Westward Ho! Player’s Pack and FAQ, Draft 1
Whoa, is this a fantasy Western?
Yes, the style and trappings of the setting, as well as the theme and mood draw from the Western Genre and American history. However, this is not a historical game and many factors have been altered. For starters, there are no guns, so a sword is still a sword, just don’t reach for it unless you need it. Dungeons and Dragons has long drawn on Medieval Europe for inspiration, though the game strays far from the actual technology and culture of that era. We’re doing the same thing here, only with a different era of history as the inspiration.
What about other technologies?
There’s steam power, and thus trains and factories, as well as the telegraph. Clothes and fashion are Western themed, so you’re dwarven runepriest no doubt wears boots, pants, a collarless cotton shirt, duster, broad brimmed hat, bandana, and some armor. We won’t even talk about his red wool union suit. He may have purchased his weapons out of the Stars and Redbuck’s Catalog. Recently Blasting Powder, an alchemical substance, was developed. This explosive is very unstable, bulky, and expensive. It is used widely by the mining industry, but is not useable as a weapon (unless you don’t like to keep all your finger). Medicine is at mid-19th Century standards, so, not great.
What races and classes are allowed?
There are some limits to race and class, mostly as far as what fits the setting. Some races can only be certain classes. Multiclassing and hybrid classes are forbidden. Check out the table below (and if you have a really good concept that breaks this mold, let me know).
Dragonborn Avenger, Bard, Cleric, Fighter, Invoker, Paladin, Rogue, Runepriest, Sorcerer, Warlock, Warlord, Wizard
Dwarves Avenger, Bard, Cleric, Fighter, Invoker, Paladin, Rogue, Runepriest, Sorcerer, Warlock, Warlord, Wizard
Elf Barbarian, Druid, Ranger, Seeker, Shaman, Warden
Tiefling Avenger, Bard, Cleric, Fighter, Invoker, Paladin, Rogue, Runepriest, Sorcerer, Warlock, Warlord, Wizard
Minotaur Barbarian, Druid, Ranger, Seeker, Shaman, Warden
Half-Orc Barbarian, Druid, Ranger, Seeker, Shaman, Warden
Shifter Barbarian, Druid, Ranger, Seeker, Shaman, Warden
What would be a good character concept?
Any of the standard Western tropes are good choice. The PCs are all drifters, people cut loose from their homes and seeking a new life on the frontier. Cowboys, dispossessed natives, gamblers, wandering preachers, freed slaves, swordsmen for hire, outlaws on the run, mountain men, and prospectors are all good. Thin about person before powers and you will do fine.
How do you handle character creation?
We will create characters as a group during the first session. There are many possible stories to tell in Westward Ho! and the nature of the party will determine how the campaign is laid out. For example, if everyone wants to play natives, that changes things greatly. Generate ability scores using Method 2: Customizing Scores. We will be using the character background option from page 176 of the Player’s Handbook 2. With a mixed party (which is what I am expecting) look for backgrounds that will give you access to Perception and Nature skills. Any power or feat from Wizards of the Coast published material is legal. All PCs should be of Lawful Good, Good, or Unaligned alignments, no evil or chaotic evil at all. Also, expect an even mix of combat and non-combat encounters, especially skill challenges. Finally, the planes are not a big part of this setting, though the Feywild and the Shadowfell do intrude in places.
What do I as a player need to bring?
I have a large collection of western minis, some printable cardboard counters, and several sets of maps and tiles. If you want to bring your own, go right ahead. If you want to bring extra and share, feel free to do so. I will also bring a dice bucket and poker chips (for use as action points). Although I possess nearly the entire product lien, I won’t bring every book to every game, so make sure you either buy the books or cards appropriate to your character, or write down what his or her powers do. I will bring all the Players Handbooks and Powers books to the first session. You are responsible for your character sheet and making sure you have it for the game. I will provide blank character sheets for those who need them.
How can I earn extra XP?
