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In ERIDU everything was reduced to ruin, was wrought with confusion…

— The Lament for Eridu

Here I aim to flesh out a campaign setting for 1st Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons and their simulacra games, inspired by the culture, history and archaeology of early Mesopotamia.  ERIDU is a world of scattered city-states, roaming nomads, and whispering demons in the desert.  Lovecraftian archaeology, tomb robbing, ruined ziggurats, a hint of Science Fantasy, the decay of shattered empires and the decadence of Babylon.  New treasures, new monsters, the nature of the gods, and a sandbox campaign, will, Enki willing, be developed.  Take up your mace, gird your loins, and join me in the exploration and creation of ERIDU!

ERIDU itself is a city in the campaign world: the most ancient of cities, the home of Father Enki, god of wizardries and Master of the Abzu, the Subterranean Waters.

I, Isimud, am a humble official of Enki, imparting his knowledge as best I may.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rob permalink
    April 5, 2015 10:20 am

    This is great! Thanks for putting this together; wonderfully atmospheric. I note the date of 2010; have you fdeveloped this further since then?

  2. April 6, 2015 7:04 pm

    Thanks for your interest! There is more in my notebooks, to be sure, that needs to be worked up. I did not start actively playing in ERIDU though with face-to-face players, which is what really, I suppose, drives campaign development.

    • wiggy001 permalink
      April 7, 2015 1:06 pm

      I appreciate the difficulty in developing things outside of an acitve game. Still, it’s a good exercise in creativity; I’d encourage you to post your additional notes. The material on this website nicely complements Necromancer Games’ Ancient Kingdoms of Mesopotamia.

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