The Watch is as it is at the end of Thud.
Carmen is from the original series.
Carmen has arrived in Ankh-Morpork to steal as much Battlebread as possible from the Dwarf Bread Museum. She scouts out the city for a week before the heist. Once she has stolen the bread, she must leave the city via one of the gates. Assume there won't be a deus ex machina from Fred and Nobby.
R1: The Watch is expecting her, and a group of constables led by Carrot are guarding the Museum
R2: The Watch is not expecting her, however Carrot and Angua are visiting the Museum at the time of the break-in
R3: The Watch is on red alert and has responded to her presence in the city the same way they did to Carcer at the start of Night Watch, with Detritus, Carrot, Vimes, Buggy Swires etc. all present.
I think that the City Watch series may overall be the second best satire I've ever read (Don Quixote being eternally first). I thought Guards! Guards! was a very fun, exceptional satire and gave it 3.5/5- but it really pales compared to Sir Terry's sequels. Men at Arms- for which I wrote a review- was phenomenal (4.5/5). So my exceptions going into FoC and Jingo were very high.
Feet of Clay (4/5)
Feet of Clay was incredible and I would have loved it just as much as MaA had I read it immediately after a weaker novel. So I wasn't as blown away by it, but I think its objectively just as good as MaA.
Sir Terry comments on so many relevant issues here- what it is to be human, discrimination, etc. He even has a version of AI and many of the issues addressed with respect to it are very relevant in today's world of automated cars. He truly addresses some interesting questions with regard to whether golems (AI equivalent) can be held accountable or not, are they tools, their freedom, etc. Obviously, the dwarves social commentary is also great!
The side cast gets drawn out a lot more than the preceding novels- Angua being the main example. Vetinari continues to delight. Cheery is a great addition to the story- and the only 'female' dwarf I can think of. The vampires play a bigger role in this story, and no, these are not sparkly angsty teenage ones.
>“No it's not!" said Constable Visit. "Atheism is a denial of a god."
>"Therefore It Is A Religious Position," said Dorfl. "Indeed, A True Atheist Thinks Of The Gods Constantly, Albeit In Terms of Denial. Therefore, Atheism Is A Form Of Belief. If The Atheist Truly Did Not Believe, He Or She Would Not Bother To Deny.”
>“Samuel Vimes dreamed about Clues. He had a jaundiced view of Clues. He instinctively distrusted them. They got in the way. And he distrusted the kind of person who’d take one look at another man and say in a lordly voice to his companion, “Ah, my dear sir, I can tell you nothing except that he is a left-handed stonemason who has spent some years in the merchant navy and has recently fallen on hard times,” and then unroll a lot of supercilious commentary about calluses and stance and the state of a man’s boots, when exactly the same comments could apply to a man who was wearing his old clothes because he’d been doing a spot of home bricklaying for a new barbecue pit, and had been tattooed once when he was drunk and seventeen* and in fact got seasick on a wet pavement. What... keep reading on reddit ➡
It amazes me that, after all these years, I am still spotting jokes that I didn't notice before. Just happened to open The Truth and laughed at this.
I've recently started diving into Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and I've fallen in love with the Ankh-Morpork City Watch (I've read up to The Fifth Elephant so far).
The idea of a fantasy police officer finding their purpose in a city where the Thieves Guild and Assassins Guild are not only legal, but respected institutions, makes me want to run a game centered around a place like this.
I GM for my group and while we primarily play 5e and Fiasco, the mechanics of these games don't really fit the style of a police procedural.
We've tried a few PbtA systems in the past and got frustrated with each of them. Didn't like the mechanics much, but if there's one that's a really good fit we'd be willing to try.
I've been considering Blades Against Darkness but I haven't dived too deep into it yet.
Does anyone have suggestions for a system that would capture the feel of this setting?
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Warrior is set in 1870s San Francisco. Parallels to Ankh-Morpork that I've observed:
Conflict between the Chinese and the Irish over employment and crime, lorded over by the Americans. Somewhat similar to the Dwarves and Trolls fighting each other and being considered inferior by the native Morporkians.
Due to rising crime rates, a special Chinatown squad was formed, including one cynical veteran and one by-the-book newbie cop. Allusions to Vimes and Carrot. The "Vimes" here is not an alcoholic but has a gambling habit which gets him into trouble.
Aside from the gratuitous violence and nudity and the lack of fantasy elements, I feel it's a pretty realistic portrayal of what Ankh-Morpork would be like during the events of Night Watch in regards to the power plays between the various factions.
Let me preface this with saying- Perhaps there may be mild spoilers for some Discworld novels ahead. If you have read all of them, please don't spoil anything for me, either. I have only read the first 19 novels and am currently reading the 20th.
Also, if this belongs somewhere else, please let me know.
Now, to get into it. For those of you who don't know, Captain Carrot is a character from Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels. He is a dwarf (by adoption) and serves as a Captain in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. He is known (by everyone) for being likable and charismatic, and also for knowing everyone in the city-state (the biggest one on the Discworld). His mind is somewhat simple, but he isn't necessarily dumb, and he possesses a certain child-like innocence. He is incredibly loyal and follows every rule and law to the letter, having learned them off by heart. He is also incredibly strong and owns a sword (passed down by his biological parents who died when he was a baby and happened to be royal) that can cut through a vast amount of things normal swords can't.
Carrot is, biologically speaking, a human, so his race is very straightforward. His background would be City Watch or whatever it's called from the SCAG.
He is incredibly charismatic and can defuse almost any situation without violence, though he is very strong if need be. He is intimidating without appearing to mean it, is deviously deceptive without lying, and has a good memory and street smarts, though he isn't otherwise considered intelligent. For these reasons, I think that he'd have high Charisma and Strength, good Constitution and Wisdom, and Intelligence and Dexterity on the lower end of the spectrum.
However, the class is a bit more difficult. For me, Paladin immediately springs to mind, even though Carrot has no magical abilites. His high charisma and strength and his devotion to a cause make him a perfect Paladin. His oath would likely be Crown from SCAG or Devotion from the PHB. However, as I mentioned before, Carrot has no magic to speak of. In this case, Fighter (likely Champion) is the better choice, though he'd have the same stats as I described him to have as a Paladin.
Keeping this in mind, how would you build Carrot? Would you make him a paladin, a fighter, or something else entirely? What stats would you use? This is all just theoretical, though it would be pretty fun playing Carrot in a D&D game. You'd have to arrest every enemy, and try to avoid fights... keep reading on reddit ➡
I love the watch series of books, and would like the badge as my next piece. I have found a couple of images from google from the back of the city watch diary, but none are 'sharp' enough and I do not own the book! Any help would be massively appreciated :)
If it came to that, he hated thinking of them as civilians. What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians the only other thing they could be was soldiers.
Carrot gets his standard Watch equipment, all immaculately polished, of course.
Geralt is unable to leave the city, and acts in-character. Sam has the entire watch out looking for him. Geralt must evade capture for one week, and then assassinate Vetinari in order to win.
Note: Geralt has advanced senses, but is more at home in the wild than a sprawling city.
Bonus round: could Wolfgang and his pack of werewolves from The Fifth Elephant catch and kill Geralt in the woods of Überwald?
I haven't made this a bloodmatch because I don't want to put people off commenting, but if you feel like making this one then that'd be fantastic.