In addition to regular XP awards, you get XP for a written character background, at a rate of one point per word. Also, if you make a purchase at Legends the day of the game, you earn five pints per dollar spent; they are hosting us after all. I will also be very free with role-playing awards.
What if I am going to be late to the game?
Since we only have three hours, the game starts at 6pm sharp. That means I start rolling dice and narrating the story at that point. If you are late, then your character misses out on some things. This can really suck if we are in the middle of a battle, but that’s just the way it is.
Do you allow food, drinks, laptops, iPods, etc… at the table?
Folks need to eat and drink; I consume a large amount of soda when I run a game (its thirsty work). As long as you follow the store’s rules, I have no problem. As far as electronica, sometimes I will bring my laptop with me as a game aid; feel free to do the same. However, be respectful of your fellow players and stay focused, surfing the net is not a good thing to do during a game, especially in combat.
Any other table rules?
Be polite, be courteous and be clean. The Dm has final say, but I will take your concerns under advisement. Intra-party conflict is OK, as long as it is done in fun. What goes at the table stays at the table, likewise don’t bring your issues with other player to the table. Also, keep your language PG. There is a zero tolerance for racist language, I will kick you out of my game and ban you from any other game I run.
-34 First explorers from the Eastern Empires reach the New World, find the place strongly influenced by the Feywild, and inhabited by elves.
-30 to -1 The Empires Across the Sea collapse, corrupted within by dark forces and beset by invading orcs and goblins.
0 to 15 Refugee humans, dwarves, Eladrin, and tieflings arrive in the New World, and establish the first eastern nations
12-45 First Elf War, the Thirteen try to push inland from their coastal settlements and met strong resistance.
64-115 Second Elf War
145-187 Third Elf War, at the peace of Nylosia the elves and their human allies are given a broad piece of land to rule as their own kingdom, Kan-tac-eee.
190 The Beautiful Land is settled, the first newcomer nation west of the Smoking Mountains.
193 Monrovia founded
210-345 The Orc and Goblin Wars, orcs and goblins invade from the ruins of the Eastern Empires and from the frozen lands to the north. The nations of the East are nearly wiped out.
345-758 The rebuilding, the Nations of the East rebuild their lands and population. Rogue bands of orcs and goblins are hunted into extinction.
645 Bruthian Explorers discover a lost continent to the southwest inhabited by primitive dragonborn.
703 To aid in rebuilding, dragonborn slaves are brought to the New World
850-1203 Unification Wars, the various nations of the east go to war with each other over various regional disputes. At the Second Peace of Nylosia the Federal Union is formed to maintain peace, defend mutual interests, and regulate trade.
1235 Lakeland founded
1246-1308 Adventurers from the Southern Nations explore east past the Smoking Mountains. Their efforts open up territory all the way to the Great Black River. Francopia established.
1345 Zephyr founded
1365-1400 Attempts to expand past the Big Black River are meet with strong resistance from both the Feywild and the native tribes of the west.
1405 First contact is made with the Empire of Tejas
1405-1567 The long and drawn out Tejan War ends with Tejas joining the Union in exchange for peace.
1567-1743 The Long Peace, tired of war and more interested in expanding their population and society, the Union ceases attempts to push west and conquer more territory.
1798 Invention of the steam engine revolutionizes industry, travel, and society.
1823 Aided by steam boats, railroads, and better social organization, the first new nation west of the Big Black River, Misurah, is founded.
1829 Telegraph invented.
1831 The Fey Market Riots prompt the spread of the abolitionist movement. Many northern nations outlaw slavery.
1835-1858 Bleeding Misurah, the new nation undergoes a civil war over the issue of slavery.
1857 Isoian mercenaries commit some of the most vicious atrocities of Misurah Civil War during the Sack of New Cross.
1862 Spurred by the abolitionist movement, the Northern Nations introduce a bill into Parliament to abolish the importation of slaves throughout the Union. The southern MPs kill the bill.
1863 A bill is introduced to allow Misurah into the Union, as a free nation it would tip the balance in parliament in favor of the abolitionist movement.
