Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kismet: Tangled Strands

Once upon a time, there was the Golden Caliphate, a great and just empire that stretched wide from sea to sea. Every day, everything was in its place according to the Almighty’s Grand Design: the farmers worked the land, the barbers traded gossip, the merchants grew fat, the Genies took to their tasks, the mamluks meted out justice, the imams guided the faithful, and atop it all the Grand Caliph ruled with a fair and even hand.

But Old Chaos is ever patient, and nigh impossible to contain though once banished. Complacency allowed strands of Fate’s Weaving to snarl, marring the Grand Design and allowing It to influence the World once more. Now slumbering monsters awaken, civil unrest stirs, slavers stalk the frontiers, Warlanders lay siege to the Holy City, and the Djinn no longer honor the Pact.

This Unraveling is not inevitable, in times like these that you may upend the Kismet set for you and forge a heroic legacy, or become one of Old Chaos’ many instruments in the World.
The Party are drifters, on the fringe of society for their own reasons.  Each finding themselves drawn deeper into the roiling tumult.

Inspirado: the Arabian Nights, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Thief of Baghdad, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed, Desert of Souls by Ross Thomas, Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley, The Fafhrd and Grey Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber, Rose of the Prophet by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and the Al Qadim campaign setting.

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Tastes like: chicken shawarma and tabouleh Sounds like: Beats Antique - Egyptic