I can see an interesting spin on this, and it comes from the basic RTS game. The city is analogous to the base, and the base has survived a massive raid, the walls are breached, most of the defenders are weakened or destroyed, and large swaths of infrastructure have been decimated, to the point that the tech tree is in shambles. Support structures and resource generating structures have to be replaced before the other things can be rebuilt.
Inside the ruins of the walls, where there is still safety from sporadic raids, farms start popping back up. The halflings do have the advantage of being adept diggers, living underground, so that they can co-occupy farmland with their homes, rather than giving up one for the other.
As mentioned, in time the tech tree will be repaired, and the hobbit farms will be replaced by more useful or more efficient land uses, but for the time being, it is a wary area, still remembering the wounds from the fire, the destruction, and not keen to lose what they were able to save last time around. Go to Comment
Mixes pragmaticism with blind beauracracy, creating an ultimately believable setting that is simply more than a riverside area yet still within the bounds of being usable. Curses on the local nobles for never being able to get around to building any sort of dam to fix that pesky water problem. Go to Comment
I love the concept of the Half-Mage, both in terms of magical ability and in terms of training. The tavern itself is very well described and quite inviting. wouldn't mind tossing back a few there myself. Go to Comment
Solid idea, good description of the grounds and some tantalizing bits that invite attention. It could, however, use a human touch to give it more depth, perhaps there are societies within the Campus, healers versus potion makers perhaps, or there is a regular series of olympic style events held on the grounds. Go to Comment
The one thing missing was the settled orcen using their discarded warshields as signs. I could see a local dive of a tavern sporting a battered shield with a slap-dash paintjob as a sign, with some sort of crude or tongue in cheek name. Go to Comment
In a way, I feel Like i've been there. It seems like a mix of the sleepy bayou of the French quarter mixed with the chaos of Atlanta, GA. There are 41 streets in Atlanta named Peachtree. Good luck there. I can only imagine getting lost in a place and frustrated by the slow sprawling growth of the place, surely as intimidating as a band of ogres or facing a noble swordsman in a duel. Go to Comment
I can see the area having regular festivals, not entirely unlike my own hometown which closes off the downtown area for Pumpkin Fest, Halloween night, and pretty much any other holiday they feel like. It had a very homey feel to it. Well done. Go to Comment
The only problem I have with this is that I can see some people trying to follow up on the Azure Blades, since the deception at the initiation of the duel is easily 'bad form'. In a way it would make for an interesting espianoge based game between rival assassination groups being played out between two players who have no idea who the other is. Imagine the surprise of the King who finds that that the villianous fiend behind the rival assassin guild is none other than a close personal friend. Go to Comment