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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Narfindor, my Tunnels & Trolls Campaign World!

Narfindor has been my house world for various stories mostly residing in my head for 20 years now. Sadly, most of what little I had written and drawn has been lost to time. However I have my vague memories.

For T&T 7.5, I am bringing it back! And this series will chronicle its rebirth. Plus give me a good backup spot so I don't lose all my work again. For the third time. I like my hard copy stuff! But when you lose it all not having a digital backup kinda bites.

This is all my stuff and belongs to me, though folks are free to use it provided credit is given and blah blah. Make your own world slackers! ITS FUN AND GETS YOUR BRAIN WORKING.

Already I have tweaked things to fit the adventures I plan to run, and to make things a tad less stereotypical than they once were. Though probably not as much as it should be. It will always be a work in progress though, so anything can be changed.

See the map in the previous post? That is the southwestern most continent of my world. As seen, it connects to a northwestern one, and there is a central continent and a massive eastern continent plus various islands and such.

UPDATED: Comments from noted adventurer Aron Stewart, the last known Forger, and teenaged loudmouthed spokesman for the Armageddon Hunters, the adventurers from other worlds and times who defeated Vedaan, the son of Tiamat. His comments will be in italics.

Narfindor was created 10,000 years ago by someone or something as a connected counterpoint to Earth, and populated with many sentient races, most very human like. While it is connected to Earth by magical means, getting from either planet is rare if not beyond anyone's actual control, and there is a time desynch that sometime in the future will end.

I'm guessing this place was made for some reason or the other. Maybe it's a proving ground of some kind? Too many things are similar to Earth to be mere coincidence. I don't even know how I got here. One minute I was in school in a shootout with some terrorist scuzzbags, the next here. My pals from Earth came over in similar ways, though from different times. And we were somehow able to speak and read the local language. All that was missing was a little bald guy saying cryptic (expletive deleted)!

The most notable races on Narfindor are: (With simplified ideas on their basic culture.)

Humans: Mostly known for being more problematic than the other races, their high breeding and shorter lifespan has lead to serious amounts of ambition and in some cases xenophobic racism. They do control 2 of the 4 major civilizations on the planet in spite of their shortcomings. Their cultures are similar to Imperial Rome, Feudal Japan, and the Wild West era of that area of the United States. About 10 million Humans are on planet.

There are lots of people like you and me on Narfindor. Plain old boring humans doing the same dumb things they do on Earth. Cept with more swords and no place to charge my iPod. Which kinda sucks.

The Nain: Known as Dwarves to everyone else, the Nain once had the most powerful empire on the planet, and had technology capable of reaching the stars. They tend to be practical, pragmatic, and hardworking. They are still the most advanced race, but due to the Teknikan Wars, it has been voluntarily regressed to a rough 16th century Earth level. Their culture is most similar to Ireland or Scotland of around the same time period. Around 1 million Nain live.

These dudes are cool, if a bit cranky. They have lots of good booze, the best technology on the planet (if early Victorian era Steampunk Gaslight can be called technology anyhow!), and they enjoy a good hunk of meat grilled over an open flame. I taught em how to make Cheeseburgers! You think a world of swords and sorcery is fun? There are no Burger Kings! But they take stuff entirely too seriously some times. Must be the beards. And for the record, Dwarf chicks don't have em.

The Elves: The Elves are a race in decline. While their discovery of magic won the Teknikan Wars and removed Nain superiority over the planet, it also lead to Humanity taking the magic in darker directions, and many of them choosing to ensure the Elves did not repeat the Nain's empire with magic. Currently most Wood Elves are dead, with their darker skinned Jungle and Cave Elf cousins being the dominant of the two peoples. They accepted the Wood Elf refugees to their homes in jungles and caves and they are slowly becoming one race. Their culture is a mixture of African and Germanic pre Renaissance. It is currently thought that there is around 330,000 Elves in total, most living underground.

Elves sorta look like you and me, cept with Spock ears. And there is something... off about em. Unearthly kinda. If you aren't looking for it you really can't tell them from Humans, but the way they talk and move and their whole look is.. different. The Wood Elves are pretty snooty, but the Jungle Elves are awesome and cool. Plus they like the heat and don't wear much. And give me (expletive deleted). I kinda have to hide it. One of our gang a Jungle Elf. She was one of the Elves that preferred caves to the Jungle itself. Rekishad is cool and hot and funny. No wonder my homie Horace and her hooked up. He is the target of most of her jokes. Ledettia is with us too, but she is a miserable Wood Elf and all snooty and stuck up. Which ruins the whole fun of having a hottie with red hair and a great pair of (expletive deleted)!

