In the real world, The City of Talon is a role-playing setting. It’s a 107-page PDF that describes a fantasy world, including physical locations within the city, well-known residents, the history of the city, etc. It can be used in pretty much any pseudo-medieval fantasy RPG, and is also a great inspiration for authors; Talon makes for a great setting for a story. The PDF is a US $5 download from DriveThruRPG.com.
Within that document, Talon is a bustling, hectic port-side city. It’s relatively new, and highly mercantile. Duke Malinare runs the city with a strong and very involved hand, but does little to disrupt trade. For money is the lifeblood of Talon.
I’ve developed dozens of characters who live in Talon, from the influential judge Sirrah Mortiss, to commoners like the kind healer Sera, to killers like Alphonse the Slayer.
I’ve laid out dozens of places within Talon, from the elegant hills of Bloodoak Row to Ged’s Slaughterhouse to the Sanctuary of the Nearly Damned to the sprawling Pits beneath the city.
I did it to create a tiny world, and to give people a chance to live in that tiny world for even a few short hours. I did it as a creative exercise, and a chance to make a little money.
And it’s worked. I’ve made a few bucks, and a few folks have checked it out. I’m proud of the document, too; it’s well-organized and contains quite a few helps to potential GMs (including character stats in several different systems). I made sure to include a number of things I find important, such as a full index, a full table-of-contents, and many links and references within the document. If one character description mentions another character, there’s a hyperlink and a page reference right there. I also created some effective, full-color maps.
If you’re interested, feel free to check it out, and let me know what you think.