Recent comments

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Citing my second favourite Clavell was a good idea. That book can certainly be used to set a mood.

    Another prima facie anachronistic period piece is the BBC (or ITV?) TV series: The "Onedin Line". It is about a ruthless man running a shipping business in the age of the clipper ship (hence the anachronism). This kind of thing can set the mood, but it can also offer useful (and rather timeless) ideas on how businesses operate.

    It is difficult to role-play trade. In theory, the GM has to know where every ship is, what it's carrying, what it paid for its cargo, and what the prices are for each comodity in each market. I haven't figured out how to do that yet... but I'll let you know when I do.

    Meanwhile, I do have some rough and ready rules for operating 'patronage investments'. If I thought anyone would be interested, I might make them available ;)

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Just to add to what others have said, there is a lovely example of 'buying up notes' in the James Clavell book 'Tai Pan'.

    The book is about the early opium/tea trade in HongKong, and our hero Dirk Struan of Struans' (the 'Noble House' - i.e. the biggest merchant house in the China trade). Struan's sworn enemy, Brock, manages to buy up all of Struan's paper (i.e. promissory notes) having heard that the Struans' bank in Britain has problems and has sent no cash.

    Struan is in trouble but manages to cut a deal with a Chinese merchant who supplies around a ton of silver in return for a debt note and four halves of broken coins. Struan/the Noble House takes on an obligation to do 'anything in its power' for any individual who presents one of these four coin halves in the future (after it has been checked against the other halves, held by Sturan, obviously - how's that for a plot hook?).

    Having brokered this deal, Struan has the silver piled up (under cover of darkness) on the beach, under a tarpaulin. When Brock demands payment for all the notes that just 'happen to be in his posession', Dirk announces that 'the Noble House has decided to pay cash!' and has the tarpaulin removed. 'It's all yours' he grins as he leaves Brock with a huge pile of precious metal on a beach full of longshorement, soldiers, merchants, sailors and sundry other townsfolk...

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Just to add to what others have said, there is a lovely example of 'buying up notes' in the James Clavell book 'Tai Pan'.

    The book is about the early opium/tea trade in HongKong, and our hero Dirk Struan of Struans' (the 'Noble House' - i.e. the biggest merchant house in the China trade). Struan's sworn enemy, Brock, manages to buy up all of Struan's paper (i.e. promissory notes) having heard that the Struans' bank in Britain has problems and has sent no cash.

    Struan is in trouble but manages to cut a deal with a Chinese merchant who supplies around a ton of silver in return for a debt note and four halves of broken coins. Struan/the Noble House takes on an obligation to do 'anything in its power' for any individual who presents one of these four coin halves in the future (after it has been checked against the other halves, held by Sturan, obviously - how's that for a plot hook?).

    Having brokered this deal, Struan has the silver piled up (under cover of darkness) on the beach, under a tarpaulin. When Brock demands payment for all the notes that just 'happen to be in his posession', Dirk announces that 'the Noble House has decided to pay cash!' and has the tarpaulin removed. 'It's all yours' he grins as he leaves Brock with a huge pile of precious metal on a beach full of longshorement, soldiers, merchants, sailors and sundry other townsfolk...

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    And getting caught committing arson in a close-built town with a lot of wood construction provides an opportunity for role-playing a trial and execution.

    "Well, I never liked that PC anyway and was looking for an excuse to roll up a new one."

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    And getting caught committing arson in a close-built town with a lot of wood construction provides an opportunity for role-playing a trial and execution.

    "Well, I never liked that PC anyway and was looking for an excuse to roll up a new one."

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    You know, a warehouse full of 900 tuns of wool and wine and who-konws-what-else is just BEGGING to be burned down by a rival clan . . . Talk about intensifying a clan feud in the marketplace!

    ----------

    Old style heraldry: Sable, the pale argent.

    New style heraldry: Oreo, resting on edge.

