Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Two Lists

While working on other projects, I've come up with a couple of lists. The first presents texts that would be familiar to a shantyman during the Golden Age of Piracy; as an English teacher, I'm interested in what such a character would be reading and possibly reciting. Second is an encounter table, one that I'll continue to update.


The Shantyman's Repertoire
Detailed here is a list of texts that would have been available to a shantyman, along with the names of their authors and the years in which they were written. This list is by no means comprehensive, but it should provide a good idea of which texts were well known during the Golden Age of Piracy and how old each of them was at that time.

1719--Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
1693--Wonders of the Invisible World by Cotton Mather
1685--Shakespeare's Fourth Folio
1684--The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
1684--History of the Buccaneers of America by Alexander Esquemeling
1671--Paradise Regained by John Milton
1667--Paradise Lost by John Milton
1663--Shakespeare's Third Folio
1644--The Seaman's Dictionary by Sir Henry Manwayring
1632--Shakespeare's Second Folio
1623--Shakespeare's First Folio
1615--Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
1615--The Oddysey translated by George Chapman
1611--King James Bible
1596--The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
1588--Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
1570--The Moral Fables of Aesop translated by Robert Henryson
1563--Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
1477--Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
1472--The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
1147--Historia regum Brittaniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth
1100--Chanson de Roland
1050--The Mabinogion
900--The Thousand Nights and a Night

Nautical Encounter Table
Detailed here is a list of creatures and other enemies based on challenge rating. As always, the GM can modify the difficulty of opponents by having the PC's fight more of them, applying templates such as greater zombie, increasing size, adding hit dice, or by giving intelligent enemies additional levels in character classes (this is appopriate for any creature with a class and level listed below). What is more, human characters can be added to the list based on their character levels.

1/2--Amazon (warrior 1), Jenny Hanniver, porpoise, small viper snake, troglodyte (warrior 1), simple zombie
1--Cynocephali, hairy wild man, hyena (wild dog), manta ray, sea monk (monk 1), octopus, onijegi (warrior 1), pygmy (warrior 1), medium shark, spider swarm, squid, wolf
2--Ape, bat swarm, black bear, blemmyae, boar, cheetah, crocodile, giant tree frog, leopard, monitor lizard, rat swarm, large shark, constrictor snake, large viper snake
3--Dire ape, dire wolf, lion, huge viper snake
4--Brown bear, polar bear, dire boar, rhinoceros, huge shark, siren, tiger
5--Dire lion, orca, giant constrictor snake
6--Baleen whale
7--Cachalot whale, dire bear, elephant, island giant
8--Dire tiger, giant octopus
9--Dire shark, roc

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