As I mentioned in a previous post today, 4e’s release has given me inspiration to design my own custom setting to play in. Another great source of inspiration came from my love of the Forgotten Realms and how it came to be. So, I’ve decided to open up suggestions to my players; find out what they would like to see in a setting and see if it fits within the basic structure I’m working on.
For many scholars, the history of Ameryka can only be traced back to the age when what was known as The Great Cataclysm had occured. Sometimes refered to as the Godswar, the world of Ameryka was shaken to the core as an event of unknown origins ripped through the world, spliting its lands asunder and reshaping the realms above and below.
Almost a millenium has passed since that fateful event and the lands are almost healed of its wounds. However, many civilizations fell during that time and there are still places where people are picking up the pieces, be it from the tragedy of the cataclysm to the dark times that followed. But with heroes coming forth, exploring this bold new world, treading where many fear to go, hope for a brighter future may yet be restored.
This is, in a nutshell, the very basic premise of the world. A place shattered by a global catastrophe now on the edge of its dark ages looking towards a possible brighter future.
My biggest problem though is I’ve no experience in designing a world. So there’s plenty for me to doubt and wonder. Was 995 years too long for such a recovery? While not all places in Ameryka are dark evil places, should more of the world possibly have recovered in such a time?
Of course, being a world of magic, anything could delay recovery from strange storms, shifting land masses, numerous attacks, etc. My other problem is designing civilizations. does it seem feasable that a group of people might find there way to a certain place?
Of course, I could just be worrying a little too much at this point. Perhaps those details are not needed just yet. But hopefully, I’ll be able to play within this world more and more and watch an interesting realm be born.