Re: Cataclysm

Subject: Re: Cataclysm
From: Mikkonen Jani (
Date: Mon Nov 22 1999 - 08:27:00 EET

joshua 'hook' corning:

>I think the cataclysm should be specific to humans and demi-humans.
>Nature should be relatively unscathed. The reason why is if all the
>natural resources are destroyed then how can the PCs rebuild the
>civilizations. If all the forests of Sol'daren are ash then you can't
>rebuild it. Also i think that making a barren husk of a world is two
>climate specific. I like having clean streams, forests, jungles, as well
>as frozen tundra and deserts. Having all deserts would suck.

I think there could be areas which are untouched but maybe few kilometers
around the
cities are burned. (it would be kind of surprise when you travel away from the
city just to find
that hell, here's green forests and such. I didn't mean it to be like all the
resources would be lost. Just enough to rebuild the cities.) If I remember
right, I actually mentioned that there are some sapplings left in Sol'daran.
Woods there are kind of "magical" and recover after the cataclysm.
(Not too fast anyhow).

>As to changes to the map. in terms of land masses and climate i feel
>that not to many changes should occur. the Abhorrence forest in
>althainon should still be there, The Azure lakes should still be there,
>etc.. I do realize that you are already going to change the map for
>aesthetic reasons before this whole debate started which is fine. But in
>terms of a before cataclysm map and after cataclysm map that they should
>be relatively the same with just the cities now marked as ruins.

It would be foolishness to think that that kind of cataclysm wouldn't affect at
all. However, if you want to keep that Abhorrence forest there, that's fine I
just mean that there should be marks which show what happened. (i.e. maybe one
or two of those floating islands cracked to pieces or fell to ground, lakes
covered with ash etc.) It's stupid and lame if just the cities are in ruins I
thought that there could rise new islands after the cataclysm, maybe some
peninsula could loosen from continent etc. not too big, not too small.

>P.S. When will the changes to maps be made available? This thing is one
>of the keys to designing. Not just for descs but it is my understanding
>that the developers need it to make a height map signifying altitude
>within the 3d environment.

Umm, what do you mean? If you mean that I should draw that
after-the-cataclysm-map soon as possible, I'm working on it. Takes some time
due to my school and such.

- Brethel -

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