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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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Jim Groves
Oct. 17th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
Southlands.

Okay. I got excited. Didn't think that through.

::kicks Ben for making me look dumb from under the table:: ;-)
open_design
Oct. 17th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
Hey, I think there's room to do *something* with the sea titans. Maybe an island chain, where each island has its own titan overlord or cyclops or mysterioso warlord.

Maybe a sea titan who rules from shore, banned from the ocean by strange tides?

I just don't want a whole lot of nautical and aquatic ideas for Southlands, because it's mostly desert and jungle and mountains, in my mind.

Feel free to talk me out of that. :)
Jim Groves
Oct. 17th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'll rise to the challenge.

When I introduced the sea titans to Midgard, they were my nod to Gene Wolfe. I never knew Monte Cooke was also a Gene Wolfe fan.

They have little direct connection to Nethys, but they concede that his domain mostly aligns with their own. Their issue is gravity, which works against them. If they drown the world, that problem is fixed—and it gets rid of competing interests, like the Dragons, as Ben mentioned.

What if we had a renegade titan.. who contacts the surface of the southlands from an underground sea (ala the Darklands).

He doesn't see the campaign for rising the oceans going anywhere any time soon. He creates minions but sets them to a different conspiracy. How to reacquire the means to achieve great size while not being smeared by gravity.

They're trying to create kaiju.. and if they succeed, he'll be able to walk the lands once more, as a living god!

So you have strange new creatures abroad on the land. Conspiracy and secret powers. A little Underworld connection.. and a sinister plot that eventually includes giant monsters.

Which we can do with the new kaiju template appearing in B4 which is shipping when? Today and Tomorrow?
bsuskind
Oct. 17th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
My thought would be to have the Southlands be the ancestral homeland of the Sea Titans. They left (or were forced to leave) and ended up enslaved or tied to Nethus. The people of the Southlands are the former worshipers, servants, slaves, gladiators and followers of the Titans. They wait for their gods to return.