The Hyborians or Hybori are the dominant civilization of the Hyborian Age. History and politics Edit The Hyborians descend from a tribe of ape-men who were little more than Neanderthals in Thuria , and came to the far north of the continent to escape the disasters of the Cataclysm. According to the legend their leader was Bori to whom they owe their name. When they arrived, they had to drive out a race of snow-apes the ancestors of the Nordheimir , and pushed them to the ice wastes north to the Arctic circle, hoping they would perish. One and half a millennium after their arrival, they flourished as hunters before and after the Lesser Cataclysm and spread over the north. When it was discovered that the earlier beasts were evolving to a tribe of ape-like men, a small band of warriors went to exterminate them, but never returned.
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Thursday, September 24, Ruins of Hyboria- a great reference work with a lousy cover. I would get the books out every couple of years and reread them as I did so I would wonder what this locale would look like or how to stat out that character.
When Lord of the Rings came out I was an instant fan, sure they left out a couple of favorite characters and missed a few beats here and there, but for all of that I finally got a glimpse of Middle Earth beyond the Brothers Hildebrandt calendars.
For me LoTR was a feast for the eyes. And such is the case with Ruins of Hyboria. In Ruins of Hyboria we are not only provided with a system to help create and flesh out ruins of our own creation.
But we are also treated to full descriptions of some of the more famous ruins in the Conan saga. Ruins of Hyboria starts with a unique system for generating ruins, I say unique because in goes much further than just laying out the size, location and denizens of the ruins.
The generator takes into account many of the social aspects of the ruin back when it was a new and vibrant location. What was the nature of the ruin, who were the builders, how did it meet its fate and so on.
If one wants they can get as detailed as what types of clothing and musical instruments would be found in the ruins treasure chambers. The particulars are up to the GM, but just the fact that such questions are presented for consideration is appealing. The next section gives an overview of various Hyborian nations and the different types of ruins most likely found within those nations.
The book links the ruins not only with the current population legends and rumors about the ruins but also with the motivations of the builders of the ruins. Each description is just two or three paragraphs in length but it conveys enough information for the GM to choose and begin fleshing out a ruin for his own use. Personally I would have liked to have seen this section expanded.
Most of the ruins are of cities, I would have liked to have seen more temples, border forts, villas, and villages. Ruins of Hyboria then goes into detailed descriptions of ruins from some of the most popular Conan stories such as Queen of the Black coast, Red Nails, The Devil in Iron, and many more. Histories, legends, layouts, maps, and denizens of these ruins are provided. I really enjoyed reading these interpretations of locales from some of my favorite stories.
From cave-ins to spiked man traps, there are more hazards than just the ravening packs of ghouls to contend with. A bestiary of creatures, a handful of new Feats round out this section and bring the book to a close.
The only fault I can find in this book is my own dislike of the cover art. The picture on the cover looks like Conan is In the middle of a jailbreak, rather than entering a ruined temple.
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Thursday, September 24, Ruins of Hyboria- a great reference work with a lousy cover. I would get the books out every couple of years and reread them as I did so I would wonder what this locale would look like or how to stat out that character. When Lord of the Rings came out I was an instant fan, sure they left out a couple of favorite characters and missed a few beats here and there, but for all of that I finally got a glimpse of Middle Earth beyond the Brothers Hildebrandt calendars. For me LoTR was a feast for the eyes.
CONAN RUINS HYBORIA PDF
Edit Circa 20, BC, a great cataclysm devastated the world. Atlantis and Lemuria sunk beneath the waves. Parts of the Thurian supercontinent sunk or vanished under the waves, forming great inland seas and lakes. The Pictish islands were thrust up forming the mountains of a new continent. Cities were toppled and nations wiped out by earthquakes, volcanoes, and flooding. Post-Cataclysm Edit On the Thurian coast was an Atlantean colony to which surviving Atlantean refugees fled to in their ships. Many Lemurians made it to the eastern Thurian shores only to be enslaved by the non-Thurian empire and kept in servitude for s of years.
Ruins of Hyboria
I would get the books out every couple of years and reread them, and as I did so I would wonder what this locale would look like or how to create that character using my favorite gaming system. And such is the case with Ruins of Hyboria. In Ruins of Hyboria by Vincent Darlage, we are not only provided with a system to help create and flesh out ruins of our own creation, we are also treated to full descriptions of some of the more famous ruins in the Conan saga. I say unique because it goes much further than just laying out size, location, and denizens.
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