kronovan Posted November 12, 2019 Report Share Posted November 12, 2019 (edited) I finally ordered my physical copy of the Mythras CRB, so I'm wanting to get a bit more serious with a homebrew I've been brewing. The challenge with my homebrew, is that it's set in a mesolithic (albeit the transition from upper-paleolithic) timeline where threats are much more in the form of megafauna like Short-face Bears, Polar Bears, Scimitar Cats, Woolly Rhinos, Flat-headed Precarys, Smilodons, etc. Combat occurs most commonly around the activity of hunting and defense during gathering/foraging, while human Vs human conflict is rare - albeit not completely unheard of. With humans as hunter-gatherers, what would be weapon kits in a typical Mythras setting mostly are also the tools used for common activities in daily life. The geography and topography in my setting is a bit unique for the historical era. There's 2 seas (northern that's icelocked for most of the year and a warmer, southern ice-free), many large lakes (2 are over 500 long x 250 km wide) dominating the central plane, 5 small (albeit one is 800x200 km) & distinct plateaus, high mountains along the entire east & west with massive icefields at their highest extents, and many large rivers with either lake or melting glacial sources. My thinking is that makes Humans with a lower state of tech, are much more impacted by the environments of the land. So my cultures are a bit more diverse and numerous than standard Mythras ones. These are the cultures I have so far: Nomads Alpine/Highlander Plateau Coastal (sea) Lakeside Riverside Despite there not being near as much variation in hunting weapons, there's still a few. Here's what I have so far: Knife (stone & bone) Stone Adze (hardwood handle fitted with a stone celt) Spears (both stone & bone tipped) Harpoon (both stone & bone tipped) Atlatl (spear thrower) Club Bow & Stone-tipped arrows Bolas Sedge Net Where I struggle is with filling out a weapons kit with the sort of variety that a typical Mythras kit has; just don't have enough diversity of weapons for that. Meanwhile, with cultures being much more environ/site specific, most wouldn't have every weapon in that list. So I'm thinking that my setting's kits would include both weapon and non-damaging tools. That way a kit could still provide a decent number of items. The other daily items in a kit could be things like sheaths, fishing nets, bowls, packs, wood-slitted snow goggles, spirit talismans, etc. Being new to Mythras and having had minimal time GMing it, I'm wondering if such an approach might negatively impact Economics and equipment? I'm also not sure of the damage values for my weapons. My bow is the original, prehistoric deal and certainly not the ingenious composite bow of the Mongols or the sophisticated recurve of the Persians - an arrow hurled from an atlatl might even be more damaging? The same would be true of the celt-fitted adze compared to a battlaxe (heck even a hatchet for that matter) and my spears probably shouldn't do anywhere near the damage of a Longspear. And with quality woods being limited in my setting, my club would no doubt not as damaging as the Mythras club and great club. So while I'm thinking their size would be the same, I'm not at all sure of the damage values? My approach is to begin with something historical and mundane as a foundation and then eventually turn up the dials to arrive at something closer to Historical Fantasy. So later I'll create the setting background for more human conflict and probably intro Animism magic for Shamans. This is the first time I've done a setting like this with any RPG though, so I want to initially try to create something that's more historic and credible - if that makes any sense? If anyone could give me any feedback or suggestions, it'd be much appreciated. Edited November 12, 2019 by kronovan 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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