1864 Iosia secedes from the Union, taking most of the southern nations with it; The Great War begins as the northern nations invade the south to reestablish the Union.
1865 War rages horribly across the East, Tejas succeeds from the Union and regains its independence. The Battle of Salt Greek sees the most bloodshed of the entire war.
1866 The Confederacy campaign to take Concordia fails after the battle of New Burgh.
1867 Reeling from the losses at Newburgh, the Confederacy army retreats south, fighting a losing rear guard action. The famed dwarf General Grant leads Union forces down the Big Black River. Tiefling Union General Sherman marches around Kan-tac-ee and proceeds to lay waste to much of the South
1868 In a last ditch effort, Confederacy wizards attempt to summon a horde of outsiders to destroy the Union army. Grant, Sherman, and the President of the Union (famous human wizard Abraham Lincoln) teleport into the ritual with a small handful of adventurers. They stop the ritual, but Lincoln is killed in the process.
1869 The Iosian Confederacy surrenders, investigations into the war reveal that cabals of dark cultists were backing the Confederacy; a general cultist hunt ensues and discovers cults worshipping dark gods throughout the Union and Confederacy.
1869-1874 Reconstruction of the South, the dragonborn in the Union are freed
1875 Hungry for land, sickened by war, seeking to escape troubles at home, or just filled with wanderlust, thousands of citizens of the Union head West in the hopes of a better life.
The Nylosian Union
Founded in 1203 in an attempt to end the constant warfare that was threatening to destroy the nations of the east, the Union has weathered wars and internal strife to stand today as the most powerful government in the New World. The Union is a patchwork federation of fifteen nations, each with its own traditions and culture. Each member nation is free to decide its local form of government and manage any internal affairs as it sees fit. The purpose of the Union is to provide an overarching government to attend to matters that effect the entirety of its members. Historically this has been limited to issues of trade, the common defense, and cross border crime. In the past century various movements have been trying to expand the power of the Federal Government to regulate issues that previously had been seen as purely internal to the member nations. Slavery is one such issue, but freedom of religion, a free press, and universal voting rights have been put forth.
Each member nation chooses two ministers of parliament (MPs) to represent it at the Parliament of Nations in Nylosia. The MPs debate various issues, set the taxes that each member nation has to pay (which largely fund the military and civil defense), and every four years elect a president to act as chief executive and commander in chief of the Union’s Army and Navy. The president also is the Union’s representative in negations with outside government, as well as mediates inter-member disputes.
Culturally, the Union is very diverse, with each nation having its own history and general outlook on life. The standard deities of Dungeons and Dragons are worshipped throughout the Union, but each nation holds a different set of deities to be of greater importance. The nature of worship also varies from nation to nation, for example, Arcadian tend towards more sedate and reserved services, whereas in Brunthia ceremony and ritual dominate the proceedings.
Following the Great War, the Union has shifted towards the right politically and culturally. More conservative dress and opinions are popular. Industry has begun to recover, and in the North actually saw a boost in fortunes due to the war. The idea that wealth is a measure of competence and fitness, the Gospel of Success, has spread amongst the wealthy and the nobility. The converse, that the impoverished workers who run the factories are somehow less able, goes without saying.
Most of the Union is of a temperate climate and was once covered by woodlands. Toady, only the most northern and western nations (aside form Kan-tac-ee) still boast any amount of natural landscape. The remainder have been heavily logged, mined, cultivated, and built upon. Bimini stand out as an exception, as the vast swamps and jungles of that nation have only barely been cleared or drained.
The Union can be divided into several geographic regions. The East Coast is the home to the oldest of the nations, and is the most densely settled. The first barrier meet when heading west from the Endless Sea are the Smoking Mountains, so named for the mists that seem to perpetually cling to their summits. Beyond the mountains lies a vast rolling set of hill country that spreads from the Dolphin Gulf north to the Great Inland Sea. These hills give way to the broad flat lands and river plains of the Big Black River and its tributaries along the eastern border of the Union. The Big Black River itself is over a mile wide and fans out to form a huge marshy estuary before disappearing into the Dolphin Gulf.
