In an age before history, men made cities and cities made kingdoms – but the wilds were always close at hand. Civilization was a flickering torch against a dark unknown, full of proud barbarian tribes and relics of the unknown past.
This was the age of swords, where men and women lived and died by the blade, where life was purchased with the coin of blood. This was an age of heroes – figures larger than life who strode through the alleys of the cities and beneath the eaves of wild forests, sword in hand, trodding new paths with sandaled feet.
Magic was rare in the time before history; sorcerers stared at the stars, and what stared back was far from human. Magic and madness went hand in hand, and mankind survived only by wit and sword against such evil.
Into this age come to our heroes…
The protagonists of this short classic sword-and-sorcery tale are the recent acquirers of a golden frog statue, a priceless treasure that is clearly only part of a larger – presumably larger – whole. The story will begin in the City of Thieves, a major city at the juncture of several trade routes, and then follow a twisting road to its conclusion.
Inspirations for the genre include the original Conan stories by Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar stories and the many tales inspired by them – narratives where the protagonists are thieves and warriors who survive by their wits and blades. Tolkien-style non-human races are non-existent, and magic is rare, alien and dangerous.
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