Candlekeep Forum
Candlekeep Forum
Home | Profile | Register | Active Topics | Active Polls | Members | Private Messages | Search | FAQ
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

 All Forums
 Forgotten Realms Journals
 General Forgotten Realms Chat
 Brainstorming Anchorome
 New Topic  New Poll New Poll
 Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Previous Page | Next Page
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 13

cpthero2
Great Reader

USA
2252 Posts

Posted - 27 Oct 2020 :  03:28:16  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Reader sleyvas,

I appreciate the very thorough and detailed information there. I'll certainly check in with Senior Scribe Seethyr.

I was also curious though, and I apologize for not clarifying this before, if you feel that Senior Scribe Seethyr would still be the correct sage to go to for pre-Spellplague information on Maztica? To be clear, I do not mean that in an impugning manner; rather, I just don't know if he has been a focused sage on post-Spellplague, or just across the board in the know on Maztica. I don't play post-Spellplague at all, so I don't want to invest in that reading for something I won't use, of course.

Best regards,




Higher Atlar
Spirit Soaring
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 27 Oct 2020 :  10:46:03  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We've both put aside the notion of worrying about trying to design a campaign in earlier timelines, but both of us are pretty knowledgable about the earlier lore as well. That being said, Maztica itself, he's delved more on, where I put my main focus on further north. For instance, I read the main novels and the main campaign guide, and I've perused the modules but not thoroughly read them. I have read through City of Gold a lot though, and it was me that put together certain assumptions like "the metahel were northmen stranded in Anchorome" which was hinted at in the lore but not outright said. He has also tried to stay a bit truer to the source material as well, whereas I've more wandered the edges to explore while keeping the source material in mind. He had a much freer hand when it came to Lopango, since nothing was written previously, and I've put my own spin to it after reading his. Blacktoe Glacier, I really liked what he did, and I can see where some of the ideas we've talked about he brought out (i.e. the elves are snow elves, the urskan exist, there are shatjan from the hordelands boxed set in Anchorome, etc...), but he put together a good history and some good spins in it.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 27 Oct 2020 11:19:48
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 27 Oct 2020 :  15:57:50  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Seethyr

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

Cervidae Folk (Shatjan) with Giant Elk Antler Staff and bow (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4625745) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

While Cervidae Folk serve to protect the herds of deer, caribou, elk, and even such fantastic creatures as giant elk, they are also attentive to using that which they provide. In particular, reusing antlers that have been shed is a common practice, and giant elk antlers are prized for their creation of deadly antler staves. Though typically connected with wood, its not uncommon for bones of dead giants or other powerful, large creatures to be use for the center part of the staff. This weapon is so common that most cervidae folk are trained in its use.

Some practictioners of hishna have spread their knowledge northward, particularly amongst the metahel humans (who have an almost reverence for horn based weapons), snow elves, shatjan, urskan, and Poscadari elves. They have developed spells to harden horn to the strength of steel. As a result, reindeer, elk, and moose antlers, whether shed or captured from a kill, are a commonly traded commodity. Other horns, such as that found on jackalopes of all sizes, bison, flying rothe, foxibou, and even intelligent creatures like shatjan and hybsil are also favored by the people of Anchorome.
The art of scrimshaw to make fish hooks is perhaps one of the most commonly seen uses. However, antler knives, antler arrowheads, antler wands, antler staves, antler-head spears and harpoons, moose antler axes, and small shields made of entwined reindeer antlers or bucklers made of moose antlers. Most notably there are even monks using unusual fighting styles not found in Faerun or kara-tur but using weapons similar to a kama, punch daggers, or even a "spiked chain" made from leather and antlers. There are even individuals using weapons believed to have originated in Kara-tur, such as the maduvu which consists of two antlers joined together in opposite directions, with the wielder holding one antler and his fingers sitting between the two sets of antler.

However, this working of hishna magics with antlers goes well beyond just making antlers less brittle by giving them strength similar to metals. Some hishna magics work with the spirits of the animal itself, and as a result, some magics which are less common in Faerun are actually more commonly found in Anchorome. For instance, weapons and shields made of horn are not as rare that have the ability to animate themselves and either attack or defend their wielder. In fact, one metahel goddess, Sifya the war mother, is said to use a shield of interlocking antlers that can also come apart into the separate antlers and attack her enemies if she feels the need to be more offensive. Also, not all hishna magics are used to strengthen horn, for some are used to make horn a bit more flexible, such as the hishna magics used on longhorn herd animals to make powerful bows wieldable by beings with exceptional strength of arms.



That is really cool to have hishna added to the shatjan repertoire. What other kind of spells effects do you think a shatjan would want? I see them as they were originally described in the Horde boxed set as protectors of the wild reindeer herds, so I figure they might also use a lot of misdirectional magics and even some fear effects that could keep errant caribou from running off. Heck, you could create a whole different "True World Artisan" magic type specific to the shatjan. Once again, getting that idea mill flowing, if only there was more time.



Seethyr,

Hey, with the whole idea of "True World Artisans" and laying out the various races and where I want to put them, I feel the need to define some of their cities a little more. You know, so that its not just "and here's a city of bearfolk", but more
"these bearfolk are hunters of the kaaya'yeeda. They also capture animals and monstrosities and train them to serve the bearfolk. Giant beaver, Giant woodpecker, giant elk, owlbear, and winged owlbear are..."

"this is a city of bearfolk who have chosen to take their focus in life from hunting and instead become craftsmen, studiers of magic, etc... They focus on using cast off reindeer horns to make yada yada, giant beaver teeth to make large gnashing saw mills, giant woodpecker bills for drilling, dire hummingbird bills as knitting needles, onyx elk antlers are carved into yada yada, axebeak bills make axes, aarakocra, axebeak and owlbear feathers used in plumacraft make... etc.."

"these bearfolk are lumberjacks who use giant beavers and giant woodpeckers to down trees rather than axes and deliver them down river using giant elk to haul the logs. Bearfolk druids have befriended over a dozen wildleaf stags and they use these creatures to plant and regrow the trees from where they are removed. Unlike human lumberjacks, these woodland urskan are very conscious of the need to keep the forest growing and not destroy the habitat. They also must feed all the giant beavers, elk, and woodpeckers, which requires them to grow acres of maize, soybeans, and ... In order to pollinate so many flowering plants, priestesses of Balanis the Honey Queen encourage hives..."

I wanted to throw out there.... of all the creatures we've talked about, do any of them occur to you as something "from which things can be made" just because they're bigger, etc... For instance, I know beaver teeth are a strong as iron, so giant beaver teeth should be as well (possibly even stronger as they're more dense).

I've got some rather odd pictures in my head right now of things like a series of giant beaver skulls that's made to open and close via a river with a waterwheel and belts, and then trees are "fed" through the gnashing teeth. The leftover "pulp" (because its not as efficient as say a saw) from this is used to make paper, and the outer bark used for firewood, etc..

I'm looking for any thoughts of a similar nature that pop in your head

just to throw out some of the ideas again of creatures (none of which I've written up)... and maybe some uses

giant beaver (see above). Picturing these as size medium. Also thinking their teeth might be turned at an angle and attached to a long bone to make a two man "saw" that might be used in sawmills .

giant woodpecker (see above) drilling holes in wood. Feathers used in plumacraft. Kept as pets, but bodies used when they die. If alchemically hardened, might drill into stone. Picturing size medium creatures.

dire hummingbird - picturing size small. feathers used in plumacraft. Bills used for knitting

wildleaf stags - kept as animal companions and treated well. They help grow fields of agriculture and regrow trees.

onxy elk - bones and antlers produce onyx. Bred like cattle. Source of enmity with the shatjan.

giant elks - kept as beasts of burden and treated well. Antlers are cast off periodically and used to make antler staves. Source of enmity with the shatjan.

giant porcupine - picturing size medium. Considered a tasty treat by the bearfolk. Quills harvested for???

giant skunk - scent glands are drained to create "stink bombs" that are sometimes used on the outskirts of communities to discourage interloping animals


Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 27 Oct 2020 16:39:53
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 03 Nov 2020 :  03:41:18  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
FeSmale Frost Sprite (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4642050) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

