Introduction

The Chaos Eclipse begins in the rival villages of Brawich and Ketwich, which have been feuding for over thirty years over control of the river Argenplew that runs between them. The hero of the game has family on both sides of the river and lives close to a contested farmstead called Percþorp (Perchthorpe,) next to a ford in the river between the two villages. The wooden bridge over the Argenplew linking the rivals together was just burned down by an unknown arsonist. Depending on the heroes’ classes and the players’ inclinations, they may pick sides, or try to stop the oncoming war.

It is common knowledge that the owner of the land Brawich and Ketwich is on, Master Filan o Rianom, is a recluse and has not been seen in recent years. The players must find his secret. As the game goes on, the world opens up to the players as they gain levels and skills. The stakes get higher as not merely the old thorps in Mr. Filan’s fief, but seemingly the whole world of Alutiria is threatened by an unforseen eclipse. Who or what caused it?…

This game shall use the Pathfinder d20 SRD system throughout, since it is far more flexible than 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons and is open-sourced. Because of this, a more nuanced and detailed understanding of the world is possible. The game has some similarities to the pre-Tolkien fantasy book The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Eddison, in that magic is pervasive and used throughout daily life, as will be evident in the upper levels of the game, but the early part of the game is in a cultural dark age; ignorance, illiteracy and innumeracy are the norm. It is up to the players if they want to contribute to an Alutirian renaissance, or let the dark storms engulf them…

The Chaos Eclipse

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