Welcome to James Kemp's Wiki

This is a collaborative web platform that allows people to edit1) the web pages to provide additional content for some of the stories I have written and the roleplaying games that I am involved in, whether as a player or GM.

There are several namespaces operating slightly different wiki subjects. These are, in no particular order:

  • Skyss - Story Background - a fantasy novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016.
  • Perfects - background for the near future story and some police roleplaying that I ran in that universe
  • Theocracy of Daprav - A D&D campaign that I ran with Glasgow University Games Society around 2002-3.
  • Jim Wallman's Universe - a roleplaying by e-mail campaign that I play in, this is an unofficial wiki and none of it is canon unless Jim says it is.
    • Interstellar Freelance Unlimited - subset of the Universe pages covering the activities of a mercenary company that we are currently roleplaying every Full Moon.
    • Earth Imperium pages. These cover the activities of the Government of the Solar republic (aka Earth Empire) in Jim's Humanity Will Prevail campaign, including the Earth Imperium News Items.
    • Free Worlds Alliance - covering the activities of another emerging polity in the Humanity Will Prevail campaign. Mostly contributed by Eric Moroney.
    • Universe Background - page collecting the various bits of background info that have come up in various e-mail discussions for the campaigns set in Jim Wallman's Universe.

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Bo Thu Myat

Captain of the Mangandlese trading ship Chantara. The Chantara called in at Straven just after the First Night celebration. As well as the crew it carried arald.

Description

Bo Thu Myat was a little shorter than Noren. His clothes were a strange shimmering fabric, a special kind of Mangandlese silk. His head and face was shaved, he had brown eyes and skin the colour of ale.

23 Dec 2019 14:23 · james

Major Duerte

A minor noble and an officer in the Cottalem Horse Guards. He's tasked as the liaison officer to escort Yngvild Helgasdotir when she is captured by Rojden.

Yngvild gives him the slip in a roadside inn on the way to the Citadel of Salicia. He is then tasked with leading a cavalry squadron in pursuit when she flees the Citadel with Noren, having dragged him away from Rojden.

Physical description

A young dark haired man with a swarthy skin tone. He looks slim and fit, dressed in a tight-fitting blue tunic covered in silver lace that looped across his chest and stomach around two rows of silver buttons that formed a V from his waist to shoulders. He had tightly fitted pine green trews on, with brown leather reinforcing the seat and inner thighs. The trews had a line of silver lace either side of the seams. This was all set off with a silver embroidered waist belt with a curved sword in a shiny metal scabbard. On his head he wore a conical helmet with a brim, cheek pieces and a wide neck flap. The cheek pieces were tied up just behind a white horse hair tuft on the top of the helmet.

Grand Duchy of Dael Riata

Dael Riata is a poor land sandwiched between mountains to its North and East, and the Sea on the West. To the south sits the related but way more prosperous Kingdom of Bernicia. Riven by centuries of internecine warfare between tribes with a culture of raiding and blood feuds the Daels are impoverished. Many of their towns (all of the successful ones) are fortified, and fortlets and castles abound between the hills and lakes.

A seafaring people loosely linked to the Skyssians based on a collection of Islands and the nearby coastal lands to the East of Skyss. Unlike Skyss they're riven by factions and internecine warfare, which is why they haven't banded together to be a greater power in the world. Many Daels leave the area and seek their fortune elsewhere, and it is common to find little groups of Daels onboard a Skyssian ship, or in an enclave somewhere in a civilised town in another country.

Geography

The primary industries of Dael Riata are inshore fisheries, there are substantial islands off the west coast, paradoxically called the Easter Isles. This name harks back to the days when there was no difference between the Daels and the Skyss, and both nations sailed where they pleased. Skyss and it's isles are the Western Isles. As well as fisheries lots of oats and barley are grown, along with sheep and shaggy brown cattle with wide horns.

As well as exporting people as skilled sailors and mercenaries there is a small shipbuilding industry from the two major ports Dalreoch and dalmuir on the west coast. Large forests dominate the hills and mountains, and they provide good quality timber for ship-building. The Daels are reknowned ship-builders, possibly more accomplished than the Skyssians. Dael ships are fast, sleek, and have strong hulls able to withstand the ice often found in the waters off their Northern Cape.

People

Dael Riata is ruled by a hereditary monarch, which has been in the hands of the Ranald family for almost three hundred years, before that there was a two decade inter-regnum filled by a very bloody civil war and an intervention by the King of Bernicia which united the Dael Riatan's against the Bernicians. Originally the Riata dynasty founded the Kingdom, but the crown passed out of their hands to the Ruary dynasty, which died out (although one of their cadet branches, the Gilruary, still exist).

The current monarch is Alasdair V, Grand Duke of Reoch. He succeeded to the throne as a baby when his mother, Queen Caoimhe, was forced to abdicate by a coalition of nobles. The main nobles of Dael Riata are:

  • The Ranalds, Grand Dukes of Reoch & Kings of Dael Riata
  • The Ahearns, Earls of Suddal, known colloquially as the Horse Lords.
  • The Giluilleams, Earls of Dalry, and relative newcomers to Dal Riata.
  • The Aonghus, Earls of Beatham.
  • The Riata, Earls of Glasholm, the founders of the Kingdom of Dael Riata.
  • The Gilriatas, Earls of Dalcot, a cadet branch of Riata that now surpasses them.
  • The Sithechs, Earls of Aifric, the Old Wolves.
  • The Suibhnes, Earls of Douglas, famed for their hospitality and generosity.
  • The Sioltachs, Earls of Duff, shipbuilding masters.
  • The Gilruarys, Earls of Dalmuir, the second port of Dael Riata.
  • The Murchadhs, Earls of Uisdean, notorious raiders and self-proclaimed Sea Kings.
  • The Gilranalds, Earls of Norpen. A cadet branch of Ranald installed on the Northern most islands as a foil to the Muchardhs.
  • The Alpins, Earls of Ardmor. Guardians of the great forest in the North.

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19 Feb 2021 14:50 · james

Skyss - Places

This is a web version of the notebook that has the background to my NaNoWriMo 2016 entry 'Yngvild the Fierce', which is a medium-level fantasy story set in a world of my own creation. These are some of the places that feature in the story.

Skyss

Salicia

Cottalem

Dael Riata

  • Grand Duchy of Dael Riata - A poor land to the East of Skyss sandwiched between mountains to the North and East, and the sea to the West.
  • Dalreoch is the capital city of Dael Riata.
25 Nov 2016 12:08 · james

Other Background

This is a placeholder list for links to pages that aren't about people, places, or gods.

10 Feb 2021 15:59 · james
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