Today was a character workshop with one of my players, he had some ideas for a half Elven PC. But I had some ideas already in play in my current OSR campaign. Here's where events for the PC's took a bit of a different twist in development.
I had a long talk with one of my players about porting over the Cyrmic race from Dark Albion instead of the usual half Elf PC race. Cyrmic are the descendants of human slaves who worked for the Elves in ancient times in Europe in Dark Albion.
Over the course of the last couple of years here & there I've indicated the presence of weird ruins & other dangerous adventure locations all belonging to the Elves of the ancient empires. We did a lot of cross comparing of the PC material in Dark Albion with existing OSR retroclone systems such as Swords & Wizardry & Labyrinth Lord to see what's going to fit our PC's needs. Bardic material in the setting was especially enlightening as to how to fit the PC class into an existing campaign. For example we talked at length about how the PC might have had interaction with the Midderlands campaign setting.
Since the expanded setting's kickstarter ends in a few days, I figured now was a good time to get a bit of the green tainted Gloomunion laden action.
"The Midderlands setting gets bigger, expanding out into Havenland (the country that The Midderlands is set in) and its bordering lands, in a dark, twisted, and viridian version of the British Isles." This U.K. setting ticks all of the boxes of OSR weirdness that I'm looking for and it appeals to the Dark Albion setting with abandon. So now its a matter of taking full advantage of the cracks in the Midderlands to marry it up with the back waters locations of Albion.
Given the strong & deep connections between Merlin from the Arthurian literature & mythology with Wales. There is no doubt in my mind that there is more then a bit of Elven blood mixed strongly with Merlin's demonic parentage that needs to be exploited far more then humanity suggests. Merlin is a very useful NPC that can help to explain more of the gaps in the Albion setting.
So now two PC's in my home game are from Dark Albion, it makes for a different & somewhat interesting wrinkle. I'll have to let folks know as this second leg of the campaign develops. There are lots of variations of system to go over yet even while the setting itself sets some of the tone. I will keep everyone abreast as to how things within the game continue to develop.