Small but Mighty!

Welcome back to the blog. I have been busy for a while, as I am a schoolteacher and have just gotten back in business, conventions and teacher stuff and the like, rewiring my brain for work after my vast, well-paid vacation, ha ha.  So far in exploring the Patchwork Planet of Porphyra we have visited The Middle Kingdoms, Nor-Du-Mag, and the Trade Consortium of Blix.  Moving northwest of Blix, we cross the bizarre sculpted towers of the Ashmounds and enter the land called the Bulwark of the Halfling Nations.  This is a country with a harrowing and richly varied history, and is rendered in the present day into several distinct areas; the Plains of Ash/Plains of

So far in exploring the Patchwork Planet of Porphyra we have visited The Middle Kingdoms, Nor-Du-Mag, and the Trade Consortium of Blix.  Moving northwest of Blix, we cross the bizarre sculpted towers of the Ashmounds and enter the land called the Bulwark of the Halfling Nations.  This is a country with a harrowing and richly varied history, and is rendered in the present day into several distinct areas; the Plains of Ash/Plains of Enor which are the more-or-less “safe” areas of the land, the former farms and gardens of the previous nation of Enoria; the Forest of Gora, a Landed territory of plant growth gone insane and full of horrible extraplanar creatures call Mâlites (found in the useful Gods of Porphyra); and a second Landed territory named ‘Faldon Town’, a district of conglomerated ruins from many lands, a weird region of wreckage and leftover flotsam from a thousand deceased dimensions.  Several cities containing the ‘Small’ races of Porphyra dot the landscape, mostly to make the uber-powerful members of an adventuring party feel out-of-place and make them do a bit of roleplaying.  Plenty of opportunities for adventure here, going on mâlite hunting expeditions in the Forest of Gora, which also contains many deliciously-named Mage Towers which are scattered throughout the Forest, an obvious draw for treasure hunters to chance a run through the dangerous land, and typically avoided by the hostile and malicious Mâlites.  I have been writing some sketches for adventures in Faldon Town as well, and I have imagined it as a land of leftover cities of many eras- imagine a fantasy land where ruined skyscrapers from a destroyed New York City are the homes and lairs of packs of warring goblins and kobolds, each with their own muse (a Porphyra fantasy race) prophet to lead them in mad campaigns against one another for the limited food resources one finds in a ruined urban landscape!  The Bulwark of the Halfling Nations is a serious place, but the fact that the inhabitants are all small folk makes for an unusual setting.  Let’s look at a spell for the little people…

 

Big’un Bowl

School transmutation

Level inquisitor 4, magus 4, wizard 4

Casting Time 1 standard action

Components V, S, M (a pair of leather shoes and 10 gp in coins)

Range personal

Target you

Duration 1 round/level

Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no

This spell can only be cast by a spellcaster who is of Small size. The caster’s body condenses in to a 3 ft. round spherical shape, granting him a +2 size bonus to attacks rolls and AC, and DR 5/adamantine; the sphere counts as adamantine for hardness and bypassing damage reduction. In this form the caster gains all-around vision, but cannot hear, speak, wield objects, climb stairs, cast spells, or perform any actions that require limbs or a humanoid body. The caster can move 30 ft. per round on level ground, 50 ft. per round going downhill, and 10 ft. per round going uphill. The only attack they can make is a bowling charge attack, requiring at least 10 feet of movement space; they may act as though they are performing a bull charge, overrun, or trip combat maneuver that adds big’un bowl’s spell level to the caster’s CMD, and negating strength and size penalties. If successful, the attack also deals 4 points of bludgeoning damage per caster level. The attack does not draw attacks of opportunity but movement through threatened squares would.

The Phedexian Cargo Fleet!

