The village was founded by their great great grandfather, and the ravine is (predictably) made by a river. I intentionally left those areas void so it might fit in well with whatever the GM already had. One's good because he was raised properly to be the next leader, and the other one is bad because he wants to be the leader, but can't. So he overthrew his brother and became the new leader. They wheren't raised in different places. They were both raised in the same town, though maybe one was raised by the mother and the other by the father (even though they lived in the same house). This is just the barest of bones -- something for the aspiring GM out there to play with, and maybe modify to suit his or her tastes, not a ready made, fill-in the stats adventure. Go to Comment
I dunno, as long as the character's are willing to help and concerned with morality, then they can be fit into this adventure rather easily (I mean, it would be much better if they were desgined for the adventure, or, more probably, the adventure were custom tailored to them). This is, if nothing else, a sort of prototype for a psychological adventure, perfect for cliche characters of all sorts (you know that one who wants revenge? Well, throw this adventure at him along with the object of his vengeance. Might be interesting). Go to Comment
Essentially, you are saying lets do Hamlet, but instead of starting with Hamlet you start with disney. Then in your proposed set up the PCs aren't Hamlet or even Rosencrantz or Guildenstern, they are hired guns. In essence your proposed set up makes the PCs the audience for this play. That is bad.
I am all for ripping off classic plots, but to really explore the concepts you suggest to explore, than PCs need to be the ones with the conflict. What if one your PCs are placed in Claudius's postion. How do the PCs deal with Hamlet? Could they trust Gertrude not to side with her son?
Or the PC could be in Hamlet's postion. Do the PCs really want to be King or do they enjoy their adventuring life too much? Is this vengeful spirit talking their ear off really a force for good and the reincarnation of their dead father or is he something more evil?
The summary of the lion King's first act and the laundry list of what you see to be the potential conflicts in Hamlet do not specific plot make. Go to Comment
"...The people of the Dalaben Fens have a custom heretical to our superior Zodashan faith, in which they place their dead upon the grass roofs of their stilt-houses. It is said that they do this because they used to bury their dead before the great Judgement, in which their home became the swamp which it is today."-Sir Edrosh Metorva, "The Barbarian Lands of the East, Volume X."