Too late:...I don't want to google that, do I? Rule 34.
I will check them out, although my current reading list is already getting rather long - if I read everything, I will never actually get around to writing a product!I'm just wondering whether you've read Aliette de Bodard's Obsidian and Blood novels. They certainly have inspiration for Fantasy meso-america.
Well, the Ahuizotl already gets a writeup in "Fires of Zatal", so there is no need to re-skin anything. Re-stat yes, but not re-skin.Also, the kelpie and bunyip could be re-skinned to work as stand-ins for the Ahuizotl (which really sound like they were designed by D&D designers).
A good idea, but I think I will want to finish a draft for the class first.To return (if you don't mind) to pluma and hishna. It is a few years since I last read the trilogy but I distinctly remember that the plumaweaver and hishnacrafters couldn't actually cast spells, but could create magical effects through crafting their chosen substance. I like your first step towards it with that artisan ability. Would it be worthwhile spinning off a thread to create an artisan/artificer/whatever class that could then be used for any setting with magic item crafters?
I am assuming that Anchorome went to Abeir, too - considering that Laerakond showed up pretty much where Anchorome was supposed to be. Presumably it had to deal with its own dragon problems, but the details on that are way out of the scope of my current project since we barely have any information on the continent in the first place. Eventually, I might get around to dealing with the southernmost portions - those that have become part of the Kultakan Empire or which are in the vicinity of the City of Gold.Hi, I've just finished reading all this, and i want to throw my two cents in.
As a big fan of expanded super-settings, i care a lot about the relations between continents.
Returned Abeir, as you noted, is tiny, which means we need to ask :what did happen to Anchorome? Did it go to Abeir too? If so, what happened to it there? Alternatively, if it remained behind, was there a cut-off to the ocean, forming a new coastline to the north of Returned Abeir (which is apparently called Laerakond by the locals, BTW)? Did the return of Maztica replace this coastline, leaving Torilian ships grounded in the retuned land? Where was the cut-off, and what does that mean for the geography you laid out?
Ah, interesting - I just checked out "Serpent Kingdoms" (p. 55/56(, which explains the story behind that and even mentions Qotal, who accepts them as "divine minions" (hey, who wouldn't?) except for a splinter group which decides to follow Ubtao instead.Katashaka seems intended as a not-Africa, and as you saw the map of the days of thunder, you noted that the outlines of the coast there match Katashaka. Katashaka detached from Chult apparently in the first Sundering, the one where the elves raised Evermeet at the cost of wrecking Faerun. So when the couatl and yuan-ti first start fighting, the landmasses are connected. Furthermore, in faerun, the couatl are transformed sarrukh, the creator race that made the yuan-ti; though, not the same group/empire of sarrukh.
I'd like to keep the South Continent as not-South America, but the distance to what I have identified as Katashaka/the ancient homeland of the Tabaxi, is rather short. So we have plenty of space for not-African kingdoms in the eastern lowlands, not-Incans in the highlands, and interesting hybrid cultures in between.So, you could say the couatl view the yuan-ti as rebellious slave subjects, and the yuan-ti see the couatl as degenerate gods/fallen angels/demons. I've always liked Katashaka as not-Africa because it means that a not-Kush might have developed pyramids with their northern pyramid-building neighbors the Mazticans (Lopangans? The Incans also had pyramids), the same way Kush built pyramids in conjunction with Egypt.
Dragons are not exactly known for sharing their magical advancement. I think I prefer it if the Artisan class emerged as a collaboration of plumaweavers, hishnashapers, and Lantanese exiles.You changed your mind about the functionality of pluma/hishna halfway, but you also suggested having the dragons work out a strictly arcane variant. Why not say they did that, but it required a feather from an old-school feathershaping as a component. Perhaps that got away from the dragons, and led to advancement in the practice. And now that the gods are back, its child's play to get the tiny spark you need, preserving and opening up the advancement.