Let's build a setting!Let's start with a very classical fantasy setting (dwarves, elves, orcs and humans in a land filled with magic, evil BBEGs, gods, prophecies, artifacts and dungeons), and add twist upon twist on it.And let's start with something small: elves can grow beards.
>>32236060the gods are all dragons
Let's do some work on the cosmogony.The main word isn't a planet but the moon of an oversized planet.
>>32236095dunno what you're referencingAo is the leader of a cult that glorifies all gods/dragons in general, but refuses to favor any particular one and uses completely foreign religious practices.
Human are not a generic blankslate race and have a lot unique abilities that set them apart from others.The Dwarves are born of the mud and earth, get a real classic feel for them.
>>32236119We could then use the planet as a home for the gods or something among theses lines.Also we need names for the planet and the moon.
>>32236137Humans are the endurance race: They are neither strong or fast, but they can run the longest distances and fight the longest battles. They are surprisingly good at wars and sieges because of this.
In the beginning, the supreme one conceived of a seemingly boundless sea with a single stone at the bottom. This stone grew hot, very hot. So hot that the cosmic ocean was going to boil. Waves raged and the water bubbled high and from the churning of the sea came the 7 powerful beings. Time, Death, Magic, Memory, Dreams, Light, and Darkness. Together these beings were the architects of the new world, and used the power of the stone at the depths of the great sea to build the world. Light and darkness alternated duties as there was no sun nor moon in those days. Should I continue?
>>32236166>power of the stone at the depthsso all the gods use heat as their source of power?Magic is kinda vague, start with that god I guess.
>>32236192All the gods are dragons, so they breathed in the heat of the stone for their power.Magic is manipulating heat and breath, the strongest mages have the strongest lungs.
>>32236060>tfw you actually go and ask /tg/ to fanwank>>32236166>tfw it works
>>32236157Yeah man, that's perfect. It's like your read my mind. It makes sense with humans being able to travel farther for longer then most animals.What should be the tone and theming of the world be?
>>32236166That's neatly written but I have trouble connecting it to other anon's ideas.
True Elves are powerful creatures from another plane, who discovered this world in soaring ships of silver. No one has actually seen a true Elf in centuries. The common, pointy-eared ones are men taken aboard the elvish crafts and bathed in strange 'magic',
>>32236209>>32236166>Time, Death, Magic, Memory, Dreams, Light, and Darkness.All gods and all of their dominions are of the breathing cycles - inhalation, circulation, exhalation.Time: Past, Present, FutureDeath: Expire, Rot, RecycleMagic: Conceive, Believe, AchieveMemory: Witness, Learn, RememberDreams: Remember, Relearn, Witness(Note: Memory and Dreams are twins)Light: Ignite, Survive, ExtinguishDarkness: Consume, Surround, Dissolve(Note: Light and Darkness are twins)
All halflings are protected by the spirits of their ancestors. To other races, they look like they have ridiculous luck, but to them it's the first halfings Lord Luck and Lady Chance watching over them.
>>32236253To clarify - circulation is the equivalent of 'holding' your breath.
>>32236253Memory and Dreams are depicted as conjoined at the tail.
>>32236282and Light and Darkness are constantly attempting to devour each other
>>32236258Brother Body, Sister Soul, and Mother Mind speak of the values of the three.
>>32236209Magic is tied to the body in general. Casting consists of breathing (often aided by singing or incantations), and gestures and movements of the whole body.Complicated spells (anything stronger than lighting a candle) require entire songs/dances. The most powerful spells go far beyond the endurance of a single person and require mass casting - that looks like a carefully orchestrated choir/ballet.High - end magic can move continents if only you can gather enough casters and not cause a cataclysm by rehearsal.
But the dragons were not alone. The old ones, ancient horrors who lurked in the depths of the sea would not take kindly to the creation of land by the dragons, and they seized control of the fire stone. It was then that they declared war on the dragons, and swore an oath to sink the entire surface world one way or another. The sea would reclaim what was rightfully its. With them came hosts of sea serpents, krakens, the proud merfolk, and many terrible water spirits.
>>32236060>classical fantasy settingNot using tired cliches as a foundation would be a good start.
>>32236291One day Darkness swallowed its twin for but a second. The next day it produced a second stone in orbit of the great sea world.This moon would become the main world that life lives on.
Let's sum it up a little, shall we?>>32236166So that's the cosmic keystone of the universe: a being whose very existence is greater than that of the universe put a stone of infinite heat at the bottom of an infinitely deep and wide sea.TTGL much>>32236078The sea boiled, and the first 7 dragon gods appeared.>>32236227They separated the vast Ocean of existence in separate Seas - the so-called planes. In one of them, developed the Elves ; mythical creatures able to sail the cosmic Ocean, relying on the leftovers of the Stone's heat to power their planeships.>>32236119In one of the over seas, a world not unlike ours was born; and in a certain galaxy, next to a certain sun, on the moon of a certain planet, the playful god of Death decided to create something that could try to not be affected by him. The god of Time saw that, and said that these things can't possibly be given the unrestricted ability to fool a god and have a chance to win ; thus, Time became the one interrupting the game between living beings and Death.>>32236149Death, deciding to keep playing, set home on the planet near his creation, to survey and observe the expansion of his creation. The other gods come from times to times, to visit his constantly evolving work.>>32236137>>32236060>>32236157>>32236227Years later, and with the constant tampering of the gods, sapient races developed: the dwarves, sons of the earth; the humans, those that last; and the elves, descending from the plane-sailers.(My personal addition)Unbeknownst to the gods themselves, some of the living beings evolved on an unseen face of the moon, in the ever cold desolation of the ream of Darkness itself; eating rocks, breeding like there's no tomorrow, and unable to dream, remember, or cast magic, are the orcs: the vermin of this world.>(1/???)
>>32236060The proud Kauhxra and Nascheii lizardfolk of the southern jungles and cloud forests are somewhat misunderstood by the traditional kingdoms of man, elf and dwarf. The honour duels decried as brutal savagery are never fatal and only used when debate has failed. The admittedly obscene amount of gold that plates their great conical temples is there purely to reflect the glory of their Sun God, Nabu-zikir-iskun, and not as part of some cult of wealth. They see the amber of the rare Lattanwood tree as far more worthy for decorating the temples of Istar-su-mes-ses, the God of the Dead and the Underworld, of Wealth and Metal, or for the treehollow shrines of En-hedu-anna-aei, the Forest Mother.
>>32236291When Darkness Consumes Light, Light Ignites, burning away the dark.When Darkness Surrounds Light, Light Survives, fighting back with tooth and claw.And so Darkness, in infinite rage and hate, Dissolves itself and Light together. Light, however, Extinguishes itself, denying Darkness the pleasure of victory, and both are reborn to begin again.
>>32236253Time and Death are jaded watchers who know how all things end, the only company they know is each others.Magic loves Memory and Dreams but cannot choose just one.
>>32236335Unless the moonworld doesn't orbit like our moon, either thoses orcs are sometimes in the lighted area, either they are in the eyesight of Death.
>>32236367Time and Death are serpent dragons. Time twists in a circle with twenty-four legs on his silver coated body. Death has no limbs on her alabaster shell. In the points where they would be, 12 eyes line her body.
>>32236121>>32236253Thousands years later, was born Ao: this man contemplated the planet overshadowing his world for seventy years, without moving, sleeping, or eating; and at the end of those seventy years, he finally caught a glimpse of the gods. Truth was upon him; he taught his people about the game of Death, and the judgement of Time. He taught them about the secrets of Magic, about the relentless circle of Light and Darkness, and the bond between Memory and Dreams.He taught them about the breaths of the dragon gods, and how this breath alter their world.I'm getting a real cosmic vibe out of the dragon gods, keep up the goods work.>>32236282>>32236291>>32236309Other members of Ao's cult managed to catch glimpse of truth: the physical nature of the bond between Memory and Dreams. The horrifying nature of Light and Darkness' game of tag. And how Magic is attentive to the body of every beings.>>32236313>nothing to add, this is already well written>>32236258>>32236304As time went by, other races started to appear. Of unknown origins were the halflings, bearers of godly luck, and valuing family bonds above all. Some suspect them of being the offspring of Memory and Dreams.>>32236326oh well retconningOne of the ancient truths discovered by scrutating the nightly skies was the very origin of our world: it came from Darkness catching its twin.>>32236321Precisely. This was thought like a challenge: taking the one most generic and overused setting ever created, and trying to twist it until it's original once again.
>>32236370Hey, it's a mythological genesis story. It doesn't have to makes sense. Half of it is probably just made-up legend anyway.If you really insist, they can come from underground or some other place equally always dark.
>>32236367Magic looks as a Sapient does: two legged, two arms, and a head. There are two differences though. It is covered in a rainbow array of multicolored scales and has seven wings to its back.Memory and Dreams have two legs and two wings each. Memory is pale yet solid while Dreams is transparent yet vibrant.
>>32236313For fire is breath and life, and water is suffocation and pressure.
>>32236394>>32236436Light and Darkness are exact duplicates of each other, but whereas Light shines brilliantly like a sun in midday, Darkness is coated with what seems like the antithesis of fire - an unlight, a darkness that glows.
ITT: TES fans who can't write a setting that isn't TES.
>>32236437Using magic against the creatures of the deep is useless.Iron though, the transformation of earth into a new form through flame, can strike them down with no worry.The Deep Lords put a foul curse on their bane to turn brittle in their depths.
