Court of Blades is a tabletop roleplaying game of power politics, Renaissance magic, gunpowder diplomacy, and romantic skulduggery, Forged in the Dark by a Couple of Drakes.
In Court of Blades, we take on the roles of retainers of a newly risen House of the Esultare in the great city of Ilrien. The Esultare, composed of the six Houses Major have a pecking order, and every citizen is aware of every house’s position within that order.
You’ve already risen so high, but to secure your place and ensure that your House ascends to the highest seat of power in the world, you will have to learn about your rival houses, advance your House’s agenda, and risk your lives in a world of duplicity and magic. The errands upon which you will be dispatched are perilous. The forces arrayed against you are pitiless. The bonds of family in the city of Ilrien are Forged in the Dark.
You are a retainer in a coterie, powerful, and yet, the bottom of the greater pecking order. Your job is to support the family until it is elected First House. You will not be like the others. You will not be another disposable catspaw in the polite wars of Ilrien. Your private goal is to become a titled part of the family through service, securing your legacy.
We play to find out if our retainers can play the Great Game and win it all, or if they’ll fall prey to the machinations of their rivals.