Behind the scenes – Sailing

In Crestfallen, roads are rare. Civilisation is in it’s infancy, and has yet to tame the wilderness. If a journey is required, people will turn to the waterways first—travelling on foot or by donkey (horse riding is rare, breeds are small and the stirrup hasn’t been invented yet) is a distant second choice. Sailing is […]

Behind the scenes – Journeying

Travel is a big part of Crestfallen, as it was in the ancient world. Everything you need in life does not lie conveniently at your feet. That delicious honey you love so dearly is a mornings walk away to the east, and the beehive is tricky to get to. The shrine to Amben that will […]

Behind the scenes – Civilisation

We have talked a lot about wilderness and weather so far, but it’s not all trees & tornadoes in Crestfallen! People are naturally inclined to band together for protection, to share resources, skills, companionship and raise children. In time they will form a community and spread deep cultural roots into the landscape. If local resources […]

Behind the scenes – Weather

Crestfallen is two worlds, not one. The Mortal world—called Kerun, and the spirit world, called the Otherlands. They were once the same place (called An-ki), but were ripped apart by the creator goddess Earth Mother. The barrier between these two worlds is thin in some spots, thick in others. Where it is thin, weather fronts […]

Behind the scenes – Magic

Magic is a word used to describe the indescribable—otherworldly events and fantastic creatures. Some magic is a reward given by the Harvest Gods in exchange for worship, but other types of magic also exist. The entire spirit world is highly magical, and a Ritualist with a strong will can tap into this to solve the […]

Let me tell you about……..Rivanons spirit world

The universe was once a primaeval paradise called An-ki, Heaven-Earth. In a fit of rage, Earth Mother ripped it in two. One half became the mortal world—Kerun, the other the spirit world, the Otherlands. We have already referenced the Mortal half of Kerun’s most important continent here, but what of the other half, the spirit […]

Behind the scenes – Two Worlds

I have always had an interest in ancient history, especially the daily lives of the common folk throughout the ages – ancient sociology if you will. This is a real theme throughout Crestfallen, we describe in great detail the activities a typical person will perform throughout the year. Religious festivals, the weather, activities in the […]

Let me tell you about……..Rivanon

Rivanon is the main focus of the Crestfallen core book, while the other continents of Kerun are detailed enough to launch epic campaigns on them, Rivanon has an entire chapter devoted to it. Compared to many rpg settings, humans are in the minority. A rag-tag group of escaped slaves landed on the south western shore […]

Let me tell you about……..Kerun

Kerun is the mortal world, one half of the universe. At the dawn of time Earth Mother – the creator, mated with her husband and birthed Anki. Anki was a primaeval paradise,  a world of animism where anything could be changed by the power of thought alone. Anki pulsed with energy and life, everything had […]

Races of Rivanon – The Walrus People

The Walrus people are married to the seas and rivers of the Otherlands, and rarely leave them. On Rivanon they are concentrated along the coast, the hidden isles (which do not exist back through the Veil off the shores of mortal Rivanon) and Rivanon’s many rivers and lakes, especially the Mirror Sea and Blood Lake. […]