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My Shackled City Campaign

Campaign Background

The city of Cauldron sits atop a dormant volcano near the edge of three major geographic features - an unforgiving range of mountains called the Hell Furnaces, the sweltering Amedio Jungle, and the vast Jeklea Bay. The city, which lies entirely within the ancient caldera, is home to some 4,500 adults from a range of races (with roughly four out of five being humans).

Beginning the Adventure

Common Knowledge

Every character that reaches adulthood in this region of the Flanness would reasonably possess a fair bit of basic 'common knowledge' about the world he (or she) inhabits. What follows is an attempt to outline some of this common knowledge so that it is easily available to the players.

Geography

The conquered barbarians of Sartar (and much of the rest of the world, although the rulers of the Lunar Empire would be loath to admit it) use a common calendar which dates time in years since the Dawn (the first rising of the sun); in this calendar it is the year 1621.

The Lunar Empire uses a system of what are called "Wanes"; each Wane is a span of 54 years and by that calendar it is currently the 50th year of the seventh Wane. The campaign begins in the spring, shortly after the first snow thaws, in what is known as the week of Harmony in the "Sea Season".

Time

The conquered barbarians of Sartar (and much of the rest of the world, although the rulers of the Lunar Empire would be loath to admit it) use a common calendar which dates time in years since the Dawn (the first rising of the sun); in this calendar it is the year 1621.

The Lunar Empire uses a system of what are called "Wanes"; each Wane is a span of 54 years and by that calendar it is currently the 50th year of the seventh Wane. The campaign begins in the spring, shortly after the first snow thaws, in what is known as the week of Harmony in the "Sea Season".

Language

Most of the humans in the Dragon Pass region speak some language that is derived from the Theyalan language; this language is further sub-divided into five sub-languages, which each have multiple dialects. A character that knows one of the dialects has one-third of their skill in all other dialects within the same sub-family and one-tenth their skill with dialects outside their sub-family. Citizens of the Lunar Empire generally speak New Pelorian, the Empire's official language, but additional regional dialects do exist.

Currency

Coins in Glorantha come in four compositions - Gold Ducats, Silver Lunars, Copper Pennies (aka "clacks" in some regions) and Lead Bolgs. Only trolls commonly use Bolgs but the other coins are common in most larger human settlements. Barter and trade is the accepted norm in rural areas and in some barbarian and nomad lands.