AleanaughThemes and Images
: Aleanaugh is ekistically similar to England and the history of the British isles. There are currently four ethnicities in Aleanaugh, each in conflict with the others for domination of 'empire' and control of both the future and the past. Magic is all but gone, crushed under the relentless tread of mundane progress and steel weapons.Worlds Specs
: Earth Standard, Aleanaugh is located in the northern hemisphere, most of the dwarf continent lies within the temperate region while a small portion rests above the actic circle. Terrain
: Aleanaugh consists of three principle biomes:Croaldir
- Northern biome, characterized by long winters and higher average elevation. While mountainous and cold, the biome is rich with both mineral resources and timber, but abundant supplies of wild game and fish. 70,000 km2Kynnaugh
- Central Biome, bordered by massive bays/inland seas to the east and west, and the landlocked Hinaddel Sea to the south, this biome is mild in climate, has large open plains, but is minerally deficient, and has no significant mountain ranges. 50,000 km2Aenworne
- Southern biome, marked by the shortest winters and relatively long summers punctuated with frequent and heavy rainfall. Largest of the three biomes. 90,000 km2Hinaddel Sea
- a landlocked sea between Kynnaugh and Aenworne, the Hinaddel Sea is the largest body of water within Aleanaugh. It is a relatively shallow sea averaging only 90 feet deep. 12,000 km2Flora/Fauna
: Standard medieval Europe fare, emphasis on evergreens in the north and deciduous oaks, elm, ash and rowan in the central and south. Willow and cypress present in south exclusively. Sheep are predominant over cattle with swine and domesticate elk being runners up. Predators are commonly wolves, bears, and the like.Resources Arable Land
: Kynnaugh has the largest amount of arable land, with only moderate forests and no badlands or significant mountain ranges. Aenworne also has large amounts of arable land, but has a large amount of rough terrain so falls short of Kynnaugh. Croaldir has the least amount of arable land and the most mountains.Game
: Evenly distributed, but Kynnaugh has more accessable coastline, providing greater abundance of fish and sea goods.Timber
: Croaldir and Aenworne both had substancial forests, while Kynnaugh has only light to moderate forests.Gold
: Croaldir has the greatest abundance of gold available, while Kynnaugh has almost none to speak of. Aenworne has moderate amounts but no significant concentrations.Stone
: As with gold.
Races and Peoples:
The CroaldrimCurrently the dominant culture in Aleanaugh, the Croaldrim are an aggressive and industrious people much akin to the Slavic and Nordic peoples. They are prolific castle builders and their military is built around infantry. The Croasel are an unrecognized sub-group, consisting of Croaldrim born and raised in Kynnaugh rather than Croaldir. As the heart of the 'Empire' the Croasel are generally better educated than native Croaldirim, but have less of a fighting spirit. A typical Croaldrim warrior has a war axe, round shield, and thick cuirasse or breastplate.
The NoavdynAll but a memory, the Noavdyn were the original inhabitants of Aleanaugh, and most of the -augh suffix names are their legacy. As a primitive barbarian people located in Kynnaugh, the Noavdyn were unprepared for the emergence of the Croaldrim and as such were either exterminated, forced to assimilate into the nascent Croasel folk, or become nomads wandering the fringes of the Sea of Hinaddel. They were most like the Celts or the Picts, albeit lacking a military culture. The strength of the Noavdyn rested in their clerics, whom the Croaldrim slew on sight.
The LoakrilPrincipally located in the south-east region of Aleanaugh, the Laokril are a fairly advanced culture that is well versed in building, mathematics, philosophy and the arts in general.
The HoatuThe remnanats of the last ruling dynasty, the Hoatu are a horse-people who formerly administrated to an empire that ruled roughly 3/4ths of Aleanaugh. Their culture was centered around the warrior-poet, and the bow was the weapon of the ruling class. Their dominion came to an end some time back when a trans-species disease decimated their horse populations and they were unable to enforce their collective will, collect taxes or even maintain their current lifestyle. The decline of the Hoatu was the signal for the re-emergence of the Laokril, the Noavdyn, and the Croaldrim.
Descriptions, coloring, profiles, and modifications to any rule mechanics. This includes ethnic/ subtypes of peoples as well.
Cultural Overview: This is the culture in broad simple strokes. Major themes of the culture. Languages/ Morals/ Common Beliefs/ the Unknown/ Needs
Calendar/Standards: Weights, Distances, Measures.
Institutions-Major: Areas of control and Power. These should be the important groups for both the setting AND the adventuring characters.
Laws and Morals: Legal rules/ responses/ punishments/ and manners. Social and moral rules are often more strictly enforced than laws.
Family: Types/ Sizes/ Values
Social classes: Formal and Informal/ Birth and Earned.
Political Power: Institutions and groups of political/social power, control, and who enforces the control. The power structure of the area.
Economics: Money/ trade/ value/ subsistence/ working/ monopolies
Religion: Beliefs/ Organizations/ Groups
Technology and Common Power: (Using Clarke's law and that power is just a technology in many environments)
Military Weapons and Tactics
Math and Science: Math Engineering, Algebra. These things are the foundation required for other cooler sciences and building projects. Many "primitive peoples" had more complicated math abilities than we have today.
Information: Writing/ Printing/ Processing. How does it get moved?
Holidays: Historical, Cultural, Religious, Political
Transportation: Land/ Sea/ Air(?) and other
Arts/ Literature: Forms/ Usage/ Needs/ Ideals
Shadow: Criminals/ Assassins/ Deceit/ and those on the margins of society.
Power: Magic per type, Psionics, Other. Notes on users, attitudes towards it and practioners, and prejudices.
Paranormal: Weird beasties, supernatural entities, spirits, demons, Gods, the Unknown.
History Brief: Every world has two histories, the actual one and the one that people believe is true.
Rules: Special modifications in game system needed to accommodate the world. This could be a power system, special skills and races, and items.