"Hawk, having suffered the ignominy of watching both his father and fiancée die at the hands of his brother, Voltan, sets out on a quest for companions to aid him in his fight to stop his brother's reign of evil and free the Abbess"
This is going to pick up right where OSR Commentary On 'The Sword & The Sorcerer' film From 1982 As Inspiration For Your Old School 2d6 Campaigns left off. The age of Cromwell is long over & its now the age of Hawk!
So let's talk Nineteen Eighty's 'Hawk The Slayer' & 2d6 Warpland rpg. Wait what do mighty sword wielding barbarians & Jack Kirby like Sword & Sorcery have to do with Jack Palance's Prince Voltan?! Quite a bit actually. Let's say that Warpland over the centuries has existed besides an ancient Earth and let's say that Elves, fairies, etc. almost all of the mythic creatures have crossed over into it. Yes this sounds like a tag line from Sword of Cepheus rpg. Instead we're going to turn the dial forward a bit to Barbaric rpg supplement as an add on for Sword of Cepheus rpg & Warpland. Yes, Elves exist here in this Europe but their tribes are refugee's from another forgotten universe. They are creatures of legend who have moved on.
The Chaos storms have ravaged this Europe for centuries and then blown back cross the void between worlds. This is a world where the strong survive & only the heroes can stand up to the alien warlords of Warpland.
: "We have sat waiting like this many times before. Sometimes I tire... of the fighting and killing. At night, I can hear the call of my race. They wait for me. When I join them, we will be forgotten."
This is a ravaged Europe whose warlords & dark wizards are from Warpland. Time after time the dark powers have taken full advantage of & preyed on the peoples of this world. Voltan is only the latest warlord to take advantage of these evil powers. Or are they taking advantage of him?! Think Michael Moorcock's Elric mixed with Saturday afternoon VHS matinee's here for the tone of such a campaign.
And no one seems to know where he is getting his barbaric hordes of an army?! They come across Europe sweeping aside anyone in their way. Where are they coming from?! Warpland of course provides the much needed muscle & support. What do the warlords of Warpland get in return?! Slaves, treasures, food, etc.
The Elves & other refugee races from Warpland have helped mankind survive against the onslaught. But they will be forgotten as the Christian God comes into play. There is no mankind's history only from one age to another. Hawk carries on the ancient traditions of his people. The warlords of Warpland are very reluctant to share any of their high technological magical relic weapons with an insane fool such as Vultan. But he remains a useful tool for the moment. Voltan gets the occasional horde of mutants, orcs, humanoids, etc.
The Elvish empire is waning as their lands carved out between the spaces of Warpland & Earth have been ravaged by the chaos storms. The occasional ruins & dungeons though still hold many treasures.
Orcs began to rise up from the ashes of these lands & only the 'old king''s forces have held them back. Voltan has been recruiting but these wild orc tribes answer to no man.
The death of the 'old king' signals the chaos that will follow in Voltan's wake. This is exactly what some of the other warlords of Warpland are waiting for.
The 'old king' held many of the Elven & other fantasy races treaties in check. His death is all that is needed to signal chaos in Europe. Hawk is the last of the mercenary kings of Europe. Hawk's band of adventurers will have a hard time retaming Europe in the grips of a 'post Voltan' empire. And that's where your PC's come in.
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