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== Dreams of Hope ==
 
== Dreams of Hope ==
  
A living campaign setting designed for D&D 5e, Dreams of Hope extends continues the story of Quartus after the Cataclysm.
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A living campaign setting designed for the Fifth Edition of the world's most popular role-playing game, Dreams of Hope extends and continues the story of Quartus after the Cataclysm.
  
==== The Cataclysm and its Aftermath ====
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=== The Cataclysm and its Aftermath ===
  
210 years ago, a terrible magical cataclysm shattered the continent of Noefra (and most of the world of Quartus). Magic, both arcane and divine, stopped working and the Old Gods sacrificed themselves in an attempt to keep the world from disintegrating. Even with this sacrifice, storms, earthquakes, and other calamities swept the land. Almost 80% of the population of the continent died either immediately or over the next few years. When the magic returned 50 years later, it was different. New gods had arisen and spell-casters of all types had to re-learn their art. The survivors had retreated to isolated areas, convinced that they alone survived the Cataclysm.
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250 years ago, a terrible magical cataclysm shattered the continent of Noefra (and most of the world of Quartus). Magic, both arcane and divine, stopped working and the [[Old Gods]] sacrificed themselves in an attempt to keep the world from disintegrating. Even with this sacrifice, storms, earthquakes, and other calamities swept the land. Almost 80% of the population of the continent died either immediately or over the next few years. When the magic returned 50 years later, it was different. New gods had arisen and spell-casters of all types had to re-learn their art. The survivors had retreated to isolated areas, convinced that they alone survived the Cataclysm.
  
==== A Spark of Hope ====
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=== A Spark of Hope ===
A little more than 5 years ago, a group of heroes convinced the five major countries of the western half of Noefra to coordinate their efforts—and so the Federated Nations council was born. With it came the founding of the Adventurer’s Guild, an international problem-solving organization that handles requests from citizens and governments alike.
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A little more than 45 years ago, a group of heroes known as the [[Catalysts]] convinced the five major countries of the western half of [[Noefra]] to coordinate their efforts—and so the [[Federated Nations]] council was born. With it came the founding of the [[Adventurer’s Guild]], an international problem-solving organization that handles requests from citizens and governments alike.
  
==== A New Dream Begins ====
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For many years, all was well. The fall of the [[Hungering Frost]] in 211 AC gave [[Wyrmhold]] a breath of hope. The [[Devil's Rebellion]] in the southern part of the [[Stone Throne]] was suppressed after adventurers gave advance warning. New cities were founded, including [[Shinevog]] and [[Zhapai Karmap]]. [[Godsfall]] was liberated, letting the [[Archon of Time]] and [[The Redeeming Blades]] ascend. Adventurers made friendly contact through the [[Portal Network]] to [[Ithemba]] on the [[Soefra]]n continent.
You are new Sanctioned Adventurers, graduating today from guild training and setting off for adventure in this awakening world. What is a Sanctioned Adventurer? Adventurers are those who seek to explore the unknown, to delve into forgotten ruins, or to fulfill tasks set by others. In this mostly peaceful time, there are many such who crave excitement and the chance of wealth. Most common adventurers are either killed in their first expedition, badly scarred, or only find petty jobs. As such, most of the settled folk consider them nothing more than a nuisance. Sanctioned Adventurers are those who have been recruited by the Adventurers Guild, acknowledged as having potential, trained, and authorized to work in all of the Federated Nations. They're the para-military arm of the FNC, and as such are given legal privileges. They act in groups, called parties, and are mostly hired by governments or connected individuals or organizations to handle larger matters of concern.
 