Hi, everyone, I start back to work tomorrow, which may or may not mean time to get blogs done, according to the wishes of the publisher!  I will continue my discussion with the Trade Consortium of Blix, looking at the industry of the lesser city of Phedexia, ten leagues south of Bossel.  Phedexia maintains the Phedexian Cargo Fleet, a series of airships that move Blixian cargo all over the world.  Their service is cheaper in that they are not armed with typical naval weapons, powered with magical engines or crewed with large numbers of naval troops, but stripped down for fast and cheap flight, powered by summoned elementals and protected and directed by skilled professionals.  Note that when entering Middle Kingdoms airspace, the elementals are stowed and giant wasps take over a towing capacity.  So- to the Phedexian Cargo Fleet!

Description

This stripped-down version of the armed airship vehicle is held aloft by a massive balloon connected by chain to a ship that hangs below. This ship is similar to a sailing ship, complete with an open top, and is propelled by magically controlled air elementals, with a master summoner in charge of their care. Passengers and cargo are carried in the ship.

Phedexian Cargo Fleet

Colossal Air vehicle
Squares 48 (20 ft. by 60 ft.); Cost 35,000 gp

DEFENSE

AC 2; Hardness 5
hp 620 (310)
Base Save +0

OFFENSE

Maximum Speed 100 ft.; Acceleration 30 ft.
Weapons none; crew defended only
Attack ram 6d8
CMB +8; CMD 18

DRIVE

Propulsion current (air; 90 squares of dirigible, hp 400) and air elemental
Driving Check none (magic)
Forward Facing the ship’s forward
Driving Device air elementals (see below)
Driving Space the nine squares around the controlled elementals caged sits at the back of the ship
Typical Crew 1 7th level master summoner (summoner archetype), 3 3rd level sky warden (see below) rangers, 2 5th level evoker mages, and a 5th level of Linium or Toma Thule, possessing the Artifice domain.  At least a dozen halfling crewman round out the crew, use the seasoned trapper (expert 3) statistics.

LOAD

Decks 2
Cargo Up to 30 tons or 100 passengers

The Phedexian Cargo Fleet goes by the call signs “P.C.F. 5” or “P.C.F. 7”, though long-term crews often name their ships in the local vernacular.  The below-decks master summoner is the de facto captain of each vessel, as he is its most important member. His first mate is one of the sky warden rangers up top, who also serves as navigator.  Another of the rangers serves as executive officer, who directs the halfling crew and is in charge of any ship’s combat; note that one of the three will likely have darkvision.  Senior of the ship’s mages is the purser, in charge of the cargo, and the cleric is in charge of the crew’s well-being, and is knowledgeable in the structure of the ship, having ranks in Knowledge (engineering) and skill in magical mending.  Ship’s cleric is also in charge of any crew that is on board especially that they should not get in the crew’s way during flight.

Elemental Propulsion

The captain of any Phedexian cargo-ship is a 7th level master summoner, using that particular archetype.  He has carefully planned the 56 minutes of his spell-like ability summon monster IV available to him to summon medium air elementals to power his ship to its destination, gliding on currents and momentum in-between, with his spells available for emergency maneuvering.  His company-mandated “spells known” list typically reads: 1/ alarm, feather fall, jury-rig, lesser rejuvenate eidolon, lighten object; 2/ bull’s strength, glide, levitate, summon monster III; 3/ dispel magic, summon monster IV.

Sky Warden

This specialty ranger archetype is identical to the warden archetype, except that it has the ‘Airborne’ terrain type available, which is always selected by the sky warden at 1st level.  Airborne terrain applies when the ranger is flying under his own magical or mechanical power, such as on board an airship, and allows access to all those abilities regardless of the terrain below.

On-Board Mercenaries

Often hired for trips to difficult areas, a prime chance for PCs to get to a new adventuring area, and have some exciting possible combat on the way!  Pay can be commensurate with level, but a typical fee is 2,500 gp per party per trip

Nor-Du-Mag (Part III)

