night_druid wrote:Kinda an outgrowth of a similar thread in the Maztica subforum.
Big Mac wrote:Stop thief!
Joking aside, if you look at the very early write up for Netheril, they were not isolationist at all. They started off as a collection of fishing villages. I think the Netherese got corrupted by the scrolls.
In -3830 DR the elves of Eaerlann open communications with Netheril and start to teach their humans magic. In -3605 DR the elves turn back an orc horde with the assiatance of Netheril. In -3419 DR the Netherese set up a trade deal with the dwarves of Delzoun at Ascore. After three years of talks they set up a trade route through the Underdark.
As for the history of the Realms, in general, I think that it suffers from being far too sparse. Recent years have tons of events documented in them (including all the adventure modules if you really want to go into things). But the past must have also had a ton of stuff - obviously this stuff was not important to the long term plot - but there must have been low level interaction between Netheril and other countries all the time it existed.
Big Mac wrote:I would love to see someone like Candlekeep put together a 3rd edition Arcane Age Campaign Setting and add in details to the history of Netheril.
There must, for example be lots of small countries or communites that vanished. They could have been trading partners with Netheril.
They could even have had contact with far-away areas like Maztica. If they explored wildspace they should have explored their own planet.
night_druid wrote:Frankly, I'd love to have seen an Arcane Age Campaign Setting, period. It kinda seemed a more interesting time period (especially compared to the Ruined Realms we have today). AD&D would have been preferrable (to me ) but so long as the amount of non-rules stuff was comperable to the FRCS, I'd have been happy. Seems the Arcane Age was just a whole line of products waiting to be written, if only TSR/WotC had taken the plunge
Big Mac wrote:If you want AD&D then the original stuff already works. Couldn't you extrapolate from that?
I do wish there was an official Arcane Age (or even an unofficial Arcane Age) website where fan material could be found.
night_druid wrote:Big Mac wrote:If you want AD&D then the original stuff already works. Couldn't you extrapolate from that?
Heh, you saying 3e takes more work than AD&D?
night_druid wrote:Big Mac wrote:I do wish there was an official Arcane Age (or even an unofficial Arcane Age) website where fan material could be found.
Yeah, but a nice huge book would be neat, too.
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