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Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:33 pm
by dazzlerdal
Added a page containing magic items.

Also added an explanation as to why the history of Unther in canon sources is slightly different to mine.
The Geamesq-Samata (The Epic of Gil-Geamesq), also known as the false history of Unther. It is a continuous work produced by the government of Unther (the Church of the All Father) which alters historic events to put Gil-Geamesq in a better light.

It is this false history that makes Gil-Geamesq the son of E-Nlil, the victor of the Orcgate Wars, the rightful heir of E-Nlil, Gil-Geamesq and his victory tour of Unther after the Orcgate Wars, etc.

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:47 pm
by dazzlerdal
So I changed Isimud to E-Simud and made him the last son of E-Nlil (being the son of a divine being he gets an incredibly long life).

Created a new magic artefact known as the Cowl of Eyes which allows him to see through all kinds of illusions and scry far off places and generally be a divining expert. I'm debating making this artefact one of the Imaskarcana which I've alluded to by allowing it to replicate itself (like the Mask of TiaMa'at) and that E-Simud can communicate with it and that it seems to have bestowed massive amounts of magical knowledge upon him.

I've decided on the Imaskari portal network being a legacy of the spellweavers that had a presence in this land long ago (and may have constructed the stone colossus). The spellweavers all over Faerun disappeared during their Grand Conjunction event (except for Jergal). I've tried to link this disappearance to the lore in the ecology of the Spellweaver and George Krashos' Jergal article (the sstar gems which I've also made the same as chardalyn).

Spellweaver preence in the Old Empires accounts for the pyramid structure in both Ascore and the influence on the Old Empires so I need to place a few really ancient pyramid like "Nodes" around the Old Empires but keep them soooo hidden that no-one has found them yet (maybe in the lake in Murghom/Semphar - perhaps the Okothian ruins in Azulduth are built atop the Node - or perhaps the node is extraplanar in nature and can only be reached by a portal).

https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... e-enclave/

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:23 pm
by dazzlerdal
Added in a loose tie that E-Nlil once embraced Ass-Uraqn as a brother and Ass-Uraqn was widely believed to be next in line to succeed E-Nlil should the worst happen.

However Ass-Uraqn didn't want to be ruler and when the worst did happen he never pressed his claim. Thus he was really miffed when Gil-Geamesq betrayed him and helped Ram-Manu oust him from Unther (Gil-Geamesq believed Ass-URaqn was going to press his claim to the throne thanks to his paranoid delusions).

Now trying to link Bane into Chessenta and Assuran.

I think pre 700 DR Bane will be trying to establish a mini kingdom in Akanu, Ass-Uraqn will thwart that plan and the two will have a huge showdown atop Mount Thulbane from which neither are ever seen again.

The trouble with the League of Samathar keeps Unther from doing anything about it. Ass-Uraqn might be the cause of the terrible storm in 677 DR that sinks Unther's fleet on its way to the Wizards' Reach.

Now Bane creates names Stellac Benadi Imperceptor in 735 DR so I'm thinking the showdown between Bane and Ass-URaqn occurs after that (but not long after). It is the disappearance/death of Bane that is the catalyst for him achieving true godhood (worked for Tchazzar and he was alive at the time and active in Chessenta as well trying to make his own kingdom).

I'm thinking Ass-Uraqn has a set of gloves that allow him to call terrible storms. I'm thinking of mixing the Staff of Fury with the Gloves of Lightning to create the Gauntlets of Vengeance. An old Imaskari item that Ass-URaqn had enhance over the millennia. Every time someone injures the wielder they gain a charge. That charge can be used to send lightning at someone nearby but if charged enough then it can be used to call storms of potentially unlimited power (depending upon the number of strikes against the wielder).

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:34 pm
by dazzlerdal
My beginnings of a page for Entropy. He is listed as an NPC and not a god because he has not yet attained the level of power to make him a demigod or true god and it serves to show that anyone can establish a church and gain worshippers before they attain godhood.

https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... s/entropy/

I've tried to keep his origin suitably vague via Entropy's own memories of his life but they only become concrete once he gains sentience.

