To further define my campaign, I've also decided to give answers to Jeff's "20 Quick Questions," located here. These questions skew more toward fluff, and complement Brendan's questions that I answered yesterday for the Wilderlands campaign.
What is the deal with my cleric's religion? Religion in my game is a powerful force, but the politics and wars behind the various beliefs keep the power of the churches very nebulous.
I've been running the Wilderlands with an open take on religion, only introducing churches as the players choose the deities for their PCs, or when they come into contact with clergy by choice.
So far, the only religions that exist in my game are these:
the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (based loosely on the bible, the Pathfinder renditions, and the 4 gods of Chaos from Warhammer)
Gorum (Orc god of strength,battles, and weapons; Pathfinder)
Iomedae (goddess of valor, rulership, justice, and honor; Pathfinder)
Asmodeus (Lord of the Nine Hells)
Modron (Goddess of Rivers; Wilderlands)
Nephtlys (Goddess of wealth; unsure if this is a typo on Nephthys, an Egyptian goddess, or a Wilderlands original)
Harmakhis (God of death; Wilderlands)
Spiritual Animism (mimicking the beliefs of some Native American ways)
Where can we go to buy standard equipment? Caravaneers are taking advantage of The Bazaar being shut down, but they come only rarely, and their stock is never reliably static.
Where can we go to get platemail custom fitted for this monster I just befriended? The local public smith is rather friendly and sympathetic to adventurers, you hear.
Who is the mightiest wizard in the land? In your vicinity, there is only Jadazh Gr'tea, a traitorous bandit, that commands any measure of arcane might.
Who is the greatest warrior in the land? In your area, it's probably the Castellan of Bugbear Falls, Dal Lago
Who is the richest person in the land? That title probably falls on Dal Lago, also.
Where can we go to get some magical healing? The shrine to Gorum or the Stable of the Rider are you two most likely destinations in the Falls.
Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison,
disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change,
death, undeath? The Stable of the Rider is the only place for cures to most of these, though they are loathe to cure certain afflictions. In the case of death or undeath, nobody close can help, save by ritual.
Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells? Not without putting some travel on your agenda.
Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC? A couple of alchemists dabble in town, though the only known sage is now missing, and many others have backed off flaunting their ability due to this.
Where can I hire mercenaries? Bugbear Falls is full of adventurers, convicts, vagrants, miscreants, and ne'er do wells. You can usually find one or two milling around that will take your coin.
Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law? Arcane magic is frowned upon by the local authorities. Weapons are ok unless they are drawn, at which point some trouble might be expected.
Which way to the nearest tavern? The White Cliff is conveniently located for all your dining and drinking needs!
What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous? Humans. Bandits are the most numerous problem at the moment, though there is still a bounty for kobold horns with the Castellan.
Are there any wars brewing I could go fight? Viridistan and the City State of the Invincible Overlord are always tusslin'. I guess if you want to throw your lot into that mess, then go right ahead.
How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes? Not anywhere close, no.
Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight?
What is there to eat around here? Mostly game. Deer, rabbit, etc. Some local farms have chickens, pigs, and cattle, but they aren't common table fare.
Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for? Oh yes...all of them. Only one permanent magic item has ever been recovered by PCs, and that fell into the hands of the enemy.
Where is the nearest dragon or other monster with Type H treasure? A dragon has been spotted in the skies Northwest of Bugbear Falls, though stone giants are known to dwell in that direction, also.