Final Words on Nor-Du-Mag, and the Mysteries of Porphyrite…

Not to brag, blog followers, but I have been hitting the beach every day for the last week or two, so double thumbs to all of you working stiffs suffering this summer LOL.  Just want to continue some of the observations of adventuring in the magic-dead wasteland of Nor-Du-Mag… I suppose it is a bit of a stereotype that a region in a magic-normal world would be a wasteland, but it kind of stands to reason that it would be a ravaged place- or is it?  The Shire of Tolkien bore no magic that I could remember- though the coming of The One Ring changed all that, didn’t it?  And Gandalf came often enough with his magic fireworks… my point is that playing in Nor-Du-Mag should take a harrowing turn, in the spirit of the Mad Max movies, the excellent Rutger Hauer movie The Blood of Heroes, Steel Dawn and Tank Girl.  Throw in poor old Chekov finding the lost home of Khan Noonien Singh on Ceti Alpha ummm… 5? And you will have it.  No comfort.  No safety.  Grim survival.  If you are lucky, finding a local to band together until you can reach the Dwarven Mines, and then… will they let you in?  And, no doubt, the lands on the other side of the western porphyrite border will have resources to deal with those who dare to cross over to the “magic side”… Not to harp on this fascinating region, moving on.

New General/Metamagic Feat

Porphyritic Magic

By means of the magical mineral porphyrite, deeds of magic can be done!

Prerequisites: any Spell Focus feat, able to cast porphyrite passage or Porphyrologist global trait

Benefit: You can modify the effect of spells you cast, by expending a porphyrite flake as an added spell component.  The available effect is listed by school of magic, with an added effect for schools that the caster possesses Spell Focus upon.  Wizards cannot use Porphyritic Magic on spells from their opposition schools, if they have any. “CL” in this case indicates caster level for the spell in question.  0-level spells cannot be modified with Porphyritic Magic.

Drawback: Any spellcaster practicing Porphyritic Magic suffers a +CL bonus to opponents using Spellcraft against them to identify the spells they are casting; practitioners are suffused with a radiant purple glow when they cast their spells, about the same brightness as a candle.

Special: This feat can be taken in place of any metamagic feat, if such is offered as a bonus or class feature.  Though it does not increase the level of the modified spell, any spell modified by Porphyritic Magic must be cast as a full-round action.

 

Abjuration +1 deflection bonus to AC for 1 round/ 4 CL

SF: DR 1/ 4 CL vs. elemental subtype creatures for 1 round.

Conjuration Add 1 round to duration of summoning spells [summon spells do not change casting time]  

SF: add additional 1 round/ 4 CL to elemental-typed spell durations.

Divination You may combine 2 detect spells in one casting, their durations are concurrent.                     

SF: You may combine any divination spells in one casting, their durations are concurrent.

Enchantment Add +1 to mental-related skill checks for 1 round/ caster level after spell is cast.

SF: elemental subtypes are dazed for 1 round if affected by spell.

Evocation Add 1 to Spell Penetration rolls/ 4 CL OR +1 untyped damage (if part of a damaging spell) /4 caster levels.                                                                                                    

SF: add an additional +1/ 2 CL to spell damage vs. elemental subtype creatures.

Illusion Add an addition +1 to the DC of saving throws vs. illusion spells.

SF:  Add an additional +1 to the DC of saving throws vs. illusion spells-  though the illusion must have significantly purple elements.

Necromancy Add +1 to non-magic-related saving throws that affect the body for 1 round/ 4 CL

SF: elemental subtypes suffer -1/ 4 CL to saving throws if affected by spell, 1 round/ 4 CL

Transmutation Add +1 to a physical ability score for 1 round/ character level.

SF: elemental subtypes lose 1 DR/ 4 CL if affected by spell, OR reduce SR by 1/ 2 CL if affected

Alchemy in Nor-Du-Mag

Kemmers in the Cloven Lands!

Getting by in a non-magical, uncivilized land is hard, and life in Nor-Du-Mag, the magic-dead Cloven Lands west of The Middle Kingdoms is doubly so.  Making life a little easier (or harder for others, as the case may be) are the deadlands kemmers, non-magical alchemists that make fire and ice, and have most of the firearms of The Deadlands.  It is unlikely that a kemmer would prosper outside Nor-Du-Mag, but their increased martial prowess serves them fine within their harsh homelands. Enjoy the deadlands kemmer, I got a real Mad Max, the Road Warrior feel from the archetype.

