Crow Hollow

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Crow Hollow is a place many recursors go to trade. The Glittering Market is always open and features shopkeepers who hail from many different recursions. Like all other places of note, the Glittering Market is found on the branches of the giant tree that is the centre of the recursion.


What a Recursor Knows

  • Crow Hollow operates under the law of Magic and Mad Science, and everyone in the recursion is a humanoid crow.
  • A recursor that comes to Crow Hollow can choose to become a humanoid crow, called a kro, and yes, natives seem to know when you are mixing the two.
  • The Glittering Market trades goods from many different recursions, making it am amazingly cosmopolitan bazaar for a place hosted in the branches of a giant tree.
  • The Beak Mafia is the controlling force in Crow Hollow, and it's best to stay on their good side.

Crow Hollow Attributes

This recursion is described in TSCB p242. Additional information can be found in The Dark Spiral p39.
Level: 3
Laws: Magic, Mad Science
Playable Races: Kro, Humans
Foci: See list below.
Skills: Gliding
Connection to the Strange: A creature (or vehicle) that flies far enough out into the sky surrounding the great tree can enter the Strange.
Connection to Earth: One inapposite.
Traits: Stealthy. For any creature with the spark attempting to be stealthy, the difficulty is modified by one step to its benefit.


Foci Appropriate for Crow Hollow

If using the Cypher System to play in this setting, the most common foci are listed below. Most foci are available here due to the Laws of Magic and Mad Science being available, but few practice high technology or magic - these are more commonly represented in the items brought to Crow Hollow. So, whilst most Foci are available the following are those that are found regularly in the visitors, or more likely, have simply been 'dragged' here.

Remember, if you do not wish to take your Tier ability, there are other options to replace them in the CSRB p91-94. Refer to our main Foci List Page for full references of the books listed below after each focus.

Determining Focus Randomly

If you wish to roll your focus randomly, roll a d100 and consult the table below:

d100 Where to get your focus
01-25 Crow Hollow - roll again on Column 1 below
26-50 Crow Hollow - roll again on Column 2 below
51-75 Crow Hollow - roll again on Column 3 below
76-90 Roll from foci on Our Main List. Focus needs to be explained in the context of Crow Hollow still.
91-00 Strange Specific. Roll from those on the Strange Foci list
  1. Adopts Animal Qualities
  2. Calculates the Incalculable
  3. Carries the Burden of Knowledge
  4. Carries the Weight of Destiny
  5. Charms the Unwary
  6. Collects Bounties
  7. Constructs a Palace of the Mind
  8. Counts Coins
  9. Crafts Unique Objects
  10. Doesn't Do Much
  11. Employs Fantastic Gadgets
  12. Employs Sex Appeal
  13. Entertains
  14. Fights Dirty
  15. Fights Dirty
  16. Fights with Panache
  1. Has More Money than Sense
  2. Haunts the Rooftops
  3. Heals (House, see below)
  4. Indulges in Worldly Pleasures
  5. Infiltrates
  6. Keeps a Magic Ally
  7. Knows Someone
  8. Knows the Heart
  9. Knows the Streets
  10. Leads
  11. Learns Quickly
  12. Lives on the Edge
  13. Looks for Trouble
  14. Masters Weaponry
  15. Moves Like a Cat
  16. Murders
  1. Negotiates Matters of Life and Death
  2. Never Says Die
  3. Operates Undercover
  4. Plays Tricks
  5. Practices Soul Sorcery
  6. Saves Lives
  7. Soars Across the Sky
  8. Solves Mysteries
  9. Speaks Every Language
  10. Speaks with a Silver Tongue
  11. Steals
  12. Steals from the Rich
  13. Threatens the Powerful
  14. Throws With Accuracy
  15. Wields Two Weapons At Once
  16. Works The Back Alleys
  17. Would Rather Be Reading
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