i come in peace
Heh, this is what I get for faffing about mulling over whether to do a Let's Read of BR myself. Trumped! And subscribed! My favourite campaign setting of all time, one I've run in a half-dozen systems at least, and am running to this very day.
I get what you're saying, but it bothers my democracy-lovin' soul no more than playing in all these fantasy worlds with real, interventionalist gods upsets my atheism.This is one of the reasons that I've developed a certain amount of ambiguity towards Birthright, as my tastes have changed and grown. Here we have a setting in which the ruling class is not only treated as better than those whom they rule, but have a qualitative way of demonstrating that, yes, they are better.
The Domain chapter in fact says that blooded characters cannot be regents, though it doesn't say why. I've heard some people suggest competetive disadvantage: the greatest unblooded statesperson would be less able to rule than the worst blooded person. But I've always suspected that it's more to do with the Fisher King-esque link between the lord and the land. Cerillia is suffused with divine energy - fallout from Deismaar, if you like - and so only someone likewise suffused can connect to it.Well, the Blooded don't actually have any kind of divine mandate to rule. They're just inherently better at making rulership-related decisions than non-Blooded of otherwise equivalent stats and skills. Under the circumstances, it's hard to imagine a non-Blooded leader getting much traction.