People of Gotham, your attention please. We all must come before the judgement of a higher power, and today is Gotham's judgement day.
Too long has this city been torn between opposing ideals. The oppressive order of the GCPD. The reckless anarchy of the Joker. The destructive greed of the Penguin. And though you may not realise it, the hopeless vanity of the League of Shadows, attempting to bring balance to this chaos.
The time has come for Gotham to face its final judgement. And, like all who stand before the inquisitor, your judge shall be... yourselves. The people of Gotham will make their choice: order, anarchy, greed or balance. Those who embody the paths not chosen, will be eradicated.
A final word to Gotham's erstwhile protector: do not try to find me. We each of us wear two faces. If you read my words, you will find only riddles; if you ask my name, you will hear only silence. I might be your oldest friend, your earliest enemy, or perhaps even the face in the mirror. You may call me... your Inquisitor.
The 'soul' of Gotham is broken into three ideals, and each of the factions is devoted to one of them: this is their 'faction ideal'.
- Order, affiliated to the GCPD and the Batman Family
- Anarchy, affiliated to the Joker
- Greed, affiliated to the Penguin
- The League of Shadows is different, in that it is devoted to achieving Balance between the three ideals.
During the campaign, characters will be pulled between the various ideals. If they are pushed too far, they may leave their faction to better pursue that ideal. The affiliation of characters is tracked with points.
- All characters begin with no points to their non-faction ideals.
- Leaders begin with D10+6 points to their faction ideal; Ra's al Ghul begins with D10+6 points divided evenly between the three ideals.
- Non-leader sidekicks begin with D6+6 points to their faction ideal; League of Shadows characters begin with D6+6 points divided evenly between the three ideals.
- Non-leader henchmen begin with D6 points to their faction ideal; League of Shadows henchmen begin with D6 points divided evenly between the three ideals.
- If a character is taken out of action during a scenario, his faith in his faction's ideal is shaken. He gains 1 point to his non-faction ideal with the least points. A League of Shadows character gains 1 point to his ideal with the most points, disrupting his Balance.
- If a character takes at least one enemy out of action during a scenario, his faith in his faction's ideal is strengthened. He gains 1 point to his faction ideal. A League of Shadows character gains 1 point to his ideal with the least points, increasing his Balance. A character may only earn 1 point per scenario in this way.
- Characters may gain points to their various ideals for other narrative reasons, as decided by players during the campaign.
At the end of a scenario, players must determine whether their characters remain true to their faction's cause, or defect to another faction that better represents their interests.
- If one ideal exceeds the sum of the other two, the character defects to the faction that embodies that ideal. If all three ideals are in balance, they defect to the League of Shadows.
- The receiving faction can decide what to do with the new recruit: add them to their roster (use a spare model, or your opponent's if they're willing!); interrogate them for information; or just keep their stuff and throw them into the river.
In addition to the loyalty of a player's crew, the campaign also measures how their actions are perceived by the people of Gotham. Each faction controls a section of the city, divided into territory hexes: see map. During the campaign, these territories will be won and lost, as the people's faith ebbs and flows between the various ideals. Each territory is worth 1 territory point to the faction that holds it.
At the end of a scenario, players must determine the state of their territories.
- For each character lost to a rival faction, also lose one territory to that faction (opponent's choice).
- In addition, the faction that wins the scenario gains a territory from their opponent (winner's choice).
The Batman Family is different to other factions. They only start with a single territory, Wayne Manor, which is worth 6 territories to whichever faction holds it. The Batman Family can only gain additional territories if their total number of territories does not exceed the number of characters on their roster.