Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls, I am a huge fan of the game. I asked the creator Ken St. Andre for an interview, which I plan to release next weekend. Watch out!
Here is a teaser story by the creator himself:
The Old Elf Teacher Explains It All
The Old Elf settled on a comfortable hummock of moss and made the tongue cluck that meant, „Pay attention now“. His ancientness showed in his long long nose, his long long ears, and his long long white beard. The younger elves gathered in front of him and waited for him to speak.
„Today, younglings, we will learn about the gods.“
„But Grandfather, there are no gods, just Great Wizards. That is what we have always been told.“
„And I ask you, what is the real difference between a Great Wizard, and a god?“ No one had an answer for that. „These are the beings in Trollworld who have made themselves into gods. Listen and learn!“
They waited expectantly.
„Greatest of the gods is Ohtariel, the God of the Sun (called Bhanu in Old High Elven). He brings life and warmth to the world, and frightens monsters and destroys them. In the morning, he rises to glory; in the afternoon, he sinks into defeat, and retires to an island in the west where he sleeps, recovering his strength to fight the great battle again on the following day. Those well versed in the lore of the sun associate him with Khazan-Ohtariel-Khazan, the great Elvish wizard who united the Six Good Kindreds and formed the Empire of Khazan. For centuries, Khazan reigned in his city in the Dragon’s Mouth, bringing a golden age to the land while the monster kindred hid in the wastelands. He overthrew the Ogres of Tharothar. He organized the wizards into a great guild that regulated the working of magic in the land. He defended the land from the depredation of Zweetz, the evil bird-serpent god. But in the end, he grew weak, and was defeated by Lerotra’hh, Goddess of Death and Night, and the monster kindred. Then Khazan withdrew into the hidden island in the sea where he now sleeps, leaving the land in spiritual darkness. One day he will rise again to bless the world with a new morning of hope. In the meantime, he shows his power and love in the daily light of the sun, which fights many battles with darkness and with storm, and always sets and leaves the world in shadow, yet always rises again to bring new hope to it. This is the legend of Ohtariel, also known as Khazan. “
– Ken St. Andre, creator of Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls