Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tsolyani Family Charts

So I was looking at the family generation charts in Gardasiyal and Swords and Glory. They are complicated with multiple die rolls per section, all d100 and d10. So I sliced and diced, making most everything a single die roll per item. I also used different types of dice in order to allow the Roll-Them-All style, except you don't roll a d20.

For those not intimately familiar with Tsolyani society, it's rather complicated. The Tsolyani people practice both polygyny and polyandry, where each gender can marry more than one member of the opposite sex. Another complication is that as far as families are concerned, Tsolyani clan tradition considers one's father and the father's brothers as clan-fathers, and their mother and the mother's sisters as clan-mothers. Also, the clan-mother's husbands are also clan-fathers and the clan-father's spouses are clan-mothers. The father's sisters and their husbands are clan-aunts and clan-uncle's, respectively, the mother's brothers and their wives are clan-uncles and clan-aunts respectively. The children of clan-fathers and clan-mothers are siblings, and the children of clan-aunts and clan-uncles are clan-cousins.

Yes, that's a mouthful. Perhaps the gentle reader, and even the rough ones, could use a picture to be clear.

Family Relations
So, here are the tables for generating the family of a Tsolyani character.

Start by rolling a d6, d8, d10, and a d12.

Parents: d10-1
    If more than 4 parents are rolled, add +2 to the Siblings roll.

Siblings: d12-2

Spouses: (optional)
d8Spouses
1-4Not married
5-61
72 (+1 on Child roll)
83 (+1 on Child roll)

-1 if person is 20 or less
+1 if person is 31 or more.
+1 if person is female
+1 if person lives in a rural area

If concubines are to be included, roll again on the Spouse Table for the number without the bonuses.

Children: d6-3

-1 if person is 20 or less
+1 if person is 31 or more

Having children does not require being married.

Each roll is an open-ended roll, so if the maximum roll is rolled, roll the same die again, apply the same modifier, and add the result to the total. For instance, if rolling parents, a d10-1 roll. If you roll an 9, roll d10-1 again and add.

What do you think?