Lol, this is great! This is also what I want on this thread, interesting creations and the history of how they effected your campaign. Or even if they didn't effect it, just so long as they're interesting.MarkCsigs said:Yup, they're the first adventurers (in my world, anyway) with an endorsement contract.
-- Mark C'sigs
Major Holidays said:New bloom: Unsurprisingly New Bloom takes place in the early to mid spring depending on the weather as a celebration of new starts and beginnings. This holiday is celebrated differently from place to place but wildflowers hunts are common in small villages. If a new monarch needs to be crowned (for whatever reason) it will usually be put off until this period to reinforce the feeling of new beginnings.
Rynforth’s Day: The savior of the old people and sovereign of the new kingdom; the warrior known only as King Rynforth led the peasant’s revolution and defeated the old aristocracy. After finishing a 4 year war at the battle of Lorim Keep he was paraded through Lorim and back to the capital to be crowned King. If current conditions permit, the current monarch will have a parade trough Endeldor in honour of the occasion.
Birthing: Many families hope for new arrivals to be born in early summer so that the earliest (and most vulnerable) months of it’s life are in favourable conditions and not in the harsh winter. Birthing takes place on the last day of the first month of summer. Any deities of fertility known and revered by the people are worshipped thanked for the safe deliveries.
Garlengdum: A holiday of gnomish origin, Garlengdum is also known as the fool’s day because of the tradition of playing jokes on one another on the day. It has a dualistic purpose as a day to lighten people’s spirits in the time before the harvest and tough winter as well as to give the thanks to Garl Glittergold for protecting the gnomish people. Garlengdum is celebrated in the late summer (right before autumn) by most people although the gnomes are obviously more enthusiastic about it than others.
Winterfest: Great feasts in winter-time are a staple of fantasy cultures and Endelhast is no different. Once the harvest has been collected and this livestock it is decided how many of the animals can be afforded to keep over the winter. Any that cannot be kept (usually the old or lame) are killed or, uncommonly, traded. Those that are killed make up part of the great feast to celebrate a good harvest.
Histori Desroud III: Wolfe etek Wor said:“The 4 year war had been brewing for many years due to unrest in both the peasantry and lower aristocrats. Lower nobles had been unhappy with the meager power they had compared to others and were keen to grab wealth for themselves. Naturally, after goading from the lesser aristocrats the peasants realized how badly they too were treated by the upper nobles.
A month of riots and small uprising throughout hamlets was the first and most obvious sign that a civil war was on the verge of spilling over, so to speak. Tax collectors from larger cities were beaten and stoned by villagers before being hung from trees for any who wished to try their luck. Amusingly, a great deal of barons had helped arm their peasants so that they could kill their very own tax collectors all in the name of stirring up trouble. Soon people refused to do the job or demanded costly escorts to assist them.
Of course this was far too costly and ridiculous to be considered but something had to be done. Soldiers and mercenaries were stationed in villages and told to make an example of up risers which only caused greater resistance by the commoners. Gangs were formed; villages isolated themselves and even started to fight against one another.
Those that were loyal to the upper aristocracy brawled with those of the lower and now it was not only between different tiers of society but also between fellow brothers.
In the midst of this, the warrior Rynforth arose to lead peasants in coordinated attacks on other areas. His bravery and skill soon became legendary along was his strength, ferocity and feral appearance. Wealthy individuals saw Rynforth as a perfect leader for the small armies they were each amassing for themselves and approached him with false stories of how they wished to overthrow the corrupt government. It is not known whether he originally intended to pursue the course he did, for it was known Rynforth was a....simple man but soon after gaining loyalty from fighting men he attacked and slew his patrons.
Taking his acquired force he conquered dozens of villages and towns from others whilst gaining loyalty from other leader’s soldiers. His dominance was primarily in the south, however, in between the God’s Beard forest to the west and the Lontallow moors to the east. At the time it was not a terribly valuable or coveted area with little natural resources and more bandits and dangerous wildlife than was worth taking care of. This was to the base of his “kingdom” for the next three years as he underwent the task of conquering the entire empire of Endelhast.
A decisive move to expand his territory was in a arc towards the south-most borders. He made sure to lead all important battles personally and favoured fighting on foot rather than horseback like his enemies. This was thought as crazy, especially considering he wore little to no armour, but even on foot Rynforth was the height of a man on a barded, well built warhorse.
Although I would prefer not to digress from the main topic at hand, an odd occurrence in the winter of the second year of the war seems to be of great note. After several days of marching away from a battlefield Rynforth and his army were exhausted and many of them badly wounded. Due to enemy fortifications in the area they were forced to head through the Darkbranch forest to avoid any further battles before they were prepared. As they marched through the thick forest fierce growling could be heard in the distance and according to accounts dozens of yellow eyes shone through the forest like windows into hell. Soldiers there had described the mist as being inconsistent and swirling around in odd, strangely defined patterns. As the hundred’s of soldiers cowered in fear demonic, otherworldly laughter boomed through the forest causing the men to drop to their knees and cover their ears. Rynforth was enraged at these creatures and dashed off into the wood with a snarl and roar similar to the one heard before. The accounts say that he did not return to them for several days, and when he did he was drenched in blood yet had very few cuts of his own.
