Who is Vort?


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So looking at the maps of who each prefecture supports, I was consumed by this unending mystery. Who is Vort? And more so, why is Vort? Vort seems to be incredibly popular in the one small prefecture to the point that huge support of Eutropia and Maxillar on either side, cannot sway them. Now, my players want to support Vort, no, my players want to be Vort. Help. There is too much Vort. What is Vort and how do I un-Vort. I need answers before it is too late, I can feel the Vort coming. What is Vort and how do I stop it? Thank you.


Seems like he is just another faceless local Senator. Nazezi and Starborne have similarly small but loyal followings. Since the agents have to travel through his territory (looks like Blackwood Swamp) on the way from Meratt to Yanmass, if you want to flesh him out it shouldn't be too hard - say, the PCs stop at Vort manor after a day of travel, that sort of thing.


He is described on page 44 of Book 2, "Songbird, Scion, Saboteur"


I'd read right over that guy. So how does the baronet of a starving community that barely qualifies as a hamlet rank so highly on the national stage? As far as I can tell there's nothing in the book to explain how the Tribune of New Towne has people backing him for the throne all the way from Cassomir to Lotheedar, and straight into the 5th book (if these maps are to be believed).

I'm tempted to give Caphridius Vort a more powerful uncle that commands some actual power and prestige, and who is a lot more menacing and involved with the criminal activity in the Blackwood, while his baronet nephew bumbles along in New Towne trying to "help the people."


As Blue Eyed Devil pointed out, this guy in book 2 hardly seems the sort of person a county would support in the upcoming war for succession. Hes a minor nobody compared to the rest. (Granted Starbourne also probably doesnt have much of a claim, but I think she gets a free pass because shes the only person in Taldor the Fey would support.) The Vort in the county that has nothing in it except ettercaps and a dragon, based on what I could find, seems like they should have way more going on than Caphridius Vort does.


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As Blue Eyed Devil pointed out, this guy in book 2 hardly seems the sort of person a county would support in the upcoming war for succession. Hes a minor nobody compared to the rest. (Granted Starbourne also probably doesnt have much of a claim, but I think she gets a free pass because shes the only person in Taldor the Fey would support.) The Vort in the county that has nothing in it except ettercaps and a dragon, based on what I could find, seems like they should have way more going on than Caphridius Vort does.

...or maaaybe that's just what he wants us to think!

A clever one, that Vort fellow...

Seriously though I have no idea, but I like to imagine "the Vort stronghold" could make for a very amusing sidequest of some sort. I fully intend on fleshing something out for that with my party if they want to do a post-game mini-adventure.


Given that not even most people in the county were even aware of the fact that Caphridius Vort had set up the refugee New Towne, plus the exact area Vort controls doesn't match well, I am also assuming there's another more powerful Vort in play, like Blue Eyed Devil. Maybe the other Vort also loves the opera like Caphridius and Caphridius visits his relative to watch operas (not likely Meratt hosts many).


Anything to make noble families distinct is great, and Vort the Elder being a sinister opera aficionado with ties to crime in the Blackwood is just begging for some spin-off side quest.

I like to play up travel time, not just teleport my PCs from location to location between books. My group also enjoys getting to stretch their RP legs a bit, and Taldor is just so vividly rendered in First Empire, that I will absolutely be continuing this habit with WftC. They will have also gotten used to the idea, after three months or so in Meratt County, of being able to just call on the manor of a noble and be put up for the night while traveling.

To that end, here is what I have in mind. After the PCs deal with New Towne, Caphridius Vort gives them the Vort family amulet. After completing this adventure, they will travel by horseback to Cassomir, taking them right through...Vort County. They'll think "perfect! Someone related to someone we've helped!" and try to stay the night.

So Count Erasmus Vort is decidedly less fond of the "peasant rabble" than his nephew, Caphridius. If he sees the PCs carrying the amult they got from Caphridius, he will want to know where they got it, and probably be suspicious. He may not like his nephew, but blood is blood. Maybe he starts off unfriendly. If the PCs convince him to let them stay, he insists they join him for his "dinner theater," in which local peasants are forced to act out murderplays with actual weapons to the Count's raucous laughter (cribbing a bit from Council of Thieves). Count Vort himself will not attempt anything untoward with the PCs, but they have to pass this way again after book 3, when they return by the same route from Yanmass to Meratt. And by now Vort will have heard that they are supporters of Eutropia.

Vort has a huge following - mostly criminals and bandits. He can essentially hunt the PCs through his lands "The Most Dangerous Game" style. This fits thematically with the 'harmless' amusements the nobility uses at the Taniger Jubilee (jesters and prey conscripted from the local peasantry), but cranks it up to 11. Count Vort, after all, thinks he has a shot at the Throne. Why would he let agents of one of his "competitors" live?


So the name Erasmus is shared with the iconic medium, which makes me think: You could have him be a medium (maybe storyteller archetype due to love for plays). It could give a group not as familiar with Occult Adventures a little taste of what the six medium legends can do before they become a big plot point in book 6.


I was unaware of the Iconic's name, but a little foreshadowing couldn't hurt. What if he is a spiritualist, and his phantom is an even scarier Vort, who was part of the Immaculate Circle? It all comes around.

I don't know, I've had a few whiskies at this point and might be going overboard.

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