Overview of the World of Arvelas

Posted: February 7, 2016

Arvelas is a fantasy setting that falls under the sword and sorcery sub-genre. This is not a surprise, as Arvelas was initially created around 1990, shortly after my friend Gaetan introduced me to role-playing (using Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd edition rules at the time). After a few sessions of role-playing, it seemed logical for me to build a world where we could create our own adventures. I admit this could have been a control issue more than anything else, as I went on to modify the rules as well. It is hard to believe that Arvelas has been around for more than 15 years.

At the beginning, Arvelas was mostly a mishmash of ideas and characters borrowed from stories and video games we loved as teenagers. Yesterday, while doing some cleaning in old papers, I came across some maps I had drawn during those early years. Just looking at the drawings reminded me of the fun we had back then. I can admit, though, that coherence didn’t seem to have been a very big concern at the time (each map has random points of interest, completely unrelated). Over the years, Arvelas grew to become its own world, but it is still possible to see influences from settings such as The Lord of the Rings, the Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends, or the original Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy games.

In summary, Arvelas is a vast world regrouping most of the elements we have come to know from standard fantasy settings. It has a wide variety of races, creatures, and magic. There is no clear overarching theme to Arvelas, except possibly the battle of good versus evil. When discussing with players who adventured in Arvelas, we agreed that what make this world special are the characters and their stories. As I started writing more seriously, the transition from role-playing to writing seemed very natural for Arvelas, as it allows for a more intimate glimpse into the lives of its inhabitants.

Arvelas will always be a very special place for me to return to. Often, when I have an idea, I automatically check to see if it could work in Arvelas. I hope you will enjoy reading its stories as much as I enjoy writing them.