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    You know, a warehouse full of 900 tuns of wool and wine and who-konws-what-else is just BEGGING to be burned down by a rival clan . . . Talk about intensifying a clan feud in the marketplace!

    ----------

    Old style heraldry: Sable, the pale argent.

    New style heraldry: Oreo, resting on edge.

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Robin and Jeremy,

    Many thanks for very clearly (and patiently) answering these questions at length, and particularly for providing examples. Very helpful.

    I wonder if Wiley have released a For Dummies book on Medieval Trade?

    Dan.

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Robin and Jeremy,

    Many thanks for very clearly (and patiently) answering these questions at length, and particularly for providing examples. Very helpful.

    I wonder if Wiley have released a For Dummies book on Medieval Trade?

    Dan.

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    I think that leaves only one question to answer: How does having a concession house make the gathering of cargoes more efficient?

    Ships (and even wagons for that matter) are most efficient when they are 'full'. A ship that's half in balast is a wasteful ship. Therefore, it pays to assemble cargoes sufficient to 'fill' one's ship, before loading and shipping happens.

    In a locale where one has to pay a bonding fee, there is money flying out the windows whenever one imports a cargo with the intention of shipping it out again (this is called 're-export', and is the blood in the veins for many trading centres.

    Example
    Joe decides to assemble a 50 tun cargo in Chérafîr. Because he is planning to re-export the goods rather than sell them in Chérafîr, he does not have to pay a hawking fee, but he must put his goods into the government bonding house and pay a monthly bonding fee. It takes Joe twelve months to assemble the 50 tuns he needs:

    Month 1: 20 tuns textiles.......... £10:00 /2,400d
    Month 4: 2 tuns wine.............. £4:00 / 960d
    7 tuns wool.............. £3:10 / 840d
    Month 7: 10 tuns textiles.......... £5:00 /1,200d
    1 tun wine............... £2:00 / 480d
    Month 12: 10 tuns textiles.......... £5:10 /1,320d

    The bonding fee in Chérafîr is 3%. It must be paid on the total value of goods, every month (or fraction thereof) in advance.

    Month 01 Amount in Bond 2,400d, Bonding fee: 72d
    Month 02 Amount in Bond 2,400d, Bonding fee: 72d
    Month 03 Amount in Bond 2,400d, Bonding fee: 72d
    Month 04 Amount in Bond 3,360d, Bonding fee: 101d
    Month 05 Amount in Bond 3,360d, Bonding fee: 101d
    Month 06 Amount in Bond 3,360d, Bonding fee: 101d
    Month 07 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 08 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 09 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 10 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 11 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 12 Amount in Bond 6,360d, Bonding fee: 191d

    Total bonding fee: £6:02:01d 1465d (about 23% of the total value of the assembled cargo).

    If Joe had assembled the same cargo in Chélemby, and if he were a concessionaire, there would have been no bonding fees at all. That's what I call a more efficient cargo.

    Obviously, this is an extreme case. Most shippers go to extraordinary lengths to avoid taking a whole year to assemble a cargo ... time is money. However, rushing the process can also cause problems. Where one has to pay a bonding fee, one always tries to assemble and turn cargoes over as quickly as possible.

    Another advantage to having a concession house is that holding goods becomes a viable possibility. Since it costs (in effect) nothing to store goods, one has the luxury of buying goods on 'spec' and holding them until the price is right. Also, if your warehouse has 900 tuns of goods... there is a fair chance that you can assemble a reasonable cargo whenever you want to... this can be a marvelous economy.

    There are probably other reasons why having a concession house lets one assemble more efficient cargoes, but for now, I'm very tired... I home *some* of this makes sense :)

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    I think that leaves only one question to answer: How does having a concession house make the gathering of cargoes more efficient?

    Ships (and even wagons for that matter) are most efficient when they are 'full'. A ship that's half in balast is a wasteful ship. Therefore, it pays to assemble cargoes sufficient to 'fill' one's ship, before loading and shipping happens.

