Erebus Players Guide

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The Erebus Player's Guide to adventuring in Kael's world of Fall from Heaven II.

Text of Erebus Players Guide

  • I. Introduction

    II. WorldHistory

    III. TheGods

    IV. Nations

    V. Races

    VI. Geography

    VII. GameSystemChanges

    I.Introduction

    WelcometotheErebusPlayersGuidefortheworldofFallfromHeavenII!Thisguideisintendedtobeacomprehensive,andcanonicallycorrectintroductionforplayersnewtotheworldorwellversedinthesettingofthepopularCivilization4modwhowishtoadaptitforanRPGcampaign,thoughitisnotnecessarilyofficial,anditcertainlyisntbindingifaparticulargroupwishedtoembellish,change,orremoveaspects.Emphasisisplacedondescriptionsofthepeopleandplacesthatmakeuptheworld,ratherthanmechanicalgameplayadaptations,foreaseofusewithothersettings,butconvertingelementsofD&D5theditionspecificallywillbediscussed.

    Somemajorsecretsofparticularcharactersorplaceshavebeenomitted,however,

    astheplayerslearnthosesecretstheywillbeaddedtothisguide.

    Finally,creditfortheideashereinbelongslargelytoDerekKaelPaxton,theoriginalcreator,andthentotheotherwritersaswellasmyselfwhohelpedcrafthisoldstoriesintoacoherentworld,andalsotothemanypostersatCivfanaticswholovedexploringitwithus.OriginalbyNikisKnightEditedbyB.Chaos

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  • II.WorldHistory

    Therewasatimewhenthecosmoswasatpeacewhencooperationreignedandhopehadachampion.ThesewerethedayswhenmanwascreateduponErebus.Eachofthetwentyonegodscontributedtheirwisdom,imbuingmanwithanelementoftheirprecept.Forabrieftime,asmanmultipliedonErebus,allwasgoodintheworld.Thenthedaysofpeaceendedforreasonsunknown,sevenofthegodsturnedontheothers,seekingtheirownaggrandizementoverthegoodoftheworldthattheyhadshared.Notonlydidthisbreakthepeaceoftherealmsmortalandcosmic,thedomainofeachofthesefallengodswaswarpedtoreflecttheirnewnature.Hopebecamedespairandwinteroppressive.ThegrandpotentialofErebuswaslost.

    Thegodsclashedacrossthefaceoftheyoungworld,bringinghumancivilizationtoitskneeswithcataclysmsandgreatbeastsbroughtforthtoclaimdominionfortheirgods.ThistimebecameknownastheAgeofDragons.Mankindstruggledforsurvivalandtheworldwasrentasunder.Thegodseachcreatedtheirownarmies,frommightyArchangelsanddragonstolesserdemonsandgiants.Whilethesearmiesclashed,somegodsretiredfromdirectwarfaresometriedtoremainneutral,tendingtothenaturalworldclosely,fewsucceeded.

    FinallyitbecamecleartoeventhemostzealousofthetwentyonethattheGods'warhadtoend.AllofthegodsmetandaCompactwasmade,anagreementthatthegodswouldwithdrawandonlyinterferewiththeworldthroughlimitedmeans,lesttheydestroyit.TheGodslayerwasformedasaphysicalmanifestationofthatagreement,capableofkillinganygodwhoenterscreation.TherewouldneverbepeaceonErebus,buttherewasnowenoughstabilitythatcivilizationcouldarise.

    ThescatteredandprimitivetribesoftheworldcouldlivewithoutfearoftheGodswar.Kingdomsgrewandempiresformed.ThestrongestofthesewasanempireofmencalledPatria,anditmadecontactwiththenationsofotherraces,theAifons,Elves,andDwarves.Patriagrewinpower,eventuallybecomingunrivaledinscopeandauthoritywithinfluencewherevermendwelt.Kylorinwasawiserulerofthisnation,buthewasbetrayed.Heconsideredkillinghimself,settlinginsteadforabargainwiththemysteriousfallengoddessCeridwen.Hegainseternalyouthandameasureofthepowerthatthecreatorgodsthemselveshave,calledmagic.Asthegenerationspass,hispowergrowswhiletheworshipofCeridwencorruptsthenation.ThistimebecomesknownastheAgeofMagic.WizardsandSorcererspracticebizarreexperiments,creatingcreatureslikemanticores,chimera,andtrolls.Theyruletheirfiefdomsasgods.

