In this entry we’re going to generate one or more of our known settlements. This particular process has always been a challenge for me so I’m going to break this down into smaller steps.
- Determine which of the starting settlements this process relates to.
- Racial demographics
- General map layout
There will no doubt be more that’s what I’ll start with for now.
Rolling to determine the settlement being generated gives city located at 09,23.
Now a name. Fantasy Name Generator to the rescue. Sores is the name selected.
Now what are the racial demographics. I’m going to use Kasson’s Random Town Generator for this element.
Here are the initial demographic results: Halfling (68%), Human (23%), Dwarf (4%), Elf (2%), Gnome (1%), Half-Elf (1%), Half-Orc (1%)
I’m modifying these so when I generate an NPC in this town, the main races are all possible. Here are the results.
Other means either pick or roll for a more exotic race like tortle, orc, minotaur, leonin, etc. Here is the resultant roll table I’ll use for generating NPCs in this town.
Ok next, Government. I’ll use Dungeon Master’s Guide table for Forms of Government. D100 = 100. A theocracy. Interesting. I haven’t considered a pantheon for this world as yet. At this point I’ll continue with the classic Forgotten Realms pantheon. Because it’s a polytheistic pantheon, I’m going to say it’s a council of high priests that rule the city. Rolling a d20 to determine the number of council members. 11. Ok I’ll review the list of deities from the Dungeon Master’s Guide and pick 11 major ones whose high priests will form the governing council for Sores. Herte is the result:
Let’s work out the general status of the divine council via the DMG’s Ruler’s Status table. D20 = Respected, fair and just. Nice.
Next is population. The DMG says up to 25,000. So I’m going to say it simply is 25,000.
Next economy. Well lets see. Looking at it’s location it’s going to be a substantial trading town being one of the big 3 cities on the continent plus a port. It also has an excellent lumber supply from the surrounding forest. It is dominated by halflings who are known for their food, love of agriculture and the open road. I’ll say it is considered the cultural capital of the Imuin. People come from all over the continent to see it’s plays and shows.
Defense wise I’m not sure of a resource to roll on. Using omgm.rocks I get heavy stone wall with walkway.
Ok that gives me the base details. This took far longer to generate than I would have thought so going forward I think I’ll use a combination of Kassoons, OMGM and Donjon to generate the template for my town then season to taste.
Now it’s to make a map. Just before we do so though we need to know what is the spread of the districts. Being ruled by a theocracy we know it has a large temple district. Will also need it’s council chambers/government district. It needs a large cultural or arts district for that reputation. We also need a large mercantile/trading district. This space for smaller craftsman district, we needs a docks section and multiple tiers of residential areas from nobles to poor. Summarising that;
- Noble residence
- Middle class residence
- Poor residence
Ok let’s name these places. Would you believe after naming most of these place I came across City District Name Generator. Is there nothing that site has no name for;
|Middle class||Silver Place|
Thinking on it I decided to incorporate the government district within the temple district. Ok now that I have my district names it’s time to generate a map. Using Watabou’s awesome Medieval Fantasy City Generator I get this.
Now with a bit of GIMP work, let’s make turn this into Sores.
Quick progress screenshot with planned districts.
And here is the end product.
Looks good I think. Here’s the summary.
Theocracy ruled by 11 high priests and priestesses of the following deities.
|Chauntea||Goddess of agricultre|
|Deneir||God of writing|
|Gond||God of craft|
|Helm||God of protection|
|Ilmater||God of endurance|
|Kelemvor||God of the dead|
|Lathandar||God of birth and renewal|
|Tymora||Goddess of good fortune|
|Tyr||God of justice|
|Umberlee||Goddess of the sea|
|Waukeen||Goddess of trade|
- Major trade centre
- Major tourism for cultural and artistic sights (Should create some specific locations)
- Local lumber supply
- Large harbour
High stonewalls with a walkway.
OK that’s it for tonight. Man it’s a lot of time and work to generate this stuff in advance. Hopefully it’ll pay off when it’s time to actually play.