Saturday, October 13, 2018

Answering Jeff Rient's 20 Quick Campaign Questions

This post is really good

And around 7 years old. For those who don't want to read it, it is basically a set of 20 questions that are designed to help build up your campaign world.I'm gonna answer them below:

What is the deal with my cleric's religion?
It really depends on what religion you follow! If you're a cleric of the Faith, you're a member of the dominant monotheistic religion whose church essentially runs the state, and you may be branded a heretic due to your supernatural abilities or seen as a saint, depending on your actions. If you're a Pagan, you worship primal deities of the Urth, and practice folk magic, relying on ritual, ancient lore, and a healthy respect for nature. If you're a Demon Worshiper, you call upon powers from outside of our reality for your own personal gain, and you're probably wanted for heresy. If you're a foreigner, go wild! There's all manner of religion out there in the world, make one up yourself, or import one from another setting!

Where can we go to buy standard equipment?
Most towns in the countryside may have a general store, which may sell weapons and other adventuring equipment in addition to traditional goods. In Faithhold, the capital of the Holy Empire, your best bet for equipment are the many shops in the outer ring of the city.

Where can we go to get platemail custom fitted for this monster I just befriended?
Possibly a demi-human settlement of some kind, as elves, halflings, dwarves, and their ilk tend to be more tolerant of non-human beings, and they also tend to be left mostly alone.

Who is the mightiest wizard in the land?
Nobody knows, since magic is illegal, nobody really practices it openly.

Who is the greatest warrior in the land?
It is said that the Emperor, who appears each year clad in shining golden armor at the Unification parade, is a brave and powerful warrior, though it is not known if this is true, as he has never been seen fighting. His police force of tongue-less warrior monks, the Order of Justice, however, are by far one of the most powerful fighting forces in the Empire, with decades of evidence backing up their power.

Who is the richest person in the land?
The Emperor, probably.

Where can we go to get some magical healing?
The woods, if you seek the help of the faeries, otherwise you may need to ask the right people the right questions to find a secret coven of magic-users or Pagan sect.

Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, undeath?
Poison may be able to be cured by the average doctor, as can disease. Curses, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, and undeath, may be able to be cured by a skilled wizard or cleric, if they can be found and convinced to help, or perhaps the faeries could assist you, though their help may not be worth the trouble.

Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells?
Maybe, if you know the right people.

Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC?
Likely in the outer ring of Faithhold.

Where can I hire mercenaries?
Any town large enough to need defense. 

Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law?
Magic is illegal, and considered blasphemy by the empire. So is demon worship, Paganism, and atheism.

Which way to the nearest tavern?
Just follow the sound of drunken laughter.

What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous?
Goblins, werewolves, vampires, ogres, and rampaging bands of orcs are occasionally found raiding towns in the outer reaches of the empire. 

Are there any wars brewing I could go fight?
Not really, but you could join the inquisition and search for heretics.

How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes?
Nope, sorry!

Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight?
Demon cults pop up all over the place, most of which want to change the world (not necessarily for the better).

What is there to eat around here?
Carrots, chicken, sheep, cows, bread, and some onions. Seasoning is probably expensive, at best you'll get some salt.

Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for?
The serpent-folk left many ancient ruins, many of which are full to the brim with prehistoric artifacts.

Where is the nearest dragon or other monster with Type H treasure?
Dragons come and go like hurricanes, erupting from their slumber beneath the earth to attack until they are slain. Any hill may potentially be a dragon's bed, ready to explode into flame and scales.

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