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  • --Continued Barrow Guard Not all skeletons are mere shadows of the person they once were in life. Some move with purpose and skill reminiscent of the living. That is because these corpses are not empty husks and forgotten dreams, but harbor the souls of proud men, their will as fierce in death as it was in life. It is said that some bonds are stronger than death. This is certainly the case of those brotherhoods of warriors who offered their life up in service for lord or king. Shoulder to should…

  • --Continued Wraiths The Spirit Realm is a dark and terrifying place. Not just for the living, but for the recently departed too. They have to cross this shadow realm to find the halls of their ancestors. But as lost and alone a soul may feel, he is not alone or abandoned by the gods; for the Wraiths are waiting to guide him to the light. The origin of these wraiths is unknown. Some say they are the servants of the Lord of Death himself. Others claim they are the ghosts of suicides, doing penance…

  • Quote from Giladis: “Quote from quantumcollider: “Does this mean the VC armybook is nearing completion? ” No.Quote from quantumcollider: “Am I close? ” Nope :p ” Then I am at a loss. Can I get a hint?

  • Quote from Giladis: “Quote from quantumcollider: “Von Karnstein ” If you look closely and have some linguistic knowledge you will be able to find the name of their domain in the slim VC AB ” Oh, you tease! Does this mean the VC armybook is nearing completion? I'm not much of a linguist, but some terms used in the VC armybook are older than T9A project: A Varkolak is an old term for a Werewolf. Zagvozd is an area in Croatia, in the Balkan. Most importantly, 'Von Karnstein' is the family name of t…

  • Just because we see their acts as gruesome, abnormal and utterly evil, doesn't mean they agree. Heck, there are even dreadful examples is this in the real world. Read, if you dare, ISIS's glossy Dabiq. They openly advocate slavery, celebrate murder, preach the downfall of civilization and pray for the apocalyse. It is one big manifest for everything humanity loathes. Yet for them it is not only normal, it is pious. One person's hell is another's paradise.

  • --Continued Von Karnstein Named after the infamous Von Karnstein family that had suddenly risen to prominence in the remote province of Ueberwald. These vampires assume the trappings of nobility and class, and seem to strive for dominance over the living. They are masters at courtly intrigue, and prefer to use their unholy might subtly to attain positions of power. Though their curse forces them to remain secretive, they can use wit and charm to worm their way into the good graces of the rich an…

  • Why settle for one apocalyptic finale when you can have 9? Why not end every age of the history of the world with a great battle that destroys whatever status quo existed before and usher in a new age? Have an Age of the Elves that end with a great war with the Dwarfs. Have an Age of the Dwarfs that ended in a war with the Orcs and Goblins. Etc. Actually, this give me some ideas. I just might publish something on this in my background stories thread...

  • Hi all, I wrote another piece. Here I take a look at the vampire covenants. Enjoy! _______________________________________ Lectori salutem, If you are reading this, I am probably dead, and you are sifting through my meager possessions to find something of value. If you are some vulture robbing my corpse, then you are out of luck: the life of a witch hunter is not one of riches and plenty. However, if you are one of my brethren, I impart upon you my accumulated wisdom on the dark forces of the un…

  • Quote from Vulcan: “Quote from Marcos24: “In spanish and french, their name for Knight is translated as "horesman". ” Heck, most in most European languages their word for the English "Knight" translates as "horseman", as few non-nobles could AFFORD a horse. ” Actually, it was the other way around: the fact that they had to own horses, armor and weapons was what gave knights a place in the lesser nobility. In order to pay for it all they needed a source or income; which in the early and high midd…

  • Quote from Kpl.blutch: “Quote from 2DSick: “What if they were part of the same pantheon of god of the gods of the empire of sandstall? ” So basicly a greek or egyptian pantheon (to stay with the most known). That could actually be quite okay They are feared by most people, but they have to be there, because they are needed to explain, why the world works as it does (with ilness, famines and death) That would also make cultists and 'secret societys' with in human communities a lot easier to expla…