  
In Earth terms, they're something like a cross between a Special Forces team and a private security contractor or mercenary. Their chains of command are loose and once unleashed on an objective they are free to pick their own methods of resolution. Most of their pay comes from what they acquire in the field--they keep what they loot. Their potential for growth can quickly leave them among the most personally powerful individuals as well as quite wealthy and they tend to retire after a few campaigns. Or die. For the risks they face are great. Abandoned temples to unknown gods, dragons' lairs, demon-summoning cults, hideous monsters, deadly traps. These are the everyday challenges facing a Sanctioned Adventurer. Are you up for the challenge?
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=== Rising Tensions ===
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By 230 AC, however, the internal stresses on several of the [[Federated Nations]] member states had grown beyond repair. The [[Council Lands]] was especially troubled, but the [[Stone Throne]] suffered discontent as well. In 227 AC, a coup attempt by the deposed [[Guildmasters]] of the former Council Lands led to civil war. That war ended in 230 AC with the [[Treaty of Rauviz]] and the dissolution of the [[Council Lands]] into five nations: the [[Holy Kaelthian Republic]], the [[Crisial Kingdom]], the [[Uulan Confederacy]], the [[Free State of Rauviz]], and the [[Duarchy of Kotimaa]]. A few years later, the [[Stone Throne]] disassociated more peacefully into three nations: the [[Sha'slar Autonomous Zone]] in the north, [[Asai'ka]] in the central [[Jungle of Fangs]], and the [[Serpent Dominion]] in the south by [[Lake Thom]]. While Byssia and Wyrmhold did not break up, they have internal tensions of their own and especially tensions between themselves and between themselves and the other nations.
  
==== Resources for Players ====
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In this unsettled time were born the [[Registered Companies]]--mercenary adventuring organizations chartered by each nation. Ranging from the large, corporate [[Golden Banner]] company to the strange and obsessive [[Selan's Seekers]] to the quasi-spy organization known as the [[Holy Hands]], these companies employ adventurers of all [[Adventuring Ranks|ranks]] and attitudes. Those adventurers who belong to a company--a requirement of the [[Crystal Spire Protocols]] (CSP)--are titled Registered Adventurers. As a result of all of this, the [[Adventurer’s Guild]] reconfigured itself to provide mainly policing support. They and their Sanctioned Adventurers keep the [[Registered Companies]] in line with the CSP and keep the [[Portal Network]] open and functioning.
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=== Registered Adventurers ===
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What are Registered Adventurers? In Earth terms, they're something like a cross between a Special Forces team and a private security contractor or mercenary. Their chains of command are loose and once unleashed on an objective they are free to pick their own methods of resolution. Most of their pay comes from what they acquire in the field--they keep what they loot. Their potential for growth can quickly leave them among the most personally powerful individuals as well as quite wealthy and they tend to retire after a few campaigns. Or die. For the risks they face are great. Abandoned temples to unknown gods, dragons' lairs, demon-summoning cults, hideous monsters, deadly traps. These are the everyday challenges facing a Registered Adventurer. Are you up for the challenge?
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==== Previous Seasons ====
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* Harbingers of the Cataclysm: The [[Divine Three]] / The [[Refuge Seekers]]
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* Rebirth : The [[Catalysts]] / [[Fire, Stone, and Cold]]
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* Gods and Dragons : [[Godsfall Champions]]
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* Redeeming the Lost : [[Heroes of Pactum]] / [[Shame Menders]]
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* Bringers of a New Era : [[Dimwit Syndicate]] / [[Airship Pioneers]] / [[Wild Cards]] / [[Southern Heroes]]
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* Children of a New Age : [[Vault Seekers]] / [[Heroes Foretold]] / [[Enigma]]
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=== Resources for Players ===
 
[[Player's Guide--Character Creation]]
 
[[Player's Guide--Character Creation]]
  
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[[Quick Planar Cosmology Guide]]
 
[[Quick Planar Cosmology Guide]]
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[[Player's Guide--Gods and Worship]]
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[[Open Quest Seeds]] (these are campaign starters. Mainly an invitation to adventure in a particular location and a "main quest" to follow if you're looking for something.
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[[Category:Dawn of Hope]]
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[[Category:Player's Guide]]

Latest revision as of 00:28, 11 January 2021

Dreams of Hope

A living campaign setting designed for the Fifth Edition of the world's most popular role-playing game, Dreams of Hope extends and continues the story of Quartus after the Cataclysm.

