What does a ruler do upon being publically disrespected?

Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Baeraad, Nov 24, 2021 at 8:53 AM.

  1. SapereAude

    SapereAude Senior Member

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    Another possibility would be for the ruler to simply terminate the interview, have the visiting delegation escorted out, and tell them they can return when they learn how to conduct themselves.
     
  2. Lawless

    Lawless Active Member

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    What do you need the scene for? What are you trying to achieve?

    Your question sounds like it's something that just happened independently of you and now you have to deal with it somehow. In reality, it's a scene you are creating. So what's its purpose?

    The point is, you can choose how the ruler reacts depending on in which direction you want your story to head from there.
     
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    Some reactions are more believable than others though. So it's not just about choosing a direction.
     
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  4. Baeraad

    Baeraad Senior Member

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    Exactly. It needs to make some kind of sense, or it will snap the reader right out of the story.
     
  5. naruzeldamaster

    naruzeldamaster Senior Member

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    I'd say it'd largely depend on the era and region.
    An american president would likely react differently than King Edward the First for example.
    It also largely depends on the culture, and as others said what you're attempting to accomplish with the scene.
     
  6. KiraAnn

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    Allow me to offer a real-world example. Prince Vlad III received 3 "ambassadors" from the Ottoman Empire. sometime in the mid 15th century. They refused to doff their turbans claiming they only do for that for their Emperor. Vlad ordered the turbans be nailed to their heads and expelled them.

    Wallachia and the Ottoman Empire were already in a hostile situation, so it didn't really deteriorate relations.
     
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  7. Storysmith

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    "Off with their heads!" is the command of someone who lets others do the work. If they lead from the front, perhaps they'd take action themselves:

     
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