  • Quote from Makiwara: “The fluff exists, it's just guarded by a crack team of mercenaries underneath a mountain fortress. All we be revealed in good time. I personally haven't seen much of the WotDG discussion but my personal only opinion would be that the 9th Age is about giving all the races equal agency in the world, having 'Chaos' gods as the ultimate big bad lessens this. Also I think there may be a slight direction change for having comically 'evil' factions, again just my personal opinion,…

  • Quote from Porw: “Timeline of the World of the 9th Age - My vision! BS - before Sunna AS - Age of Sunna Lots of stuff ...to be continued ” Interesting. I'd love to see more from it. But I also have criticism: it all looks so reminiscent to GW's lore. You have the Old Ones (Demiurg) that bring order the world and create the various races, the collapse of the Polar Gates (Fall of the Cradle of Birth) that causes Chaos (The Dark Gods) to enter the world and lets Daemons manifest and creates the bea…

  • Quote from Kpl.blutch: “Quote from quantumcollider: “By the way, is the term 'chaos' even used in the 9th Age, or do we leave that with GW and just use 'Dark Gods' instead? ” Well. Our book is named Warriors of the Dark Gods Christoffer ” Obviously, but is 'chaos' even a concept in the lore and mythology of the 9th Age?

  • Quote from Kpl.blutch: “So a try to sum up a little Barbarians should be more like the historical scandinavians. Mostly farmers, and traiders, with young men who could be called upon by a tribal chief, to go on raiding parties. Great sailors, which also enabled them to be explorers, that would venture to the edges of the 'known world' and beyond (Iceland, Greenland and America, was 'discovered' in that way by the scandinavians (and America was then forgotten again) Warriors would then be a fight…

  • Quote from TheOwl: “Quote from Theorox: “Quote from Taki: “Quote from quantumcollider: “There is really no reason NOT for trade to exist between the more pragmatic parts of the civilized world and followers of the Dark Gods. Just look at real medieval history: Christianity and Islam were effectively locked in a continuous war. But that sure did not stop them from trading with one another. Heck, it didn't stop them from allying with each other, from time to time. An interesting example is the Kni…

  • By the way, can anyone tell me what the place of the Dark Gods is in the 9th Age Pantheon (if it already has been formalised, that is)? And is the plate of the WDG just metal, or is it somehow 'tainted' or 'corrupting'? Just so I'm on the same page as everyone else...

  • Quote from johedl: “Quote from TimW: “If we would adopt the notion of varying degrees of hostilites between different tribes and states of worshippers of the dark gods and the civilised world we could have plate armour as one of the most highly prised trade goods, or possible the only trade good that the civilised world have to offer to the states and tribes of the WDG which they then can use to exploit the natural resources of the barborous periphery. As a result of this it would be possible fo…

  • Quote from Taki: “Another idea might be that there's a fallen dwarf hold that suits of plate are being found in old lost caches of DH lost holdings which are in the WDG current habitat ” Isn't it more straightforward to suggest the Infernal Dwarfs still create plate armor and trade it with the WDG?

  • Quote from Porw: “But the question was: why they wear not heavy armour? why now there is no such option? ” The obvious answer is that GW modeled their Chaos warriors either like Conan the Barbarian or animate suits of armor, with nothing in-between. And until we have alternatives, we are stuck using them as the standard. But if we are looking for a 9th Age In-universe explanation, I like the idea that the Warriors of the Dark Gods are a collection of tribes or clans with a comparatively low tech…

  • Perhaps it is an idea to attribute the distribution of the Forces of the Dark Gods to an ancient World War? Look at it like this: Even at its height the Roman Empire had to fight for its life against the Partheans. And the Byzantian Empire fought a stalemate against the Sassanid Empire (just before the Muslim conquest). I can easily imagine something similar in the 9th Age. Heck, we already have the Holy City of Avras that clearly reminds of Medieval Byzantium! So for example; During the 8th Age…