Saturday, June 4, 2011

[Sea Roads] Introduction and Inspiration

"The oarsmen were coming aboard now, for the ship was to go out into the roadstead before night fell, and sail with the ebb-tide near dawn."  - A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin, Chapter 2: The Shadow.

Yes, I'm at it again. I'm creating a new Savage Worlds campaign called Sea Roads. It will be a human-centric, magic-filled setting, in the spaces between a gigantic sea and the archipelago of islands strung within.

The primary inspiration for this was the Earthsea series of books by  Ursula K. Le Guin. After re-reading (for the umpteenth time) A Wizard of Earthsea recently, I searched the internet for any RPG that was similar and found only a few threads here and there, so I decided to do one on my own.

While this campaign setting will be an homage to the Earthsea world, it won't be canon. I'm keeping the sea and the islands, true names and true speech, but leaving behind the Dry Lands, the male-centric (and celibate) wizardry and some of the other bits.

There are other novels that I'll use for inspiration as well and I'll mention them in another post and why I'm using them. For place names and more, I'll be using Google Translate to get English words converted into a real-world language that has some linguistic consistency. I've decided to use Swahili for those words.

I think this campaign setting is an opportunity to move away from the standard fantasy tropes, avoiding the Middle Ages and Europe, elves and dwarves and orcs, for something different.

We'll see how it turns out.

1 comment:

  1. I recently got the last book in this series after years of having only the first four. The Tombs of Atuan is one of my favourite books and one of the first fantasy books I ever read. I must admit after reading the last couple of books I thought to myself that it would make a great setting for a game, but would need some major mechanical changes around magic. I'll be interested to see what you come up with Matt.


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