Fallen Empires of Chronisinia
This is my homebrew campaign which I’ve been working on since 1999 . It started as a dark and weird fantasy setting centered on Samparidia, a meta-Byzantine empire analogue, and it is still expanding with the rest of Chronisinia.
The illustrations are done by me.
Samparidia was the last great empire of man, ruling most of the known world in relative peace with unmatched military force for two thousand years. Now, the golden age of Samparidia is long gone, her old glory is a dreamy melancholia. The land is shattered, Vassal Kingdoms and far Provinces are declaring independence, shaping new nations. In addition, the arts, culture and technology is in the decline; sages and seers alike foresee the approach of a barbaric dark age for mankind.
In times forgotten, a warrior clan of humans arrived to Chronisinia from West in great numbers, crossing the enigmatic Black Curtain and sailing The Relentless Ocean in titanic ships called Arks. They knew themselves as Ardaccs then. The reason of the exodus and the lands beyond the Black Curtain are forgotten, mentioned partially in cryptic sagas, folk songs and myths. Ardaccs were great warriors, and conquered the lands they had disembarked in a whirlwind of iron and blood. In the following centuries they built a glorious empire, Samparidia, and ruled the known world for millennia.
The world of Chronisinia is immemorially old, it was ancient when the Ardaccs crossed the Black Curtain. Countless empires rose over the ruins of dead civilizations, their names forgotten. An observant mind can deduce that in the past, more advanced and civilized people roamed these lands. The remnants of their culture and technology can be found in most unexpected places. And most of the time the purpose of these artifacts are mysterious or outright incomprehensible.
Chronisinia is filled with all kinds of phenomena which appear strange and incomprehensible to common folk. Some of them are mysteries of lost ages, others are nature of the land.
Ardaccs were orthodox in their monothestic faith of One God when they began their conquest of the new realm, but the Chronisinia always had gods of her own. These Old Gods are Lovecraftian beings of evil incarnate, and old texts called them The Primordials. Some are believed to exist in the world physically, assumed to be sleeping and dreaming. They still affect the world in their dreams. Their wake will be doom of this world.
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