The Ancient City is a Narrative that intermittently appear in large cities. It is the tale of the old part of the city, nestled deep within the bowls of the city where forgotten or blasphemous things await discovery.
Old Part of Town
The Ancient City begins with the idea that there is a part of the settlement which harkens back to the early days of cities founding, now abandoned. It is a place where good, common folk don't readily go for fear of unknown things, with crumbling buildings and decrepit inhabitants. It is a place of Secrets
and frequently Blasphemous Things
, usually containing tales of terror and abominations that must hide from the rest of the city.
Other times, it is a place of Forgotten
narratives, ranging from people to objects to architecture. At its best, the Ancient City has an narrative atmosphere of Gloom
and Immeasurable Age
. At its worse, it is a terrifying places of Tenebrous Darkness
and Lurking Dread
. Once established in an particular Ancient City by repeated visitors, these do not easily change.
Braving the Ancient City
The most common way of breaching the ancient city is by accident. Sleepers who become entangled in the Ancient City's narratives will have wandered or been chased, only to find themselves in unfamiliar streets. Other ways into the City are like meeting someone who lives in the Ancient City and being guided there, or being abducted there by Blasphemous Things
are also possible.
The dangers in the Ancient City are almost always the things that live there, though some contain narratives dangerous such as Plague-Riddled
through subtle terror or 'haunted' houses. The Sleepers who do live in the Ancient City are often created when it manifests and are either fearful, superstitious people trying to survive or the things they are trying to survive from.
Story & Narratives
Themes of fearful ancient things, hidden secrets and dark blasphemy are common in the Ancient City. Things here feel antiquated from the rest of Quentriandal, with old and hard to understand Glyphicons
Other common narratives include:
The Ancient Wizard
who possess ancient and terrible secrets. She lives alone in the Ancient City, surrounded by worm-eaten wood and old stone. She can be an incidental figure to come across and be menaced by, or someone to seek out for some vital clue or piece of knowledge.
The Forgotten Crypts
are ancient cemeteries, overgrown and wild with graves and sepulchers long since abandoned. Both terror and treasure awaits in the damnable depths beneath the crypts.
When the Awakened
go to the Ancient City, they always become tangled up in some tale or another. It is not in the nature of the Ancient City to let them pass without incident.