Beasts and Monsters

Good Afternoon Ladies, Gentlemen and Sentient Creatures,

 

In today’s blog post we are going to talk about the beasts and monsters of Sha’uru.  Antioch is unique in that there is a higher concentration of fantastical beasts and monsters than anywhere else in the developed world.  This is due mostly to the development that the Dur, Nisse and Humans have pushed into the wild places of the old world, and the vibrancy of Antioch itself.  All manner of species and breeds of beasts such as tigers, lions, bears, boars, and sharks have been cataloged by Antioch explorers.  There are also the large grey animals known as Hippopotamus and Rhinoceros that are wholly unique to the continent. There are also beasts and monsters that were thought to have been wiped out in the old world, but found in great number in Antioch.  Spider-Scorpions, Owl-Bears and Piranha-Eels have flourished on the continent, as most of the active leyline energies are unregulated and wild.  There may also be other types of yet undiscovered beasts for to catalog and hunt.

Monsters such as Trolls, Orcs, and Ogres have also been reported, but so far explorers have had difficulty locating their habitats.  We have covered Orcs in a previous post, so today we will briefly talk about Ogres and Trolls.  In Sha’uru, Trolls are lanky green humanoids with rock like scales on their forehead, nose and chin.  They are omnivorous and aggressive, and can digest almost anything, but prefer fresh meat.  They are very clever and strong, and prefer to catch their prey in traps rather than attacking them outright.  They have been known to toy with their prey if it is sentient and ask them a series of riddles, promising to let them go if they answer correctly.  These promises are seldom kept. Ogres are larger and stronger than Trolls but lack the troll’s intelligence and cunning.  What they lack in brains they make up for in brutality and raw power.  Ogres have been known to be able to knock down full grown trees for their amusement or to use as clubs.  They have bright orange skin and are carnivores, preferring sentient creatures over animals.  Ogres are simple to trick but react very poorly when they find they have been fleeced.  It is not uncommon to hear an Ogres temper tantrum from miles away.  Their favorite treats are Goblinites, as they are rare and bite sized.

 

 

Parma

Good Afternoon Ladies, Gentlemen and Sentient Creatures,

 

Today we get back on track with the rest of the human republics.  Today we deal with Parma, on the Southeast shores of the Blackwater sea.

 

Republic Name: Parma

Capital City: Novara

Cities of Note: Catania, Ancona

Major Commerce: Tourism, Trade

Minor Commerce: Law Services, Cuisine

 

Description:  Parma is located to the south of Greisslund and directly north of the Durish lands, as such, the entire Republic tends to be a cosmopolitan mix of Durish and Human denizens. Parma is unique in that it is the only Republic that does not produce anything as part of its major commerce.  The other republics tend to joke that major export of Parma is bureaucracy, as the proximity to the other major nations of the world have made magistrates, barristers and customs officials a necessary part of everyday life.  The Novaran Archival Repository is the largest record keeping body in all of the Confederacy, as all of the other Republics are required to send copies of their inter-republic and international legal documents  to the Parman capital.  This is so that visiting merchants and nobles from the Nisse and Durish lands can access the public documents without having to travel to the more remote parts of the human lands.  Parma is also known for its top rated restaurants, hotels and inns, as well as opulent seaside resorts.  Its proximity to the border of both the Vrachos and Vuono Dur communities also means that it tends to be a haven for runaway Gnomes, which creates a strange juxtaposition of beautiful marinas who’s piers are also home to vagabonds and runaway Gnomes.