Or will be tomorrow. We’re observing today.
This next year will see the publication of the first ever book in the Cirsova setting. It should be out in time for Christmas.
It’s been ages since I participated in an RPG Blog Alliance Blog Carnival, and figured it was about time to jump back in again. It seems fitting that this month’s blog carnival subject is the RPG Blogging Community and it’s being hosted by Dice Monkey, a blog that I briefly wrote for.
To that effect, I’ll use part of this post as an apology to Mark: I’m sorry I dropped off as a writer at Dice Monkey; it’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, it’s that my company changed our web settings to filter out game related sites, so I couldn’t post anymore. It’s a lame excuse, but I was also going through a really depressed time and didn’t think I’d be missed.
I did benefit a lot from my brief stint there, though, in that I’d totally hit it off with Dither of Rumors of War after my post about the ‘spear’iority of long pole weapons, and it’s been an endless back and forth between us on game design and GMing theory ever since.
Thanks in part to filters, but largely from being set in my ways, the portion of the RPGBA community that I’m involved with an interact with has shrunk down to a handful of my personal favorites. In addition to Rumors of War, I regularly follow Random Wizard, Jeffro’s Space Gaming Blog, Tower of Zenopus, d20 Dark Ages (and the new site), and Teleleli (which got me involved not only in the RPGBA community but back into writing and blogging in the first place following my mid-life crisis).
I’ll also give a shout-out to Shortymonster, wherever he is. So far as I know, he doesn’t blog anywhere anymore, but he was one of my first real acquaintances within the community.
It’s awesome to know that I’m also out there on some side bar links and, of course, the Great Blog Roll Call. The RPG Blogging Community has been a great boon to me and helped me cope with having to give up my life as a failed music magnate who once played offensive horror punk, grating industrial and sci-fi coldwave.
(Maybe I shouldn’t have started this blog on 9-11. It was a coincidence, but it might make these posts seem callous. Maybe next year I’ll act like the Polaris post was the first one.)
As it becomes fleshed out, it becomes more & more apparent that Cirsova is not a flourishing and stable kingdom, but rather one that reached its zenith through conquests a few hundred years ago and is now rife with decay, poor governance, and in a state of denial about its decline. Seemingly unable to look beyond its shores, the Akhirs can no longer expand, and the Heartlands’ influence is waning as its days of conquest sink further and further into the past. Gatlia could stand as an independent state, at least until the cooling world makes farming untenable and starvation sets in. Ungoza is left alone, mostly for its unimportance outside of producing raw materials for a relatively useless luxury good. And though Karkuras may have fared better as vassals of Cirsova than as subjects of the Sabrians, today the people may do better out from under the hegemony of Athdaelda & the Emperors. I have som ideas about Paelnor and Ortia. Of Ortia, one might look and say “there it began (proto-Akhir migration) and there it will end” if the ice pushes far enough south. Only the Ortians of Solaris seem to travel beyond the narrow world of the Cirsovan Peninsula.
Which raises some questions, I know! How big is the Empire really? How much of the continent has already been subsumed by ice (lots)? Is Cirsova ripe for invasion from an outside power? Its poorly organized, poorly ruled, and poorly defended. Will it collapse and break into smaller states again? Or will the ice that destroyed the Northern Folk destroy the Cirsovans?
This has been my first serious attempt at world building (not counting the crappy 9 book fantasy cycle I wrote when I was in highschool), mostly as an exercise to force myself to do it. My strengths, as they are, have primarily been in dialogue & banter (i’ve done some comic scripts & such; don’t look for them, though, none have been published, since they’ve usually fallen apart at the art stage), so this is very new to me. And I’m still not very good at it. I don’t know why you’re reading this! Oh, wait, you’re hear because you googled for an image and landed here because I had a Monet or something. That’s cool. Well, I hope you have been enjoying it, and I hope I get better. Keeping myself on a schedule disciplines me, but may also detract from the quality of some pieces as I force myself to keep things regular. I’m rambling again.
There are lots of people I ought to thank, but most of them you can find in my links to the right (or, if you’ve been reading, should be pretty obvious from my linkbacks).
There’s really not a whole heck of a lot left to go, location-wise, with Cirsova, so I’m going to have to figure out what I want to do with it. I can eke maybe another year out of encyclopedia content, but then I have to decide where to go from there. Anyway, a long time ago, I promised maps. Good maps done in Campaign Cartographer. Those maps never happened. But I ought to give you something, loyal readers. This is the 7 year old map of CIrsova I made in paint back when I was going to run it for a gaming group. It lacks most geographic details outside of the two northern provinces where the campaign took place, but it might help give you a more concrete idea of the world of Cirsova.
As you can see, most of the locations have already been covered.