So for my Age of Autarchs campaign I’m going to swipe the Minaria map from Divine Right. Others have blogged before about using this map for their game – I originally got the idea from Jeff’s Gameblog.
The land of Minaria even has an elaborate history, which was published in Dragon Magazine between issues #34 and #57. I will not be using any of this backstory, however. Just the map itself and the names. This is not meant to impugn upon the worldbuilding of Glenn Rahman – I just have my own ideas I want to push, and need a cool map to play in.
So I’m going to start posting little snippets about my Minaria, which I intend to eventually compile into a reference document for my players. Let’s start with the Sunken City of Parros, located in Rombune on the shores of the Sea of Drowning Men…
Sunken City of Parros
Parros was the old capital of the Bright Empire. By convention, the Fall of the Empire (in 1476 AC) is dated from its occupation by mutinous Orcish Ninth Legion and the execution of the Emperor. The Sinking of Parros later that year – the result of a powerful ritual performed by the Council of Thaumaturgy – wiped out occupying army but further exacerbated the Empire’s collapse.
Although the Golkus now serves as Rombune’s capital, sunken Parros still holds symbolic value as the seat of ancient power. In the two centuries since the Fall, new structures have been built on top of the waterlogged ruins, which are now home to over 12,000 inhabitants (2500 families, MC III) – a far cry, however, from the nearly million residents at the height of the Bright Empire.
Traversed by canals, the city serves as a maritime trading hub. The bay is still riddled with submerged hazards and larger ships must dock at a port on the mainland, transferring their cargo to gondolas and shallow-draft barges.
Parros is also the subject of much political intrigue. Rumours swirl that distant Girion (far to the south) seeks to annex Parros as a sign of its (purported) ascent as the “new” Bright Empire. The city’s Steward (Dragastes, Venturer 7) has gone so far as to begin hiring independent mercenaries to defend Parros from a possible attack. (This move is opposed by the Autarch of Golkus, who has responded favourably to ambassadors from Girion.)
(Sunken Parros is essentially Venice, except with underwater ruins. It’s ruled by a Merchant Council and an appointed “Steward” – so-called because Porrus still waits for the return of the “rightful” Emperor.)