I’ve just now completed the first half of the Mythic Corsica gazetteer articles.
Originally one large article, I’ve decided to split it into a few sections (the Mazzeri article being one of the sections), both so I can post some material now and then finish off the second main section but also because I’ll probably add smaller articles over time under the Mythic Corsica page as a sub-folder of the larger Mythic Genoa project.
Continue reading Mythic Corsica Part 1 – Mundane Landscape
I’ve added some more material to the Mythic Genoa section, a short gazetteer page on the Tuscan Archipelago – the group of islands offshore of Pisa and between Corsica that comprises Elba, Montecristo and several smaller islands. The group forms a loose southern boundary to the Ligurian Sea tightly controlled by Genoa’s galleys. In 1220 is guarded by the ships of nearby Pisa, which patrol the waters between the rocky outcrops in an attempt to prevent their Genoese rivals taking the shorter route to the Levant through the Tyrrhenian Sea rather than having to skirt around the rocky western coasts of Corsica and Sardinia.
Adopting the styling of The Sundered Eagle, Chapter 6: the Islands, the page details the geography and notes some of the local sites of potential interest to Hermetic magi. Similar to my comments on some of the smaller Aeolian islands, the Tuscan Archipelago may potentially hide the villa of Fortunata, the theurgical archmaga detailed in Chapter 3 of Legends of Hermes, or contain suitable isolated sites for Mystery cult initiations.
As wild goats are particularly common on these rocky islets, I’ve also dug out my ArM5 statistics for wild goats from my cutfiles (a 500 word piece of writing that so far has been cut from 3 supplements to save space). While not as fearsome as some mundane beasts, wild goats seemed an unfortunate omission from the ArM5 Mundane Book of Beasts PDF and would make suitable Heartbeasts for Bjornaer magi, pack animals, Hermetic or hedge wizard familiars, (Magic) animal companions, and/or low-level foes for Grog-based stories. Perhaps even a transformed goat as a somewhat dim-witted grog…
Over on the Mythic Genoa page I’ve finally added a link to a great summary essay by Dr Stephen Epstein, author of one of the books I’ve used extensively in my research on the topic: Genoa and the Genoese, 958-1528. The essay greatly expands on the small amount of detail presented in the original (deeply flawed) ArM3 ToH: Rome and is a great introduction to Epstein’s larger work.
I’ve also included some notes on adapting “The Ship of Desire”, an adventure from ToME written by the very versatile and talented ArM5 line author Matt Ryan, to a Genoese vessel sailing the Ligurian Sea. The adaption could well be used on its own or even as a lead in for travellers on their way to Rome and then onwards to the Levant. With some further adaption and foreshadowing the scenario could be linked to Matt’s adventure from Tales of Power, “Cardinal Decision”, a sterling piece detailing the intrigues created by magi and hedge-wizards interfering in a papal election in the city of Rome.