Knell of Zion
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Town and city statistics
Every settlement has its own collective tendencies and temperament. Town statistics measure a settlement’s corruption, safety, wealth, lawfulness, knowledge, and agreeableness. These six statistics will generally modify certain skill rolls depending on the skills used. Modifiers generally range from -25% (low or none) to +25% (high).
How open a settlement’s officials are to bribes, how honest its citizens are, and how likely anyone in town is to report a crime. Low corruption indicates a high level of civic honesty.
A settlement’s corruption modifies:
- Influence/Seduction rolls made against city officials
- Oratory rolls made if not a town/religious official
- Stealth rolls made outside (but not inside buildings or underground)
Crime measures a settlement’s tendency for unsavory activity. Places with low crime are relatively safe, with violent crimes being rare or even unheard of. High crime indicates significant problems of thievery, property crime, and/or violence.
A settlement’s crime modifies:
- Insight rolls made to avoid being deceived
- Lockpicking rolls
- Sleight rolls
A settlement’s economy modifier indicates the health of its trade and the wealth of its successful citizens. A low economy doesn’t necessarily mean a town is stricken with poverty — it could indicate a lack of trade or imply that the town is very self-sufficient. Towns with high economy modifiers have fruitful markets and shops.
A settlement’s economy modifies:
- Art rolls
- Craft rolls
- Musicianship rolls
- The economy modifier also affects how likely more expensive or high-quality items are available, and how much money the town has on reserve to buy things from sellers.
Law affects how strict a settlement’s laws and edicts are. A low law modifier doesn’t automatically mean a town is crime-ridden — it likely means the settlement has little use for strict law (or that the lawmen are lackluster). A high law modifier indicates that a town is particularly alert, vigilant, and organized. The more lawful a settlement is, the more timidly the citizens will respond to shows of force.
A settlement’s law modifies:
- Influence rolls made to coerce others to act friendly
- Influence rolls made in diplomacy of the town’s officials
- Influence rolls made to call upon lawmen or other officials for help
Lore modifies a town’s willingness to communicate information, as well as indicates how useful and accessible a town’s library and advisers are. A low lore modifier indicates limited knowledge on tap (or just that there are plenty of close-mouthed individuals), while a high lore modifier suggests that gathering information is easy.
A settlement’s lore modifies:
- Influence or Deceit rolls made to siphon information from locals
- Library Use rolls if using a local library or archive
Society measures how open-minded and civilized settlement’s citizens are. A low society modifier might indicate prejudice, stranger-suspicion, or general predisposition toward low agreeableness. High society modifiers indicate acceptance of diversity and better fares at spoken conversation.
A settlement’s society modifies:
- Disguise/Acting rolls
- Influence rolls made to positively adjust the attitudes of local non-officials
Kane County is located at the southernmost end of the Utah Territory. It is east of Washington County, south of Iron County, west of the Colorado Territory, and north of the Arizona territory. Its land area is approximately 5,600 square miles.
An area known for its rolling deserts, mesas, and monoliths, Kane County is a rife with natural beauty and wildlife.
As is becoming common with much of the frontier, foreign immigrants from around the world have sought out Kane county for paid labor and a new beginning in the American frontier. Native Americans still call the territory home.
Main article: Cedar City
Main article: Glendale
Main article: Goldwater
A town settled in 1866, Goldwater is rumored to be a spring of wealth. A vast oil deposit was recently discovered beneath its earthen plateau, which attracted prospectors and business from the all over. The oil-drilling industry has stirred relations with local natives, and charmed the attention of mexican immigrants.
Main article: Gunlock
Main article: Hurricane
Main article: Kanab
Main article: White Canyon
Major Geographical Features
Main article: Zion