@SeventhJackel Ah! Hopefully, my writing is a little more engaging than the prose of your old Dungeon Master. And don’t worry, this won’t be a dungeon crawling game, I’m in the midst of writing a scene where the bright blue sky shines on the MC.
Also, I’m kinda jealous of you. I wish I could find people to play dnd with But no one plays it in my country.
I’m sorry this reply is so late btw, but I just now got home and I wanted to answer this from my computer.
Under details, because it got lengthy (and it's kinda rambling so I apologize beforehand).
I was actually hoping someone like you would eventually comment on this thread because I’m kinda struggling with this very same issue. I’ll admit - I don’t know much about the Eastern Roman Empire since I always focused more on the western one because it was a direct part of my country’s history. And I’m biased that way
Anyway, I’ve been going back and forth on this. When I first wrote the main post, I wanted to present a Europe vastly different than it was - even create some new kingdoms and a new ruling religion. However, I quickly realized that would involve A LOT of research and as I’m writing this on my free time, I don’t want to spend it researching when I could be writing - I like history, but it’s the actual writing that makes me happy.
So what I came up with was this: When Nero died, the Julian-Claudian dynasty died with him - and pretty much all of the western empire. But Byzantine was spared from the slaughter and future Emperor Otho fled there. It never became Constantinople, however, since Constantine The Great never came to be.
Instead, it kept it’s Roman traditions to this day - and it’s currently in war with the Christian Church. There are secret holy crusades going on, and it’s why the Church hunts down any remnants of the Roman empire so viciously in the west. And denies they ever existed. This is the part that it’s actually relevant for the plot.
There weren’t any civil wars after Nero’s death to fight, and chaos spread throughout the land. That’s why the current nobility is so weakened. Christianity - that was being persecuted by the Roman Emperors, especially Nero - rose quickly from the empire’s ashes (because of very spoilery reasons), and now holds an even bigger power now than it did in the Middle Ages. It’s almost absolute - no monarch dears to even speak a whisper against it.
Is this plausible? Or just a bunch of BS? It seems like you have some knowledge on this subject so I would really appreciate any feedback you’re willing to give
Maybe I should change the first post. Instead of saying that History was changed, maybe just mention that the Church doesn’t acknowledge Roman history. Not so dramatic but more accurate lol.
You can do what you want to do. But every action has a consequence - even if it’s just a guilty conscience.
Adultery is considered a sin, yes, but since your MC is not married, I don’t think any priest is going to smack them on the head So don’t worry about that.