Deadlands Kemmer (Alchemist Archetype)

Deadlands kemmers (a local term for “alchemist”) are prized members of any clan in Nor-du-Mag, the Cloven Lands, as they fill the vacuum left by the absence of magic in the departments of healing, area damage and other conveniences.  Smarter than average half-ogres and ogrillons usually fit the bill for ogre clans, though the business of kidnapping other clans’ proficient kemmers is a constant occurrence.  Kemmers are skilled at making alchemical items out of the most base materials, though they usually have a base camp where a primitive lab is kept.

Class Skills: As they serve little purpose in the Cloven Lands, deadlands kemmers remove Fly, Knowledge (arcana), Spellcraft and Use Magic Device from their list of class skills.  Deadland kemmers add Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Knowledge (engineering) to their list of class skills.

Weapon and Armor Proficiencies: Deadland Kemmers are proficient with light armor and hide armor (medium armor), and are proficient with one type of firearm (one or two-handed), they are not proficient with shields.  They also gain proficiency with one martial weapon at 1st level, and gain proficiency with another martial weapon at 8th and at 15th level.

Field Alchemy (Ex): The signature weapons of a deadlands kemmer are their often rickety looking firearms, and thrown alchemical weapons, especially alchemist’s fire.  Deadlands kemmers add their Intelligence modifier to the damage done by thrown alchemical weapons, and can, with a full-round action, concoct a container (it need not be glass) of acid, alchemist’s fire, or liquid ice, if the make a successful Craft (alchemy) check.  This may be done a number of times per day equal to their alchemist level plus their intelligence modifier.  A deadlands  kemmer must successfully forage for materials every day that they make alchemical items, making a DC 15 Survival check in the wilderness.

This replaces bombs.

Guns in the Wasteland: At 1st level, a deadlands kemmer starts play with one of the following firearms of her choice: blunderbuss, musket, or pistol. Her starting weapon is battered, and only she knows how to use it properly. All other creatures treat her gun as if it had the broken condition. If the weapon already has the broken condition, it does not work at all for anyone else trying to use it. This starting weapon can only be sold for scrap (it’s worth 4d10 gp when sold). The gunslinger also gains Gunsmithing as a bonus feat.

This replaces brew potion and the use of alchemy extracts.

Exceptional Mutagen (Ex): Deadlands kemmers may use mutagens as other alchemists, but their mutagens are Exceptional, not Supernatural, and provide only half the bonus as appropriate.

Deadlands Discoveries: Only the following discoveries can be chosen by a deadlands kemmer.  All discoveries that have the word ‘bomb’ in them only apply to thrown mundane alchemical items such as acid, alchemist’s fire or liquid ice.  All effects are (Ex) effects.

Feral mutagen, greater mutagen, grand mutagen, healing touch, lingering plague, lingering spirit, malignant poison, mummification, preserve organs, purging mutagen, spontaneous healing.

Grease bomb, greater plague bomb, plague bomb, poison bomb, stink bomb, smoke bomb.

The Cloven Lands!

Greetings, hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  Aren’t the lands of men much more civilized now?  I mean, relatively… Mankind is looking to space where once they looked at the deserts, the poles, the jungles as uncharted territory, Explorers once regularly lost their lives exploring, as the examples of Robert Falcon Scott and his party, Umberto Nobile in his ill-fated airship, Sir John Franklin and his lead-sealed tins, and poor Amelia Earhart, flying into oblivion.  On the Patchwork Planet of Porphyra, there are many lands that could use exploring, including the Eternal Ice of the extreme south, thought to be inhabited by ith’n ya’roo of strange demeanor; the deep interior of the Northlands, said to be the domain of the exiled Ice Tyrant, member of the Elemental Lords; much of the trackless wastes of the southern deserts, much of which the zendiqi have forgotten and themselves avoid, especially the eastern Ghadab; many of the jungle-covered Rainbow Isles, ignored by the femanx in their glittering resort; even parts of the Great Green, the forest-continent, much of which the elves leave as a sacrosanct preserve for creatures wild and strange.  But an odd land stands out, the shunned land of Nor-Du-Mag, the Cloven Lands, the Deadlands, sundered from all magic, arcane and divine, a large magic-dead wasteland literally on the doorstep of many of the most populated, progressive and prosperous lands on Porphyra, the Middle Kingdoms, the Trade Consortium of Blix, and the Gardens of Meynon.

