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Level Up (A5E) Sins of the Scorpion Age, Sword and Sorcery Campaign Setting

Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Works really well and also helps conceptualise each region for players, in addition to the regional descriptions. Love it.
Apologies for the delay replying; spent three days in Glastonbury, with a bit of caving. Great for gaming vibes on more than one level!
Hope you get to spend more time doing things you enjoy! Anyway, here's Ngo.

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Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
So I'm looking to start in on the "Lesser Cities". Specifically Rastavo, Yblisa, and Abikhaz of the Grisian area.

Yblisa I was planning to do as a deepwater fishing community. Specifically because the Khufu Sea is practically shallow, and the Shallow Sea of what used to be Ancais is shallow enough to see the tops of buildings under the water on a clear day. And then Rastavo is even moreso than that.

Remember when we talked about how people think the Afterlife is Islands across the ocean? Rastavo's gonna have charlatans and seers who claim to call the dead back... but also Sailors who claim to have seen the edge of the world...

Lotsa Bells.

Part of Yblisa, though, is I was thinking of putting some Lovecraftian "By the Sea" type stuff there... Only... maybe it could be more Crabs than Octopi. Not 100% certain... More like...

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GuyBoy

Adventurer
No idea what that creature is, but it’s pretty scary. Wereshark-meets-Devourer.
Bells sounding in the Deep from the sunken cities of the Ancais.
Shifting dunes that devour.
A ghost that cannot leave the water, but can appear below the surface to talk to characters
Cursed fishing village that appears normal....until the fog rolls in from the sea.
 

Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Important other idea:

Keep the main regions/cities as pretty "Low Fantasy". But then in the Bestiary section with monsters, have their descriptions include the areas where they exist.

So, like, that Sharkrabundead dude up there would have information in his monster entry putting him in, say, the Shallow Sea region. But the Shallow Sea would only obliquely reference monsters in the deep without any specifics.
 


Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Loosely based on the Avars, Bulgars, and Khazars, as well the the Khazaria Khaganate, I present Abikhaz!

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Fun note: the descendents of the Khaganate are largely known as the Chuvash people. Chuvash means "Peaceful". Samars, on the other hand, means "Warlike".
 


Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Thought for Samarsi Cultural Trait option:

Every Weapon a Tool
Choose a weapon with which you are proficient. Whenever you use this weapon as part of a skill check, you gain an Expertise Dice, subject to Narrator Approval.

Someone who picks a Quarterstaff could use it in Acrobatics for balance, or Athletics to pole vault. Or to search for traps with Investigation. Or use a Longbow for Survival checks to hunt. Or a Longsword on a Survival check to start a fire. You get the idea.

If your weapon is useful for that task, you get an expertise die.
 


GuyBoy

Adventurer
Thought for Samarsi Cultural Trait option:

Every Weapon a Tool
Choose a weapon with which you are proficient. Whenever you use this weapon as part of a skill check, you gain an Expertise Dice, subject to Narrator Approval.

Someone who picks a Quarterstaff could use it in Acrobatics for balance, or Athletics to pole vault. Or to search for traps with Investigation. Or use a Longbow for Survival checks to hunt. Or a Longsword on a Survival check to start a fire. You get the idea.

If your weapon is useful for that task, you get an expertise die.
Like this idea. Full of flavour.
A dagger to aid in climbing. A spear for balance.
Even a shield to slide down castle steps whilst shooting arrows...oh, wait!
 


Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
I will say that I'm nervous about Yblisa and the Ysla people.

They're basically Vichy France for the world. But because I'm using a pseudo Azerbaijan style for the region I'm a little worried it'll just come across as general racism.
 

GuyBoy

Adventurer
I will say that I'm nervous about Yblisa and the Ysla people.

They're basically Vichy France for the world. But because I'm using a pseudo Azerbaijan style for the region I'm a little worried it'll just come across as general racism.
I understand your concern. Vichy France made the decision they did for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to) political expediency, defeatism, anti-Communism, some sympathy for Nazism in certain individuals, a desire to preserve French independence to at least an extent.
Vichy did not result in significant racism towards the French people (other than that still extolled in the somewhat rabid right wing garbage of some aspects of the UK media), and part of the reason for this was the heroism of the Resistance and the Free French government.

So, one answer, with Yblisa drawing on pseudo Azerbaijan, might be to insert a hero or two who resisted the Ancais situation and is lauded today, at least in some circles. This shows it wasn’t the whole populace who betrayed and hopefully avoids any aspect of racism.
 



Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Basically going for a "Sacrificed to the Volcano God" thing in a heavily romanticized sense.

The god in question is real and tangible and consumes life through love. He picks a person who he's going to love to death, they get a huge celebratory period of joy and comfort, and then they're handed over to the God who loves them. Nothing -sexual-, mind you. Just straight up kills them with his emotional weight and consumes the resulting emotions. But, like, -everyone- feels the love like the heat of a volcano, even the ones who aren't hit with lava, y'know?

Very "Moloch" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
 


GuyBoy

Adventurer
“I have looked upon the face of Agamemnon” (even though it actually wasn’t).
Love this city. Perhaps some legacy weapons, armour (or even death masks) of the heroes still exist, as objects for a quest?
 


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