Early Dark is a world rife with human conflict, fearsome natures, and uncertain magicks. Millennia ago, kingdoms and empires witnessed the birth of a new power, a magick capable of controlling time, shifting continents, realigning the very stars. Through three generations of war, great Weavers wrought all forms of ill against nature, pitting mighty civilizations against one another before their own kind died out, taking the power of the Loom with them.
Centuries of migration and lost learning followed, and the world went about settling the chaos and hemming the ruptures left by the Weavers. Humans, left to their own devices, went on building new civilizations and new empires oblivious to the past. In time, those who craved magick found secrets of an earlier age hidden deep within the earth. Their grasping thrust the world around the Hara Sea into war again. It is at the very end of this war that the events of Early Dark take place.
Ours is a world of magick, yes, but not a world of fantasy. Our goal in designing the societies of the Hara Sea was to invoke a world populated with realistic human minds and ecologies. What would societies with dark, uncanny magick really look like? How would this magick work and who would believe in it?
Most importantly, where would heroes come from in such a world and how would they live? The Early Dark Role-Playing Game centers on these heroes, characters created and controlled by you, the players. The lives of heroes are both mythic and mundane, and Early Dark hopes to capture both the common and the cosmic sides of a world where morning fog lingers late, and dark falls early.
- For Players: Take multiple actions per turn, Creativity and strategy count, Characters of any age and background, Gain levels by earning epithets and titles, Play-along online campaign with Prizes!
- For GMs: Original d10 system, Endless monster customization, A world reminiscent of history but totally unique, Easy battle-recording system built in, Play-along online campaign with Prizes!
- Purchasing this PDF counts as a Rebate Coupon for the Hardcover Edition of Early Dark shipping in Spring 2012! Details in the confirmation note after purchase.
- The FIRST Anthropos Games title!! From our indie hearts to yours...