Friday, October 5, 2012

Something Is Rotten In The State of Denmark

Only have the briefest of moments to get this down and posted before I head off to work but as inspiration struck I felt I needed to share.

I believe I have found the appropriate locale for our upcoming (and soon I might add) Ars Magica campaign...


I like the idea of the people who were once counted among the great warriors and explorers of the Age of the Vikings now having to deal with life surrounded by the bickering and battling nobles and warlords of the rest of Scandanavia to the North and Roman-Germany to the South.

Plus, Denmark gives me access to the sea and I do so love the sea. I also love sea monsters, of which Denmark and Norway have some of the best. And speaking of monsters, Grendel anyone? Plus a host of faerie and undead creatures and my first real chance to do something with Gnomes related, but not identical, to the Gnomes book by Will Huygen and Rien Poortvliet that I've mentioned before. Plus, I can indulge my love of Trolls thanks to proximity to Norway. As the title reference of this post attests, ghosts and other mysterious things are likely to occur just as easily.

I need to refresh myself on the trade and politics of the time, mostly just to set the stage properly and examine some maps to see where I want the action to start.

So excited! I leave you with a Danish proverb...

Life is not holding a good hand; Life is playing a poor hand well.

Rejs sikkert alle!

Barking Alien


  1. Hmmm...good call. That's a good locale. Of course there's the Ultima Thule sourcebook covering that. I like setting Ars in the more distant and fringe places (away from France, Italy, or England).

  2. I've always used England and France (though as I mentioned, more Brittany, Normandy and Flanders) because those are the regions of Europe whose folklore and geography I know best.

    Still and all, for this campaign I definitely wanted to stretch my legs but not so far that I pull a muscle.

  3. Looking forward to hearing about this - the only Danish-specific fantasy I can recall is Three Hearts and Three Lions and I liked that. I'm interested in seeing how you handle a fantasy campaign.