I want to run a game of SSoS, but in some way turned on its head. In my game players will play the roles of sons and daughters of Ulrand Valerian. First session will start with sudden (and, of course, mysterious!) death of the Legate, caused by some sinister force or political intrigue. 1st level PCs will be forced to quickly become competent rulers or die trying... or abandon Turos Tem and become full-time murderhobos. :) To make things worse, I want to start with them being imprisoned by beastmen in the dungeon. But before I sit behind the table and throw all my ideas at players, I must say that I didn't run the numbers and didn't do thorough homework to know if my idea has any serious pitfalls. Isn't 1st level too low for such play? Isn't Turos Tem a hereditary holding by the book? How should I play the vassals?
If you have any other ideas to improve my future game, I'll be glad to read them.