But as we all know, the porphyrite borders of Porphyra can hold famine next to feast, blizzard next to sunburn, and antimagic next to the power of gods.  Passing over the border into Nor-Du-Mag shuts everything magical off, like it never was; summoned creatures wink out of existence, continuing magical effects cease to be, the gods cannot be contacted, channelling energy does not work, and magic items are just ‘items’… though a magic weapon or piece of armor is still of masterwork quality!  In game terms, all (Sp) and (Su) effects cannot be accessed or used, though all (Ex) effects are just fine.  This makes Nor-Du-Mag the warrior’s domain above all others, no matter what the Jheriaks say.  No spell-like abilities, no potions, not even a simple orison.  Monsters that dominate the Cloven Lands megahumans; humanoid bandits, ogres and giants- and of those the ogres are probably the most successful, as they have developed survival skills of great finesse, living in the dust in their tunnels wrapped in cloth like so many trap-door spiders.  Giants, to their racial shame, often have to herd giant goats or sluggish lizards to have enough to eat.  Dust-ogres- “dust’res” disdain husbandry, hunting and raiding for their sustenance, which does not seem to be much.

Alchemy is the only science that has any sway here, for any mundane alchemical items can be produced that do no have any magical aspect to them. Alchemists are revered here, and some do claim godlike powers, but it is a precarious position, as kidnapping skilled alchemists is a dominant activity in the Cloven Lands.  There seems to be a lot to say about Nor-Du-Mag, the Cloven Lands, so I will continue this next week with some more antimagic musings… make a comment or drop me a line if you want me to talk about anything else regarding Porphyra, or anything at all!  ‘Til then, a little tidbit, the dust-ogres…

Dust’res (Variant Ogre species)

Dust-ogres, or dust’res, are a widespread variant of the standard ogre adapted to live in the sere wastelands of the Cloven Lands, Nor-Du-Mag.  They resemble large humans more that their brother ogres, with rough brown skin and tiny eyes. They swathe themselves in long rags and plant fibers, and cover the eyes with bone eyeshields; they wield large spears (1d12 damage) rather than greatclubs, carry a sheaf of javelins, and most carry garrotes and lassos.  One of their favorite tactics is to string a number of their clan (typically no more than 12) on a ridge with the setting sun behind them, to spark terror in the hearts of caravans or travellers trying to cross the Cloven Lands, a silent promise that they will not reach their destination…

Quick Rules: +1 to AC, initiative, thrown weapon attacks; -1 hp/HD, +4 racial bonus to Stealth in Nor-Du-Mag (deserts)

Rebuild Rules: Ability Scores +2 to Dexterity, -2 to Constitution Special +4 to Stealth in desert terrain, proficiency with lassos and garrotes; Endurance as a bonus feat

All Aboard!

Hello again, welcome to the blog!  I spent today watching one of my favorite movies Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; can’t get enough of it, best movie ever!  So, this translates into creating the navy of the “most powerful” of the Porphyran world, ready to travel for the service of the Twenty-Seven Gods (but really, only the one…)

Ships of the Line- The Kamaarian Naval Service (K.N.S)

The nation of The Middle Kingdoms still acts much like the “police force” of Porphyra, and the sea needs patrolling as much as the land.  What follows is a summary of the naval forces of this powerful Deist nation, which allies with its Deist partners whenever possible.