>>32236452I'm not seeing the similarities.
>>32236473It's probably the whole "standard fantasy in appearance but the deeper you go the weirder it is" thing.At a causal glance TES looks like a Tolkenesque world, but after some research things are weird.
>>32236463Earth transformed by fire brings iron and steelEarth transformed by the pressure and minerals of water brings crystals and gems.Creatures of the deep fight metal with great crystalline spears.
>>32236304A halfling who is physically fit is called a Brother, a smart halfing a Mother, and an imaginative one a Sister, regardless of gender.A dead halfling is called a Father.
>>32236517A halfling who dies taking a great risk is granted great power in the afterlife while a halfling who dies a boring death is granted little power.The halfling saying "Better a Father early than a Father late" is the equivalent of "Who wants to live forever?"
>>32236548>>32236517This confuses the shit out of most everyone else.
>>32236548Lady Luck and Lord Chance look favorably upon the bold, both granting them better boons in life and greater powers in death
>>32236437Yet water is necessary to live, just as breathing is. Living things are born of fire and water - and though they are delicate and but mortal, this precarious position of theirs means they are of utmost importance to the War.
>>32236437>>32236463Fire/heat is a natural conductor for magic. Respectively, water/cold is a natural insulator. Each race has developped ways to control these two opposite elements to their liking.For example, it was the Dwarves who created iron by heating the earth
>>32236584For the Dwarves, literally mud made into flesh, this is especially important.They can craft both crystal and steel.
>>32236485Yeah, but what are the actual similarities.Honest question, I never cared much for the setting after Morrowind.
>>32236548>>The halfling saying "Better a Father early than a Father late" is the equivalent of "Who wants to live forever?"This sounds like Urza's Saga flavour texts.
>>32236656I don't really know, was just saying what I thought was the idea behind the post. You know more about TES than I do, most of the lore is dumbed down after Morrowind.I really need to play Morrowind.
Do we have a name for the moonworld and the godsplanet?
>>32236698The moon world is known as Solod and the ocean world is Dadep.
>>32236679No, then it'd be "Better a Father early than a Father late" — Halfling saying meaning "Who wants to live forever?"
Salt is a forbidden commodity, an item from the deep. It halts the the process of rot, and unravels the cycle of death and rebirth. "To salt the Earth" is a curse against Death.
>>32236253In the eastern mountains a ancient and dead civilisation is reborn into undeath after their emperor worshipped Death for his blessings, while they are not evil, they are very private and defensive, not suffering outsiders.
>>32236485But that was kinda the point, wasn't it? Starting with a Tolkenesque world and making things go full what?
>>32236719The Lizard folk take great pleasure in eating rotted meat. They have entire rooms where they allow the meat to rot in a safe environment.This is called "aging."
>>32236560Spoiler alert: halfling are creatures of the depths, hence their confusing mythology, powers and stuff.
>>32236719I like this, it also opens up the potential for illegal salt smuggling.Goblins are all scholars who burrow out huge hives like bees, then set about collecting any knowledge they can get their hands on and storing it - raiding other races for books, artifacts, and other things of note to add to their collection. Compulsive hoarders.
>>32236749They salt their meat.
Dwarwes are given life by ethanol, the fire-water. They need booze to live and their body consists of about 60% ethanol.
A cult that has been seeing increasing popularity in forested areas is the divergent "Brothers of the legless". Followers denounce the dragons as god and believe serpents instead deserve their praise.
OP here, my internet went bonkers shortly after I posted that./tg/ never fails to impress me. Here I was waiting for waifus, wenches, lewd elves and monster girls, and instead? War between heat and cold, seven dragon gods, Death being the good guy, demonic halflings, and clashes of crystal spears and steel swords./tg/ never fails to impress me.
>>32236737Lizard folk have an established Aztec styled presence in the southern jungles and have a giant city constructed over a lake. The lake contains a giant feathered Sea snake that they believe is the child of one of the gods
>>32236783Humans and Lizard folk are strong in the Flame and Breath. Dwarves are balanced. Halflings are strong in Water and Pulse.True Elves and Orcs are composed of Neither, the stuff that is Neither Water or Flame, Neither Breath or Pulse, Neither Hot nor Cold.
Necromancy is largely accepted in most capital cities, however it is largely seen as a "phase" that most magically inclined individuals go through when largely inexperienced.
>>32236877>angsty teen necros>you don't understand me, only my sekletons do
>>32236730The undead while defensive and too themselves, can bring back the spirits of the dead (if they are willing) to communicate with the living, although their societies appearance makes them frightful to most races
>>32236783Wouldn't they be highly flammable then?>>32236802You're not alone, anon I'm also impressed.>>32236877>>32236883A highly skilled necromancer is called "edgy"Also: There is a small amount of fairies living in the moonworld Solod, they are never aging children of the gods Dream and Magic.They're not born, instead, once every now and then a star fall from the sky and lands in the moon, this star is like an egg and after seven days, seven hours and seven minutes hatches.These fairies are highly skilled magicians but they draw their powers from Dreams to create heat and thus Magic.(Should I continue or it's getting crappy?)
>>32236877Necromancy is practiced by pumping corpses full of Salt Waster pulled straight from Dadep. These artificial undead will serve any command given to them.It is rumored that beings from Dadep do not die and merely wait for their chance to act on those who share their pulse.
>>32236829They believe themselves direct descendants to the gods due to physical similarities.
>>32236730Death hides their presence from the other dragons, as though she has breathed life back into where it shouldn't be, she has also found something she loves dearly for the first time. She sees them as children, children denied to her for far too long by her role as Death. Could this be the sign of a rebellion on her part?
>>32236209>Magic from heat and control of breathingSounds pretty esoteric.Muscle wizards in the finest wuxia tradition, mastering their internal heat and breathing in order to do things like increase their body's strength or friction and run up walls, or cool themselves to wave away fireballs with a flick of their wrist?
>>32236898Continue, but the fixation on sevens is a bit gay.Tobacco and alcohol are largely unused in human society but mild opiates are a regular feature.
>>32236737Lizardfolk are known for their extremely accommodating diet, being able to eat damn near anything.>>32236829They believe the feathered serpent is the son of the god of the sky and of rain, Bel-sarra-uzur, and is a prisoner of Dur-i-galzu, the Cold Queen of the Waters who snatched it from the sky in jealousy of Bel-sarra-uzur's powers over rain.
>>32236910Lizardfolk have little fear of other races, and they respect elven traditions although believe them to be weak and small, while they often brawl with captive Orcs in gladiator rings
>>32236767This is the greatest insult amongs other races.Telling someone that he salts his meat is grounds for a duel of breath.
>>32236942Though, to the orcs' endless irritation, these brawls rarely go beyond first blood.
>>32236953Orcs do not bleed as they neither have Pulse nor Breath.
>>32236946Duels of breath are exactly as they sound - highly regulated battles where the use of breath magic is allowed. A typical restriction is limiting it to only one aspect of breathing - inhalation, circulation, or exhalation - and thus giving a natural time limit (and win condition by endurance) to the match.
The entire plane is a clock counting down until the beginning of itself; the gods are the hours, the planets the minutes, and the various races are the seconds.Death is venerated because with each death the clock ticks on, approaching inverse-Ragnarok, the point at which everything that is will come into being.
Every once in a while, a "marked" child is born. They either have a dragonic aspect (e.g. scales, horns, slitted pupils, tail, vestigial wings) which is considered a blessing, or an aquatic one (suckers, gills, webbed hands and feet, constant smell of brine, ...) that signififes the touch of the Deep Ones. The former usually rise high in the clergy and elevate the social status of their families, but those unfortunate wretches born with slimy fish-scales? They can count themselves lucky if they are taken in by wandering Halflings who happen upon them before their parents leave them in the woods or throw them into the sea. These individuals usually have a very strong natural inclination towards magic.
>>32236898>Wouldn't they be highly flammable then?Yes. This is why, despite being great warriors the dwarwes cannot fight in tight fomations and avoid open field battles.
>>32236149That's so fucking cool. The planet could work much like the astral plane except that it is where all of the gods live. There are many other moons as well which function like the other planes.
>>32236965As humans have an exceptional endurance they are regarded as exceptional duelists. This also gives them a depiction in other races as being dedicated to resolving conflict in impractical ways.
Can someone do a summary post of everything thus far? I would but I need a shower and I'm not sure what's been absorbed into canon and what's been rejected.
>>32236942Lizard men once a year have a spawning season, where they spawn the next generation, birthing thousands of lizards within a couple of weeks. This can rapidly bulk their numbers in a short time for once a year, although due to being cold blooded they cannot spread too far north
>>32236969That's a little too weird and is kind of at odds with the rest of the setting.
>>32236980To set a dwarf on fire one first needs to make him bleed.
>>32237005They believe things from the cold and ice, the mud dwarves and >>32236730TheseThey believe are demons, and are often met with hostility when encountered
>>32237002I'll do a summary once we have names for the planet and moon
>>32237022Planet: AltiusMoon: Ereius
>>32237022Here >>32236711 is one anon's names for them.No one's objected to them.
>>32236987Or if not working like other planes then the other moons are just other worlds with some innate differences.
>>32237035>>32237033Except that anon. Two different names for different cultures maybe?
>>32237045Ah, I forgot about that post. Precedence wins.
