Land of the Dead: Map and Storyline Aug 6, 2017 7:53:53 GMT
Post by admin on Aug 6, 2017 7:53:53 GMT
Once consisting of two nations, the lands of the Qahoori Nomads to the West and the Ancient Kingdom of Khartoum to the East, both nations were subjugated by the armies of Thane and the people enslaved and unwillingly pressed into military service over 1000 years ago. While devestated by the wars, after the fall of Thane the previous ruler and Pharoh of Khartoum returned to his lands and, with the aid of the Necromatic magic he had learned while in the reluctant service of the DeathKnight, raised the dead and began rebuilding and expanding Westwards to claim the empty deserts previously occupied by the now extinct Qahoori Nomads.
In the centuries that followed, the Lich King as he came to be known, has largely withdrawn from the day to day affairs of running his Kingdom, and maintains both a regular army at Ankarath, and a much larger force of undead warriors at his home base at the Burning Temple.
While feared and even despised outside of his Kingdom, the Lich King is neither good nor evil, nor has plans of conquest and world domination - but only to preserve the culture and the livelihood of his people, whom he considers himself a father to. His undead minions, which outnumber the living 5 to 1, are generally hidden away or dressed in robes and wear golden masks to cover their skeletal visage.
ANKARATH: The Capital, controlled by the Lich Kings council, all of which have direct telepathic links to him. The undead minions are rarely seen here openly. A major trading seaport - Ankarath is a rich and prosperous place with bustling markets, foods from every corner of the continent and a rich cultural scene, the Lich King being a major patron of the arts.
NEMRU CITADEL: Is completely manned by skeletal warriors, it appears almost deserted if causually observed, but actually garrisons over 20,000 undead warriors without the need for food, water, entertainment or any of the other usual expenses needed to maintain an army of this size. The lands surrounding it are the only truly fertile farmlands.
MAKALANI STRONGHOLD: Another 'unmanned' outpost, this one with 5,000 undead soldiers ready and waiting for the Lich Kings order.
NEBTASAI PASS: The pass contains scattered throughout the valley many natural mineral deposits, including steel, copper, tin and one of the biggest gold mines on the continent. What makes it so different from anywhere else is that the vast majority of the miners are undead with a handful of human supervisors and families.
THE FORBIDDEN DESERT: The largest desert on the continent, it is a haunted place at night, with the angry spirits of the murdered Qahoori Nomads attracted to the living like moths to a flame.
QUSEMU: An Oasis town that was once the central meeting place of the Qahoori Nomads, it has recently been re-established by a rebellious necromancer who is raising his own army in the desert. The reason for his rebellion, and the reason that the Lich King has taken no action against him, is known only by the Necromancer and the Lich King..
KARAMENTONEN: Originally inhabited by the Qahoori as hunting grounds, Karamentonen is situated next to a large oasis with additional bore water supplies. Over the years this town has grown into a city in its own right, trading by sea and serving as a hub for several gold mines in the hills.
THE MOTIONLESS SHORE: Once a Thanish town and stronghold, the city was unwittingly built too close to the Loch. Reclaimed by the Land of the Dead, it was wiped out some 600 years ago overnight by the Tentacled Horror - its first appearance.
THE BURNING TEMPLE: Was sacred to the Qahoori Nomads, and destroyed during the invasion of the Thanes - it has been partially rebuilt, and an extensive labyrinth exists below it from where the Lich King has his throne, and his amazing treasure hoard to rival even the oldest Dragon..
Just a few quick pics of the Lich King that I have obtained the license to use for the main site to give you a better idea of how I envision him.
PIC ONE: The Lich King when he was still alive, returning to his Kingdom after the defeat of the Thanes. He studied Necromancy under the DeathKnight - though for some reason was not corrupted by it.
PIC TWO: The Lich King as he appears in public today (which is rare). He wears the golden mask to cover his fleshless face. The 'skin' you see on the rest of his body is actually a suit magically swathing his body, taken from executed criminals (the worst punishment of all is to be skinned alive and condemned to work in the mines - the soul trapped inside, stuck until the bones finally crumble to dust in a state of constant pain and a nameless fear. Punishments in the Land of the Dead tend to be severe and terrifying).
I have lost track a little of the previous discussions we had about the Land of the Dead and the character of the Lich King (and the names we decided upon) so if someone could refresh us here in this thread, that would save me a lot of time trying to consolidate it all here.