The Cataclysm and its Aftermath

250 years ago, a terrible magical cataclysm shattered the continent of Noefra (and most of the world of Quartus). Magic, both arcane and divine, stopped working and the Old Gods sacrificed themselves in an attempt to keep the world from disintegrating. Even with this sacrifice, storms, earthquakes, and other calamities swept the land. Almost 80% of the population of the continent died either immediately or over the next few years. When the magic returned 50 years later, it was different. New gods had arisen and spell-casters of all types had to re-learn their art. The survivors had retreated to isolated areas, convinced that they alone survived the Cataclysm.

A Spark of Hope

A little more than 45 years ago, a group of heroes known as the Catalysts convinced the five major countries of the western half of Noefra to coordinate their efforts—and so the Federated Nations council was born. With it came the founding of the Adventurer’s Guild, an international problem-solving organization that handles requests from citizens and governments alike.

For many years, all was well. The fall of the Hungering Frost in 211 AC gave Wyrmhold a breath of hope. The Devil's Rebellion in the southern part of the Stone Throne was suppressed after adventurers gave advance warning. New cities were founded, including Shinevog and Zhapai Karmap. Godsfall was liberated, letting the Archon of Time and The Redeeming Blades ascend. Adventurers made friendly contact through the Portal Network to Ithemba on the Soefran continent.

Rising Tensions

By 230 AC, however, the internal stresses on several of the Federated Nations member states had grown beyond repair. The Council Lands was especially troubled, but the Stone Throne suffered discontent as well. In 227 AC, a coup attempt by the deposed Guildmasters of the former Council Lands led to civil war. That war ended in 230 AC with the Treaty of Rauviz and the dissolution of the Council Lands into five nations: the Holy Kaelthian Republic, the Crisial Kingdom, the Uulan Confederacy, the Free State of Rauviz, and the Duarchy of Kotimaa. A few years later, the Stone Throne disassociated more peacefully into three nations: the Sha'slar Autonomous Zone in the north, Asai'ka in the central Jungle of Fangs, and the Serpent Dominion in the south by Lake Thom. While Byssia and Wyrmhold did not break up, they have internal tensions of their own and especially tensions between themselves and between themselves and the other nations.

In this unsettled time were born the Registered Companies--mercenary adventuring organizations chartered by each nation. Ranging from the large, corporate Golden Banner company to the strange and obsessive Selan's Seekers to the quasi-spy organization known as the Holy Hands, these companies employ adventurers of all ranks and attitudes. Those adventurers who belong to a company--a requirement of the Crystal Spire Protocols (CSP)--are titled Registered Adventurers. As a result of all of this, the Adventurer’s Guild reconfigured itself to provide mainly policing support. They and their Sanctioned Adventurers keep the Registered Companies in line with the CSP and keep the Portal Network open and functioning.

Registered Adventurers

What are Registered Adventurers? In Earth terms, they're something like a cross between a Special Forces team and a private security contractor or mercenary. Their chains of command are loose and once unleashed on an objective they are free to pick their own methods of resolution. Most of their pay comes from what they acquire in the field--they keep what they loot. Their potential for growth can quickly leave them among the most personally powerful individuals as well as quite wealthy and they tend to retire after a few campaigns. Or die. For the risks they face are great. Abandoned temples to unknown gods, dragons' lairs, demon-summoning cults, hideous monsters, deadly traps. These are the everyday challenges facing a Registered Adventurer. Are you up for the challenge?

Previous Seasons

Resources for Players

Player's Guide--Character Creation

Player's Guide--Nations and Cultures

Player's Guide--Backgrounds by Starting Culture

Quick Planar Cosmology Guide

Player's Guide--Gods and Worship

Open Quest Seeds (these are campaign starters. Mainly an invitation to adventure in a particular location and a "main quest" to follow if you're looking for something.