So, on and I’m off I’ve been trying to figure out how to turn Jeff Reint’s description of D&D: “You play Conan, I play Gandalf. We team up to fight Dracula” into a setting.
First, you can cheat a little and substitute Merlin for Gandalf. Second, we know Cimmeria was north of Pictland.
So, Merlin, Picts, decadent empires, and a struggle for a better world…
This screams a setting resembling northern England circa 475-500 with the last druids resurgent as Rome and the Christian Empire retreat and great barbarian warriors carve their own kingdoms out of the chaos.
If I could only fit Dracula into it.