The Days of Kruk-Ma-Kali Part 13

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Kruk-Ma-Kali’s tomb was eventually found and raided by the Second Alliance. The Alliance members sought Kharad-khor, having heard rumors of its magical power to win battles. The traps and creatures of the tomb were defeated by Tagenadi, Torin, Amalius, Aldarian, and Terroc. At the end Terroc claimed the sword and revealed himself as a secret agent of the dragovinians. With Kharad-khor in hand he teleported away to the Xorians.

King Jevaninada II had hoped to use Kharad-khor in the same manner that the Second Alliance had, as a weapon of war. Unfortunately, the spirit of Kruk-Ma-Kali was impossible to reason with. The hobgoblin ghost would be wielded by a hobgoblin or by no one. Frustrated by the sword’s obstinance, Jevaninada threw it into the Caspian Sea. Jevaninada assumed that no one would never see the sword again as it sunk to the bottom of the sea floor, but even in the water there are creatures that can wield swords.

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Cecilia

Cecilia

Cecilia is a fishing town and is the home to over 40,000 residents. Cecilia acts as Xoria’s main trading port with Persia and the other cities of the Magical Lands. It is the most diverse place in all of the Magical Lands due to the many different cultures that come to Cecilia to trade, but also due to the strong tourist attraction due to the city’s seaside nature.

Cecilia is named after the daughter of Zeus and one of his mortal liaisons, Hymniara. The original Cecilia followed both Artemis and Zeus as her patron gods and became a heroine to rival Theseus in her accomplishments. She rid the Caspian Sea of the gigantic monsters that made it impossible to fish or row a boat across it. She founded the first fishing town of the Caspian Sea and named the village after herself. Cecilia led the village and protected it from the smaller sea monsters which emerged from the depths until she died.

Merfolk, sahuagin, and other humanoid races of the water honor Cecilia because she killed the great sea serpents that kept the aquatic races’ populations small. The town of Cecilia has become a sacred place for the underwater races and because the town is considered hallowed ground it has become the official place to conduct peace talks between the different races of the Caspian Sea when such things are necessary. Almost all the religious rites of the aquatic people are performed on or near the beach of Cecilia. The races of the water allow landwalkers to view their ceremonies, but have imposed the rule that all tourists respect them and follow proper rules of etiquette to watch the rituals without repercussions. A small pamphlet that details such rules is sold by the city to those who wish to view the elaborate water rituals.

As one might guess from Cecilia’s waterside location the main businesses of the town are fishing and trading. The town has the largest civilian fleet on the Caspian Sea and it needs protection both from the weather and from the beasts that live in the ocean. Spellcasters capable of weather control are in high demand in Cecilia. The demand is so great that the clergy of Aeolus set up their main temple there. To deal with the underwater threats such as sahauguin, nagas, dragon turtles, merrow, and other beasts of the sea a chapter of the Mercenary’s Guild from Phoenix opened in Cecilia. At the start of the Second Alliance War the Xorian government took control of the guild and conscripted or enslaved all of its members.

The diet of the townspeople consists mostly of fish, sea urchins, and seaweed, but also includes staple crops and fruits grown inland to the west by independent farmers. Persian spices and other delicacies are served daily on the tables of the rich and served more often than one would expect on those of the common folk. The classic dish of Cecilia that every visitor tries is the meat of a plesiosaur served with cayenne pepper from Persia. The interesting combination is something the locals have grown fond of and tourists are wary to eat twice.

The government of Cecilia is headed by Commodore Taydasa. Taydasa is the son of the previous lady in charge of Cecilia, Shinagana. Taydasa replaced his mother when Jevaninada II’s reign began. He is in control of the city’s docks, administration, and the navy, but Taydasa prefers his administrative duites over his naval ones. He will have his subordinates compensate for any duties he cannot perform while distracted by his other jobs.

-GoCorral

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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