Eastern European Adventure Ideas

What are some ideas for adventures in a Slavic setting?

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Pushing into the vast unknown is generally a very Slavic practice, so something like the campaign being centered around the adventurers either being:

A) The first vaguely civilized people to try to settled a land because it's inhospitable and full of tribals who very much want you dead because your skin's a funny color. (Think the Cossacks push into Siberia)

B) Expansion into already well-settled and civilized territory because some outside influence has forced you out of your home. Having to roam with your family or clan through a land that has castles and armies and people who see you as basically godless heathens. (Like the Slavic Migration period spurred on by the Huns)

C) Alternatively, and somewhat of a combination of the first two, your adventuring party could be made up of a group of upjumped peasants who are actively fleeing their overlords and seeking out a home for themselves while being pursued. (Formation of the Cossacks from Russian/Polish peasantry)

This is assuming you don't just want a D&D dungeon crawl with some Slavic folklore sprinkled in, in which case, just do some basic reading on folk tales I guess. You can find a lot of Slavic fantasy in shit like the Witcher, which has just enough to make it seem like an alien setting.

Another thing you could do is look into the Bogatyri, which is basically the Slavic steppe version of the Knight Errant. They're a recurring theme in folklore and are sort of an all-purpose hero, but if you want your setting to be about Bogatyri-like characters, it has to be a setting with a loooot of wandering and very few sort of central towns to offload loot at. Bogatyri weren't the kind of men to stay in one place, mostly on account of being, y'know, vagrants with swords who were not exactly seen in a kind light by the peasantry or nobility alike.

We all know how well Eastern European campaigns go.


Vodka gives +3 on save against crippling depression.


Must have witch huts that walk with chicken legs.

Baba Yaga


You could go by the stereotype that the eastern part of the Old World is all steppes and endless plains, and in that case you could make the campaign become a monster-hunting one a la Witcher. Or you could make it become a war torn land, where many minor kingdoms struggle to defeat one another, and everyone fights with sabres, horses and worships potatoes as the final answer to everything.

It' serially up to you OP, first you need to know the folklore, then you can improvise.

Also, comic dump incoming








Being a slav wizard also gives you a master's degree in undead surgery


This is Hellboy, right?

That is also how they invented the matrioshkas

I think to remember that the author is the same as Hellboy's

Yes, OP, YES! Don't stop! Don't stooooop! Oooooh!

Funny thing, I ain't op, I just wanted to dump the comic and all we know he may be jacking off to space ship designs.
Or being a faggot, like it usually happens.

Beautiful women who drown you in lakes and rivers and may be an allegory for not trusting strangers in general. Or maybe its not trusting beautiful women.

Better bind them to a big wooden pole and burn the fuck out of them, like in he olde times

Better to be safe than horny.

Ivan spill vodka barrel. Shoot Ivan like dog with Tokarev. Now no vodka left in Fatherland, Glorious Comrade take all for righteous war on mistresses. No potato left in Fatherland, Proletarian Communes too heroic and Proletariat righteousness for Capitalist soil. Spit on Capitalist pig ground! Pteh! Now must go to Fascist and Capitalism west for Great Patriotic War get potato. Fight the Mick Ireland kulak who take all potato for Capitalist starving. Kill potato oppressor with Mosin point! Run through for Socialist Democracy!

Are you German by any chance?

Shit they've found us, run Hans run!

You are going to gulag, cyka!

Sergei let us go! Remember that you owed me a vodka and three potatoes?

Only in East Slav folkore.In Poland that is absurd. East and West Slavs are quite different.

Protect people and dragons from dumb German invaders



Zbójcerze is still the best translation for Raubritter.

It's how people in ye olde days said "don't stick your dick in crazy".

Stop thinking about Russia for a second and realize that there are ~20 other countries in East Europe.

Being in EE means being stuck between a rock and a hard place. One hand you have technologically and economically powerful states in the West and huge despotic empires in the East and both think they are superior to you and that you are subhuman compared to them.

Both sides are more powerful than you so you don't survive by pure force, but by being crafty and intelligent and playing West and East against each other. Problem is, it doesn't always work so you have to be luck as well. Not to mention it often results in your lands being the battlefield for someone else's conflicts.

Meaning average person in not!EE is fatalistic, has "live for today" mentality and is used to dealing with problems that are completely not his fault. They like to party because life is short. They are very hospitable despite foreigners usually bringing misery. They carry grudges like dwarves.

I would type more but I don't have time atm.

I had a setting based on EE where a maritime Elvish empire and land-based Dwarven empire fought each other in proxy wars by manipulating human kingdoms stuck between them.

>Great Fatherland War
It may be Mother Russia, but it's also the Fatherland. Communism makes things rape-obsessed hermaphrodites, modern SJWs should prove that.

Wtf, slav Asterix?

Otechestvo was also used in Russian Empire

It's Poдинa first and foremost, user

It sure is but you still can't make an adjective out of it

>you still can't make an adjective out of it
Given the circumstances and consequences of the Patriotic War of 1812 it's name surely sounds made up and pretentious

I was speaking more in general terms but could you expand on your statement?

It was a war won by common people who got the least afterwards. Russian nobility had much more in common with French than its own people and their Fatherland.

So, business as usual

Yep, 'Patriotic' actually describes it better than 'Oтeчecтвeннaя'.