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:00 pm
by dazzlerdal
Added a page that will be the first of many pages on races of Toril beginning with Humans (Mulan and Turami)

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:47 pm
by dazzlerdal
I added a page about Spellweavers to try and tie in George Krashos' excellent article on Jergal Lord of the End of Everything with a few of my developing ideas about the origin of Untheric and Mulhorandi culture and a few stray quotes about a race that may have warred with the sarrukh long ago.

https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... llweavers/

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 1:08 pm
by dazzlerdal
I have the base outline of Mulhorand available.

https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... mulhorand/

I've tried to expand somewhat on the history and distinguish it from real world Egypt.

The animal headed gods are now depicted as such because of the rise of beast cults during the second empire. The title of Pharaoh comes from the Imaskari title of Empheroar (meaning Lord Artificer), the gods have the same names but their history is based wholly on events within Faerun.

I've attempted to set up a governing dynamic in Mulhorand whereby the Pharaoh is the ultimate power and the Church of Horus-Re administers to the central government. Beneath the Pharaoh are the Divine Precepts who are the titular heads of each church (the Pharaoh is the Divine Precept of the Church of Horus-Re so is the most powerful man in Mulhorand) and each Church has an area of responsibility in central government. Beneath the Divine Precepts are the regional governors, known as Precepts, who implement policy within the regions.

Mulhorand has a standing army, known as the Legions of Dawn, each of which is recruited and maintained by the Church of Anhur, but each legion is often commanded by those loyal to the Church of Horus Re. The Precepts have a militia known as the Pehtemi (Shields of the People) who act as local police forces and internal patrolmen.

Just need to work on the specifics for now.

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:05 pm
by dazzlerdal
After a very long break (had to do a work based certification), I'm back to working on this.

I've been working on my version of the rules a fair bit

https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... s-classes/
https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... gic-items/
https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... s-options/
https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... rgs-races/
https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... gs-skills/

I've also returned to Dalath to try and finish the skeleton articles I have been working on. It now has a secret group of slaves (the Fire Drakes) trying to free Dalath from the rule of the Freeholder houses, but in secret the Fire Drakes are supplied and organized by the Freeholder Houses who in turn are beholden to the Millennium Wyrm.

The Cult of Tiamat wishes to infiltrate the Fire Drakes (believing them to be dragon worshippers) but every time it gets close a rebellion occurs and all the slaves (and the Fire Drakes) and its cultists are slaughtered

If anyone has any information or ideas for Dalath I'd really appreciate it, as there is precious little I can find on the settlement so I'm mostly making it up here.

https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... er/dalath/

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:09 pm
by dazzlerdal
I'm working on the cult of the old gods, based on some information provided by Tom Costa (hope he doesn't mind, I think I've renamed the city to something more Untheric).

https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... -old-gods/

Its an amalgam of priests who worship one of a variety of gods that have long since died or fled from Unther and Akanu. The tyrannical rule of Gil-Geamesq and decline of Unther has caused this cult to flourish in the last few decades.

The ensi of the old gods will be looking for items of significance to their deity so they can try and bring them back to life (for those that are known to be dead) or bring their attention back to Unther (where they have been absent for a long while).

They are also trying to convert as many as possible into worshipping the old gods, usually by providing good works such as herb lore, education, marriage ceremonies, blessings, advice, etc.

In a future adventure path involving the invasion of Unther (by Mulhorand) and ultimate rebirth of Unther, I'm imagining that some of these old gods might be restored to life by this cult and the activities of the players - who will find artefacts relating to these gods and assist in rituals to bring them back to life.

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:59 am
by dazzlerdal
So I'm starting to detail the children of the god kings. I figure the first generation would be almost as powerful as the godkings themselves but most were killed off during wars and intrigue or Gilgeam assassins. The second and third generation are truly exceptional and very long lived. The other generations are a bit better than a normal Mulan with the occasional super being born once in a hundred generations.

These beings are important because their blood holds power and if you want to bring a godking back to life you need power; powerful blood, powerful rituals, and or powerful items.

I have a few of these children of the gods scattered across unther and chessenta (entropy is hunting them). They will be pivotal for a future adventure involving the invasion of unther and then it's rebirth with a return of as many old gods as the party can help with.

