Assistance Needed With New Setting

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  1. Assistance Needed With New Setting

    So, do you enjoy writing? Do you have some artwork you want to see in a book? Do you have a character that you enjoy and want to see published?

    What we are looking for is contributors to a new fantasy setting book. The core is fairly well developed, but we would like contributors. We are looking for a number of things.

    Firstly, we want small towns and other geographic locations. Submissions should be between 1 and 5 paragraphs for each geographic location. In order to fit it within the current geography, we might need to add a few edits.

    Secondly, we are looking for artwork. Black and white or color artwork is acceptable, and anything from a small corner doodle to a full page! Do you have an old image kicking around on your hard drive? Did you draw an elaborate map for a village or town for one of your campaigns, and would like to see it reused? Send it to us, and if it's accepted we'll put it in the book.

    We also accept characters. If you have a favorite fantasy character of your own creation, write them up (you can also send us a character portrait), and if they're accepted, they will find their way into the section on characters (and be featured in the Personas section of our blog). Don't worry about statistics for characters, this book will be free of any game mechanics, although we plan to incorporate mechanics into our next book, a Player's Guide.

    Of course, you should know a little about the setting thus far... it's a fairly standard low fantasy setting, with a touch of darkness. The various geographical regions each have their own inspirations;
    Aetruvia (the South) - an ancient kingdom, inspired by the Holy Roman Empire, the shows "Spartacus", "Rome" and "The Borgias".
    Ardania (the West) - inspired by the works of Tolkein, and the show "Game of Thrones"
    Caraspan (the East) - inspired by France and Spain during the early Renaissance. Swashbuckling and political intrigue, skullduggery and innovation are the marks of Caraspan.
    The Midlands - the Mongolian horse tribes inspired the vast plains that span the continent.
    Mureska (the North) - the cold Northlands are inhabited by the barbaric Ulav (vikings and celts) and the more urban Vorska (Tzarist Russians)

    What do you get out of it? Well, for those submissions that are accepted, the contributors will receive a free PDF of the product when it's finished, and I'll see what I can do about getting them a hard copy at a discount. Of course, you will also have your name listed in the book, and your work in print, which is awesome to have on a resume. Lastly, with your permission I will add contributed images to the blog (http://tales-of-andorus.blogspot.com/)

    Feel free to contact us at fiveminutehallway@gmail.com
    - Simon
     
  2. Contributions Needed

    To further extrapolate on what subject material we are looking for, the following clarifications and requirements have been codified.

    Geography
    Geographic contributions should be between 1 and 5 paragraphs in length, and describe a particular feature, such as a forest, mountains, swamps, etc. Important features and inhabitants should be noted. Additionally, any historical events surrounding the feature can be included.

    Organizations
    Includes contributions of organizations, such as knightly orders, cabals of wizards, witch covens, particularly important merchant guilds, noble houses, etc. The description of such organizations should not be less than 2 paragraphs. Incredible detail (such as ranking system) is not required, although founding individuals would be appreciated, as well as the purpose behind the organization and any plot/conspiracy they are involved in.

    Characters
    Detailed accounts of individuals that are currently amongst the living (or undead) should be no less than 2 paragraphs. Characters should be of one of the core fantasy races (human, elf, dwarf, halfling, gnome and orc) , although particularly interesting non-demihumans may be considered for inclusion (such as dragons, fae, demons, etc.)
    The character's involvement with already written material is a plus, but not required (later editing can integrate them).
    A physical description is desired, including any notable features. Goals, agendas, and any notable personality quirks and traits should also be included. Additionally, they can be used to showcase an organization they are involved in, or a geographic area they dwell within.

    Deities
    Andorus is a world with a large pantheon, and as such, there is room for a multitude of gods and goddesses that bear different facets, and many may overlap. For inspiration, Babylonian, Roman, Greek, and Lovecraftian Mythos should be consulted.
    Details of deities should be no less than 2 paragraphs, complete with physical description, alignment, their portfolio, their goals, description of followers, and at least one holiday associated with them (even if it is not widely practiced).
    Additionally, splinter factions are welcome, such as sub-cults that worship the deity in an alternate form or attribute different ideas to the deity.

    Artwork
    Artwork to be accepted should largely be of the typical "sword and sorcery" fare, with a more humanocentric focus, such as in the depictions of Middle Earth, Conan the Barbarian, Dragonlance, etc. Images should be in digital format (jpg and png are preferred), and can be anything as simple as a line drawing that would fit in the corner of a page, up to full page pieces.
    For example, we are primarily looking for pictures of the following: swordsmen, knights, wizards and sorcerers, swashbucklers, vikings, renaissance aristocracy, Roman parties, gladiators, dwarves, elves and orcs. Additionally, we will accept monstrous creatures.




    When sending a contribution, please include the name you wish to have included in the "Contributors" section of the book.