In the wake of an apocalyptic upheaval, the Congo
metamorphosed into a mystical realm where ancient energies and remnants of the
past entwined with the forces of nature. The once teeming jungle now serves as
a battleground for various factions, each vying for control to harness ancient
powers for survival, dominance, or restoring balance. Amidst this chaos, a
beckoning Metal rush draws adventurers and opportunists into the heart of the
mystical Congo. This narrative explores the diverse species, locations, mining
zones, creatures, mystical elements, and the gold rush shaping this
The Region's History
The Hodgepocalypse hit this area particularly hard,
rendering it depopulated for generations. Repopulation, a recent development,
traces back to the discovery of ruins from the pre-apocalyptic city,
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. A group of adventurers stumbled upon these
remnants during a plundering expedition, sparking tales of future fame and
fortune upon their return to Dakagurre in the west.
The Rise of the Mining Lord
From the remnants of a pre-apocalyptic mining corporation
emerged a charismatic and resourceful leader. Recognizing the economic
potential, this leader established a powerful mercenary mining corporation,
recruiting skilled miners, engineers, and security forces. However, unintended
consequences arose as the corporation attracted other potential prospectors
seeking wealth and prosperity.
The Awakening of Nexus Points
The influx of people revealed Mystical Nexus Points in the
jungle, enhancing metal extraction and granting mystical powers. This
revelation transformed the Metal Frenzy into a quest for both material wealth
and supernatural dominance, sparking a spiritual awakening among factions.
A Prospector's Daily Odyssey
In the post-apocalyptic Congo, a prospector's average day is
a challenging mix of hope and uncertainty. Early morning preparations,
equipment checks, jungle treks, mineral detection, mining operations,
environmental challenges, and competition with rival factions mark their
relentless pursuit of wealth in the mystical jungle.
The Diverse Species of the Region
Besides humans, both
native and invasive, there are several species that have flocked to the region
and now call the place home, even if it is for a while.
These goblin like species their resourcefulness have allowed
them to establish communities in the challenging environments of the Congo. They often end up making their own mining
cooperatives to ensure they can setup generational wealth. They also often end up becoming shopkeepers
as it is smarter to provide services for greater stability and potential
Cats, being agile and adaptable, might have thrived in the
post-apocalyptic landscape. Their psychic abilities have helped them navigate
and survive in the changed world. Both
the smaller and larger species have been there so long that they have been
effectively native to the area. They do
little mining but are often referred to as unionized ninjas willing to contract
out their unique skills.
This is the largest population of Desecrators on the African
continent. Both Harlowe and Verkhail
have been brought here using dimensional portals from north America to strip
mine the region and bring home the rewards.
They have had relatively limited success, but believe they have the time
to eventually control the area.
The Congo's rich ecosystem would be ideal for Froggies, who
value individual freedoms and have established decentralized communities in the
diverse landscapes of the region. They
have a mining/survivalist existence.
However, as die-hard capitalists, they often are the financiers for
adventurers for a cut of the take.
Enigmatic and primal, Creepy and Forest Gnomes, often
referred to as Eloko, inhabit the depths of the Congo. These mischievous
beings, not particularly fond of miners, revel in playing eerie tricks on
unsuspecting intruders. Whispers persist that the Gnomes have lingered in the
shadows since times immemorial, their enigmatic presence predating even the
cataclysmic events of the Hodgepocalypse.
With their giant stature and fey attributes, Trolletariat have
adapted to the Congo's challenges, using their strength for communal projects
and resource management in a cooperative, fey-inspired society. They are a powerful faction as they seem to
work for the sake of working and are very frugal, making them killjoys in the
region. They also really don’t like the
Mining Lord or the Mining Witch Guild often at odds with both.
Ungo in this region seem to have been the inspiration for
the tales of the Agogwe as they most often end up in various shades of red
hair. They are considered native and
generally are an obstacle to the miners in the area. They rely on their knowledge and their
spellcasters to even the playing field.
Key Mines and Locations
Abundant minerals like Bauxite, Copper, Diamonds, Cobalt,
and more attract diverse species to major mines such as Mbalam Iron Ore
Project, Kamoto Copper Mine, Kimberley Diamond Mines, Kibali Gold Mine, Tenke
Fungurume Mine, and Katanga Mining Region.
These are interconnected into a massive underground morass that is known
as the Equatorial Abyss.
Interaction Points and Conflict Zones
Trading Hub, Mystical Clearing, River Confluence, and
Treetop Diplomacy serve as locations for trade, rituals, and conflict
resolutions are common in the area. Potential choke points include
Communication Stones, Magical Nexus Points, Mountain Passes, Resource Rich
Clearings, River Crossings, Swampy Marshlands, and Waterfalls in the surface of
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda):
Home to the endangered mountain gorillas, Bwindi Forest is
considered a sacred place in local folklore. The ancient trees and diverse
wildlife contribute to its mystical aura.
Garamba National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo):
Garamba National Park, known for its diverse wildlife, is
also home to the Garamba Hills, considered sacred by some local communities.
The park was a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now it is a spawning ground for Megafauna.
