Where the Kingdom of Throal is the heart of Barsaive, the center of culture, commerce and knowledge, the endless network of waterways known as the Serpent River is what fuels Barsaive’s trade. The dwarfs united the people of Barsaive and threw off the yoke of oppression; now traders and adventurers from across the land bring prosperity and liberty to every town and village. From the Grand Bazaar of Throal to the loaded cargo boats of the powerful t’skrang trading houses, people of all kinds ply the waters of Barsaive’s mightiest river, risking its dangers for profit or adventure.
But the end of those peaceful days is looming on the horizon, and the nations of Barsaive struggle to survive the great war that seems inevitable. The return of the Therans and the brutal assassination of Throal’s greatest king have thrown the province off-balance and divided the t’skrang houses of the Serpent River. The only heir to the throne, King Neden, turned out to be a hot-headed youth who began his reign with a military assault against the hated Therans. He failed, and soon realized that the Denairastas of Iopos have played a deadly political game to put the dwarf kingdom and the Theran Empire at each other’s throats and Throal’s population on the verge of civil war...
Nations of Barsaive, Volume One offers gamemasters and players an in-depth look at the Kingdom of Throal and the Serpent River. This book revises and updates the content from the original First Edition supplements Throal: The Dwarf Kingdom and The Serpent River, adding new material to enhance your adventures in the world of Earthdawn. Requires use of the Earthdawn Player's and Gamemaster's Compendiums. Use of the Name-giver's Compendium, while not required, is recommended.
This is a sourcebook for the Earthdawn Classic game line, and compiles and updates the content from a number of Earthdawn First Edition books into a single volume. The Earthdawn Classic game line is no longer supported; it is superseded by the Earthdawn Third Edition game line from RedBrick, available from this site.