convinced?
If the current post didn’t manage to cover your specific scenario, or you don’t quite feel convinced yet but still wish to know more, I would advise scrolling down a little further to the Message Board section and looking into contacting us directly. Everyone has different circumstances and it would be impossible to accurately cover all those possibilities, but in a general sense the combination of Norhurst’s goals and my own personal goals as the founder of a Dynasty tends to open a lot of doors which should prove interesting to nearly any playstyle. If you’ve got an ambition you wish to make happen within the game, regardless of what it is, it is first and foremost individuals like you a ruler needs in order to reach his own targets, meaning that you would be more than welcome to stand among us; we can work together on fulfilling those ambitions of yours.