    In a locale where one has to pay a bonding fee, there is money flying out the windows whenever one imports a cargo with the intention of shipping it out again (this is called 're-export', and is the blood in the veins for many trading centres.

    Example
    Joe decides to assemble a 50 tun cargo in Chérafîr. Because he is planning to re-export the goods rather than sell them in Chérafîr, he does not have to pay a hawking fee, but he must put his goods into the government bonding house and pay a monthly bonding fee. It takes Joe twelve months to assemble the 50 tuns he needs:

    Month 1: 20 tuns textiles.......... £10:00 /2,400d
    Month 4: 2 tuns wine.............. £4:00 / 960d
    7 tuns wool.............. £3:10 / 840d
    Month 7: 10 tuns textiles.......... £5:00 /1,200d
    1 tun wine............... £2:00 / 480d
    Month 12: 10 tuns textiles.......... £5:10 /1,320d

    The bonding fee in Chérafîr is 3%. It must be paid on the total value of goods, every month (or fraction thereof) in advance.

    Month 01 Amount in Bond 2,400d, Bonding fee: 72d
    Month 02 Amount in Bond 2,400d, Bonding fee: 72d
    Month 03 Amount in Bond 2,400d, Bonding fee: 72d
    Month 04 Amount in Bond 3,360d, Bonding fee: 101d
    Month 05 Amount in Bond 3,360d, Bonding fee: 101d
    Month 06 Amount in Bond 3,360d, Bonding fee: 101d
    Month 07 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 08 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 09 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 10 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 11 Amount in Bond 5,040d, Bonding fee: 151d
    Month 12 Amount in Bond 6,360d, Bonding fee: 191d

    Total bonding fee: £6:02:01d 1465d (about 23% of the total value of the assembled cargo).

    If Joe had assembled the same cargo in Chélemby, and if he were a concessionaire, there would have been no bonding fees at all. That's what I call a more efficient cargo.

    Obviously, this is an extreme case. Most shippers go to extraordinary lengths to avoid taking a whole year to assemble a cargo ... time is money. However, rushing the process can also cause problems. Where one has to pay a bonding fee, one always tries to assemble and turn cargoes over as quickly as possible.

    Another advantage to having a concession house is that holding goods becomes a viable possibility. Since it costs (in effect) nothing to store goods, one has the luxury of buying goods on 'spec' and holding them until the price is right. Also, if your warehouse has 900 tuns of goods... there is a fair chance that you can assemble a reasonable cargo whenever you want to... this can be a marvelous economy.

    There are probably other reasons why having a concession house lets one assemble more efficient cargoes, but for now, I'm very tired... I home *some* of this makes sense :)

  • New Campaign Help   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Thanks, I should be able to pull some plots together, with that list.

  • New Campaign Help   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Thanks, I should be able to pull some plots together, with that list.

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Hi Dan

    There are any number of trade "laws" that clan Silkán might *allege* that clan Jâagensen have breached:

    * most importantly, they would probably argue that the Téstrad "improperly" granted Jâagensen a license to fish the Kôladis herring banks, given the "traditional" rights of Kalínby, Banága and Silkán. (Franchises in Chélemby require the approval of both the Tia-Nalári clan and the local authorities, in this case the Kolâdis Téstrad).

    * they might argue that if clan Jâagensen are to be permitted to make use of Kolâdis to land and process their catch, ought to pay a special "tax" to make use of the facilities that the Silkán, Kalínby, Banága and other clans have built up over the years.

    * even though "concessionaires" are supposed to be exempt from hawking and bonding fees in Kolâdis, Silkán might argue that this only applies to clans with clanhouses and/or nalâri (estates) in the Kolâdis district. Thus they could argue that Jâagensen are 'interlopers' from Chélemby Antánalâri (district).

