Sunday, April 11, 2021

Some Wizards You Might Meet

 Not all wizards are academics or adventurers.  Some are "town wizards", staying in one place to

provide their services to the surrounding region, or part of a royal court.  Others join the military,

or take up a life of crime.


 1. Karkadann of the Azure Isles

Appearance: A statuesque woman with a copper complexion and pure white hair.  Wears an

 embroidered caftan and extravagant jewelry.

Claims to be exiled nobility from Foreign Parts, but is actually a jumped-up grad student from the 

university in the Capital.  Speaks with an outrageous accent.  Her white hair, which she insists is natural, 

is actually a side effect from dubious alchemical concoctions she takes regularly- modern-style

hormone replacement therapy for trans people won't exist for another 300 years, so she's had to get

creative.  

 

2. Count Bulikhoff

Appearance: A tall young man with a rounded build and the sort of dress sense that suggests he might,

in fact, be colourblind.  Wears glasses, which he constantly fusses with.

Recently inherited his title after the deaths of his father and older brother ("apoplexy" and a duel,

 respectively), much to his surprise.  He'd expected to spend his life in academia, and being pushed

 back into Aristocratic Society was something of a shock.

 Suddenly, he has a country estate, a small army of servants, and more money than he knows what to do

 with.  He's also faced with the fact that every upper-class family in the region is trying to set him up 

with their daughter, a situation that he's much too shy to handle well.

 

3. Akano "Iron-Legs"

Appearance:  A short, stocky woman with immaculately braided hair.  Her legs are encased in a set

of metal braces.

Court wizard to the Oba of the Golden Lands.  Very sensitive about slights (real or perceived) about

her disability.  She's spent her entire life desperately trying to prove that her worth as a person isn't

related to her body, and it's led her to great achievements.   

Fascinated by machines and weaponry.  She genuinely believes that the way to lead her homeland into

the Future lies in industrialization and technological progress, regardless of what consequences might

follow.  Anyone with an interesting blueprint can easily get her attention- she's got technicians and

 funds to spare for all manner of projects, drawn straight from the royal treasury.


4. Nicolas De La Roche

Appearance: A half-elf with sharp cheekbones and a mop of dark curls.  Long legs, broad shoulders.

A specialist in fire magic, currently serving as a war wizard to Her Serene Majesty's Fourth Hussars.

As befits his position, he's generally surrounded by incredible levels of alcohol-related mayhem

 whenever the regiment isn't in the field.  He's lost more money through gambling than some people

see in their entire lives.

Fond of dueling, and will challenge other magic users on the most frivolous pretexts.  He's killed 

several people this way, and permanently disfigured several more.

He's very much aware of how attractive he is, and how to leverage this to get what he wants.  Women

fall all over themselves to get at him, then swiftly regret it. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

French Vanilla Setting Primer: Seven Nations

I already had fantasy!Mali created and ready to go, so I thought I might as well create some nations

for the counterpart of Eurasia. 


 

 

The map design here was vaguely inspired by old strategy games.

 

ALBAIN 

A chain of islands off the eastern coast of the Continent.  Its indigenous people are the halflings, but 

there's a significant human minority.  The locals are known for their skill in building and piloting boats,

as well as for their incredibly bland cuisine.  Their wealth comes from their mastery of the sea- no other

nation has as many trading ships or as powerful a navy.  It turns out that being only half the size of

your enemy doesn't matter nearly as much when you have access to a battery of cannons and a warship

to use as a mobile weapons platform.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) - First Sketch for 'The Battle of Trafalgar' - N05480 - National Gallery.jpg 

Pictured: mastery of the sea.  J.M.W Turner, 1823.

 

ARKTOSJA 

 The largest nation in the world, although much of that area is empty wilderness.  

Brutally cold winters, apocalyptic mud seasons.  People from other parts of the world see it as a backwater.

The local people are nearly all humans, although some of the nobility take foreign spouses.  

Said humans are divided up into a diverse set of cultures- the people of the western steppes are horse

nomads who migrate seasonally with their flocks of sheep and goats, while those further east are 

settled farmers living in a feudal system, with much more influence from the non-human societies.

(The nomads tend to see them as decadent and out of touch with "real" human traditions.)