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Anyone who has read my drivel for long enough - and is into old school gaming - will be aware that Dave Hargrave's Arduin is one of my favourite settings and one that, to this day, shapes my ideals of what a "perfect" RPG campaign world should be like.
Recently on the Arduin Grimoire Google+ group, +Mourn Storm recounted a legendary tale from Dave's game and shared the picture above (by insanely talented Russian artist Leo Hao) to illustrate the story of the Battle of Fort Blood.
Storm's story read as follows:
"I patched together the tale of Fort Blood based solely upon what tidbits David passed along to me and interviews over the years with one or two players who were there. You also may remember the dedication to "Koryu, leader of the 47 Ronin" in [Arduin Grimoire, Volume 1]. This crew was part of a world spanning quest he ran WWWAAAYYY back in the day, The players changed, characters died or were taken out of play, but there were always 47 'ronin' on this quest of Koryu's to retrieve/rescue his lover's soul.
"They found themselves at a place called Fort Blood and were about to camp for the night when one of the mages declared it was the Eve of the Black Solstice and that THIS place was a focus point. Long story short, they fought against the very Hordes of Hell from the moment the sun dipped beneath the rim of the world until dawn the next day."