In blacktoe glacier, known as Wootenai by most residents, there exists a place of portals that connects to the great glacier. In this place, known as Quivyre, Kupuks roam free, having migrated across gateways from the great glacier. However, they are not the only creatures to have come to Wootenai via the portal networks there. Uldra from the spirit world are also seen here. However, the ones who have been here the longest are the frost sprites who brought worship of Rellavar Danuvien to Toril. Some say that a great archfey named Aurilandur was also brought by the frost sprites, who proclaimed her their queen at one point. In fact, some frost sprites have turned to the dark side, as they say that their queen has been affected by the power of a great black diamond of primordial cold. These frost sprites have become known as simply "frosts", though some refer to them as snow sprites or snow fairies. Still, some still hold to following Rellavar, and have to given themselves over to the sway of darkness and evil.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2020 :  14:04:19  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Female Frost Sprite Ranger / Cleric / Druid (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4645192) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

Even the smallest creature can have a great impact. It wasn't the powerful urskan, the steadfast shatjan, or the brave snow elves of wootenai that established the Ice Ramparts of Al'keyan in the Keanorin mountains of northern Anchorome. It was a contingent of the tiny frost sprites of Quivyre with their Uldra allies that built the fortress ring of ice surrounding the Blood Ice Spire of Cryonax. It was the frost sprite priests of Rellavar Danuvien that actually drew a coalition of urskan, shatjan, snow elves, kercpa, and anikiwah (also known as anchorome hybsil) together to protect the frozen north from this looming threat by creating the almost knightly "Order of Rimed Vigilance". Unfortunately, as time has passed and the threat of Cryonax seems more and more distant, fewer individuals are drawn to service, and larger and larger spans of the ramparts are falling undefended. There are even rumors that other beings, presumably snow goblins, have taken up residence in at least one keep. Some even believe that a small sect of frost sprites have been turned by Auril, the Queen of Air and Darkness, changing their essential nature to become what are known as "frosts" or "snow fairies" in service to the Unseelie Court and have even defaced the altar of Rellavar Danuvien with bloody sacrifice.

But despite these rumors, the frost sprites of the Ice Ramparts of Al'keyan wait warily, keeping their antler bows readied and their blue ice arrows sharp. Despite their small size, they show the great size of their hearts. Their stubborn refusal to yield the field to an enemy who threatens to roll over them and leave their bodies in its wake reveals a sense of true heroism in these miniscule fey warriors, which in turn inspires others to resolve themselves to fight all that much harder.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 06 Nov 2020 15:21:11
Go to Top of Page

cpthero2
Great Reader

USA
2252 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2020 :  16:24:29  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Reader sleyvas,

I think that is really cool that you are going north. There is so much land there to develop, and with the DM's Guild available for putting that material out there, that makes it extra cool.

I really think more magic, ritual, etc. stuff as discussed elsewhere too, should be implemented. That would be amazing! I personally really like Hishna and Pluma magic. I love the idea of that kind of world magic being the only thing that can stop certain kinds of world based issues/problems that arise, i.e. super ancient material, perhaps such as Dendar.

Best regards,






Higher Atlar
Spirit Soaring
Go to Top of Page

Seethyr
Senior Scribe

USA
972 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2020 :  16:31:34  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Awesome stuff as usual Sleyvas.

Follow the Maztica (Aztec/Maya) and Anchorome (Indigenous North America) Campaigns on DMsGuild!

The Maztica Campaign
The Anchorome Campaign
Go to Top of Page

cpthero2
Great Reader

USA
2252 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2020 :  19:02:32  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Reader sleyvas and Senior Scribe Seethyr,

Is it either of you who produced the ANC1 The Anchorome Campaign Guide? I am assuming so, but wanted to double check.

Best regards,





Higher Atlar
Spirit Soaring
Go to Top of Page

Seethyr
Senior Scribe

USA
972 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2020 :  20:40:52  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Great Reader sleyvas and Senior Scribe Seethyr,

Is it either of you who produced the ANC1 The Anchorome Campaign Guide? I am assuming so, but wanted to double check.

Best regards,








Yessir, always taking Sleyvas’ suggestions in the process.

Follow the Maztica (Aztec/Maya) and Anchorome (Indigenous North America) Campaigns on DMsGuild!

The Maztica Campaign
The Anchorome Campaign
Go to Top of Page

cpthero2
Great Reader

USA
2252 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2020 :  21:35:37  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Senior Scribe Seethyr,

Very cool! I've been eyeballing that for a bit now. I think I will pick it up. Before I do, is there anything in it that would make it unusable for 3.5/Pathfinder?

Best regards,





Higher Atlar
Spirit Soaring
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2020 :  21:45:32  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Great Reader sleyvas and Senior Scribe Seethyr,

Is it either of you who produced the ANC1 The Anchorome Campaign Guide? I am assuming so, but wanted to double check.

Best regards,




Seethyr made the anchorome campaign guide after we discussed some things. I'd say about 40% of that is from city of gold with some updates, then about 50 percent seethyr and maybe a few percent me throwing out ideas. Some of the other things though I've had a decent bit more input into, like blacktoe glacier (also by Seethyr, wherein he fleshed out the urskan, shatjan, and snow elves, but I initially suggested they should be there).

In the above, "the keanorin mountains", "blood ice spire" using Cryonax, and "Quivyre" are also Seethyr's creations. I just decided to add frost sprites to the region because Rellavar Danuvien is noted as "king of the frost sprites", so I threw them in Quivyre to give the area some more fleshing out, and I created the "ice ramparts of Al'keyan". I also decided I wanted Uldra (from frostburn) up there as well as a kind of neutral race. Secondarily, I just wanted to create imagery of frost sprites to create them as a player race or as familiars.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 06 Nov 2020 21:46:42
Go to Top of Page

cpthero2
Great Reader

USA
2252 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2020 :  22:04:33  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Reader sleyvas,

Awesome. I just got it. I appreciate the input, and I'm really looking forward to reading through that!

Best regards,




Higher Atlar
Spirit Soaring
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 12 Nov 2020 :  14:04:43  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So, while writing up some rules for a frost sprite race, I once again went back to something that's been bothering me with blacktoe glacier. We have Auril. We have Cryonax. Meanwhile, over in Toril, the FR novel series introduces a spirit world queen of ice named Kunin Gatar. There's also the idea of the Queen of Air and Darkness in FR that was tied to Auril. We also have canonically that there is definitely a being in Anchorome representing winter named Shakak, who is also a being tied to magpies and opposes miochin the spirit of summer, and Shakak is also tied to magpies. But nothing in blacktoe glacier uses Shakak, even though canonically he's the most known power of ice and snow in anchorome. Now, we could say that "shakak" is cryonax or auril, but maybe there's something else we could do.

One of the things from 4e that I liked was its exploration of the feywild and the rulers of faerie. So, in dragon #374, they introduce a being known as "The Prince of Frost". He lives in the "Fortress of Frozen Tears" and is "the mightiest of the winter fey" per the article (though everyone is always the mightiest). He is ALSO, per the Sword Coast Adv. Guide, a canon entity in FR who serves as a Patron for warlocks.

https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Prince_of_Frost

When I look at his picture, he reminds me of a snow elf. That being said, he SHOULD since he's supposed to be an eladrin/elf type fey being from the feywild. We also don't know "The Prince of Frosts" name. We do know that he used to be "The Sun Prince", and he was the eldest son of the Summer Queen (quite likely Titania).

It occurs to me to try and link Shakak.... who we know decidedly little about except that he's tied to magpies, winter, and he fights with Miochin, the power of summer, hoping to gain "the corn maidens".... and to link this Shakak to the Prince of Frost as the same being. Also, to link THAT being to the snow elves. We know that the Prince of Frost sometimes is in opposition to the "the summer court", so he is similar to Shakak in that respect as well. We also know that Shakak "seeks the corn maidens", and that the prince of frost is chasing his love, one of the fey powers who was a "daughter of delight".

So, perhaps there are some snow elves (and possibly shadar-kai) that worship Shakak/"The Prince of Frost" and are decidedly evil.

What else do we know of "the Prince of Frost"? Well, he was in love with and betrothed some other powerful archfey, one of the three "Daughters of Delight", by the name of Sharae, who fell in love with a mortal. She doesn't seem anything like Shar btw. She turned to the Raven Queen for aid to prevent the prince of frost killing her mortal lover. The Raven Queen casts Sharae and her lover into the future to escape the prince of frost. The Prince's heart turns to ice at the loss of his betrothed and he affects others around him. Sharae's two sisters (Velayn and Loralae) are imprisoned by the prince of frost and changed from being "the daughters of delight" to wraithlike incorporeal entities known as "the sisters of lament" and now have the names Mournwind and Soulsorrow. The Prince of Frost is pissed at the Raven Queen, but the Raven Queen is intrigued with him and would like to make him her own exarch or even consort.

