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« on: August 17, 2022, 07:42:57 PM »

Curious how you all play your game.  Specifically, how you visualize the various cultures and races in Eredane.  Admittedly, reductionistic parallels are, well, reductionistic and over simplifications.  This said, I personally think it is helpful to articulate the frameworks we are projecting (if any).

So, are your Dorns derivative Celtic, and you Sarcosans Persians?  Or do you have a completely different vision? And how do you represent Haflings, Gnomes, and Elves?

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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2022, 01:00:26 AM »

Dorns are Scots-Vikings, Erenlanders are bog standard Warhammer Fantasy-esque German humans, and Sarcosans are Moorish Spain!

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2022, 04:57:32 AM »

I've always felt the Dorns are primarily analogous to Norsemen, though some houses do have obvious Scottish influences. Sarcosans, inspired by Persians and Arabians. Nomadic halflings remind me of indigenous North Americans (Indians of the Great Plains). The last campaign I ran ended about a decade ago, and I don't think I gave Gnomes, Elves, or Dwarves identities analogous to real world human cultures. I just went with what was in the books, which doesn't stray too far from standard Tolkien-inspired fantasy. That said, we only made it through a few chapters of Crown of Shadow (plus some homebrewed side treks), so my players only encountered some Dwarves early on, and the handful of Elf and Gnome NPCs that show up early in the adventure (Wendel and the Avatars of the Witch Queen), one Sarcosan rebel, and a tribe of Halflings. So at that point in the campaign, I didn't think diving in any depth into the various cultures of Eredane was critical.

When I launch my next Midnight campaign -- hopefully within the next few years -- I do intend to give more thought to human and non-human (including Orcish and Goblinoid) cultures.  

EDIT: Did you know that "Dorn" is an anagram for "Nord" -- the French word for North? I don't know if that was intentional on the part of the designers.
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