Characters of Cimmeria: Korjak

Korjak

Korjak is a half-Orc and is the vessel for the Nordic god, Baldr. Korjak was a Lieutenant in the Rebellion army and he nominally led the four Dragovinian mortals, Gregor, Sivirdm, Stanton, and Wu, during their quest to reclaim the lost pieces of the Druid’s Prophecy. He grew to like his traveling companions more than the Rebellion leadership. After the completion of their quest he resigned his command and left with Gregor and the others to reunite the Orc tribes in the east. Continue reading

On Killing Book Review

On Killing

I finished Lt. Col Dave Grossman’s book On Killing recently. It’s about soldiers’ resistance to kill, how the military overcomes that instinct, and the larger reprecussions of that type of training on society. It is not a “how-to” book as I feared many people might’ve thought whenever I read it in public.

At the start I should say that Grossman presents a good case. He backs it up with hundreds of interviews with soldiers and his personal impressions from being in the service. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of hard data to support his point. Why? Because for the most part there just haven’t been a lot of studies on how to get someone to kill another person. It ranges into the unethical territory of psychological studies. The data he does have is convincing. Continue reading

Characters of Cimmeria: Zelus

Zelus

Zelus is the Classical deific embodiment of zeal itself. He encapsulates excitement, eagerness, rivalry, and unwavering devotion to a sworn cause. Zelus is one of the Daimons, the divine children of Pallas and the River Styx. He currently aids the Exiles in their quest to eradicate Dragovinians from the face of the earth.

Zelus has a complicated place in the Olympian pantheon. Continue reading

Cimmerian Timeline Part 12

Cimmerian Timeline Part 11

911BCE: Danar ruled justly for a decade. Rilopenaril and Langudina both advised him, but Danar always followed the advice of the bronze dragon brother. Langudina took to sulking within Apollo’s Hill as Rilopenaril had before her. After ruling as a good king for a time, Rilopenaril informed his descendant of the plan he had concocted with Shratalanda to end draconic tyranny over the land forever. Danar embraced the idea and began training the people of Sheerzen so that they would be ready for the coming war.

900BCE: The mortal led armies of Gorwinua, Amalgami, Toffoun, and Tentineh operated in the open, taking actions to counter the rule of the dragons. Tentineh called the heroes of the land together to organize the overthrow of the dragon hegemony. Gorwinua, Amalgami, Toffoun, and Tentineh gathered in Greshendale along with Danar, Jovy, Cecilia, Shratalanda, Tracy, and Bigby.
Shratalanda revealed the plan she had begun enacting nearly a century before. The dragons were divine creatures and could thus never be truly killed, but they could be imprisoned. What could bind a beast as powerful as a dragon though? Shratalanda suggested using the dragon’s magical powers against each other. Since the dragons ruled in pairs, the power of each could be turned against the other.
The group of heroes even had an ally among the dragons. Rilopenaril hated the evil rule his relatives had imposed upon the mortals of Cimmeria. He had been working with Shratalanda to steer events towards the Dragon War which now began. The ten heroes vowed to combine their forces and exploit the disunity of the dragons. Each of the pairs could be brought down and imprisoned one by one.

899BCE: The ten heroes struck quickly, imprisoning three pairs of dragon monarchs, white, black, and brass. Three powerful orbs were constructed to contain the dragons. One of each pair was locked within the orb while the other was bound to protect it from all who would seek to misuse or destroy it. Tikanile was imprisoned within the White Orb with Shivara set as his guard. Pithwatolzar was imprisoned within the Black Orb with Kovan’rorshac set as his guard. Hazorshrakan was imprisoned within the Brass Orb with Forsoman set as her guard. These orbs were dubbed the Orbs of Dragonkind.

898BCE: The dragons organized their defenses against the heroes and their armies. Mortals loyal to the dragons rose up to defend their masters. The flames of the Dragon War grew hot as battles raged all across Cimmeria.

-GoCorral

Cimmerian Timeline Part 11

Cimmerian Timeline Part 10

927BCE: Danar didn’t know how to survive in the wild. He was taken in by a group of kind villagers. They accepted him into their community and he took up a woodcutter’s axe to protect them from the monsters that plagued them. Danar never publicly used magic, but he continued to practice his arcane skills in secret.

