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Post by ifer on Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:50 pm

King Aelric John Marthis was the undisputed ruler of Censhew, an island roughly the size of Europe. Though not lacking in size, the island had sparse vegetation and a climate that got harsher every year. Unlike his predecessors, Aelric was ambitious; and being well-educated, he knew that Censhew was not the only land in the world. Indeed, his ancestors had migrated to the island en-mass from distant lands lost to history long ago.

The king sent explorers in every direction to search for habitable lands. A few found small islands. Some found barren deserts and frozen wastes. Many were lost at sea, never to return. But one ship, sailing far to the Northeast, hit paydirt. A large landmass; lush, green and ripe for the taking. Colonists were immediately enlisted, and habitations were quickly raised.

There was, however, a problem. Over the eons, the people of Censhew had forgotten much. Disasters, wars and even something as simple as time can eliminate vast amounts of knowledge. Magic, once common, had dwindled. The few practitioners now jealously guarded their remaining knowledge, their theatrics inspiring fear and superstition in the masses. Lost, too, was much of history. Even the most well-read of historians could no longer remember what caused their move to the isolated island they now inhabited. But most important of all, the Censhish had forgotten that they were not alone in the world.
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Post by ifer on Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:44 pm

That was a long time ago, and though hard-pressed, the former colonists have since managed to establish themselves in a corner of what is now known as the continent Anturas. This small human population remains in contact with their home country, tithing tribute to their monarch; currently Queen Lorianne Janeth Marthis; and doing their best to eke out a living in a land thriving with the unknown.

All manner of things live in Anturas; there have been encounters with ogres, dragons, carnivorous plants, and other beasts that defy reason and description. Most of these encounters have been violent or otherwise harmful to the Censhish. Many have lead to death, and whole villages have been exterminated overnight. Understandably, most people tend towards the extreme end of superstition and xenophobia. As such, the more extreme insults and curses involve questionable racial heritage, fraternizing with the inhuman, and the like.

Sexism, racism, and other inter-human conflicts tend to be low, since the need to stand together against the tide supersedes such petty squabbles. Notable exceptions to this are the magic users and gypsies, who are regarded with fear and suspicion. The former more than in the past because their spells bear resemblance to the powers some otherworldly creatures use; though that doesn't change the fact that they often hold positions of power. Gypsies, on the other hand, are rumored to have direct dealings with the fey. Still, both Gypsies and magic-users are human. And that makes them at least tolerable.

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You will be starting the game in Rosewood; a small farming hamlet of 63 people whose primary export is turnips. Roseland was named for the bright red roses that thrive amidst the dense deciduous forest of the surrounding area. The village is but one of many that are beholden to Prince Kristofer Raamiz Marthis; son of Queen Lorianne and lord of Palbrooke, the largest and most prosperous city the community has yet to produce.

The adventure starts with the PCs, along with a fair number of the village's population, preparing to take the week-long journey to Palbrooke to trade at the market.


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Questions? Comments?

I'm suggesting that this be this first time that the PCs have ever gone to the market. If you'd really like to have gone before, though, we can work something out.

Some example character ideas/backgrounds are: gypsy blood, son of the resident trapper
Some example benefits/flaws are: strong, experience with sword, diseased, heirloom

Please PM/e-mail me your character ideas, so we can start working on them.

Also, feel free to discuss here what you'd like to see in this campaign. Would you like to get into espionage? Dungeoneering? Politics? Would you prefer your hack-and-slash with lots of dice, or would you rather it be more like a story? Stuff like that.
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Post by Kyle on Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:24 pm

I would prefer it to be more roleplaying oriented, with plenty of time for our characters to get involved in the world and pursue our own projects besides the main story.

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Post by molten.fire.&.ice on Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:08 pm

I agree with Kyle on the role-playing oriention.
Espionage and dungeoneering sound great. At least Ifer knows my great detaste for politics Razz
Sounds like a great story base so far! Love the details.
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Post by SkittlesMeTimber on Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:22 pm

I would love to become a political mover and shaker in this campaign, but that's more a motivation for Jaynus

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Post by ifer on Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:28 am

Thanks, Kathryn!

If we do look into politics in-game, it won't be the modern democracy type. It'll be various rich, famous, royal, or otherwise notable parties that are probably intent upon doing horrible things to one another, regardless of how it affects the common people. Which is both far more interesting, more likely to involve adventurers, and easier to be involved without having to know anything about politics.

I was hoping to have role-playing and story at the forefront, and I'm glad you guys are happy with that. You won't have too many numbers to deal with; I'll be more likely to say "you chopped the guy's arm off" than "you rolled a critical success, dealing x points of damage."
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Post by Kiki on Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:42 pm

Now THAT sounds wicked cool. Sorry for the slow reply, as I lack internet when I need it and have been working like a DOG.
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Post by ifer on Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:16 pm

Glad you like.
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Post by ifer on Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:32 am

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The new country has now been dubbed Aclien.
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