By Simeon Shoul
A Serpent within the East "These Russians too many princes. Now in nice Bulgar, we're good folks. extraordinarily good. we now have just one prince, our Khan, you notice? He provides us our legislations all of the related legislation sturdy Muslim legislation too. And he leads us in conflict, and he units the taxes evenly, oh definite. Now isn't really that good? those Russians too many princes." Welcome to Russia and the lands of the Novgorod Tribunal. those principalities sprawl over a massive expanse of Mythic Europe, encompassing Novgorod itself, Suzdalia, Smolensk, Polotsk, Volinia, Kiev, Chernigov, Ryazan, Pereyaslavl, Galicia, and Pinsk-Turov, as good because the nation of Poland. wooded area, swamp, steppe, and tundra the Novgorod Tribunal encompasses all of those, and holds the magi who stay in it lower than its authority. And but for the sort of sizeable breadth of land, few magi reside during this tribunal. way more a variety of are the Volkhvy the spiritual leaders of the slavs, who wield their very own amazing energy. The Dragon and the endure incorporates a entire background of Russia and Poland during the 13th century. It bargains complete ideas for Volkhv characters, together with the solely new method of magic utilized by those pagan elders. It delves into slavic deities the outdated Ones and investigates slavic Faerie. It info the airtight panorama, totally describing 4 airtight covenants and delivering a wealth of principles for a covenant of participant characters. ultimately, it examines the Mongol invasions of the 13th century, and indicates how they could impact your saga . . . whether it isn't set within the Novgorod tribunal!
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The Dragon and the Bear. The Novgorod Tribunal (Ars Magica Fantasy Roleplaying) by Simeon Shoul