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Brainstorm: Lost Cities, Strange Treasures

I'm in the mood to brainstorm something. Tell me of the cities of the Southlands, Nuria-Natal, Nurambeki, Shebai, and Ishadia. Tell me of the ruins in the deserts and mountain highlands, the lost sites in the deep interior.

Let's brainstorm in an African, Arabian, Persian, or draconic style. What sort of lost city most appeals? What sort of ruins would you send your PCs to in Midgard? What treasures are hidden there?

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bsuskind
Oct. 17th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see a Prester John situation - the something familiar placed into the exotic location has great potential.

Perhaps army from the Seven Cities ended up deep in the Southlands via some portal (Lost Tower?) and established their own small kingdom. Did they teach their "Central Midgard" ways to the locals?

Or what did the denizens of the Southland do during the Mage Wars? Did they sit helplessly while the wizards to the North summoned world-breaking creatures?

Perhaps they attempted to summon an opposing force - a Walker attuned to nature. Of course, you know *that* had to end poorly for them.
open_design
Oct. 17th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Hm. Not sure how many ties to the Central Midgard stuff we need here. Some, but not a ton.

Anyone got ruined city ideas that are tighter than a theme? I am thinking a city like the floating cities of the Uros, but with more grippli, lizardfolk influences, a dark hippo idol that devours children or eggs, many rafts, things sinking into a lake.... And then an undead mirror of the floating city, under the waters.
terraleon
Oct. 18th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
How about an ancient cut-stone city, very blockish, very square-griddish, along the southern edge of the desert, but it's been overcome with dunes and mud-building roachlings, who have overbuilt the whole thing with mud-spires and who explore, scavenge the worked goods of the city?

Or a series of these colonies, overcoming the old, stone-work cities.

-Ben.

Edited at 2013-10-18 01:03 am (UTC)
shadowborn
Oct. 18th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
A lost race or civilization who still lives in the ancient runes of a city that can only be viewed/accessed through the reflection of the lake over which it floats?