Realm Guide 14: The Scorpion Lands of Old

By on 14 May 2014

Older than the race of men, the scorpionmen have haunted the wide valley and steep hills for millennia. Countless times they have risen to power and fallen into slavery. Once again they are on the ascent, for a new power has arisen, one whose will has united the divided tribes under his banner. Once again, the shadow of the scorpion has fallen across the central desert.

Few outsiders explore the realm, for the treacherous nature of Chactinax has tainted the land. Within the blasted hills, the bond of friendship is weakened by treacherous thoughts and deeds, and those who enter has friends may emerge as bitter enemies.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Legends concerning the origin of the feared scorpionmen.
  • Rumored powers of the dread Scorpion King.
  • An overview of the hazards facing explorers.
  • Details on the cult of Chactinax, god of assassins, and 2 new festivals.
  • Two new Edges.
  • Rules for creating herbal poisons & a list of some of the poisonous plants and venomous beasts a herbalist might employ.
  • Reasons why heroes might explore the realm and adventure seeds.
  • 9 new locations, including the Black Idol and Temple of Malice.
  • 4 major NPCs.
  • 1 major deity and 1 minor deity.
  • 7 new monsters.

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar "Living" campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave's first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft). Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at

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