    As noted in the Kolâdis module, Kâl isn't too worried if his legal action is "justified" - he wants to make life so unpleasant for Jâagensen and their allies that they decide to take their business somewhere less difficult...

    ---------------------
    Fástred na Beréma,
    Rówanti na Sávè-k’nôr

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Hi Dan

    There are any number of trade "laws" that clan Silkán might *allege* that clan Jâagensen have breached:

    * most importantly, they would probably argue that the Téstrad "improperly" granted Jâagensen a license to fish the Kôladis herring banks, given the "traditional" rights of Kalínby, Banága and Silkán. (Franchises in Chélemby require the approval of both the Tia-Nalári clan and the local authorities, in this case the Kolâdis Téstrad).

    * they might argue that if clan Jâagensen are to be permitted to make use of Kolâdis to land and process their catch, ought to pay a special "tax" to make use of the facilities that the Silkán, Kalínby, Banága and other clans have built up over the years.

    * even though "concessionaires" are supposed to be exempt from hawking and bonding fees in Kolâdis, Silkán might argue that this only applies to clans with clanhouses and/or nalâri (estates) in the Kolâdis district. Thus they could argue that Jâagensen are 'interlopers' from Chélemby Antánalâri (district).

    As noted in the Kolâdis module, Kâl isn't too worried if his legal action is "justified" - he wants to make life so unpleasant for Jâagensen and their allies that they decide to take their business somewhere less difficult...

    ---------------------
    Fástred na Beréma,
    Rówanti na Sávè-k’nôr

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Any depots which may or may not be scattered around the islands of the Gulf of Edérwyn and elsewhere, would exist to provide logistical support (in most cases) for the movement of seagoing vessels, which may or may not need them... if they are there... not that I'm saying they are there.

    There... that seems clear enough to me :)

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    Any depots which may or may not be scattered around the islands of the Gulf of Edérwyn and elsewhere, would exist to provide logistical support (in most cases) for the movement of seagoing vessels, which may or may not need them... if they are there... not that I'm saying they are there.

    There... that seems clear enough to me :)

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    I'll make a start, at least on your disquisition of huge questions. You seem to have managed to isolate and expose some very major issues. Well done that man!

    Cornering Markets

    Markets are notoriously difficult to corner. The basic idea, of course, is to buy up all of a particular kind of comodity and, having achieved a kind of monopoly, to raise prices through the roof. This is not the only way to exploit a cornered market: another way is to *selectively* limit supply. In Chélemby, they import wool. If one were to buy up the whole supply of wool from nearby ports, one might deprive a competitor of the materials needed to run her/his clothier's establishment. Without wool, the clothier might not be able to operate.

    On a smaller scale, a clever mercantyler might simply buy up vital supplies as they arrive on the docks. Either way, cutting off supplies or adjusting prices can have interesting effects.

    Buying up Notes

    Chéler Clans often write substantial promisory notes. It is the quickest way to finance large transactions. Sometimes they hand over other people's notes, or what have you. Promisory notes almost work like paper money among the 'high rollers' of the City.

    Most notes get discounted now and then. If someone thinks the issuer won't be able to pay, s/he might not be willing to buy it for face value.

    Sometimes when a note holder tries to redeem a not with its issuer, the issuer will not have enough cash or ready negotiables and might ask the would-be redeemer to wait. In exchange for this, the issuer might make a bonus payment or write an additional note. (Going further into debt to avoid paying back an outstanding debt.)

    It is quite common for usurers/mercantylers (tianalari clans) to purchase other people's notes, usually at a discount, when they have 'spare cash'. This is a good way to make substantial profits, if one has cash to spare or is willing to write notes of ones own).

    Example: Joe needs cash to buy a shipment of wool and doesn't have any readies... He goes to Charlie and borrows £10, Writing a note for £11 that will be due the following month.

