In the Mouth of the Shark is a Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition campaign set in a world based on the alternate Earth of Guy Gavriel Kay's "Under Heaven", "The Last Light of the Sun" and "The Lions of Al-Rassan." The story follows a group of refugees from a cataclysmic disaster on the Mediterranean Island of Aeaea. 

For further geographical information:

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Do not create an "educated" character for this campaign unless you can commit to reading at least one of the sourcebooks listed above in its entirety. I will expect players running truly scholarly characters to assist with world building.

Races:

Non-human races occupy specific ecological niches within this world. Dwarves live underground, Elves in specific hostile and untamable forest lands, Halflings in a shire-like civilization on the corollary to the Orkney Islands, Tieflings in the Sahara Desert, and Gnomes in the deep underground (see Lewis' The Silver Chair for inspiration). Half-orcs can be half-any-monster, feel free to reskin as desired but mechanically use the rules as printed (there is no half-orc civilization). Half elves live either as elves or as humans, rarely with both parents as neither race is well suited to living in the biome of the other. 

Religion:

As in the source material, most humans are either Jaddites (like Christians, but sun worshipers, and their god is a warrior), Asharites (like Islam, but sun worshippers) or Kindath (like Jews but worship the two moons of this world). A healthy amount of paganism and ancestor worship exists in those areas it would be expected based on medieval history – Vikings have a specifc paganism depicted in The Last Light of the Sun, for instance. 

Classes:

There are no class restrictions or modifications. 

Background:

Your level one character will be starting on the Mediterranean Isle of Aeaea. It is home to a flourishing civilization with universities, markets, and holy places. Please have an idea of what it is your character is doing there.

In the Mouth of the Shark

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