> The setting is based around a large sparsely settled continent and the islands in the seemingly endless sea surrounding it. There, historical anachronisms are rife, with primitive ape-men, ferocious lizard-beasts, and primal mammalian predators coexisting alongside proto-feudal early man, who has yet to fully master iron, but has taken to the use of copper and in more prosperous areas, bronze, readily. Pictured is a savage warrior king, whose legendary iron axe was forged from a fallen star.
>>57761266> In the southwest region of the continent, there flows a slow winding river named Nubai, and at the base where it enters the sea, an ancient kingdom lies, irrigating their crop with its seasonal floods. The people are dubbed the Nubain and have a complex religion, featuring thousands of deities, which they strive to appease with lavish annual sacrifices. They believe their king is a god in the flesh, and worship them accordingly.
>>57761266>>57761695> In the northern reaches far beyond where any sane man would travel, there lives a race of short, burly, and hairy folk who call themselves Uryan in their tongue. They are strong in limb and quick to grow, but slow to learn and perspire quickly in the heat. They have yet to advance beyond the use of stone tools and a rudimentary clan structure, and given their isolation, they may never achieve true civilization.
>>57761695>>57762208Just call them Nubian and Aryan if you want to preserve the authentic racism of the genre.
>>57761266> Though their intellect is less than half that of a man's and they've shown no capacity to craft fire, the man-apes of the scattered jungles grow increasingly sophisticated in their efforts to raid mannish society. Wielding heavy sticks alongside stolen weapons, and in some cases, carving crude spears, they have some wise men worrying that they'll one day reach man-kind's potential, or that man-kind will one day regress to match theirs. The fact they have no language save chest thumps and impassioned screeching has prevented them from organizing beyond familial tribes, but it's only a matter of time before a guttural tongue develops.
>Hidden by the fetid bogs of the islands just off the continent's coast lies a savage race of lizard-creatures and men twisted into beasts. Humid and infested by insects, it is a place where only the strongest and cold-blooded survive, the inhabitants reduced to fighting between loose family-groups under the harsh principle of 'might makes right'. Many have ventured to test their strength there, but few survive.
>>57761266Of the Unhuman races, the Giants are the most widespread, feared, and coveted beings in the nations of mankind. The Giants of this land are slow witted but exceptionally strong, with only a low cunning to speak of they prefer to use their stature (Easily the height of three tall men), and speed to hunt game and occasionally pillage Human settlements.This isn't to say that Giants cannot be taught other things in life, and indeed this is one of the qualities that make them so desireable among the nations of men. Giant slaves can be trained to carry immense weight that horses would struggle with, or can even be trained to do battle as part of auxiliary units. Not only that, but they have a vitality that is coveted by the Nubai, for their annual sacrifices require a vital essence to be considered worthy. In the land of the Ondal, Giants are used as a military unit in times of war, and as famed gladiators when peace prevails across their lands.
>The warped skies that cover the Boreal Lands taint the men who are forced to live in those harsh lands. Already outcast from the kingdoms to the south, they manage to survive together as a loose coalition of city-states led by robber-barons. The people are marked by their pale skin, white hair and sharp teeth. It is rumoured that they feast on the blood of their southern neighbours, in a ritual of revenge against the kingdoms that exiled them.
>>57763602>The creatures live generally similar to primitive humans, albeit with much more violence and only the barest use of tools and technology. Moreover, it is unknown exactly how these creatures came to inhabit the islands. Perhaps they were cursed by some vengeful god as punishment for an ancient transgression. Perhaps some act of sorcery changed them all and sent their civilization spiraling into chaos. Perhaps they were never human at all, living in isolation until discovered by the outside world.
>the setting can be entered by modern day humans through a ancient portal hidden in the northern hemisphere of earth
>>57766316> This one-way portal is not always open and its few earthly entrances are hidden, scattered, and even less dependable. Oftentimes, their inability to speak any of the local languages and lack of the barest cultural context causes these visitors much difficulty.
>>57767482> Though of course, some of the few who enter are wily or learned enough to get by, such as Andreas the Delver, an aging archaeologist fluent in ancient languages which bore enough similarity to the local tongues he managed to keep his head. At least until an undead reaver parted it from his shoulders, years later when he and his companions delved into a ruin still inhabited. His name is somewhat famous among grave robbers and treasure hunters, though most doubt his professed origin, most know he was from a distant land.
>anachronisms are rife
>>57768787Did you forget to add something useful to your post, or are you actually just a frogposting loser
OP, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we posted, or why we lurked. All that matters is that few stood against many. That's what's important! Posting pleases you, OP... so grant me one request. Grant me a bump! And if you do not listen, then the HELL with you!
>Strange men covered in armor sometimes visit to trade. Sometimes they want slaves from particular castes, or handiworks of the best craftsmen. Usually they offer weapons of star metal, or bolts of miraculous fabric--certainly amazing, but not unheard of. But now rumour has it that during the last harvest, they gave the king a magic wand that can level mountains and boil away the seas.
>>57761266I too shall bump
>>57769483>>57763617> In the far eastern region of the continent, the land of the Ondal stretches from the southernmost glaciers of the Boreal folk to the northernmost sands of the Tunki nomads. Their eyes are bronze, their skin olive, and their hair curly and black like pitch. They are fiercely proud, stubborn, and warlike people, dedicated to conquest of the world in the name of their gods, their ancestors, and their emperor. They are known for the way they fight, as a single unified mass rather than a band of warriors, with towering oaken shields, thick copper helms, and long bronze-tipped spears, and a disciplined, relentless, and unstoppable march, they are a foe to be feared.
