- Imagine if the Plague of Justinian (541-542) wiped out 75% of the population of the Roman Empire, sending the Mediterranean and Europe back to the Neolithic Era. (think Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Years of Rice and Salt)
- The starting town could be in a Kashmir/Hindu Kush/Torugart Pass-type crossroads where there is something interesting in all directions
- East: The western frontier of China
- Northeast: Smaller warring kingdoms
- North: the endless steppes, nomadic tribes
- Northwest: more steppes
- West: desert, scattered city-states
- Southwest: the Sasanian Empire
- South: Hindu Kush Mountains (Dwarves?)
- Further South: Greco-Indian Kingdoms of Punjab: remnants of Alexander the Great’s empire—this is where you have statues of the Buddha done in Greek style. Descendants of an ancient elven empire?
- Southeast: Tibet
- Silk Road: Desert oases, caravanserai, cave monasteries. Nomads settled into cities built by older civilizations.
· Cleric: I can see the cleric’s role in society being the disposal of corpses in towers of silence (give them a spell to summon scavenger birds?) in addition to their traditional function as fighters of the undead. Fire and Water are agents of purification. Corpses are a host for druj, which reanimates impure corpses.
· Fighter: Cataphracts, nomadic mounted archers, guardians of caravans, bandits.
· Magic-User: The Greeks and Romans claimed Zoroaster invented magic and astrology. Ostanes introduced it to the West by accompanying Xerxes in his war against Greece.
· Thief: Explorers, merchants, highwaymen, among other things.
· Elf: The Xian, celestial beings said to live in the Tian Shan mountain range
· Dwarf: The Yaksha of Hindu mythology (caretakers of treasure buried below the earth)
· Law: Asha, created in the world through good deeds, etc.
· Chaos: Druj, the opposing force that seeks to destroy the world (Although I personally don’t like the use of “law” and “chaos” as synonyms for “good” and “evil”: Maybe instead of the Law/Neutrality/Chaos system, a simple Good/Evil system to reflect the dualism of the religion?)