This campaign will be set in the Yu ("Jade") Empire, my gameworld's equivalent of China. The empire is currently between dynasties in an era inspired by the Three Kingdoms, which I had just read. This has required some world-building on my part, as I have an idea of what's in the region but until now I never mapped it out in detail. I enjoy the worldbuilding anyway and it's nice to have a chance to flesh things out. On the names, I tend to be bad at naming things so I used Google Translate to come up with something in most cases unless I have prior notes; none of us speak any of the languages anyway so it works fine, though a native Chinese speaker would probably spend too much time giggling to pay attention. So it goes.
The local nations are the Yu Empire, currently broken up into the kingdoms of Wu, Weishan ("false"), and Jiaotang ("chapel"), and the campaign will be taking part in the White River Valley in Weishan. The Korea-esque land is called Koryo, which is relatively peaceful at the moment. Northwest of it, and between Yu and Koryo is Gabrook, the Green Kingdom, "Gabrook" being a name that comes from Yrth and in my games is the original homeland of the Goblins of Banestorm. There is, of course, a Japan-like land called Kazanjima ("volcanic island") so ninjas can have a place to ninj. The barbarian lands of Meng ("mongol") have horse-nomads, including the only Orcs in the region, unique in my gameworld as being horse-riders; Western Orcs see horses as meals on hooves.
This is an all-fighters game by the request of the players. It's 250 points, and cinematic in tone. The PCs who've been completed so far are:
- Augustus Scitiori - A former centurion from the Ladine Republic, heavily armored and a dual-weapon master of shortswords;
- Elliot de la Frau - A Saber-master and pirate who's a bit farther from the coast than he would prefer;
- Erland - a Jotun (northern Giant) wrestler who dearly wants to rip someone's arm off and beat them with it (and possibly could at that);
- Markus - A Hobgoblin Paladin of Athar, Western God of Chivalry and a holdover from the last campaign, as he was 236 points and well-equipped;
- Melek - a Nephilim (half-angel) greatswordsman and user of Imbuements. Another PC from the last campaign, he was only 150 points and had only been played as-is in one session so I let his player bump him to 250, as his equipment was still more-or-less starting quality.
- Tonokai - a Kazanjiman horse-archer and pretty darn good at it, I estimate.
This leaves 2 PCs to be created and, which I find amusing, ONE PC so far who's native to the area.