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Kassy's comment on 2012-04-09 02:51 PM
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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-04-07 08:59 AM


Credit where credit is due: the city was inspired by Ankgor Wat. 


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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-04-09 09:47 AM
Yeah ... I'd have thrown in a number of businesses from the New City, except that they're not - in isolation - particularly distinguishable from any other you'd find in such a boomtown: artisans, chapels, taverns, brothels, and brokers/factors looking to profit off of it all.

(Quite aside from those I ganked from this site to fill the New City out!) Go to Comment
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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-04-11 07:57 PM
Yep, future expansion. My apologies about the Witherers and the College of Mages, though; that's something that should be at the very least fleshed out a touch so the context is appreciated.

To wit, they're necromancers. The Order itself used to belong to the College of Mages, but withdrew about fifteen years ago in protest to the degree they felt disrespected as "evil" by the wizarding community, although many Witherers still belong to the CoM as members. They're by no means a monolithic lot ... some deal with the corporeal undead, some with spirits, some are pure researchers, some use their powers only to strike *down* the undead, and sure, some are screamingly evil harrowers of life.

The College of Mages is the international wizards' union. The lead paragraph of my writeup includes "It is universal to most realms and all-pervasive (in many places the College’s standing is secured by local law), standardizing training, libraries, and apprenticeship, as well as adjudication between mages. Anyone with a proven degree of Magery may join, but there is significant social pressure to belong to one of the magical orders currently or formerly affiliated with the College." Further, "Chapters (usually called “chantries,” depending on the locale) may be established in any city with at least nine members of journeyman rank. In practice, most cities of 10,000 or more population, and most national capitals, have chapters." Go to Comment
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Old Dreamer's comment on 2011-04-09 08:21 AM


I could see this fleshed out into some lucky company's product list. My favorite part is the mix of old and new. An ancient ruined city slowly being restored, and everyone seems to have their own agendas and purposes. There is a sense of energy here, a touch of the Gold Rush, along with the stank of dark secrets and decay. And really, who doesn't like a good whiff of that??? Thanks!


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Strolen's comment on 2011-05-07 11:43 AM


 




Congrats to RGTraynor for winning First place in the Fallen Empires Quest with this outstanding submission!!



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Scrasamax's comment on 2011-04-16 03:38 PM
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-04-03 05:21 PM


I like how every one of them is actually a plot hook or several; it's well-written and evocative. Even one of them may start off a campaign.



A good one.


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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-04-04 08:55 AM


Really good, this sub rocks my world. 5/5


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Mourngrymn's comment on 2011-04-08 04:01 PM
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Murometz's comment on 2011-04-05 12:18 PM


Oh how I love books. Very, very good. Each one entertaining! Each one with a built-in plot seed. Kudos.


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Murometz's comment on 2012-02-27 07:54 PM


I already voted and commented on this, but on second glance, i also like the clever use of the "real" and or the "fictional" combined with your ideas. Contes de la Mere Oye (Mother Goose!), Trebatius Testa, Unaussprechlichen Kulten (REH!). I'm impressed with that.


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valadaar's comment on 2011-04-09 05:57 PM


An excellent work - there can never be too many of these.

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Kuseru Satsujin's comment on 2011-04-04 07:01 AM


Here's some ideas that may help you out.



 



 



Bestiary or Ecology describing different lore about a monster or monsters than is generally accepted.



Perhaps too cliche, but a mytho-narrative about a deity's affairs that differ from accepted wisdom.



My personal favorite, schocking love letters about two famous or infamous personages not known to have had a relationship.

Of course, salicious diaries of notable courtiers and courtesans are also fun.



The ever popular alternate cosmogony (creation myth) which differs from the most commonly known or accepted.



Another popular archetype is the pre-censored satirical play/story/song which defamed the government or ruler(s) of the period.



Secret martial techniques currently unknown.



Political narratives which expose new information about the motives of the involved power groups (nobility, guilds, criminal organizations, magical or religious bodies are popular choices).



Information about past cults which have been erased from history.



Exposure to the classic world domination secret society conspiracy (go Illuminati!).



What appears to be the original manuscript for a commonly known children's book turns out to actually be something else entirely (prophecy, religious doctrine, magical knowledge, alchemical formulae, medical cures, a satirical look at a famous personage, the history of an infamous criminal, etc.).



The complete history of a well-known "dungeon" which details previously undiscovered areas.



A bestiary, ecology, or other book which covers one or more previously unknown species.



The client and target list of an assassination group.



A diary detailing the theft of several well-known works of art, magical artifacts, crown jewels, etc. which have not been known to be stolen.

 


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Fallen Angel's comment on 2011-09-06 02:32 PM


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Fallen Angel's comment on 2011-09-06 02:35 PM


Waterscribe's Aquaharp manual



A book from a water genasi who wrote under a false name. It describes a form of music making that can also be utilized in sex magic realting to the seduction of human sailors or other humans who might have a reason to be at sea. Notable is the section of the female anatomy, referencing athe existance of a nation that only uses female sailors. The section of men is fairly short and conscise, as if the author abuhored 'the vile creatures'.


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Fallen Angel's comment on 2011-09-06 02:33 PM
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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-04-03 12:43 PM


Everyone has the same old Lost Books of Lore, and they're all pretty much the same, barring the ones that are Cursed Cthulhu Mythos Books of Lore.  I wanted archetypes of lost lore with a little twist beyond the "Oh, cool, ancient secrets!" riff.



Credit where credit is due:  my wife Amanda enthusiastically pitched in and came up with several of these.  Beyond that, the names attached to many of the archetypes come from real books of the appropriate archetypes - Cardenio, for instance, was one of the two "lost plays" of Shakespeare, until a (somewhat suspect) text was unearthed in the 70s.  As is the case with the Cardenio entry above, some of the flavor text quotations come from either the books named or other examples of the genre.


I was aiming at 30, but fell a bit short without getting into the aforementioned hackneyed Lost Books of Lore. If someone can come up with some to fill it out, terrific!

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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-04-04 03:12 AM


Why, thankew, folks.  Heaven knows if I'll get to the magic number 30 with these, but I think I'll ask a couple more of my players to take a swing at it and see if there are any offbeat archetypes I've overlooked.  I'm certainly open to suggestions!


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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-04-04 07:32 AM
A couple of those duplicate ones already in there, don't fit well with my premise, or don't fit well with the "Fallen Empires" theme ... but some of those are dandy ideas that'll work just fine; thanks, Kuseru! If you don't mind, I'll write some of those right in. Go to Comment
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