I like these more than the rest of the New Takes I have read so far.
Instead of trying to make an "alien race" out of something that is somewhat familiar, these take people and create an "ethnic group" to replace other DnDish monsters and villian peoples.
I like the details about horses. I like the Mongolian vibe. I think they should have hawking mastery. I would add some degree of animal bondings (though not make the animals intelligent). Go to Comment
Having played in a game with 28 people in it, and recognizing this play style, I played with someone who had read this article. It worked. It was not as much fun as it could of been, but we got things done. That lead to more fun, so it was all good. Go to Comment
These are our enemies that are also our friends. We all believe in the same religion (more or less) but we see it different ways. This is great. You can have a realistic and complicated religious situation, something to add drama to the game and give a great deal of potential. Go to Comment
It is a Catholic Styled Church without all the baggage from trying to use "real religions" in your game. You get all the ritual, mystery, symbolism, strange mythology, and massive beuracratic church, without the problem of doing a real church.
Looking at both posts make them really good.
Why do I get a Scientology Vibe... a church that was set up with the sole purpose of attracting and maintaining members? Go to Comment
I get this whole India/ Hindu vibe from this. Again, if this is your cosmology, it will effect the entire campaign. This defines the campaign. It also changes the way most games structure magical powers. Go to Comment
Hard to follow, but a really cool idea. So what is his church like? Would it be a single thing or a confused mess? After all, he is not paying attention to the little details (like religions that worship him). Go to Comment
I really like this one. It defines the entire setting it is in. Your "mythics" (Love that) are dying off. Your Humans are your main society and peoples. You have a single church, with or without a dark ages. Lots of potential drama. Go to Comment
The journey had been a long one and now they had entered the mountains. After an entire day spent on paths cut into the mountainside and through moss covered coniferous woods, they encounter a desperate young mountain tribal. He is searching for his beloved wife and his elder brother, both of whom he got separated from after an unsuccessful attempt to kill a cave bear. The last thing he saw was the cave bear in full pursuit of his wife. He could not help her as he had been knocked to the ground by the raging beast, and was struggling to regain full consciousness. The tribal will be clearly nervous and urges them to look for his wife during their travels. He will stay in his village a couple of miles to the north and pleads for assistance should they recover his wife, whether she be dead or alive.
On the next day of travel, they will journey upon a dim track in the forest and while they are preparing to ascend another path cut into the mountainside, they hear moans of lust from somewhere nearby. Upon closer inspection they will spy a young tribal woman in the heat of the act with an elder tribal male. They are consummating their forbidden love on the cold mountain moss, and beside them lay the skinned and slaughtered carcass of a huge bear.