Mists of the North (Domain Lore)

BlueSlime

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This thread will be a consultation place for any information pertaining to Birthright games in this subforum. Currently, that is limited to Diagasvesle's 1 on 1 game placed in Hogunmark.

Birthright was D&D 2ed's prescient attempt at a political game before the whole Game of Thrones craze happened. PCs take the role of rulers who have divine blood of the gods in their veins which actually allows them to better rule and improve their lands. So you adventure to resolve plot points, but also can run a realm and lead armies and wage wars to change the face of the world map. It also has a bit of Highlander mixed in because you can duel someone and violently steal their blood powers by stabbing them in the heart.


A *brief* overview of the setting:
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Whew, okay. Not as brief as I'd have liked.

Anyway, now I'm going to focus on the details of the Nation of Hogunmark, which is where Malena, the only PC so far, lives. I'll naturally detail the lands around Hogunmark a little, but will probably wait until they become story relevant to really flesh them out. A map will be provided, so anyone interested enough who wants to say "hey, what's that place?" can just PM me or reply to this thread. I can also direct people via PM to a place to download some reference material, but the nature of the game is that the PC takes the spot of some of these NPC rulers. So some details are changed by necessity for my game.

Hogunmark:
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BlueSlime

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Re: Mists of the North (Domain Lore)

Map of the Rjurik Highlands (Northwest of Cerilia... land of the Midnight Sun.)

Hogunmark is in the upper left. Realm of the White Witch is to the east. Blood Skull Barony is Southeast of Hogunmark, led by the cruel Hobgoblin Warlod known as Thrakazz. Rjuvik is a Kingdom of Thieves and Cutthroats directly to the Southwest, but fortunately they don't really bother the Hoguns. To the west is Jankaping, which is a human realm dealing with its own civil problems at the moment.

To the far east, in the Wildlands is the Elven Kingdom of Lluabraight (where Malena's elven family is from). Little is known of that realm, as any human that enters those woods is never seen again... though sometimes their frozen, naked corpses are found on the borders. Far beyond this place is the goblinoid kingdom of Urga-Zai. A Rjuven settled land called Hjolvar lies beyond that, accessed only by sea and kept alive mainly with trade to the Brechts who dwell further east in the Bay of the Kraken.

If you're wondering what the numbers mean... [A/B]
A = Rating of the province (higher = more development, more people, more taxes, etc.)
B = Magical potential. Goes down whenever province rating goes up, magical features of the land determine untapped potential. Only means something when a proper source has been built and a magic user tries to cast realm magic... which is a spell with a season long casting time.

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