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Campaign Background

Post Sat May 31, 2014 5:34 pm

This is a thread where I'll post the campaign background. The rest of you shouldn't post here.
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Re: Campaign Background

Post Sat May 31, 2014 5:35 pm

The Lands of Ulyr Campaign Setting:

Background:

Long ago, the Empire of Carthas ruled over the Lands of Ulyr. It was a powerful nation, nigh indestructible in the eyes of many. The Emperor Mortrath was a powerful sorcerer who was said to be thousands of years old. One could only guess what dark magic he used to keep himself alive. The Emperor was a brutal ruler. He summoned foul creatures of the nether to do his bidding, to slay those who opposed his rule. No one knows what happened that night. The night the Empire fell. It was said that a great cloud of crimson smoke covered the entire Empire, enveloping it like a great beast. The folk in the lands bordering the Empire heard great screeches that echoed through the night, and saw flashes of violet light which illuminated the cloud. No one dared cross the border.

When morning came, the Empire was in ruins. There was not a soul to be found, not even a body. All the livestock were gone. Every building was ruined, as if by an earthquake. All was silent. Then came the plunderers. They stole as much as they could. Then came the humanoids, taking up residence in the ruins of the Empire.

That was two hundred years ago. The past is easily forgotten, by men at least. Slowly settlements have been built (by brave entrepreneurs and traders) on the outskirts of the ruined Empire, which is now called the Ruined Lands. Treasure hunters comb the land, trying to find some great treasure. You too have now come, seeking your fortune. What lies ahead?
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Re: Campaign Background

Post Sat May 31, 2014 5:36 pm

Countries and Regions:

The Sea of Courbe borders the land (continent) of Ulyr. The Ruined Lands is a coastal region. To the North of the Ruined Lands lies the coastal country of Elspelia. To the west lies the inland country of Torumila. To the south lies the coastal country of Hutrehis.

Your characters may come from:
Elspelia
Hutrehis
Torumila
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Re: Campaign Background

Post Sat May 31, 2014 5:37 pm

Descriptions:

Elspelia:
Elspelia lies on the coast of the Sea of Courbe, and to the north of the Ruined Lands. It lies to the east of Torumila. It is a kingdom of brave seafarers and adventurers. It is mainly inhabited by Humans, Halflings, and Elves. Elspelia is covered in rolling hills and seas of waving grass. Many small fishing villages and towns dot the coast.

Topography: Hills, and some plains. Lightly forested in places (mainly deciduous trees)
Population: 500,000 (80% Human, 10% Halfling, 9.5% Elf, 0.5% Half-Elf)
Major Industries: Animal Husbandry, Fishing, Trading, Treasure Hunting (in Ruined Lands)
Government: Monarchy, ruled by King Ivebitsen the First (Human, 48 years old, has reigned for 10 years)
Major Religions: Church of Elan (god of the sea), Cult of Tharuos (god of pirates, only worshipped by pirates)
Major Cities: Tuscanth (Capital-inland), Foamouth (Port City), Sailor’s Port (Port City)

Hutrehis:
Hutrehis lies to the west of the Sea of Courbe, to the south of the Ruined Lands, and to the south-east of Torumila. It is a place of fertile farmlands, undulating hills, and pleasant folk. Farming villages are scattered across the countryside, while farmers sell their wares in the larger towns. This is a peaceful kingdom. Humans, Hill Dwarves, and Halflings are the native folk here.

Topography: fertile plains, hills, some small forested areas (again, mainly deciduous trees)
Population: 700,000 (75% Human, 20% Hill Dwarf, 5% Halfling)
Major Industries: Farming, Animal Husbandry, Trading, Treasure Hunting (In Ruined Lands)
Government: Monarchy, ruled by King Elmosu the Third (Human, 67 years old, has rained for 33 years)
Major Religions: Order of Ilitarm (god of rain), Priesthood of Urist (god of Dwarves, worshipped only by dwarves), Priestesses of Hallabey (goddess of starlight and rejuvenation)
Major Cities: Huirenso (Capital-inland)



Torumila:
Torumila lies to the western border of Elspelia, Hutrehis, and the Ruined Lands. It is a land of many forests and hilly regions. It is the home of Humans, Elves, Halflings, and Gnomes. Many villages are built within the forest, where the logging industry thrives.

Topography: Heavily forested (mainly deciduous trees), some hills
Population: 350,000 (85% Human, 10% Elf, 3% Halfling, 1.75% Gnome, 0.25% Half-Elf)
Major-Industries: Animal Husbandry (in hilly regions), Logging, Treasure Hunting (in Ruined Lands)
Government: Monarchy, ruled by King Helurador the Fifth (Human, 61 years old, has reigned for 19 years)
Major Religions: Church of Kelafort (god of the harvest), Order of Imathos (god of nature, worshipped by Gnomes and Elves)
Major Cities: Jiruthe (Capital)
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Re: Campaign Background

Post Sat May 31, 2014 5:37 pm

Border Villages:

These are the villages that are built on the outskirts of the Ruined Lands. They serve mainly as marketplaces where Treasure Hunters can sell their treasure and buy equipment and supplies. Most are fairly small settlements. They are usually centered about an Inn and a General Store (which also serves as a bank-type establishment). Most Border Villages are governed by small councils of four to six merchants (often the ones who founded the village).
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Re: Campaign Background

Post Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:02 pm

The climate of the world is pretty temperate (deciduous forests cover much of the land). Flora and Fauna is similar to stuff that you would see in Washington St. And Idaho. Maybe some of the same stuff as Oregon too. Except for the fact that there are mainly deciduous trees, and only a few conifers here and there. There's also lots of fantasy stuff thrown in.

Thought this should go here.
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Re: Campaign Background

Post Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:25 pm

Chronology: the current year is 1294 CR (Common Reckoning). The Empire fell in 951 CR.
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