Reuel Campaign #2
Nib’s grandfather often told him of the war of the gods. It was a legend of their people, passed down from the elders. What Nib did not know, was that around the world different people were telling a similar story. The gods they worshipped differed, but each legend described a war that shook the foundation of their beliefs and dealt a mortal blow to the gods.
The heavens shattered and fell like shards unto the earth. Continents changed. Where there was once a temperate plain, now stood a jagged landscaped of ice and fog. Mountains tumbled, civilization was extinguished. Mankind was stubborn and fought bitterly to survive. They began to rebuild but faced many new challenges. In addition to a changed landscape, humanity was threatened by a hordes of creatures that had only lived in folktales and lore. Some came from deep within the earth, others from the shattered realms of the gods, and still others were the remnants and minions of the Great Old Ones.
A thousand years or more passed but time had no meaning other than the daily struggle to survive. Oracles, soothsayers, and wise women and men puzzled over what lay ahead. Were the gods dead? Can the gods every die? These questions and many more remained a mystery. But a spark of insight started like breath on an ember. The thought began to glow in the mind of the most enlightened seekers. There was a consciousness that existed far beyond their understanding. It was not some god from the abyss winging its way to them on immense bat wings. It was a supreme power of good and law, unparalled by any other force. The source of this power was whispered in the ear of the oracles. People began speaking of and worshipping this source of power. The name Eos came into use in many lands and as the people began to connect with this entity, they gained power against the forces of chaos.
The Reuel campaign setting is set in an alternate version of our own world. I did this for several reasons. I’ve spent countless hours designing campaign worlds. I was never really happy with the results. One trick I found that made an interesting map was to use Google Maps. I would find a land mass and screenshot it. I’d put this into MS Paint and add bits from other locations, rotating bits and cutting and pasting. This way I’d get an interesting outline for a new landmass.
This time around, I decided to try something different. Why not just use the world we live in? But to make things more interesting, I found projections of coastlines given the possibility that all the ice were to melt. This would mean a sea rise of approximately 230 ft (70 meters). I pray that this will never be a reality, but seeing how the coastlines changed gave me some ideas. I imagined that during this multi-realm war between the old gods and Great Old Ones, that the realms were destroyed and what remained, somehow merged with the earth. This gives me a reason to draw coastlines as they actually exist for us but also add bits of other realms here and there.
In the world of Reuel, the Great Old Ones have come to challenge the old gods. The war they waged was fought in every realm and involved every pantheon worshipped by man. I haven’t nailed down an approximate date, but want this to include the Greek mythology and Norse mythology. I want to set the time of the war of the gods to occur before the beginning of Christianity. The motive for me is to create an alternate take on a monotheistic religion that I could develop for this fantasy setting. The idea of having old gods based in our history (Zeus, Odin, and the like) would be an interesting link to our actual past, but the inclusion of a supreme being (Eos) was appealing. I envision that Eos would be a supreme being that no one could dispute. Its power is evident. The old gods time had come and gone. There are still old gods, but their power is diminished after the war. This would offer roleplaying options where players are followers of old gods, but Eos will be by far the major deity in Reuel.
Thats all I have for now. Send me some suggestions!