hyrieus wrote:There was a time when the Sphinx of Gaza and the Face of Cydonia were somewhat conflated together in ancient astronaut theories, so when thinking of a fantasy Mars they should have some place somewhere. Maybe a race of enigmatic heralds, individuals being linked to one empire or another and perhaps contesting with each other. possibly they were sent by Grammaton to curate an earlier collapsed civilisation.
Ok, I was thinking along similar lines, which is why I placed Deshret so that it encompasses the Cydonia region. I'm wondering if we could have the counterpart artifact to the Bead of Oblivion somewhere in Deshret (perhaps even embedded in the Great Face of Vaniae). The Bead of Oblivion and the Bead of Remembrance might have been crafted together so that all the information that is removed by the Bead of Oblivion is sent to and stored in the Bead of Remembrance.
Also, in going with the Ancient Astronaut theme, I've been thinking of using the Chak/planar spiders to fit that role. In I3 we see them in space ships, and the module Needle also has planar spiders manning an Egyptian style monolith that is used to travel to the moon (although for my purposes I would make the destination somewhere on Vaniae instead). I'm already thinking that the Chak spiders had some hand in bringing the Deshret/Nithians and the aranea to Vaniae.
hyrieus wrote:Could the Mek and Hivebrood be linked together? What if the culture of the Mek makers was consumed by the Hivebrood, who were intentionally introduced to predate upon them. The Hivebrood then subsequently retreat to the margins of the world.
I like this idea as well. How much other real information do we have on the Mek creators? Would this be something that we could integrate easily with Vaniae?
Also (and tangentially related) I've been playing with the idea that Vaniae was once covered with a vast ocean, but a couple of factors have caused those waters to recede drastically over the previous centuries.
1) circa BC 1700 the planet lost a vast amount of water, potentially through an epic planar gate. One theory is that all of this water found its way to Mystara and was a key factor in the sinking of Taymora.
2) With the oceans depleted, the planet starts becoming colder. This causes more of the water to be locked up in the ice caps at the poles.
So much of the "desert" areas on the interior of the planet (including those where the Hivebrood now make their homes) would have once been covered in water. Perhaps the Hivebrood inhabit the ruins of some now lost under water civilization. Of course they wouldn't have been able to use those folks for their reproductive process (and the underwater civ would be long gone or perhaps moved to one of the much smaller ocean areas), but they could have definitely built their hivebrood civilization on top of the newly exposed ruins.
hyrieus wrote:Managed to find the Hutaakan image again, but i'm not sure how to post it, right clicking on copy image doesn't introduce it to the post, any suggestions? Also on the comics influence anyone read League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 2 Issue 1?
I suppose the green martians have a counterpart in the four armed sandfolk.
You can use the img tags and just paste the url between them as long as the image is less than 600 x 600 pixels. Otherwise you should just be able to post the url and it will create a link to the image automatically (thought it won't display the image).