After a bit of a gap in publication, we’re happy to announce the imminent unleashing of the coils of the fourth issue of Serpent Scales: Fragments From The World After The Serpentfall.
The Swedish gaming magazine FENIX commissioned an article from Ken for their “post-holocaust” issue—this look at Sweden in The Day After Ragnarok was the result. We’ve tweaked and expanded it for this version. Put on your cold weather gear and prepare for life north of Jörmungandr’s rotting carcass, as Kenneth Hite presents… Serpent Scale #4 - The Lion in Fimbulwinter: Sweden After the Serpentfall
When the Midgard Serpent fell to the Americans’ nuclear fire in July 1945, it was the Americans who took the brunt of its posthumous revenge: a cloud of deadly radioactive venom rained down on North America, and a mile-high tidal wave scoured the eastern seaboard clean. But Sweden did not escape. It would have been physically impossible; trillions of tons of dead snake smashed the British Isles and slammed into the European continent only 700 miles away. Earthquakes tore through Scandinavia, and the North Sea poured its own tsunami onto the low, sandy coasts. Denmark was nearly completely destroyed; Norway saw storm surges pour tens of miles up every fjord below Trondheim. Those nations sheltered Sweden from the worst of it: the tsunami that scoured Jutland clear merely flooded lower Malmö, although it smashed Göteborg with a glancing blow that still left hundreds of thousands dead or homeless. Earthquakes wounded Stockholm and the other eastern cities, but compared to the near-total demolition of Paris and Vienna, they remained inhabitable. Sweden’s survivors could shelter in their damaged buildings as the volatilized oceans came pouring down out of the upper atmosphere in torrential rain that became torrential hail and snow in August.
This PDF contains a chronology of Swedish history after the Serpentfall, a map of inundated Sweden, adventure locations like the defected Crown Prince Gustav Adolf’s stronghold of Heligoland, secret factions, revolutionaries, adventure seeds, and even a new monster or two! All of this exists under the constant threat of the Soviets deciding that Sweden is more use as a puppet state than a ally.
The Lion in Fimbulwinter: Sweden After the Serpentfall is in layout right now and should be available by mid September!