Monday, February 8, 2016

Military Power in Nefret

In the downtime after recovery of the Mask of the Sphinx God, Ibankhkhnum (and his pet jackal Pawet) joined the party.  Among the various benefits to having a former captain of Pharaoh's Guard in the party is the intelligence he can provide about the factions working in the government.  During an early conversation with him while traveling to Tem-Akh, Iban clarified the structure of military power in Nefret.

There are two military organizations in the Nefretic Empire:  the Pharaonic Guard and the Order of the Medjay.  To the common citizen, the Guard and the Order are the same organization, as they can be seen serving similar roles--and often working together.  The primary difference between these two organizations is that the Pharaonic Guard serves the Pharaoh directly, while the Order of the Medjay serves the office of the Pharaoh.

Pharaonic Guard

The Three Kingdoms, which form the central and most influential empire of the known world, are protected by an armed forced known as the Pharaonic Guard (or Pharaoh's Guard). This group is a national defense and peacekeeping force which is directly commanded by the Pharaoh of the Three Kingdoms.  A Chief Deputy is appointed by the Pharaoh to lead the guardsmen in each of the Kingdoms.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Nefret, Chapter 8: Secrets of Peraten

Nebta-Khufre, necromancer and accessory to murder, has been captured; the Mask of the Sphinx God he'd recovered from Wati and used to raise an army of undead against you has been confiscated.  Now you stand poised in the Servitor's Court on the lower level of the Sepulcher of the Servant, before a stairwell descending even deeper into the Valley of the Princes.  Ibankhkhnum and Meret-Hetef await your return on the upper level of the Sepulcher.

Desert City by Concept-Art-House on deviantart

Saturday, February 6, 2016

More Unearthed Arcana in Monvesia, Part 2

A few more months have passed, and Unearthed Arcana continues to offer up interesting character options.  So the time has come to reflect on the latest round of those options, and to explore how (or even if) they fit in Monvesia, my 5th edition campaign world.
As with similar posts, all of this information will also be added to the appropriate, existing posts--revising and/or replacing information in those posts as necessary.

Demonic Options

In December, to further the Out of the Abyss storyline, Unearthed Arcana offered up demonic options:

Tiefling Variant

Tiefling options were first presented in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, and the options here expand on the concepts presented in that book. As noted when exploring that sourcebook:  "As tieflings in Monvesia are specifically born with a connection to the Necrosphere, they do not show variation beyond the abilities and statistics presented in the Player's Handbook."