I got my first proper brush pack for Photoshop over the weekend and have been playing around a bit with all the options (seriously, there’s a lot of brushes in this pack). Long story short, I restarted the colouring on my dragonborn art. I thought that with all these fancy new brushes I’d try and draw something a bit more advanced.
Thanks to some reader input, it appears that today’s post will quickly cover the minor races of my setting (which I should probably name at some point). I’ll be working my way through the races as they are listed in the 5e Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook and trying to figure out how they fit in with the Big Three, namely humans, elves, and dwarves.
Time for the dwarves to get some attention. I’ve been mulling them over since I got done with the elves, but it wasn’t until today that I really nailed down some of the details about their society. I think I’ve managed to strike a fine balance between being new and interesting while also recognizably dwarven.
Without further ado, let’s finish off the histories of the human cities. In the last post I wrote about the four Eastern-most settlements, so today I’ll cover the Western ones.
If you’re doing this exercise yourself, rolling up random events for your cities, try to keep an eye out for connections you can make. If a tyrant comes into power in city A, while in the same time frame people flock to city B, you can create links of cause and effect. By trying to spot opportunities for these connections and adding them into the histories, you’ll have a much more believable world, where cities interact with one another.
Well here they are, the histories of the various human settlements. Having randomly generated 50 years of history (10 x 5 year increments) I used those results to inform the story. Check out last week’s post for the City Events Table I used.
A few years after the liberation of the human race, and the following exodus into the West, the city that would become known as Cairnholm was founded. As the first human settlement it grew quickly. As people continued to arrive from the elven lands in the East and travel onwards into the West, a wide paved road was built through Cairnholm to facilitate them. This also allowed trade to flourish in the immediate area.