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I definitely sympathize more with Stargard, but I’m no fan of Eric II, who backed them. The sources I’ve seen love to paint him as a bad guy, ambitious and violent. He’s probably not that much worse than other princes, I know Wartislaw X also robbed the Stralsund merchants, but he made lots of enemies and is well-suited to be an antagonist.
Have you considered making a form of your name generator publicly accessible? I struggle with naming people, especially on the fly. Also thanks for the find on Bütow. Very interesting that it was occupied by Silesians, that feels somehow portentous considering my current campaign of Road to Monsterberg is set in Silesia!
I’ve begun making notes on people, places and conflicts of 15th century Pomerania. I’ll post them here when I’ve put down significantly more information.
I’ve found the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie to be a very useful source as well. It has articles on the all the dukes of the period, as well as concise biographies of prominent individuals like the Stralsund mayor Otto Volge, and Heinrich Rubenow.
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Appreciate the summary, and looking forward to anymore information you can find. I’ll have to make a doc to compile it all. I think I saw mentioned that Rügen had a pirate presence, but it doesn’t really come up in the English or German language wiki article for the island.
One of the things I’m trying to work out is who controls what in Pomerania, and I’ve come across an apparent contradiction regarding Lauenburg and Bütow. All the articles I’ve seen agree that the Polish King granted the two areas to Eric II in return for his services against the knights. However, some claim that this was nominal and that the knights held the two until the 1460s. Others say that the knights retook them in 1459, so that they’d be under Eric II in the 1456 time frame. I’m wondering if you’ve come across the two in your research, that may clarify the discrepancy.
Thank you very much for the advice! All excellent suggestions which I’ll look into. Using slightly later sources to provide more colour and information didn’t occur to me, but seems very natural. I’ve already resorted to using late 17th century maps for a detailed depiction of rivers, terrain and settlements. I also found an incredibly useful article on the Polish-language wiki about a trade war between Stettin and Stargard in the mid-15th century. The auto-translate feature seems to do an admirable job of making it comprehendible for non-Polish readers like myself.
I definitely want to include the Baltic pirates in the campaign. Stettin having pirate links is interesting, with that and the above, it seems like a suitable hub for a campaign.
Italy in the 15th-16th centuries seems criminally underappreciated in the tabletop sphere. It’s bizarre researching “renaissance” tabletop roleplaying games and supplements, only to find publications on everything BUT the birthplace of the Renaissance. It’s an eminently gameable setting, and there’s a wealth of information on the period. Plus I feel like most people are somewhat familiar with the Renaissance, including some of its famous later personages.
Ahh, I feel silly, didn’t realise it was the link above. You’re right, I can crop it or use it as is for the players. Thank you very much, that resolves my issue.
Is it also possible to get the higher res map without any modifications, for the players? If not, that’s no problem.
I am indeed referring to the Silesia campaign map, and I would greatly appreciate a higher res image of the map with points of interests. Many thanks in advance!