On following pages you will find a comprehensive guide to the Krater world. It is still very much a loving document and there will be changes to and addition or removal of content.
KRATER, A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
The crater is located in the Great Northern Wasteland, a barren desert poisoned by nightmarish weapons during the Untergang. In the middle of the toxic wasteland, against all odds, there is a huge crater with mysteriously fertile soil.
The first Settlers to arrive were a wretched and starving lot, forced from their lands by marauding bandit clans. The Settlers were desperate and had to take their chances by crossing the wasteland (suicidal in most regards) and could not believe their luck when they stumbled upon a fecund valley complete with precious sweet-water lakes.
The crater was seen as a gift from divine powers, and the Settlers would if needed, defend it to the last man. Never again would they be forced to abandon their lands. However, the settlers did not turn isolationist and welcomed newcomers into their fold. Strength in numbers was needed and resources were plenty, resulting in a steady population growth. Krater City was born.
The improbable fertility of the crater was not the only irregularity of the Settlers new home. In the middle of the Crater, a foreboding gaping hole leading to a pre-untergang underground complex was discovered. The presence of an opening into the past both tickled the imagination and scared the bejeesus out of the Settlers.
In the early years, the hole was considered off limits to all inhabitants of the crater, but with time, daring individuals began to explore the intimidating opening. Although a seriously dangerous excursion from the get-go, some explorers did manage to return with extremely valuable hi-tech equipment, and the business of hole exploration was soon in full swing. Krater City thrived on the commerce and trade was established with far away empires and kingdoms. In mighty airships and long caravans traders arrived to buy the latest findings of the brave adventurers who dared to descend the feared and fabled abyss of Krater City.
The complex beneath Krater City was named the Underside, and it is truly a place of peril. The Underside seems to be alive and is constantly shifting and rebuilding itself, and its denizens are as numerous as they are dangerous.
For the powerful nations of Scandinavia, Krater City went from being a remote and insignificant speck on the map to a vital resource in the race for technology. Kingdoms, Protectorates and Empires all sent emissaries and spies, constantly maneuvering to secure their influence and supply of wondrous artefacts from the past.