Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Next Campaign Idea: Isles of the Saharan Sea...

Good Afternoon, All:

Now that my current campaign has entered into its "end game" phase, some of the players have already begun voicing their thoughts on what they'd like to see in the next campaign. One has very specific ideas regarding exploring the World Within as pirates on the oceans of that hollow world, particularly in light of the power vacuum they intend to create should they complete their final mission and transform the world. Another wants to play a four-armed character, reminiscent of the Green Martians of the John Carter movie and novels. The others seem agreeable to both concepts.

I've asked for additional feedback and thoughts, but even these two requests have started to fuel my imagination. I picture a pulpy island campaign setting, similar in geography to my old Nine Kingdoms of Arn setting, except with more jungles, megafauna and maritime adventuring opportunities. I can picture mass battles between armadas on the open sea or maneuvering around islands. Gorilla-men, former servitors of the serpentfolk, are trying to maintain the position they've established under their vanished leaders, while other races are starting to rise up in the chaos to take their place among the victors. The four-armed Tarthani would make excellent maritime marines, while the nimble Vanarans make for excellent topmen onboard ship. The aquatic Ooloi would make an appearance as the default underwater race, and potentially Kelshani slavers would be a frequent occurrence. Dinosaurs and prehistoric mega-sized mammals would be common non-supernatural encounters in the jungles of the Isles of the Saharan Sea. The setting would be a huge sandbox of islands and maritime phenomena, and there'd be a lot of abandoned serpentfolk sites to raid. The fact that the sun never sets in the World Within would make for an interesting element, and I'm sure that there are plenty of new and flavorful tropical encounters I could introduce after adventure for many years in a primarily temperate region.

Needless to say, I'm excited about the idea, so long as the interest holds up with the group. Right now, though, we're going to focus on the "end game", which could take several more months. But in the back of my head, the Isles of the Saharan Sea concept has now taken root...

More Later,

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