War

  • Which peoples, countries, and races have been in conflict in the recent past? Why? When and what was the most recent war? Who won? Are there ongoing tensions?
  • What major weapons of war are available (e.g., seige towers, catapaults, cannons, A-bombs)?
  • How much as the presence of magic affected strategy and tactics? Do army commanders have to use specific unusual formations or techniques to deal with possible magical attacks? How can magic be used as part of a battle plan (example: getting a weather magician to make it rain so that the enemy cannons are harder to move in the mud)?
  • How are armies usually structured? Is there a formal, independent command structure, or is everybody officially under the command of the lord who brought them to the king’s army? If there is a formal structure, what are the various ranks and titles?
  • Who can call up men for an army? How is this done? Does a head of state ask their subordinates for men or can a head of state go straight to the bottom?
  • Are there professional soldiers and mercenaries? Is a career in the army possible, or would one have to be a mercenary in order to make a living as a soldier? Does the army accept volunteers?
  • How large is a typical army? What percentage of the soldiers in it will be trained (knights, professional soldiers, guards, mercenaries) and what percent will be untrained recruits?
  • Are recruits and conscripts given training, or are they expected to learn on the battlefield?
  • How is the army supplied? Are soldiers allowed to live off the land and peasantry, or do they pay for what they take? How are supplies handled during long campaigns? How many days worth of supplies can the army haul along with them?
  • What are the accepted conventions for making war (example: only fight in winter when nobody is busy with crops; don’t make war on civilians; only certain kinds of weapons are used)? Do they differ from race to race?
  • How does the presence of non-humans (dwarves, vampires, etc.) affect strategy, tactics, and battles generally? Are special weapons required if an army is facing certain kinds of non-human armies? How would non-human soldiers turn their physical differences from humans to their advantage?
  • Are particular non-human races traditionally better with certain weapons (e.g., dwarves with axes, elves with bows)? Why — because they have greater strength, more acute eyesight, higher manual dexterity?

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