So, I know what a lot of you are thinking... what does any of this matter? Its all high end story telling outside of the PC's involvement. Well, then let's link it to the world and how we might use it.

First off... Shakak being the Prince of Frost... maybe he is a power of the snow elves, but an evil one. He has ties to magpies, so perhaps these snow elves ride giant magpies to hunt the glacier (not necessarily blacktoe glacier, as there's a lot in the north mind you) from their lofty mountain heights than can't be climbed to. Then again, maybe we take and spread shakak's power beyond just snow elves. There is a note that Auril was possibly known as Aurilandur, queen of the frost sprites, an archfey. We also have Rellavar Danuvien as "King of the Frost Sprites" and friend of the god of the snow elves. So, possibly some frost sprites have become twisted servants of Shakak. Then there's the concept from 3e of the uldra as small size winter fey from the spirit world with ties to animals. Then there's also an idea that if we're doing some kind of fey high up in the mountains where its cold... maybe some avariel elves that aren't good. Also, since we've got these wraithlike "sisters of lament"... banshees fit this as well.

So, maybe a "realm" on the western north side of the continent. Maybe up in the mountains there are evil uldra that ride "giant magpies" which are size medium. Maybe there are "frostfell fairies" that are an evil subrace of frost sprites (and literally, their alignment changes them into this form). Maybe there are snow elves who can traverse the mountains, but there may also be some who have some other type of flying mount like giant owls. Maybe there are evil avariels as well. Maybe this fey realm opposes the aearee. Maybe there are warlocks and spirit shamans here, and some of them have pacts with Shakak. Shakak/Prince of Frost himself is not a "god", but he is a powerful archfey (whom some consider a "great spirit").

It should be noted that the prince of frost is still noted to be an ally of the fey when they have need against other powers of the feywild. He hates fomorians. He hates goblins. So perhaps the people of his realm also opposes the snow goblins of the north. Maybe there are frost giants on the western north that this group opposes, and possibly fomorians. Maybe they even oppose fire giants on the eastern side of the continent on that peninsula that stretches towards faerun.

Maybe these fey seek to capture the "corn maidens" lesser spirits, and maybe the corn maidens are just lesser royalty of the feywild/spirit world. Since the corn maidens are known to wander the world, letting animals free from their baskets, and presumably helping plants/corn grow, they may be some kind of powers of the same court that the Prince of Frost's love came from. One of them may in fact hold the spirit of his love, Sharae, since time has now passed since the Raven Queen cast her soul forward in time.

The prince of frost hates the raven queen, who is related to ravens. Shakak has ties to magpies (relatives of the ravens) and may have issues with the great raven spirit, which may be something of a servant to the raven queen. He may consider the great raven to be a spy who watches the world and reports back to the raven queen (in some ways not unlike the norse ravens huginn and muninn). Main thing, Shakak's people may not like the great raven spirit or the people that worship it (which would include the Azuposi, and may include some Metahel as well).

As a final aside, and not so much anchorome based, the current "story" for the Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure, could actually be that the being representing itself as "Auril" is in fact some other entity. That or "Auril" is another archfey power and not nearly as powerful as a god as she's been given credit for. Like the "Prince of frost" she may be a being who was changed as a result of the actions of the Raven Queen/ Queen of Air and Darkness. The recent twitter hints we have from Ed are that for a time the QoA&D was using Auril's name, possibly since the spellplague. So there definitely can be some kind of work done there... I'm not sure what I like, but I think I do like the idea of "Auril" becoming "Aurilandur" again. The idea of a dark goddess actually gaining redemption, but then some dark power stepping in to fulfill her role as a cruel power of winter has some draws.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 12 Nov 2020 14:17:34
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 12 Nov 2020 :  17:55:14  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bisontaur (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4651352) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

The tatankatu, known to faerunians by the names "bisontaur" and "rothetaur" and "werebuffalo" amongst other nicknames, is believed by some to be a form of hengeyokai, others call it a lyncanthrope. In truth, it is neither, for it only has a bison, rothe or buffalo form and a hybrid form that resembles a minotaurs upper torso and the bottom half being a full bison,rothe, or buffalo. They live in minnenewah lands, primarily in Tabaah Ayani where the white bison is revered, and spend the majority of their time grazing in their animal form. As a result, few know just how many of these creatures actually exist. In fact, most believe them to be a myth, but in every generation there are reports of an attempted culling of a herd running awry when one of the animals suddenly took on tauric form and suddenly began killing everyone in the hunting party. Some believe that, like the shatjans found in the north, these creatures were sent by Besparr the Many-legged to protect the herds from predators. Others of course believe that they are the children of The Great White Bison spirit. The true origins are of course lost to history.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 12 Nov 2020 22:17:18
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 20 Nov 2020 :  00:49:30  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
antler bow for minis (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4659202) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

Finding a reuse for shed antlers is a commmon function for most cultures of Anchorome. In fact, there is a hishna spell which causes a deer, elk, or moose to harmlessly shed its antlers and immediately begin growth of a new set. Antler bows are one such common use of shed antlers, especially when treated with hishna magic to make them more flexible while maintaining their strength. Antler bows are commonly found in use amongst the shatjan, anikiwah (who faerunians call "anchorome hybsil"), snow elves, snow goblins, the metahel, and even uldra.

Uldra Female Caster (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4658222) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

The arctic uldra of the wootenai glacier are mainly found around quivyre and are known for their skill with frostfell magics.

Uldra with Staghorn Bow (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4659264) by sleyvas is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

uldra rangers are protectors of the animals that roam the glacier.




Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 20 Nov 2020 02:33:26
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 20 Nov 2020 :  13:36:11  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Since we had been discussing the idea of using hishna with bone and antler weapons, and because I was looking at the old great glacier product, I thought it appropriate to list some of the weapons discussed in said product, because they actually fit some of the concepts. The naulagak is mechanically different enough to be a weird special weapon, in that you attack, then pull the rope, and a bone "hook" then turns inside the body holding the harpoon in place to keep a creature from leaving. The Iuak seems an appropriate replacement for a short sword, in that people would use it for other purposes (chopping up ice) and its significantly different from a maca. There are more in that product, but there's not much difference for them than just saying a "bone spear" or "bone harpoon" or "arrow made from bone", so they'd just be the names to be used mainly for flavor reasons.

Naulagak. Another type of harpoon, the naulagak is a wood or bone shaft shaped like a wishbone at one end. A separate blade of bone, razor-sharp on all sides, is fixed between the shafts of the wishbone, held so that the blade can toggle back and forth. A long cord attaches to the other end of the naulagak. When the shaft pierces an animal, the hunter jerks the cord, which causes the blade to toggle. Not only does this increase the damage, it also secures the animal to the shaft, making it much harder for the animal to get away.

Garnok. A foot-long bone rod with a leather thong on one end and a small cup on the other. It's used to hurl small (3-inch or less) bone darts.

Iuak. A bone blade resembling a machete, about 2 feet long and 6 inches wide. The end of the blade is flat, not pointed. Mainly used to cut blocks to make snowhouses, the iuak also makes a good offensive weapon.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 20 Nov 2020 14:03:33
Go to Top of Page

Seethyr
Senior Scribe

USA
972 Posts

Posted - 25 Nov 2020 :  18:39:16  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been cataloguing the journey of Anchorome's Volo here...

https://www.thepiazza.org.uk/bb/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=25726&p=267331#p267331

Follow the Maztica (Aztec/Maya) and Anchorome (Indigenous North America) Campaigns on DMsGuild!

The Maztica Campaign
The Anchorome Campaign
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 25 Nov 2020 :  20:34:43  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Seethyr

I've been cataloguing the journey of Anchorome's Volo here...

https://www.thepiazza.org.uk/bb/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=25726&p=267331#p267331



Saw you were looking for new exotic bird feathers as I skimmed that (will read it more later). Not sure if you just meant "types" or rules. If types, I'll throw out ideas after this. One thing I was considering with plumaweaving was the idea that in addition to bird feathers, perhaps some other folks may have learned to use flower petals (and in particular abnormally large flower petals, which the adusgi forest has in several different areas). For instance, a giant honeysuckle flower might be the length of your forearm (as opposed to the length of your pinky) and might be able to be preserved and worked in a way similar to silk. I can see the Abeil and the anikiwah (anchorome hybsil) both interested in crafting using preserved flower petals.

Also, possibly plumaweaving might also include using harvested butterfly wings (pulled from butterflies that have passed naturally). Given that we had at one point talked about having giant butterflies (something like size medium'ish), that could open up things.

