The summer of 1383, and Faerun is about to be blown sky-high.

Across the barren, beast-infested savannah of the Shaar, one mortal will rise higher than any hero before.

Don the Mask. Raise the Sword. Seize the Crown.


"It feels...different, doesn’t it?

Old friends no longer seem your true equals: the bounds of this world no longer seem so great as once they did. You will find yourself torn from the ones you love. They will wither and die. You will only know how to grow ever stronger.

The Second Crusade has changed things. Gods and mortals have recalled that the lines separating them can be broken.

Prepare yourself. A dark tide is sweeping through the planes. Its target is Faerun, and an upheaval even my sight cannot penetrate.

Death holds no answers. You, Knight Captain, know that better than most."

Kelemvor Lyonsbane

Friday, 5 September 2008

The Making of New Harbor

Andy: The campaign begins in 'New Harbor'. For the purposes of the introduction, we wanted the PC to return home for an opening which echoed the very beginning of the OC and gave the series a 'rounded off' feel. So my job was to recreate West Harbor as it might have changed over the years since it fell into shadow.

Our theory was that WH went unoccupied, a place of fear, until the news that the KC was alive was transmitted back to the Sword Coast. Since then, it's been steadily rebuilt by an enterprising architect by the name of Shuckholt, who's hoped to encourage settlers by capitalising on the fact that the new village is built on the remains of the KC's home.

New Harbor was constucted on the OC's design- the 'dead harbor' format, as we figured the earth would be permanently scarred. Creating a new area from an old's actually pretty fascinating, because the basic groundwork is done and you have space to be creative. So younger trees are now taller, older trees have become stumps, grass has begun to grow, a very different sort of house is under construction- I even widened the meander of the stream where it would have eroded over the years.

While the Farlong home has been reconstructed, certain houses- the home of the ill-fated Starlings, for instance, have been left in ruin; even the naive, fresh-faced inhabitants of New Harbor want nothing to do with it.

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