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Campaign Notes: Prelude to a Fire

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Savage World of Solomon Kane

Campaign: Prelude to a Fire

  • For 3-5 players
  • 9-12 sessions, divided into 3 parts, 3-4 hrs./session
  • 30-35 minutes to generate characters
Setting: Alt-Historic, European Age of Discovery, Pre-Revolutionary Colonial Americas

Themes: Swashbuckling Adventure; Gothic Occult Horror; Alchemy; Secret Societies; Righteous Fury

Literary Influences: Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane short stories; Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle series of novels; Iain Pear's An Instance of the Fingerpost


  • 3 pp. photocopies, including maps and misc. handouts -- supplied by GM
  • PDF of SWoSK Player’s Guide -- b&w hard copy supplied by GM
  • Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition (recommended, but not required) – supplied by player
  • 1 set of standard polyhedral dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, d20) – supplied by player
  • 2 decks of standard playing cards -- supplied by GM
  • 1 tri-color set of poker chips – supplied by GM

Adventure Overview

For this adventure, players will have the option of either creating their own characters, which is always encouraged, or using pre-generated characters supplied by the GM. As planned, this is a guided “sandbox” style mini-campaign that will initially be run from a short published adventure from Pinnacle’s Traveler’s Tales in order for the PCs to come together as a group and for the players to establish their characters’ identities and goals.

The setting for this series of adventures lies during and just after the restoration of the monarchy following the English Civil War, when the authority of King Charles II is not yet settled, and conspiracies abound. Our story begins in in the south of England in the approximate year of 1660, though peradventure the PCsmay travel by sea to the colony of Virginia on behalf of a strange fraternity known as the Royal Society to investigate “an unnatural phenomenon” associated with the long-vanished colony of Roanoke. The motivations for taking the voyage will depend largely on the players’ individual visions of their characters. Also, in true sandbox fashion, there will be opportunities to pursue side-adventures as they arise in play.

Part 1: The Uffington Dragon

[example to be written]

Part 2: Echoes of the Lost Colony

[example to be written]

Part 3: The Great Fire

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Updated 08-17-2009 at 05:00 AM by Tamburlain

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