Many epic legends are told every day of the year, from stories of great heroes, and sacrifices. In The Regents War, there were men of great fortitude, of cunning, and skill. They were seen as champions, the bringers of victorious consequence. This is not a story about these men.
The kingdoms, the empires, the tribes, of great variety, all had their moments of glory and infamy, trials and triumphs. There were many great battles that entire written works are devoted to. There were many common folk in those battles. This is a story of them, but not in those moments. No, this is a story of the times beyond that.
We only start reading when the heroes go to rest. The western side of the Follahn Divide, the lands of Cercia, where the rocks give way to dense forest and lush grassland. They had seen fighting on their lands, but, even with the mountains so high, it seemed as though the fires in the cities of the empire beyond the ridge crawled up into the heavens, blackening the sky. Many folk were called in to serve, being either a citizen of one of the few Imperial towns on their side of the mountains, or as mercenaries. Some towns were brought in on the opposite side, owing nothing to the enemies of the Great Laraven Empire, but knew an opportunity when they saw one. The Empire divided opinion in Cercia, and blood had been spilled for and against it's tyranny/benevolence. The Regents War had distracted imperial forces from their eternal quest of expansion, but new forces would be the source of troubles for the town from now on.
The wars were fought with a typical style of imperial dealings, silver tongues and golden pockets, but also with swords in hand. But those hands were not just those of men. After the wars end, discord still ran rampant inside the empire's borders, and, after looting and a few small victories, the orcs, brought in as mercenaries from the lands beyond the northern walls, were subjected to a relocation programme, finding themselves given tribute, but forced to go west. What was left of their homes before, in the scrub, and the marshy delta of the River Phyria, was gone, burned to the ground by imperial enemies. It benefited the Laravens as well, as while the orcs fought for them now, today was a new day, and the mountains may prove a better border than the walls to the north.
So, now, the orcish tribes are thrown into he cooking pot, along with the humans, and some lesser ingredients. The horse-men, the centaurs, roam the fields, causing trouble when the ill-prepared stumble into he open, or during the rut (mating season). Some giants roam where the mountains diverge from their usual north-south run, and spread tot he west, on the northern side of Cercia. They are a peaceful people, but the coming winter may drive them into more aggressive tones. Elves gather in the woods, and wolf men haunt the fields. In these times of loose allies, and mixing of the pot, will Cercia perish, or shall it find unity? Many will bleed, and old wounds will be reopened. But life can flourish, order will fight chaos, and hands will grasp beyond borders, as well as fight within them.
Hello everyone, thanks for reading that. I hope you got the gist of it, but I will answer any question you may have. This is a free-form game that I will DM/GM, maybe even join in on. So, basically, orcs are thrown into a land basically run by humans (for the most part), thrown in by the (clichéd, but fun) empire, which has just gone though a very bloody war. If you wish to play, there are many available positions. I'm looking for:
1st: Native Humans (What you are, probably),
Orcs (Not LotR disgusting, more of a brutish, green race. Like the Elder Scrolls, in a way)
These will be the largest two groups, unless I get overwhelming feedback for something different. The story can be pliable, if needs be.
2nd: Imperial Forces (They have some sway over a few areas in Cercia, though they are not in a rock-solid position. They are probably the trickiest of the bunch, the ones who least want friendship between the races. “Divide and conquer” is the Roman way, which the Laraven Empire is based loosely on, if you didn't pick that up.),
Centaurs (A secondary force who have influence over the plains regions in the far western part of the Cercia. Wilder than the orcs, but in many cases wiser, you never know what you're getting into when you see one of these people with you in their sights.)
These will be smaller, but noticeable groups in our story. If the first groups hope at all for stability (which isn't set and done, by the way), they will have to contend with these groups.
3rd: Elves (Classic. Bowmen of the tall trees. Agile, fair skinned, artistic but not industrial. I, and I'm sure some of you, would be remiss if I didn't include these Sylvan men of grace.)
Giants (Let's say they have a range of 12-20 ft (3.5-6m), or 40-60 ft. (12-18m) tall. They have many weaknesses, such as lack of group cohesion, lack of agility or endurance, balanced by their great strength and size. An unprepared force can be totally routed by one of them, but a prepared people may turn the tables. As said, normally peaceful and secluded, but winter may bring some down to find food, whether it's wild grains, or a milk cow. The larger they are, the more severe the weaknesses listed.)
Fey, wolf-people (permanent werewolves), other mythical creatures. PM me, and we'll discuss anything not on here.
A simple character sheet, I ask you to put in as much detail as you wish, and PM myself for approval. If you try, and understand English, I'm sure we can work something out. Please try to fit in how your character feels about other races, the Empire, that sort of thing.
I'm also looking for a possible Co-GM. Some help is always appreciated, and I have a life beyond RPing (until my conscious is transferred into virtual reality, in which case, we'll move this to there.). I'm much more picky about this position, but remember that I appreciate the attempt.
Character Sheets and OOC: http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=178423.msg8492724#msg8492724
I've had experience GMing before, and I hope that we can all have fun together. If I've forgotten to mention something, tell me.