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Aihrde/Earth Cultural Equivalents

Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:35 pm
by MaxKaladin
Looking over the big map, there are a lot of place names that strongly imply they were inspired by a particular Earth culture. For instance, you've got German names all over the place (Aachen, Augsburg, Hanse Cities and Ruineland for instance), more Norse ones (Trondheim, Eisenheim), French (Avignon), Roman (Brindisium, Rubicon River, Tiber) and vaguely British (some names in Kayomar).

Has anything ever been done with more explicitly matching up Earth cultures with Aihrde ones as a kind of shorthand (Aachen is Germany, etc)? I've seen lists like that for many other campaign settings, but I searched here and didn't really find anything.

Re: Aihrde/Earth Cultural Equivalents

Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:00 pm
by Treebore
Lets see, Dwarves are German, elves are French, Goblyns are pretty much any tribal group of Africa, same with Orcs, especially the Hlobane, humans are English, and I can't recall the rest we here on the boards have discussed. I know we had come up with equivalents for the Gnome and the Halflings. I want to say the Gnomes are Russian inspired, and the Halflings are Irish inspired. Still, I wouldn't quote me on those.

Steve and Davis apparently both spent time over in Europe, and took a lot of inspiration from there.

Re: Aihrde/Earth Cultural Equivalents

Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:18 pm
by MaxKaladin
Hmmm, interesting. So it's by race rather than geography and all members of the same race have the same culture?

Re: Aihrde/Earth Cultural Equivalents

Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:30 pm
by Rigon
Not necessarily, the Anochians are Egyptian types, the Engale are Norse, etc. Also, regions have their own cultural equivalents, Brindisium is Rome, Tigia is Sparta, etc. I don't think we came up with a set of specifics for each location/race and only Steve would know what influenced him for each, but you should be able to come up with a general idea for each.

R-

Re: Aihrde/Earth Cultural Equivalents

Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:00 pm
by MaxKaladin
That's more the kind of thing I was looking for. i was just curious if a list like that existed. Some of them are obvious and others less so and I was curious to see how others interpreted them. Thanks!

Re: Aihrde/Earth Cultural Equivalents

Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:24 pm
by Treebore
Yeah, we just identified the inspiration for what we could, but they are by no means a full definition of what is there.

Re: Aihrde/Earth Cultural Equivalents

Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:41 pm
by Harlock
Halflings in the Northwest, Gottland are nomadic and follow herds. Even though they do so in wagons, I still picture them as the Native Americans of the plains, following the buffalo migration for their livelihood and very survival.