Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Pepper Archipelago

 This region is another bit of modular worldbuilding- it's intended as a Foreign Locale for my 

yet-to-be-named french vanilla setting, but it could easily fit in elsewhere.


Art: Johannes Voss

Climate: Tropical, with yearly monsoons.  The region has a great many volcanoes, creating very

fertile soil.  Mangrove swamps and rainforests make up much of the area's wilderness.

Local people: Mostly genasi, with some humans mixed in.  Thanks to centuries of sea trade, the locals

vary widely in appearance, and foreigners are unlikely to attract comment.

The Pepper Archipelago is governed by a loose alliance of city-states, chiefdoms, and company towns

known collectively as the Saffron Banner.  As the names suggest, their wealth comes from the trade in

spices- people from regions where they aren't as easily cultivated will pay through the nose for the

privilege of having their food actually taste like something.

Art: Zhang Zeduan

The sea is the lifeblood of the Archipelago.  Since before recorded history, the local people have been

experts at harnessing the wind to travel across the water.  Saffron Banner trading vessels can be seen

in every port of the known world, and many islanders live on houseboats.  Fish, crustaceans, and

kelp are central to Archipelago cuisine.


  1. I've been on a bit of a hiatus on account of my final exams, but I'm back in action now.

  2. Good to have you back, I like the aesthetic of this place.