The Independent Nations
Two nations stand independent form the Union, Misurah and the Empire of Tejas. Both are interposition of claiming territory desired by their rivals, while at the same time hoping to avoid a war they fear they cannot win. Misurah claims all the land from the Big Black River west to the Crystal Rock Mountains, as does the western nations of the Union. The Empire of Tejas also lays claim to the same territory, and has for centuries (though they have been unable to take it from the native tribes).
Misurah is a very independent minded nation that values personal freedom above all else. The Misurah Civil War ended with the abolitionist faction dominant, a fact that greatly disturbs Tejas. Furthermore, Misurah has had better lurk bargaining with the native tribes than it rivals. The city of Gateway is the capital of Misurah and the main means through which people and goods pass between the West and the East. A rail line runs from Gateway west to the cow town of Abilin out on the open plains.
The Empire of Tejas was settled by a different group of refugees form the Eastern Empires, and for most of its history thought of itself as the sole survivors of that great culture. Being from a different part of the Old World, the language of Tejas is slightly different than that of the Union or Misurah, but still understandable (barely). Tejas has existed in a state of continual warfare with the native tribes, and is responsible for several being wiped out. This conflict has slowed the expansion of the Empire, as well as retarded its industrial growth. The steam engine and telegraph are new technologies in Tejas, and few rail lines or telegraph networks have been built.
The Tribes of the West
The tribes of the West are of a different nature than the elf tribes the people of the Union are used to. First of all, they are mostly non-elves, and some are even vaguely humanoid. Several of the tribes are noted for their savagery, but for the most part they are fairly peaceful. All spend at least part of their annual cycles living as nomads, even the mound city dwelling Mandak venture onto the plains to hunt bison every fall. The more nomadic ride horses or giant lizards, live in conical tents, and are rarely in one place for more than a few weeks. None of the tribes has a central authority; practice a lesser form of anarchy based around personal allegiance and tradition, and never developed metalworking or written language. Trade with these tribes can be profitable, especially as they are willing to give furs and meat in exchange for knives, pots, beads, and other simple manufactured goods. The native tribes have been especially clever in the use of metals goods they obtain, and refashion them into sophisticated items of greater utility.
The region known as the West stretches for thousands of miles from the Big Black River east to the Crystal Rock Mountains, and from the Frozen lands south to the Dolphin Gulf. Most of the land is either arid or semi-arid, covered in broad grasslands, and home to an abundance of natural life. Several major rives cross the plains and provide most of the water for the region, as well as acting as sources of wood and transportation routes.
Massive herds of bison once roamed this land, but hunters from Tejas, the Union, and Misurah have decimated the herds for their meat, hooves, and hides. This has placed a great hardship on the native tribes, and is one of their primary justifications for war. In place of the buffalo, escaped cattle have formed large herds, especially in the southern plains. These cattle are being rounded up and driven north to Abilin in order for them to be shipped East to slaughterhouses. The cow trade is becoming a booming industry in Tejas and in Misurah.
Shortly before the war, adventurers discovered gold and silver in the Crystal Rock Mountains. This prompted a short lived gold rush, but the end of the war and the construction of armored steam boats on the Pecas River have brought hordes of treasure seekers to Calin. Officially Tejas owns the land and has authority over the town, but no attempts have been made to enforce this claim.
Lawlessness is rampant in the West, as the land is claimed Misurah, the Union, and the Empire of Tejas, as well as the native tribes, seems to be actually ruled by no one. The many canyons and tiny river valleys provide excellent hideouts, and banditry is common. Wild animals and strange beasts, as well as droughts, prairie fires, extreme weather, and tornadoes threaten settlers.
