I'm working on a Pre-Pregame, set in Kaldor. This is a little interact history lesson, and the players get to make choices on how history unfolded in the region. Here is a beginning draft of what I've got. Make choices, and watch history unfold. At the end of the pre-pre game, the players will have an good understanding of how things happened and what kind of characters to make. I'm working on events up to the present era.
1. The Jarin come to the area
a. They greet the elves in a friendly manner, Go To 2
b. They bring their own gods and ways, Go To 3
2. The elves teach them something new
a. How to live off the land in Harmony
b. How to craft beautiful objects
3. What did we do when we got there?
a. We were afraid of something, we built strong walls and tried to not bother anyone
b. We hunted and gathered, and traded with the elves, but they never really accepted us as real friends.
4. Invasion of barbarians
a. They came with angry gods, and sought to war with us and take our lands
b. They were like us long ago, they were willing to fight, but wanted instead to find lands for their people
5. What happened when we met the barbarians
a. (b,a,a)Our strong walls protected us. We repelled them and their fire god. We jibed them and sent them running into the hills.
b. (b,a,b)Our strong walls protected us. We repelled them, and sought a peace. They settled in our lands and we shared ideas.
c. (a,a,a or b)The land was good and our hunters knowledgeable. We fought, but knew we would lose. We faded into the hills and mountains and left our lands.
d. (a,b,a or b)Our friends the elves came and protected us, when the elves left they asked us to go with them.
e. (b,b,a)They warred against us, and we lost. Their fire god punished us and so we fled or became slaves.
f. (b,b,b)They warred against us, and we lost. Their goddess had new rules we had to follow, but it wasn’t so bad.
6. The coming of Lothrim, before the orcs
a. Lothrim was a neighboring chieftain. He brought us new ideas and magic. We thought he made a good leader. We joined his federation and helped him unite the tribes.
b. Lothrim was a neighboring chieftain. He possessed alien ideas and forbidden magic. We hated him and did not wish to be in his tribe. We fought against him.
7. Lothrim and the Orcs
a. When the orcs came, we rebelled against this chieftain. The orcs were foul and we didn’t trust them. They had no love of land and life.
b. Lothrim’s will was strong, and the orcs his slave. They were controllable thralls and they didn’t bother us so much if we paid our tributes.
8. What happened next?
a. (a,a) Lothrim’s vengeance was swift. Our lands and wealth taken. We became thralls.
b. (b,a) Lothrim destroyed us and we scurried into the hills.
c. (a,b) The orcs built outposts and their army ate everything. Lothrim’s demands became greater, and our wealth flowed like water into his coffers.
d. (b,b) Lothrim took what we did not give. We bided our time and faithfully sent our tribute.
e. (a,a) Lothrim demanded more tribute and withdrew his armies to help us. Our enemies became embolden and we had to fight harder to meet his demands.
9. Lothrim dies.
a. When lothrim didn’t return from Kiraz, we rebelled and destroyed the orcs, pushing them into the mountains.
10. Migration Era
a. We invaded or homelands and tried to take back what was ours.
b. Our enemies did not forget what we did during Lothrim’s reign. They attacked us ceaselessly, and we lost much land.