Flintlocks & Fireballs
- The Imperial background replaces Eldarin.
- Imperials do not have the Fey Step ability and may not buy feats related to it.
- Imperials gain the Tiefling ability Infernal Wrath, and may buy Tiefling-only feats related to it.
- Imperials must choose Intimidation as a trained skill.
The ruling caste of the Empire were called nobles once, but when General Leder ascended to power a lot of his supporters came with him, and not all of them had blue blood. So these days, they’re just called Imperials.
Most prominent amongst the Imperial houses are the Jottenar, a family of hereditary albinos. The scope of their power has made pale skin, white hair and pink eyes a badge of power in the Empire, and any other Imperial family worth its salt spends a good deal of time and money on alchemically scouring and bleaching the skin and hair of newborns.
From an early age Imperials are taught the skills they use to rule the Empire: the techniques of manipulating man and beast into fear and awe. Few forget these lessons, or dare to ever let their veil of superiority fall. Those very close to an Imperial might eventually learn to treat her as just another person, but most acquaintances will keep a respectful, terrified distance. Even outside the Empire’s grasp, the penumbra of Imperial power and the talents of intimidation which Imperials specialise in mean this holds true.
As might be expected, the majority of Imperials stand opposed to the rebellion. There are exceptions, though. A number believe the Rebellion will eventually succeed, and plan to avoid the inevitable purges by being on the winning side. A number more, less cynically, genuinely believe the ideals of equality and freedom that the rebels espouse.
Three Imperial rebels
Jocelyn Chase spent all her time in the library as she grew up, which meant that she not only learned far more of technomancy than her parents appreciated, but that she spent a great deal of time following the philosophy of the more radical thinkers, and their theories on freedom and democracy. These unorthodox leanings meant that she didn’t receive as much of the family fortune as her twin brothers, but she had enough land to be independently wealthy — which, once the rebellion began, rapidly ended up holding small, inconspicuous rebel safehouses and magitech workshops. Chase herself still takes an active part in the rebellion, simply because she wishes to kick against the myth of the Imperials as back-seat manipulators.
Erik Jottenar is an undistinguished stub on the Jottenar family tree, but an ambitious one. He has spent time training as a warlord, a leader of men, and sees the rebellion as a fruitful ground to prove his superiority over the rest of his family, with far more room at the top for advancement. He is more than happy to use his intimidating appearance as a Jottenar to cow people into obedience: he knows, at his heart, that he is better than them. But it’s not the common man in the street that he feels he has to prove that to. It’s the entire rest of his uppity, weak, corrupt family.
‘Lord’ Rathersby is a Rogue, thrown out of his family after a complication involving his brother, a serving maid and the family silver. He prefers not to talk about it. What he prefers to do is steal, pilfer, connive, deceive, and manipulate people into doing what he likes. He fights for the rebellion because they’re so terribly charmingly bohemian and exciting. Not that Rathersby is naive or pliable by any means: once he has a job to do, people tend to rather quickly find out that underneath the charming, rakish exterior lie sharp edges. A very large number of sharp edges indeed.