Wanted: Dead or… well, dead
The hunt is on
Engage in enough combat and you’ll eventually garner the attention of someone willing to pay to snuff you out. Once your notoriety goes up, the bounty hunters come out to play.
This works similarly to Shadow Of Mordor’s Nemesis system, as a near-endless array of rival mercenaries with their own backstories and loot come looking to collect the bounty on your head. They’re often a chaotic wild card, showing up at the least opportune time to spoil your plans. Fighting them is a thrill, and their presence makes the world feel more reactive.