Welcome to the Strangehaven blog. This site has been set up for the benefit of Strangehaven players to keep them up to date on all that is happening with and around the Strangehaven LARP events. The site will be regularly updated with information about background, story, rules, characters, news, reminders, answers to various questions and anything else we think might interest players. So if you decide to play please check back regularly, bookmark us and feel free to use the comment function on any post. Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Shards - Campaign Update (March 2007)

We'll be aiming to bring you regular updates on the main Shards campaign in this blog. Shardwide events may not always be relevant to the Strangehaven setting, but these updates comprise background knowledge for those at large within the Shards world. It is left to a player's discretion to decide if their character is privy to this knowledge or not, depending on your character's background or involvement in Shardswide events.

March Campaign Update in Brief...

Ten and a half years ago, the Shards were combined into a single world, the passageways to the Netherworld were sealed and the God’s vanished.

This new world was plunged into chaos and the general situation on each Shard (or continent) is now:-

Archipelago - Lord Gutter and the Guild of Ratters have joined with the Crimson Brotherhood, seizing control of the pirate port of Whitewater. Now only the brave sail the seas of Archipelago without their permission.

Court of Five Thunders - civil war has begun between three factions.

Dust - the temples of Arak and the shrines of Nia have been stripped of their wealth and now the Sable Veil rule Dust from the shadows.

Faerie - an arms race has begun between the Irondelve Dwarves and Fomori Steamgear Squadrons. War drums can now be heard on the boarders of the McUens lands, heightening fears that the Ogryn and Unicorn Bloodlines have allied.

Frontier - the Sauron’s have increased their effort to capture increasing numbers of tribes’ people in order to sacrifice them to the Draken.

Salem - the military arm of the Church now rules completely, martial law is in place. Rumours abound though, that the secretive Thule Brotherhood actually controls the military office.

Union - the town of Compton has flourished and is now officially the number one holiday hot spot of the New World.

Taken from the Campaign Update released for the Shards core event: Hair of the Dog (6th - 9th April 2007).

A Brief Introduction to the Shards

For eons unknown, the Shards were seven independent worlds, clustered together and linked by well travelled portals. Some ten and a half years ago, that all changed one cataclysmic night when the Shards came together, fusing to form one world. In the hours between dusk and dawn millions died, wiped from the face of the Shards along with the lands they occupied. The Gods died along with everyone else and come the dawn after that fateful night, the Shards were changed forever and life would never be the same again.

Now, nearly eleven years after union (10AU) the Shards have moved on and its people continue to adjust to this strange new world in which they've found themselves. The sum of its parts, the world seems to be much, much larger than the original seven Shards. Vast swathes of land and sea remain unmapped and in the Known World, the remnants of the original Shards, an age of exploration has begun.

The Known World is still referred to as the Shards, with a Shard now representing a continent or large geographic region. Over time, this may change as power shifts and the world is explored, but for now we have...

Archipelago – As the name suggests, many, many islands with stretches of open water populated by all manner of sea faring cultures and people, including pirates, fishermen, sailors, Norse raiders, privateers, other cultures similar to the Spanish Main. Also home of the Triads, Voodoo and Water Sidhe.

Dust – A dry, arid, desert land buried under constantly shifting sands, although conditions have been steadily improving since the union of the Shards. This land is home to Arabian and Egyptian style cultures, with a backbone in commerce and trade. Dust is now home to the majority of Guilds who abandoned Whitewater Isle (Archipelago) shortly after the Shards became one world. Slavery is common here and wealth opens doors.

Faerie - A land of magic and mystery where nothing is ever quite as it seems and enchantments are commonplace. Faerie is home to many people and reputed (amongst Faeries at least) to be the oldest of the Shards; here you will find the Fae (elves) and the Courts which trade in favours rather than money; the Fomorii, and many creatures both mundane and fantastic. The Faerie mainland is fast returning to its former glory as flood waters recede and the land recovers from the turmoil caused by the continent of Atlantis rising from beneath the seas in recent decades.

The Five Thunders – A land based around the cultures of Ancient Japan, China, Tibet and India long subjugated by five evil Emperors and then occupied by the Monarchs of Atlantis. In recent years, the people of the Thunders have gone through political change and the land is now split between three rival factions: The Empire, The Shogunate and The Sanctuary.

Frontier – A savage forest land full of dangerous wildlife and aggressive, flesh eating plants. The peoples of this land include tribal groups (think Native American) and forest sidhe; living uncomfortably alongside them (and often regarded as unwelcome invaders by their neighbours) are settlers, descended from populations displaced from the other Shards. In the past decade temperatures across this Shard have continued to plummet, but temperate and tropical areas still exist amongst regions of geological instability.

Salem – Primarily based around the culture and geography of 17C Europe, this dark land is ruled with a iron fist by the Church of Salem (think Fire and Brimstone), which seeks to protect the people of Salem from all that is heretical. A people long ruled by fear and paranoia, constantly plagued by horrors such as Vampires and the Undead, Salem has been at war for most of its bloody history. Personal freedoms are suppressed for the good of all, reading is forbidden amongst the populace and stories must never be told; punishments are swift and harsh and all fear the Inquisition.

Union - Once a world with no native population but acting as a centre for all portal travel between worlds, this land was a valuable military asset and has seen its share of bloodshed. Originally an empty shard, it now boasts several settlements which have sprung up in recent years from refugee populations from other Shards, most notably from Faerie and Salem.