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However, as presented, another human wouldn't fit into the original prompt (he could be an elf or some other 'mostly human' race though.) That's not saying the original idea couldn't be adjusted of course. Perhaps the warlock is just the first human from the 'real world' that's been admitted. That's mostly up to Lunar though, it was his pitch :)
Speaking of Lunar's original choice, it seems like we have enough interest to maybe start some discussion on the general setting and such, so I am going to extrapolate out some of the implications I drew from Lunar Raven's initial pitch. (mostly because I am bored and this is something I can type at work, then email to myself and post on E from my phone. Also, to be honest, I enjoy talking about games almost as much as playing them.)
While the story revolves around the Caernaven Academy, the academy itself is located in some mystical fantasy world dominated by the Fae, specifically one where humans are either rare and/or non-native, if not non-existent.
There is also the mention that the eldritch entity was trapped in the 'real world' implying that this mystical fantasy world exists in addition to, rather than instead of, the real world (which is presumably inhabited entirely by humans). However, the fantasy world's existence seems to be fairly separate from the real world, only rarely (if ever) interacting with it.
We also know that the fantasy land is inhabited by a great multitude of 'tribes and clans' which are implied to be of different races, as well as the Fae nobility.
Due to the existence of the academy, the world clearly has some need (or at least want) for 'mighty champions'. However, it's also clear that it is, at least in some way, a very ordered world where royal decrees affecting the majority of the population (if not all of it) can be issued and are expected to be obeyed, and also where having representatives of all the different tribes can be gathered into one place without things immediately devolving into violence.
The school itself is described as having a more modern vibe, with modern (-esq at least) technology and styling.
So, based on those assumptions, here are a few questions/thoughts I think are important for establishing the setting, along with my thoughts on an answer.What is the real world like?
I think it would be kind of interesting if the 'real world' was actually more or less the Real modern world. Maybe our warlock could have a bit of a harry potter thing going on. "Yer possessed by an ancient and forgotten god, Harry."What exactly is the relationship between the mythical world and the real world?
Perhaps they were once one and the same, but the humans, tired of being oppressed by the magically powerful fae, fled to a magically dead realm where they could compete on an even playing field, eventually driving the fae out completely. Now, the Fae courts use Earth as a dumping ground and a prison, trapping undesirables in a place where they cannot muster the magical power to return home.Are there any humans in the mystic lands? Or do they just live on earth?
I think it could go either way, but if there are humans in the fairy lands, they should probably be somewhat distinct from earth (or whatever) humans.Why does the academy exist? Or more specifically, what are all these champions being trained to do?
We already know that there is a Winter and Summer court, so the eternal struggle between them is a good start. I get the feeling that the conflict is much more ceremonial and traditional than it is an actual war though. So it could be that while the stakes are real enough, the champions are being trained to fight in a war that's almost like professional sports. The war between Summer and Winter is really just what keeps everyone busy and entertained. Of course, there could also be some other, external threat as well, and/or random wandering monsters and the like.What's the over-all population of this fantasy world? Are there millions of goblins, possibly split into many tribes? Or are there really only a few thousand, or even a few hundred, of each race?
It could really go either way, but I think it would work pretty well if "the goblin tribe" which is a few hundred strong, is literally all of the goblins in the world. The population could still be fairly substantial, but there aren't more than a few hundred individuals of any particular race (though some races might have more split between multiple ethnicities. e.g. the northern snow goblins vs the southern jungle goblins, ect.)What exactly are the 'tribes, clans, and powerful families of ancient bloodlines' that are now entitled to a single representative?
My thought is that really everyone who lives in the mystic world is a fae, even though only the word is usually only used to refer to the true fae who make up the noble courts. However, really, most of them are just regular fantasy races rather than the weird and mysterious Sidhe or whatever. So the true fae are probably just flavors of elf.
So the 'powerful families' would be the elven nobles who make up the Summer and Winter courts, and whose allegiance to their respective courts goes back hundreds of generations, to the point that being Summer or Winter is as much a part of their identity as their family name.
Everyone else would be organized into small tribes and clans on rough racial and ethnic lines, and their allegiance would be more flexible. While some tribes would traditionally serve one side or the other, those allegiances are known to change.
Im probably dramatically overthinking it, but thats half the fun