But fanciful tales aside, the campaign to take the south was enacted with unrelenting fury. No one was masquerading under the idea that this war was about helping the peasants, and those that did did not do very well for themselves. Rynforth himself is quoted to have said that all the peasants must be helped, but only if it is by giving them a weapon to defend themselves with. The gnomes of Gemmel who had become increasingly drawn into the war since it began did not trust Rynforth but assisted him in traveling across Gemmel to reach Central Country so that the war would end soon.
The war failed to end for another one-and-a-half years but from then on until the final battles it was relatively easy for Rynforth to take the next quarter. The main opponent to have emerged from the dozens of warring houses was that of the Capolats. Led by the three siblings Sem, Harold and Haley Capolat. The country was now approximately divided in half between the warriors of Rynforth and those of the Capolats and each would be hard pressed to quickly take the other half from each other.
Nevertheless, after many battles I shan’t delve into here the Battle of Lorim Keep came in the early summer of the fourth year although it was still snowing at that time. Rynforth took it as a sign of encouragement from the god’s and forced his men to march 40 miles a day to arrive there on time. None argued.
One might ask why, pray tell, the final and most decisive battle of the war was not at the capital of Endelhast, Endeldor. The answer is that both Haley and Sem had come from leading a battle against the angry Thorlian King, Degrek Shinsplitter near Lorim. They were supposed to have arrived to aid Harold in the battle but were delayed by several days. Soon after the siege went underway Harold committed suicide by jumping from the walls of the city instead of risking facing the wrath of Rynforth. When the soldiers heard of this, the battle had effectively been won and the tiny garrison stationed there gave up almost immediately. That should have been the end of the war, but there were still some 15,000 soldiers heading towards the capital from a battle in Thorl that Rynforth had to deal with.
The march towards Lorim took about a week because of the snow and fatigue of the soldiers. The side of the iron wolves (as they had come to be known) numbered at about 3,000 and was outnumbered 5-1 to the Capolats. No one on the side of the wolves expected to win aside from Rynforth who believed that greater beings were watching over him. Fanatical to his patron’s and completely fixated on finishing the war his bravery and leadership kept his warriors following him. Unfortunately, I was but a boy at the time and cannot remember much of the mood of the kingdom, but every source I’ve gathered information from tells of the high emotions running through the kingdom. Although many were still divided, they knew how close to an end the war was and were thankful for it.
It would be days, if not hours before the fighting ceased.
Near midnight the Capolat siblings were met in battle. The force was spread between several areas with Sem taking position in the relatively small keep with a small portion of warriors and Haley commanding a force of cavalry, ballista and archers on the rocky hills. Rynforth had not a single horse amongst his men aside from those being used to carry siege equipment and his men wore nothing better than leather or chain mail armour. He took his men and positioned them to the south of the keep, just out of range of the archers and too far away for their unpredictable ballista and catapults. His orders were to take up a defensive position for his siege weapons, with his medium infantry protecting them as they advanced into range. Meanwhile his remaining warriors (himself included) would advance towards the soldiers positioned on the hills as quickly as possible. The plan was not terribly clever or even effective, but as Rynforth had proven in the past he was an able commander and could pull off even the most ridiculous plans.
The ensuing carnage resulted in him personally killing Haley and her warhorse and an estimated 600 others. Of course, reports are expected to be greatly exaggerated-especially because the only people who survived to tell the tale were on his side-but divine workings have been hinted at throughout Rynforth’s entire documented life.
The battle ended with the death of Frederick Barneln, commander of the Capolat’s first great sword regiment and was announced by the eerie cry of a wolf. In the aftermath, Rynforth was paraded back to Lorim via the main path (which has since been renamed the Path to Glory) and back to Endeldor to be crowned.
YAY!!! I'm not as useless as I seem! Now where's that damnable dancing smilie???Nightcloak said:I've got some stuff comming as well (for this thread and the Undermountain thread). I just need to catch up an RL first after some of the big posts I put out last week (those things eat up the extra time).
Jodjod said:Here's a homebrew nation of mine, tell me what you think
Nightcloak said:Wow. And I thought I wrote long posts...
That's looking very good Jodjod. Sorry it took a while to respond, but I had to wait until I had some time to read through everything without interuptions.
I like the detail from modern concerns to the detailed history. Cultural detail is another great bonus. To many people forget this wonderful aspect of society to use while detailing their worlds. You even put "historical referance" quotes in.
I'd say it is looking good my man. This just begs the question, when will we see "Jodjod's Guide to [Insert World Name Here]".
Note: The last statementand may be humorous, but it is serious also as it is comming from the man who is currently writing his own: "Encyclopedia Wraithsword" campaign guide. You can never have enough world detail as far as I'm concerned
Jodjod said:I'm terrible with working though, very lazy...
...tell yer what, I'll post up some more details if you tell us a bit more about that Encyclopedia: Wraithsword of yours.