Ship Combat simplification: A ship’s weapon breaks down with a roll of natural “1”, an ordinary miss with a 2 or 3; range increments are -2 for each increment.  GM can rule on environmental factors such as fog, smoke, rough conditions and the like, which impose -2 penalties.  Ship’s cannon are -6 to hit in any case, but have a long range.  Critical hits are indicated with a “20” or “19-20” for ballistae.  Barrages aimed at stern or bow impose a further -4 penalty.  A hit that penetrates hardness and does damage removes from hull points 70% of the time, damages crew 20% of the time, and weapons 10% of the time.  This can be further simplified by the GM to speed combat play.

“Captain #” is the assigned captains “Profession (sailor)” modifier.

Flagship of the Deist/Middle Kingdoms Fleet

The current flagship of the Deist (Middle Kingdoms) fleet is the intimidating galley Treaty of Siwath, resplendent with precious metals dressing its flanks and sails.  Captain +15

K.N.S. Treaty of Siwath

Enormous flagship of the fleet, typically circles the island of Calopia; normally armed with 8 heavy ballistae, 4 firedrakes and 3 naval ship’s cannon on firing platforms.  Modified with: bronze ram, extended keel, magically treated hull, oars and sails

Territorial Flagships

Heavy war-galleys crewed by natives of the four kingdoms; typically armed with 40 heavy ballistae, acid treated to bypass 2 hardness.  Modified with rams and sturdy hulls.  One territorial  flagship  leads the Southern Guard fleet in the Eastern Cold sea, watching possible Elementalist activity. Captain +12

K.N.S. Geranland- currently with the Southern Guard fleet.

K.N.S. Rotwald

K.N.S. Pium –captained with clerical officers, stays within flag distance of the Treaty of Siwath.

K.N.S. Vinterre – currently with the Pyramid Fleet.

Warships of the Line

Versatile warships that prowl the seas of Porphyra representing the might and power of the Middle Kingdoms and the Deist cause.  They frequently cooperate with foreign fleets in joint operations and always contain at least 50 troops that can act as marines. Typically armed with 6 light ballistae and 4 light catapults on each side, with a variety of purposed shot. Captain +10

K.N.S. Arbitress –with the Southern Guard Fleet

K.N.S. Belle Ville

K.N.S. Codion- typically stays with the home fleet in the northern Bay of Sphinxes.

K.N.S. Gerana’s Dawn- stationed off the Rainbow Isles, with the so-called Pyramid fleet.

K.N.S. Justice- with the Southern Guard Fleet.

K.N.S.  Nachtburg

K.N.S. Regent- old and decrepit, the “punishment duty” of the fleet, currently running prisoners to Gulag Black

K.N.S. Thame

 

Sailing Ships of the Line

These third-rated ships are the workhorses of the Kamaarian Naval Service, replaced on a regular basis if needed and of various configurations.  Most are built in Klemt, from the endless forests of Rotwald; all are made with sturdy hulls. Captain +10

K.N.S. King Arturus- assigned to the Pyramid Fleet

K.N.S. City of Gold –fleet tender for the home fleet

K.N.S. Port of Kamaar- well known to be a company ship of the Purple Hands intelligence service.

K.N.S. Port of Klemt

K.N.S. Sea of Ithreia- permanently assigned to the Sea of Ithreia, protecting Deist interests.

K.N.S. Silent Monastery

K.N.S. Serenity Guard- with the Southern Guard Fleet.

K.N.S.  Three Rivers

K.N.S. Vindictine- assigned to the Pyramid Fleet.

Royal Trading Frigates

Sometimes dubbed the “merchant fleet”, these semi-independent vessels are free to ply a mercantile trade under the auspices of an auxiliary fleet of the Kamaarian Naval Service.  Through an onboard magical message service, they can be called into service at any time to serve the needs of the Deist cause.  Royal frigates have the statistics of a ‘junk’ vessel, armed with ship’s cannons fore and aft, and banks of six light ballistae on each side of these fierce traders.  It is an old tradition that the R.T.F. be given names of flying monsters, regardless of their intent.  Captain +10

R.T.F. Chimera- currently crewed by Purple Hand intelligence operatives, trading between Erkusaa and Sharira.

