Exactly -- It would have been a transition to allow crossover campaigns.The remaining would have been all very interesting -- Hule being especially important as the link between Savage Coast and the rest of the world.
That would have been a lot of fun. I have a history degree, and drawing the links from past to present is something I've really enjoyed. The whole alignment issue is also intriguing; in OD&D (red box), it was law vs. chaos. Was there some event, like those we've seen in the Forgotten Realms, that switched how things worked? Did good and evil become the dominant conflict? Or is law vs. chaos more important? Are elves typically lawful good here? (In OD&D, they were lawful.) Do we see alliances of lawful creatures across the good/evil divide, to promote order, against chaotic creatures, also good and evil, who support personal freedoms?I'd also liked to see what ideas would have been developed for the Inheritor Orders and their connections to the aligned societies from the old Savage Coast adventure.
Well ... I've been thinking about something like that, a setting which would fit into the general Red Steel paradigm. There are a couple of directions I could go. On the fan side, I could perhaps put together the original Black Steel island for Ravenloft. Even a rough outline, 8-16 pages maybe, which might not take terribly long to do, could be worthwhile.P.S.: I'd really like to read Black Steel, and I guess the Ravenloft crowd would also like it.
On the more mercenary side -- well, I do like the idea of making a living by getting paid for writing. I decided a few months ago that I should start publishing my own work, and I'd like to have some income come from it, if for no other reason than it would allow me to pay good artists and continue publishing.
It sounds like you're more interested in the original idea, which makes sense, but for the mercenary reasons, the latter is somewhat more interesting to me. However, putting the Ravenloft/Red Steel crossover on paper could help me more clearly define what I'd need to avoid, should I publish something separate. I'll give it some thought. And I'd be interested in what other people think about the Black Steel idea.