>>32237045>>32237033 is a halfling and salts his meat. Don't listen to him
>>32236800The Brothers of the Legless only serve Death, for she has no legs, only eyes. She doesn't even notice their existence.
>>32237086How dare you! And even after I so politely concede! >>32237072I challenge you to a duel to the breath!
>>32237035I object to Dadep. If you want to call it "The deep", just do that, don't go with some stupid joke language corruption.
>>32237121I'm cool with The Deep. It works well to get across it's themes.
>>32237135Chalk me up as another vote for The Deep.
In the beginning, the supreme one Altius created The Deep, a seemingly boundless sea with a single stone at the bottom, Ereius. This stone grew hot, very hot. So hot that the cosmic ocean was going to boil. Waves raged and the water bubbled high and from the churning of the sea came the 7 dragons: Time, Death, Magic, Memory, Dreams, Light, and Darkness.All gods and all of their dominions are of the breathing cycles - inhalation, circulation, exhalation.Time: Past, Present, FutureDeath: Expire, Rot, RecycleMagic: Conceive, Believe, AchieveMemory: Witness, Learn, RememberDreams: Remember, Relearn, Witness(Note: Memory and Dreams are twins)Light: Ignite, Survive, ExtinguishDarkness: Consume, Surround, Dissolve(Note: Light and Darkness are twins)Together these beings were the architects of the new world. They breathed in the heat of the Ereius and manipulated heat and breath to build the world.After this era of great change and upheaval, the 7 dragons split up. As conjoined twins, Memory and Dreams journeyed the skies and the stars, sometimes visiting through the visions we see in our minds. Magic, ever enraptured by the two, set off to chase them, never reaching, but leaving wondrous creations in its endless journey.Darkness, on the other hand, grew greedy, and attempted to devour his twin for power. In the instant he did so, Light, in impotent rage burned itself and Darkness with it. Both would later reborn to create an endless cycle of war and hate. What was left was a stone that orbited The Deep. Seeing this, the playful god of Death decided to create something out of the stone that could try to not be affected by him. The god of Time saw that, and said that these things can't possibly be given the unrestricted ability to fool a god and have a chance to win; thus, Time became the one interrupting the game between living beings and Death. Thus the stone was changed into the land of the living: Solod.
>>32237222But the dragons were not alone. The old ones, ancient horrors who lurked in the depths of the sea would not take kindly to the creation of land by the dragons, and they seized control of the Ereius. It was then that they declared war on the dragons, and swore an oath to sink the entire surface world one way or another. The sea would reclaim what was rightfully its. With them came hosts of sea serpents, krakens, the proud merfolk, and many terrible water spirits.The Dragons of Fire rose up to face the Waters of the Deep, fighting to protect their way of life, for fire is breath and life, and water is suffocation and pressure.Yet water is necessary to live, just as breathing is. Living things are born of fire and water - and though they are delicate and but mortal, this precarious position of theirs means they are of utmost importance to the War.Unable to use their breath in the deep, the dragons used Fire to change the Earth, from it forging Iron and Steel. In the same way, from The Deep came giant spears wrought of crystal and gems, born from eons of pressure and minerals.And with these tools the War of Fire and Water was fought, leading to the worlds of today.
I gotta do something, so someone else is welcome to describe each race.
Rumours abound as to what lives within The Deep.A notable story common among children in coastal towns are the stories of "Salters", supposed skeletal Insect-like creatures that walk upon the shores at night.Their names relate to the trails of salt found in the mornings from where they supposedly walked.
>>32236924And fairies aren't?>>32237022It's been suggested Solod and DadepOk.Continuing from>>32236898Fairies are seen as reckless and strange by most mortals. Since they don't age, they spend most of their time enjoying life and seeking pleasures instead of trying to achieve things.If asked about fairies, most mortals would say that they roam the lands in seemingly eternal "whatever they do".When a fairy is killed, it turns into a small blue flame that extinguishes after a few seconds, it's soul then returns to the sky in the shape of a new star. -Time holds a grudge against them for not aging but doesn't bother to do anything because they eventually are killed.Fairies range from 1 up to 3 feet in height and have up to seven functional wings, their body emit a faint glow that get's stronger when they are happy.They don't need water but have to eat and sleep otherwise they magical powers are weakened.
>>32236977If I had time, I'd write the story of a Dragonmarked and a Deepmarked raised together by a halfling, a human and an orc. But I have no time. Fuck.What I can, do, is archive this shit. This is golden.
>>32236656>God planets>Bearded elves, original idea do not steal>Dragon shit>Babby's first taoism grade light/darkness conflict
>>32237399You don't like it?
the most sought after meat/bones/fur belongs to rare large avain mammals "gliders" that live high in the mountains. They are known for their distinct call that travels for miles. Their silhouette shape is used as the symbol for hope and they are worshiped by many who dwell in mountain regions.
All the halfelves, halforcs, halfogres and half-anything aren't mixes with humans, they're mixed with halflings. The common name for that race comes from all the halfbreeds it can spawn.Halfbreeds cannot intermix with their own non-halfling race, but they can breed true with other races.
>>32237399I don't see any bearded elves, dragons are always big in western fantasy, and simple light/dark conflicts are not exclusive to TES.The God Planets thing I get, but it's currently controlled by C'thulu.Sounds more like your grasping for comparisons to insult the work.What I'm saying is only trolls or people from /v/ use "babby's first" anything.
>>32237445I'm getting a serious Innsmouth feel from the halflings now.
Archived here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/32236060/Also I swear sometime I'll PDF the shit out of this thread. Sometime in summer I guess.
>>32237414Could they lay eggs and produce milk?I would like to add this and that they really enjoy eating fairies and magical items.I wrote the stuff about faes
>>32237414A shape similar to big manta I guess
>>32236869>>32236942>>32236953>>32236962Orcs grow on trees and if they die after becoming an adult a sapling grows out of them.They are the gametophytes of all trees evergreen trees on Solod. Any intercourse they have plants a polyploid seed in them, leading to new species of trees.There are monasteries of semi-chaste orc monks dedicated to the preservation of the original orc forests.
>>32236060Elves are not promiscuous. They can only have vaginal penetrative sex with one partner (race doesn't matter). Once they do they form a permanent bond with their partner and the Elf tree god drops an acorn to be planted which represents the bonding. The members of the bonding live as long as their personal tree lives.
>>32237487milk yes, since they are mammals no eggs, The males could definitely have antler like things on their heads for attracting females.
Orcs are a tribe of humans who were touched by the deep. They have a fishlike appearance and can breathe underwater. They are still savage warlike pillagers.
>>32237414Meat, bones and fur? This makes a lot for a single beast. Why not just their fur, and leaving the other stuff to other mammals?I'm thinking of giant tree-eating worms. Like a leech, except big enough to be able to ever so slowly absorb a tree from beneath the ground. And when I say slowly, I mean that it takes a month or so for them to fully absorb and digest a whole tree - more if the tree is particularly tall.The idea is that the process isn't visible to the naked eye, and that people draw traits on trees with chalk in order to spot the locations of the giant tree-eating leeches. Why? Because they're easy to kill and taste good.
>>32237471That was not my intention, I just wanted to do a elegan/tg/entelman play on words and the fact that human isn't the default here.But I do see it now, with all the Deep, alien values and interbreeding.We cannot devolve halflings into miniature Deep Ones! They must be nice people! Ok, nice alien demonpeople, but nice and hobbity.
>>32237522>>32237524>>32237565... Well looks like I inadvertently created the apex predator in the shape of a giant, lazy, slow-eating vegetarian leech.
>>32237528>milk yes, since they are mammals no eggs,Gliders are monotremes. Their eggs are delicious, but eating one is taboo and worse than salting.
>>32237605... at least for the dwarves and the humans. Lizardfolks still hold salting as the one thing you don't do.
>>32237576Oh yeah they are born of the Deep, created to infiltrate the races of Solod, but Lady Chance and Lord Luck found the races of Solod to be better than the creations of the Deep Lords.To this days halfings are seen as traitors by the Deep races, while the races of Solod see them as odd little buggers who salt their food.
>>32237604More like a giant, tasty parasite, but I'd ignore >>32237524he talks of non-existant Elf gods, waifus and eternal elf dickings.He propably ate an orc whelp and got delirious because of it.Juvenile, snoutless orcs that are still attached to trees smell and taste like mango fruit, but are toxic to most living thins, except elves.
>>32237565ok How about just the fur and antler thingies. and they can represent a status symbol for hunters/questers. You are only allowed to hunt them with permission of the king/council if you are in their favor or strings are pulled, you can only hunt males at certain time of year.
Dwarves turn to stone if in direct sunlight for long enough. >>32236253>Conceive, Believe, Achieve>mfw
>>32237565Not the gliders guy, but since they're rare, I see no problem In they having highest quality meat, bones and fur.>>32237605If you're an heretic you can have a complete, magnificent, tasty breakfast: glider meat, glider egg and a mug of glider milk.
>>32237657>but I'd ignore >>32237524 (You)but muh elves
>>32237605you had to pull the monotreme card didnt you!?
>>32237675If you're not a dwarf or human, I believe you can. Humans have the most taboos of all the races and the Human Council gathers once every... god damn it, there is no full moon here...They gather once every month to uniform taboos of all the settlements; disregard those that were seen as harmfull and adopt those that are seen as beneficial.It is taboo to not send a representative to the Council, as agreed by the First Council Gathering.
