Upcoming HarnQuest release: City of Shiran
October 25, 2013
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October 24, 2013
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City of Shiran
Shiran is Hârn’s smallest city. Located on the north bank of the Thard River near Lake Benath, it is the second-largest settlement in the Thardic Republic and capital of Shiran Province. Shiran is one of the Republic’s economic and cultural centers. The city has a reputation for corruption and hedonism and is known throughout Hârn as the “City of Sins.”
Shiran offers game masters many opportunities as the site of urban intrigue and adventure.
The Shiran article contains an overview of the city’s history, economics, religion, government, and military forces. In addition to a full-page color player map, color GM maps are provided for each district of the city and more than 125 locations are described. Color floor plans and detailed descriptions are included for the Pamesani Arena, site of gladiatorial games and depraved spectacles; the Crimson Palace, Hârn’s most famous house of courtesans; and the Temple of Halea, the Empress of Opulence and Queen of Pleasures.
Some material in this article was originally published in Cities of Hârn (1983) and Son of Cities (1987). The article has been greatly expanded and organized to allow for future expansion of new plans and sites within the city.
The Order of Hyvrik is the main arm of the Laranian Church in western Hârn and stands as a spiritual bulwark against the churches of Agrik and Morgath that seek to dominate the region. Most of the order’s clerics and houses are in the Kingdom of Kanday. Although the order maintains temples in the Thardic Republic and has a small, covert presence in the Kingdom of Rethem, many view it nonetheless as an instrument of Kandian royal policy. The grand temple in Aleath is the headquarters of the order and the residence of its Turintesa (grandmaster), Toril Elcher.
The Laranian Order of the Checkered Shield is sponsored by the clerical Order of Hyvrik and was founded in 622 by King Andasin I of Kanday to guard the northern border of his realm. The order is based at Menekod castle, which it took from the Agrikan Order of the Copper Hook during Ezar’s War. Chivalry, honor, and duty are characteristics of the Order of the Checkered Shield, a fighting order dedicated to the goddess Larani, the Shieldmaiden of the Worthy Cause. The knights and men-at-arms of the Checkered Shield are renowned for their individual and collective military prowess and for upholding the ideals of Laranianism.
Dyrisa Laranian Temple
Chyrefal is the principal settlement of the island of Ikom and shire moot of Melderyn’s Ikoshire. The majestic castle town is home to Hârn’s premier Odivshe chantry, an ancient megalith circle, and a gigantic haunted burial tumulus. The sheltered harbor is home to a large fishing fleet and the annual spring seafarers’ fair attracts boats from all over eastern Hârn. Chyrefal is held for the king by Sheriff Balsen Torele. Communication with Cherafir can be difficult and the crown leaves Ikoshire very much on its own. The sheriff holds moots irregularly.
The Chryefal Castle article describes the settlement’s history, government, religion, and economics, and provides details for some of its craftsmen and other locations. Included are GM and player local maps as well as interior plans of the castle and the nearby chantry.
This is a Hârn Classics release. Portions of this article were originally published in 1992 as part of Hârnlore 11. The article has been upgraded new color artwork, redrawn maps, and expanded descriptions of the town locations. In addition, this article includes floor plans and descriptions of the castle citadel that were never before available.
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Spirit Folk (Faeries)
October 23, 2013
Spirit Folk, also known as faeries, are usually described as having shy, gentle natures and often possessing various, usually minor, powers. Many are helpful and sometimes warn travelers of danger or otherwise aid them. However, they can also be mischievous, even dangerous, if provoked.
This 12-page bestiary article explores the faerie folk of Hârn and includes information on their nature, society, powers, and weaknesses. HM3 stats are provided in sidebar form for each type, along with full color illustrations by Richard Luschek and editing and layout by Brent Bailey.
by Rob Barnes, Joe Adams, Shawn Bond, David Mareske, and Taren Scott
Tomes and Scrolls: pp27-38
October 6, 2013
This 12-page article introduces a dozen new tomes for your Hârnic libraries. It concentrates more on mundane writings, leaving out theological works which are well covered by the previous release (COL #4055). The individual entries are done in the official style of the original and give all the pertinent information. The works covered are:
- Journal of Pymel the Meticulous (Arcane Lore/Earthmastery)
- The Book of the Sable Eye (Astrology)
- The Geography of the Heavens (Astrology)
- Fundamentals of Arithmetic (Mathematics)
- Vision of Transformation (Alchemy)
- The Acorn Armorial (Heraldry)
- Sire Huorn’s Quest (Chivalric romance)
- The Bonds of Love (Minstrelsy songbook)
- Musings of an Old Man (Statecraft)
- Codex Corani (Law)
- On Crime and Punishment (Law)
- On Town Law and Privilege (Law)
Some of these titles first appeared on the Hârnic book list available on the old Columbia Games website. These have been updated and fully fleshed out. My personal thanks go to Brent Bailey for his editing and layout.
By Bernhard Bihler