Havard wrote:Looking back at it now, I have mixed feelings about the Age of the Wolf. I always felt like the discoveries in the Valley of the Ancients would lead to a rise in Blackmoor's culture and position in the world, while the Age of the Wolf feels too much like a setback, very similar to how Wrath of the Immortals (Mystara), Dragons of Summer Flame (Dragonlance), The Spellplague (Forgotten Realms) etc tore down things we loved about these settings, it seems like the Age of the Wolf was trying to do the same to Blackmoor. I guess these types of settings can offer more adventuring opportunities, but I also find the focus on such eras to be a bit depressing.
Indeed it seems they wanted to do some dark steampunk setting.. However I think it could work in Mystara's history if we treat it as a temporary setback in the rise of Blackmoor.
James Mishler's history (http://pandius.com/ageblack.html
) is a bit different for the period:
By 3900 BC the Empire of Thonia had crumbled [..]. Blackmoor quickly moved in to fill the power vacuum.
By 3800 BC, the year that the new magical science, Technomancy, was added to the curriculum at the University of Blackmoor, Blackmoor had entered the early Renaissance.
The Technomantic development of reliable and readily available Black Powder Weaponry in 3750 BC changed the nature of warfare. Using their new technologies, Blackmoor finally put an end to the menace of the Afridhi Empire in 3680 BC.
The extermination of the Goblin Races (the Beastmen of Skothar), came to be a reality in 3650 BC.
The Blackmoorians enforced the "Pax Technologica" on the Thonian Principalities in 3620 BC (The Treaty of Dragonia), and recreated the ancient Thonian Empire in a revitalised form.
Naval technology proceeded apace, and Blackmoor began exploring the world at large. By 3600 BC Blackmoorian explorers had mapped most of Brun and Davania.
If Age of the Wolf was meant for the Mystaran year 3700 BC the above timeline should be changed a bit, maybe the Blackmoorians suffered a crushing defeat after 3750 BC, but some decades later were able to strike back, finally defeating Afridhi and Beastmen..