Thousand Spears: The Inheritors of Allatas
Our stories tell of men that moved mountains, lifted the clay of the earth itself, god kings that shaped empires with a gesture, adventurers driven to the lowest depths by the greatest greed. Some are just folk tales, legends, myths. But some of these men and women of Allatas are real and aspire to become legends in their own right. Those that posses this great power to shape their stories are known as Inheritors, and the origin of their talents is debated in great halls and backstreets.
Warriors stoically shrug off javelins impaled in their chests, men with granite fists reduce city walls to rubble and messengers sprint a day's march in minutes. Jungles crawling with biding claws and poisoned fangs, burning deserts that go uncrossed and blizzard ridden ice peaks do little to stop them recovering artifacts spoken of only in cracked parchments stacked high in marble temples.
Marching behind these Inheritors are the ordinary men who make all the difference. Bands of brave sailors distract the monstrous Thalanoda on the rocky shore as their leader escapes with the legendary artifact it was protecting. A wall of shields protects their leader each man would die for and even the mightiest Inheritors can’t hope to stand up to the huge armies gathered during wartime.
Yes it's another game by me using a homebrewed, untested system. But this time with pace! I have a week off work next week and I want to get a short scenario finished in that time.
Impossible? Maybe. But with a reputation of abandoning games behind me it seems like a sensible precaution.
So onto the game.
Thousand Spears is...
Jason and the Argonauts and the X-Men voyaging around an ancient world varying from Hyborian savagery to classical wonder. Talented Inheritors carry out great deeds only through the sacrifice of their ordinary followers.
Who are you?
You are an Inheritor travelling the land of Allatas, leaving behind your legacy, whatever it may be. Inheritors are a step above normal people, possessing great talents allowing them to achieve things unthinkable by most.
What do I do?
Only fools act alone. The world is full of exceptional individuals but everyone benefits from followers. Indeed, the road to glory is usually left awash with the blood of these loyal men and women.
So we're in ancient Greece or what?
Actually, no. We're in Allatas.
Five things you need to know about Allatas
* Allatas is a Classical world with some unfamiliar twists. Spear, shield and javelin rule the battlefield but in a world without horses large hounds are used to pull chariots and more dangerous creatures are trained as war beasts or feared as monsters.
* Amongst the ordinary people of the world are the Inheritors, individuals born with a great power. These talents could be subtle or obvious, ranging from superb athletic ability or ability to create powerful artifacts to stone skin or a roar that can shatter iron.
* The expansive, multicultural empire of Epitane and the rigidly traditional Kingdom of Vakra are the largest powers in Allatas, separated by a mountain range. This alone keeps them at a forced peace.
* Currency exists but is used only when bartering and promises of returned favours fail. It’s easy to find a place to get a meal and bed in Allatas, but you’ll need to repay your host somehow.
* The endless seas to the East and West lure in brave explorers while the impassable northern desert and southern arctic wastes both hold their own mysteries.
So the key selling points of this game are classical heroic adventure while throwing willing followers to their deaths at the hands of giant monsters. Think of it as an RPG "zoomed-out" to take in a larger scale where you and the other characters lead a small army, rather than a party.
Game will be PbP and I'll give specific details shortly. For now you can see the full, untested game doc HERE.
Don't bother making characters yet, just let me know who's interested and remember this game is untested and being frequently added to and edited, so no voicing of balance concerns yet, please.
Still need convincing?