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    1) You rescue a girl from slavery, who says that she's a princess from a neighbouring kingdom. When the king's brother fell into infernalism, he usurped his brother, killed the queen, and sold her into slavery to make her suffer. He has raised taxes, sold people to the demons, let the bureaucracy grow corrupt, and is generally unpleasant.

    You, of course, as the righteous hero that you are, come to help her reclaim her throne and birthright.

    Of course, there's nothing to say that the girl's story is true. Or that she is as innocent as she seems.

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    2) The ruler's soldiers killed your parents and burned your home. Whether the ruler ordered this or even knew it happened is immaterial.

    3) You went through this whole ridiculous quest to slay a horrible monster in exchange for half the kingdom, but now the ruler refuses to pay up.

    4) Because you crave money and power and the privileges that come with money and power. Let's not kid ourselves here - on some level you believe that might makes right, and you consider yourself mighty enough to take the kingdom for yourself.

    5) You were educated in another country, learning about things like "democracy", "anarchy", or "humanism." What started as a sincere attempt to introduce reforms into the kingdom quickly escalated when it became apparent that the only way to make change was to do it by force.

    6) You have terrible impulse control. You might have slept with the ruler's spouse or heir, insulted a prominent noble, or murdered a tax collector. Whatever the reason - you have earned the ruler's ire, and instead of running away you've decided to take your fight to the top.

    7) Your god(s) told you to do it. Whether you are truly a prophet or just delusional will be for the historians to decide.

    8) The ruler possesses an artifact of great power that you want, but for whatever reason that artifact can only be used by the ruler of the kingdom, whoever that might be. You'd better hope that it's not only usable by someone of the royal *bloodline*, or this could get very complicated.

    9) You serve or command a nation that seeks to unite all the other nations on the continent under its own banner. This kingdom will yield to the will of the Overlord, or be destroyed.

    10) You actually killed the ruler without knowing who they were. It could have been you fought in a bar where the ruler was incognito, or laid a trap meant for someone else, or got into an altercation at a 3-way stop. Afterwards, a series of coincidences put you in position to take the throne yourself. Doing this is probably unwise, but destiny clearly has plans for you.
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      11) You're the scion of the nobility that ruled the land for thousands of years and don't like all this progress they've made since they've stepped away from a monarchy.

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        12) The current reigning monarch is actually a puppet figurehead. The true power in the kingdom is wielded by somebody very high up the chain of command. Probably their army's general, or even a secret society of esteemed nobles!

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          13) The current ruler comes from a rival nation that conquered yours less than a generation ago. You would have had the throne yourself if the old line of succession had been preserved. Ergo, you are the "rightful" ruler, taking back what belongs to you.

          14) The current regent is the old ruler's spouse/consort who took power after the old ruler died. Seeing how the regent is a foreigner and their only child is too young to rule, their legitimacy has been challenged by someone else in the line of succession. Now a civil war has broken out and you have thrown in your lot with the challenger.
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            15) The ruler drew the Balance Card, and now their alignment has pulled a complete 180 shift as they impose new laws that threaten to turn society inside out.

            16) A wild magic surge has transformed the government's rulers into literal monsters, spreading mass hysteria among the common populace. If something isn't done to restore order soon, the kingdom will fall into total anarchy.

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              17) You made a friend, and he turned out to be wanted for some weird crime. Not paying respect to the big boss or something. Don't know what's this bullshit, but you ain't lettin' your friend sit in the water.

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                18) The ruler is trying to impose a new state religion, forsaking the old polytheistic ways in favor of one god. You are a worshiper of the old gods, and this will not stand.

                19) The ruler is trying to do away with the old state religion, masking an attempt to wrest power away from the church with a thin veil of humanist rhetoric. You are a devoted member of the church, and this will not stand.

                20) The ruler has proclaimed themselves to be a god, and is demanding unheard-of tribute. You believe this supposed divinity is a lie, and mean to prove it by killing the ruler.

                21) The ruler has proclaimed themselves to be a god, and have performed miracles as proof of their power. You, however, are a militant theomachist and seek to remove all divine influences from the material world.


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                  22) It's Tuesday night and you're bored.


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                    23) The kingdom's highly advanced technological progress threatens to permanently destabilize the the natural order. For the sake of balance, you must force the kingdom to regress to a more primitive society!


                    24) It's part of your 3 step program to wealth and power. Step 1, kill the king. Step 2, force the heir to marry you. Step 3, rule the land with an iron fist!

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                      25). You got no idea. You went to town, your friends started introducing you to this fishy looking drink. You didn't want to drink it, but then he just had to imply that you were a coward. Now you're on a throne, with two nubile ladies chained to your lap, and several people bowing to you and calling you 'your majesty'.

                      You're just a woodcarver. How did you get here? And more importantly, how do you get out?

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                        26) The king is a good and noble man, blessed by the gods, but is surrounded by greedy and short-sighted nobles who refuse to implement his reforms. The nobility must be purged, so that the king can lead the realm into a new age of prosperity! Of course, he can’t be seen to openly support your cause...

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                          27) The king, in an attempt to increase the morality and uprighteousness of the realm, has banned prostitution, gambling, and alcoholic drinks.

                          You love all 3, and find this intolerable.

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                            28) You stepped on a Leggo... somebody must pay for this!


                            29) Until a few years ago, you WERE the rulers of a fantasy kingdom. But those damned rebels usurped you and turned the realm into a disgraceful mess. The time has come to take back your throne and restore things to proper working order!

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                              30) You are the inventor of the printing press in your world, and see it as a boon that will better mankind. Unfortunately, the ruler of the country sees this "mass literacy" and "free exchange of ideas" thing as an unacceptable threat to the established order. So the printing press is banned, the people who helped you invent it being put to death. While you could leave and start your information revolution elsewhere, you LIKE your country. So it's time to make the king's "tool of sedition" statement a self-fulfilling prophecy, and start the underground book market.


                              31) A villain created you specifically as a tool to destroy the rulers, whether through some kind of sorcery, or just by giving birth to you and raising you for the task. You have nothing else to do - it's what you spent your whole life preparing for - so you might as well do it.


                              32) You're a member of a marginalized people. Maybe you're a fantasy race that is looked down upon - goblins, kobolds, tieflings, etc. - or maybe you're from an ethnic group that is distrusted and despised. Normally you'd deal with being marginalized - "it is what it is" - except the current ruler has instigated pogroms against your people. "Living with" the treatment is non-option when they want you to actually die, so you take exception to this. If nothing else, a new ruler may be more amenable to letting your people live, especially if you cut a deal with them beforehand.


                              33) The ruler is an oathbreaker. Whatever it is, they made an oath, and then broke it openly. Being an honorable sort, you have sworn an oath of your own to see their head separated from their shoulders. "Such men are not fit to rule".


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