R.T.F. Cockatrice

R.T.F. Dragonnel

R.T.F. Hippogriff- in drydock for repairs in Freeport; crew not behaving themselves

R.T.F. Manticore

R.T.S. Pegasus- currently engaged, with Peryton and Phoenix, blockade running to New Karkoon

R.T.F. Peryton

R.T.F. Phoenix                                      

R.T.F. Sphinx- crewed entirely by non-humans, a common strategy in the Naval Service

R.T.F. Wyvern

Codionic Offsets in the Middle Kingdoms

Hello again, welcome to my second installment of the blog.  Campaign-wise, the iconic Middle Kingdoms are a good place to start in regards to Porphyra, as they are a mostly-safe, stable land that nonetheless has a plethora of rules and regulations that the typically free-wheeling party of adventurers will have trouble obeying. They are:  no gratuitous use of the “elements”; varying degrees of racism towards non-humans (except half-outsiders, who are usually treated with awe); and implied monotheism, in spite of the collective victory of the Gods as a plurality- with the “True” god being Gerana the Arbitress.  Add in an observant population and the vigilant ‘police’ force that is the para-palatinate Codionic Knights, and you have a minefield of social niceties that will try role-playing skills on many levels.

The introductory adventure The Ruins of Greencastle in the Lands of Porphyra campaign setting is a great place to start a party adventuring in Porphyra, especially if the GM wants to begin a 20-level campaign to bring At’f’aal, the Rainbow Child to the Material Plane and heal the rift of faith factions- but we’ll speak more on that in later blogs!

The Middle Kingdoms

Whereas the four principalities called by Porphyrans The Middle Kingdoms consist of Vinterre, an agricultural land steeped in lively arts; Geranland, of varied terrain and industry supported by a powerful wizard’s guild; Rotwald, a heavily forested land with wild and monster-haunted corners; and Pium, seat of Sanctus Templum, the Golden City and headquarters of the vast Church of Gerana, and its leader and potentate, the Codion.  This quadripartite confederacy is bound by their world of origin, their faith, and their common cause in the NewGods War, which had an effect of solidifying what was once drifting apart in the World-that-Was.

 So know that The Middle Kingdoms has an overarching law, the Code of Four, which precludes overuse or overdependence on the four classic elements, so revered by their enemies, the Elementalists.  Earth alone is casually utilized, as Gerana is deity of that element, and so farming, mining and stone-work are performed with little comment. Dependence on fire is frowned upon, as is flight and swimming.   The Kamaarian Navy is titled for its port, not its nation or faith for this reason, though they are as pious as most, if a little rough.

Midlanders, as they are so yclept, tend to remain in their villages and cities and wax industrious there, so there are opportunities to explore little-frequented regions of the Middle Kingdoms, perhaps to seek ruins abandoned during the turbulent years after The Calling, or old battlefields from the NewGods War, of which there are, sadly, many.    The Sowmoors in the south, the central Moonwood of Rotwald, and the sad environs of Greencastle are all places ignored or abandoned by the Codionic Knights- though they have every right to do so, as I acknowledge as a historian sanctioned by the Codion’s Inner Council, long may he preside.”

-Gazetteer I, Lands of the East, Odulaki the Seer

Mundane Item

Codionic Offset

These small metallic tickets cannot be counterfeited, as they are manufactured by the Hall of Sanctions in the Iron Basilica of Sanctus Templum.  They are sold or granted in four different colors: white, brown, red and blue, and allow the bearer a dispensation to engage in ‘elemental’ activity in the eyes of the authorities and populace, temporarily bypassing the regulations of the Code of Four.  Thus, a white offset holder could cast a fly spell without sanction, dig a deep trench for non-commercial use or cast an expeditious excavation spell, burn off a section of scrubland or cast a fireball spell, or dig a well or cast a control water spell.  Though not magical, the bearer gains a +1 morale bonus to concentration checks when using a codionic offset.  Offsets are licensed by date or duration, with a sliding scale of cost according to the task or tasks described to the attending cleric-bureaucrat.

Cost: 5 gp per spell level or day-length worth of activity (0-level = 1 gp/ day)