Return to the Sands – Revisiting the Levant Tribunal in ArM5

Blood & SandI’ve just added some material here under the likely-to-be-ever-growing Mythic Levant section. It’s a collection of ArM5 conversion notes and additional material for Niall Christie’s ArM4 supplement Blood and Sand: the Levant Tribunal, which is one of my favourite Ars books of all time.

With the advent of The Cradle and the Crescent, there now exist updated rules for sahir, the Jinn  and other Middle Eastern concepts that need addressing.

I hereby beg forgiveness from Niall for “getting out the red pen” and striking though much of his creation in my attempt to update this “classic”!

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First Comments on the Cradle and the Crescent

I’ve started on the comments for The Cradle and the Crescent, the first supplement I worked on for Ars Magica. Over time this will link into some of the themes I’ll be developing on this blog particularly the Levant, Jinn, sahir and non-Hermetic magic.

Enjoy!

The Other Republics…

It always irritates me how much attention Venice gets. Sure, it’s a fascinating city with an intriguing past and an influence beyond what its humble origins would suggest, but it’s not necessarily the only option when it comes to an urban port setting. Even if it is admittedly the obvious first choice of many, the Serenissima does not appeal to me greatly.

Call it sour grapes if you like, but I think that the other Maritime Republics (Genoa, Pisa and to a lesser extent perhaps Amalfi, Getae and Lucca) deserve more of a mention and can provide equal, if not greater, potential for stories.

I particularly like Genoa as an alternative to Venice – its a theme I intend to expand upon more on in the weeks to come on this site and hopefully in published form.

Woodcut from Hartmann Schedel’s Weltchronik (Nürnberg 1493), fol. lviii verso
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