The World Of Khoras - Introduction

Copyright 1990-2017 David M. Roomes

Preface

Khoras is a richly detailed, fictional world... a realm of imagination. Khoras is for the writer, the artist and the lover of fantasy in all of us. Originally started as a campaign setting for fantasy role-playing, it has evolved into a purely creative endeavor that transcends it's original "gaming" purpose. This web site fully details every facet of Khoras, from the mightiest kingdom to the smallest blade of grass. It is intended as an informational archive to be referenced and updated as the world of Khoras grows. You are invited to explore and enjoy this fictional realm.

The World of Khoras is not an online video game, a gaming system or a set of rules. It is an fictional "setting" only. With regards to role playing, Khoras does not promote or adhere to the rules of any published game system. It is  "system independent". Descriptions and references are kept detailed and clear, but are not limited by the rules and terms of any one role playing system. Anyone who wishes to play their own games in Khoras will be very pleased by its versatility and will have no problem adapting it to their game system of choice.

There is no cost involved with Khoras. This is simply one game master's home brewed campaign setting put up on the internet for the world to see. Explore Khoras and enjoy!

A Brief Tour Of The "World Of Khoras"

Civilization This section describes the nations, cities, villages, duchies, political boundaries, languages, currencies, technology, legends, societies, ships, people and merchandise of Khoras.
Cultured Races The many races that inhabit Khoras, over twenty, are detailed in this section. Information on physical stature, intellect, religious beliefs, racial subdivisions, laws, customs, traditions and art are all extensively detailed.
The Physical World This section describes the placement of Khoras in the heavens, the other planets in the star system, the continents of Khoras, notes on geographical regions, mountain ranges, rivers, forests and more. This section also describes forces of the Universe, including magic.
Fauna and Flora The biosphere of Khoras is incredibly diverse. A small sampling of Khorasian plants and animals is given here.
Magic This section discusses magic in the world. The terminology, the different types of magic, those who wield it and the fabulous spells and items magic can produce.
Religion This section includes general notes of each deity and overviews of the major religions. Future uploads to this area will include holy symbols, ceremonies, rites, laws, etc.
History The history of Khoras is long and varied, punctuated by cataclysm and war. It is divided up into twelve Ages. Each Age is described. A full timeline is also given. 
Glossary Contains specialized terms from all over the web site.
This button is the main maps page and has high resolution color maps of all three continents of Khoras.

Khoras: The Community Section

News
Be the first to know about all the latest announcements and updates!

FAQ
Frequently asked questions about the World of Khoras and the web site.

Forum
A gathering place for those who find adventure in the land of Khoras. A place to post messages, compare notes, and trade stories with Khoras gamers all over the world!

Spotlight
Once a month, we shed some light on a dusty corner of the world, pointing out opportunities for challenge and exploration..

Tales
Works of short fiction, poetry, and even film- all based in the World of Khoras. An example of the depth and far-reaching scope that Khoras offers as a backdrop to any role playing experience!

DM Tools
A one-stop resource for Game Masters seeking to maximize their potential for effective gaming in the World of Khoras. Includes adventure ideas, fully-detailed campaign structures and printable player information packets.

Crew
Meet the creator of Khoras and those who help bring the world of Khoras to life.

Contact
Email the webmaster and creator of Khoras.

Awards/Links
Awards given to Khoras, reviews of Khoras, links to other worlds and other public relations materials for Khoras.

Guestbook
Sign the guestbook and see what others have said about Khoras over the years.

Fan Work
Many Khoras fans are creating art and fiction based on Khoras. Come browse the gallery.

The Guiding Principles of Khoras

Khoras is being built upon five guiding principles that help shape its development from the grandest theme to the smallest detail:

1. Khoras is a detailed world. Every possible facet of this world has been (or will be) considered and discussed.

2. Khoras is a consistent world. All of the details of Khoras must be internally consistent. Cause-and-effect relationships must be taken into consideration and accounted for.

3. Khoras is a gaming world. It is designed to provide players with endless opportunities for adventure and discovery.

4. Khoras is a realistic world. As much as possible, it follows the laws and characteristics of the natural universe (physics, geology, biology,  genetics, evolution, etc).

5. Khoras is an earth-like world. Khoras is based mostly on 12th century Earth, with an emphasis on medieval Europe. However, it has many other cultures ranging from oriental nations to Egyptian dynasties to bizarre alien cultures. Technological development varies by region as it did in Earth's history.

Updates to the Web Site

Khoras is very much a "work in progress": a living, growing world. The entire web site is continually being expanded with new sections and more in-depth detail. We upload new material at least once per month. Khoras will continue to grow, both in scope and level of detail. So check back often!

Acknowledgements

Written By

David M. Roomes

Web Site Designed and Built By  David M. Roomes

Creative Collaborator

Mark Price

Head Illustrator Kristian Juul Rasmussen

Other Illustrations By

Eduardo Beerli
Juan Ramirez
Proofreading Ludovic Mathieu

Computer Generated Images By

David M. Roomes

Maps Created By

David M. Roomes

Other Contributors

Additional thanks to the following people for various contributions to Khoras: Neal Murphy, Daniel Borosh, Terry Freistuhler, Brent Fishbaugh, Greg Jensen, Elizabeth Dupke

Special thanks to Mathieu Ludovic for proofreading the site and helping bring attention to miscellaneous problems.

A very special thanks to Cruzan Wallis for help with the upcoming city maps and 3D city environments. (Coming soon. Visit his site to view a sample.)

Dedication

The World of Khoras is dedicated to the memory of Laverne J. Roomes, beloved wife and mother, 1934-2004.

 

Special Thanks

A Special Thanks to the first two groups of players
to tread its roads, see its lands and fight its battles...

The "Travelers Elite" and the "Warriors of the Mark"

Elizabeth Dupke Greg Jensen Brent Fishbaugh
Mark Price Bob Smith Ryan Kolter
David Oeters Craig Chakford Mike Barrett

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Albert Einstein

"Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art, as of life".
Joseph Conrad

"How delightful are the pleasures of the imagination! In those delectable moments, the whole world is ours; not a single creature resists us, we devastate the world, we repopulate it with new objects which, in turn, we immolate. The means to every crime is ours, and we employ them all, we multiply the horror a hundredfold."
Marquis de Sade

This website was last updated April 1, 2017 . Copyright 1990-2017 David M. Roomes.

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