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Sturm wrote:Posting here a piece of discussion on Kristallac/Koskatep/Kundrak between me and RonJN as it will be relevant fof Grondheim:
We know, since this level is "higher up" than Kristallac, that it came to be long after that city was buried. Is it possible that these Dark Fey (the duke and his entourage) were exiled from Kristallac at its height, and have been seeking to return there to retrieve/awaken its secrets? It would be an interesting twist that the PCs would need the aid of the Dark Fey in order to activate or discover whatever secrets may be buried in Kristallac
Good idea, I've added an hint here and in the history of 1664 BC. We'll have to see in Kristallac what this could be...Note that I wrote in the original issue #1 that the dark fairies did not know of Ixion's temple at the time of their arrival and Elienor indeed discovered it only a thousand years ago. But the Queen of Grondheim knew of it and probably did not want to share this knowledge with Elienor.. That could be the reason why she exiled the dark fairies. Maybe she defeated Elienor somehow or tricked her into searching Ashira's tomb somewhere else in the multiverse.
That would also explain why the dark fairies in 1664 BC did not know of Ashira's tomb.
Where is now the Queen of Grondheim? Could she be now a prisoner of the Ice Queen/Elienor?
I'll copy all this discussion in the Grondheim thread to avoid it being lost...
Relevant History from issue 1 of Threshold magazine:
2.504 BC: The Inti, lead by the church of Ixion, occupy the ruins and rebuild the city of Koskatepetl.
2.379 BC: The Queen of Grondheim conquers the city, renaming it Krystallac. Just a few years later sidhe priests discover the existence of the inner temple and begin a century long negotiation with the Sollux and the Brutemen below to gain access to the artifact.
2.282 BC: As the Queen grows impatient about the unwillingness of Ixion to compromise, she sends her best troops to open the temple. Inti troops soon attack the place, and Taymora intervenes shortly thereafter. This is the beginning of the War of the Empires, or the War of Southern Grondheim, that will last decades and will devastate the region. Mogreth intervenes as well a few years later.
2.080 BC: In a time of crisis in Grondheim, Taymora, and Intua, lizardmen and troglodytes escaped from the Mogreth occupy Krystallac and keep it for a hundred years.
1.976 BC: After a long siege Taymora conquers Krystallac and renames it Kosmoteiros. Nyx knows about Ixion’s artifact but rather than try to steal or destroy it she decides to exploit the magical aura of the place to build her own strongest artifact that will bring fulfillment of her Dream.
1.777 BC: To prevent Kosmoteiros from falling into the hands of Thanatos, the priests of Nyx destroy the city with a terrible earthquake. Thousands die and the place is abandoned for many years as seismic activity increases in the area.
1.664 BC: After the destruction of Taymora, fairies of the Unseelie court take possession of the place and try to use the Starlake, but do not know of the hidden temple of Ixion below.
1.597 BC: Lord Keiros, a Tal nosferatu and follower of Nyx, conquers Koskatep from the dark fairies. Vampiric followers of Thanatos attack several times but are defeated.
Havard wrote:With the whole focus on crystals in this region, have you considered adding Krysts or other earth elementals as part of the population (visitors, or enslaved elementals)? Sorry if this has already been discussed.
Sturm wrote:All interesting, I believe these ideas will be used
Note however that Kristallac and the capital of Grondheim should be two different locations. Kristallac should be an almost secret location at the time of Grondheim, or at least a sacred place whose exact location should not be widely known.
I don't know where Chimpman planned to place the capital of Grondheim, but I had the impression it should be somewhere on the southern edge of the lake in Northern Grondheim, where eventually the Broken Lands will come to me.
Sturm wrote:I thought Southern Grondheim was instead an are conquered at a later time, but I could be wrong..
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