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Hospitality in Samoora

On Twitter, someone asked what is are the customs around hospitality?

I started with one area and defined the entire map. The link above has all of the regions in Samoora. This was the first and favorite:

For humans on Porta Nile, the guests present a scrap of found magic and a bowl of fresh seafood, small container of spices, or a bowl of food. The host cooks everything and provides two of each item. All gathered work to piece together the scraps of found magic.

Porta Nile is the island in my campaign with the ancient alien shipwrecked technologically-advanced crabmen driven insane by inbreeding, broken tech, and animated golems made from their discarded exoskeletons. The humans survive by picking up pieces of the wreckage that fell all over the island and using it to create their own magic-tech defenses from the crabmen's relentless raiding parties.

Reclaimed Lands Tweets In Order

I posted these on Friday while waiting for my ride to some camping, gaming, and hang-out time with my friends. Correction have been made to elucidate certain posts cut short by the 130 character limit (the tag was 10 characters). There are also additions due to my time being cut short. (My ride got there.)

  • Outlining an rpg project for Aug-Sep. The Reclaimed Lands.
  • Colonization spaceship crashes in a Hyborean age world.
  • Colonists are attacked after crash landing. locals consider them demons.
  • Colonists have early advantage, but both sides suffer heavy casualties.
  • A detente is reached. mind magics enable negotiations. all land west of the demarcation line belongs to the aliens.
  • Locals build a huge wall on their side of the line. peace lasts for 200 years.
  • Now the colonists are desperate. they need more space. They have not been able to master sea-craft.
  • The colonists are also suffering from a wasting disease with no cure - even with magic.
  • The locals are battling a demon lord amassing forces in the south.


  • The colonists have a limited ability to repair their damaged technology.
  • The current generation of colonists (fourth generation to be born on their new homeworld) embrace local culture and magic and seek to travel beyond the wall.
  • Dragons are amongst those rare creatures that fly over the wall into the colonists territory.

First Posted Generator – Sanskrit-ish City Names

Here are the original tweets for this idea in the order they were written. Better write up coming soon. The available yould egine, if folks want to use Yould, is called sk. (This is a note for myself more than anything.)

Properly, the web enhancement is called Mahasarpa and it's available as a web enhancement from WOTC here. Please bear with the misspelling.

THinking about Masharpa (from WOTC) and India flavored articles from old Dragon magazines.

Then came across Inkwell Ideas' generators for city names: http://bit.ly/6H6lYC and http://bit.ly/4BvC2z about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Then thought about adding an area with India-like flavor for BFRPG setting. Would use Anti-Paladin Games format of one-page descriptions. about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Of course, when creating a new setting, I start with the language so that I know what to call things. Most of the time, it's English. about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

This time, I want something Sanskrit-ish. I turn to my favorite tool, Yould, which I helped document. http://bit.ly/7PvMfM about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Firing up Yould, I realize that I prefer transliterated texts to work up a few ideas. You see, Yould requires texts to "train" the generator about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

In a perfect would, I would use documents written in Sanskrit and generate from there (Yould is UTF-8, works with anything) about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

But I am looking for 'good enough' because I do not want to get bogged down in my linguist OCD issues. (Yes, I love languages) about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Not finding any larger transliterated texts that I could use easily, I take a readily available English text and use google translate about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Google Translate provides "romanization" of the English to Hindi translation of my long passage. I use the romanization to train yould. about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

After some work, yould has a masharpa engine I can use to make Sanskrit-ish words. Decision: generate 100 words and choose the best ones? about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Or create a name generator similar to the ones I saw on Inkwell Ideas. I decide to create a name generator similar to the Chinese City one. about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

I generate small words to correspond to same concepts used (directions, geologic features, pleasant adjectives, colors,etc) and expand list about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Final Generator has Five Colums with 20 entries per column. Roll D6 twice to choose which colums. Roll D20 to find entry. Viola! about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Final Generator produces names with the flavors I want, as well as provide 100 vocabulary woods for the setting. Will post on sycarion soon about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

Example results: Vanataane, Lahekan, Prekham, Rushaim, Apharuen, Pahrahta, Itashaya. 38 minutes ago from TweetDeck

Life is good, I feel like I can make some one page writeups of various areas. 38 minutes ago from TweetDeck

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