May 25, 2012

Emern: Inspirations

Emern is going to go dormant for a while as the guys want to try out this "Openquest" and "Dawnlands" stuff they keep on hearing me talk about and post. In honour of it, I thought I'd post some biographies of conquistadors, explorers and colonial administrators that served as the inspiration for the setting.

Christopher Columbus, a partial inspiration for Governor Hesh of Arkhesh
The two cousins from Extremadura, Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro
La Malinche, Cortes's lover
Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Geronimo de Aguilar
Francisco de Aguilar
Hernando de Soto
Lope de Aguirre (there's a movie about him you should watch)
Diego Velazquez de Cuellar
Francisco de Ulloa
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
Fortun Ximenez
Pedro de Alvarado who killed Tecan Uman and who was/is the inspiration for a yet undiscovered villain
Hernando de Alarcon
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
Juan de Padilla
Melchior Diaz
Luis de Velasco
Gonzalo Guerrero (Father of the first mesztisos recorded & killed by Alvarado)
Ferdinand Konscak
Georg von Speyer
Gonsalo Jimenez de Quesada (A possible inspiration for Don Quixote)
Sebastian de Belalcazar
Diego de Almagro and his son, Diego de Almagro II
Blasco Nunez Vela
Nikolaus Federmann
Juan de Fuca
Vincente de Valverde
The Pinzon Brothers
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Pedro de Valdivia
Bartolome de las Casas
Pedro de la Gasca
Alonso de Alvarado (the guy who started the "El Dorado" craze)
Pedro Alvares Cabral
Francisco Garay is basically one of the PCs once the domain game starts
Garcia Hurtado de Mendoza
Piet Hein
Juan Ponce de Leon


  1. Happy to see Pedro Álvares Cabral and Caramuru on the list above. No Hans Staden, though? ;)

  2. One man can only post so much. Staden should have been on the list though - cannibalism is a big part of Emern.