Retinue Progression

Minion/Henchmen/Retinue

Your Minions grow in number as you increase in dots, and as your legend increases your followers will gradually increase in power. For convenience your minions grow in power across 5 tiers.

You may have up to 3 distinct types of minion.

  • Amazon
  • Animal
  • Beastmen
  • Chosen
  • Devils
  • Ghosts
  • Giants
  • Golem
  • Myrmidons
  • Nymph
  • Other- Discuss with GM
  • Plant
  • Sprites
  • Witch

Dots is the number of minions
0 = No minions.
1= 10 minions
2= 25 minions
3= 50 minions
4= 75 minions
5= 100 minions.

Tier 1 minions are incredibly low level, usually being the least of magical creatures, somewhere between a heroic mortal and starting scion. 7/5/3 in their attributes, 20 Ability dots (none higher than 3), with 3 Epics/Boons and a legend of 1.

Tier 2 minions are much greater in power, being just about on par with a starting Retainer. 7/6/4, 25 Ability Dots, with 7 Epics/Boons and a legend of 2.

Tier 3 minions are elites, the closest servants of demigods. 8/6/4, 32 Ability Dots, 10 Epics/Boons and a legend of 3.

Tier 4 Tier 4 minions are legend 5 demigods in their own right and the closest servants of powerful gods. (They still fall into archtypes- build a demigod archetype from scratch off the retainer starting rules.)

Tier 5 minions are legend 8 gods. Each is a unique character in their own right and effectively function as a weaker retainer.

When you are legend 3: 100% of your Retinue is tier 1.

When you are legend 4: 20% of your Retinue is tier 2, 80% is tier 1

When you are legend 5: 60% of your Retinue is tier 2, 40% is tier 1

When you are legend 6: 20% of your Retinue is tier 3, 80% is tier 2

When you are legend 7: 80% of your Retinue is tier 3, 20% is tier 2

When you are legend 8: 20% of your Retinue is tier 4, 80% is tier 3

When you are legend 9: 50% of your Retinue is tier 4, 50% is Tier 3

When you are legend 10: 100% of your Retinue is tier 4.

Legend 11: 100% of your retinue is tier 4, and a number of minions equal to your ranks in this background receive a promotion to tier 5. (If you have 4 dots of Retainer, 4 members become gods subordinate to you.)

Legend 12: 100% of your retinue is tier 4, and a second set of minions equal to your ranks in this background receive a promotion to tier 5. (If you still have 4 dots of Retainer, another 4 members become gods subordinate to you giving you a total of 8.)

Special Rules:
Minion Rules

While Retainers always retain a semblance of self the members of your retinue are totally devoted to you… no matter how well or badly you treat them. They are always immune to social attacks and fear. (note this only applies when they act in their master’s interest. Carson the butler is utterly fearless while Amaterasu threatens to extinguish him so long as he is acting in defense of his Lady. However if Amaterasu used intimidate to demand he perform a tapdance for her amusement, Carson would resist with only his Appearance + Integrity… not a good prospect.)
Retinue learn languages normally. (Note retinue creatures that would normally be unable to speak, plants, animals, furniture or household items, etc. For convenience and myths sake, it is assumed all members of the retinue gain the supernatural ability to speak… unless their master does not wish members of a template to gain this ability. The choice cannot be switched once made.)

Interaction with Other Backgrounds- Your Minions have certain requirements-

  • They need sustenance, usually food and water.
  • They need shelter.

You don’t have to pay your minions. They will work for nothing out of love for you. However if you cannot provide them with a place to stay or food, they’ll have to provide those things for themselves, and time spent hunting/working is time not spent working for you.

Usually minions will live in your sanctum, which will probably have expansive ground they can use to feed themselves. There are no hard and fast rules about how many minions can live in your sanctum, even a 1 dot sanctum could easily have 100 fairies living inside, but almost certainly can’t fit ten giants. Discuss what you have in mind with the GM.

Typically as your sanctum expands your minions will build whatever suits their fancy on the ‘grounds’.

Retinue Progression

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