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King Arthur's Regnum Sapientium

by admin published Jun 21, 2015 09:41 AM, last modified Jun 21, 2015 09:41 AM
One area that I have used as a starting location, is a mythical Arthurian setting. This section provides a brief overview of this area. Note that it is intentionally NOT a copy of our modern version of the settings, rather it is a split of the multiverse that has many aspects that are comfortably familiar from the Arthurian legends, but have significant differences (for example the Elven empire is a close analog to the Roman empire in decline, but not by any means identical).

This continent is considered the "middle north land" in relation to the other 4 continents of the sea, though the far eastern oriental lands consider themselves the "Middle-kingdom" spiritually.

The humans in this area were originally tribal (Celtic/Gaelic).

    All the humans in this area, initially learned the lower “vulgar” tongue of the High Elves during this occupation of hundreds of years. Most of the humans respected but feared this much more advanced people.

    Until the High Elves came along and “civilized them”. Later the Elves lost interest, and pull back some of the borders, leaving the humans to fend for themselves. It has been hundreds of years since the Elves left the humans to their own rule in this area. There was war and chaos for centuries, until Uther Pendragon began to unite the kingdoms. Over time, the language of the humans in this area drifted to their own variant of the Elven tongue, that the humans now call “Latin”.
    
    The humans that do not hold on to their old Celtic/Gaelic roots, and do not consider themselves to be part of Arthur's kingdom, call themselves the “Latiniatus” roughly after the structure of the Elven tongue.

    The Arthurian Human kingdom was greatly influenced by the High Elves, and thus also takes that on, but as actual Latin.

    Those of Arthur's lands call themselves the Sapiens, from Homo Sapiens “wise or knowing man”.
    Their land they call Sapientium.

This only applies to the humans from this “Arthurian Age” part of the world of Beru.

When the PCs arrive at the southern port of this small land, they find out that war is brewing between the forces of Arturias aka Arthur versus Mordred's forces.

The Elves were once a great empire, but they have been slowly withdrawing from their vast empires, breaking into smaller factions, and losing interest in the struggles of the "lesser races".

The following information only applies to the humans from this “Arthurian Age”, in this particular part of the world of Beru (there are many other continents that have very different histories separated by vast seas, and the vast sea mists.

After the fall of Uther Pendragon, war spread anew, until the rise of Arthur Pendragon.

Arthur has brought peace and prosperity to the human lands of the Latiniatus (as the Elves call them) for many years.

But trouble is brewing, that will directly affect all the surrounding lands and people, human, elf, and otherwise.

In recent years the Sapientium priests had all the cats in the kingdom slain, believing them to be spies and servants of “evil forces” (actually true, many worked for Lolth and The Drow). The humans of the kingdom are very superstitious (without much consistency), and so have helped all but eliminate all felines (house-cat-sized at least) from the lands. This has of course lead to a rise in vermin.

The humans in this area were originally completely tribal (Celtic/Gaelic/Pictish).

    Until the High Elves came along and “civilized them”.

    All the humans in this area, initially learned the lower “vulgar” form of the tongue of the High Elves during this occupation of hundreds of years. Most of the humans respected but feared this much more advanced people.

Later the Elves lost interest in the "lesser races", and pulled back some of the borders, leaving the humans to fend for themselves. It has been hundreds of years since the Elves left the humans to their own rule in this area. There was war and chaos for centuries, until Uther Pendragon began to unite the kingdoms. Over time, the language of the humans in this area drifted to their own variant of the Elven tongue, that the humans now call “UrLatin”.
    
    The humans that do not hold on to their old Celtic/Gaelic roots, and do not consider themselves to be part of Arthur's kingdom, call themselves the “Latiniatus” roughly after the structure of the Elven tongue.

    The Arthurian Human kingdom was greatly influenced by the High Elves, and thus also takes that on much of their feudal political systems and laws.

    Those of Arthur's lands call themselves the Sapiens, from Homo Sapiens “wise or knowing man”.

    Their land they call Sapientium.