    When the due date rolls around, Charlie comes to Joe and asks for his £11, but Joe can't pay because the wool fell in the harbour and he couldn't sell it for £20 like he had planned... at least not until it dries out (things like this happen all the time... maybe the buyer backed out... maybe the buyer was conning Joe... who knows?)

    Anyway, Joe says "I can't pay now, give me another month... here's a £1 bonus (in cash)"
    Charlie accepts the cash keeps the note for £11 (which is now due) and goes home.

    Fred is ticked off at Joe and hears about the deal with Charlie. Fred goes to Charlie tells him a story about how Joe has had deals go bad all over the place. Charlie listens to the story, and gets worried. Mentions that he's holding a note from Joe. Fred acts surprised and sympathetic. Finally, Fred offers Charlie £8 for Joe's note. They haggle a bit and settle on £9:10:0, which Fred pays Charlie in cash (he might have written a note of his own, but probably for more). Charlie has £1 plus the £9:10:00d and has actually made a profit of 10s.

    Fred maybe does the same kind of thing to buy up some of Joe's other outstanding notes.

    At 'just the right moment' (when Joe doesn't have any cash). Fred goes to Joe and demands payment in full. Joe can't pay cash, and Fred won't accept wool or other comodities. So Joe either has to sell something for cash quickly in order to pay Fred, or buy back his note(s) with *bigger* notes. Fred has Joe over a barrel and can virtually dictate terms.

  • Trade 101   11 years 40 weeks ago

    I'll make a start, at least on your disquisition of huge questions. You seem to have managed to isolate and expose some very major issues. Well done that man!

    Cornering Markets

    Markets are notoriously difficult to corner. The basic idea, of course, is to buy up all of a particular kind of comodity and, having achieved a kind of monopoly, to raise prices through the roof. This is not the only way to exploit a cornered market: another way is to *selectively* limit supply. In Chélemby, they import wool. If one were to buy up the whole supply of wool from nearby ports, one might deprive a competitor of the materials needed to run her/his clothier's establishment. Without wool, the clothier might not be able to operate.

    On a smaller scale, a clever mercantyler might simply buy up vital supplies as they arrive on the docks. Either way, cutting off supplies or adjusting prices can have interesting effects.

    Buying up Notes

    Chéler Clans often write substantial promisory notes. It is the quickest way to finance large transactions. Sometimes they hand over other people's notes, or what have you. Promisory notes almost work like paper money among the 'high rollers' of the City.

    Most notes get discounted now and then. If someone thinks the issuer won't be able to pay, s/he might not be willing to buy it for face value.

    Sometimes when a note holder tries to redeem a not with its issuer, the issuer will not have enough cash or ready negotiables and might ask the would-be redeemer to wait. In exchange for this, the issuer might make a bonus payment or write an additional note. (Going further into debt to avoid paying back an outstanding debt.)

    It is quite common for usurers/mercantylers (tianalari clans) to purchase other people's notes, usually at a discount, when they have 'spare cash'. This is a good way to make substantial profits, if one has cash to spare or is willing to write notes of ones own).

    Example: Joe needs cash to buy a shipment of wool and doesn't have any readies... He goes to Charlie and borrows £10, Writing a note for £11 that will be due the following month.

    When the due date rolls around, Charlie comes to Joe and asks for his £11, but Joe can't pay because the wool fell in the harbour and he couldn't sell it for £20 like he had planned... at least not until it dries out (things like this happen all the time... maybe the buyer backed out... maybe the buyer was conning Joe... who knows?)

    Anyway, Joe says "I can't pay now, give me another month... here's a £1 bonus (in cash)"
    Charlie accepts the cash keeps the note for £11 (which is now due) and goes home.

    Fred is ticked off at Joe and hears about the deal with Charlie. Fred goes to Charlie tells him a story about how Joe has had deals go bad all over the place. Charlie listens to the story, and gets worried. Mentions that he's holding a note from Joe. Fred acts surprised and sympathetic. Finally, Fred offers Charlie £8 for Joe's note. They haggle a bit and settle on £9:10:0, which Fred pays Charlie in cash (he might have written a note of his own, but probably for more). Charlie has £1 plus the £9:10:00d and has actually made a profit of 10s.

