I realized I never posted this commission I had made of Sibiliss back from the D&D campaign, which needed to be remedied immediately because I absolutely love it. I loved the concept of the character, a Medusa Sorceress turned Queen of the Pirates, and I feel she went over exceptionally well with the players as well. They did wind up working for her after all, despite my original intention for her to be a villain.
I have created a few generators, usually just names, for fantasy RPGs using perchance.org. I recently found out they allow embedding. This generator in particular pulls together from a few different generators I made on perchance. It’s still barebones, but functional and perfectly useable if you need a quick place for adventurers to visit.
Pitbull’s Fireball needs to be playing instrumental/karaoke style in the background. Quiet at first, getting louder the closer they get to the main room of the cavern.
The various rooms leading into the main room are scattered with dead, unconscious, or barely conscious kobolds and goblins (a check of the living will tell they are deeply intoxicated or under the influence of something, likely a powerful drug. A check of the dead shows a 50/50 split between violent death and apparent OD).
Kobolds, goblins, and other assorted ‘minor’ villainous types are dancing in a conga line around a ‘treasure’ trove of mostly shiny looking junk and baubles. The treasure appears to be on fire, the flames are a whole rainbow of reds, blues, greens, purples, and yellows, flickering and dancing to the beat of music. Hovering two feet above the pile of treasures is a crystal about 3ft tall, glowing dim white and pulsing with streaks of opalescent rainbow colors to the music.
The music is performed by a diverse and raggedy group similar to those in the lines. Scattered around the room are the bodies of mostly kobolds and goblins.
Occasionally a fireball with materialize from the hovering crystal and land in a random part of the room, killing or roasting whatever happens to be there. A cloud will be released from the epicenter of the explosion and disperse around the room, adding to the haze. This cloud is what causes the intoxication. (roll a medium/hard Con check against. A fail results in a 50/50 roll. Result A means the character falls into blissful partying trance with the rest of the partying creatures. Result B means the character has a deep yearning desire to go and round up more ‘silly little creatures’ and bring them back to this neverending party.)
Why is this happening? It can be for whatever reason you find that fits best with the campaign.
Great Elven kingdoms once spanned the world. Each with their own unique culture and history, the descendants of these kingdoms are the different Elven subraces. Their long lives allowed for deep study of magics, according to the needs of the kingdom. Magic became common and integrated deeply into their culture, the likes of which has never been seen before or since.
They traded magic for raw materials with the various Dwarven kingdoms under the mountains, and nearly drove Dragonkind (their only rivals in magic) and Orcs (whom they considered barbaric) to extinction. All other races, including humans at the time, were too few in number, too tribal, or too scattered to be anything more than exotic oddities and lesser beings.
And then almost overnight by the span of the Elves, the human population -which had been burgeoning but still mostly unnoticed by the Elvenkind- coagulated into their own kingdoms and revolted against the Elven powers with help from the remaining Dragonkind. None will ever know what the result of the wars would have been, because it was about that time the Apocalypse happened. 80% of life in the world was wiped out. It was an irrecoverable blow to the Elves, as they could never hope to recover their population faster than the other races, and their great cities and kingdoms were mostly lost or abandoned. Millenia later, they yearn for the old days as they fade toward irrelevance, watching the the world pass them by.
Even now however, on average, Elven magic remains only equaled by Draconic Sorcery.
It’s not the end of the campaign, but it is the end of the original story arc I had intended. It, like most homebrew campaigns, went unexpected places and went a whole lot longer than originally anticipated. I’m taking a short break from D&D to try out Savage Worlds, in what I hope to be a ‘Mass Effect meets Ghost in the Shell’ kind of setting. I’m calling it the unimaginative “Solethania Galactic”. Because branding and laziness. We’ll be streaming this too.
Anyway, below is the end of the first story arc of A Tale of Solethania.
And here is the whole messy playlist (apologies for various audio issues and whatnot early on).
New batch of videos are now up on my youtube channel. You don’t have to wait for my slow self to upload them there, you can keep up in real time every Sunday at 7:30pm CST at twitch.tv/rinsland!
With the invention and subsequent widespread use of more efficient golems replacing physical workers in agriculture, there has been a massive shift out of subsistence labor, as the agricultural output outstripped population growth and demand, creating large surpluses of food and manpower in an exceptionally short amount of time.
