The Known World
|Size:||3500 miles across|
|Deities:||The Darkness, The Demon Prince, The Light|
The World of Rodinia is a large place. Much of it is unexplored and unknown by the inhabitants of the rest of the globe. The extents of the known world are about 3,500 miles across by about 1,800 miles from top to bottom. Scolars have determined that the known world is probably actually located in the northern hemisphere of the planet as there are icy tundras in the north and dense, hot jungles in the south.
The known world of Rodinia is split into three main continents: Khemit in the west, Rodinia in the centre and Lucarcia in the east. Rodinia is the largest and holds the most significant civilization known on the planet, that of the Empire of Rodinia which ultimately gives the world its name.
As a place to adventure, Rodinia is rich and varied with many different cultures to savour, myriad ruins to explore and countless dangerous creatures to face and overcome.
Rodinia is a humanocentric world with the majority of settled and civilized lands being controlled by humans. There are nations of other races, notably elven kingdoms hidden in the large forests which swath the landscape and dwarven strongholds dug deep and secure underground, but the large majority are human lands.
Outside the civilized lands, in the heights of the mountains or the depths of dark forboding marshes lay the lairs of many a foul creature. Dragons roost in extinct volcanoes, orc chieftans control areas outside the patrols of king or emperor and undead lords claim dominion over lands no human would care to settle.
Magic is a force to be reckoned with in Rodinia, with arcane sorcerers and holy priests wielding great power and able to make the fantastical and unnatural happen at their whim. The common man fears and respects these great magic users and is all too aware that such people have control over things which are best not dwelled upon by mortals.
This gazetteer allows the interested visitor the chance to stroll easily along the busy streets of a hot, dusty Khemit bazaar, to drift through the lazy and peaceful countryside of Albion's feudal kingdom. The powerful and civilized empire of Rodinia can be explored, following the legions across their conquered lands, or the exotic lands of Honshu can be seen through the eyes of a devoted samurai warrior.
Places of Interest
An ancient land, now mostly turned to desert. This is the home of the kheri-heb, Mage-Priests who wield unspeakable power. The culture and civilization is almost entirely squeezed into the small arible basin surrounding the life-giving Nylle river.
Lucarcia is an island continent. Historically home to two empires; the Lucarcian Empire and the Rainbow Empire before that; it recently became a Republic after the emperor died leaving no heir. This is a land still finding its way in the aftermath of the power struggle the old emperors death precipitated.
The main continent of the World of Rodinia. This is the location of the powerful Rodinian Empire and its vassals. It is also home to the tiny Kingdom of Albion, a place with more than its fair share of history and excitement over the years. The dark and malevolent realm of Marlek can also be found here, casting a brooding shadow over the lands.
History of The Known World
three thousand five hundred years agoScholars trace the origins of Khemit back over three thousand years ago when the island was inhabbited by hunters and Khemit itself was a sprawling green grassland. Climatic changes turned the island into a desert, but the hunters survived by hunting and fishing and through a pnmitive form of cultivation they developed.
three thousand years agoHumans arrived in and drove the elves from what is now the Wildlands. This is the first recorded event in the history in the Rodinian continent. It is a topic of hit debate with scholars as to where these humans came from. Most assume from nearby Khemit, which has been proven to have had civilization predating this time.
Around this time the first real civilizations began to flourish in the known world. Scholars now refer to this as the beginning of the First Age. It would last around two thousand years.
one thousand years agoA little over a thousand years ago, the servant of the Darkness, known as The Demon Prince made his way into the world through a portal opened in the Kingdom of Albion. He spent four devastating months roaming the lands around Albion and beyond and the damage he and his minions wreaked was devastating.
Eventually, heroes from across the lands joined with the massed armies of the realms and the Demon Prince was finally defeated and his Reign of Terror came to an end. The free people of Rodinia breathed a huge collective sigh of relief and began the process of trying to restore peace and order to the shattered lands. Thus the First Age of Rodinia came to an end and the Second Age began.
Around the same time, The Rainbow Empire was formed in the region that is now known as the Lucarcian Continent. At that time the landmass was one huge area in this region.
six hundred seventy-seven years agoThe City of Rodin was founded. This marked a significant moment in the history of the world as the Rodinian Empire would form around this settlement - a civilization which would eventually give its name to the very world itself.
five hundred years agoThe Writhing Death was released in the lands of the Rainbow Empire. Emperor Lucar made the fateful decision to destroy his capital of Antissa in an effort to rip the lands asunder and stop the terrible curse. He succeeded but destroyed the empire in the process. The Empire of Lucaria was formed in its stead.
eight years agoA thousand years passed, mostly peacefully in Rodinia. Wars were fought between nations and the people had their usual share of troubles, but the great evils of the First Age were past and it was a prosperous time. However, unknown to most of the folk of Rodinia, the terrible Demon Prince had spent a thousand years in banishment, biding his time and planning his revenge on the people of Rodinia. Now he was free to return - and so he did. This time, however, his approach was more subtle. He began to work his malevolance on the lands in subtle ways, perverting members of the churches which worshipped the Light to his following.
Eventually a group of hardened warriors and adventurers responded to his growing threat and assaulted the lairs and strongholds of his evil minions. They took the fight right into The Void and there confronted his mortal form. In a titanic battle they defeated the Demon Prince and destroyed him. What exactly that means is unknown at this stage. If the Demon Prince can ever come back from this defeat is also a matter for the sages, priests and philosophers to debate. So ended the Second Age of Rodinia.
The Third Age began with the people hopeful for a new beginning and a prosperous future.