Gurutama Timeline Revising Part 14

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The Bwarlorn Dwarves finally get their vengeance in this post. Their act parallels the original Dwarf curse in many ways. They target a group that did not suspect such an attack. The group suffers heavy causalities and then forced pregnancies. The pregnancies result in horrible unwanted mutant babies.

The Bastards of the Book don’t target the Dwarves though. They attack the Dwarven allies, the Elves.

But in the grand scheme of history, rape is just another tragedy of war. What makes this special enough to include?

The creation of a new race because the hybrid genetics is why. The Hobgoblins will come to play a big role in the Lower Maw.

And we’ve also got the Rana slowly developing into their humanitarian selves by founding Gurutama’s equivalent of the real world charity organization, The Red Cross.

429 NA: The group of Najaran men sought to rebel against their Dwarven overlords. They sent scouts into the Eastern Maw to recruit primitive Humans outside of the boundaries of the Empire to assist in fighting the Dwarves. While the small rebellion of these men was one among many to be squashed by the Dwarven jackboots one good thing came of the Najarn scouts’ journey. They made contact with the Rana.

The words of the Najarns troubled the Rana and left a lasting impact. They had never heard of people who openly sought violence upon other intelligent beings. The Rana set about to bring light to all those who wanted to see once again…

The Rana gathered many of their beloved children, great sages, silver-tongued peace-makers, and humble friends, and sent them forth into the world. And they named them, the Monks of the Gossamer Waves, an order of peace, pacifism, and kindness.

441 NA: With each year the ranks of the Bastards of the Tattered Book grew and their fury seemed endless. Many spoke of purging the Metal Tiers and of making the women and children of Hearthland suffer as their men made the Bwarlor suffer. Still more wanted to storm the Najaran coast and join forces with the Najarns against the Empire Dwarves.

But a cruel streak coming from their primitive ancestors inspired another course of action. The Bastards unfurled their black sails and set out, not west to the Hearthland nor north to join the numerous rebellions against the Empire Dwarves. No, the Bastards went south to the ripe forests hidden behind the indomitable Mandibles.

442 NA: It is said that history is doomed to repeat itself, and just as the Dwarves of Hearthland imposed their sons on the Bwarlor, so did these new Dwarves rape the city of Shianosoth and sow their children amongst the innocent Elven people. A new breed coalesced in the shadow of that damned city, mockery of the goodness and order, a savage combination of its three father races: the swiftness and stature of the good Elves, the greed and steadfast determination of Dwarvenkind, and the madness of their grandfather, Humanity. The first Hobgoblins were born into the world…

-Mister Ed

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An Overview of Gurutama Part 3

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I promised to write more about the Merfolk of Gurutama and here it is!

The Dawn of Worlds game that created Gurutama was actually our third attempt.

I’d played once with one friend so another person besides me would know the rules.

We tried it with the whole group, but we were unsatisfied with the way the world went.

There were two many weird races (cloud people, shapeshifting lizard people, etc) and large portions of the world were uninhabited and undeveloped.

We revised the way we were using the rules slightly and tried again.

That third game produced Gurutama.

The second game featured a large conflict between robot people called Warforged and cow people called Minotaurs.

An additional participant in this conflict were the Sahuagin.

Sahuagin look like the image above. They are more full fish-human hybrid whereas the typical view of Merfolk is a literal half fish half human.

My friend who made Sahuagin in the first game carried over the underwater civilization to our second game and made the Merfolk.

Wanting the Merfolk to be even more involved in the world, he made them master traders of the world.

Like I said earlier, the Merfolk worship Drolfo, god of the sea.

Drolfo performed miracles for the Merfolk at the beginning of the world, so its likely that the Merfolk are ruled by a theocracy.

It’s just as likely that the Merfolk are ruled by the merchant class due to their trade focused culture.

I’d guess its an element of both, perhaps like India’s feud between the Brahmin and Kshatriya castes.

Brahmins rule through religious power and Kshatriyas through military power.

We never officially decided how that worked though.

I’d imagine the Merfolk are viewed by the rest of Gurutama the same way the rest of Earth views the USA.

The USA is a powerful capitalist nation just like the Merfolk.

The USA is cut off from most other countries by oceans just like the Merfolk.

The USA interferes with other nations to secure benefits for itself just like the Merfolk.

So, just like the USA but with more religion involved in government.

Next time I’ll talk about the humans of Gurutama!

-Mister Ed

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