The Drago: These flying lizardmen are related loosely to Dragons, though are generally green scaled as opposed to white or black. They tend to prefer to be left alone and rarely intervene in anything that doesn't directly affect them. They are an enigma on a world full of curiosities. No actual census has even been thought of, but it is guessed the Drago number less than 80,000.

Ya know how the good dragons are white and breathe ice, and the black dragons are bad and breathe fire? Well the Drago are grey and breathe "I could give a (expletive deleted)". They are tools who don't care about anything that doesn't directly affect them. They just don't care. I'm surprised they even helped us fight Vedaan. They suck.

The Cattroni: Their actual name being a mixture of growls and hisses, these Cat people are known for being excellent warriors and trackers, hunting the plains. Their culture is a mixture of Native American peoples and Sparta. Around 1 million Cattroni are living today.

I didn't get to hang out with these guys too much. They run aroung Gohadir doing rangery things and getting "Thundercats Hooo!" up in this (expletive deleted). They really helped kick Vedaan's (expletive deleted) and seriously (expletive deleted) his (expletive deleted) up! They aren't some Furry's wet dream though. These cats have big claws, big fangs, and move like a bat out of hell. Yet they are virtually silent when they wanna be! They are mostly in three big clans. One looks most like Lynxes, one Black Panthers, and one Cheetahs. Every once in a while they apparently have a big albino one that is like a white Siberian Tiger and those dudes are like special and (expletive deleted). The first Furry to hit on one would probably end up with their guts turned into a noose they would get hung with. And that's if the Cattroni was in a GOOD mood!

The Mer: These aquatic people are similar in avoiding trouble like the Drago, but tend to covertly help those in need against the darker powers of the world. Some people claim they have combined Teknikan and Magic together to make a number of powerful weapons... Nobody knows how many Mer live, but it is guessed that it is around 500,000.

Another group I didn't talk to too much. They kinda look like Humans, but have wierd colored skin that's sorta like a Shark's with that smooth one way coarse the other. And big old anime kinda eyes that glow at night. And gills on their necks and shoulders. Its wild to look at, especially since they don't wear too much either. Which would be cool except I don't really want to see fish guy junk in tight sea undies while trying to fight the forces of evil. They all have really cool wristbands they wear on the surface that they can shoot elemental waters blasts with though. And they helped fight Vedaan so I guess I can deal with dude thong butt once in a while.

The Orcish people: These powerful nomads and wanderers prefer the deserts, but will go anywhere there is battles to be fought and money to be made. They can be fearsome in combat, but tend to be more interested in money and battle than any genuine cause. The Orcish peoples are similar to humans in the wide variety of honorable and dishonorable members. They are comprised of a number of similar races, Goblins being the smallest and meanest, and Ogres being the largest and generally most gentle, with the "true" Orcs being the central people. Their culture is a mix of Turkish and Romanian circa the time of Vlad the Impaler. A rough estimate of their total population numbers 7 million souls.

I worked as much with as against these guys. Tough as Hell in a fight. The little ones are meaner but small, the big ones are nicer but HUGE. The middle ones are just TOUGH HOMBRES. But if you have enough money or don't piss them off they won't bug you. But if you are against their employers or tick em off look out!

The Minotaur: The last major race are the Minotaurs. They are known for being explorers and pirates, having a love for exploring, especially seaborn explorations. They are the mappers of the islands, the solvers of the mazes. They tend to be a bit brutal in their dealings with other races, but similar to Orcs they are more interested in money and their own desires than anyone else's ideas of morality. Their culture is most similar to Spain and Portugal in the age of Christopher Columbus with a touch of the English Privateer. About 250,000 Minotaurs are predicted to live and sail the seas.

Minotaurs are wierd. I can never tell what they are thinking since these big ol cows rarely have any expression other than blank. My Bard teacher Alis had a "friend" who worked with her (Let's just say I am pretty sure she could play the (expletive deleted) flute if you know what I mean!) who was one and you did NOT mess with him. I saw him throw a dude 30 feet, chuck a handful of throwing darts at him and then finish him off with a harpoon designed to be fired from a sailing ship while at sea on a dinghy during a hurricane! And he was probably getting freaky walking moocow on Human action! I can only imagine what one who has been at sea for six months and hasn't gotten any in a while would do!

The lesser races: These lesser races are smaller in number than the above, or are less well known. Its rumored many races appear then are destroyed in a matter of decades. There are guessed to be around 400 of these races, most with populations numbering from 10,000-40,000 meaning most are in serious decline and genetic defects in the long run.

I don't know too much about these. Do Demons and Devils count? Howabout the White and Black Dragons? Are some of the monsters we fought actually considered lesser races? I know I have had to pop a cap in some (expletive deleted) in the cause of like saving reality and all, but it would kinda suck if I killed a lot of sentient beings. Or is it supposed to be sapient? I dunno. Killing people really bites.

Coming up: The planet and major civilizations.

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