I’ve been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work since I discovered it back in my high school years. It’s what first got me interested in fantasy fiction. Tolkien also fired my interest in faerie tales and roleplaying games.
Tolkien had a great interest in the old tales. Middle Earth heavily relies on the influence of the Norse myths for its story. This includes the One Ring itself. The Ring of the Nibelung tells the tale of a cursed ring that corrupts all that come into contact with it. The Elves and Dwarves are also Norse versions of faerie creatures. Tales of Odin wandering the roads with a staff and a broad-brimmed hat inspired the image of Gandalf the Gray.
The gaming community demonstrated its love of Middle Earth with the introduction of Dungeons & Dragons back in the late 1970s. That love continues to this day. With few exceptions, you can almost count on a fantasy game to have its own version of Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, and Ents.
I’ve always had to be different. When I began designing games as a hobby, I wanted to fill my world with the inhabitants of the ancient tales of the Sidhe, Sprites, and Firbolg. Some of these creatures were almost impossible to accurately portray in a roleplaying system when I started, but roleplaying games have evolved considerably since then.
The Faelands draws heavily from the tales of the Celtic countries and the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It takes place in the Fae Other World that is just a “step to the left” our own.
The goal of the Feylands is to produce adventures of pulse-pounding battles, magic, intrigue, and true love. Let the Story Begin. . .
Fae World – A hack of Dungeon World adapted for the Faelands setting.
The Faelands – A guide to the Faelands and its people. Many potential story elements to throw into your adventures when needed.
Brawl at the Broken Ass (Adventure) – A bare-knuckles fight with an impossible opponent leads to assassins, slavers, and a beautiful saint.
The Newcomer (Adventure) – Its been forever since a human from the other side has stumbled through a Faerie Gate. Now one has come through in a very public display of power. Various factions in the Faelands close in to scoop up this fish out of water.
The Heart of Athena (Adventure) – A mysterious mirror leads you to the greatest repository of magical knowledge ever known.