Among the Dark Lords are the Six Grandlords.Ashox the Creeping Darkness creator of the Merfolk. He appears as a multi-armed shadow with three blue eyes.Egd the Sleeping- He crushes the earth with his eternal mass turning it into the crystals used by Deep Dwellers.Lug the Grinning who is rumored to have hidden the heat stone in his gullet. He created the Halflings and allowed them to rebel.Horzx the Silent. She created salt and the Drowned Dead, undead found at the bottom of the deep.Illmnn the Beached, the first Deep Lord to walk the surface lands of the Deep and to begin sinking them.Egrdril the Reaching, a massive collection of lesser minds composing a single consciousness. Their bodies stack into a massive pillar of coral.
>>32236253Why aren't Time and Death also twins?
>>32237787Because they aren't.
>>32237779>The Deep Ones aren't some kind of polar opposite of the Dragon GodsYou. I like you.
>>32237787This got me thinking: how come entities that came into being from the boiling of the Sea can actually be twins? I mean Memory and Dreams are pretty straightforward since they're physically linked together, but Light and Darkness? They just look like one another and that's that?
>>32237883They were once one body with two heads, but they bit and tore at each other ripping them in two. Light was the first to bite at Darkness.
The tidal effects that Solod puts on the Deep is so strong that it causes the Deep to release a massive rain onto Solod. Roughly once a year the rain comes from the domain of Horzx. This rain is salted and brings the Drowned Dead with them.
>>32237545Orcs were born in the shadows of Darkness as said here:>>32236335
>>32237994>Orcs were born in the shadows of Darkness as said here:>>32236335Hence why they are gametophyte fruits. Trees need dem light to grow. Can't be having seeds drop in the dark, yo.
>>32238025I wasn't arguing against that, just them being Deep corrupted humans.Those are Deep Cursed.
So what races are canon?Humans >>32236157Dwarves >>32236636Halflings >>32236749Orcs(darkness?)Elves(which are we using?)Lizardmen>>32236343Merfolk(needs fluffing)is this right?
>>32238275I prefer the genetically engineered lesser Elves created by the True Elves.
>>32236227So they're kinda like Changelings.I think "Elves" get a certain state of mind called The Call, in which they need to search out the nearest part of undisturbed nature and meditate.Whether the Call goes out earlier or later depends on the amount of stress they endure. This also has made elves unable to wage extended war, instead focusing on assassination, skirmishes and politicking in order to remain relatively free of extended conflict.
>>32238275Merfolk are creatures of the deep of various forms and shapes. The older a merfolk is the more composite their body looks. Instead of eating creatures they instead bond them to their bodies.The youngest look like large lampreys that immediately seek the body of a Sapient.
>>32238358>>32238336Let's use these two. They're descended from humans, but they're not humans so much than creepy-ass half-spirit things created through utterly horrendous alchemical science.
>>32238155What is that?>>32238275Depends. Do you take into account the legends? If yes, then Fae, Children of Death and Drowned Dead counts too.>>32238439But I thought we were going with exposure to another cosmic sea?
My 2cents on this setting, after reading it all:>OrcsSince they are without Breath and without Pulse, they do not require air and do not bleed. But since they are born in Death's shadow, they cannot regenerate themselves as the other races do. Scars will never heal, and healing magic will very rarely work; Only the ones that also deal with reversing the flow of Time will work. So, Orcs will try to repair themselves using what available 'advanced' material is available; They can augment themselves with both metal and crystal.>tl;dr I get a Warforged vibe off the Orcs, yet they're more organic than warforged.Another idea:Trolls are one of the minions of The Deep. Their homes are places under bridges where water and land is close. They emerge into being whenever arguments gets too heated near some water; Either one of the arguing parties slowly turn into a Troll, or a Troll materializes nearby and jumps into the discussion. This is one of the reasons why the Lizardfolk prefer fighting over arguing for too long; Their humid locale will invite too many Trolls into existence.
>>32238452>But I thought we were going with exposure to another cosmic sea?I am >>32238358 and that could actually have been >>32236227 part of the science >>32238439 mentions.Some strange process that made them less and more than human.Independently of that, I suggest that appearance wise they have fairly sharp features, have all black/all white eyes and tend to speak in voices way too deep for their lithe frames, and even if you're standing right next to one, it still sounds like its voice is coming from afar.
>>32236157>>32238358The Call seems like a good justification of humans having more endurance. One vote in favour.
>>32238275Alright, this is getting a little too complicated and I'm getting sleepy. Hope someone else handles the races and commodities.
>>32238482Trolls being born of arguments is a little too meta. Junkpunk Orc-borgs are cool, so long as the still spread the seeds of plant life.
Solod has no seas, only rivers and lakes. The south is where most of them are located as that is where the rains are strongest, while the north has more plains lands.The Deep no longer has any major continents, there are remnants of them in the form of various island chains.
>>32238637Yeeeah the Trolls thing is kinda weak in retrospect. But the Orc thing spreading plants is possible:Orcs generally do not feel anything because they lack the Breath and the Pulse. This causes them to ignore whatever small organisms that may dwell on their bodies. Sometimes, some Orcs get caked with enough dirt that plants grow out of them; the Orcs pay no mind to this. Some even purposely plants seeds in their wounds, so the resulting plantform that grew will provide them with the regeneration they lack.It's kinda like a poor Orc's replacement for metals or crystals. As a result they spread life inadvertently.
>>32238719It's stated here that orcs are born from and give birth to trees here:>>32237522
>>32238637I honestly prefer the idea of mountain trolls, 12 foot, hunched over giant/ monstrous beasts, who spend so much time in mountainous regions they incorporate large rocks and crystals into their back (smaug style) as protection and camo, eating mushrooms and herding sheep
>>32238747Crystals are more a Deep thing, but if they're from the deep it could be they eat rocks like orcs do, but instead the pressure of their gullets turn the rocks into crystals.The first Trolls fell from a rain from Egd.
>>32238772So they shit crystals?Because of this, they are sometimes accused of being servants of the Deep Ones.
>>32238833The crystals actually cut their insides and force their way out of the body, because of their regenerative abilities they are stuck jutting out of their body.Fire causes their regeneration to halt because they really are natives to the Deep.
Allow me to interrupt for a second and ask a few questions.Which god has the most followers?Are there Sages or Prophets, and which races do they belong to?Last but not least: Artifact ideas please.
>>32238890The halflings worship Lord Luck and Lady Chance, the first halflings and ancestors to all halflings.Humans worship the seven dragons equally in name, but in practice Magic is worshiped the most.The Lizardfolk worship Nabu-zikir-iksun, but seeing as the Dragon Light is the sun, it is merely a personal name for him, one that the Lizardfolk believe is his true name.Orcs worship the trees of the darkness that first gave birth to them.Elves do not seek worship of the Dragons, they are too focused on the Call.Dwarves worship Time more so than any other.Merfolk do not worship the Deep Lords, they serve their dark masters.
>>32239002>>32238890The dwarf Iktor Copperhands invented the clock both to organize the day more effectively and as an act of devotion towards Time.
>>32236783They also are excellent sailors
>>32238890The Diamond Sheathed Blade of Wits. Wielded first by Mother Wits, this iron blade has a sheath made of crystal to hide it's true form.Sister Wits walked up to a Deep Lord, lied about returning to service to the Deep, and stabbed the Deep Lord in its central nervous system.Although he is now known as Father and Sister Wits as a result of that fight, he is treated as one of the most powerful Ancestors. He is so powerful his blade is said to be blessed with great luck.
Dwarves and orcs, born from a something live as long as their body remains stable.Orcs tend to breed a lot because of their junkpunk composition.Great dwarves smiths or crystal carvers live longer than others because of their work condition (presence of the forge tends to cook the clay they are made of; crystal dust impregnate the flesh)
>>32238890You want an artifact? Have the Tear of Darkness.According to the legend behing it, the Tear of Darkness was produced when Darkness gave up on chasing Light for the first time. Light taunted it from a distance, mocking its ability to not catch his own twin. Darkness then turned itself to Magic, and asked it why is it that he's doomed to chase his brethren while Dreams and Memory seems to get along so well.Magic answered that this is the way things are. That even almighty gods such as themselves can't rewrite the laws of the universe. Darkness pondered his words, then decided to do a thing no mortals nor gods in their sane mind would have considered doing: he took a single drop of the cosmic sea, and absorbed it.The essence of the Deep was inside him. But this was not the essence of the Deep: it was also what he was made of, before the Heatstone came and boiled him into existence. It was both what is, and what is not. And it reminded him of what he felt when he was born; it reminded him of his first sight, which was the very reason he was Darkness, and Light was Light.With this newfound wisdom, he shed a single tear upon Solod, in the kingdom of the orcs; and he then returned to his endless chase.Well at least that's how the legend goes. To this day, most people think this tale is naught but subtle heretic propaganda, aiming to present the Deep as something else than an abomination nest. That being said, there's no doubt that the Tear exists; it's mentioned every so often in tales of war and travel as inducing either or both wisdom and cynism in those that interact with it, and those tales are too often close to real, witnessed events for it to be a simple coincidence.What's interesting, though, is that all of those that allegedly saw the Tear refused to tell anyone of its location, or what it looks like.
