Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova
Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World by Collin Wells
The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden
Prompted by DIY & Dragons post Dungeons & Decorators as a #3BookRPG.
Earlier this year, FM Geist from Ziggurat of Unknowing started a meme: Choose 3 books to act as your Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual.
For my three books I choose:
- Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova
- Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World by Collin Wells
- The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden
The Campaign Sketch
You and your kin steward something far more ancient and transcendant than the shifting national borders. At the cross-roads of eternal conflict and disputation, you bear witness to the frequent burning of one flag as another ascends.
There is something about this region; Humanity feels it is something to fight over. They believe it is for resources and commerce. Which is true. But no, this region is where one can form a god. And you have sworn to prevent that from happening.
Ashurbanipal grew close, and your kin lead the burning of Ninevah. At great cost, you felled Alexendar before he completed his transformation. And were it not for Judas, things may have gone far different. Your kin later stoked the fires that burned Alexandria. And those Grail questing knights? You end them fast.
For now, humanity knows nothing of these secrets, aside from the epics of the past. But within this perenial border region lies knowledge, relics, and resources necessary for this apotheosis. And for your part, you work to keep this border ever in flux. Aiding those that would rebel against the powers that be.
Honorable Mentions: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Paradise by Toni Morrison, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin, The Odyssey by Emily Wilson (and Homer), A ShortHistory of Myth by Karen Armstrong, Frankenstein Mary Shelley, The Broken Sword Poul Anderson, Shadow of the Torturer Gene Wolfe, Parzival and the Stone from Heaven by Lindsay Clark, Lancelot and the Lord of the Distant Isles: Or, the Book of Galehaut Retold by by Samuel N. Rosenberg and Patricia Terry