Lore #1: The Becketts (And a New Tier!)
Today's update will discuss some lore related to the world of King's Favor. First, however, I have an announcement!
A new pledge tier has appeared!
There has been some clamor behind-the-scenes to make a premium tier for those of you wanting something more than just the game.
$250 — PREMIUM
- A signed copy of the game. Everything the basic tier enjoys, plus a personalized signature from the designer.
- Art prints of any two characters. Choose your favorites!
- Stretch goals & secret promo components.
- Physical copy of the cocktail booklet.
- Digital copy of the cocktail booklet.
- Physical copy of the coloring book.
- Digital copy of the coloring book.
- Print-and-Play files with the final art.
- BONUS: Free shipping anywhere in the world. If you're awesome enough to back at this tier, shipping is on me.
That's right, a signed copy and some awesome art prints! Plus, this is the only tier with both the game and a physical copy of the cocktail book, and it's the only tier to have a physical copy of the coloring book!
Now, without any further ado...
Graceful and gregarious, the Wrens of House Beckett are easily the most popular nobles, among both high and low-born. Beware their sweet demeanor, however; they are dangerously cunning and will cut anyone down to claim the throne.
What does this mean in the game?
Members of House Beckett are able to use successes to adjust the favor of any house.
This means they are very adaptable. Developing? You can cut an opponent down and get study cards. Attacking? You can boost your house's score right as you kill the King to end the game.
Haytham Beckett is a strong man. He believes in honor. And he believes in accepting whatever life throws at him.
When his wife died, Haytham was strong. When his King had his brother executed, he was strong. When he realized that his favorite daughter was another man's child, he was strong.
Yet, his strength has withered him. He wearies of maintaining his house's honor, of his role in the world. His patience is waning and he can no longer stand idly by.
Lydia is a quiet girl. She's been in love with her cousin, Julius, since she was little. She'd never tell him, it would only get in his way.
She's too devoted to her studies, anyway.
In some ways, she envies the Joyces and their grand library, but she'd never trade the purple for the green. She spends her time in court with the elders, learning their tricks and earning their trust, too demure for the spotlight of youth and romance.
Julius has always been sure of himself. Life is his for the taking.
Still, he stalwartly believes that respect and propriety are paramount. He was given the life of a lord's heir-apparent. Nothing, especially the more hedonistic aspects of life, could distract him from his path.
He will do anything it takes to further the position of his house and ensure the respect of his father, Haytham.
Clara insists on keeping the name Beckett. After Clara's mother died and pressure from the court mounted, her lord-father felt he had no choice but to disown her, another man's bastard.
She might not see eye-to-eye with the man that raised her, but she'll still do whatever she can to further the interests of the house. Maybe her half-brother, Julius, will be a better leader than his father one day (even if he is a short-sighted, self-important prick).
So, she travels the land earning the support of the people and picking fights with anyone and everyone that comments on the odd relationship between the color of her clothes and the color of her hair.
Annie Thatcher owes her life to the late Lady Beckett. Orphaned as a child, Annie quickly found a way to survive on the streets. She won't talk about her past, but she somehow always knows who to contact when something peculiar needs done.
When Lady Beckett found Annie hiding under the carriage after a trip into town, she brought the girl in to be fed and clothed. Annie's resourcefulness was quickly discovered and she built a place for herself in a powerful noble house.
Now even Julius and Clara nod reverently at her sage advice, though they are both her elders by a couple of years.
Samuel Wilde was always a soft boy. He simply doesn't have his sister's aggressive loyalty and determination.
So, when the time came for Lord Wilde to give his son-and-heir over as a ward to the victors of his failed campaign for the throne, he did so happily.
Sam has no hard feelings about the matter. In fact, he prefers life over here with the Becketts, particularly when the purple clothes of his adoptive house cause strangers to act kindly to him.
When his father finally died, Samuel relished his sister's swift ascension to power and dismissal of Sam's own rank. For him, there is no shame in the easy life.
A Note on Social Media Goals
I admit, I've got to resolve some confusion from the last update. There is no King's Favor Facebook page. Instead, the goals all revolve around a little number right here on the Kickstarter campaign:
Each share, comment, and like on links about the project ticks this number up! You've just got to click that share button and get a conversation going. Let's unlock some more goodies!