Irebu is a sacred hill in Burundi, believed to be a dwelling
place for spirits. It is a site for rituals and ceremonies.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo):
This former park is renowned for its eastern lowland gorillas. The
lush landscapes and biodiversity contribute to the park's significance in the
eyes of local communities. The Gorillas have interbred with Kongs, genetically engineered Kaiju-like super gorillas, and have declared it their own personal domain.
Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe):
Victoria Falls, known as Mosi-oa-Tunya ("The Smoke that
Thunders"), is considered a sacred site by local indigenous groups. The
breathtaking waterfall has cultural and spiritual significance.
Mount Elgon (Uganda, Kenya):
Mount Elgon is known for its caves and waterfalls, and it
holds cultural importance for local communities. Some believe the mountain is
inhabited by spirits, and its slopes are home to diverse flora and fauna.
Mount Cameroon (Cameroon):
Mount Cameroon, an active volcano, is considered sacred in
local folklore. It is also a site for cultural ceremonies and rituals.
Ngwo Cave (Cameroon):
Ngwo Cave is a limestone cave with a pool of water inside.
Local beliefs consider it a sacred place, and the cave is associated with
various myths and rituals.
Virunga Mountains (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda):
The Virunga Mountains, a chain of volcanoes, are considered
a place of spiritual significance. They are associated with various myths and
legends, and the endangered mountain gorillas inhabit the dense forests on
Disease, environmental hazards, jungle plants and toxins,
mystical entities, predatory wildlife, and mythological creatures like Abada, Anansi,
Djun, Elepharian, Glowing Crest Cobra, Kishi, Kongamato, Mbwiri, Ninki Nanka,
Obambo, Ngoubou, Primals, Razor Bats and Simbi add layers of peril.
In this post-apocalyptic Congo, the quest for wealth
intertwines with dangers, alliances, and supernatural forces, creating a
captivating narrative of survival and exploration.
Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo
Pointe-Noire, nestled along the coastal fringes, has
transformed into a bustling mining and trading hub reminiscent of the Klondike
Gold Rush era. Here, prospectors, merchants, and adventurers converge, drawn by
the promise of untold riches unearthed from the Hodgepocalypse-ravaged lands.
Wealth at the Crossroads
The city stands at the crossroads of numerous trade routes,
each carrying the spoils of mining expeditions. Merchants barter precious ores,
magical gems, and enchanted artifacts in the bustling market squares, creating
an atmosphere charged with the anticipation of striking it rich.
Neutral Ground for Claimants
Pointe-Noire prides itself on being neutral territory amidst
the frenzied race for mining claims. The city's council, comprised of
representatives from competing factions and species, diligently maintains
order, ensuring fair claim disputes and preventing mining-related conflicts.
Cultural Exchange Amidst Gold Rush Fever
The Klondike fever extends beyond gold and other metals to a
cultural exchange fueled by shared dreams of prosperity. Saloons resonate with
stories of legendary strikes, and miners from diverse backgrounds mingle, their
tales weaving a rich tapestry of cultural diversity amid the clangor of
Areas of Note:
Miner's Quarters and Watering Holes
The waterfront district, once bustling with ships, now
caters to miners seeking respite from the arduous work. Inns and watering holes
along the shoreline echo with tales of extraordinary finds and close encounters
with magical phenomena, creating a camaraderie forged in the crucible of shared
Plot Hook: In the Miner's Quarters, "Lucky"
Lorraine entices miners with tales of a luminous crystal mine, rumored to hold
the key to understanding the Hodgepocalypse's mysteries, but spectral guardians
and forgotten enchantments guard its secrets.
Mining Consortium Headquarters
At the heart of Pointe-Noire lies the Mining Consortium
Headquarters, where mining guilds and prospecting companies operate. Miners
gather here for contracts, equipment, and to form temporary alliances,
transforming the district into a hub of strategic planning and shared resource
management. This is where the Mining
Lords Shows his presence and acts as a castle for the region.
Plot Hook: The Mining Lords grapple with magical disturbances, prompting a
hired group of miners to uncover the truth behind the increase in supernatural
Mining Witches Guild
Pointe-Noire is home to the Mining Witches guild,
where spellcasters craft magical pickaxes, lanterns that reveal hidden veins,
and charms that protect against mystical dangers. Miners frequent this
district, seeking both practical enchantments and charms rumored to bring luck. They also hire out their members for a cut of
Plot Hook: Jua Mchimbaji, a crazy old Mining Witch with
a twinkle in her eye hires the adventures to join her to discover the secrets
of the "Golden Aurora," a forgotten mine that holds the promise of
both precious ore and the echoes of a bygone era's enchantments, but keeps
warning about the bauxite creeper.
Wonder what that means.
Prospector's Guild Hall
The Prospector's Guild Hall serves as a focal point for
independent miners and freelancers. Here, maps are shared, rumors exchanged,
and partnerships forged. The guild hall buzzes with activity as prospectors
plan their next foray into the unpredictable territories of the
Legacy Mines and Tunnels
Scattered throughout Pointe-Noire are entrances to legacy
mines and tunnels from the pre-Hodgepocalypse era. These sites, now deemed
dangerous or abandoned, attract daring adventurers seeking forgotten treasures
or investigating the mystical anomalies that linger in the depths of the earth.
Next Time: The Equatorial
Abyss. The African Underdark!