>>57763656> Despite their peculiar appearance, the Boreal dwellers are excellently talented at artifice, crafting some of the finest jewelry, stoutest armors, and sharpest blades that can be found in the lands of Men. Outside of their craft, the pale folk are crude and care nothing for finery or luxury, content to live in stone huts, larger caves, and further to the north, cramped igloos. Their city-states aren't so much cities as they are regions where pale folk build their homes to find safety in numbers from the beasts stalking the snows and Uryan tribes that raid south of their territory in winter, when it's cold enough they can find comfort.
>>57768787What else would you call man-eating dinosaurs, ice age predators, and primitive ape-men coexisting alongside early bronze age humanity?
>>57774797>early bronze age humanity?>implying it's not >1 million years in the future, with all extant humans being the result of Mind Flayer experiments in resurrecting archaic humanoids
The swamps are inhabited by a race of hideous warty Frog men.
>>57776396> These frogmen seek to return the world to the mire it once was and gorge themselves on the succulent flesh of man
>>57763617> The giants have two arms, two legs, and a face much like a man's. That is where the similarities end, aside from their size, they visibly inhuman, possessing rough blunt features, thick leathery skin, and almost no body hair beyond the genitals. Their arms are incredibly thick with muscle, and very long, roughly one and half again as the human equivalent, and their legs, while of ordinary proportion relative to their size, seem almost sickeningly thin beside the arms. Something about giants many don't realize is their stride, a giant is able to walk thrice the speed of a man with no loss of endurance whatsoever. This makes them even more suited to the task of serving as a packmule.
>>57775256> post-early bronze age humanityThere, is that better?
>>57774797>man-eating dinosaursEvil spirits>ice age predatorsChill spirits>primitive ape-menKangz
>>57781488>Those of mankind who study arcane arts, whether they practice arcane, sorcerous, or divine practices have to have a patron that guides them. As Man does not have a natural source of arcane talent the only way to study these arts is through another that is steeped in it, whether it be a bog witch studying under a pit demon she's subdued, a sorceror bound in contract with an otherworldly thing, or a cleric being tutored under their deity's chosen servitors.
>>57778198Yeah, so bear that in mind, pervert adventurers who want to couple with them!
>>57783504> Much like individual artists, no two arcanists are the same in method or ability, though certain immutable principles lie beneath reality, there is an immense amount of versatility, though subtler magics are generally much easier to perform than overt magic, and careful ritual does much to improve a magic's potency and reduce its cost.
>>57783504> Attempting to learn the arcane by one's self is achievable in the loosest sense possible, but unspeakably dangerous, far less efficient, and far more time-consuming than learning beneath a tutor or being taught by one's patron. For this reason, the few surviving self-taught arcanists tend toward insanity and a obscene yet bizarre style of magic.
Why did D&D have to change from sword and sorcery to kitchen sink MMO fantasy?
Is this an open worldbuilding thread?
>>57787837It's in a company's best interests to appeal to the lowest common denominator.>>57787995Is /tg/ the best board?
In the sandy and rocky deserts of the southeast lies the ancient but decadent empire of the serpent folk. During remote times these people used to be humans and in highest time of might their bodies twisted in the current shape and their teeth dripping with venom, no one knows what weakened them but they surely fear to be reminded of the thruth which the'll always hide. Notorius for domesticating dinosaurs and intregating them in warfare and as beasts of labor, capturing abd enslaving humans and the reptilians, the former specially designated as sacrifice for their gods as an act of showing their total betrayal of their origins to the terrible snake gods
>>57787772>>57783504>>57770207> some powerful arcanists have seized entire kingdoms and city states for themselves. Rumors have been heard about a great conclave between these so called "witch kings " to take place before the next cycle. Whatever their intent should these powers unite for any purpose, few would be able to stand in their way
>There is hidden amongst the mountains in the east a walled-off peninsula where a kingdom once was, its high walls and powerful navy protecting it from all without. The people there lived in isolation, and few knew if they were human or not, but now it is all moot point. No ships sail that dead sea, nothing save vermin live within those borders. Something swept away an entire kingdom, leaving behind their works undone. Rumors abound that there is treasures to be had, entire mountains of gold waiting to be taken within the mountainous holds behind that great wall that separates it from the rest of the continent, just out of the unnaturally calm sea that lies still about its shores.
This thread's been up for three days and we've only got 39 posts. Why does /tg/ have such shit taste?
>>57795936My question too anon. Great ideas, but no replies.bump
>Beyond the Misty Seas lie the lands of the Iron Forests. The timber and trees of this land are if such hardness and strength that most tools of the age are useless against them. It is rumoured that only star metal tools can even dent these unearthly trees of teak and oak.
>>57774797>man-eating dinosaursBehemoths>ice age predatorsGreat Beasts.>primitive ape-menTrump voters.
Might need to map it at this point. And bump.
>The Titandowns, the tallest mountains on this continent, are home to subhuman cavedwellers, gigantic lizards, and worse things. The stuff of nightmares lives deep beneath the earth, and occasionally come out to the surface to prey on the sun-fed flesh of man and the inhuman races that live on the surface. Even the ferocious strength of a full-grown Giant isn't real protection from the largest of these predators, and the settlements near this towering range are well fortified and armed, as the lure of metal ores and rumours of magic artifacts hidden in the depths still draws people in despite the dangers involved. >>57802567Naming the place may help too