    Fred maybe does the same kind of thing to buy up some of Joe's other outstanding notes.

    At 'just the right moment' (when Joe doesn't have any cash). Fred goes to Joe and demands payment in full. Joe can't pay cash, and Fred won't accept wool or other comodities. So Joe either has to sell something for cash quickly in order to pay Fred, or buy back his note(s) with *bigger* notes. Fred has Joe over a barrel and can virtually dictate terms.

  • Hundreds   11 years 40 weeks ago

    According to HarnPlayer?

    This explains why I couldn't find it in the HarnDex :oops:

    Thanks

    Neil

    - "Pardon me for living, I'm sure."
    - NO-ONE GETS PARDONED FOR LIVING.

    -- (Terry Pratchett, Mort)

  • Hundreds   11 years 40 weeks ago

    According to HarnPlayer?

    This explains why I couldn't find it in the HarnDex :oops:

    Thanks

    Neil

    - "Pardon me for living, I'm sure."
    - NO-ONE GETS PARDONED FOR LIVING.

    -- (Terry Pratchett, Mort)

  • New Campaign Help   11 years 40 weeks ago

    **SPOILER ALERT** (non-GMS playing in Chelemby should not read this)

    Hi Allan,

    I'm replying late, sorry, but here are some things that may help tie various bits of Chelemby together and get your players exploring various parts of the island.

    THE JAAGENSEN
    As Jeremy has mentioned, there is a semi-official school of arcane lore in Chelemby city, sponsored by Clan Jaagensen. This is an interesting, and powerful, clan.
    - The current treasurer is a Jaagensen.
    - A secret underground tunnel runs from the Jaagensen clanhouse (P4) to outside the city wall. What's that there for?
    - The Jaagensen dominate the herring trade in Koladis, but this position has recently been challenged by the Silkan. The Silkan have a colourful history, and have recently seen a resurgence of fortune thanks to the recent arrival of Kal and Taros (the latter being a member-at-large of the Valstrad). What is their story?
    - The Silkan (esp. Kal) are involved in the Kalinby-Tarkenby feud. The Silkan were also involved in the Elbrath-Elionasen feud. The Jaagensen, meanwhile, are allies of Tarkenby, and also of the Pelanby (one of the most powerful clans in NW Lythia). This could involve the players in the local politics and lead on to adventures in mainland Lythia as they attempt to make their way back to Harn.
    - With their involvement in the herring trade, the Jaagensen would have some connection with Salonen Ekatriasa in Koladis. He has an 'uncanny' accuracy for picking the location of the fish. What is his story?
    - It seems also that one of the Temian burial sites lies within the Jaagensen nalard.

    ANCIENT RUINS
    The various Earthmaster and Temian sites have also been mentioned. There are a few interesting characters in Chelemby, Koladis and Evanekin with interests in these sites, connections with the Shek P'var, or both:
    - Kala the Tutor and Mide the Beggar in Koladis
    - Mirel Wentelsen and Lesyl Dysen in Evanekin
    - The Queen is from Emelrene, which has links with Melderyn and which borders with Alagon in Shorkyne (the duke of Alagon, a Pelanby , is a friend of King Aemon).
    - The cult surrounding the Jarind stones of Chelemby (mentioned in the lore section of this website).

    A few interesting tidbits from the Chelemby City guide, which you can only speculate on until the actual module comes out, include the Hyzel glassworker (I48: some Hyzel are worshippers of Siem - a Sindar perhaps?); the soothsayer who is apparently an outcast daughter of a Silkan (K16); and the Berema-trained artefact dealer (V16).