>>32238890Well Ao is explicitly a Prophet of the Dragon Gods, so I guess there are human prophets. Though Elves, Darves, Humans and Lizardfolks are probably most fitted to be sages than the other races, since the others aren't that close to Death to begin with, and Death is kinda sorta the one in charge of mortals-gods communication.Also, wait a minute...>Asking about followers>Asking about racial specificities>Asking about epic loot-I mean artifactsAre you planning to run this?
Trees and orcs are a gift from Darkness to help Death spread life, they both grown by eating from rocks and consuming the light of his hated brother.
>>32239489>Integrating the actual way plants work into mythologyThat's /tg/ for you.
>>32239483I know I am.
>>32239483I'm really hoping someone pdf's this at some point, so I could run a game or two and keep it close to my heart. I'm in love with this strange child of ours ;_;.
>>32239002Once a Rain of Egrdril had taken a piece of Egrdril itself to Solod where it was crafted into a crown that the Prince of the Kauhxra wore.Slowly Kauhxra began to hear its dark whispers and began to follow them. The more he followed it the more power it grant him over weaker minds. He had the power to read and control minds.One day he had a heated argument with his own sister. She would not let him know her thoughts or control her.So they began a duel. The Prince had won but would not end the duel after first blood at the behest of the Crown. After realizing she was dead, he acted his last act as himself and killed himself.To this day Kauhxra has no nobility and is run by a Senate. No one has seen the Crown of the Prince since then.
>>32239567Dude, we made halflings interesting. We're talking about the Chaotic Stupid dudes. Interesting. How can anyone NOT love this is the real question here.>>32239557... I kinda want in. Will you do that in real life, or...?
>>32239557I too want to play in this game.
>>32239483> Are you planning to run this?Ssshh, child, don't ask of me questions whose answers you've already seen in your dreams. The Darkness has answers for those who will listen.Truth is like a Hazelizard. If you stay still and allow yourself to see it, you might just catch it one day.Most important settlement per race?Ruling structure per race?What's the fastest way to travel?
>>32239778Now I gotta know what a Haze lizard is.
>>32239778The Orcs are ruled by a kingdom.The Humans have a monthly council with a representative sent from every settlement. While this council usually deals with taboos, the individual settlements usually treat them as law.Kauhxra is ruled by a senate, while Nascheii is ruled by the clergy.I'll leave the others for others to fill.
>>32239950Dwarves have elections every three years. They elect three consuls: the Mud Consul (oversees food production and civil rights), the Stone consuls (oversees handicraft, industry and art) and the Iron consul (oversees military matters).
>>32239778I'd guess rivers because ther are no oceans
>>32238890>>32239778This three questions model might serve well in future threads.
>>32239778Yes grandpa. I'm monitoring your actions on /tg/ now in hopes to catch you. Also, here's my mail address : email@example.com , plz send messages whenever you're up for it.Also, I may or may not be going through the whole thread, picking information and trying to compile them in a pdf.I may or may not post the original document in order to let people edit it and rewrite it in a more user-friendly way (I suck at that).And I may or may not be OP and crying over how great thing turned out.
>>32239950Elves are spread throughout many nations. There are some city states, but they have been formed in recent years.
>>32240240Oh, here's my email address: firstname.lastname@example.orgI'm the guy who wrote the first half of the halflings and the Grandlord of the Deep descriptions.
So, fairies guy back from lunch.How big will be the moonworld?Are we done with the overall genesis?What about historical events?
>all this talk about breathing>no society based around singingWhat happened?
>>32240697It's because singing is a part of magic, which is practiced in every civilizations able to cast magic. Just like no real-life country is based around building stuff.>Comparing fantasy and real life>What is DubaïI know, I know, but the example illustrates my point pretty well.
Alright, here's the first draft of the PDF. Holy shit there's so much to put in it.Also, I'm adding informations almost strictly when I see them while scrolling ; that's why the main world and the ocan world aren't named in the PDF, though they've been in the thread.
>>32240739... And the thing about silver is supposed to read: "Silver was used by true elves; does it exist on the main world?"
>>32240739Way to go, anon!Also, I think that Solod was accepted as the moonworld name.No fairies under "others" ;_;
>>32240739What about the "Dwarfs have ethanol instead of blood" idea from the beginning of the thread? What do you think about making the dwarfs only feed off metals and minerals?
>>32240798>>32240829I'm not there yet.
The merfolk are consumed by nostalgia for the simplicity of bygone days. They remember when their amphibian ancestors first took their place in the oceanic ecosystem, and want to return to those days of old. Thus they devote themselves to the study of time manipulation, making giving them an affinity for ice-based magic. Their cities are stasis-bound constructions of various aquatic flora and fauna at different stages of their respective life cycles.
>>32237121You object to that, but not to the terrestrial planet being called SOLID?
>>32237454Bearded elves are here >>32236060
>>32237954They call it the Highest Tide, the Cloudless Downpour, the Salted Rain.
Second draft. This thead is so long, it's insane.
Faes are magic creature that travel through dreams and habitat memories, is a well fact that they like to change people dreams , most of times in a nightmare, but what pretty much no one know is that they can also change memories. They considered the absolutely best way to get information out of someone, but they're incredible hard to capture or the get one to help, and are not very interested in what the other races can offer. They were created by Magic to show his love to both Dreams and Memory.
Due to the nature of magic Spellsingers/dancers spends more time on rigorous, physical exercise than studying old tomes. They need their bodies in top physical condition for the casting. In many cultures some basic forms of magic became a part of the custom - mostly in rural areas where fertility songs and harvest dances are a crucial part of agriculture. Those 'folk' spells however are way weaker than what dedicated mages are capable of - they'll augment but won't replace the three-field system and fertilizer.Elves make for the best spellsingers - they have a broader scale of voice and can reach tones other races cannot even hear. It sometimes gives cause to rumors that Elves are Breathless since you can't hear them cast. Also, being susceptible to The Call prevents them from attempting longer, more complex, spells. Humans are by far the strongest casters - they can sing and dance their spells for hours.
>>32241346Alright guys, there's this entry on Goblins in this very thread:"Goblins are all scholars who burrow out huge hives like bees, then set about collecting any knowledge they can get their hands on and storing it - raiding other races for books, artifacts, and other things of note to add to their collection. Compulsive hoarders."Do we keep that or not? If we do, I'm gonna need some more fluff, because they don't have any origins yet.
>>32241495Keep it and make them child of Memory.You could also add that they like to hoard thing other than knowledge and go around the world trading things.
>>32241495I think it's pretty interesting.-Death once again wanted to make new experiments and offered a race dedicated to Memory. Flattered, it accepted the gift, expecting something beautiful and wise, but instead, was presented with disgusting greenish creatures. Not wanting to be related to them, it cast a powerful magic that made the Goblin's memory very weak.But since they were created with the purpose of remembering, they started keeping things and records of everything."I may not remember, but I know where to find it." Is a common quote among the goblin folk.-changes and additions are welcome.
>>32241654>it cast a powerful magic that made the Goblin's memory very weak.I don't like this piece, I think that the mere disgust and deception that Memory have made them have a weak memory.The rest is pretty damn great.
Elves can reproduce in two ways: The way their long-lost human forefathers used to, and in a a ritual called the Rite of Joining.During the rite, a human is brought into the Wild, after which each parent mixes a drop of their blood with a drop of the human's in a silver bowl along with other ingredients.The father, the mother and the prospective child each take a sip, then the parents breathe into him like people saving someone from drowning.Within the following 36 hours, the Change takes hold, the various physical and mental characteristics of the Elves emerging one after another.This is the (unfounded?) origin of the rumour of elves stealing children. >sorry for the weird writing style
>>32241795What if instead of a silver bowl is be whatever thing the True Elves used to make the Elves? It could be some sort of machine that not even the Elves understand and think that it's just some sort of magic.
>>32241795That's pretty freaky.I love it.I'd add that most or all elves are sterile to give them a higher motivation to turn humans.
>>32241795Wait, why would they need to steal children in the first place? Can't natural procreation just perpetuate the race just fine?Or do I smell some deep secret here.>>32241839Technically, a thing we know about the True Elves is that silver was important to them, so maybe elven blood react with silver in order to become the mutagen that morph human children?
>>32241862Maybe it's >>32241854, also it implies that adults could be turned too. Could be an alternative to suicide for some.
>>32241839The circlet of the Blood Moon. Made of intertwined roses of gold and silver. Activates if two elves prick their fingers on its thorns. Turns a human that spills its blood on it, traditionally by putting it on his head or having it put on him.Though I like the primal feel of blood bonding rites.
>>32241736Thanks for the feedback.Yeah, I think that making just it's godly disgust cause such important change to them has a more interesting tone. And is kind of ironic because it's will to not be associated with such creatures only gave them a characteristic that creates such association, the lack of memory still recalls "memory".Also, they could heavily worship Memory, not knowing that it actually dislikes them, avidly trying to train their memory,Goblins with better memory are respected and selected as "leaders".The hives have a small social organization, in which the "wisest" take decisions that are then followed (or not, since most of them forget such things) by the others.The overall goblinoid population have a nearly 2/1 male/female ratio.They build the hives in a square pattern instead of hexes in such fashion that they look like enormous libraries with shelves full of random objects and all sorts of books and notes.