Just to throw out feather ideas
giant woodpecker feather
giant hummingbird feather
owlkin feathers
aarakocra feathers
peryton feathers
piazza bird feathers
parrogriff (parrot griffin) feathers
hippoucan (toucan hippogriff) feathers
giant magpie feathers
giant raven feathers
thunderbird feathers
owlbear feathers
tressym feathers
avariel feathers

P.S. I was also glad to see you changing the name used for "the dog people" to Azitilan. I'll keep that in mind to try and maintain consistency. I never liked it for other reasons as well (because it makes me think they're talking about gnolls or something similar).

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas

Edited by - sleyvas on 25 Nov 2020 21:10:25
Go to Top of Page

Seethyr
Senior Scribe

USA
972 Posts

Posted - 26 Nov 2020 :  16:47:22  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sleyvas, the journey is headed towards Adusgi at this point. Let me know which of the concepts (I know you have a lot of notes on Adusgi) you’d really like me to include. For certain, the kercpa are going to get an entry.

Follow the Maztica (Aztec/Maya) and Anchorome (Indigenous North America) Campaigns on DMsGuild!

The Maztica Campaign
The Anchorome Campaign
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 26 Nov 2020 :  22:04:21  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Seethyr

Sleyvas, the journey is headed towards Adusgi at this point. Let me know which of the concepts (I know you have a lot of notes on Adusgi) you’d really like me to include. For certain, the kercpa are going to get an entry.



Well, I've been writing up the entries I have for Adusgi/Pagunki in correlation to that map copy I sent you the other day. You don't need to hit aany of this, but hopefully just don't make this impossible. I'll include some of what I've written up below. But, just for brevity, the main things I note are

Alaghi/Umpleby are in the eastern side mostly

There's some mixed hills/woods hidden in the Pagunki called Goelmearra. It was formed 2 to 3 hundred years ago when the forest gnomes of another world had their village ripped from their world to the spirit world by Urdlen. Gnome deities helped their people by changing some of them into racoonfolk and badgerfolk (see the race thing I sent you, ) when they got into tight spots. These new races are shorter lived than the gnomes (humanlike lifespans), resulting in there now being more racoonfolk and badgerfolk than the original forest gnomes. The elders of the forest gnomes still remember life on the other world and the travel through the spirit world, but the racoonfolk/badgerfolk are now on their 10th to 15th generation of newborns in Goelmearra. Soon after forming Goelmearra, some refugee arctic uldra were fleeing some bearfolk while escorting a corn maiden from imprisonment in the cold north lands. These uldra became the first foxiytaurs (ee'na'li). The corn maiden still resides in Goelmearra and has blessed the land with abundance. Some campestri have also relocated here from the land seized by the rogue abeil (Momo Mellonia). Essentially, Goelmearra is a land of refugees, surrounded by refugee half elves who protect the wood.

kercpa throughout the western Adusgi forest and Holamoira Forest

anikiwah (anchorome hybsil) in the northern portions, mainly NW in small tribes. Picture them like native american tribes in a forest, but with deer bottoms. Hide tents instead of tepees.

Shatjan that you detailed in blacktoe glacier are "chosen" individuals and empowered by their god Besparr to protect the herds. This empowering makes them large. Normal shatjan have reindeer or moose heads and are size medium. The males can mate with Anikiwah when their own females aren't in heat. The males can also mate with dryads, and wildleaf stags are often the result born of this mating.

NE portion of the forest is "The Great Timberspires" and is basically like a forest full of redwoods. Inhabited by bearfolk that are at odds with most other populations of the forest.


Adusgi Forest
Nicknamed “The Forest of Hairy Men” because of its large alaghi population, this forest serves as a barrier to the northern portion of Anchorome. However, the alaghi are far from the only reason for the forest's nickname, and there are numerous bestial humanoid and tauric races that call this forest home. In fact the alaghi and their umpleby allies primarily live in the eastern portion of the forest, while the western portion of the forest belongs to a great diversity of races.
By far, the most widespread of all the races is also the most well hidden. The squirrel-like kercpa can be found throughout most of the forest in small groups of 30 or less. In particular, there are dozens of scurries of kercpa down in the Pagunki Wood who serve as spies for the local half elves. There are two areas where they can be found in much longer groups, along with their anikiwah allies. The place they consider most holy is known as Raelkath's sprout, a section of forest with numerous weirwoods, including Raelkath's Sprout, a grove of ancient weirwoods surrounding an amazingly tall specimen from which the place is named. They also favor Algoma valley, also known as the forest of blooming nectar, a magically fertile area of the forest filled with giant flowering plants and swarms of hummingbirds.
Nor is Algoma Valley the only section of the wood filled with giant flowers. Momo Mellonia is another such place, and at one point it too had been filled with kercpa. However, they were forced out when the bee-like humanoids known as the abeil heard about the magically fertile ground nearly four decades ago. This has put the abeil at odds with the giants of Chumash Springs, who crave their honey, and nearly every other race of the forest who do not enjoy the orderly taming of that which was once wild that the perform upon the territory.
Of course, Momo Mellonia is not the only area of the forest being adapted for habitation, for the inhabitants of Goelmearra have slowly and with great care made their hillside homes so as to be in tune with nature. This is quite different from the log structures of the woodland urskans, as the bearfolk are not known for subtelty. Still, even the urskan understand that nature must be in balance and have a proper respect for the woodlands that faerunian loggers would do well to learn from.
More can be found about the Adusgi Forest in the DM's Guild Product ANC1 The Anchorome Campaign Guide. However, the below details some new specific locations.