    Arebelliontakesplaceandwarsplinterstheempire,withgoodreligiousforcesagainstthecreationsandunholymagicofthesorcerers.Bytheendmanyhumannationshavebeenformed.Fire,giftedbythegoodgoddessBhall,becamethegreatestweaponagainstsorcerersthepridethisbroughttohermayhavemadehersusceptibletothetemptationsofAgares,godofdespair,forshefell,rainingfireonthenewkingdomsofmenandtwistingherfollowers.

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  • ThegodofWinterexploitedthisopening,andenteredcreation.Unwillingtorestart

    theGodswar,theotherschoseSucellus,godofnature,tofightMulcarn,andhewasslainintheattempt.Apermanentwintersetinacrosstheworld,crushingcivilizationforcenturies,untilaremnanttribewasabletofindtheGodslayerandkillMulcarn.

    Winterendedandtimepassed.Sincethatdaymen,elves,anddwarveshaveemergedfromtheirhovelsandcavesthatshelteredthemtoonceagainraiseempires,andonceagainempiresarebeginningtocollide.Further,thewarmingclimateallowsancientbeastsandnewtribessuchastheOrcsandLizardmentothrive,competingwithfracturedhumanity.ThegreatestsecretsofPatriaarelost,butmagicisstillapotentforce,morewidelyavailablethanwhenKylorinandhispupilsheldswayoverthegreatwizardcourts.Armiesofeverynationarebeingraised,andwarbandsthatoweallegiancetononeareflexingtheirownmartialpower.TheGodswarisagrimmemoryineachgodsheaven,buttheirmyriadagendasremain,andsomortalsareempoweredwithdivineblessingstoadvancethosemanycauses.TheworldofErebusisonceagaincaughtbetweentheseforces,andnoteventhegodsknowwhatwillcomeinthisAgeofRebirth.

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  • III.TheGods

    Thereare21godswhoinfluenceErebus,eachofwhomgovernsaparticularpreceptordomain.Thegodspersonalityisreflectedinthepreceptheorshegoverns,andviceversa.Whiletheydohavefreewillandarenotsimplymanifestationsofwhattheywield,theyareinfluencedandinreturninfluencethespherethattheycommand.Thereismuchmoreworshipedbeyondthesegods,andmostmortalsdonothavedetailedinformationonthegoalsandactionsofthegods.Eachgodandtheirdomainarebrieflydescribedbelow.

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  • TheGoodGods:

    Amatheon:GodofCreation.Hisdomainisthatofnovelconceptsandideas,andhisArchangelisMaponostheYoung.Amatheondoesnthaveapriesthood,butisreveredbyartists,architects,inventors,andotherswhoseekhisinspiration.

    FollowersofAmatheoncelebratenewlife,butlesssoforitsownsakeasforthecreationofanewpersonalitycapableofnovelthoughtsandideas.WhilesageswilltendtofollowOghma,teacherswillrevereAmatheon.UnlikeNantosuelta,Amatheonisntconcernedwithperfectthings,butwithnovelthingsthatfillinadistinctnicheintheworld.Thosewhoreverehimareexpectedtobepushingthemselvesinnewways.Theyprizefreeexchangeofideasandbeingopenandhonest,especiallywiththemselves.ThereissometimestensionbetweenAmatheonsfollowersandthatofKilmorph,whoteachesholdingfasttowhathasproventoworkoverthegenerations.

    Junil:GodofLaw.Junilsdomainisthatofloyalty,obedience,andjustice.HisArchangelisSabathielwhoissaidtoleadtheBannorEmpirefromasealedvaultbetweenJunilsheavenandErebus.

    ThechurchofJuniliswidespreadintheBannorEmpire,andhasbranchesinmanynations.ItisknownasTheOrder,andemphasizesjusticeanddiscipline.JunilisthemostrigidinhisinterpretationoftheCompact.

