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[Ebunorun] The Western Realms of Alkebulan: An S&S Africa

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:36 am
by JamesMishler
Here is the thread where I will detail my work on Ebunorun, the Western Realms of Alkebulan, a Sword & Soul campaign setting.

The name Ebunorun is derived from the Yoruba for "Gift of Heaven," which is what these lands are referred to by the most widespread religion of the region. In myth and legend, these lands were once the site of the Throne of God, where God and the orishas (lesser gods) lived while they created the rest of the world. When their job there was done, God and the orishas retreated back into Heaven. So lovely was the land where they had remained that the orishas debated over which of the peoples that they would place in the world would be worthy of such a gift. In that time many beasts of the land, hearing the heated arguments of the orishas, decided in their hubris that they, too, were worthy, and took the lands for their own, to defend against the humans that they felt would be interlopers...

The region of Ebunorun is equivalent to Western Africa, more or less, in an alternate world where magic prominently exists and history has passed differently than in our own world. Many of the peoples and situations there are similar to historical and real-world West Africa, but they are merely analogues, not the same thing. When I refer to the real world equivalent of a people, place, or thing of Ebunorun, I will use the prefix "E-" in order to enable the reader to know what the original inspiration was behind the people, place, or thing of Ebunorun. For example, the Ebunorun analogue of the Yoruba, the Adeniya, are the E-Yoruba; the Ebunorun equivalent of the Asante (Ashanti), the Ominira, are the E-Asante; and so forth.

Originally, I called the campaign region Nyumbani, borrowed from the works of Charles R. Saunders, the creator of the Sword & Soul genre. However, I decided that this was inappropriate as I was not merely borrowing, I was essentially stealing the name.

The name Alkebulan is applied to all of Africa; the name's origins are uncertain, though thought to be derived from Arabic.

The map of Alkebulan comes from the Africa Uncolonized map.

Many of the "Common Tongue" African words I use in this campaign are either Yoruba or derived from the Yoruba language due to historical events in this part of the world.

BASE ARTICLES
A Glossary of Ebunorun Terms and Names
Map of Ebunorun, the Western Lands of Alkebulan

Races
Arara (Dwarves) of Ebunorun (Labyrinth Lord)
Iwinrin ("Elves") of Ebunorun (Labyrinth Lord)

Classes

Special Rules

Equipment

Spells

Ebunorun Religion
In a previous era of Ebunorun, the Adeniya (E-Yoruba) religion and language gained a level of predominance, and as with Rome, many of the different orishas (gods) of the other local peoples (Akan abosom, Ewe vodun, Igbo alusi, etc.,) were syncretized with the Adeniya orishas (they are never referred to as loa, as word which was derived from the French). Local peoples have their own variants still, but the larger cities have temples organized to the syncretized gods.

Note: I am working with both Labyrinth Lord and 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons for this campaign.

Ebunorun Appendix N
Saunders, Charles R. Imaro 1
Saunders, Charles R. Imaro 2: The Quest for Cush
Saunders, Charles R. Imaro 3: The Trail of Bohu
Saunders, Charles R. Imaro 4: The Naama War

Arara: Dwarves of Nyumbani

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:38 am
by JamesMishler
Moved to own thread.

Re: Nyumbani, the Western Realms of Alkebulan

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:41 am
by Big Mac
JamesMishler wrote:Here is the thread where I will detail my work on Nyumbani, the Western Realms of Alkebulan, a Sword & Soul campaign setting.

Nyumbani is equivalent to Western Africa, more or less, in an alternate world where magic prominently exists and history has passed differently than in our own world.
Thanks for putting this topic up. It looks more like a reference topic, so I'm going to try not to butt in with questions, but I think I could follow along and get some inspiration for Nyambe, Hepmonaland and/or Living Jungle.
JamesMishler wrote:Races
Arara (Dwarves) of Nyumbani (Labyrinth Lord)

Note: I am working with both Labyrinth Lord and 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons for this campaign.
Both of them? That's interesting. Are you running two games (with one using each system) or are you mixing and matching rules from both systems?

I wonder if I could use your Arara in a Spelljammer game. You can never have too many dwarven subraces for Spelljammer. :)
JamesMishler wrote:Nyumbani Appendix N
Saunders, Charles R. Imaro 1
Saunders, Charles R. Imaro 2: The Quest for Cush
Saunders, Charles R. Imaro 3: The Trail of Bohu
Saunders, Charles R. Imaro 4: The Naama War
I've got one of the Imaro novels, but didn't realise there were four. They were quite tricky to get, last time I looked. I hope that Charles R. Saunders can get them put up as Print on Demand novels, if he can't get a publisher to do another print run.

Thanks for making an Appendix N. :cool:

Re: Nyumbani, the Western Realms of Alkebulan

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:39 pm
by JamesMishler
Big Mac wrote:Thanks for putting this topic up. It looks more like a reference topic, so I'm going to try not to butt in with questions, but I think I could follow along and get some inspiration for Nyambe, Hepmonaland and/or Living Jungle.
Thanks! This is the main thread where I will post rules stuff and keep a running link list to all the other posts., such as they may be.
JamesMishler wrote:Note: I am working with both Labyrinth Lord and 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons for this campaign.
Big Mac wrote:Both of them? That's interesting. Are you running two games (with one using each system) or are you mixing and matching rules from both systems?
Well, the group I am going to first run this with is all about Old School, so that is the focus; but I also want to develop this to be used with my other group, which is all about 5E. I figure if I work on things at about the same time, I'll be prepared for both occasions.
Big Mac wrote:I've got one of the Imaro novels, but didn't realise there were four. They were quite tricky to get, last time I looked. I hope that Charles R. Saunders can get them put up as Print on Demand novels, if he can't get a publisher to do another print run.

Thanks for making an Appendix N. :cool:
Finding ANY of the Sword & Soul books is a struggle. Most of them are available through the various websites of the small publishers. Amazon and eBay are also a good source.

Re: [Nyumbani] The Western Realms of Alkebulan: An S&S Afric

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:13 am
by Seethyr
Considering I have no clue (or very little) what is in Forgotten Realm's African based continent Katashake, I will certainly be following this closely for inspiration.

Re: [Ebunorun] The Western Realms of Alkebulan: An S&S Afric

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:55 am
by shesheyan
Very interesting project. I read the first Imaro novel last year. It was a good counter point to the Conan omnibus I just read.

Re: [Ebunorun] The Western Realms of Alkebulan: An S&S Afric

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:49 am
by JamesMishler
I've never understood the "Tarzan" comparison for Imaro; he is totally an adventurer in the Conan style!

Re: [Ebunorun] The Western Realms of Alkebulan: An S&S Afric

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:58 am
by shesheyan
JamesMishler wrote:I've never understood the "Tarzan" comparison for Imaro; he is totally an adventurer in the Conan style!
Indeed ! Someone should write a story in which Conan and Imaro join forces for a while. That would be EPIC !

IIRC it was the book editor who put the Tarzan blurb on the cover to attract buyers... :facepalm:

Re: [Ebunorun] The Western Realms of Alkebulan: An S&S Africa

Posted: Sat May 04, 2019 7:36 am
by Angel Tarragon
This looks really cool! Looking forward to further development of it!