I need a tip for a Nonplayercharacter in my current saga. If you own GotF, you may know him: it is Lord Robert Schönburg. I´ll try to describe the situation from his point of view and maybe you can give me a hint, what you´d do in his place.
Lord Robert takes his domicile in a ruined castle on an island in the rhine. His father is a baron and he loves his son, despite his apparent faults (and one of them is, that he is illegitimate). His father provided Robert with a good education, afterwards he committed Robert with the task to collect tolls from the ships at the rhine, that pass his island.
Lord Robert is disagreeable. He gatecrashes social events and behaves silly. His duty charges are exorbitant. He is unscrupulous, comparable with the bundle of hoodlums he gathered on his island (12 men). And he is a diabolist – he learned the dark arts in cologne while studying. His hellbound path supplied him with the Premonition and the Entrancement ability. In a very limited way he is even able to cast simple spells (all spells are vis consuming and take time as rituals, only low level effects are possible). Robert enjoys himself to seduce women by his entrancement ability.
His father doesn´t know, that Robert´s a diabolist. He has only a few informations about Roberts criminal toll collecting (and isn´t sure if he should believe them). The entrancement-victims of his son doesn´t bother him. For the behavior of his son at social events he feels ashamed – but the baron is a weak father. He admonishes his son – and for now that´s all.
Now something happened: Robert went shopping and met a fascinating woman (a gentle gifted Jerbiton). He played the cultivated aristocrat and invited her to his castle. At the evening two of his men wanted to meet her at the inn she is staying. Here it emerged that the woman had five attendants (three grogs and two other magi). The men of Robert were wary, but good social skills of the foreigners led them to take all persons to the island. “Robert will know what to do with them”, they thought. At this time Robert had Premonitions: Some wizards could come and dispute his dominance over the island, his inner voice told him. At least, his men did their job. When they arrived at the island, one of them managed to have a drink (maybe two or three…) with the three grogs. The other man escorted the three magi to Roberts castle. Robert set the scenery: He placed all his men with bows on the battlements of the castle and prepared a candlelight dinner in the courtyard. When the strangers arrived, Robert knew at once that this is the danger, his inner voice was speaking about. Unfortunately his guests noticed his men at the battlements, but he had a good excuse: “They are watching for smugglers at night – a big problem at the rhine”. Then he managed to send one of his man with one magus to "a very interesting place", the other magus kept watch before the door of Roberts bedroom. At last he was alone with this beautiful woman. In his bedroom the next problem arose: Robert had to learn, that his entrancement is useless against the lady he invited. To his surprise, the maga proposed him a flat share: she´d like to move to the island together with some interesting friends. Her promising look expressed his reward: the maga herself… But Roberts bad feelings were too strong and he felt uncertain. He had to think about, how to go on. In the end he did some smalltalk and asked the lady to leave his island. Then he promised to answer her request in the next days. At last the foreigners left Pfalz island.
What does Robert do now? He knows, that trouble will arise, if the magi move to the island. He knows, too, that this group of strangers is stronger than he is. Perhaps he still wants the mysterious women, that resisted all his charms (but how to get her?). Perhaps he already quit her and wants revenge for his injured ego.
Possibility 1: Get the enemy off guard. Robert sends his men to the Inn and attacks the sleeping characters by night. He watches the scene nearby. If his men get beaten, he flees and could get back later as a more powerful enemy.
Possibility 2: Let them come to their shambles. Robert invites the magi and orders his men to kill them by night in their beds. The detriment is the magic aura of the island, that supports the magi more than Robert. The benefit is: Robert knows the place and is able to prepare it. Perhaps he spares the Jerbitonmaga to enslave her.
Possibility 3: What would you say?