    Junilandhisfollowersarerelentlessinpreachingjusticeaproperconsequenceforeveryaction,beitrewardorpunishmentnotbecausetheylackcompassion,butbecausetheyseelawasthegluethatallowsasocietyofanysizetofunction,andanyspecialdispensationabrogatingthatlawasasteptowardsentropyandchaos,inwhichmanperpetuallymustbeonguard.Inthiswaytheorderseesitselfasallowingcivilizationtostandinaworldwheretrust,hope,andforesightarebrokenbeyondrepair.

    Lugus:GodoftheSun.LugusArchangelisBaelious,orFortune.Hisdomainislight,revelation,andredemption.

    Lugusisworshipedwidely,especiallyamongtheMalakim.HisfollowersareknownastheEmpyrean.Theyemphasizemercyandconsensus.Lugusfollowerssometimeshavetroublediscerningthedetailsofhisrevelationshecommunicatesmoreinoverwhelminginsights,andtheEmpyreanprophetsareusuallymoremysticalinoutlookthanthoseoftheothergoodgods.Thisinfluencestheircouncils,asonevisionmaybegiventoallthetemplepriests,buttheymustdiscussandcontemplateittounderstandbeyondtheimmediateimplications.

    Lugusdespisesvampires,asthefirstvampiresslewanearlyprophetofhistogaintheirpowers.Heistheenemyofdeceptionsandlies,andEsusfollowersmustsueeverytricktheyhavetoavoidbeingfoundandrevealedbyEmpyreanpriests.ButfewenemiesoftruthandlightwillnotbegivenasecondchancebytheEmpyrean.Redemptionisntaneasypathtowalk,andfulltrustisnotgiveneasily,butsomeofthemostardentsupportersofLuguscomefromthoseonceenthralledbyhisadversaries.

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  • Nantosuelta:GoddessofEnchantment.Herdomainisthatofbringingoutthetruestessenceofthingsandpeople.HerarchangelisSplendorandisalwayscladinblueandyellow,typicallycarryingagoldenlantern.NantosueltaissaidtobetheloverofSucellusandshewastheonewhohelpedmakesureallthepiecesweregatheredinplacesothattheGodslayercouldbereforged,aswellasgatheringhisbodysohecouldberebornafterbeingslainbyMulcarn.

    Nantosueltaisworshippedinmanylands,oftenalongsideKilmorphamongcraftsmenandalongsideOghmaamongwizardsandalongsideLugusamongtheEmpyrean,duetoherfocusonperfection.

    Sirona:Goddessofspiritandwisdom.HerArchangelisPeliantheSuffering.WhereOghmasfollowersseekinformationforitsownsakeandLugusfollowers

    eliminatesecretswhichcausediscordincommunities,Sironaspreserveancientknowledgetobringtothosewhowouldneeditmost.Sironahasmanydifferentordersthatcooperatetoeasethesufferingofbrokenpeopleandspreadwisdom.TherearetheSistersofSirona,priestesseswhotendtowidowsandorphansandtheOrderoftheElohim,amonasticorderthatguardssacredsitesandprovideshealing,amongothers.

    Sironaisagentleandempatheticgoddess,andevenamongherownfollowersshetriestoconvinceratherthancommand.Herpriestsarededicatedtoleadingbyexample,andevencitiesorprovincesrunbydespotshaveletinorganizationsofherfollowerstoministertotheirpeople,onlytolaterhavetheirarmyconvertedanddesertratherthanconquered.

    Sucellus:GodofLife.Sucelluswasformerlythegodofnature.HewaschosentobattleMulcarnsinglehandedlywhenMulcarnbrokethecompact,inordertopreventafullscalerenewaloftheGods'War.

    SucelluschurchisknownastheUnblemished.Amongthemarethemostpowerfulhealersandscholarsofmedicine.Theyteachareverenceforalllife,especiallyyoung,butarenotstrictlypacifists.TheNeutralGods:

    Arawn:GodofDeath.UntiltheAgeofRebirthhepresidedovertheLifeandDeathspheresandwasuncontestedinhisrealms.Evennowheignorescreationandconsumeshimselfonlywithtendingsoulsofthosewhohavediedorwhohavenotyetbeenborn.GyraishisArchangel,thetwinofBasiumwhowasanotherofArawnsArchangelswhenheha