There are even a few children of the gods for Gilgeam. I know the sources say he has no children but Gilgeam has a habit overwriting history and fabricating the truth. His children are special because they are all first generation and were imprisoned by Gilgeam with a big part of the adventure being to stop Gilgeam from returning.


Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:06 pm
by Sturm
Very interesting! Are these children also mentioned in FR modules? do you know where is the first mention of them?

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:24 pm
by dazzlerdal
They are not mentioned in any sourcebooks, I made them up, I exhausted all the material in the sourcebooks a long time ago and there wasn't much to be honest. So I'm adding my own stuff now.

The sourcebooks explicitly state Gilgeam made no avatars and fathered no children because he was paranoid about them usurping his power. However I figure at moments when he thought he might die he probably abandoned this idea and just thought about continuing his bloodline. The sourcebooks also states in a single entry that Gilgeam edited the histories of Unther to make him look more favourable so that gives the green light for people to do what they want with the history. The official sources are the edited history and anything you come up with can be the true history. That's the premise I'm operating on.

Gilgeam dies in official canon but I really dislike ending a plot hook so I'm adding in the children as a means to bring him back.

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:34 pm
by Sturm
Good idea, I think they fit quite well with the region!

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:28 pm
by dazzlerdal
Thankyou, I'm trying to keep with the feeling of the old empires and not divert too much from canon. It mentioned that when the gods landed they had children with the Mulan, it never mentioned how powerful they were but i assume they are more powerful than normal humans. With a lack of interesting historical stories in unther I'm going to link some events to these children and try and make up a few heroic events to add the feeling that long ago unther was a land of heroes and monsters. Most of both are now dead but the few surviving children can help remake unther again.

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:57 pm
by dazzlerdal
Added Ningal into the list of NPCs, and made her one of the children of the gods.

She is a great grandchild of Nanna Sin (I named him Sin-An'na). Her abilities are of course inherited from her ancestor. The magic items she possesses come from another source (she claims a gift from the sea - a cryptic clue to a secret extradimensional shelter that Shu-Mmatq; Untheric god of the sea, once discovered and stored his relics in before fleeing Gilgeams secret purge of the godkings).

It will be Sin-Ningal that leads the population to the secret extra dimensional refuge high above Shussel (the Vanishing), although she will not travel there herself, and the population of Shussel will there be attended to and trained by the divine servants of Shu-Matq.

Sin-Ningal will not accept help from others because she intends to become Sin-An'na reborn (and a future goddess cannot be seen to be weak and accept help from others), she will also not compromise her future power by aiding those who are unworthy or those who might reduce her future power (servants of other gods of the moon or protection).

https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... cs-2/npcs/

Re: Forgotten Realms Alternate Dimensions Fan Mag

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:43 pm
by dazzlerdal
Okay, so Northern Wizards is next.

I've decided on it being a new organisation commissioned by Hercubes Jedea to help Messemprar gain independence and thus create an additional city state in threskel to counter the rising threat of the vanities in mourktar (Hercubes predicts they will seize power and will then seek to conquer all of threskel).

So Shu-Urlasq and the other members of the northern wizards listed in the old empires book are the inner circle and all come from threskel (although only Shu-Urlasq knows the true mission and benefactor).

The Northern Wizards chose the moniker of an old military order of wizards from Unther's past when Chessenta gained independence and it was thought Tchazzar would March on messemprar first. The old order has long since disbanded but the name has entered folklore as the city's defenders.

The Northern Wizards recruit from wizards in messemprar that seek an end to Unther's dominion over the city. The requirement for entry into the order is that they provide a number of friends/family/associates that will be used as messengers by the order (thus lowering the risk of betrayal).

There are at least two red wizards in the list of members (They want an end to Gilgeams rule over the city so they qualify for membership). Borsipa is a double agent for Gilgeam (she escaped slavery during the slave revolt, was later captured by Unther's forces and offered her life and freedom in exchange for being a double informant, and was later rescued by the slave revolutionairies.

https://alternaterealmsblog.wordpress.c ... n-wizards/