    I hope those few things help. I think you should have no trouble keeping players occupied in Chelemby and its near neighbours for a while.

    Dan.

  • New Campaign Help   11 years 40 weeks ago

    **SPOILER ALERT** (non-GMS playing in Chelemby should not read this)

    Hi Allan,

    I'm replying late, sorry, but here are some things that may help tie various bits of Chelemby together and get your players exploring various parts of the island.

    THE JAAGENSEN
    As Jeremy has mentioned, there is a semi-official school of arcane lore in Chelemby city, sponsored by Clan Jaagensen. This is an interesting, and powerful, clan.
    - The current treasurer is a Jaagensen.
    - A secret underground tunnel runs from the Jaagensen clanhouse (P4) to outside the city wall. What's that there for?
    - The Jaagensen dominate the herring trade in Koladis, but this position has recently been challenged by the Silkan. The Silkan have a colourful history, and have recently seen a resurgence of fortune thanks to the recent arrival of Kal and Taros (the latter being a member-at-large of the Valstrad). What is their story?
    - The Silkan (esp. Kal) are involved in the Kalinby-Tarkenby feud. The Silkan were also involved in the Elbrath-Elionasen feud. The Jaagensen, meanwhile, are allies of Tarkenby, and also of the Pelanby (one of the most powerful clans in NW Lythia). This could involve the players in the local politics and lead on to adventures in mainland Lythia as they attempt to make their way back to Harn.
    - With their involvement in the herring trade, the Jaagensen would have some connection with Salonen Ekatriasa in Koladis. He has an 'uncanny' accuracy for picking the location of the fish. What is his story?
    - It seems also that one of the Temian burial sites lies within the Jaagensen nalard.

    ANCIENT RUINS
    The various Earthmaster and Temian sites have also been mentioned. There are a few interesting characters in Chelemby, Koladis and Evanekin with interests in these sites, connections with the Shek P'var, or both:
    - Kala the Tutor and Mide the Beggar in Koladis
    - Mirel Wentelsen and Lesyl Dysen in Evanekin
    - The Queen is from Emelrene, which has links with Melderyn and which borders with Alagon in Shorkyne (the duke of Alagon, a Pelanby , is a friend of King Aemon).
    - The cult surrounding the Jarind stones of Chelemby (mentioned in the lore section of this website).

    A few interesting tidbits from the Chelemby City guide, which you can only speculate on until the actual module comes out, include the Hyzel glassworker (I48: some Hyzel are worshippers of Siem - a Sindar perhaps?); the soothsayer who is apparently an outcast daughter of a Silkan (K16); and the Berema-trained artefact dealer (V16).

    I hope those few things help. I think you should have no trouble keeping players occupied in Chelemby and its near neighbours for a while.

    Dan.

  • HM Gold Player Edition Margins Issue   11 years 40 weeks ago

    I think we have to acknowledge the possibility that Adobe did indeed manage to improve their compression algorhythms :)

    I actually noticed the difference when I created the new file. If I weren't quite as lazy as I in fact appear to be... I would probably rebuild all our distribution files as version 6 (the earlier ones are version 5). I may, however, wait until I get version 7 or 8...

  • HM Gold Player Edition Margins Issue   11 years 40 weeks ago

    I think we have to acknowledge the possibility that Adobe did indeed manage to improve their compression algorhythms :)

    I actually noticed the difference when I created the new file. If I weren't quite as lazy as I in fact appear to be... I would probably rebuild all our distribution files as version 6 (the earlier ones are version 5). I may, however, wait until I get version 7 or 8...


User login










Recent comments




Keléstia Connect





Who's online?

There are currently 1 user and 77 guests online.

Online users

  • Jason Coplen



© 2014 Keléstia Productions Ltd. and N. Robin Crossby (1954-2008).
The opinions expressed on this website are those of their respective owners and do not necessarily reflect the views of Keléstia Productions Ltd.
Trademarks are the property of their respective owners.