Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Deeper Into Appendix N - A Different Version of B1 In Search of the Unknown by Mike Carr For my Cha'alt/Godbound Campaign Update

To really dive into the back end of Appendix N fantasy there are two writers that I've constantly used  besides Clark Ashton Smith. I'm speaking of  Anglo-Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, & English civil servant and author, writing epic fantasy author Eric Rücker EddisonToday I want to quickly concentrate on Lord Dunsany, today & use his book 'The Gods of Pegāna' as a bit of a campaign setting basis & sort of update.

Over the last couple of days I've been going over "
The Sea-Wolf's Daughter' by Jeffrey P. Talanian  & going over my monochrome copies of  various Dungeons & Dragons & Advanced Dungeons & Dragons module titles if you've been following my Twitter account. But what you might not know is the fact that I've been thinking about revisiting B1 In Search of the Unknown by Mike Carr.  Also I'm not planning on using it as its written either.

"At the edge of the world of Hyperborea while the Boreas winds blow by there stands the ruins of a castle that might have belonged to the mighty Hyperborean adventurers 
Rogahn the Fearless and Zelligar the Unknown. But who knows?! Deep with the wilderness of Hyperborea another version of this ancient castle also sits now in ruins. "

So basically I'm taking B1 In Search of the Unknown by Mike Carr classic  maps, adventure locations, etc. & adapting it to Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea rpg world edge as a sort of negative Lovecraftian version of itself. This adventure  location is going have me taking full advantage of the resources that are being offered at the Dragon's foot site here.  Dunsany's gods are intimately tied into the fates of  the Hyperborean  versions of adventurers Rogahn the Fearless and Zelligar the Unknown. The 
 Caverns of Quasqueton in my campaign are infected with a hive of Nightgaunts & a very hideous cult of the god Nodens. I'm still working on this angle of the campaign but needless to say I'll be using Dark Albion's Cults of Chaos. 

Nightgaunt by King of Rats from Deviant Art. 
Ultimately this is going to tie back to the black pryamid of Cha'alt that's wrecking havoc in California within my campaign. But The Caverns of Quasqueton are also going to be directly tied into the dungeons of  the ACK's version of Dwimmermount . I got the idea of this while reading through Tom Moldvay's X2 Castle Amber which might also be connected to the The Caverns of Quasqueton.

I'm going back over old notes from my Castles & Crusades game & another OSR resource is The Codex Celtarum by Brian Young for some of the Celtic weirdness that I want to bring to bear on this part of the campaign. 

This all ties back into my use of ACK's Barbarians of Kanau by Omer JoelAlexander Macris. Now I don't really care if these folks get along or like each other politically. This is my personal campaign & I'll use what I want, which systems & authors,etc. 

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