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"The Eldwood is a massive forest, so large it's said that to cross the Eldwood you could start walking at one edge of the wood and walk an entire lifetime and never come close to the other side..."

When I was a child my grandfather tell me this as a story, to remind me how large and miraculous the world was.  He said that there were more trees in the Eldwood then there were stars in the sky, and that some said that it was not the Eldwood that grew from Aarde, but the Aarde, the world, that grew from it.  I took comfort in that, knowing that hidden amoungst the trees, someplace so old and so safe, the Giants would never find us.

When I was older, my father would remind me,

"...To cross the Eldwood you could start walking at one edge of the wood, and you would never survive to see the other side..."

But, by then I knew why.  The Eldwood had stood longer then the age of Giants, longer then the age of Man, longer then anyone could possibly know.  

The Eldwood was old, but it was never safe.  

Men came to the Eldwood to escape the Giants, because we knew it was the only place they would not go.  What, I wonder do the Giants fear here?  Surely our struggles, the Winter King, Wolf Drakes, Forest Kin, the Satyr, were no match for the Giant's might.  But then who knows what lurks at the forest heart? Who would dare it?
So I've been playing a lot of Minecraft recently, and I've been pulling some influences to try and come up with a game/setting with a lot of exploration, adventure, and maybe even a little horror for a Tabletop game. So I loaded some things in to my "Large Hadron Collider" Idea process to see how they'd stick. Enter "The Eldwood", a world where humanity is on the brink of destruction because of the advance of the Giants and the horrors of a babillion year old forest. Details are still pending for other races, like Elves, Dwarves, etc. Elves might be nonplayable scary alien beings, same with dwarves, who knows. I'm going to create some half-giants though for players though, that should be good times. It will definatly be a low technology, low magic, fantasy setting.

Influences Include:
Penny Arcade's "The Lookouts"
Mouse Guard
Princess Monoke
Shingeki no Kyojin
Guild Wars 2
Kingdom Death: Monster
and of course, Dungeons and Dragons.

edit: Not pleased with the way this read, guess it's still a W.I.P.
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