Last update: December 31, 2008
I have long loved the old TSR fantasy board game, Divine Right. I often wondered when I was younger how it could be that Dragon magazine would publish histories (Minarian Legends) of a world that they did not use for role-playing. An ambition of mine for some time has been to translate the writings of Glenn Rahman, one of the designers of the board game, into something suitable for RPG. These documents below are an attempt to take the world of Minaria and turn it into a setting suitable for 3rd edition D&D.
I have worked quite hard at reconciling the various Minarian Legends, including incorporating the newer material which made its way into the 25th anniversary edition of the game. I am sure it will come as no surprise that there are some gaps in the Minarian Legends, including chronological blanks, so I have made a “best guess” where necessary. To that volume of material I have added my own creations, blending them (I hope) seamlessly into the existing information. Glenn has been supportive of the attempt and permitted me access to unpublished material on the Scarlet Empire (Girion) and Reiken.
Also included here is a Minarian Legend (Dwarves) first published in Dragon Magazine in 1981. This particular legend I have not found elsewhere on the Internet and so it is offered here.
Many thanks to Glenn Rahman for his tolerance with my meddling in the world of Minaria.
-M Gemmell, March 2003.
A Player's Guide to the world of Minaria (UPDATED September 1, 2008 - minor tweak)
The Deities of Minaria (UPDATED December 31, 2008- Changes to Pinboh and Kommiya)
Alphabets & Languages of Minaria
The Calendar of Minaria
Commerce and Coinage in Minaria (UPDATED September 1, 2008- minor tweaks)
Flora and Fauna of Minaria
Cities of Minaria (UPDATED September 1, 2008- added Yannagyhara cities)
Gazetteer: The Kingdom of Yannagyhara (NEW- September 1, 2008)
Gazetteer: The Kingdom of Afgaar (UPDATED September 1, 2008- minor tweaks)
Gazetteer: Northeastern Minaria
Gazetteer: The Troll Vales
Gazetteer: The Dwarf Kingdoms
Gazetteer: Southeastern Minaria
Gazetteer: The Kingdom of Pon
Gazetteer: The Banished Lands
Gazetteer: The Kingdom of Hothior
Gazetteer: The Kingdom of Shucassam (UPDATED September 1, 2008 - Adeese chariot races added)
Gazetteer: The Kingdom of Muetar
Gazetteer: The Kingdom of Rombune (UPDATED September 1, 2008)- minor tweaks
Gazetteer: The Kingdom of Mivior
Gazetteer: Neuth, the Forest Kingdom
Gazetteer: The Arcane Republic of Lered
Gazetteer: The Kingdom of Immer
Gazetteer: Zorn, the Goblin Land
Player’s Guide to the Town of Fursten, Hothior
History of The Town of Fursten, Hothior
Gazetteer: the Village of Yando
The Chronology of Minaria (UPDATED December 31, 2008 - Bel-beni Empire)
(with material excerpted directly from Minarian Legends, the Scarlet Empire material, and unpublished material by Glenn Rahman
Game mechanics material
Character Races of Minaria
Character Classes in Minaria
Regional Feats of Minaria
Prestige Classes of Minaria
Key to the Minaria Maps .
A modern Hemispheric Map(Minaria, Reiken, Girion, and Trazig) 1371 AC (UPDATED September 1, 2008)
A map of the Lloroi Empire at its peak –75 BC (UPDATED September 1, 2008)
A map of the Bel-Beni Empire at its peak c.900 AC
A map of the Wisnyo empire, 907 AC (UPDATED September 1, 2008)
Continental map of Minaria
Expanded map of Eastern Yannagyhara (NEW- September 1, 2008)
Expandee map of Western Yannagyhara (NEW- September 1, 2008)
Expanded map of north and east Afgaar (UPDATED September 1, 2008)
Expanded map of south and west Afgaar
Expanded map of the Wild Lands and Zards
Expanded map of the North Country and Mystic Lake
Expanded maps of Ghem: Rosengg Alzak, and Aws Noir
Expanded maps of Moonrune: Bakarhm and Tostog
Expanded map of eastern Kelga and the Barbarian Frontier
Expanded map of northern Pon
Expanded map of southern Pon
Expanded map of Hothior and the northern Banished Lands
Expanded map of western Shucassam and the southern Banished Lands
Expanded map of eastern Shucassam
Expanded map of Immer
Expanded map of Lered
Expanded map of northern Muetar
Expanded map of southern Muetar
Expanded map of eastern Rombune and the Wastes of Vah-ka-ka (UPDATED September 1, 2008)
Expanded map of western Rombune
Expanded map of Mivior
Expanded maps of Neuth
Expanded map of Zorn
Expanded map of the Withering Desert and the northern Barbarian Frontier (UPDATED September 1, 2008)
Expanded map of the Blasted Heath and southeastern Minaria
Provincial map of Darmiyane fief, part of the Kingdom of Hothior
Map: The town of Fursten , Hothior, and the Key to the Fursten Map
Map: the port of Lapspell, Hothior
Map: the town of Nazlon, Hothior
Map: the town of Sephir, also known as Stubstaff Keep
Map: the town of Freeport
Map: the village of Yando
Map: the City of Beolon – CC2 version (detailed), jpg version (low res)
Map: City of Tadafat – CC2 version (high res), JPG version (low res)
The Tombs of the Soraskier is a dungeon set in Hothior. Here is the accompanying map.
The Ship in the Fens is a small dungeon set inside an ancient fossilized Lloroi shipwreck. Here is the map.
Minarian Legends: History of the Dwarves (first published in Dragon Magazine in 1981)
MADHAT’s Divine Right Website contains early unedited drafts of the Minarian Legends, maps, and other interesting DR information. It is a bit out of date (being superceded by the new 25th anniversary edition of the board game), but does still have interesting material.
The Yahoo Divine Right group is chock-full of interesting discussion about the board game.
Why not visit some of the RPG campaigns already set in Minaria? My old campaign was set in Hothior in 1371 AC, as a war between Hothior and Shucassam threatened to draw in the neighbours…There are several other campaigns appearing on the net, but they appear to be defunct and the links have been removed to them. If anyone knows any other Minaria campaigns, please drop me a line.
To Wargaming Scenarios Page .