Italian Cultural Templates

Main Page
Glossary
Setting
Sorcery

Cultural Template

At this time, there are five (5) major powers in Italy, along with a host of lesser principalities. The five principalities are: the Papal States, the Kingdom of Naples, the Duchy of Milan, the Republic of Florence, and the Republic of Venice. You can come from any of these or from any of the lesser fry that might be nominally claimed or allied with one of the five. At this time, all aristocrats can be considered able to read and write Latin and some form of vulgar Italian.

I’ve done an aristocrat profile for each of the principalities. You can be from any one of them if you marry into the family. If you’re from somewhere in Italy other than Venice, add the Flaw Not Venetian Born to your Italian template. If you’re from somewhere outside Italy, add the Flaw Foreigner. If you’re also not Christian, add the flaw Pagan, Jew, or Saracen instead.

You may assume you speak Italian with the accent of your home city, unless your backstory explains otherwise. You can identify an accent automatically unless the speaker tries to conceal it, in which case you resist with something like Know Italian Customs & History.

To reflect differences between men and women, I have added a female variation to each principality.

The Papal States (male)

General Abilities

Know Church Bureaucracy
Know Italian Customs & History
Know Rome
Feign Sympathy
Be a Good Catholic
Cultivate Spy Network
Quote Scripture
Offer Bribe

Relationships

[to Church faction or leader]
[to family]
[to lover]
[to rival/enemy]

Personality Traits

Tight-lipped
Scheming
Sensual
Cynical

The Papal States (female)

General Abilities

Know Church Bureaucracy
Know Italian Customs & History
Know Rome
Feign Innocence
Be a Good Catholic
Cultivate Spy Network
Quote Scripture
Know Church Rumors

Relationships

[to confessor]
[to family]
[to lover]
[to rival/enemy]

Personality Traits

Tight-lipped
Scheming
Sensual
Pious

The Kingdom of Naples (male)

General Abilities

Gourmand
Know Italian Customs & History
Know Naples
Be a Good Catholic
Intimidating Stare
Appreciate Art & Poetry
Weather Sense or Tolerate Heat
Know Local Rumors

Relationships

[to family]
[to Naples]
[to criminal]
[to rival/enemy]

Personality Traits

Vindictive
Proud
Bellicose
Charitable

The Kingdom of Naples (female)

General Abilities

Gourmand
Know Italian Customs & History
Know Naples
Be a Good Catholic
Alluring Gaze
Sing Prettily
Tolerate Heat
Know Local Rumors

Relationships

[to family]
[to Naples]
[to artist]
[to rival/enemy]

Personality Traits

Vindictive
Proud
Seductive
Charitable

The Duchy of Milan (male)

General Abilities

Know French Politics
Know Italian Customs & History
Know Milan
Be a Good Catholic
Drive Hard-Nosed Bargain
Cultivate Spy Network
Appraise Value
Silver-Tongued Flattery

Relationships

[to family]
[to Milan]
[to trade contact]
[to rival/enemy]

Personality Traits

Vindictive
Jealous of Venice
Ambitious
Charming

The Duchy of Milan (female)

General Abilities

Know French Politics
Know Italian Customs & History
Know Milan
Be a Good Catholic
Spot Character Flaw
Cold-blooded Seduction
Appraise Value
Know Court Gossip

Relationships

[to family]
[to Milan]
[to court ally]
[to rival/enemy]

Personality Traits

Vindictive
Jealous of Venice
Ambitious
Sophisticated

The Republic of Florence (male)

General Abilities

Know Italian Customs & History
Know Florence
Resist Demagoguery
Use Reason
Cultivate Spy Network
Appreciate Art & Architecture
Detect Motive
Quote Scholarly Work

Relationships

[to the Medici family]
[to Florence]
[to family]
[to rival/enemy]

Personality Traits

Discerning
Proud
Impetuous
Confident

The Republic of Florence (female)

General Abilities

Know Italian Customs & History
Know Florence
Spread Rumors
Use Reason
Play [Musical Instrument]
Appreciate Art & Architecture
Detect Motive
Quote Scholarly Work

Relationships

[to the Medici family]
[to Florence]
[to family]
[to rival/enemy]

Personality Traits

Appreciate Learning
Proud
Calculating
Confident

The Republic of Venice (male)

General Abilities

Know Ottoman Custom
Know Italian Customs & History
Know Venice
Appreciate Art & Architecture
Diplomacy
Cultivate Spy Network
Appraise Value
Conceal Motive

Relationships

[to family]
[to Venice]
[to trade contact]
[to rival/enemy]

h.4 Personality Traits

Hate (or Fear) the Turk
Proud
Ruthless
Elegant

The Republic of Venice (female)

General Abilities

Know Ottoman Custom
Know Italian Customs & History
Know Venice
Appreciate Art & Architecture
Diplomacy
Cultivate Spy Network
Shadowy Contacts
Twist the Knife

Relationships

[to family]
[to Venice]
[to spy]
[to rival/enemy]

Personality Traits

Hate (or Fear) the Turk
Proud
Ruthless
Elegant

Italian Cultural Templates

1492 Serenissima Hexabolic