Kingdoms, guilds, and religious orders quickly and competitively vied for this new pool of manpower, and a strong and mobile middle class formed.
Kingdoms were able to create and maintain standing armies and expand their influence. Guilds were able to begin a process not unlike industrialization (standardization of crafting, organized exploration and adventuring, etc.), and the religious orders were able to expand and begin educating the general populous in scientific/magic theory, knowledge, and philosophical thought.
Despite the massive changes and societal upheaval this brought, many things remained the same. Feudalistic society grew more entrenched, as only the nobility and religious orders owned land -the very land the golems (that only the wealthy can truly afford) now work that provide the food for the populous. And the new and powerful standing armies worked well to prevent and quell revolts or rebellions against the established order.
New batch of videos since the last group was added. Maybe I’ll just continue doing it like this. But hey, you can keep up in real time every Sunday at 7:30pm CST at twitch.tv/rinsland!
I decided to drop the global population down to a more manageable 300 million. Mostly because I didn’t want so many middling to large up and coming cities scattered about everywhere. While contemplating this, I also decided I wasn’t a fan of the Wizard demographic level distribution (original post here). There were just too many low level wizards and not enough mid level ones to my taste. So I gave it some thought. I decided that you aren’t really a true Wizard until you’ve mastered some iconic spells, and had some time to truly get into your chosen Tradition (I arbitrarily chose level 3). Levels 1-2 are merely Apprentice Wizards, going through their formal training and education.
With the help of an old friend from college, I now have a new Wizard Demographic by Level table:
How this was achieved was by basing it on current real world higher academic tiers. 1-2 would be those going into college/university. 3-6 would be those with a Bachelor’s. 6-10 would be those with a Masters. 10-20 would be those with at least one Doctorate. The math was calculated using general pop statistics (levels 3-6), slightly modified Chi-Squared distribution (6-10), and straight Chi-Squared distribution(10-20). I do think this is a much closer approximation to what an actual global academia of Wizards and their power would be like population wise.
As a minor aside, the population of the United States in 2016 was 323.4 million, which I think lends itself nicely to do some comparisons. Namely, according to the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics, all Protective Service Occupations (law enforcement, firefighters, lifeguards, animal control, security guards, etc.) only make up about 1.1% of the population of the United States. So if you were wondering how common a Wizard would actually be, that’d be the closest comparison.
Now, due to the prevalence of higher level wizards (never mind all the other spellcasters in the world…), I don’t think a traditional coinage system would really hold any weight anymore. When you can just magic up or transmute metals and materials, raw materials are going to lose their value pretty quickly. So what can replace it?
My idea is the currency of Solethania, called the Litia. The Litia is a coin that contains a specific amount of magical power. That is, it is essentially a magic battery. A spellcaster isn’t going to want to waste a spell slot (expend the effort) for a lot of ‘mundane’ magical work. So they can just use one of those instead. I figure one coin is worth either a cantrip or lvl 1 spell worth of ‘pure’ magic (I haven’t decided). A wizard can then either recharge it later, or trade it off to someone else. Different levels of magic give it different levels of worth.
In D&D coinage terms:
|Part Full||1 Silver|
|Mostly Full||1 Electrum|
Now, considering that what would traditionally be the ‘slave class’ of D&D worlds has been replaced by non-sentient magic powered golems, it’s a small leap to make them essentially rechargeable with Litia. Since that may get rather expensive for most to afford, it is likely only nobility or upper class that can afford them -perpetuating and strengthening the power of a feudalistic system of governance throughout the world as they would be ‘leased’ to the serfs under them.
Current Ruler: King Cuan the Sage (Age 18) of House Kaeivar, son of the late King Conghalach.
- House Kaeivar, led by King Cuan the Sage (Age 18), son of King Conghalach, and has no children.
- House Celos, led by Countess Féthnat (Age 39) daughter of Count Ruairí. Her two children are Flann and Aodhamair (Ages 8 and 1).
- House Betan, led by Countess Sadhbh (Age 25), daughter of Count Dubhán. Her only child is Niall (Age 6).
- House Alphus, led by Duke Feichín (Age 12), son of Duke Uaithne.
- House Gammris, led by Count Eachaidh (Age 20), son of Count Deaglán, He has no children.
