Ideas for Talislanta: Savage Lands

Greetings Talislanta-fans

We want your ideas for Talislanta: the Savage Lands.

First off, this is what we are NOT looking for:
• Anything that doesn’t fit the overall vibe and make-up of the T:SL milieu
• Stats for anything at all. Don’t worry about stats at this stage; the system is being tweaked and instead of re-writing stats, just don’t include them.
• Anything about the game system. As said, that’s being tweaked.
• Adventure seed ideas. We are going to need these, of course, but let’s wait until things are more fleshed out before we pull those in.

What we are going to do is ask for ideas in a variety of topics. Every other day we’ll ask for a new list of things. What we’d like for you to give us is a very short idea. Nothing more than two or three sentences at the most. Concise is what we’re going for.

We’ll collect those, go through them, and funnel them to the writers. Furthermore, be sure to leave us your name as you’d like to see it in the book when we give credit to the fans for the help and suggestions.

 

The first thing we’re asking for is this:

  • Additional root races or ancestral races from the Talislanta books and why.  We’re not going to list what we already have; be creative and tell us what you’d like to see, if there’s overlap, we’re doing something right. If there’s things that we’ve missed, we need to know!
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6 Comments

  1. Peter Lindstrom
    Posted March 31, 2014 at 7:50 PM | Permalink

    Wow you guys are moving fast! Okay, so for starters, you would need to identify the races, nations, and cultures that already pre-existed the Great Disaster. Then, for some of your more unique cultures, develop a story that helps us to learn how they developed to be the culture in its modern form in the New Age. For example, the proto-Dracartan nomads must have sought refuge in the mountains somewhere in the Desert Kingdoms. Perhaps in that same territory, they later would find the secret of Thaumaturgy. The proto-Phaedrans will eventually meet up with the Phandre in the west. Back then, did the Werewood extend further south? Were the Wildmen not more prevalent!!!! When and how did they find the Archaean Codex? Did they have some kind of help, inspiration? The Ariane somehow survived the Great Disaster largely intact. How? Where did the Sindarin ship crash in Sindar? Where did the Kasmirans come from? In the east, Mazdak tribes were in constant war? Perhaps this was a nation of many tribes? Were they the proto-Kang? Were they proto-Quan? Amid all the turmoil, what led the Mandalan to build those beautiful garden oases in the wilderness? In the north, when was the coming of the Snow Queen? How did the Mirin start out and what led them to discovery alchemy and the secret of adamant?

    • writermonk
      Posted March 31, 2014 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

      Wow. Lots of stuff in there! I’ll add it in to the fan submission stuff and we’ll see what shakes out!

  2. RKBS
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM | Permalink

    How the Equs became sentient being ? The first Sentient Equs Their interaction with other sentient beings and the events that led them to be secretive about their inteligence

  3. John Miller
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM | Permalink

    I would love to see more of the background to the Neomorph races. Perhaps there was a race of magically ‘blank’ being that were habitually manipulated into the Neomorphs. It could have been based in the some of the land so heavily effected by the fall.

  4. Matthew Bottiglieri
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

    I’d love to see discussion of the proto-Cymrilians. How were they able to survive the savagery of that and reclaim some of their former glory. I would also like to see more discussion given to the Thrall, as well as the Bane. Perhaps the Thrall were far more savage, during this time. Perhaps they cannibalized any of their young that were deemed too weak to survive.

  5. Dean Poisso
    Posted April 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

    I’d like to see the races *that* didn’t survive. The reasons – there are already plenty of savage Sub-men action in Talislanta. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that all these races were *really* savage, it could be through extended conflict whatever nascent civility decimated one or more cultures and descended the various remainders down to the savage state they currently exist in.

    The implication of various races that *are* considered civilized in modern Talislanta indicate that they have fallen backward, relatively – Sindaran, perhaps even Ariane? Why not in reverse? the possibilities are vast. Especially since anything you create that’s new, is by default not the status-quo by the modern age.