A Background of Pax Calligulas – The Kingdom of Silk

Posted: July 5, 2011 in Wargaming

Set in the midst of the arctic northlands, Pax Calligulas was a city mainly built within the sides of frozen rock at the spine of the mountains within the Chaos Wastes of Norsca.

It lacked proper walls, but truly only the most fool-hardy would dare take an army that far north into the ice and snow to launch an assault on it.

Pax Calligulas, called the Jewel within the Kingdom of Silk, takes excess to an entirely new level. The caverns that make up the homes of its inhabitants are lined with mutating gold, silver, and jewels, and the scent of musk hangs heavy in the air.

The main road leading from Pax Calligulas is a throughway known as the Dreamstone. It is paved with the stone from the surrounding area, though is mainly covered in ice. The area sees more traffic than one would expect for such a climate, where merchants from the Norse tribes often come to trade with the jewel-makers and soporific perfume crafters.

Many roadside inns can be found along the side of the Dreamstone, and much gold moves up and down the byway, providing for rich targets for rogue attacks. It is because of this that many warriors offer their services to merchant caravans, offering guard. Those that refuse a guard are often attacked by the very ones that offered to protect them.

Flowing south near the Dreamstone is the oft-frozen river known as the Siren’s Call. The Call flows south towards Kislev and the southern Imperial provinces, and provides the region with a fast transportation channel. Forces of Pax Calligulas travel along the river towards the sea in ironclad vessels equipped with icebreaking plows. The crunching sound of the river breaking up can be heard for miles around.

Several Norse settlements dot the Call, and it is from these that many of the marauding warriors are recruited when the call of battle is sounded. Heavy wooden longships trail in the wake of the ironclad icebreakers during these times, where bare-chested warriors stand amidst the freezing air and long white sails seemingly glow in the pale northern sunlight.

The south closest to Kislev is a strip of land that is fairly fertile; fertile for norse lands anyway. The stony ground occasionally gives up some black soil and from here, Pax Calligulas employs southern slaves to till the ground and produce lean vegetables and horse farms, which are bred for both war and for dinner.

The largest settlement other than Pax Calligulas itself is located here, built around a shrine to the Pleasure God. The village has no name, but the erected shrine can be seen from a hill for a long distance a ways.

A large swath of land near the fertile farms and horse ranches is largely hostile and unfertile. This land, called the Desolate Wastes of Calligulas, is largely stony and frozen, inhabited by only the most stubborn creatures such as stone trolls and lean hounds that fight for every scrap of food that they can find.

Only the most foolish of travelers would venture to the Wastes, for the odds of becoming a snack for one of these creatures is very high. It is also said that the creature Vorn wanders with his tribe of Dragon-Ogres. The shaggoth has been around for many centuries.

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