Old World

The continent of Europe is vastly different in terms of Western and Easter Europe. Western Europe is still reeling from the Black Plague that occurred more than a century ago in terms of population and hindered by near constant bloody war. Many rural villages simply vanish from disease, famine, and worst if one believes some of the stories told in taverns and inns.

Feudalism in Western Europe is a thing of the past. While the nobility and ruling class are firmly in power, no longer are surfs and peasants tied to the lands owned by the nobleman, though heavy taxes make life at the bottom hard and often short particularly if they are conscripted for war. Much of the wars in Western Europe were caused by the schism in the church between Catholics and the relatively new Protestant religions.

As bleak as Western Europe is, much Eastern Europe is still very much in the dark ages that the west escaped through the Renaissance centuries ago. There are very few true roads most that exist constructed at the height of the Roman Empire nearly a millennia ago. Travel between settlements is a dangerous affair in the dark forests. The people of Eastern Europe are extremely superstitious and fear nameless horrors and the things that they claim haunt the night. While Catholicism is the predominant religion, many folk hold onto the old ways to ward off the evil of their world hidden beneath the veneer of the accepted religion.

The Musselmen of the Ottoman Empire also push to expand their already vast empire further into Europe each year. The Musselmen control most of the overland trade routes to the distant Cathay and Far East.

Countries & Empires

These are the major countries that make up 17th century Europe and west Asia.

Britain Homeland of Solomon Kane this country hides many horrors both in the streets of London but also in the small towns that dot the island empire.

France The site of many power struggles, it not only surrounded by small border kingdoms but more the powerful nations Spain and the Holy Roman Empire.

The Holy Roman Empire A fragmented collection of independent states that are predominately Catholic, though unlike much of Europe, is more tolerant of Protestant practices. The Empire is dominant defender of Europe from the encroachment of the Ottoman Empire.

The Papal States The Italian territories principally under control of the Pope and the Catholic Church.

Netherlands The Seven United Netherlands also known as the Dutch Republic. As of 1609 earned its Independence from Spain. It has one of the world’s most powerful economies from it trade and shipping monopolies to the Far East.

Norway

Ottoman Empire

Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth This is the largest singe monarchy in Europe spreading up to Sweden at one point.

Portugal

Russia Also know as “Great Bear” of the east. It stretches more than 1500 miles in Europe alone before crossing the Urals into the vastness of Asia.

Spain The once dominate empire of the old world finds itself in decline from several losing wars, loss of occupied countries, plague, and internal splintering of factions. It is also the headquarters of much of the Inquisition which still hold much power today.

Sweden

Events

Like the century before it, much of Europe is gripped in the horrors of war in one form or another between the various European powers.

Eighty Years War (1566-1648) It began as a revolt of the Seventeen Provinces of the Netherlands against Philip II of Spain over the sovereignty of the Habsburgs. Initially Spain managed to hold control over the region but after continued resistance wore away at their grip until largely the Dutch Republic was secured. Though it took several decades afterward for the war to truly be ended.

Anglo-Spanish War

Timeline

1610: The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth army defeats combined Russian- Swedish forces at the Battle of Klushino and conquers Moscow.
1613: The Time of Troubles in Russia ends with the establishment of the House of Romanov which rules until 1917.
1613–1617: Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth is invaded by the Tatars dozens of times.
1616: The last remaining Moriscos (Moors who had nominally converted to Christianity) in Spain are expelled.
1616: Shakespeare dies
1618: The Bohemian Revolt precipitates the Thirty Years’ War which devastates Europe in the years 1618–48.
1618: Bethlen Gabor, Prince of Transylvania joins Protestant Rebels.
1618: The Manchus start invading China. Their conquest eventually topples the Ming Dynasty.
1619: Bethlen Gabor is defeated outside Vienna.
1620: Emperor Ferdinand II defeats the Bohemian rebels in the Battle of White Mountain.
1620: The Puritan Pilgrims arrive in the Mayflower at Cape Cod
1620–1621: Polish-Ottoman War over Moldavia.
1620: Bethlen Gabor allies with the Ottomans and an invasion of Moldavia takes place. The Polish suffer a disaster at Cecora on the River Prut.

Adventures

This section is for the Game Master only. It indexes all the adventures within this region to aid the GM in which ones are available for the Wanderers in the area.

Bedlam: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 102
Blood of Dracul: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 169
The Burning: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 152
Country Death Diaries: Original Adventure
Dark Patron: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 40
Dark Side of Love: The Savage Worlds of Solomon Kane page 172
Deal with the Devil: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 47
Duquesa Roja: The Path of Kane page 80
The Fading Scent of Gunpowder: The Path of Kane page 26
Faith Healing: The Path of Kane page 50
A Family Matter: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 109
The Forgotten Victim: One Sheet Adventure
House of Sacrifice: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 32
The Hunger: The Savage Worlds of Solomon Kane page 175
Jackals Among Wolves: The Path of Kane page 76
Judge Not: The Path of Kane page 10
The Lady in White: The Path of Kane page 30
The Last Command: The Path of Kane page 36
The Last Song: The Savage World of Solomon Kane page 161
The Last Stand: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 23
The Last Vigilant: The Path of Kane page 77
The Lincoln Imp: One Sheet Adventure
A Matter of Guilt: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 113
The Mouths of Babes: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 19
Newly Turned: The Path of Kane page 19
Nobelesse Oblige: The Path of Kane page 46
Oncoming Frost: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 71
The Organ Grinder: The Path of Kane page 14
Possessed: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 78
Rats in the Woodwork: The Savage Worlds of Solomon Kane page 177
Red Vengeance: The Savage World of Solomon Kane page 157
Ring of Death: The Path of Kane page 70
The Silence of Death: The Savage Worlds of Solomon Kane page 164
Sins of the Father: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 94
Timing Is Everything: The Path of Kane page 53
A Thread Unspun: The Path of Kane page 57
The Under Market: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 130
Unexpected Guests: The Savage Foes of Solomon Kane page 10
The Uffington Dragon: Travelers’ Tales page 3
Von Gottlieb’s Horror: Travelers’ Tales page 11
What’s At Stake: The Path of Kane page 39
The Wilder Mann: The Path of Kane page 42
A Witch, A Vampire, and A City Between: The Path of Kane page 65
The Witch’s Gambit: The Path of Kane page 59

Old World

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