Algoma Valley
The Algoma Valley, also known as the Forest of Blooming Nectar, is a valley full of large flowering plant life found in the northwestern corner of the Adusgi Forest. Its thought that this valley is sacred to the two daughters, Uretsete and Naotsete, of Iyatiku, the Corn Mother. Some even believe that somewhere within the valley lies the Basket of Uretsete, which could explain the unnatural number of animals and rich lakes of fish which are found in the valley throughout the year. There is no doubt that there is something magical enhancing the growth of plants.
The most common flower found throughout the valley is a variety of honeysuckle that produces flowers the size of a human's forearm. Of course, where there are giant honeysuckle, there are also giant hummingbirds and butterflies. Giant hummingbirds are nowhere near as giant as their name would imply, most being only two to four feet long. This makes them the perfect size for the kercpa, who favor these creatures as mounts not only for their ability to fly, but also their ability to hover in place. Still, as much as they like these creatures, there are far too many kercpa for each to have one personally. More commonly seen mounts are the giant bluejays, cardinals, and goldfinches.
Still, there aren't enough available mounts that all of them can ride flying creatures. Its far more common to see the tiny squirrelfolk riding the rabbit-like antlered jackalope or the many wild fox, almost a living caricature of their fabled protector, Rititisk the Clever. Occasionally, a kercpa is seen astride a winged jackalope, carrying on the days business flitting from treetop to treetop.
The mountains to the north of this valley are not particularly tall, but they are snow covered throughout most of the year. This keeps the rivers that run down the mountains at a steady flow year round. Exactly what generates the snow is of some debate, and the The valley is riddled with small ponds and streams, which is without doubt part of the reason that the land is so fertile. These all feed to the massive Lake Rititisk, named after famed squirrel spirit Rititisk the Clever, which is worshipped by the kercpa. Some say the lake gained its name because its the actual pawprint of the squirrel which is said to travel up and down the world tree, carrying insults between the dawn cock, a rooster spirit, at its top and the night serpent who gnawed upon its roots. They point out that the number of jackalopes in the area is proof of this fact, for Rititisk's mount is the jackalope spirit Harifur. Still others point out that there is no way that the squirrel spirit's footprint could be large enough to make a lake that is miles across.
Still, this valley full of giant flowers isn't home to just tiny squirrelfolk and fey humanoids, and the tauric deerfolk known as anikiwah are also fiercely protective of the valley. There is also a small population of shatjan as well, for the anikiwah here and the shatjan of the nearby herdlands of Atapukk maintain cordial relations with one another.
Chumash Springs, (Land of the Pyre Giants)
Most realms sages have heard of genasi, and they know they're generally born of relations between elemental denizens and humanoids. Pyre giants are a similar crossbreed, but its believed that they come from a deliberate crossbreeding of verbeeg slaves and azer prisoners by fire giants in order to get a more resilient form of verbeeg for surviving with the fiery domains in which the fire giants live. This created a version of verbeeg with a brassy colored skin and acclimated to warm environments, which is known in the true world as a “Pyre Giant”. These creatures seem to have a bit of a twisted mixing of multiple elements in their makeup, and many Pyre giants manifest powers to control fire, but even more exhibit links to the ability to control superheated steam, boiling water, or the ability to summon rain with ritual dances. When and where exactly this breeding experiment occurred is under debate, but recently uncovered cave painting lead some scholars to believe that this breed of verbeeg was created down in Lopango, the Land of Fire. These drawings seem to depict some relationship between the Gold-Clad Giant Kings and what appear to be black-skinned fire giants and a portal. Its also believed that the pyre giants revolted, fleeing back through this portal to the volcanic chains of Anchorome's northeastern peninsula. It's further surmised that the pyre giants also broke away from their fire giant creators, fleeing into the surrounding mountains in the north. Since that time, the fire giants and pyre giants of northeastern Anchorome have skirmished with one another whenever they meet.
Over time, the Pyre giants have sought out other areas in which to live that were less volatile. Over the last thousand years, they have ventured as far as the Sands of Itzcala, and one such venture led them to the Pasocada basin. It was there that they met the transformed azuposi known as “Long Canyon Giants”, a grossly oversized human who were transformed by the potions of the Ancient Ones into beings that were larger than even the pyre giants. This potion also turned the long canyon giants into somewhat dimmer versions of their former selves, though they were much brighter than hill giants. In a strange sense of irony, these two magically changed races found a kindred spirit between them. Dozens of Long Canyon Giant females were drawn to the wit and charm of the pyre giants, who told them of a great forest to the northeast which was filled with food and good hunting. As proof, they provided bison jerky, venison haunches, and numerous furs to woo these females to come back with them to their new home in the Adusgi Forest, or occasionally back to the mountains to the northeast. Numerous generations have passed, and the pyre giants have made it a common practice to travel to the Pasocada basin in order to woo new females back to their home to this day. As a result, long canyon giant males tend to attack pyre giants on sight now. This breeding with the long canyon giants has resulted in a slightly taller version of verbeeg, standing ten feet tall on average. They have ruddy or brassy colored skin, and their hair is typically black or dark brown and generally worn long. They like to decorate their hair with beadwork, jewelry, fur hats, or even shaving their hair into long manes that they wear stiffened and dyed to draw attention to themselves. Oddly though, they generally do not grow long facial hair. In many ways, pyre giants resemble overly large versions of Azuposi with a rosy red tint to their skin.
For many years, these pyre giants grew up in the Adusgi Forest. They favored the central territory known as Chumash Springs, but they would traverse the entirety of the forest and even into the lands known as the kaaya'yeeda to hunt game. Chumash Springs is a rocky land filled with numerous hot springs and scrabbly evergreen trees growing in thick clumps whereever the breaks in the rock allow it. It is also a land of numerous caves, at first caused by the flowing rivers and streams in the area, but since hollowed out by the pyre giants themselves in order to make homes.
At first, the pyre giants were very good neighbors to the other inhabitants of the forest. Near to Chumash Springs was a land of thick, wild growth which was fed by the mineral rich waters of the hot springs. This produced giant versions of many vines, flowers, and fungi, and this land was inhabited by a tiny blue fey folk known as forest uldra, and their equally small intelligent mushroom friends known as campestri. There was little conflict between these two cultures unless the pyre giants grew overzealous in their hunting of the wild game of the forest. The pyre giants also made fast friends with the many roaming tribes of alaghi and umpleby that roam the eastern side of forest. They were not as successful with the urskan bearfolk, kercpa, and anikiwah due to their tendency to view these beings as a variety of talking animal which was fortuitously edible. Relations with the shatjan turned openly hostile over the hunting of deer, and these two cultures have never come to terms resembling peace with one another. Still, overall, the pyre giants were successful in their travels, and their society began to slowly grow.
This relative peace changed when a plague of lyncanthropy began spreading in the forest. It turned particularly virulent when several tribes of pyre giants were infected themselves, and they as a culture were forced to turn upon one another. Unfortunately, they weren't prepared for having their own family members become their enemies, and many pyre giants chose to side with the werewolves out of a misguided sense of familial loyalty. Their population was decimated, as was the population of their alaghi and umpleby allies, many of whom were eaten by the pyre giants. This gave the pyre giants a taste for alaghi meat that has caused no end of enmity between these two peoples ever since.
Trust between the pyre giants and their former forest uldra and campestri friends became strained as well, and the two communities became relatively silent neighbors for a long time. That all changed after the Blue Breath of Change a century ago when a rogue abeil colony took over the homeland of the fey. The mushroomfolk fled south, but several tribes of the forest uldra moved into Chumash Springs. This has led to conflict between the pyre giants and the forest uldra, who don't appreciate the hunting of animals near their homes. The forest uldra have taken to ruining the game traps of the large folk, and some pyre giants in retaliation have taken to hunting the tiny blue folk. The rogue abeil have not been satisfied with the lands they have seized either, and they would like to control the hot springs for irrigating their orderly fields. In return, the pyre giants have a taste for the brewing of mead and have acquired a hunger for the honey of the bee folk. As a result, these two people engage in s slow war whenever an advantage allows one to encroach upon the other's lands.

Raelkath's Sprout
Just south of Algoma Valley, there exists a collection of old growth oak, maple, weirwood, and Phandar trees. At its center is a grove of over a hundred great weirwoods that are known to have trunks which are over twenty feet in diameter and treetops spreading more than ten times that breadth and nearly ten times that in height. But even these forest giants are nothing compared to Raelkath's Sprout, an enormous weirwood said to be over four hundred feet tall and having a trunk that's almost fifty feet in diameter. This tree is believed to be a spiritual offshoot of the world tree, and there are known to be links between it and Yggdrasil's Child on Ruathym as well as Relkath's Foot in the Yuirwood. Within the shadows of its limbs, periodically lights flicker, as portals to the feywild, the spirit world, ysgard, and other realms open and close on their own. Its silver leaves shimmer in the daylight, like faded mirrors on another reality, and at night they light up the surrounding woodland even when the moon is dark. Its bark is streaked with a brownish red coloration, which some believe to have come from the blood of the god Asagrimmr when he hung on the great tree Eiggdr by his spear, sacrificing his own life for the secrets of rune magic.

– inhabitants of Raelkath's Sprout - forest uldra, kercpa, anchorome hybsil, star elves, half-elves, but also dryads, treants, korreds, wood woads (see Volo's Guide to Monsters), giant jackalopes (medium), dire jackalopes (large), jackalopes (small), winged jackalopes (small), giant elks, and wildleaf stags. The wood woads are due to individuals worshipping Raelkath Maneeboughs who sacrifice themselves to become guardians of the wood. The korreds came to the forest via a portal from Yggdrasil's Child on Arauwurbarak (future Ruathym).


Goelmeara (aka Goelmee Glen)- forest gnomes, foxiytaurs (ee'na'li), racoonfolk (raucumi), kercpa, pixies, sprites. A corn maiden resides here. This is a hidden vale protected by illusion.

*Momo Mellonia, Hive of Rogue Abeil

"The Beyori Riverlands" is the area between the two big forests and north of the kaaya'yeeda. Its occupied by woodland bearfolk and centaur tribes. The woodland bearfolk are big on "using animals to get work done", but in a way that's different than Faerunians. For instance, they have had their druids awaken giant beavers (size large or medium) and befriended them into helping down trees for lumber.

Here's notes for the Beyori Riverlands

Beyorathym - woodland bears society. It has several river fed ponds where logs are dragged to. When there, they are stripped of their bark by giant beavers. This bark is used for various purposes, but the most common is as mulch and crap firewood. There are also saw mills, with saws made of carved duskwood and drills made of giant woodpecker bills. These mills turn out pre-drilled lumber in set sizes for purposes such as building fences, shelving, houses, boats without having to use large amounts of nails. Big game hunters of the Kaaya-yeeda. Temples of Magnaer the bear, Balanis the Honey Queen are the main temples, but there are also temples to other Metahel gods in a pantheon format (i.e. many shrines to individual deities)

Brramee Apiary- woodland bear folk monastery which, as an apiary, raises bees, grows honey, makes mead, and involves meditating while surrounded by buzzing bee hives. The bear folk learn the "stinging bee style" which focuses on using a flurry of blows and attempting to stun an opponent. An opposing monastery following the "floating butterfly style" focuses on wrestling and overcoming an opponent by being able to lessen the power of their blows, and its followers revere the sun god Faerthandir and believe that he has a mischievous butterfly pet which glows with the light of the sun. Steelclaws, razorclaws, maduvu, antler staves, and other such thing are taught here versus traditional monk weapons. This monastery has good relations with the abeil of adusgee. The surrounding land is cultivated for the gorwing of numerous small flowers. Bearfolk alchemists also live here, and there are many who use these plants for the creation of potions, perfumes, and alchemical concoctions.
A temple of Balanis dominates in this community, and the working of the soil and maintaining of irrigation canals is a work of constant toil. Balanis' temple works as a brewing facility, but they also preserve meats with honey.

