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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:49 pm    Post subject: Cairn of the Skeleton King Reply with quote

Is it just me, or does the background for RJKís Cairn of the Skeleton King just scream Nyrond?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That definitely works, especially given the Sargent-era animus-ing of nobles throughout the Great Kingdom.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read through it thinking, ďHmm... a morally greyish kingdom that lies to the PCs about the nature of the threat... a tomb in nearby hills... the Royal Family Archibald...Ē I wondered if maybe Rob had someplace in mind when he wrote it. Methinks this will see some use in the near future, since my PCs are split between Rel Mord and Womtham at the moment and in the 5Ė7 level range.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Nyrond is best, but I'm torn between there and western Urnst. On one hand there's the Archibold nod, on the other, I think a Rob Kuntz module with "Cairn" in the title belongs in the Cairn Hills.

The Duchy of Urnst is also my favorite "morally greyish" realm. The Duke is good, but impulsive, chaotic, and distracted. The previous Duke was mostly evil. The government is Leukish is corrupt. Bandits, bargefolk, reclusive dwarves, dervishes, Rary's spies, and even cavemen hide in the hills. Ancient Suel estates and decadence contrast with old mining towns and crumbling infrastructure in the west (almost a "spaghetti western" vibe). The rich cling to power with harsh religious taxes and restrictions on magic users. IMC, I6 Ravenloft is an old Suel estate in Urnst.

Nyrond is "grey-ish" post-Gyagx, but even in a 591CY campaign, it was a beacon of good, strength, and paladins just ten years ago.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vestcoat wrote:
Nyrond is "grey-ish" post-Gyagx, but even in a 591CY campaign, it was a beacon of good, strength, and paladins just ten years ago.
I donít want to stray too far off topic, but Nyrond is listed as Lawful Neutral on the alignment map in the 1983 Guide. Gary suggested Nyrond was responsible for Thrommelís abduction. I donít see it as a beacon of good at all, just a beacon of order thatís preferable to the decadent Kingdom of Aerdy to the east.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. I never knew the Thrommel connection and I like it. Didn't Gygax also say the SB was behind Thrommel? Is this another one of the answers he flip-flopped on over the years?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vestcoat wrote:
Cool. I never knew the Thrommel connection and I like it. Didn't Gygax also say the SB was behind Thrommel? Is this another one of the answers he flip-flopped on over the years?

See Paul Stormbergís interview with Gary in Oerth Journal #12:
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Q: Who were Prince Thrommelís kidnappers?
A: The Scarlet Brotherhood enacted the deed but they were in the employ of Nyrond.
Iíve taken that idea and run with it, on the premise that a unified Furyondy/Veluna would be bad for business in Nyrond.
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