I know that I’ve mentioned it before, but just in case, the nation of Al’Dahan is named after one of my best friends’ D&D characters. This was a 2E character, mind you, so we played in this campaign something like [REDACTED] years ago. It was the same campaign wherein I played Jasoom Basrali, as a matter of fact.
Speaking of D&D, man, I have a wicked new idea for a campaign for 5E. I’ve begun developing it, because I made the mistake of mentioning the idea behind it to a couple of my would-be players, including Will, and they IMMEDIATELY had character ideas. Once we have a break in the campaign we’re currently running, I have a mission, apparently.
The opening statement is this: “The gods are dead, and their bodies dot the countryside. There are no marks on their bodies, the only clue as to the cause of their passing is the rictus of fear written on their dead faces.” There are details to sweeten the deal, like the fact that divine magic still works, although no one knows why. I’m still wrestling with certain ideas. Despite the insanity of massive dead gods scattered around the world, this is a low-magic setting, and I’ve seriously considered eliminating non-human races altogether. (I probably won’t, since one of my players desperately wants to play a dwarf.)
The tone of the campaign is supposed to be dark, and it’s as much about the upheavals in a changed world as it is about the investigations into what caused the death of the gods. I’m plucking things out of some of my favorite shows and books, as well as some of the darker parts of actual history, to inform the storylines. Once I have a better hand on the world itself, and the main details of the first few adventures, I’ll let my players make characters and I’ll start crafting the story in order to make it more personal for them.
I’m considering using some of the optional rules presented in the 5E DMG, but I really need to defamiliarize myself with them. This is gonna be a lot of work to well, and I already have a lot of work to do. I’ll keep you guys posted on my progress.