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Visit Scenic Petrichor

29 September, 2020

I have been running learn to play D&D sessions monthly, so I thought I should consolidate the information on the usual location to make it easier for the players to reference.

Petrichor

What emerges after the rain?Many odd places exist in the Sea of Stars, one such place was the Wash, a large island that was constantly under pounding rain.  While a few hardy (or unfortunate) souls set up small settlements to sell fresh water to passing ships, expeditions into the exterior never returned or came back with stories of washed out plains and low hills of mud.  Even the expansionist powers gave up on settling the fringe of an island whose only resource was rainwater.

Then, the rain stopped, entirely.  The omnipresent clouds, blew away.  Suddenly, the Wash was just another island.  Cautiously, exploration began, after all the rains could come back at any time.  To their surprise, there were forests, mountains and lush grasslands, rivers and streams, even ruins.  It was as if the real nature of the land had been held ayont, waiting for the rains to stop before they returned.

Now, there is a great rush to claim this new land.  While in the capital, lawyers and surveyors argue over who owns the lands, everyone knows that it will be the facts on the ground that ultimately decide the division of this new realm.

Setting: The Sea of Stars, a new frontier thereof.  Characters who are venturing upon such land for reasons of their own.

  •    Continuity: Episodic with continuity, season arcs.
  •    Rating: PG13, themes of colonialism, slavery and exploitation are likely to appear.
  •    Style: Exploration, politics, community building.
  •    Tone: Serious but not aiming for dark, just thoughtful.

Rules: D&D5, with standard Sea of Stars modifications (see character creation notes here).

Characters: Characters who have come to Petrichor to seek their fortune.

  •    Character History: A few paragraph would be nice as would ties to at least one of the other characters.

Where do we Play?: At Tyche’s Games or Online, currently exclusively online.

  •    Down Times: There will be opportunities for both roleplaying and task advancement in the downtime between adventures.
  •    Social Contract: Our usual.

Character Questions

What brings you to Petrichor?  Did you travel alone or with a group?  What are you seeking here?  Are you running away from something or someone?  Is what is pursuing you likely to pursue you as far as the wilds of Petrichor?

(General character questions for the Sea of Stars can be found here.)

Places you may have been or wish to go in Petrichor:

To new lands!Port Imperial

The Imperium’s base of operations on the former Wash.  A magically built fortified administrative center (“Stormhaven’) on the cliff side dominates the natural port, filled with mostly ramshackle docks, and the emerging boomtown below.  A small Imperial garrison composed mostly of sailors and marines maintains the fort, two cutter-sized starships and a skyship.  Administration is provided by a small number of Imperial bureaucrats who have a handful of bailiffs to assist them in their duties.

[Port Imperial should invoke ideas of San Francisco during the gold rush.]

Inns

Four Emeralds– Above the doors are four panes of cut green glass in an X.  A business venture by the Emerald Dwarves.  A luxury inn, fine foods, fine drink, and lovely rooms.

Currently being finished by Gavin Compasswise and his team of builders.

House of Seven Clocks, higher class inn.

Quill and Sword– The first inn built and frequented by the bureaucrats and off-duty sailors and marines.

Black Bar, named after the bar made of a single slab of black wood, a rough place but haunted by those looking for work.

The Storm Cloud– Ramshackle inn off the open market, popular among venturers.  Big common room, several group rooms upstairs.

Toecutter’s, a mildly disreputable tavern, run by Avrik Toecutter

Markets

The Grand Market, inaccurately named, but home to the slave market along with a handful of permanent businesses.  The Open Market, where anyone can set up shop and the stall are as transitory as the sellers.

Villages

Rose Way, a village a day out of Port Imperial

-Three Roses, an inn

Violet Hill, further out on the same road as Rose Way.

Features

Crystal Mountains, said to be home to veins of crystals both valuable and magical (which are also valuable of course).

The name, Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrɨkɔər/) is ‘the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil’ (from Wikipedia) which seemed appropriate.

Notes: You can ask questions here or here.

Images: Upper, George Hodan has released this “Rain” image under Public Domain license.  Lower San Francisco Harbor, April 1850. Originally published in 1850, by the U.S. Surveying Expedition.  Found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain.

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