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    A Short Primer on the Sunlands

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    A Short Primer on the Sunlands

    Post  MAS on Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:26 pm

    UGALAND: The home of many primitive, tribal Fey peoples (Gnome, Halfling, Elf, and Dwarf) now conquered and thoroughly colonized by the Human Kingdom of Parlan. The Holy city of Bwankuj is the spiritual center of Ugaland (and in fact, the spiritual center of all tribal Fey life) but the port city of Redbay stands as the Royal seat of power. The land has been divided amongst Parlanic Lords whos families "liberated" them during the Crusades several hundred years ago. The tribal Fey were divided amongst them to serve their Houses.

    GOLDCOAST: The Free Cities of the Goldcoast are each a royal house and business venture unto themselves. Founded and funded by a consortium of trade guilds from the old world, they swept quickly into the gold-rich northern region of Uga during the chaos of the Crusade to besiege holy Bwankuj, carving out their own conquest with steel and fire. Pirates, mercenaries, and tradesmen, the Free Cities are known for their...permissive markets.

    DU'ARVE: The remnants of an ancient power, the Dwarves once ruled over all of the tribal Fey in an age long ago. The few Holds they maintain are nearly impenetrable fortresses built above and below ground. They trade freely but keep to themselves. Who knows what secrets of the ancient age they may hold?

    FAR KEMISH: The Dragonborn rule an empire stretching from the west border of UGA to shores far, far to the east. While they enjoy limited trade with the Kingdom of Parlan through Uga, they are wary of seeing the Kingdom expand any further in the Sunlands.

    GWOPSIH JUNGLE: Uga Fey tribes, Kemishi explorers, Gold Coast freebooters, Parlan colonists, and adventurers of all stripes take their chances on the dangers of the Jungle - because the riches it holds are immense. It's Kobold tribes are mostly peaceful, but the Lizardmen deep in the Jungle spare no mercy for intruders.
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    Re: A Short Primer on the Sunlands

    Post  MAS on Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:49 pm

    The "rough road" leads south from the border of civilized Ugaland into the Gwopesh Jungle. Small, fortified villages dot the trail. They are populated by friendly Kobold tribes, adventurers, opportunists, and garrisons from the mercenary companies hired to secure the road.

    Nafjor stands as the unofficial "capital" of the deep forest. It is the base camp from which miners, loggers, collectors, hunters, and those with more mysterious purposes ply their trade in the Gwopesh. Nearly 2,000 souls live in and around it.

    While many of the Kobold tribes are friendly, the Lizardmen of the deeper jungle spare no mercy for intruders.

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    Re: A Short Primer on the Sunlands

    Post  MAS on Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:24 pm



    Mercenary Company:
    Name: Burning Blade Regiment  
    Motivation: Profit and glory
    Influence: strong
    Professional reputation: mostly good
    Age: well-established
    Leadership: individual
    Size: medium
    Stability: fairly unstable
    Enemies Include: a large number of commoners, a few thieves, a handful of very powerful merchants, more than a few assassins, some mercenaries.
    Allies Include: a very few assassins, many mages, more than a few courtesans, a few merchants, some mercenaries, some nobles
    Resources: many
    Resources Include: some old favors, some wealth, a decent amount of gold and gems, a large amount of debtors,
    Other: distrusted by many of those in power, maintains ties with many prominent individuals, in favor of the current political situation

    Current Leadership
    Qualifications: killed previous leader
    Bribes: will be greeted with laughter
    Competence: usually good

