The Strayed are people who came from the realms of history. Sailors, travellers, crusaders, wanderers. From Roman to late medieval.
At some point they took the path less known, where caught in strange storms or simply walked the wrong way around an old stone on the beach.
Lost in the Forest Argent, they made homes for themselves, often gathering together in groups that remind them of their lost homes. Sometimes older things stalk the Land, creatures generally called “Trolls” or “Ogres” etc. They are generally now presumed to be relics of the last time Portals opened to other worlds, knights and warriors are sent to deal with them where possible, or huddle in their homes.
Time is not a sure thing in the Forest Argent itself and neither is distance, close neighbours only see each other by accident, and some people remember leaving Rome, where as others know only the tales their grandparents or great grandparents told them of a world they lost.
Though the Forest Argent is a mercurial beast somethings are known (and it is perhaps simply the knowing of them that make them that way). A strange town has sprung up in what most now consider the “center” of the Forest, a town called Anchor, founded by Lorians who built Portals to most worlds (and then subsequently destroyed the one to Melnisia). It is a raggle taggle place, with an overgrown garden filled with dangerous plants and animals from across the world, a ragtag of guilds and taverns, a church, a bank which keeps things rolling and a strange horrible shanty town, ruled over by the Beggar King, once Sir Gregor, but now the emissary of Urd a God from Gate, his grim hand stretches long, and the filth runs easy in the streets as beggars and malcontents flock to his banner.
To the North sits the lands most cut with small seas and seeming never ending oceans, throughout which the Northerners and traveling people, the Viking, Saxons, Jutes, Angles, etc. They are ruled over (or at least give lip service for the their own good) to a man who styles himeself “The High Yarl”. Though in no way an absolute ruler (the nature of the Forest Argent makes that next to impossible) he has certainly managed to create the largest geographical area tied together by geographic location and shared culture.
To the West spans the largest wild area of the Forest Argent, small holdings that stretch for miles, bandits, misfits, small earldoms and minor nobles of various cultures scatter the area. The areas nearest to Anchor from the West are owned by war torn minor nobles who once created a pact to defend the area from Lorians. The only survivors now are Lady Jeannett the widow of Sir Michael, and Father Rudolf who operates around the area and is sometimes based in Anchor itself.
The South is a strange place, very little is know about it, but the farther you go, the older things seem to get and eventually, somewhere, there is a conclave of Romans who fled the high handed politics of Julius Caesar.
So far the world has given us knights, traveling Vikings, lost Crusaders and families traveling the Forest looking for a home.
Races: Humans of a variety of cultures.
Costume Requirements: Period costume up to Late medievel (pre Renascence)
Inspiration: Where possible we look to historical sources, but for pop culture, Cadfael, Kingdom of Heaven, Pillars of Heaven etc. are all useful to give a feel.
Pinterest Board: The Strayed
Crusaders are Dark Age to medieval humans who have got lost during
that period of history and found themselves in the Forest
The people are based on the period during which the Crusades are based rather than merely the people involved in the Crusades.
They actually live in the Forest, so they have the most experience with the strange nature of time and travel, simply accepting that a journey that took five minutes one day, may take a week the next.
They have a variety of styles, though predominantly mid medieval and the period of the Crusades, there are Saxons, Huguenots and even Samurai from that period.
At the time of writing this, little is known about their current culture or rulers, their main towns or cities or even if their intentions to the new travellers in the Forest Argent is peaceful. For all anyone knows, they may not have shown their hand as they are gearing for war, to clear the interlopers from their new home. Alternatively, with the mercurial nature of the Forest, they may not even know that the Forest is open and that new travellers are meandering their way through it.
Races: Humans of a variety of cultures.
Costume Requirements: Medieval
Inspiration: Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood, Cadfael, A Tournament of Murders and the history of the period in general.
Important People and Geography
The Knights Council: A group of Knights who have come together to decide on a response to the strange people who have come into there world, specifically those who have attacked them. There lands are a group of communities roughly in the same area and bordering on smaller homesteads and bandit country. Unfortunately most of them are now dead, the only ones who are now left are:
Sir Gregor: Once on the council and a moderate voice he is now a bitter man, his son killed, he accepted the churches warning against war and settled for a weregeld. He now broods about the decision and tries to live with it, but his temper is far shorter than it used to be.
Lady Jeannette: Is the wife of the late Sir Michael, she is a driven feet on the ground lady who will go to any lengths for the people she loves. At the moment she is dedicated to trying to keep the piece but not at the cost of losing the law and order that her part of Crusade enjoys.
Father Rudolf: A strict, but fair, and influential man in the local church, some even call him Bishop or Abbot. He has been known to provide an education and succor for those that have been left homeless and he has inherited a great deal of land after the death of several of the Knights formerly of the council.
The Northern Hearths: A loose association of Viking/Saxon/Etc. tribes who live in the North and raid outward, extending their power and drawing more communities into the fold.
The Great Jarl: Is the Lord of the Northern Hearths, he is a charismatic leader who is both fearless in battle and cunning in trade. He honestly cares for his people and that includes executing dangerous people without a qualm. He is not afraid of a fight, and expects his people to jump in fist first as well.
Anchor: A Lorian experiment, this is a town of trade that has Portals to every world except Melnisia (due to Melnisias continual attempts to take over Crusade and any other world they can). Father Rudolf has a church here, a bank resides here, as well as gardens and workshops. It is surrounded by what is left of the Knights Councils land and the wastes left by a zombie incursion a few years ago into which both bandits and explorers have begun to travel. It has a reputation within Crusade for being full of violence, slavers and iniquity.