this is mostly notes to myself, in case you couldn't tell by the fact that it makes minimal sense if you're not inside my head
Keep in the Northlands - because I can't think of how to write the stuff I want to write for the scifi submissions I'm working on, a genericish fantasy setting in 90 minutes or less.
Ranger outpost in the northernmost reaches of man defending the southern kingdoms from nameless ancient threat. Argyle for map of region.
mountains to the north, home of nameless evils. NO vikings because meh
the kingdom of ?????
Along the divide of the mountains lies the old wall (spine of ish sah) an ancient mega structure that has seen better days. Numerous sections of the wall have been destroyed or fallen from old age, but it is still a sight to behold. The parts that stand are over 60' tall and 15' wide. The ancient empire fought a eonlong war agains the rapine storm whatevers, fought them back through endless russian winters, and then collapsed to internal strife before the killing blow could be struck. Dark age, yadda yadda. On the bright side both sides more or less ended up equally @!#$ed, so the 17 successor states and the Dark Empire of Darkness had an equal amount of time to get their footing. Now 200 years later it's time for round 2
. Yeah, no elves/dwarves because having things that live longer than 50 years on average tends to mess up the ability to have an 'Ancient Empire' that isn't more than 2000 years in the past.
Empire was old before it fell. 'High Latin' is still the language of scholars and nobles, but the common folk general spoke a combination of their original tongue and loanwords, some more than others.
High Latin - Offical Language (MSA/Koranic//Latin)
Low Latin - Common Tongues (Iraqi, Misri, Magrebi//French, Spanish)
Old Tongue - (Babelonian, Beduoin, Coptic)
Common will end up being either some sore of lingua franca or a very simple version of high latin, probably franca. That way using d20 learning another 'language' just by spending 2 skill points isn't so rediculous. Learning an 'old tongue' might require spending a feat to get scholar or some such, they're not spoken anymore except by some local pagans/witches/whatever.
Worship of the 16 is common through out the region of the Kingdoms. The Rapine Storm believe in their One True God. Certain heretical cults believe that the pantheon was originally 17 strong, but that OTG left for some reason and now their worshippers are duking it out for the god's benifits.
Spintering of the Catholic Church, Protestantism
The Old Church had fractured over a succession crisis 70+ years before the fall of the old empire into the Roman Church and Orthadox Church. Both claim to the be one true church. 50 years after fall kingdom number 7 created their own state based church, the Anglican Church. 30 years later #9 did likewise, spitting off of the Orthadox instead of Roman branch. About 30 years ago the protestant reformation began, due to claims of corruption in the clergy. This branch of the religion slintered almost immediately based of the the teachings of which ever one of the original "fathers" happened to set up locally.
Gnostics have been a constant, more or less, the entire history of the Church, though they've always been viewed as heretics by ALL the other branches, they're the ones that claim there's 17 gods instead of 16.
Border states: there should be about 4 countries with borders to the unclaimed north where the ancient evils (tm) are once again stirring and making their presence known. One of them is likely trying to conquer another, and a third, prolly the one with the ranger outpost because why not, is trying to get all the successor states to form some sort of united front against the upcoming rapine storm beat down because you know, death and destruction guys... Heh, Sama could be the rapine storm of doom... Which would be all sorts of messed up but gives me a reason to finally go through and fix a bunch of things with those old posts.
ALL right, so the successor states aren't generally at war with each other constantly, but a low grade tension is to be expected, especially as they haven't really had time to settle down since the fall of rome. meh.