Friday, May 21, 2010
Campaign Concept - Sword & Sorcery Baltic
While laying plans to found a new gaming group, I've pondered several interesting campaign concepts, from Sword & Sorcery Greyhawk to a weird science/fantasy Fomalhaut-style setting. One campaign idea I've always thought would be fun is a fantasy version of Europe, set primarily around the Baltic, which provides all the classic fantasy terrains of fjords, mountains, cairn-filled hills, dank fens, ancient forests, etc. My concept for the setting is:
Sword & Sorcery Baltic:
The year is 800AD. Four-hundred years ago, the Mad Emperor, Honorious Caesar, makes a pact with unfathomable ancient beings from beyond to save Rome from conquest by the ravaging barbarian hordes. The Great Seal, the barrier that seperates the physical world from the metaphysical, is broken, and our world is filled with the creatures and sorcery that previously existed only in legend and myth.
Four centuries later, the known world is solidly in the grip of the Dark Age. Northern Europe is broken into small kingdoms and tribal barbarian lands. The Western Mediterranean is firmly in the grip of the immortal Mad Emperor and his priests of the Great Old Ones. In the East, the Shining Empire struggles to keep the spirit of civilization alive from its capitol of Byzantium.
The campaign takes place primarily in the regions surrounding the Baltic Sea, where men survive on the strength of their swordarm, ever respectful of the reality of things that go bump in the night, and the powerful influence of the gods. The characters will explore mysterious islands, hunt down fell beasts of legend, and venture into an Underworld that has become all too real. If they survive to reach the heights of power, perhaps some day they will forge kingdoms of their own, or take on the Mad Emperor himself in hopes of ending the Dark Age.