Lethyl

October 31, 2015

Part 5 of 5 in the series Fethael

Lethyl is a prosperous, if slightly rustic, Laranian abbey dedicated to Saint Syrele. It is bordered by the dark Kirsta Forest on the northern border of Fethael Hundred. It is two and a half leagues from the town of Getha and the Silver Way. The little abbey has survived a number of assaults during Kaldor’s turbulent hostory, although the village has had to be rebuilt a number of times.

Maps by George Kelln.

by Joe Adams


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Stybrin

October 31, 2015

Stybrin Manor is located on prime river bottomland on the western edge of Kaldor, near Olokand Castle. The newly completed manor house is built on a small rock outcropping and has been under construction for the last 40 years. A medium sized village is clustered around the base of the outcrop, inside a simple wooden palisade.

This is part of the Nelafayn Hundred Project (qv). Maps by Patrick Nilsson and illustrated by Richard Luschek.

by Kerry Mould


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Medarsin

October 31, 2015

Medarsin, a modest manor held by members of Clan Lasvarn, lies next to the Kald River southeast of Olokand. Medarsin Manor is located in a safe and fertile part of Meselynshire away from the frontier. Little merchant traffic passes through the fief, except when a riverboat chooses to stop at the village.

Medarsin is part of the Nelafayn Hundred Project (qv). Maps by Neil Thompson and illustrations by Richard Luschek & Matthias Janssen (heraldry).

by Dan Bell


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Iversen

October 31, 2015

Iversen is located between Abriel Abbey and the royal castle at Olokand in Meselyne shire in Kaldor.  Located centrally in the shire, this prime manor held by the Laranian church is blessed with quality land, safety from the dangers of the frontier, and reasonable trade and activity along the route between Abriel and Olokand.

This article is part of the Nelafayn Hundred Project (qv). Maps by Patrick Nilsson and illustrations by kind permission of Eric Hotz.

by J. Patrick McDonald


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Bestiary: Bitter Fallen

October 18, 2015

Part 21 of 21 in the series Dark Rethem

Most of the mortal population of Yashain are embodied souls of departed Kethirans with no memory of their former life. Most are judged worthy of entry into their afterlife but only the most pious are granted life eternal on Yashain. What, though, if these immortal servants of the gods are forgotten on Kethira? What if the emotion and devotion they attract from the mortals of Kethira dries up?  What if the power they harvest from this devotion ceases to flow to their god?  They Fall from Grace and some resent it; these are the Bitter Fallen and they want revenge for their loss.

by Alun Rees


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Mejetus

October 18, 2015

Part 20 of 21 in the series Dark Rethem

The ruins of Caer Mejetus are a monument to the hubris of one man, Emperor Mejenes of the Corani. He met his end here, not in battle, but from an infected wound. As the life seeped out of him he raged against his doctors, his priests, and the fates, for denying him his place in history. His failure left the fort to the Equani who used it to stage raids against the gargun of Yzug and the Urdu. Today it is occupied by the tribe’s war-cult, the Shevrach, and has a dark ritual purpose. They name it Brýnid Márw, the ‘Hill of Undying’, while the Urdu call it ‘The Haunt of Night’.

by Alun Rees


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Emesa

October 18, 2015

Part 19 of 21 in the series Dark Rethem

Emesa gives its name to the northernmost hundred of Hohnamshire in the Kingdom of Rethem. Temporal power now resides with the Warriors of Mameka but the small town has a rich history.  Its annual Beast Fair sees whale oil from Alesen, and the fruits of the Peran forests, and trades from the Kuboran Moot, exchanged for the finer products of southern civilisation.  Apart from the Beast Fair the south knows little of Emesa, though it’s boast of being the ‘gateway to Peran’ attracts a slow stream of adventurers and fools who believe the wilderness will make them rich. More often it makes them dead.

by Alun Rees


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Kustan Siolen

October 18, 2015

Part 18 of 21 in the series Dark Rethem

The Shawls of Kustan sit in an open valley through which the Scarlet Ribbon weaves to Kustan and are one of the least well known, but most impressive, wonders of Harn. Dozens of carefully, but mysteriously, arranged standing stones litter the landscape. Some are confined within ditch or bank enclosures; others form circles or rows or stand, lonely and alone, among the trees. Still others top, or circle, some of the many grass and scrub covered mounds raised across the valley.  The valley is sacred to all Kubora and outsiders wander here at their peril.

by Alun Rees


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Scarlet Ribbon

October 18, 2015

Part 17 of 21 in the series Dark Rethem

The Scarlet Ribbon was the principal artery linking the settlements of the western Corani Empire with its Peran frontier. It declined with the Empire and through the anarchy that followed. However, when Arlun the Barbarian brought order to the west, and founded the Kingdom of Rethem, it provided coherence to his dynastic ambitions. Now brave individualists and ambitious traders are the only ones to use it.

by Alun Rees


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Mejetus: Ancient Shades

October 18, 2015

Part 16 of 21 in the series Dark Rethem

This is the fourth adventure of the Dark Rethem campaign and sees the main campaign arc brought to a conclusion.  In it the player characters are summoned to pay the debt incurred at the end of Golotha: Deeper Dark and embark on a mission that takes them into Peran and across Rethem in pursuit of the missing Coln of Kutz.  On the way they will find clues to his plans and to his nature and come to realise just how much is at stake.

by Alun Rees


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