925BCE: Danar rose to become headman of his village. He organized the people of the swamplands into a militia, so they could deserve themselves and keep order while Danar was occupied elsewhere. The black dragon brothers, Kovan’rorshac and Pithwatolzar, permitted Danar’s actions as it indirectly benefited him. Wealthier citizens meant more tribute for the dragons.

924BCE: Danar’s civilization of the swamp encountered resistance when the Elven druid, Eathirilu, arrived in the area. Eathirilu viewed Danar’s efforts to expand farm lands and hunting grounds as antithetical to nature itself. He attacked and sabotaged many of the exiled prince’s projects. The two figures crossed paths numerous times, but neither could get the upper hand over the other.

923BCE: The red wyrm, Invernix, witnessed Danar’s charitable work in the swamplands. “Why had the black dragon monarchs done nothing?” thought Invernix. “Were they lazy and decadent or was this an alliance between bronze and black?” Invernix disliked the situation either way. He entered the swamplands and began burning settlements.

922BCE: Danar refused to engage, but not for lack of courage. Rather, Danar was concerned for the fate of his people should he die. They could be killed and broken by lesser threats without his protection. Danar hoped that Invernix would grow bored and return to the Terror Mountains.

921BCE: Invernix did not leave and Danar confronted the fact that he would have to face the dragon. Danar teamed up with his previous enemy, Eathirilu, to fight Invernix. Unfortunately, Invernix defeated the pair. The great red wyrm promised to leave the swamplands untouched if Danar returned to Sheerzen and claimed the throne. Invernix planned on using Danar as a pawn in Rilopenaril’s kingdom.
Danar visited the first village he had stayed at. Revealing his magic powers he told the villagers that he was returning to his birthright in Sheerzen. People from all over gathered together to say goodbye to their leader. The combined their varied talents and made Danar a superb axe of unequaled quality to replace the old woodcutter’s axe he had used for so many years.

920BCE: Danar returned to Sheerzen to challenge the throne. His parents had died and his brother, Einhart, had defeated the other four siblings. Prince Einhart’s coronation was imminent. The people of Sheerzen protested Danar’s return, saying that his exile made his claim illegitimate. Ignoring the voices of the crowd, Einhart accepted Danar’s challenge. The two dueled in the vast, open, central elevator of Sheerzen. Danar’s axe brought him victory, but his brother shot out Danar’s right eye with an electricity spell.
Danar was coronated in his brother’s place. At the ceremony an elder earth elemental, Rhinston, attended. The elemental gave Danar a magical gem that could take the place of an eye. The gem fit perfectly in his eye socket. Danar chose to keep the eye hidden behind a patch. It was said that when Danar revealed his gem eye he could see to the truth of all things.

-GoCorral

Cimmerian Timeline Part 12

Characters of Cimmeria: Karnafaust

karnafaust

Karnafaust was the first Dwarf and the first Dwarven King. King Karnafaust always put his people first, but his hot temper often led him to make decisions to their detriment. He led the Dwarves in quitting the Conclave to found the city of Fangaroot and he was the first mortal to be brought back to life under the Resurrection Pact of Hades. Karnafaust died a second time during Kenderax the dragon’s attack on Fangaroot. The dragon devoured his bones, so he was never buried, but a shrine in his memory was built in Dalleer. Continue reading

Behind the Curtain: Designing Gurutama

One of my friends has an obsession with Skype chat groups. Skype lets you add people into a chat so you get a group chat.

I think most people just use that and then recreate the same group everytime they want to talk with those folks.

My group of friends creates chat groups for specific topics and then revives the chat when we want to use it again.

We’ve got a group for discussing our ongoing D&D campaign, a group for RSVPing to D&D, a group for discussing Hackmaster, another for Crusader Kings 2, another for Overwatch, and one for discussing our ongoing collaborative effort to develop Gurutama as a fun campaign setting.

We’ve been typing in the Gurutama one a lot lately, talking about things like Continue reading