Ever consider Bactria and Gandhara right next door?
You have an area that supported lots of small cities, was washed over by many different cultures and religions (i.e. ruins to explore), lots of rugged wilderness (excellent for swords & sandals – conan sort of adventure) filled with manticores, Chinese dragons, Mongolian death worms, flumphs (hey, why not?) – what’s not to love?
|Is there a classic D&D/AD&D module you couldn’t shoehorn in here? And Samarkand! You have freaking Samarkand!|
|Bactrian camels – double-humpers!|
|Scale mail for the win!|
|Cataphracts – 99% cooler name than “knight”|
|Pointy steel hats and chainmail face masks!|
You want variety?
|Think of the character variety that is possible here!|
|Finally, monks are just as much at home here as every other class in the game!|
|Exotic headgear – check!|
|Kick ass helmets|
You want treasure?
|A Gold Stater – I may be prejudiced, but what a great name for a coin!|
|Silver pieces from Gandhara|
|Gold earrings depicting men with dragons|
You want exotic gods and goddesses?
|Athena (LG) of the Olympians|
|A whole new way to do Caves of Chaos|
|Another bodhisattva, but who says it can’t be Vecna?|