This is a suggestion to the realm of achaea and its players, not so much a mechanical idea that would go into the game.
So, I had recently thought about becoming the ambassador for my city. Sounded like a pretty cool job, you know? I do a lot of travel and work with the gov, so I've met a few different ones from time to time and it seemed like something that would be a taxing but fulfilling job in achaea. (Not in the real world.. too much politics) So, I think about applying and here is what I see.
10.4.1 THE MINISTRY OF THE AMBASSADOR
Newbies are the life blood of a city, for as the old generations die off,
strong new leaders must be found. The Ambassador and his aides are responsible
for cultivating a favourable atmosphere for newbies within the city, providing
them with help, advice, support, and perhaps even equipment.
Ah, okay, let's look at what ambassadors in real life do.
- An accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.
- A person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.
So, we do need a general HoN for cities, but let's think about this for a little. Something that seems to be lacking in achaea as far as I am concerned is the ability for a person or set of peoples to deal with PR issues, and speak with other cities on behalf of the city leader.
Now in general it's city leaders that do most of the talking and propaganda, but why is this kind of thing not actually addressed? Take for instance the Mhaldorian Gala that recently happened. Nobody really showed up from other cities besides ashtan and all with good reason. However if we had a true ambassador, I am sure they would have shown up out of a sense of necessity. It would have given the vision that "Oh, eleusis is here, Cyrene is here, oh, even Targs showed up." This is not something we really care for in our current state. City interaction is very limited to specific groups, like random high ranking people talking to city leaders, etc etc, and the information does not always get passed around properly. Interaction with other cities currently falls into strange subgroups of different people you feel you can talk to or get your point across to.
So, I'm hoping that I'm making enough sense so far, so here are a few of the pros of my idea
Ambassadors should also be more willing and able to:
-Attend other cities (even enemies) functions. (Balls, ceremonies, rituals, etc.)
-Discuss rules of engagement.
-Talk about various treaties such as prices on herbs, venoms, inks, and the like.
-Be able to discuss certain policies to other cities.
-manage public posts when applied to a specific city. (Posting, but the city leader or others can still write them)
-Be a public representative for your city (This can even be a lie, such as attempting to gently change sympathies through words)
-Manage political topics and properly discuss terms before wars
-Have a sense of ownership of such things that can, if violated, bring a sense of shame upon themselves or their city
-be able to ask for temporary immunity in enemy cities
-attempt to help sympathizers of their city in elections
This is a lot of stuff to do, but I know I have seen some people that would excel in a place like this. I believe it would add a much more to the game if we actually began to think of ambassadors as this kind of person. I realize that many people have actually gone this route, but keep in mind HELP AMBASSADOR only says they do a few specific things. Really, to gain the position you only have to fill a check in the box, you only have to be the city HoN.
I say, with the players agreement that we begin to turn the ambassador sect and the aides into a much more active and role play centric part of the game.