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City Image - The City of Idols


A strange city, each structure a silent tribute to ancient divinities, the City of Idols is far older than the civilization that dwells within.


The City of Idols was old long before the Mortal Races found it rising imposingly from the Riven Plains, massive buildings of stone shaped with supernatural perfection to their final forms, ringed by a wall of cruder and more recent construction. Even those who had shaped the wall were gone, however, vanished into the murk of history, when the first nomadic band came across it and ventured within, finding shelter from the turbulent and dangerous environment of the Riven Plain.

From those first nomads, and those which came after, one of the greatest cities of Far Kuramen has arisen; the outer wall, rebuilt by races with affinity for stone, now stands firm even in the face of the tyrant swarms that roam the plains, and well-armed caravans travel to and from the city, which has grown immensely as one of the only safe places to rest and resupply for better than a fortnight in any direction. The mighty buildings, each one a massive idol, have been surrounded and built upon by those living in the city, some going so far as to add their own touches to the mighty structures. Rope bridges and wooden walkways twist and sprawl across the gaps, dwellings bulge against the walls like wasp nests, and the overall appearance, for those few who take the time to truly look, is of a festering and cancerous rot upon the ancient buildings.

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       By: manfred

As the PCs travel the road, right after a bend they hear a sharp whistle and call: "Heeey, not so lazy, move your asses!" It is a large man that calls, and there are unwilling workers that listen. A small company, 10-15 men work on the road, push boulders aside, dig up roots from under the road, etc. The large man that shouted turns to you, smiles fast and mutters something under his breath, sounds like cursing some lazy worker. "Where does the road bring you from, travellers?" And does a little small-talk.

And what is really happening? A group of bandits is 'adapting' the road for shady purposes. The road will not be wider, but tighter, with enough cover around (and a few traps perhaps), and will become an ideal spot for ambushing travellers or entire caravans. The bandit leader wants them all to appear harmless. The 'lazy worker' he cursed was actually a guard that should give warning before any travellers come around (fallen asleep). Not surprisingly, the boss may decide for an ambush even now.

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