Literature / Wulfgard

Wulfgard is a medieval fantasy universe created by Justin R. Stebbins ('Saber-Scorpion') and Maegan Stebbins ('Maverick-Werewolf').

Wulfgard is a low fantasy world based heavily in real-world history and mythology. Long in the now-forgotten past, a race now known only as the Shifters ruled the mortal realm. They had the power to change shape between man, beast, and beast-man at will. The most feared of the Shifters were the Werewolves, who roamed the world in packs, unopposed. Their dominance was acknowledged in the name the Shifters gave their world: Wulfgard. But the Shifters fought an aeon-long war with mankind and its gods, but they lost. When the Shifter gods were cast down, their conquerors cursed them, stripping them of their powers. Some became permanently stuck in their hybrid state, forced to live as beastfolk forever. Others, such as the Werewolves, faced a worse fate. Their gift became like a disease, their souls split in two between Man and Wolf, each side out of the other's control. Today this history is all but forgotten... but there are those who remember. And they seek to return.

Wulfgard provides examples of:

  • Always Chaotic Evil: Demons are the physical embodiment of an evil trait, such as Greed or Tyranny. Though they may pretend to be more complex individuals, sometimes quite convincingly, their goals are based entirely on their desire to spread their particular brand of evil.
  • Anti-Hero: The Wanderer.
  • Anti-Magic: Void Iron, which is used primarily by the Inquisition.
  • Church Militant: The Knights Templar, sworn to protect (and keep the peace between) all of the holy temples in the Achaean Empire, are also the wealthiest and most powerful knightly order, and they practically rule the ancient and powerful port city of Templaria.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Cult of Astra Aeterna is a monotheistic religion similar to Christianity, although they still acknowledge the existence of other gods; they simply consider them lesser gods. Its role is based on the Cult of Sol Invictus in Ancient Rome.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Nearly all of them, and most are intentionally quite obvious.
  • I Owe You My Life: Plutarch's bodyguard, known only as Minion, swore a life-debt to him in payment for a past action.
  • Knight Templar: Sir Scaevius, Left Hand Paladin of the Achaean Emperor.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The mortal races are all capable of interbreeding, not only producing the usual half-man, half-elves, but also much stranger freaks like half-dwarf, half-goblin. Half-demons are also a common sight, although they usually end up as full demons by giving into their demonic urges.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sir Tom Drake, knight of Illikon, usually comes across as flippant and sometimes even an outright jerk with his persistent wise-cracking and disregard for authority. But underneath it all, he is mostly a good person out to do the right thing.
  • Loveable Rogue: Sir Tom Drake again, who rarely (if ever) follows the rules.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tom Drake is the Red Oni to his best friend, Captain Titus Magnus's, Blue Oni.
  • Third-Person Person: Jorgen the Lone Bear usually boasts of his prowess in such a manner.