>>32239950Kauhxra is the larger of the two Lizardfolk nations. It's in the lowlands and is spread across a mixture of jungle, swampland and a bit of savannah to the north that they've mostly used for farmland. The capital city is Nabelygal-Murraenos, built over a lake with the feathered serpent in it. Many of the buildings float, and great mats of floating gardens feed the fish that are eaten by the lizardfolk. In times of trouble, the Senate appoints a dictator with absolute power. This dictator is kept in check by the Green-Walkers, a loose organisation of statist assassins who murder those who have abused their power or overstayed their welcome. Many is the overambitious dictator who's ended up with a razor-sharp (kpinga-style) throwing knife buried in his head, out of fear of Egrdril's interference.The Nascheii Theocracy is situated across the Istarnatl mountain range. The title for most important structure is fiercely competed for by the cities of Cuazhec-Loxodoka, home of the priest-kings and situated across a magical bridge between two great mountains, and the much larger Machurazh, built inside of a mountain and home of the majority of the great terrace farms that keep Nascheii fed and the mines that keep it rich. There is a priest-king for each god the lizardmen hold dear, chosen from the greatest of that god's priest-caste, and they lose their names upon ascension. Both males and females become known as kings, for they believe there is no true distinction>cont
>>32241968We could do both.The circlet is the original way and don't need other elves blood to turn a human, it work every time and even ins adults. Mostly used to turn individuals that proved their worth.The blood bond is the primary way of reproduction, need blood from the parents and the human, but only works in child and have a good chance of failing and killing the human in process.
>>32242102Nabu-zikir-iskun, the Sun King - the highest king, lord of the magical schools and to whom the others ultimately kowtow.Istar-su-mes-ses, the Dead King - the only king to live in Machurazh, they overlooks the mines and the rites of the dead.En-hedu-anna-aei, the Forest King - responsible for looking after the farms and medicines.Bel-sarra-uzur, the Sky King - royal weathervaneDur-i-galzu, the Cold King, the Pariah King. the Cold King wanders aimlessly, ever looking for and rooting out the influence of the Deep Ones and the Cold Queen.In the lizardrealms, the preferred method of travel is the Ashurdun, a large, surprisingly nimble and agile reptile somewhere between a horse, an ox and a mountain goat. Whilst not as fast as the average equid, it can travel overland with a bizarre serene grace that makes it inordinately comfortable to ride and it can traverse the most nail-biting ascents with comfort.
Oh hey, pdf dude here. Here's the third draft.It's more rushed than the others because I now have to go stuff including, but not limited to, having inner. So here's the link of what's next to streamline and put in the PDF, if someone wants to carry on with my duty: https://mega.co.nz/#!850FwLwC!ZyZw_uXxczJowpVpmIHldog6ZP92IWgLZ9Z5QLloLUMIf nobody does it, I'll still continue in an hour or so. Though if somebody does take it upon himself to compile the fluff, I will deliver crunch (I'm thinking GURPS because it would handle most of the stuff presented here pretty well and because I know the system pretty well).Overhyped pdf dude, out for an hour.
>>32242078This is great.Add that they have shit and short names because otherwise they wouldn't be able to remember their own names and they all need to wear a plate with their engraved in it. You could also add that the library is divided by section, but there's a very high amount of misfiled books for obvious motives.
So, I suck at this kind of stuff, but felt like starting.Here's a "map", we should point some important locations and territories.(please, someone more competent than me, show yourself.)
>>32242182Thanks!I like your Idea, it's an interesting cultural aspect, I think.
God. Fucking. Damnit. The one decent brainstorming/world-building thread on /tg/ in a decade and I have to leave for work.Keep this thread alive, fa/tg/uys, I got some shit to share in eight hours.
>>32242283>Keep thread alive for 8 hoursSo who's in for a marathon.
fear the beasts of brine, coated in salted and born from the acts of heretics....or so they say. An old wives tale? Maybe~ Do you want to take the chance they come?
>>32242194Maybe I'll photoshop this
>>32242194I'll have a go.
>>32242335We're humans (I think), we can do it.
>>32242368Someone sums things I have to include in there ?Like, you know, names of the nations and etc...
>>32242121Hey whoever is posting all this lizardmen shit, I just wanted to say you're a gentleman and a scholar, and you should feel good about yourself.
>>32242372Is this style alright?
>>32242598I would like to second that.>>32242608I think it's neat, also, remember that there is no ocean, just rivers and lakes.By the way, guys, what kind of names the humans will have? I'm working on a little historic event and need names.
>>32242143woah, I come back and there are pdfs all up in this thread.have you considered incorporating >>32237222and>>32237297 ? I made those mostly to get a cohesive Legend going, although I had to cut some things out for it to flow.....damn this is a lot to catch up on.
Humankind's greatest hero and revered as a saint was a simple watchtower guardsman who ran a marathon and managed to warn of an impending invasion (of what depends on the locality) before dying of exhaustion. The humans would later win a great victory because of this warning.This act of self sacrifice for the greater good has motivated every major human society and city and forms the base of what is manly, honourable and just to human kind. That ay man or woman can push themselves to their absolute limits for their countrymen.Humans always pride themselves on length of the sex.
>>32238747Don't mean to steal your ideaGiants as simple, gentle creatures born from the mountains and made of rock make sense as relatives of the Dwarves?
>>32242694Like, which languages the names will be based on?Go with Swedish, Italian and Swahili.
Skin of stone, flesh of mud, Dwarves are creatures of the earth. As a race indelibly marked by both Death and The Deep, they bleed alcohol, the fire-water. Quaffing barrel after barrel to maintain the delicate balance within their bodies, Dwarves are near impossible to out-drink.Masters of the earth, Dwarves are fluent in its use in all its forms. They are the pioneers of iron and steelworks, and are just as capable of crafting crystal and gems.They are capable of flame and breath, but owing to their flammable constitution and penchant for drinking, such an act is considered extremely reckless.
>>32242986Dwarves should be the absolutely best at magic, but would rarely use in fear of burning itself in process.
>>32242871How about this : Giants are, usually, highly intelligent but lazy beyond comprehension.They could create marvels beyond imagining, but holy fuck, the amount of fucks they don't give needs a giant or a god to fully comprehend.The only "thing beyond eating, sleeping and star gazing they care about is telling or reading stories, and it's not unheard of to have a Giant settlement comprised solely of improvised sleeping places and a truly gigantic library at the Center as a means to protect their precious books.
>>32243035Much better idea and because of their knowledge and books, I'm guessing they won't be too fond of Goblins if they can ever get the motivation to dislike them.
>>32243035They gaze at the stars, trying to understand, to comprehand the universe. They devote their lives to unraveling the misteries of cosmos (hence their lack of numbers). All of their knowledge is stored in their great library. Although they do not share their knowledge, for they know what horrors may come of it. (knowledge is power-nuclear bomb)
>>32243035>>32243163>>32243214> try to get THING from the GiantsSigns your GM is annoyed with you general.
>>32243163Goblins would have a love-hate relationship with the Giants, they have the knowledge that the goblins want, but don't share it, so the goblins resort to robbing their library, because of that the giants would "hate" the goblins and would exterminate them if they gave enough fucks.
Orcs are the creatures of Darkness, born among the ashen leaves of the first Trees, Darkness' gift to Death. They are sometimes known as the Kingdom of Nether, unseen and unheard by the other children of Death.They are without Breath nor Pulse. They need no air to breath, nor do they bleed. But as those born in Death's shadow, they are unable to regenerate or recover. Scars will never heal, and healing magic will very rarely work; Only the ones that also deal with reversing the flow of Time will work. And so, Orcs try to repair themselves using what available 'advanced' material is available, augmenting themselves with metal or crystal, or even other plants should they find themselves lacking.When an adult Orc dies, from its corpse shall spring a sapling, slowly growing into a massive tree that will itself birth new orcs in time. They are the gametophytes of all trees evergreen trees on Solod. Any intercourse they have plants a polyploid seed in them, leading to new species of trees. There are monasteries of semi-chaste orc monks dedicated to the preservation of the original orc forests.
>>32242335We're in our 11th/12th hour and still over 50 posts away from the bump limit so...>structure saspown
>>32242986Any one up for a glass city in the desert built buy dwarfs?
>>32236060Where's that pic from, anon?
>>32242598>>32242694Watachilen are one of the most hated foes of the Kauhxra lizardfolk, despite having all the intelligence of a stupid fox. In the words of the High Farmer Tlazarn>It is as if every facet of these damnable creatures is designed to infuriate us!The adults hunt the wide variety of game fish, birds and amphibians that the floating gardens are meant to feed to a much higher degree than they need to survive. Watachilen infestations are often signified by the appearance of poorly-dug shallow holes in the lake banks that have half-eaten duck or frog slowly rotting in them. The young, or Chilespawn, gnaw at the roots of the crops with voracious appetite, destroying the fragile crops during the growing season when the Chilespawn hatch from their jellied eggs. The eggs themselves are poisonous, and thus the lakes are flooded with toxic dead game. The faeces of both adults and young are rich in nutrients and float. While this may seem like a good thing, providing fuel for plants, the white excrement forms a foul-smelling layer on the water's surface that soon blossoms into vast algal mats that choke the lakes, preventing lake-floor plants from photosynthesising and fish and amphibians from breathing. These poor bastards will soon die off, and then fuel even more algal growth that cannot be eaten, interferes with waterfowl and game animals, and steals nutrition from the valuable crops.To top it off, they produce a thick cloying slime when threatened that makes them damned difficult to catch, and when caught and killed it takes a lot of preparation to make a Watachile edible. In the ages of the lizardfolk city-states, they were used as biological weapons until the Treaty of Tlakintapixe where it was unanimously declared that this was unsporting.
