The 13th age of Midgard
The Midgard Campaign Setting is a place of war and intrigue, where powerful figures pursue agendas that have roots in the distant past—in some cases, in the beginning of history. And as adventurers, you’re right in the middle of their intrigues! But Midgard’s long history, vibrant trade and deep magic connects them all and extends their reach. The Beloved Imperatrix cares about the price of grain in Zobeck, and a prisoner on Demon Mountain might find unexpected help from a hero on an errand for Baba Yaga.
BABA YAGA (The Witch)
A hunched crone with iron teeth and a ferocious gaze, Baba Yaga has existed for as long as anyone remembers; she may be as old as the world. “Grandmother” is a hoarder of secrets and a powerful fey who makes it her business to know everything. She flies through the air in a mortar, wielding a pestle, and has aided or destroyed some of history’s greatest heroes and villains.
BELOVED IMPERATRIX (Elf Queen)
Regia Moonthorn Kalthania-Reln van Dornig is an ancient elven woman who speaks in a whisper that can carry the length of a ballroom, and she moves with a quiet grace.
DRAGON SULTANA (The Three)
The Dragon Sultana’s rule is new and fragile, but she has the confidence and the ruthlessness needed to command the mighty draconic Mharoti Empire.
EMPEROR OF THE GHOULS (The Lich King)
Nicoforus the Pale is the undisputed ruler of the Dread and Endless Imperium of the Darakhul, a civilization of ghouls deep within the realms subterranean. Through cunning and relentless cruelty he’s led his legions to repeated victories over the other races in the underworld. Drow, dwarves, kobolds, gnomes – all are slaves or food for the darakhul. Only the ghouls’ aversion to the sun keeps the Imperium from invading the surface world.
EXARCH VERMES II (ArchMage)
Exarch Vermes II is one of the most influential and mysterious figures in Bemmea, a city riddled with mysteries. The inhuman wizard who leads its Ninemage Council has molded his city for centuries into the place it is today.
FIRST DUKE-ADMIRAL CADUA (The Captain)
The first minotaur to serve as First Duke-Admiral of Triolo, Cadua is a polarizing figure. Some consider the “Golden Horn” a promising sign of Kyprion’s and Triolo’s joint destiny. Others feel sure that he steers the Maritime Republic to ruin.
FREE CITY COUNCIL (The Emperor)
Drawn from all walks of life, the 12 members of the Free City Council ensure the welfare of Zobeck and its citizens, protect it from all threats to its freedom, and maintain the flow of commerce.
GLITTERING KING (Orc Lord)
The Glittering King is steeped in luxury and wine: a paranoid drunkard with a great temper and tremendous power over his terrified nobles. His mastery of dark magic and fleet of demon ships makes his slave kingdom into a force that few dare challenge.
ILLUMINATED BROTHERHOOD (Dwarf King)
This esoteric society is open to all dwarves who qualify and seek perfection in their chosen craft. Many high-ranking members of dwarven society, including some kings, count themselves among the ranks of the Illuminated Brotherhood.
KING OF BEARS (High Druid)
The King of Bears rules the bears and lycanthropes of the North, served by a cadre of witches and oracles. His royal court spends most of its time hunting, feasting, brawling, and drinking the finest honey mead from immense stone bowls.
MASTER OF DEMON MOUNTAIN (The Diabolist)
The Master of Demon Mountain’s spells and incantations carry great potency. The demons praise him, and his many children are tiefling ambassadors to the world, heralds of his power. But his real goal is to reach immortality—although first he must break the pacts binding him to Demon Mountain.
ORACLE OF KAMMAE (The Crusader)
The blind daughter of the moon is blessed — or cursed — with divine insight, and gifts of healing and prophecy. With the
voices of spirits, angels, and canny counselors around her, the Oracle of Kammae Straboli rarely errs in matters of fact or faith.
QUEEN OF NIGHT AND MAGIC (Prince of Shadows)
The Queen of Night and Magic rules the Shadow Realm, where she dreams of conquest, blood, and loss. She remembers too many worlds that once were hers.
KING THUTMOSES (The Priestess)
The current god-king, Thutmoses, is a somewhat besieged and worried man of middle years, with a prominent nose, shaved head, and a glorious beard woven with gold and mithral. Six of his kingly ancestors have been awoken from their tombs to defend the land against the Mharoti dragon-armies, and his own power has been eroded. As the high priest all the gods speak to Thutmoses.
KING STEFANOS YWENCAL (The Great Gold Wurm)
The middle-aged king Stefanos Ywencal (also called Stefanos IV and sometimes spelled Stevanos) is a monarch deeply loved by his people for his generosity, his personal courage, and his confidence in the face of repeated wars with the Mharoti
HEROIC, AMBIGUOUS OR VILLAINOUS?
Heroic Icons: Usually First Duke-Admiral Cadua, the King of Bears, the Beloved Imperatrix, the Illuminated Brotherhood, the Free City Council; King Thutmoses, Stefanos IV, possibly Exarch Vermes II.
Ambiguous Icons: Usually Baba Yaga, the Oracle of Kammae, Exarch Vermes II, the Dragon Sultana; possibly the Queen of Night and Magic and the Illuminated Brotherhood.
Villainous Icons: Usually the Ghoul Emperor, the Queen of Night and Magic, the Glittering King, the Master of Demon Mountain; possibly Baba Yaga and the Oracle of Kammae.