I'm considering doing a modern campaign where vikings never went away, and are still around spreading terror and conquest in the likeness of ISIS. Where are some directions I could go with this?
Also, Neo-nation plug thread. (What if Rome, the Aztecs, etc were still around in 2016?)
>Neo Aztecs have evolved their blood sacrifices so that they only have to donate blood which is used to fuel their magics and appease their gods
>Actual sacrifice is voluntary and the remains are used afterwards as undead cyber warriors eternally bound to the temple as guardian spirits....Powered by the blood sacrifice of the common people.
Let's say, for hypotheticals, that Rome just merely shrank, allowing all modern nations to exist except for Italy- which it would replace.
As for the Aztecs, (regardless if this is the same universe as the Rome one), I could see the Spanish having some Mcguffin reason to not wipe them out to extinction, and instead form a fair trade agreement for their gold.
Post apocalyptic tribal societies are the best kind. Spoiler for mild nudity.
Which native civilization deserves a second chance in the form of neo-fication, and why is it the Navajo?
If the Roman empire only shrank but never collapsed there never would have been a Spain or Spanish Empire, unless you're talking about a surviving "Byzantium", but that would be outside of Italy.
>implying that's not exactly what happened
Rome doesn't collapse permanently and becomes more like China- an area that breaks apart into war now and then, but always eventually ends up reforming under a new dynasty.
Northern Europe stays out of the empire's control and stays unwashed barbarians and continues to be a backwards part of the world known for its pirates and raiders.
They eventually make contact with the Aztecs and other American empires, but aren't interested in conquering them, and more content to just trade.