Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Umberwell: Blackened Be Thy Name

INTRODUCTION TO UMBERWELL, THE CITY OF SHIVS
The city of Umberwell is both a bastion of civilization and a perilous, weird fantasy megalodungeon—a contained, but sprawling metropolis rife with opportunities for picaresque adventure.


COSMOPOLITAN FANTASY
Umberwell is the capital city of the vast Enclave Empire. It is a sprawling metropolis at the center of the world's trade and cultural exchange.

Although Umberwell's populace is dominated by humans, its citizens are an anarchic mix of races, such as aarakocras, aasimars, elves, dragonborn, dwarves, firbolg, genasi, goblinoids, goliaths, halflings, half-orcs, kenku, lizardfolk, purebloods, tabaxi, tieflings, tortles, tritons. 
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THE TROUBLED BIRTH OF MODERNITY
Umberwell is a metropolis gripped by a fervor for industrialization. Technological innovation has achieved marvels such as mechanized factories, automatons, trains, and turbine-driven ships.

Umberwell's modernity is contingent on the whaling ships that stalk the seas and slay krakens for their blood—a fuel rich in galvanic power.

SHADES OF GRAY
The People's Covenant, the state religion of the Empire, venerates a number of astrological signs that represent ideals that guide the faithful through the cycle of reincarnation. It is also an authoritarian organization concerned with its own exercise of power.  

Arcane magic is capable of wondrous feats, but its use is outlawed in Umberwell because the source of its power is regarded as spiritually unclean and corrupting.

AUTHORITY CANNOT BE TRUSTED
Empress Franziska Corvinus rules the Enclave Empire from her palace in Umberwell, but she may be responsible for the murder of her sister, the rightful ruler, and might be in league with the Adversary—a being of spiritual evil.

The Umberwell Watch focuses its attentions on quelling political unrest, leaving the populace to be preyed upon by criminal gangs vying for territory and power.

AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
A mysterious plague known as the Verminous Doom has descended upon the city. Its victims are transformed into living dead abominations that hunt and devour their fellow citizens.

There are rumors that the Enclave Empire will soon be at war with the City-State of Yesha. The coming conflict has many concerned about the dark days to come.