Wondrous Lands #1
Nexelan: Island Necropolis
by Rob Clayton Jones
New from Legion Publishing is the first in the Wondrous Lands series of setting books. Each title introduces a complete fantasy locale including maps, history, inhabitants, and encounters.
Nexelan: Island Necropolis introduces the island of the dead, Nexelan. Once the undersea capital of the imperialistic dypsinoan civilization; now a barren isle of the damned. Long ago a cataclysmic eruption of the Nexelans volcano, which now dominates the island, exploded and the whole seabed was lifted by the seismic activity. The great city of the dypsinoans was devastated and the race doomed.
Now, the island is an unforgiving place, haunted by the restless dead. The barren north can barely support life. The south, covered by dense jungle, is home to deadly plants, wild beasts? and worse. To those finding their way here, there is little respite from torment.
And yet, the island holds the riches of the lost dypsinoans in the tall coral spires, while pirates and treasure seekers often talk of the missing explorer Crispin Duggan ? rumoured to have vanished in the island's morbid mists. It seems there is wealth aplenty for adventurers who can survive Nexelan's many dangers.
This 94-page book is packed with background information, new races, maps, additional rules and a series of deadly encounters and received a glowing review in the downloader magazine recently. Extensively bookmarked and illustrated throughout by Jim Branch, Nexelan boasts rules for the wild weather effects that plague Nexelan's hostile shores, and expanded swimming and diving guidelines necessary to handle the inevitable underwater adventure around this isle of the dead.
With danger and reward for a range of party levels (assuming they survive the first visit) there are stories and challenges enough to keep players coming back to Nexelan time and again.