>>32243390We need a desert to add variety to the setting, but having a bunch of combustible alcohol bags in a city of reflective glass in the desert is a recipe of disaster.Maybe as a sort of Ozymandias styled ruins.
>>32243490Look on my works ye mighty and smell gin.
Gigantic sapient pandas lurk in the north, capturing humans and using them as sex slaves. Anything else they captured gets eaten.
Legends say that the first undead came from an ancient civilization from the eastern mountains. Their emperor worshiped Death, and became worthy enough to receive Death's blessings. Unable to part with one of its beloved playthings for the first time, Death removed them from the cycle of birth and rebirth.Death deliberately hides their presence from the other dragons, ashamed that life was breathed back into what was once dead, Death has also found something it loves dearly for the first time. They are the Beloved Children of Death, kept away from their parent for far too long by Death's eternal duty. Could this be the sign of a rebellion on Death's part?While not evil, the undead are very private and defensive, not suffering the interference of outsiders for any reason, whatsoever. Though they are considered to be the pinnacle of Necromancy, they themselves treat the art as a shamanistic ritual, relying mostly on intuition and apprenticeship to use it.
>>32243453think that's ravnica, from MTG
>>32243557>very classical fantasy settingRead the OP.
The lingua franca is interpretive dance.
If I were to run this in 13th Age, who would be the icons of the world?
>>32243317>>32243163One of the main (ALMOST the only) forms of magi c practised by the Giants is enchanting. Most uses are related to warding off thieves.True to the nature of Giants, most are related to slowing and stalling.Traps and wards used range from simple things like ichor pits to more exotic applications such as ones encasing its victim in bubbles of frozen time, knocking them unconscious or assaulting their minds with a full realization of the vastness of the universe.Most of these traps are rarely deadly, but often traumatising and always humiliating, and the slow, ponderous way in which freed victims are carried and subsequently dumped outside the village only makes it worse.Giants refer to the process of removing caught thieves from their traps and dumping them outside the settlement as clean up duty and tend to, uh... feel vaguely annoyed with it. Giants don't hate things after all.That would mean effort.
>>32243591Uh no, dancing is used in magic. That would put way too much emphasis on dancing in the setting.It's like you didn't even read the thread.
>>32243587>>32243453Yea, it's the basic Blue land.
>>32243018Humans are the best magicians as per >>32241467Dwarven stocky build does not allow for the flashy spectacle of Elves nor do they have the endurance for powerful rituals of Human spellcraft.What they DO have is patience and deliberation. They are, after all, of the rock. Dwarven spelldances are slow and methodical and their spellsongs are a low, modulated hum. Stronger spells are cast in turns - the caster (or casters) sings and dances only a certain portion of the spell and, at a predetermined moment, another joins in and gradually takes their place. This method of casting takes up much more time but is capable of producing results as strong as human magic.
The name 'Wood Elf' is rather more correct than one would imagine - they are elves formed from bark or plant. Where the regular elf is naught but a twisted man, wood elves are made from trees - indeed, it is suspected that they are to orcs as elves are to men. How close to elves they look varies between specimens, with some being shuffling trees and others looking like a human with a slight illness. As they age, however, they become drier and more brittle, their features becoming sallow and dehydrated so they slowly drift from their similarity to man. With this brittleness, their already strong fear of fire grows greatly, and as such they fear magic unlike any other.
>>32243698>hand movements are used in magic, sign language is ogre!
>>32243698I'm here for the dance-based setting.
>>32243698>too much emphasis on dancing in the settingImpossibru.
>>32243591The whole point of interpretive dance is that it's interpretive. It means something different to each person who sees it. This makes for a shit common tongue.The Lingua Franca is known as Tradetongue. It is a harsh, guttural language, renowned for its modular nature. Ironically enough, it first sprung up in the nation which became the Sons of Death.
>>32242694I produced very little, sorry guys.I'll be adding to it latter, for now, I must leave."The battle of the drowning crater."So, they say that Lady Eliza is a fair ruler, a great leader, but what do they know about the drowning war?"Solod, the moonworld, has seen many battles and bloodshed is as frequent as a newborn.In the central portion of the lightlands, located northwest of a great canyon, was the human settlement of Nedgångsten. For many generations it was a prosperous land, home of timid and honored people and a prided army. It was during the reign of the ruthless Lady Eliza Gulsvärd, daughter of an influential merchant, that took place the so called first contact between the living and the drowned dead."We were expecting the rain season to star in two months but look at the sky. I bet you never saw clouds this big, that's because those aren't clouds, they're simply water- It's almost as if the heavens were about to pour down on us"Months after the harvest season, Nedgångsten's climate started to change drastically, what was expected to be a dry and warm season turned into a wet and cold nightmare. It all started with a suddenly shift in the winds, followed by an entire eclipsed day in which Solod stood between the Light and The Deep, the light once again filled the day, revealing a massive body of water in the sky."It's been two weeks of holding grounds against those godsalted things. Our support from the hills should have arrived by yesterday, we're all gonna die in this salted land" -Excerpt from commander Markhur's field journal.
>>32243923Just because you can't figure it out doesn't mean they can't.
>>32243951A lingua franca that means one person will see "The army of Bors the Childsnatcher is coming, be ready to bribe him." and another can see "King Lanei's son has died of bowel cancer, send tribute." from the same basic signal is an awful lingua franca.
>>32243999And yet dancing is inherently magical in this setting.
>>32243999I think he's either randumb or a troll. Either way, it's pointless to respond to his postings.
>>32243999Ignore him, now is the time in 4chan's cycle in which there is an upswing in posts. Which means more people will go into threads and post random things without reading.inb4 namecalling.
>>32244030That's like a point, in the same way that a hedgehog is like a van.Anyway, back on topic.Merfolk look like pic related.
Humans are on average around eighteen feet tall.
>>32244074That's what a young merfolk looks like.>>32238407 says that merfolk start to become hodgepodge monsters like something out of "The Thing"
>>32244105In Halfling feet, which is 1/3 the length of an Imperial Foot.
>>32244186The Imperial foot is roughly three of our feet.
>>32244201The imperial foot is our foot.
>>32244137The ancient ones are just huge heaving polyp things, barely capable of moving under their own power, all lashing tentacles and filaments.
>>32244423When a merfolk grows to such a level it explodes into a thousand each a merfolk of its own.Super-nova the thing Merfolk.
>>32243018Highly skilled dwarwes are capable of burning their magical blood for magical effects greater than that wielded by any other race. However this kills the dwarf.
>>32244574Few mages can meet the raw power of a talented Dwarven Blood Mage, but most live to be twice the Blood Mages' average age.
Lifespan of the primary races?Name suggestions for the setting?Key locations?
>>32243490You mean recipe for awesome?
>>32244640Naturally, most live for the same length of 60 years. Death has already played favorites, she treats all other children equally. Except elves they can live to be 120. Orcs have a natural lifespan of only 12 years.
>>32244723It waa said earlier that orcs and dwarwes do not really age. Orcs also don't heal.
>>32244640For setting name I'd suggest "Solodian Eclipse" or "Deep Rain".
>>32244756Not him, but It was said even earlier that everyone have a lifespan.
>>32237522The base of the corpse-tree of an Orcish hero is known to grow into a rough shape of the late Orc. According to legend, the tree will sometimes grow a foot-long inedible seed. If one finds himself plagued by haunting spirits, he may crush the seed to turn the natural world against the spirit, cursing it with a corporeal form so that it may be banished. please don't be angry that I ripped trees of lost giants from DaS2
>>32242143Don't spoil this with actual crunch for an actual system, have a very generic 1-10 scale for stuff if you have to. Then people can convert to whatever system they want, Much better!
>>32244608Dwarves get drunk when drinking. This is caused by water diluting their precious bodily fluids.
>>32244723Elves believe in the cycle of life and eat their dead as a sign of respect.
You know, the Death dragon seems the only one seriosly active. Why's that?
The penguin is sacred to both gods of Light and Dark. No one knows why.
>>32243782>Where the regular elf is naught but a twisted manThat's racist!
>>32245281I bet you're an elf!
>>32245281Goblins are inherently racist, their groups quickly developing burning, genocidal hatred for other races. However, can't remember to hate for very long. Other races know to limit their dealing with goblins to few days at a time
>>32245387Lizardfolk are passive-aggressively racist towards dwarves, people from the cold/ice and the undead.
>>32245374Not yet, but I might end up asking for the Rites.
>>32245030Magic wanders the two worlds teaching his song and dance to all who listen.Time is waiting for something.Memory only remembers events that were.Dreams only looks at things that aren't yet.Light hunts Darkness eternal and Darkness only takes a break once a thousand years.
>>32245456Magic is chasing after Memory and Dream.
>>32245456>Time is waiting for something.I feel there's an interesting answer to the question>What does the God of Time wait for?
>>32245492Magic acts upon Dreams ideas and schemes, and acts enough to make Memory remember him always.
This thread is awesome. Just saying.
>>32244640Well every setting has to have a magic area with islands floating over empty space cuz magnetic fields or magic or magical magnetic fields.
>>32245772>magnetic fieldsFuck that. I want magical floating islands that float because of magic.
