Danger near Dunewood
20 Questions About My Campaign Setting
Jeff’s Gameblog had a post about 20 Quick Questions for your Campaign Setting
- What is the deal with my cleric’s religion?
- The two great gods of the region are Hu and Gob.
Hu is the goddess of cultivation. Her followers are called humans, and follow a settled lifestyle, centered around farms, towns and cities.
Gob, the brother/husband of Hu, is the god of the hunt. His followers are called goblins, and they follow a free and nomadic lifestyle centered around the great herds of horn-beasts.
There is conflict between the two factions. The goblins feel that the great hunting lands are being ruined by civilization, while the humans suffer from lost crops when the horn-beasts ravage their fields.
- Where can we go to buy standard equipment?
- The town of Cropsford has a weekly market every Tuesday in the market square. Other, specialized, items are available straight from the maker (blacksmith, wood worker, etc).
Bari owns a pawn shop called The Pauper’s Purse where used items can be bought, sold, or pawned.
- Where can we go to get platemail custom fitted for this monster I just befriended?
- The local blacksmith is Zerka.
- Who is the mightiest wizard in the land?
- An Anubian named Sota the Mighty.
- Who is the greatest warrior in the land?
- Some would say it’s captain of the king’s guard, in Dunewood. Others would say it’s a Sobeki tribesman named Rigo.
- Who is the richest person in the land?
- The King of Dunewood.
- Where can we go to get some magical healing?
- In world, there is no difference between healing and “magical” healing. In any case the Order of Saint Ellyn operates shrines and temples throughout the region.
- Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, undeath?
- If the Order of St. Ellyn can’t do it for you, then your goose is cooked.
(Speaking of which, Flutes & Boxes has a sale on cooked goose this week. Cut it thin and put it on a loaf from Bard’s Buns, and you’ll have a great sandwich…)
- Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells?
- Yes. In this world all magic users are considered to be users of divine might, and most belong to a religious order that in other worlds would be a guild or college.
- Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC?
- Cropsford is a sizeable town, and might be a good starting point. If not here, then the city of Dunewood itself would be the next place to look.
- Where can I hire mercenaries?
- Hardened, battle-trained veterans? There’s been so many incursions in the town, that many of the older folk have been involved in battle. If you’re willing to pay more than they’re making, I’m sure they’ll follow you.
- Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law?
- Cropsford itself is very strict in order to maintain law and order.
- Which way to the nearest tavern?
- That way.
I play cities and towns rather abstractly. You say “I’m looking for the tavern” and I say “You find it.”
In Cropsford the nearest tavern is either the Horny Clam (a place of drinking, dancing girls, gambling, and other “services rendered” or Flutes & Boxes (a very proper public house).
- What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous?
- There is a haunted house in Portsmouth to the southwest. There are a group of bandits attacking caravans on the Firelands route to the east. Something strange is happening to the north, but that’s in Goblin territory.
- Are there any wars brewing I could go fight?
- Not yet, but tensions are rising. There is great animosity between the humans and the goblins, and the Thaness of Cropsford is rumored to be looking for a way to reclaim the fallen city of Yewston from Goblin control.
- How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes?
- The goblins hold an annual Curia in late autumn. Part of that includes arena combat.
- Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight?
- Of course not. Fnord.
There is rumor of a criminal organization called Brimstone that acts as your traditional thief’s guild, assassin’s guild, mafia or street gang. There’s even rumors that Brimstone is allowed to exist by royal agreement, provided certain conditions are met.
- What is there to eat around here?
- Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for?
- Years ago the dryads produced the finest silk in the land. It is rumored that the old facility contains a treasure of fine silk and expensive dyes.
The Lost Caravan of Festin Trabor was a merchant caravan carrying great riches from the Firelands that was lost in a sand storm never found.
- Where is the nearest dragon or other monster with Type H treasure?
- Why? Do you have a death wish?