Our story begins rather simply. You are the shire-reeve1* for the very small village of Felicitas in the Kingdom of Nemestrinus a kingdom comprised completely of the Silvanus forest. Your task in definition is simple, protect your village and its people, but carrying out this task is much easier to say then do. Your village consists of nothing but common folk, hard working hunters, farmers, millers, craftsman and masons. You have no soldiers to help protect your village but the archery skills that many of your citizen’s posses for hunting, the resources provided by the Earth and your wit.
Your village is on the border of Dei Lucrii, a kingdom that does not care for Nemestrinus simply because of their lack of the resource wood; they must purchase it in large quantities for their more isolated cities like Sors. Their kingdom is dry and arid, even the Egestes River fails to provide much relief for the infertility the kingdom suffers. Being that you must cut away the forest to open up land for the buildings and possible farms (the ground doesn’t always prove fertile enough for farms once trees are removed) you become subject to the evening wind that howls toward the forest due to the heat exchange of the arid land so to protect your village from this you have already constructed a wall to divert the wind. The wood that your village accumulates is sold at a nice profit in the open market at Aequitas, the large trade city in the Kingdom of Empanda, which provides a nice steady income. You have some housing, a mill, bakery and other buildings that are the beginning makings of your village. There are only two major cities in Nemestrinus, Sancus the capitol and Aurora. The rest of the country is made up of villages like yours, which are scattered throughout the forest kingdom and face many of the same perils. What can set one apart from the other and the chances for its survival is its leadership and ability of lateral thinking. That’s where you come in.
Rumors are spreading from village to village that small bands of Dei Lucrii soldiers are pillaging villages at random along the Dei Lucrii, Nemestrinus border. There will be no help from the king as word could not be sent fast enough and the cost of sending the soldiers could out way the benefit of protecting the small villages, they may be needed at Sancus and Aurora. You must fend off the pillagers with the resources you have but be wary, once the commander hears of a loss of a small centuria2* he will be out to seek restitution. He must maintain face with his King.
origins of sheriff
Although the name centuria would seem to indicate a unit of a hundred soldiers, this unit could comprise anything from 30 to over 200 individuals. Source:>http://members.tripod.com/~S_van_Dorst/legio.html