While the majority of Adventurers never get to meet the ruler of the land they are in, nevertheless their lives are directly affected by him or her. Rulers, be they Kings or Queens, Dukes, Lords, or Sultans, have a profound impact upon their environment. A good ruler keeps his lands free from monsters, his people safe from brigands, and his adventurers very bored. It is hard to be a Hero in such a place. A bad ruler, on the other hand, neglects to maintain a routine rout of monsters, ceases to retain a trained militia to break up the bad guys, and in short, allows his (or her) kingdom (or queendom), castle, domain, holdings, or empire, to go to pot. This is where real Heroes are made.