Monday, April 23, 2012

Shadow's Apex Part 25: Underdark Campaign

Way back in 2009 (the last time I spent any time on the Shadow's Apex campaign setting), I was building the world using a combination of the World Builder's Guidebook and Ray Winninger's Dungeoncraft articles. I created a loose framework for the campaign, including a map and some brief area descriptions, but never got around to many details. At this point, it looks like the possibility of running another 3rd edition D&D campaign might come up in the near future, and I want to go back to this setting. As the next campaign will likely be set primarily in the underdark, I'm going to need to work on the underworld.

Since the broadest strokes of the world have already been painted, I'm going to skip most of that for the underdark and focus on who the major players will be. I anticipate these races playing a role in the campaign in some form or another:
  • Drow
  • Duergar
  • Svirfneblin
  • Deep Dwarves
  • Derro
  • Dragons (at least one or two)
  • Illithids
  • Beholders
  • Aboleth
Obviously, other races will be present, but these will be the main races competing for power in the region. Next time, I'll give a little more detail to these power players. I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to violate the 1st rule of Dungeoncraft, but also because I want to leave room to flesh these things out to better mesh with my players' characters.

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