- House Nautus, is led by Count Affraic (Age 34), Son of Countess Brónach. His two children are Cúmhaighe and Éibhear (Ages 12 and 10)
List of major Cities and Towns:
- Aspenreach (pop: 6800). Seat of House Kaeivar
- Abercaster (pop: 4104). Seat of House Celos
- Burnmouth (pop: 1828). Seat of House Nautus
- Kyleceter (pop: 4478). Seat of House Gammris
- Blackdhu (pop: 1980). Seat of House Betan
- Ecclesfoss (pop: 2583). Seat of House Alphus
- Monument of Caitlín (820 years standing). Located in Abercaster.
- Colossus of Aislin (776 years standing). Located in Burnmouth.
- Palace of Toirleach (766 years standing). Located in Aspenreach.
- Fortress of Conchubhar (224 years standing). Located in Blackdhu.
- Fortress of Aoibheann (39 years standing). Located in Kyleceter.
- Statue of Meidhbhín (stood for 56 years). Located near Abercaster.
- Library of Umos(stood 460 years, destroyed by arson). Located in Kyleceter.
- Monument of Eachann (stood 389 years, destroyed by earthquake). Located near Blackdhu.
- Tower of Eibhlín (stood 44 years, destroyed by warfare). Located near Aspenreach.
- Lighthouse of Cliodhna (stood 820 years, destroyed in an uprising). Located on an island near Aspenreach.
- Arch of Muireann (stood 511 years, abandoned). Located near Ecclesfoss.
- Castle of Seachnasach (stood 259 years, destroyed by sabotage). Located near Burnmouth.
- Fortress of Caitlín (lasted 448 years, destroyed in war). Located between Aspenreach and Ecclesfoss.
- Monument of Raghnailt (stood 217 years, destroyed in an uprising). Located near Aspenreach.
- Citadel of Feichín (lasted 331 years, destroyed by lightning). Located near Ecclesfoss.
- Arch of Damháin (stood 462 years, abandoned and crumbling). Located near Kyleceter.
- Palace of Nóirín (lasted 81 years, until destroyed by witchcraft). Located near Blackdhu.
Exports: Iron, Copper, Timber
Imports: Cotton, Hemp, Precious Crystal
Local Adventuring Group(s): The Aspensong, Cainneach’s Crew
Over eight hundred years old, Aspenreach is a human town ruled by King Cuan the Sage of House Kaeivar. The buildings and walls are formed of a white stone, carved of an ancient and ornate stonework. In the center of town is a high quality fountain, with five tigers carved standing alongside its outer rim. The mighty and ancient palace of Toirleach rises slightly above the town to the west.
Roughly six hundred years old, Ecclesfoss is a human town ruled by House Alphus, and run by the Fighter Aibhinn, a local noblewoman. Its buildings and walls are made up of a stark and bare wood. Nestled into the east of town is a dynamic silver statue of an Earl, depicted teaching to the town elders.
Roughly three hundred years old, Burnmouth is a human town ruled by the sorcerer Count Affraic, Patriarch of House Nautus. It is nestled deep in the forest at the foot of the mountains. Its buildings and walls are built from a soft local wood, giving it a wild, but comfortable feel. Somewhat hidden away in the north of town is an onyx fountain made with superior skill of a bear sitting at the center of the fountain, watching the town with an expression of deep sadness. The Colossus of Aislin juts out from the mountains to the east.
Roughly five hundred years old, Abercaster is a human town ruled by House Celos, and run by the Ranger Orla, also a noblewoman of the House. Abercaster’s buildings and walls are formed of a pricey brown clay, and in the center of town is a poetic brass fountain with two brass lions standing in its center. The Monument of Caitlín is located on the outskirts of town.
Roughly six hundred years old, Kyleceter is a human town ruled by the wizard Eachaidh, Leader of house Gammris. Its buildings and walls are raised up from a simple and local white clay. Placed in the center of town is a high quality beech statue of an ancient king, depicted watching a fox. The Fortress of Aoibheann is the newest major addition to Kyleceter, and has been carefully integrated into the town’s defensive systems.
Nearly eight hundred years old, this venerable old human town is ruled by the Rogue Sadhbh, Countess and leader of House Batan. The buildings and walls are a strong, but light wood. Just outside town to the east, an ancient and dynamic limestone fountain of six lions stands near a small river. Fortress of Conchubhar is located nearby, its squat imposing form standing at odds with the town and forest surroundings.