Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Kingdom of Lexington

More from the upcoming ZZZ Quick Guide to North America Below the Shattered Moon. GTSL means Government, Technology, Safety, Liberty with 0 being least and 9 most. This keys the map found on the back cover of the Sorcery & Super Science! core rules.

23. The Kingdom of Lexington
Hereditary Monarchy: King Rutherford William Bomar
GTSL: 4546

The Kingdom of Lexington contains the majority of the land that was once ancient northern Kentucky. The capital of Paris has been rebuilt among the ruins of the ancient city and is well known for the wonderful bourbon produced in the city. The bourbon is a major trade good throughout the eastern part of North America and sharing a fifth of Lexington Bourbon goes a long way in helping one become an immediate friend.

Given this powerful trade good, much of the Kingdom of Lexington grows corn, rye, and barley for the mash. White oak barrels are made in large numbers upriver of Paris and floated down to the distillery. Small communities throughout the area focus on particular aspects of the bourbon making process, and feed their goods to the capital. Given the people’s experience in alcohol production, clandestine alcohol is common, but typically of a significantly lower quality.

Beyond the all-important Lexington Bourbon, scavengers will find ancient ruined Louisville a place mostly unexplored, even though claimed by Lexington to the Ohio River. The claim is a bit of hyperbole, in our opinion, and Louisville remains much like a ruin in the Badlands. Explorers should exercise considerable caution, given that members of The Order of Cybernetic Magnificence claim the ruins on the far shore over the river.

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