Nations of the World
Arcadia (Main, Vermont, Connecticut)
Ruler: Elect Adrosia
Government: Republic (single dictator)
Races: Dwarf, human, elf, eladrin
Economy: Timber, Fur Trade
Major Cities: Alberta
Favored Deities: Melora, Pelor
Notes: Although still a wild and rugged country, the people of Arcadia are some of the most well read and best educated of anyone in the Union. The long harsh winters may be to blame.
Beautiful Land (Ohio)
Ruler: Malthis XX
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Races: Human, dwarf
Economy: Industry, Agriculture
Major Cities: Tolma, Columbia
Favored Deities: Erathis, Moradin, Pelor
Notes: The Beautiful Land is also one of the most heavily industrialized nations in the Union. Her steel mills, coalfields, and factories have turned a once pristine natural wonder into a mass of pollution and machines.
Races: Human, Tiefling, Lizardfolk
Economy: Fishing, Agriculture
Major Cities: Ft. Anders, Tazkakil
Favored Deities: Pelor, Melora, Kord
Notes: Unlike the other slave states, Bimini used lizard folk instead of dragonborn as their slave stock. As a result, the turmoil and confusion of the Great War resulted in a widespread and savage lizardfolk uprising that has nearly wiped out any sense of order or law. This once tropical paradise now runs red with blood.
Brunthia* (Virginia and the Carolinas)
Ruler: Queen Kala IV
Government: Constitutional Monarchy (feudal)
Races: Human, Eladrin, Tiefling
Economy: Agriculture, Trade
Major Cities: Norwich, Camilard
Favored Deities: Corellon, Pelor
Notes: Once part of the rebellion, Brunthia has returned to its pastoral and feudal state. Its people have a strong sense of honor and a belief in the rightness of nobility. Brunthia is also one of the first nations of the east.
Empire of Tejas# (Texas, Indian Territory, Arkansas)
Ruler: Emperor Austin II
Government: Empire (feudal)
Races: Human, Dwarf, Tiefling, Dragonborn, Elf, Minotaur
Economy: Agriculture, Fishing, Mining
Major Cities: Hastin, Galvestria
Favored Deities: Kord, Melora, Pelor
Notes: As ancient as the Thirteen Nations of the East, Tejas developed for centuries without contact with he Union. In 1405, adventurers from the Union wandered into Tejas, and the Empire responded violently. The long Tejan War ended with Tejas trading its independence for peace. At the start of the Great War, Tejas left the Union and struck out on its own. Although the only remaining slave holding nation, it is now illegal to import or purchase slaves, and all children born to slaves after 1865 are considered free.
Empiria (New York)
Ruler: Empress Alexa VI
Government: Constitutional Monarchy (parliamentarian)
Races: Human, Dwarf, Eladrin, Dragonborn
Economy: Trade, Industry
Major Cities: Empire City, Prosperia
Favored Deities: Avandra, Pelor, Erathis
Notes: One of the older nations of the East, Empiria also boasts the Union’s largest city, Empire City. Following the Great War, many dragonborn have migrated here to work in the nation’s busy factories.
Francopia* (Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi)
Government: Republic (full adult enfranchisement)
Races: Teifling, Human, Dragonborn
Economy: Trade, Fishing, Agriculture
Major Cities: Narlons
Favored Deities: The Raven Queen, Avandra, Sehanine
Notes: Founded by Brunthian and Peshtari adventurers, Francopia is a vibrant and exciting nation, despite its obsession with death and gentility. Its capital, Narlons, sits on an island at the mouth of the Big Black River.
Ruler: Emperor Konrad III
Government: Tyrannical Monarchy
Races: Tiefling, Human
Major Cities: Alantala, Mason
Favored Deities: Erathis, Sehanine, Kord
Notes: Iosia lead the rebellion and was a lead proponent of slavery, now the nation is in deep turmoil as it tries to recover from the ravages of war and deal with the large numbers of now free dragonborn.
