timemrick wrote:Let's not forget Freeport! There are scattered references to an Eastern culture in Freeport canon, but they're deliberately left vague in case you're using the city in an established campaign setting--just tie in those references to whatever Eastern-themed culture is already there.
I'm not a fan of the "keep it vague" way of doing things. I'd rather be given an option I can ignore, than left to do half the work.
timemrick wrote:On the other hand, if you want to use the optional "World of Freeport" setting, you'll have to do most of the fleshing out yourself.
Green Ronin have done quite a lot of settings and I really do wish that more of them had been World of Freeport settings. With half of their name being "ronin" I'm disappointed that they don't seem to have done more oriental stuff.
timemrick wrote:After briefly checking my Green Ronin books, here's where an Eastern land is mentioned in the product line:
Mindshadows details Naranjan, located to the southeast of Freeport, but is based on Southeast Asian cultures (India and Indonesia) rather than China or Japan. (This setting's bestiary is Monsters of the Mind.)
Mindshadows is psionic, if I recall correctly. I've not got it yet. Is all of it based in Naranjan or is Naranjan just one area of many?
timemrick wrote:Denizens of Freeport includes a chaio NPC; this race first appeared in Jade Dragons and Hungry Ghosts, GR's Asian bestiary. Another monk NPC is from "a distant land," which might be Naranjan or some OA-like culture. (OTOH, Bill Sangapulatele is from the southern islands, which probably means either Naranjan or some unidentified Polynesian culture, rather than a "conventional" OA setting.)
I've just looked up Jade Dragons and Hungry Ghosts
on Amazon and it looks frustratingly like a campaign setting with the setting removed.
I saw that there are two oriental gods in the book. Are they or any of the other elements conncted to other GR stuff, or is it just the chaio?
It looks like the elements are based on a variety of oriental cultures. Do they tie together well enough to be used in a single campaign? Are there plot hooks that tie one monster to another?
timemrick wrote:Buccaneers of Freeport includes a pirate ship from "the Far East," with a crew that includes a monk as well as a wizard who is almost certainly a wu jen (but isn't called that, since OA and Complete Arcane aren't OGC). Only a few details are given about the culture, but it's the most extensive material ever given about an OA-style setting. The names used, and the ship itself are Chinese (or Chinese-inspired). This chapter also states that the League of Freemen includes many Eastern merchants and nobles. (The League didn't make the cut for the The Pirate's Guide to Freeport; see the v.3.0 Freeport: The City of Adventure instead.) One other ship featured in Buccaneers has a crewman from a far eastern land--almost certainly the same one.
One of the frustrating things is that there was going to be an Oriental SRD
. If that had happened, it might have opened up the genre to third party collaboration, the way that the normal SRD launched a number of d20 System settings. I'd have loved to have seen the 3PP all creating settings that tied into WotC rules, as that would have made it easier to mix and match.
Maybe Paizo will release an Oriental SRD for their Oriental Pathfinder book, at some point.
The Leagure of Freemen sounds like it could be interesting.