Aeron and the Wrekin Border
Guide to North Clwyd
- What is the deal with my cleric’s religion?
The Church of Law is an all-encompassing one. The Church uses the concept of saints to represent the aspects of Law’s divine benevolence and the omnipotence of its influence over every aspect of the world and its peoples.
The Church of Chaos is more splintered and there are a number of gods that are worshipped. There is no “broad” church of Chaos and every church (often every cleric) is out for themself.
Elemental Evil is the catch-all description used by the Church of Law to describe the chthonic and degenerate practices of the most evil and depraved Chaos cults. These cults dabble in summoning power from the elemental planes, necromancy and the dark forbidden practices of the Fomorians.
Neutral clerics typically worship old gods, either the Tropiline ones or the ones from the cultures before the Empire arrived in Treyine. Consult with the Judge for spell repertoires and expect to be accused of apostasy, blasphemy and heresy almost everywhere in Aeron.
- Where can we go to buy standard equipment?
Standard equipment is subject to the same market forces as everything else. Expect to have to pay more or find that things simply cannot be purchased in the smaller towns and villages.
- Where can we go to get plate mail custom fitted for this monster I just befriended?
It won’t be easy, Seeking out an armourer in one of the larger markets should allow the changes to be carried out (for a price). A good Dwarven Craftpriest with an appropriate proficiency is probably the man (or Dwarf) to call on.
- Who is the mightiest wizard in the land?
Psammon, a Mertsian wizard who lives across the river near the Delamere Forest is probably the most powerful wizard known in the region.
Vargo the Black, was reputed to be a mighty adventuring wizard. He had sequestered himself in St Elwy and was studying some documents from the times of the Tropilium Empire. His researches appear to have driven him mad for he became a hermit and wandered into the mountains.
The King’s Magister, Carwyn, is capable, but is often working at the King’s side.
- Who is the greatest warrior in the land?
King David is himself a mighty warrior, whose prowess and military acumen united Aeron as one kingdom. The king’s nobles are also capable fighters, and his champion, Sir Aegard is deadly in single combat
The best warriors outside the nobility are the warrior clerics of the Brethren and the King’s Justices. The Brethren are proficient because of their crusading zeal and endless training, while the King’s Justices are adept in combat as they typically have to serve as the King’s champion in trials by combat.
In Clwyd, there is a Brethren Chapter House in St Elwy led by Sir Samuel Vanderzjil and the King’s Justice for Clwyd, Sir Terence Franks, sits at Steen Castle near Deeside.
The Duke, Aeward, fought alongside the King during the war of unification and fought alongside the forces of Law at Emridy Meadows.
- Who is the richest person in the land?
While the King and his nobles are all wealthy, their wealth is often tied into their domains. The prelates of the Church are also wealthy, but obviously are not independently so. It is likely that the leaders and members of the various Venturer’s guilds appearing in the larger markets around the country are rich in coin and goods. Care should be taken though, where a rich noble or merchant has a contract with the local Thieves Guild. Having assassins hunting you across the wilds of Treyine because of a little house-breaking could be considered too high a price to pay.
- Where can we go to get some magical healing?
Any Church of Law is beholden to treat the sick and the injured. For suitable donations, this healing could be magical.
Shamans and witches in the wilder regions of the country, amongst the Northmen of Weyrall and in many regions of Mertsia and Dumnonia, could also offer appropriate healing.
- Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, undeath?
See the previous answer, but also consider the opportunity for a quest. Cures cost money, quests earn XP!
- Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells?
Colleges of Magic do exist. In the North, Menai College is the source of almost all Collegiate Wizardry. Gryphon College in the West and Trinity College in the South are also large colleges. Schools of magic aligned with one or other of these colleges will exist anywhere that there are sufficient numbers of wizards.
Carwyn is a Gryphon College wizard.
- Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC?
Experts of various types are scattered across the region. Many large settlements have academies where alchemists, herbalists and sages with a variety of specialisms can be found, but the Academy is not the sole source of expertise, almost every settlement in the region will have some sort of expert NPC, even if there is no academy.
- Where can I hire mercenaries?
Large mercenary bands are outlawed but that does not mean that fighting men cannot be hired throughout the region. Any tavern or inn, and the guild houses in many settlements can all offer fighting men for hire with the right incentives.
- Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law?
There are, no specific legal hassles anywhere in the region. However, settlements which are directly controlled by one of the King’s nobility or by a King’s Justice will tend to have stricter and more efficient law enforcement.
- Which way to the nearest tavern?
There is at least one tavern in each settlement in the region, just ask around if you can’t find it.
- What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous?
A wide range of monsters are evident, particularly in the remoter hill and mountain areas. Humanoids aren’t that rare but are rarely organised, except for hobgoblins who work in efficient warbands or as mercenaries.
Notable are sightings of griffins and giant hawks in the hills and mountains, Gnoll raiders all along the north coast, hobgoblin warbands on the eastern banks of the Dee, dire wolves in the forested lands around Aeronpool and hill giants attacking smaller settlements along the Gwynerd border.
- Are there any wars brewing I could go fight?
The King’s Peace exists across the whole region. While barbarians have settled in the northern parts of the region (across the Dee River in Weyrall) and Mertsia claims lands not far to the east, there is no current hint of war. However, it should be noted that the fire-worshipping, Elemental Evil loving Mertsians are probably next on King David’s list.
- How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes?
There have been no gladiatorial contests since the fall of the Tropilium Empire some 300 years ago. However, tournaments are held on feast days and high holidays throughout the region.
- Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight?
The secret societies of the region are secret! However, not long ago, the organisation known as the Cult of the Dragon was broken by the King’s officers and warriors of the Talons of Justice. Rumour has it that many survivors fled north and are now working to re-create the Cult.
The Temple of Elemental Evil was destroyed in Aeron thirty years ago at the Battle of Emridy Meadows and the subsequent siege, but the cult has always been strong in Mertsia and offers of power and elemental might are always attractive to some.
- What is there to eat around here?
All the usual stuff… fish, game and fowl are all readily available. Vegetables, grains and livestock are farmed all over the region; farms are fairly plentiful, particularly in the immediate environs of the settlements. Fine beers and meads are also readily available with many inns and taverns brewing their own ales. Wine, while available, is quite expensive as it has to be imported.
- Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for?
The wreck of the Damned Compass, a pirate vessel of some repute, went down in the most terrible storm in living memory some seven years ago. Nobody knows exactly where, but it was upstream from Priesttun on the Dee. Rumours persist that she was on her way back from a successful and profitable raid on the Fomorian isles and was sunk by a conjured elemental.
The swords of the Sidhe, swords of great power forged by the High Elves in distant times with the aid of the legendary smith Weyland, are reputed to be scattered across Aeron.
The clan axe of Grimbeard was lost in the Goblin Wars in the wilds of Gwynerd in the centuries before the coming of the Tropiline Empire. Who possesses it now is a mystery.
- Where is the nearest dragon or other monster with Type H treasure?
There is rumoured to be a dragon in the mountains in the north. The beast is a fire-breathing red dragon, but has not been seen in thirty or more years.
Rumours also abound of an emerald dragon in the south, though its lair is unknown and while it is sighted often, the creature doesn’t appear to harass any area of Aeron.
The Shadowed Isle, Ynys Mon, is reputed to be a source of many hoards of treasure, which may be worth the risk to a determined band of adventurers.