Dokkapaw - a woodland bear community that focuses on taming owlbears, bears, and sabertooth cats. There are also significant numbers of centaurs who live in this community. They hunt the kaaya'yeeda. The town is also known for tanning hides of creatures taken for sale in communities of the north. Smoke houses also dot the community, where meat is hung for preserving for later sale."these bearfolk are hunters of the kaaya'yeeda. They also capture animals and monstrosities and train them to serve the bearfolk. Giant beaver, Giant woodpecker, giant elk, owlbear, and winged owlbear are..."

Dunminkahl - a woodland bear folk and centaur community of loggers that use the river to deliver logs to Beyorathym. They also plant new trees to renew those that are cut. They like to capture giant woodpeckers and beavers and use them to help tear down trees rather than the traditional methods of axe. these bearfolk are lumberjacks who use giant beavers and giant woodpeckers to down trees rather than axes and deliver them down river using giant elk to haul the logs.

Bearfolk and centaur druids have befriended over a dozen wildleaf stags and they use these creatures to plant and regrow the trees from where they are removed. Unlike human lumberjacks, these woodland urskan are very conscious of the need to keep the forest growing and not destroy the habitat. They also must feed all the giant beavers, elk, and woodpeckers, which requires them to grow acres of maize, soybeans, and ... In order to pollinate so many flowering plants, priestesses of Balanis the Honey Queen encourage hives...

Grrimmoara -a woodland bear folk community of craftsmen who work in wood, leather, horn, etc... It also holds a relatively young college of magic. They generally only work with already prepared materials, and as such this is a thriving marketplace for other bearfolk to deliver their goods to."this is a city of bearfolk who have chosen to take their focus in life from hunting and instead become craftsmen, studiers of magic, etc... They focus on using cast off reindeer horns to make yada yada, giant beaver teeth to make large gnashing saw mills, giant woodpecker bills for drilling, dire hummingbird bills as knitting needles, onyx elk antlers are carved into yada yada, axebeak bills make axes, aarakocra, axebeak and owlbear feathers used in plumacraft make... etc.."

Magrravarr Falls - a woodland bear folk community which focuses on fishing


Great Timberspires notes

Bluewood Tunnels - cave, woodland, and thonabeir urskan. Growths of blueleaf trees have been cultivated to grow together to form snow tunnels, and beneath this great leather tents made of bone and hides provide homes for bearfolk of many kinds. These bear folk hunt the local alaghi, umpleby, and hybsil populations for food, leather, and other purposes. They have also learned to alchemically treat blueleaf trees in many ways, and thus armor made of bluewood is not an uncommon sight. Similarly, blue dyed leather is also fashionable amongst these bear folk.
Many of the bear folk of this village are avid followers of Raelkath Maneeboughs, and fey warlocks, rangers, and druids are not uncommon classes.

Whitepine Lodges - cave, woodland, and thonabeir urskan. Great Log halls are built by these bear folk. They are studiers of runecraft.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 27 Nov 2020 :  03:11:00  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
BTW, one of the things I'm trying to do with some of this is to give different styles of play to the region. A lot of what we've designed for Anchorome is very serious (creatures focused around starvation, spirits of vengeance, etc...). Places like Goelmearra are meant for areas where its a "fun" place rather than serious, and its isolated from the outside world to a degree. At the same time, everyone that's there came there because they were in trouble, and its this "drawing together of their community to help one another" that provides a kind of hope. That's why I also threw in the story of the forest gnomes using illusions to appear as "goelmee bears"... its a fun bit of silliness to use in a campaign to break up the seriousness.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
Go to Top of Page

Seethyr
Senior Scribe

USA
972 Posts

Posted - 28 Nov 2020 :  00:04:09  Show Profile  Visit Seethyr's Homepage Send Seethyr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

BTW, one of the things I'm trying to do with some of this is to give different styles of play to the region. A lot of what we've designed for Anchorome is very serious (creatures focused around starvation, spirits of vengeance, etc...). Places like Goelmearra are meant for areas where its a "fun" place rather than serious, and its isolated from the outside world to a degree. At the same time, everyone that's there came there because they were in trouble, and its this "drawing together of their community to help one another" that provides a kind of hope. That's why I also threw in the story of the forest gnomes using illusions to appear as "goelmee bears"... its a fun bit of silliness to use in a campaign to break up the seriousness.



That works. I have always visualized it as more of a frontier setting where the fun is in not knowing what’s “out there” but in a way that ties in well with the sheer amount of non human humanoids you’ve included.

Your kercpa are pretty close to an entry where they play a pivotal role in the thread (in Piazza). Stay tuned.

Follow the Maztica (Aztec/Maya) and Anchorome (Indigenous North America) Campaigns on DMsGuild!

The Maztica Campaign
The Anchorome Campaign
Go to Top of Page

cpthero2
Great Reader

USA
2252 Posts

Posted - 28 Nov 2020 :  05:50:55  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great Reader sleyvas,

I'm glad to hear you did that. I think something that is hard to pull back from for me in the way I create my sandbox campaigns, is mixing up appropriately levity in game with seriousness. It's great to hear that you've mixed that together in Anchorome.

Best regards,





Higher Atlar
Spirit Soaring
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 01 Dec 2020 :  16:36:47  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Radiant Hummingbirds - size tiny - normal sized hummingbirds that can create a faerie fire like affect and fire a beam of colored light that does radiant damage from their beaks. They glow with almost neon like feathers that are prized by plumaweavers, but the feathers darken to resemble normal humminbird feathers if taken from a dead radiant hummingbird. If gathered after a natural molting they maintain their strange glow. Its believed that these creatures appeared several centuries back when the dawn cock, believed to possibly be a variant of achiyalabopa (a giant bird like entity with rainbow like wings that usually appears as a swan, goose, comorant, or even a gull), appeared in a rainbow that touched upon Raelkath's Sprout's upper leaves when some threat, believed to be werewolves, threatened the grove. Its said that during that year the giant weirwood's silver & black leaves turned the color of rainbows, and that whenever a leaf fell off during the change of seasons, as it touched the ground it turned into a radiant hummingbird.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
Go to Top of Page

sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
10177 Posts

Posted - 08 Dec 2020 :  16:11:34  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been adjusting my timeline a bit for the United Tharchs of Toril. In particular, I wanted to do a couple things
A) reduce the impact of red wizard on the Pasocada Basin, but allow them to expand eastward into the desert that has nothing in it.
B) reduce the impact of red wizards on Fort Flame/Balduran Bay, but instead do a lot of the concepts I had for that "tharch" on an island off the coast.
C) Update for a smaller Lopango footprint than what I'd originally written up


1318 DR - Mythrell'aa, Zulkir of Illusion, in searching out lore on Netherese spell mantles runs across an entry on a Netherese flying enclave, known as the city of Doubloon, which disappeared some years prior to Karsus' Folly and which was rumored to be able to hide itself from all magic known at that time.

1328 DR - Mythrell'aa, Zulkir of Illusion, assaults a Halruaan exile, rumored to have been amongst the original red wizards who helped rise up against the Mulhorandi centuries ago. The female had been employing spies and peering too closely into Thayan business ventures surrounding the formation of a Thayan enclave in Soorenar. The woman manages to escape through the aid of another renegade red wizard and Halruaan exile, the archmage Velsharoon the Vaunted. From the history books left behind by the woman, Mythrell'aa reads of a "flying city which could make itself invisible which aided the Netherese diaspora in finding a new homeland to the south".

