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 based on twisted versions of historical civilizations around Mediterranean. Over the years the campaign expanded with more bizarre and exotic locations and cultures. I wouldn’t dare to claim it’s exteremely original, never-seen-before stuff. On the contrary, it is my perspective, an amalgam of everything that influenced and inspired me, everything that I love in genre of fantastic fiction and art.
The illustrations are done by me. This is, and probably will always be, a work in progress.
In times forgotten, the ancestors of the Samparidians arrived to the lands of Chronisinia from the West, crossing Black Curtain in titanic ships called Arks. They called themselves Ardaccs. The reason of the exodus or what was beyond the Black Curtain is forgotten today. The lands they disembarked were far from empty, however they survived and in a few centuries built a glorious empire, Samparidia, and ruled the known world for millennia.
Samparidia was the last great empire of this age, ruling the known world in relative peace 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 coming of a dark age for mankind.
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. It can be observed 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. It is quite possible they were not created by/for the denizens of this world.
Chronisinia is filled with all kinds of phenomena which appears strange and incomprehensible to common folk. Some of them are mysteries of lost ages, others are nature of the land. It has been discovered that during the time of Ra’al, Chronisinia was an interdimensional hub, a nexus for beings from other worlds and realms of existance. What concieved as weird now may be left from those times.
Ardaccs brought their monotheistic faith with them, but the Chronisinia had gods of her own. These Old Gods are Lovecraftian beings of evil incarnate, and old texts called them The Primordials. Some are even 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. In addition, since the days of Ra’al, demons, devils, celestials, fae and other myriad interplanars try to access and affect the world indirectly through proxies, agents and cults.
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