The above comment by Ripvanwormer (from this thread) made me think about Robrenn again. Would Robrenn be an interesting place to base a campaign around or would it simply be a place to visit? I believe Bruce Heard confirmed the inspiration from the Gauls and specifically the Asterix comics for the country, though I really like Ripvanwormer's description here of a 'Celtic people never conquered by outside forces". The sort of weird thing about Robrenn is perhaps that it is found on the Savage Coast, surrounded by cultures that feel very different from it. In this thread, we talked about connections between all the M-Celt cultures of Mystara, even if they are scattered all across the planet. But I suppose that is not that different from the situation in Europe where Celtic influences have survived in pockets long after the majority of the continent became dominated by Latin and Germanic peoples. I could see the M-Celts (Carnuil, if you like) being a culture that dominated much of Brun along with more primitive Neathar and Oltec Tribes before the rise of Nithia. It was in fact Nithia that divided the M-Celts and destroyed much of the contact between the eastern (Isle of Dawn) and western (Robrenn) branch of this culture. It is interesting that the cult of Orisis has surivived as a druidic cult on Ierendi, even if they are of Nithian descent. This suggests a deeper connection between the M-Celts and the Nithians, even if the Nithians ultimately became dominated by darker elements. Could the Nithian tendency to build Pyramids somehow be connected to the Robrenn and Menhirs and Druidic Stone Circles? Another thought: Are M-Celts simply a result of humans living under the influence of Fey? With the Fey being the connecting factor?ripvanwormer wrote:Robrenn is very Gaulish, but also seems to take some inspiration from pagan Ireland. I don't think it's mutually exclusive, anyway, since there are other examples of cultural duplication in Mystara. Hinterlanders often have blond or red hair and they believe things like "to fight alone is to be a hero; to fight in in formation is to be an ant." They don't seem very Roman to me, but they're a good analogue for the still-barbaric Celtic tribes who were influenced by Latin culture. Robrenn, on the other hand, represent a kingdom of Celts who were never conquered or influenced by outside forces, but instead became a civilized nation on their own terms.
I think it'd be reasonable to assume that Robrenn and the Hinterlands have common ancestors.
Back to Robrenn, what sources would be good additional reading material for a Robrenn campaign? I can think of:
- The Savage Coast Boxed Set
- Dragon #177: VOYAGE OF THE PRINCESS ARK 24: "Lords of forest." 2000: Burymir 14-18, 20
- PC1 Tall Tales of the Wee Folk
- AD&D HR3 Celts
- AD&D The Complete Druid's Handbook