    The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries:
    Pillage, then burn 2002-02-07, 2003-03-08, 2004-04-04, 2004-07-22, referenced 2015-09-27.
    A Sergeant in motion outranks a Lieutenant who doesn't know what's going on 2009-07-31, 2012-05-13, 2015-05-04.
    An ordnance technician at a dead run outranks everybody 2009-11-01.
    Close air support covereth a multitude of sins 2008-04-14.
    Close air support and friendly fire should be easier to tell apart, paraphrased in strip, exactly quoted in footnote 2010-04-21.
    If violence wasn’t your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it 2005-03-13.
    If the food is good enough the grunts will stop complaining about the incoming fire.[1] Mentioned, but not identified as a Maxim, 2011-04-20, 2011-05-25, 2013-05-26.
    Mockery and derision have their place. Usually, it's on the far side of the airlock 2002-11-21.
    Never turn your back on an enemy 2003-03-08.
    Sometimes the only way out is through... through the hull 2009-01-17.
    Everything is air-droppable at least once 2008-04-15, 2008-12-11.
    A soft answer turneth away wrath. Once wrath is looking the other way, shoot it in the head [2002-11-21; footnote].
    Do unto others 2003-03-08.
    "Mad Science" means never stopping to ask "what's the worst thing that could happen?" 2017-01-08[2] .
    Only you can prevent friendly fire 2010-11-18, 2012-01-15.
    Your name is in the mouth of others: be sure it has teeth 2002-11-21, 2015-05-12.
    The longer everything goes according to plan, the bigger the impending disaster 2012-02-20.
    If the officers are leading from in front, watch for an attack from the rear 2012-01-04.
    The world is richer when you turn enemies into friends, but that's not the same as you being richer. [2013 Calendar]
    If you're not willing to shell your own position, you're not willing to win 2012-01-15, 2015-03-03, 2016-09-18, 2017-08-15.
    Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Take his fish away and tell him he's lucky just to be alive, and he'll figure out how to catch another one for you to take tomorrow [2004-04-04; number is not canon yet].
    If you can see the whites of their eyes, somebody's done something wrong 2012-07-13.
    The company mess and friendly fire should be easier to tell apart [2013 Calendar], 2013-03-15; Referred to, but not identified as a maxim: 2013-05-26.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a big gun 2012-03-18, 2013-09-14, 2014-06-16.
    If a manufacturer's warranty covers the damage you do, you didn't do enough damage 2012-11-25.
    "Fire and Forget" is fine, provided you never actually forget.
    Don't be afraid to be the first to resort to violence 2003-03-08, 2008-05-21 (footnote), 2017-08-15.
    If the price of collateral damage is high enough, you might be able to get paid to bring ammunition home with you 2011-09-07.
    The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy, no more, no less 2003-03-08, 2003-09-29, 2004-12-31.
    A little trust goes a long way. The less you use, the further you'll go 2003-03-08.
    Only cheaters prosper 2003-05-11.
    Anything is amphibious if you can get it back out of the water 2013-09-29, paraphrased & indirectly referenced 2016-06-27, referenced by number only 2016-10-17.
    If you're leaving tracks, you're being followed 2013-10-21
    If you’re leaving scorch-marks, you need a bigger gun 2004-02-29, 2007-09-22 2014-12-12.
    That which does not kill me has made a tactical error (T-shirt).
    When the going gets tough, the tough call for close air support 2003-10-02.
    There is no 'overkill.' There is only 'open fire' and 'reload.' (Canonized in the 2015 Schlock Mercenary Monthly Calendar. Misquoted regularly in the strip.)
    Alternate version 1: There is no 'overkill.' There is only 'open fire' and 'I need to reload' 2004-02-23, 2004-04-06, 2004-06-23, incompletely referenced 2006-10-09, incompletely referenced without number 2011-09-07, indirectly referenced 2010-04-21, indirectly referenced 2012-07-04, referenced by number only 2016-10-17.
    Alternate version 2 : There is no 'overkill.' There is only 'open fire' and 'time to reload.' 2004-04-06[3] , 2013-05-08.
    What's easy for you can still be hard on your clients. (Canonized in the 2015 Schlock Mercenary Monthly Calendar. Mis-quoted without the number by Tagon as "Just because it's easy for you doesn't mean it can't be hard on your clients" 2004-03-26.)
    There is a difference between "spare" parts and "extra" parts [2014-05-03, maxim cut off], (full maxim verified in 2015 Schlock Mercenary Monthly Calendar for March), 2017-01-08
    Not all good news is enemy action. quoted without number 2013-05-22, 2014-09-05.
    "Do you have a backup?" means "I can't fix this." 2013-10-04
    "They'll never expect this" means "I want to try something stupid."[4] .
    If it's stupid and it works, it's still stupid and you're lucky[5] .
    If it will blow a hole in the ground, it will double as an entrenching tool. 2014-02-18
    The size of the combat bonus is inversely proportional to the likelihood of surviving to collect it. paraphrased without number 2013-10-03, [2015 Calendar], Displayed as part of graphic of new book title, Book 17 "A Little Immortality" 2016-12-05
    Don't try to save money by conserving ammunition. [2015 Calendar]
    Don't expect the enemy to cooperate in the creation of your dream engagement. 2014-01-19
    If it ain't broke, it hasn't been issued to the infantry. [2015 Calendar]
    Every client is one missed payment from becoming a target 2015-03-11.
    Every target is one bribe away from becoming a client. (Number not locked)
    Let them see you sharpen the sword before you fall on it. 2014-09-24
    The army you've got is never the army you want 2015-02-22. (Number verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 2016-10-14)
    The intel you've got is never the intel you want 2015-02-22. (Number verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 2016-10-14)
    It's only too many troops if you can't pay them. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    It's only too many weapons if they're pointing in the wrong direction. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    Infantry exists to paint targets for people with real guns (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    Artillery exists to launch large chunks of budget at an enemy if cannot actually see. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    The pen is mightiest when it writes orders for swords. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    Two wrongs is probably not going to be enough. [6]
    Any weapon's rate of fire is inversely proportional to the number of available targets. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    Don't bring big grenades into small rooms." 2016-09-18
    Anything labeled "This End Toward Enemy" is dangerous at both ends. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    The brass knows how to do it by knowing who can do it [not identified as a maxim 2015-05-09]. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    An ounce of sniper is worth a pound of suppressing fire[7] .
    After the toss, be the one with the pin, not the one with the grenade. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    Necessity is the mother of deception. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    If you can't carry cash, carry a weapon. (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    Negotiating from a position of strength does not mean you shouldn’t also negotiate from a position near the exits[8] .
    Sometimes rank is a function of firepower. quoted without number 2015-03-06, (verified by Kickstarter Maxim book PDF file 10/14/2016)
    Failure is not an option. It is mandatory. The option is whether or not to let failure be the last thing you do." 2016-09-18, 2017-09-18


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    Re: A Short Primer on the Sunlands

    Post  Whitey on Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:21 pm

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    Re: A Short Primer on the Sunlands

    Post  MAS on Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:37 pm

    Whitey wrote:Should I be able to download the attachment? Currently says I have no permission.

    You should be good now, try again.
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    Re: A Short Primer on the Sunlands

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