this is an interesting question in itself, and I'll ask about it on the
arborell forum, ----- that's unless you'd like to register there and ask
yourself (the arborell Gm is a really nice chap who's always willing to
Windhammer was the first gamebook, and thus might be an ideal place to
The inquisitor's lament is a short novella about one character from
Windhammer, telling what happens to him while the hero of windhammer goes
off on the main quest, ---- so certainly I'd advise having a look at
The various Jotten related material, ie the book of scars and the Shards of
moonlight gamebook (pluss the murder of crows gamebook which is next on the
release schedule), are about the hoardim. While the hoardim are seen as the
enemy in Windhammer ---- and by the humans of Arborell, they very much have
their own point of view and while not exactly nice and fluffy aren't
I believe the second major gamebook, ---- earth and stone will bring the
human and hordim characters together.
these are all the materials which are set around the year 950, ---- the
other on site materials are background set before this time.
The recently release Sorrows of gehdru and aume is the creation story of
Song of the dromannian is the story of how humans journeyed across the sea
from their own lands to the continent of Arborell in the year of settlement
The torchlight game happens in about the year 450, and tells how one of the
artifacts which later and concerns the background of one of the magic
artifacts found in the Windhammer book.
The blood and Iron series takes place in year of settlement 500 or so, and
is a story about one of the hoard wars.
Hopefully this helps you relate things.
Everything is very well explained and placed so you can almost go in any
order, ---- though personally I'd recommend playing windhammer before moving
on either to Torchlight or Shards of moonlight, but if you wanted to read
some of the background material before playing windhammer, ---- or even as a
break from windhammer attempts, I'd say everything accept for the
inquisitor's lament (which is actually about one of the windhammer
characters), should be fine.
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