1330 DR - Following up on leads she found in Lerian religious texts surrounding the Exodus of Leirans, Mythrell'aa sets out to secretly invade the Isle of Nimbral in order to seek lore on the lost Netherese flying enclave of Doubloon. She learns that the flying city left the island centuries ago loaded with humans and tall elves to visit the stars.
1334 DR - Using an illusion to appear as Knights of the Flying Hunt, Zulkir Mythrell'aa and a select band of thayans loyal to her approach an incoming spelljamming vessel off the coast of Nimbral. Slaughtering its crew, they then take said vessel into orbit, whereupon they discover that the moon is inhabited by Leirans, though where these inhabitants learned of the religion is a secret she is unable to have revealed.
1339 DR - Samas Kul becomes Master of the Guild of Foreign Trade in Thay, a minor post at the time. He gains this position however with the aid of Zulkir Mythrell'aa, who agrees to supply his future enclaves with illusionists to make minor illusion items for sale, such as potions of invisibility and disguise self, in return for his unquestioning aid in securing components for a private project of her own.
1344 DR – After five years of experimentation, Zulkir Mythrell'aa and Samas Kul's private project comes to fruition. Using ancient netherese research notes and a lost helm recovered from Yeoman's Loft, along with knowledge of cooperative circle magic, they create a “Grand Helm” which is capable of enormous speed in wildspace. Though they are unsuccessful in using the helm within the phlogiston, and it requires numerous pilots, they consider the attempt a great success, for now they can create spelljamming helms to use within realmspace without the knowledge or dependence upon the arcane. Zulkir Mythrell'aa and Samas Kul work together on the “the Quad Project” and begin develop of the spelljamming vessel known as the Quad of Thay. These ships would become a great source for smuggling and fast moving of goods and resources between Thayan enclaves, unknown even to many of the other Zulkirs.

1356 DR - Using her mastery of the arcane arts, rumors gained from a captured spelljamming crew, Mythrell'aa is finally able to find the "lost" Netherese enclave of Doubloon floating amongst the Tears of Selune. The city is inhabited by humans and elves with ties to the surface cities of Nimbral, having long ago separated themselves from their former nation. Mythrell'aa sends several of her agents to infiltrate the colony and soon learns things are not as they seem, but that there are mysteries within mysteries occurring in this city and upon the moon's surface.

1359 DR - Samas Kul negotiates the creation of Thayan trade enclaves in Hlath, Calimport, Messemprar, and Athkatla

1360 DR - Mythrell'aa's spies in the flying city of Doubloon uncover several plots involving doppelgangers and illithids. By carefully revealing these plots and their plotters to the people of Doubloon, the Zulkir of Illusion is able to replace the current leadership with her own lieutenants and select individuals within the colony who will work towards its success. Contact between the citizens of Doubloon and the Leiran Trading Center are strained as the leader of the moon's colony, Phlandra Alabaster, has disappeared, and many of the moon's inhabitants blame the surface worlders who have recently arrived.

1361 DR - Samas Kul establishes the Thayan trade enclaves in Soorenar, Calaunt, and Hillsfar.

1362 DR - Mythrell'aa finds and frees Phlandra Alabaster, but coerces her fealty in return for her life and the keeping of her secrets. She further improves upon this fealty with magical compulsions. Mythrell'aa establishes herself as the ruler of the flying city of Doubloon, which she renames Luneira.

1364 DR - Samas Kul establishes the Thayan trade enclaves in Hlondeth and Scardale.

1365 DR - Samas Kul establishes the Thayan trade enclave in Mulmaster as part of the negotiations for marriage between High Blade Selfaril and the "First Princess of Thay", Dmitra Flass.

1367 DR - Samas Kul establishes the Thayan trade enclaves in Baldur's Gate, Raven's Bluff, and Saerloon.

1368 DR - Samas Kul establishes the Thayan trade enclaves in Cimbar, Phsant, Proskur, and Tsurlagol

1369 DR - Samas Kul, Master of the Guild of Foreign Trade, is approached by a Savrassan priest who states that he received a vision that the Thayan wizard should check for new opportunities in the west. After visiting several western trade enclaves, he decides that Thay should seek to open negotiations with the Flaming Fist to aid their fledgling colony of Fort Flame.

1370 DR - Samas Kul establishes the Thayan trade enclaves in Waterdeep, Marsember, Iriaebor, and Scornubel
1371 DR - Using numerous ships, the trade negotiations of dozens of far flung trade enclaves, hundreds of bags of holding, and thousands of humanoid slaves illicitly bought from bounty hunters, slavers, and prison wardens, Samas Kul establishes the Balduran Bay Trade Enclave in Anchorome. The initial construction is small with vast acres of farmland protected by tall walls, but plans to fill this space with additional housing, slave barracks, temples, magical academies, and several large marketplaces are in the works. Samas Kul is noted as saying "it is a beauteous wonder to be able to build an enclave from the ground up without having to worry about infringement on the sister city".

1372 DR - A "short jump" portal network is setup between the Thayan trade enclaves of Hlath, Cimbar, Soorenar, and Messemprar on the orders of Zulkir Lauzoril. These portals are limited to the transport of small pallets of materials or single individuals between colonies at first, but as the civil war in Thay begins to rage in later years Lauzoril expands their functionality.

1373 DR - Poscadari elves attack Fort Flame, but are turned back by the fire and lightning of their red wizard benefactors. The bodies of the fallen elves are animated by the necromancers of Thay, who then pursue the retreating elves for dozens of miles in the surrounding wilderness. Of the original force, nearly two-thirds of the elves die horribly painful deaths, only to be reanimated to serve as undead guardians.

1373 DR - A secret "short jump" portal network is setup in the Vast between the Thayan trade enclaves of Mulmaster, Calaunt, Raven's Bluff, Procampur, and Tsurlagol on the orders of the Tharchion Dmitra Flass, "The First Princess of Thay". A keyed and "blood tied" location is setup from the Mulmaster portal to her residence in the city of Eltabbar.

1373 DR - Upon the recommendation of the same Savrassan priest, Samas Kul begins negotiations to open trade enclaves in the cities of Samargol in Samarach, Lundeth in Thindol, and Tashluta in Tashalar. With the influx of Netherese control in the Sembian cities of Yhaunn, Selgaunt and Saerloon, many red wizards leave those enclaves in order to make new homes in other enclaves.

1374 DR - Lauzoril, Zulkir of enchantment, buys from the commander of Fort Flame a wrecked elven skyship and the rights to copy a journal of a dead elven Captain Eartharran Neidre of Evermeet. Suspecting that they might find a lost Netherese enclave or ancient magics of great power, Lauzoril, Samas Kul, and Mythrell'aa set forth towards the frozen northlands far above Evermeet with a retinue of Kossuthan priests and Thayan Knights. The city is captured after a fight with a large black dragon and its children forces said monster to flee or die, and the three Thayans fly it south into the Trackless Sea. They magically anchor the city at a halfway point between the Maztican city of Helmsport and the islands of Lantan and begin construction of portals linking this city to the Balduran Bay Colony and the cities of Tashluta and Samargol.

1374 DR - The Red Wizards open a merchant enclave in Kourmira, a Tuigan city in the Endless Wastes.

1375 DR - Civil War begins in Thay. Many common folk of Thay see safety in the remote trade enclaves, where they can continue to work in relative safety while the red wizards of those enclaves work feverishly to establish portal networks between enclaves.
1375 DR - The red wizard necromancers of the Soorenar and Cimbar enclaves officially declare their breaking of loyalty with Szass Tam. They turn their efforts in undead creation towards practical pursuits to support the war effort of the surviving Zulkirs. Condemned as outlaws by the Zulkir of Necromancy, they fervently embrace the tenets of the church of Velsharoon. Many other enclaves soon take up the construction of shrines to Velsharoon as a sign of their hatred of the Zulkir of Necromancy.

1375 DR - Portals are setup between the Hlath enclave and the enclave in Lundeth. Lumber harvested in Hlath is transported via this portal to the lumber mills of Lundeth. One of the many water mills active in this city is converted from the creation of shoddy swords and into the creation of basic building materials, such as nails, rivets, simple woodscrews and drivers, and simple tools like hammers, chisels, handsaws, axes, and augers. A "short jump" portal network is established between the new enclaves of Lundeth, Tashluta, and Samargol. Mythrell'aa, in secret agreement with the Khazark of the enclave of Samargol, establishes a portal connecting the Thayan enclave with with the city of Escalant and its numerous warehouses.

1376 DR - Several thousand Thayan immigrants express a desire to "aid the war effort remotely by working in an enclave". The new Zulkir of Transmutation, Samas Kul, rewards many of these individuals by transporting them in small batches via several portal jumps (all while blindfolded) to the Balduran Bay enclave. While they initially find the accomodations rough, they do come to accept that its better than being turned into an undead minion by Szass Tam's necromancers.

