Thursday, June 8, 2017

20 Questions: Yavana

You know... these things

  1. What’s the deal with my cleric’s religion? It depends on where you roll for your background place.  Ilionians worship the Greek gods, Khemians the egyptian ones, and Nordrons the Saxon gods.  Some clerics may be in mystery religions that worship monsters, but these rarely actually impart spells.
  2. Where can we go buy standard equipment? Kistomerces the Merchant (Rogue 4) has a franchise of three shops in town where you can buy common equipment and slaves.  For weapons and armor you can only get ones of Ilionian make.
  3. Where can we go get platemail for this monster I just befriended? Monomachus is said to be part cyclops and thus gifted in the skills of metalworking.  His shop deals in only the finest quality goods.  Also, befriending a monster or race of monsters is the only way to get non-human characters as an option.
  4. Who is the mightiest wizard in the land? The greatest wizard is likely the Lord Babashek (Wizard 10), but who knows what weirdos squat in the jungle?
  5. Who is the greatest warrior in the land? The greatest fighting man in the land is reported to be Asterion’s marshal, Eirik Blom (Barbarian 12).  He is a Nordron mercenary.
  6. Who is the richest person in the land? It is reputed to be the Lord Babashek, High Vizier to Lord Ajaxos himself.  He has a smooth-walled, apparently entrance-less tower in town where he is believed to store his wealth.
  7. Where can we go to get some magical healing? The Temple of Apollo in the Palace District has the most skilled healers in Yavana.
  8. Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, undeath? See above, though some of those are beyond the skills of even his priests.
  9. Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells? There are no guilds of magic users, but it is possible one could apprentice oneself to someone in town.
  10. Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC? Sages and other experts are likely to be found in Asterion, but if they aren’t available then one must search many leagues to find a more suitable city.  Olizon, though smaller, has sages that know things many in Asterion would not.
  11. Where can I hire mercenaries? Asterion, Oetylus, or Olizon.  Their culture will determine their kit.
  12. Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law? It is forbidden to take certain weapons into the temples of Asterion, and the ruler of Olizon denies all wizards entrance into the city unless they become his slaves.
  13. Which way to the nearest tavern? The Salty Squid is the most popular tavern among adventurers in  Asterion.  It can be found in the foreign quarter.  Some prefer The Red Dog which can be found in the Military quarter.
  14. What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous?  There is reputed to be a kraken near one of the islands in the Winedark Sea.
  15.  Are there any wars brewing I could go fight? Some say Yavana itself is about to be ripped apart in civil war due to the animosity between the factions of Babashek and Eirik, but that has yet to pan out.  There is certainly always fighting to be had along the desert frontiers or against the Aramite successor states in the south.
  16. How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes? There are no arenas as such, but whenever officers in Ilionian armies die there are often funeral games that function similarly.
  17. Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight? If you knew that, they wouldn’t be secret, would they?  However, there are rumors of a number of mystery religions in Yavana and particularly in Oetylus.
  18. What is there to eat around here? Most people in Yavana’s cities subsist on fruit and fish, but some in the villages inland are able to raise herd animals on the forest-steppe for cheese and meat.  Some of the more outre establishments in Asterion serve “raptor eggs” and other delights only found in Yavana.
  19. Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for? Too many to list.  See adventure hooks.
  20. Where is the nearest dragon or other monster with Type H treasure?  There’s that Kraken I mentioned... The only place that has “dragons” is the lands of the Nordrons or the Picts, but these are much different than those of other worlds.

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