(In the originating campaign, the “recent war” was between the humans and the elves. The Fighter was a veteran.)
Medal of the Legion
A brass disc smaller than a man’s palm, inscribed with the regalia of a renowned military unit disbanded after the recent war. There are anywhere from dozens to hundreds of the medals in existence, and those holding them are bound as brothers-in-arms, and compelled to answer the call.
When you hold the medal and request aid, roll. If you are a veteran of any military service, take +1. If you are a veteran of the Legion, take +3:
On a 10+, a veteran of the Legion is within a day’s travel of your location, and is willing and able to help you.
On a 7-9, aid is coming, but there is a complication. The GM chooses one:
– They are more than a day, but less than a week away.
– They have some trouble of their own that they need help getting out of.
– They have inherited or otherwise honorably acquired the medal, but are not a former Legionnaire. While they are willing to help, they may not be as useful.
On a 6-, someone unfortunate has taken possession of the nearest medal. You’ll find out when they find you.
(The curious reader will wonder what happens if the PC is the nearest medal-holder to someone else calling for aid. This is a fascinating question.)