1377 DR - As the war for Thayan independence draws on, and Szass Tam forces wizards out of their luxury homes in High Thay, several hundred red wizards, Thayan knights, and numerous priests arrive in the Balduran Bay enclave, along with their personal guard of gnoll, orc, and centaur mercenaries. After a disagreement between some of these individuals who favor expansion via aggression, a small army of gnolls and centaurs is led east to search for the fabled "City of Gold".

1377 DR – The rural estate of Zulkir of Enchantment, Lauzoril Tavai, in Thazalhar is discovered by the undead forces of Xingax, an atropal in service to Szass Tam who experimented in necromantic magics. Zulkir Lauzoril is unaware of the assault due to the spellwork of the red wizard necromancers amongst the undead. The household servants and guards are quickly overwhelmed and the undead converge upon the estate house itself. Lauzoril's wife, Wenne, and his two daughters, Mimuay, a young necromancer in training, and Nyasia, an innocent young teenager with an interest in stories, poetry, and music all wait in fear for their lives. However, when the undead actually enter the house, Mimuay calls upon Velsharoon to aid her, and the god answers her plea. All of the undead shirk their bonds of control placed upon them by the allies of Szass Tam and immediately kill them. Mimuay leads her mother and younger sister to the city of Bezantur, leaving her estate home for the first time in her life. They are met in Bezantur by necromancer priests of Velsharoon, who believed themselves sent by their god to find and bring a powerful necromancer to Soorenar.

1377 - 1384 DR - Mythrell'aa encourages the breeding of Nimbraii stock pegasi and training of aerial cavalry to travel aboard spelljamming vessels. She also infiltrates the courts of Kara-Tur and Wa, both spelljamming nations that hate each other, and begins a mission of disinformation. The result is the capture of more than a dozen Shou Dragonships, which are blamed on “rogue captains” or “the treachery of Wa pirates”, as well as a famed Wa Tsunami and a complete retinue of locusts. She also uncovers knowledge of making “rudders of propulsion” by infiltrating the little known Wa spelljamming research facility hidden within the giant jungles of the island of Machukara.

1378 DR - After a prolonged military expedition, the red wizards who had sought the "City of Gold" instead seize an upper portion of the "Cursed City" of Esh Alakar and magically secure the aid of its undead and construct guardians. They believe this city to contain much magical knowledge, but it must be deciphered. Many of their lesser forces, such as gnolls and centaurs brought to the region by them, break ties and flee into the wilds of Anchorome. Ironically, several lands previously held by the humans degradingly referred to as “dog men” of the sands of Itzcala are seized by gnolls. The centaurs travel northward, into the lands of the minnenewah tribes of Epona, the land of giant beasts known as the Kaaya'yeeda, and the Beyori Riverlands where they establish relations with a humanoid bearfolk.

1378 DR - After a prolonged military expedition, the red wizards who had sought the "City of Gold" instead seize an upper portion of the "Cursed City" of Esh Alakar and magically secure the aid of its undead and construct guardians. They believe this city to contain much magical knowledge, but it must be deciphered. The red wizards reach out to the surrounding Azuposi villages, offering to trade goods in an attempt to open friendly relations with their neighors, since they find themselves in a new land with few friends. The red wizards also bring the concept of building mills along the river that runs through the Pasocada basin, enabling the grinding of corn flour much more efficiently, teaching the Azuposi to run them and asking only periodic shipments of food in return. Many of the red wizard's lesser forces, such as gnolls and centaurs brought to the region by them, break ties and flee into the wilds of Anchorome. Ironically, several lands previously held by the humans degradingly referred to as “dog men” of the sands of Itzcala are seized by gnolls. The centaurs travel northward, into the lands of the minnenewah tribes of Epona, the land of giant beasts known as the Kaaya'yeeda, and the Beyori Riverlands where they establish relations with a humanoid bearfolk. They find other centaur tribes, of a smaller build than Faerunian centaurs, who call themselves the Eponai.

1379 DR - Wild nomad tribes of the Nahopaca humans attack the Shrew tribe of Keshtin Pueblo, taking more than two score native women as slaves. An Azuposi native gets a message to the red wizards supervising the construction of the mills several miles north of Keshtin Falls. The red wizards justice is swift and brutal, as they slaughter the Nahopaca raiders and turn them into undead. The red wizards spend the next year raiding the nearby desert wilds of the Nahopaca, enslaving those they can capture and reanimating their dead to continue scouring the desert. Many are offered the right to live as free men if they will serve as slavers for the red wizards. Those who refuse will be forced to enter Esh Alakar, which the superstitious nomads fear greatly.

1379 DR - The city of Messemprar falls before the might of Mulhorand and Unther falls completely under Mulhorandi rule. The remainder of the Thayan enclave and Untheric resistance retreat to other nearby enclaves, such as Mourktar, Cimbar, and Soorenar.

1379 DR - A "short jump" portal is established between the Esh Alakar enclave and the Balduran Bay colony. Building supplies in the form of lumber and simple metal implements are sent through to Esh Alakar. The red wizards of Esh Alakar begin negotiations with a coastal culture of humans, calling themselves the Metahel, and who resemble the Northmen of the Savage Frontier. The two groups agree to use the wood brought in by the portal to build longships.

1380 DR - More Mulans arrive in the Balduran Bay Colony, as it is now called. Some of these stay in the colony, but the Khazark of the trade enclave requisitions a flying vessel to explore the surrounding islands for expansion in secret. The more militant mulans without ties to the trade enclave proceed east, where it is said a military expedition is mounting, and will result in free homes, land, and slaves for those who will take up residence from those who leave. Others arrive seeking the glory of conquering a new land.

1380 DR - Tharchioness Dmitra Flass, manages to lead a raid upon her own treasury in the capital of Eltabbar with the aid of Zulkir Lauzoril and a small army of red wizards and Thayan Knights. She secures several million gold pieces in the form of coins, gems, jewelry, art, and magic.

1380 DR - Using Nahopaca humans as slavers, the red wizards send them into the desert as slavers required to capture the humans known as "dog men" (who call themselves the Azitilan), but led by red wizards or their personal retinue. Those Nahopaca and Azitilan who fall in the desert are returned for reanimation. This begins to strain relations between the red wizards and the superstitious Nahopaca.

1381 DR - After two years of preparation, several thousand raiders from the Esh Alakar enclave and Pasocada Basin go forth upon more than a hundred longships to find the rich and fertile jungle lands to the south. Along the way, they conduct raids and take captives in the cities of Kolan and the Natican settlements on the outskirts of Apu Roca and Mt. Cuzculac.

1382 DR – Szass Tam becomes incensed by the necromancer-priests of Velsharoon serving as mercenaries alongside the other Zulkirs. Seeking to deter their influence, he sends several cultists of Orcus to assault their temple surrounding the Tower Terrible in Soorenar. The cultists fail disastrously, but they do manage to kill Lauzoril's wife, Wenne, who was busy sewing a silken robe for her eldest daughter, Mimuay, in their new home. Mimuay, who had been serving alongside the necromancer-priests of Velsharoon in Thay, turns in grief to Tharchion Dmitra Flass for comfort and a bond is formed between these two women.

1383 DR - Dmitra Flass' generosity begins to pay off, as skeletal work crews at night turn Blanaer into a lush garden city filled with irrigation canals to catch the runoff from the nearby Troll Mountains. Her autharchs also begin negotiations with the prospectors of Kings Reach, offering to buy their slag rock for use in building an aqueduct for bringing additional water to the city of Kurth.

1384 DR - Zulkir of Divination, Yaphyll warns the Zulkir of Illusion that she foresees Mythrell'aa's death in the near future.

1385 DR - After receiving a vision from Leira herself, Mythrell'aa decides it is time to fake her own death and attend to matters in Luneira. Tharchioness Dmitra Flass is elected to become the next Zulkir of Illusion, but is later killed by Malark Springhill.

1385 DR - Zulkir of Divination, Yaphyll, is forced by Zulkir of Necromancy, Szass Tam, to use her most powerful divination to see into the future. Unbeknownst to Tam, she is forced to "split herself and send one half of herself into the future" and this future portion is outside of Tam's control. However, this future self also is touched by the Spellplague.

I'm still developing the dates and times for after this, but you get the idea. I realize some of the above doesn't really involve the use of portals, but it generally talks about setting up trade relations, etc...

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
Go to Top of Page
Page: of 13 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Previous Page | Next Page
 New Topic  New Poll New Poll
 Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
Candlekeep Forum © 1999-2021 Candlekeep.com Go To Top Of Page
Snitz Forums 2000