Welcome to the First World.
Millenia upon millenia. Countless civilizations, great and aspiring, rose high to fall hard. Be that plummet from the drums of war to the reaping purge of apocalypse. Legends buried. Horrors stalk. People struggle, sifting through the ashes. Heroes claw up through the smoking rubble, attempting to rise as guiding stars. To lead the hosts of lost, displaced souls onward. The latest fall thrums with a weariness of the Ages. It has been the greatest fall since the beginning. No true heroes have risen as a testament to the people of the Nexus. Will they come or has the end of the beginning begun?
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In the present Era, the Nexus crawls forth from the aftermath of a grand and terrible apocalypse, one which continues to thrum forth with its destructive presence. The great Age of Civilization lies broken and shattered. Populations lie scattered and broken or have simply disappeared. The glory of the Five Great Empires is utterly lost. Out of this sorrowful time, frighteningly, there has been no word of heroes. Survivors whisper that the last of the great ones have fallen and that the End is near. That the Abyss has come to swallow the world. Not all have lost hope, however, there is another whisper. It comes from the Lost Lands, a place long ago decimated in a past age. From out of these Ashlands, where civilization has not held its sway for generations, a spark stirs to life. Could it be that there remains some remnant of hope? Might great heroes rise from ancient ashes in time enough to push back the rising tides of Chaos?
Ever wonder if people are playing D&D in mainland China? Probably not, but hey, we’re here doing just that. We are a group of expats who hail from Australia, Canada, and England, not to mention we have local talent, a player from China. This is the second campaign I’ve started here. The first one was run using D&D 3.5, but it didn’t take off. When 4E came around my urge to get a game going was reawakened. Instead of running the published adventure set, I (maddeningly) put in the effort to form a homebrew world. One that’s slowly but surely coming to life one session at a time. Its a creative group work project in progress.