Moonsilver is one of the most sought-after metals by alchemists and weaponsmiths (often those two overlap) alike.It is used in a variety of weapons in the form of protective runes meant to ward the Deep Lords >>32236463 curses.In addition, it is known to be one of the metals most suited to holding enchantments, and most high-class magical gear contains it in trace amounts. While forging chainmail out of the rare material is costly, it also allows its wearer to move with the same ease, speed and stealth as if they were wearing mere cloth.The production requires a special rite in which dwarves and elves chant in unison, the former forging the silver of their mines while calling upon darkness, while the elves channel the light of the full moon into the liquid metal.This process turns the silver a lighter colour, causing it to faintly shine in the dark.Even wars will be set aside for this ritual, and leaders who forbade it due to personal grudges quickly found themselves helpless in the face of sheer mercantile interest.Freshly forged moonsilver needs to stay out of the sun for three days before being safe from turning into useless dust.When reforging it (this can be done up to two times), the smith chants a special song, which both elves and dwarves alike call "asking" the metal to take on its new form.Indeed, moonsilver has a hidden property which allows it to store memories, something which certain places use to allow their legacy to continue unforgotten.
>>32245569>>What does the God of Time wait for?How much do you want me to rip of Gods of Pegana for your answer?
>>32245822Moonsilver is rumored to be Scales of Death.
>>32245822>moonsilver>elves channel the light of the full moonwe can't do that because we are living on the moon
>>32245977We could make it the light of the stars.
>>32246005So it's star-silver?Since any metal on Solod is a moon metal.
>>32246027>>32246005>>32245977>>32245822Nested moons can be a thing, why not? If not, starsilver is cool to.
>>32245822>Even wars will be set aside for this ritual, and leaders who forbade it due to personal grudges quickly found themselves helpless in the face of sheer mercantile interest.Money makes the world go round, huh.
>>32246027>>32246005make more sense, we gotta be careful with this kind of stuffin my humble opinion a super-duper silver-like metal seems a bit overused, we could have done it from gold or cooper
>>32246085Well>>32236060>a very classical fantasy setting
>>32246085Halflings have little use for storing memories, if they are successful at their gambits, their story will be told regardless.
>>32246111OP here, and>implying we didn't plunged deep into original content territory long ago
There are only three mines on Solod deep enough to mine Starsilver (moonsilver). Wars have been waged over these mines.
>>32246207I think he meant it's normal silver when it comes out and only becomes Starsilver through the ritual. The war thing is cool though. Hell, even if humans can't make it they'd probably wage war for the source material anyway because that's just what humans do.
>>32246207>StarsilverIsn't the universe light and darkness circle made by Light and Darkness? I can't see why stars would exist.
>>32246299If there are no stars, what are the Giants watching at night?Checkmate, atheists.
>>32246299Stars are cracks through which the light of heaven shines.
How tall are these Giants?
>>32246332Are you implying that Lord Light need cracks to make his light shine through the world? Fucking heretic.
>>32246356Not too tall. 8 to 12 meters or so, so nothing mountainous.
>>32246162> dem semi-parasitic elves> dem giants> dose orcs
>>32245809Meh I just wanted to throw the idea out ther
The temple to Dream and Memory is a stadium anchored (don't say float, it's ANCHORED there, even if the thusly offended mages usually don't know the exact difference) in the sky. Every beginning, middle and ending of a Light cycle, it is home to the Prayer of Steel, an immensely impressive, extremely showy display of blade mastery in which 101 warrior priests show off their skills at dancing according to an exactly choreographed plan.Taking part in the dance is one of the highest honours a blademaster can achieve, and conversely, having partaken in such a rite is a validation comparable to little else.
Will/do we have another thread going?
>>32246637>Will/do we have another thread going?I'd say we archive this thread now and hop to another one once we hit page nine.Earlier is risky.
>>32246654This, but let's wait for page 10.
>>32246654It kinda hurts seeing this beautiful monster sinking through the pages.
>>32246699I know. I've been there.>>32246681I guess that works. Anyways. Deep Rain, ya?
OP, you still here? Gonna make a final setting doc before this 404s?
>>32246654'tis already archived.
So, no one came up with key locations?
>>32246934>So, no one came up with key locations?I will if nobody else does, but it feels like I already had too many ideas approved. Don't wanna hog the setting all for myself.
why not just name the setting after the supreme being, Altius?
>>32247026I like that, simple and good.
>>32247026I dunno, Deep Rain seems more atmospheric and easier to remember.
>>32246983Dude, all help is welcome, it's not your fault if your ideas are good and accepted. (That actually should be a good thing.)I did the two first posts about fairies and added the stuff for the goblins. Stopped contributing because my story about the first highest tide wasn't flowing well. I think that if you have an idea it is worth reading.
>>32247085Why not Deep Breath?
>>32247145Welp. Fine then, gonna cook something up in that case. Just don't expect anything lizard outta me. I don't get those people.Goblins be cool yo.
>>32247197Yeah I like that.
>>32247197More apt, less pretty, more prone to inviting puns. It could work, but I can't say I'm a fan quite yet.
It's been an honor digressing with you guys.I'll be here tomorrow hopefully.>>32246726>>32247026>>32247197can we just agree on something? I really don't want to miss next thread.
>>32247247"Take a deep breath and welcome to Solod a world where magic is in the very air that you breathe."
>>32247197I can run with that
The Villaison Towerette is the last remaining building of the ancient and vast Garvaille Empire that covered half of the known world. Some scraps of highly advanced roadworks can be found scattered across as well. Some say the statues known as the Warring Gargants are of Garvaille origin as well.
>>32247332May Dreams look over your sleep, comrade.
>>32247332Deep Rain or Atlius for me. >>32247340Eeeh. I won't drop or complain should Deep Breath win, but this is doing the opposite of convincing me the name's anything but bait for jokes that'll be driven into a wall harder than Diana's limousine.
>>32247402Same here, though I highly prefer Atlius over Deep rain.
>>32236060It's been literally half a day since this started. I'm going to get some rest, and pray to find this tomorrow. Tomorrow, I'll (hopefully) manage to streamline anything posted in this thread until now in a pdf, and try to organize it a little.Thanks /tg/. Just... freaking thanks.
I suggested Deep Breath because the Rain is not a very important event and Atlius doesn't speak much about the setup.I also made the pun.[/poiler]
>>32247402>>32247446I would prefer to not name the setting after something that literately has all its influence in one line.That's like naming a show Big Bang.
>>32247579Pun rhymes with fun. I hate fun.
Sprites, or Elf-flies are parasites accidentally introduced by the 'true elves' when they delivered their first elves to Solod. Nasty little things, they have a natural aura of pervasive, insidious magic powered by an intricate weaving of their five heads and the beating of their powerful wings in imitation of breath. This single spell makes them almost invisible when looked at directly and nigh-impossible to focus upon. They can only be seen in the corners of one's eye, darting around in peripheral vision.[I'm not sure quite where to go next. I'm making them parasites, but need some nice horrifying symptoms. Not sure what they eat either.]
>>32247613Sprites eat dreams and leave behind sadness and regret.
>>32247654This also causes sleep deprivation and its symptoms
>>32247654Their young encourage REM sleep and outgoing social behaviour.This is so the adults have more to feed off of.
>>32247681And a reduction to one's overall heat. (Guy gets colder and less magical)
>>32247613As they are not native to Light eyes, they are composed of Neither.
>>32247727>>32247681A victim that's been fed on once can be fed on with increasing ease subsequent times. Sprites mark their victims, causing more sprites to be attracted to the marked one.This is called a Preysigil and incredibly hard to remove.When a victim has been bled dry they fall into a coma-like, dreamless type of sleep not quite unlike hibernation which they're nearly impossible to wake from. On the "upside", they also require close to no sustenance in this state, so as long as the body is kept safe there is hope of the person recovering.Those who return however tend to become Shadowleeches, beings with the curse/ability to feed on emotions themselves and a nearly irresistible desire to do just that. Whether letting an infectee die for good in the light of these circumstances is subject to quite a bit of debate.
New thread when?If created, someone post the link on this one, just in case.
>>32248074I'm just sitting it out here till we're on page ten, myself. Besides, I know I have a couple talents related to writing, but thread OPs have been my Achilles heel since I first got on the internet. I really wouldn't want to be the one responsible for messing up.
>>32236309>>32241467>>32243703All form of dance-based magic is called Momod. It is only capable of inervation - that is, granting and amplifying energy. Heat, fire, lightning, movement, acceleration, speed, creation, healing... those are but some of its domains. It is best suited to the process of transfer between one aspect of breath to another - for instance, Igniting Light, then making it Survive. (Inhalation to Survival)>>32240986The magic of the merfolk and other Deep creatures is called Sosep by the peoples of the Dragons, which translates roughly to the metaphysical concept of absence and stillness. Sosep is practiced by intense meditation and motionlessness - by remaining still, energy is drawn in, enervating objects. This allows for slowing of objects, rot, freezing, solidification, and so on. Sosep is best suited to focusing on a single aspect of breath, as opposed to processes of aspects. For instance, Sosep is best at Igniting a very strong Light (inhalation), but not at progressing it to its next aspect, Survival (circulation).
>>32236119>>32236149Dragons everywhere and the setting's on the moon? So Lunar, basically. I can dig it.
>>32248376This OP is kinda messed up, I think, shouldn't it be more informative?Nice pic. though.
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