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The dance of death; the honeymoon. Coloured aquatint by T. R Wellcome V0042007

The following random tables will help you set up properly desperate and dangerous relationships for the inhabitants of Grand Houses. Naturally, the possible results reflect the conventions of Gothic Romance and Romantic Horror.

The tables can indicate that the persons’ love and hate are for the same person. I suggest keeping such results, and exploring the way that affection turns to violence, repressed desires breed madness, and a hatred nursed long enough can mutate into an irresistible sexual attraction.

 

The Loves and Hates of Male Aristocrats

d100

He is desperately in LOVE with…

1 – 10

his (or his father’s) Mistress (and would marry her if he could).

11 – 23

the Governess.

24 – 30

his wife (or intended wife, if unmarried).

31 – 34

his sister-in-law.

35 – 38

the Lady’s Maid of his wife, mother, or daughter.

39 – 42

the romantic friend of a female household member.

43 – 46

his wife’s (or mother’s) Modiste.

47 – 49

the wife of an estate tenant.

50 – 52

the wife of a grounds servant.

53 – 56

a gypsy.

57 – 60

a bandit who once robbed him.

61 – 64

the Lady (or Lord) of the neighboring estate.

65 – 66

a sibling, or other close relation.

67 – 68

his cousin.

69 – 70

the Cook.

71 – 72

the Housekeeper.

73 – 74

a Kitchen Maid.

75 – 76

a Housemaid.

77 – 78

the Dairy Maid.

79 – 80

nobody, because his heart is still broken from a lost love.

81

nobody, because he is incapable of it.

82

a prostitute he often visits (other than his mistress).

83

a well-known artist’s model, paintings of whom he collects.

84 – 85

a singer, actress, or ballet dancer who is often invited to the house.

86

an attractive new servant, who is actually an enemy spy or assassin.

87

a ghost in the house.

88

a member of the Royal Family.

89

a Vampyre who visits him by night.

90

a Succubus (knowingly, or unknowingly).

91

a Fairy.

92

the Estate Manager (always male in Britain, but may be a female Intendante in France).

93

his Secretary.

94

the Live-in, or Cavalier Servente of his wife (or mother).

95

his Valet.

96

a Footman.

97 – 98

the Butler.

99

the Gardener.

100

the Huntsman of the estate.

d20

He HATES and would destroy….

1 – 2

The rival for his love.

3

his wife (or intended wife).

4

his mother.

5

his father.

6

his brother (or brother-in-law).

7

his sister (or sister-in-law).

8

an uncle.

9

an aunt.

10

a member of the local clergy.

11

the lover of a family member.

12

the master of the neighboring estate.

13

a servant who has the favor of his wife (or mother).

14

a political rival.

15

a childhood bully.

16

the bandit who once robbed him.

17

the sovereign.

18

nobody, because his heart is filled with kindness.

19

nobody, because he is mired in apathy.

20

a Player Character, on account of a supposed insult.

 

The Loves and Hates of Female Aristocrats

d100

She is desperately in LOVE with…

1 – 9

the Live-in, or Cavalier Servente.

10 – 12

her husband (or intended husband, if unmarried).

13 – 17

her brother-in-law.

18 – 22

an adopted foundling raised in the household.

23 – 26

the Gardener.

27 – 28

the Estate Manager (always male in Britain, but may be a female Intendante in France).

29 – 30

a Secretary.

31 – 32

a Valet.

33 – 34

a Footman.

35 – 36

the Butler.

37 – 38

the Huntsman of the estate.

39 – 40

a Guard or Porter.

41 – 42

a gypsy.

43 – 44

a bandit who once robbed her.

45 – 46

the Lord (or Lady) of the neighboring estate.

47 – 48

a sibling, or other close relation.

49 – 50

her cousin.

51 – 52

nobody, because her heart is still broken from a lost love.

53

nobody, because she is incapable of it.

54 – 55

a well-known artist.

56 – 57

a musician or opera singer who is often invited to the house.

58 – 59

a handsome new servant, who is actually an enemy spy or assassin.

60 – 61

a ghost in the house.

62 – 63

a member of the Royal Family.

64 – 65

a Vampyre who visits her by night.

66 – 67

The Devil himself.

68 – 69

a Fairy.

70 – 72

the political enemy of her husband (or father).

73 – 76

the live-in Mistress of her husband (or father).

77 – 79

her Lady’s Maid (or the Lady’s Maid of another household member).

80 – 82

her Lady’s Companion.

83 – 84

the Governess.

85 – 86

her Modiste (or her mother’s Modiste).

87 – 88

a singer, actress, or ballet dancer who is often invited to the house.

89 – 90

her Reader (or Lectrice).

91 – 92

the Cook.

93 – 94

the Housekeeper.

95 – 96

a Kitchen Maid.

97 – 98

a Housemaid.

99 – 100

the Dairy Maid.

d20

She HATES and would destroy….

1

the rival for her love.

2

her husband (or intended husband)

3

her mother.

4

her father.

5

her brother (or brother-in-law).

6

her sister (or sister-in-law).

7

an uncle.

8

an aunt.

9

the artist who made her look ugly in a portrait.

10

a member of the local clergy.

11

the lover of a family member.

12

the mistress of the neighboring estate.

13

a servant who has the favor of her husband (or father).

14

her husband (or father’s) political rival.

15

the man who once assaulted her.

16

the bandit who robbed her.

17

a former lover.

18

nobody, because her heart is filled with kindness.

19

nobody, because she is mired in apathy.

20

A Player Character, on account of a supposed insult.

 

The Consequences of Forbidden Love

d12

To deal with their their illicit desires, the character will attempt to…

1 – 2

pursue a secret relationship.

3

pursue a relationship, seemingly heedless of the possible consequences.

4

run away with their beloved (if the feelings are reciprocal), or else abduct and imprison their beloved (if the love is not reciprocal).

5

murder any rivals.

6

promote their beloved’s interests in every way.

7

speak and act impressively, whenever the beloved is watching.

8

engage in mutual suicide (if the love is reciprocal), or else kill themselves (if the love is not reciprocal)

9

avoid the pain, by separating themselves from their beloved.

10

kill their beloved, so no one else can ever have them.

11

use magic to make their relationship possible.

12

stoically keep their feelings to themselves.

 

The Consequences of Hate

d12

The character will deal with the object of their hatred by making an attempt at…

1 – 2

murder.

3

financial ruination.

4

physical assault.

5

framing the enemy for a crime.

6

a humiliating practical joke.

7

slandering the enemy with false accusations.

8

enlisting the aid of a supernatural being.

9

bringing down a supernatural curse.

10

seducing and ruining someone the enemy loves.

11

alienating the enemy from their friends and family.

12

stoically controlling their own anger.
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