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It happened 2 years ago. The world ended. Or at least as far as your little town can figure out it did. The dead stopped having the decency to be dead. They rose up. They destroyed everything. Or at least as far as you can tell they did to the rest of the world. Fortunatly for your small town the dead don't seem to like to cross moving water. Your small island town that used to make money from river tolls is all that's left. Fortunately you could feed yourselves mostly through the fish you caught and the small fields and gardens on the island.
It's the coldest fall anyone can remember. There's been a terrible illness going around. We've been struggling to keep people from dieing. We don't want to have to commit anymore bodies to the river. A couple days ago the river froze over. Everyones that's able has been out everyday breaking the ice up but how long can we keep it up? Everyday more people come down with the illness.
The local elders think this is the work of the foul Wizard Donatus. Perhaps if someone were to deal with him this plague would end.
Campaign Burning Questions
What’s the Big Picture? What’s going on in this setting that makes it ripe for adventure. What’s changing, evolving, declining?
The big picture is that the suddenly zombies appeared in the world for the first time a couple years ago. The dead started rising. It appears to your small village that the outside world has been destroyed.
What’s the world’s culture? What are the cultural analogs? Analogs can be taken from historical earth, current events or fantasy works.
Your town originally started out as essentially buccaneer extracting a tax for boats trying to travel the rivers. In a largely unruled area. Eventually over time the towns tax became seen as legitimate. Since the buccaneers kept that stretch of river safe from other people and natural hazards.
What’s the conflict in which the characters are involved? What are the sides? What’s wrong?
The conflicts are the town is surrounded by zombies, people are getting sick, the river is freezing.
What physical place does this conflict take place in? What ecology, environment, place?
A frozen river, snowy woods, a small island town.
What’s the name of the most important place in this setting? Not the capital or any dumb shit like that, but THE PLACE where all the action goes down?
What’s the name of a faraway place that folks talk about, dream about or mutter under their breath about?
Qaasim, a large city far down river. Home to the worlds dominant faith. Surely the priests saved the city.
Who are the antagonists? Who is opposing the goals of the characters?
The Wizard Donatus. The village elders? Maybe they don’t want you to leave town.
What type of magic exists in this world?
Sorcery, Faith, Death Art
What character races are in play in this world? Are there races other then human? If so what are they?
Human, Elf, Dwarf, Orc, Great Spider, Roden
If Sorcery is used, what’s it’s idiom? Does it require speech? Gestures?
Speech and Gestures are required.
If Sorcery is used, what spells are available? Which spells are inappropriate to the game world?
I don’t see any restrictions yet.
If is Faith used, what is the Faith idiom? What are the religions? Is Faith universal or does it only affect believers?
Faith is universal. It affects all.
What’s your Resources cycle? 1 month, seasonal, 6 months, annual? What’s the game world’s currency? Who collects the taxes? What do people do for work? What’s the major economy? What’s the black market economy?
Resource cycle is seasonal. Money has largely taken a backseat during the crisis. There are still of course gold, silver and copper coins floating around but at this point really it’s about your reputation and barter.