Kan-tak-ee (Kentucky and Tennessee)
Government: Tribal anarchy
Races: Elf, Human
Economy: Fur Trade, Agriculture
Major Cities: none
Favored Deities: Corellon, Melora, Sehanine
Notes: Following the Elf Wars, the Peace of Nylosia granted the land between the borders of Brunthia, the Big Black River, the Halstat River, and the Beautiful River as a reservation and kingdom for the elves. Kan-tak-ee stayed neutral during the Great War, even going so far as to attack armies of both sides who dared to march across it. Its human population is small, and just as wild as the elves.
Ruler: Niola X
Government: Absolute Monarchy
Races: Dwarf, human, elf
Economy: Fishing, trade, Industry, Agriculture
Major Cities: Bridgeton, Appletown
Favored Deities: Moradin, Melora, Avandra, Erathis
Notes: This nation is split between the pastoral countryside, and the more industrial cities and coast. The people are starting to ferment revolution against their Queen, who herself is busy trying to placate all the factions.
Ruler: Archmaster Philos I
Races: Human, Eladrin
Economy: Trade, Magical Products, Fishing
Major Cities: Livon, Delmarva
Favored Deities: Ioun, Corellon
Notes: The smallest of the nations of the east, Livonia is powerful due to its arcane might. The preimier college of the study of the magical arts, Elmilis, is in the capital city of Livon.
Marcovia (New Jersey, New Hampshire)
Ruler: The Council of Twelve
Races: Dwarf, Human
Economy: Trade, Illegal Markets, Fishing
Major Cities: Newurk, Shore Town
Favored Deities: Avandra, Ethris, Melora
Notes: A council of the twelve richest merchant houses in the nation rules Marcovia, one of the original Thirteen Nations of the East. Trade, rather legal or not, drives the economy and other aspects of Marcovian life.
Misurah# (Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska)
Government: Absolute Democracy
Races: Human, Dwarf, Dragonborn
Major Cities: Gateway
Favored Deities: Avandra, Melora, Kord
Notes: Shortly before the Great War, settlers in the region that today is Misurah experienced their own civil war over the issue of slavery. In the end, it was decided to put things to a vote, and the abolitionists won. In response, many slave owners fled the new nation (established in 1845) and many escaped slaves settled there. Today, Misurah is best known for its city Gateway and the Western Railroad that leads from it to the New Territories.
Government: Republic (voters: all landholding males)
Races: Human, Dwarf, Elf
Economy: Agriculture, Industry
Major Cities: Monroviapolis, Ft. Clark
Favored Deities: Erathis, Pelor
Notes: One of the newer nations, Monrovia was founded by adventurers from Brunthia. The nation is split between the agricultural south and the more industrialized central and northern portions. In the hilly regions of the southwestern corner of the nation feral elves still roam in small bands.
Ruler: Hierophant Monolos I
Alignment: Lawful Good
Races: Human, Dwarf
Economy: Trade, Timber, Fishing
Major Cities: Hope, Providence
Favored Deities: Bahamut, Pelor, Moradin
Notes: One of the first nations of the East, Nimonia is best known for its rigid views on faith and morality. The nation was one of the key abolitionist nations prior to the Great War.
Peshtaria (Maryland and Pensylvania)
Ruler: King Gino IX
Government: Absolute Monarchy
Races: Human, Dwarf
Economy: Trade, Fishing
Major Cities: Ravensburg, Baltampore
Favored Deities: The Raven Queen, Sehanine, Melora
Notes: One first nations of the east, Peshtaria sits at the base of the Great Crab Estuary. The people of this nation seem death obsessed, and are known to build some of the largest funerary monuments in the Union.
Ruler: Elected Assembly
Government: Democratic Republic
Races: Human, dwarf
Economy: Industry, Agriculture, Trade
Major Cities: Wind City, New Field, Efham
Favored Deities: Erathis, Moradin, Avandra
Notes: the second largest city in the Union, Wind City, is the capital of Zephyr. It is a mass of buildings, factories, and shipyards; as well as the end pint for most of the cattle from the West.
* Former Iosian Confederacy
# Independent Nation
The Native Tribes of the West
Range: From the Crystal Rock Mountains east to the junction of the Kansa and Pecas Rivers.
