I acquired a copy of the world map of Basq, and its super friggin cool! The nice thing about this adventure/module is that there are sections that have been left up to the GM's imagination. Don't get me wrong, the book is filled with encounters and backgrounds, etc. However, as I said there's little bits and pieces with a description. To a degree this reminds me of the 2e Forgotten Realms setting, in that there are descriptions, and a bit of a rumour for certain places, but that is as much fleshing out as there is, leaving a bit of play room. I've never really been a fan of an entire setting being "set in stone". ie the whole FR canon.
But I digress,
Another look at a section of Basq, The Whistling Towers,
The Whistling Towers are large 200 feet high structure that dot the Saragubi Desert and whistle a haunting tone whenever there is a moderate breeze. These towers have no traditional entrances and must be scaled to enter. Near the top of each tower is a long, narrow slit that leads to the structure's interior which is just as devoid of life and accommodation.
Of course there's a bit more information in the text of the book, but this is enough to get you excited right?
From what I gather these towers are in a sense man made perhaps, The first question that comes to my mind is, who made them? what were they used for? And of course, when the PC's find these, how will the scaling them go?
Of course my first though when reading the above text, was something similar to the below picture.
Which is not the case if they are in fact man made. However these odd structures would dot the landscape of basq if i was running it.
This whole area, would be extremely creepy at night, playing up the weird wind whistling.
Running thru my head, this is a great place to have some serious creepy bad guys, ghosts, maybe a pack of were creatures possibly? What is inside these towers?
Maybe the PC's stumble upon the ability to fly perhaps? Maybe they are sent off on some mission to find a lost artifact buried inside the towers.
My mind is rambling with interesting ideas here. And that is part of the reason why I'm diggin this setting so much, it's got my creative juices flowing. Now I'll just have to figure out a way to transport my old school characters from the world I created, to basq..... maybe a unfortunate time dimensional warp stone? Who knows!
Another idea I've got kicking around, is to start off with B4 the Lost City, and then move from that to Basq proper.