Havard wrote:Awesome topic!
Canon is such a confusing word.
Why did space ships and aliens start appearing in Dave Arneson's Campaign in the first place? This was because the campaign crossed over with John Snider's Star Empires Campaign. John was another member of Dave's group and when John started a sci fi campaign, Dave placed Blackmoor on the star map and this had consequences for both campaigns.
Havard wrote:So as a basis for developing Blackmoor's Solar System, I would use:
1) Frank Mentzer's Immortal Rules: These detail the solar system of the D&D Game World. Mainly it gives you the number of planets, stellar bodies and their sizes, satelites etc.
Havard wrote:2) John Snider's Star Probe/Star Empires: These games give you the races and empire found in the galaxy. Obviously this game is not compatible with Spelljammer, but what I would do is rule that some of these races have settled in Blackmoor's solar system and basically gloss over where exactly they came from. They could come from another reality, which is probably the way you would want to go anyway, just because of DA3.
Havard wrote:3) DA3 City of the Gods: Again, the citizens of the City of the Gods probably do not come from anywhere near Blackmoor's solar system. They may have stopped by some of the planets on their way to Blackmoor. Most likely they picked up the Sandfolk on Blackmoor's "Mars". The Id Monster might also have arrived in Blackmoor via the City of the Gods, so it could be from one of the planets.
Havard wrote:That's all I can think of right now, but I am rather sleepy so I may post more tomorrow.
The druids of the North turn their prayers to Elgath (el-gath) the Archer to aid in the hunt. Archers pray to his constellation on the night before a battle.
Pacuun is also known as the Walking God, and the constellation of the same name reflects him. All priests and adventurers who call Pacuun their patron watch the night skies, since his constellation moves in the heavens as Pacuun walks the mortal realm. During his holy day, the summer solstice, the constellation glows with extra brilliance around the area of his hands in a long, sword like line of stars. This line of stars is called “Pacuun’s Sunsword."
Bards speak often of a Phellia (fel-e-uh), the Weaver and Queen of Ceremonies. She is the mistress of arcane magic and of lovers. She watches over official ceremonies, particularly weddings and births. Her priests and priestesses believe that all beauty in the world, including that of poetry, magic, music, and rhymes, stems from her immortal blessing. The constellation of the Weaver first appears in the summer sky at the time of the summer solstice, her holy day.
Few constellations in the sky shine as brightly as the Fencer during the winter solstice. Worshippers of Sacwhynne (sak-win-ne) Mooncloth call those stars their own.
In the city of Blackmoor, farmers and druids turn their attention to Sollus (sol-lus), whose constellation is the Harvester.
Mieroc is a new god. Charis, the Gnome Father, granted him immortality after he made a flying machine that could reach the sun.
Big Mac wrote:Jeff Grubb made the Spelljammer stats for the real world in the AD&D Adventures in Space boxed set. I've heard that matches up with what Frank Mentzer created.
ripvanwormer wrote:The Sun. The system's primary, also perhaps known as Sollus.
Phellia. 67 million miles from the primary.
Terra. 93 million miles from the primary. Blackmoor is a nation on this world.
Henrin, the red planet. 141 million miles from the primary. Known as Zugzul to the Afridhi.
Hersh. 257 million miles from the primary.
Odir, a gas giant. 484 million miles from the primary.
Temrin, more commonly known as Thanatos in modern times. 887 million miles from the primary.
Hak. 1,783 million miles from the primary.
Mwajin, 3,230 million miles from the primary.
Hella, 7,105 million miles from the primary.
Big Mac wrote:If City of the Gods is supposed to be somewhere where powerful races live (or once lived) that sounds like it could fit in with things like SJ's Juna race.
Big Mac wrote:I've tried looking up this Star Empires Campaign, but I've not had any success. Is it a homebrew thing that John Snider created himself?
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