Relations with Others: The Amari are at war with Tejas, but other than that they keep to themselves.
Notes: The Amari are a generally peaceful people who have been pushed too far by the expanding empire of Tejas.
Lifestyle: Semi-nomadic horticulturalists
Range: The Crystal Rock Mountains and surrounding plains from the Kansa River south to the Pecas River.
Relations with Others: The Arapanak and the Kurgoth frequently conflict over land.
Notes: The Arapanak have had little contact with Easterners or with Tejanos.
Range: Divided into two groups, the northern roam from the Pecas River south to the Rio Lobo and from the Crystal Rock Mountains east as far as they care to. The southern group rides between the Rio Lobo and the Dolphin Sea to the south.
Relations with Others: The Campeche are violent towards outsiders and make a large part of their living off of raiding their neighbors. They particularly hate tejanos (or anyone who looks like a tejano).
Notes: The Campeche are feared throughout the southern plains.
Lifestyle: Nomadic herdsmen
Range: South from the Lower Musselshell River to the Lower Pecas River, west from the Big Black River until they run into the Holani lands.
Relations with Others: The Chultar trade with the Mandak and with settlers from the Union, they are in constant conflict with the Holani and with Tejanos along the Pecas River.
Notes: Unique amongst the native tribes, the Chultar herd sheep and goats for a living. Their herds are large and the Chultar will defend them with their lives.
Range: Bounded by the Red, Big Black, and Musselshell Rivers on three sides, to the northeast they border the Silnegh.
Relations with Others: The D’Kala and Silnegh are constant rivals. The D’Kala also raid Mandak villages and Mound Cities. As one of the native tribes who has had prolonged contact with the Easterners, the D’Kala have learned when to fight and when to talk, though they prefer to fight.
Notes: The D’Kala are a horse and riding lizard-using people, and have a fondness for beef.
Range: Throughout the Great Empty Desert
Relations with Others: Rare
Notes: Little is known about these reclusive natives, aside from old wives’ tales and second hand stories. They seem to live in a land that no other can even travel through, much less make a home in.
Range: The lower Musselshell River south to the Pecas River, the Kansa River east to the Big Black River.
Relations with Others: The Holani are bad neighbors and routinely raid the Mandak, Chultar, Jas, and settlers along the Big Black and Pecas Rivers.
Notes: The Holani ride horses and hate those who ride lizards.
Range: From Two Rivers Valley southeast to the Holani lands.
Relations with Others: The Jas feud with the Holani and the Silnegh
Notes: The terrors of the Northern Plains, the Jas raid everyone they meet, though they do avoid the Devil Hills and the Lakotan.
Lifestyle: Semi-nomadic horticulturalists
Range: The Crystal Rock Mountains from the Pecas River south to the Rio Lobo.
Relations with Others: The Arapanak and the Kurgoth frequently conflict over land.
Notes: The Kurgoth have gone to war to drive gold seekers from their land and destroy the boom town of Calin.
Range: The Devil Hills
Relations with Others: The Lakotan will warn off and then attack any outsiders who dare to set foot in their lands.
Notes: Mysterious and elusive, the Jas seem to be everywhere and nowhere within their territory.
Range: The lower Musselshell River
Relations with Others: The Mandak are constantly at war with the D’Kala and Holani. They have peaceful relations with the sheep-herding Chultar and with settlers from the Union and Tejas, provided the settlers don’t cause any problems.
Notes: The Mandak are town and city dwellers. Their cities are built around a central earthen mound from which their kings can survey their domain.
Range: The Red River southeast to the Musselshell River, northwest into the Frozen Lands, southwest into D’Kala territory
Relations with Others: The Silnegh do not get along well with the D’kala or the Jas. They routinely raid settlers along the red River and those following Roger’s Spur of the Goodnight-Loving trail.
Notes: The Silnegh are horse bound nomads who hunt the vast herds of the Upper Plains. They are not fond of outsiders and have been known to attack first and ask questions later.