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FASA Games Store Earthdawn Player's Guide (ED4) [PDF] The Player's Guide provides you with the rules for playing characters from First to. FASA Games Store Earthdawn Rulebook (ED1) [PDF] [FASP] - Before science, before history, there was an Age of Legend For years. It also includes examples of legends and rules for blood magic. Chapter 4: GM Characters (p. ) covers how to handle non-player character in Earthdawn.
To gain a larger audience for this edition, RedBrick published the book through Mongoose Publishing's Flaming Cobra imprint. The first two books were released in July Fourth Edition is described as a reworking of the game mechanics, with redundancies eliminated, and a simpler success level system.
The game world is advanced five years, past the end of the Barsaive-Thera War, in order to clear dangling threads in the metaplot and open the game world to new stories. In order to fund this, Impact Miniatures launched a successful Kickstarter project. As the magic level rises, it allows alien creatures called Horrors to cross from their distant, otherworldly dimension into our own.
The Horrors come in an almost infinite variety—from simple eating machines that devour all they encounter, to incredibly intelligent and cunning foes that feed off the negative emotions they inspire in their prey.
In the distant past of Earthdawn's setting, an elf scholar discovered that the time of the Horrors was approaching, and founded the Eternal Library in order to discover a way to defeat them — or at the very least, survive them.
The community that grew up around the library developed wards and protections against the Horrors, which they traded to other lands and eventually became the powerful Theran Empire, an extremely magically advanced civilization and the main antagonist of the Earthdawn setting. The peoples of the world built kaers, underground towns and cities, which they sealed with the Theran wards to wait out the time of the Horrors, which was called the Scourge.
Theran wizards and politicians warned many of the outlying nations around Thera of the coming of the Horrors, offering the protection of the kaers to those who would pledge their loyalty to the Empire. Most of these nations agreed at first though some became unwilling to fulfill their end of the bargain after the end of the Scourge, wanting to have nothing to do with the bureaucratic nation run on political conflict and powered by slavery.
After four hundred years of hiding, the Scourge ended, and the people emerged to a world changed by the Horrors. The player characters explore this new world, discovering lost secrets of the past, and fighting Horrors that remain. The primary setting of Earthdawn is Barsaive, a former province of the Theran Empire. Barsaive is a region of city-states, independent from the Therans since the dwarven Kingdom of Throal led a rebellion against their former overlords.
The Theran presence in Barsaive has been limited to a small part of south-western Barsaive, located around the magical fortress of Sky Point and the city of Vivane. The setting of Earthdawn is the same world as Shadowrun i. Indeed, the map of Barsaive and its neighboring regions established that most of the game takes place where Ukraine and Russia are in our world.
However, the topography other than coastlines and major rivers is quite different, and the only apparent reference to the real world besides the map may be the Blood Wood, known as "Wyrm Wood" before the Scourge and similar in location and extent to the Chernobyl Ukrainian for "wormwood" zone of alienation. Note should be made that game world links between Earthdawn and Shadowrun were deliberately broken by the publisher when the Shadowrun property was licensed out, in order to avoid the necessity for coordination between publishing companies.
FASA has announced since that there are no plans to return Shadowrun to in-house publication, nor to restore the links between the game worlds. They are the predominant race in Barsaive, and the dwarf language is considered the common language. Their culture, especially of the dominant Throal Kingdom, can be considered more of a Renaissance -level culture than in most other fantasy settings, and forms the main source of resistance to a return of Thera 's rule in Barsaive.
Elf : Elves in Earthdawn fit the common fantasy role playing convention; they are tall, lithe, pointy-eared humanoids who prefer living in nature. Elves in Earthdawn naturally live a very long time; some are thought to be immortal.
Such immortal Elves feature in many cross-pollinated storylines with Shadowrun. A subrace of Earthdawn elves are called the Blood Elves. The blood elves rejected the Theran protective magic, and attempted their own warding spells. These wards failed, and a last-ditch ritual caused thorns to thrust through the skin of the blood elves.
These ever-bleeding wounds caused constant pain, but the self-inflicted suffering was enough to protect the blood elves from the worst of the Horrors.
Human : Humans in Earthdawn are physically similar to humans in our own real world. Human adepts are granted a special Versatility talent to make them more mechanically appealing. Humans in Earthdawn are considered to be somewhat warlike in general outlook.
Obsidiman: Obsidimen are a race of large, rock-based humanoids. They stand over 7 feet 2. Their primary connection is to their Liferock, which is a large formation of stone that they emerge from. Obsidimen are loyal to the community around their Liferock, and eventually return to and re-merge with it.
Obsidimen can live around years away from their Liferock, and their ultimate lifespan is unknown, as they generally return to it and remain there. He is one of the characters that I always point to as a highlight of the game. He got to about eleventh circle and was a powerhouse. He was the epitome of flavor as a magician. When companions were close to death they would call out to him and beg him to help. He always leaped on them and had the same phrase; I can help you, but first, I have to kill you… And he would do exactly that and then have a myriad of options to be able to bring them back much healthier than before.
This was at the heart of a Nethermancer for me and I look through the altered spells and talents and realize that this player would have the majority of these options removed. There is possibly one spell or talent that does this now and it just detracts from the Nethermancer for me. But this is not just a Nethermancer problem. It is pervasive through all of the magician disciplines.
For example, one of the magician disciplines I loved was the illusionist and in particular there was a spell came out in the first companion from memory called Fun With Doors. In the original text of these spells the complete idea of the spell and the fun that could be had with it was apparent.
You could shift the location of doors on a whim and fool other players with this. The spell in this version is very straight forward and descriptive. The only discipline this works for is the Wizard because they are meant to simply be those that technically study magic and work in a scientific method which is almost how these are written.
They obviously only wanted to convey this stuff to the player mainly by the title. It is the same with the Illusionist and the Elementalist and whilst I find the spells well created and do not throw rocks balanced — they are missing the Fun. What really got me annoyed was… OK, the lack of flavour in spells did annoy me but it may actually be a good thing if the spells ramp at the right rate in the companion, I can accept that.
But then there was one thing that made me put the book down angry.
This is something that has occurred due to the separation of one core book into two parts and it gets my blood boiling. Summoning stuff. Well, you know what — that is not good enough.
Why was this done? Not to mention when I went to the GM Guide to find them I leaped straight to the index and looked for Spirits that lead me to page On page there is a tiny little bit of flavor text about spirits and nothing more.
It took me many deep breaths to calm myself and I went for the last resort, the Table of Contents that assured me that there was in fact a full chapter devoted to spirits of 48 odd pages. The fact that this is not reflected in the index is very poor indeed. I read that chapter only chapter I have fully read and found that I understood there was material in that chapter that should not be viewed by players.
So why hide all of the stuff that they should be able to view? The stuff that should not be viewed is probably three to five pages but instead of giving them the rules on how to form a spirit, what services they can supply, how hard it is to call them etc. That is in my opinion very poor form. The characters would be experienced in this sort of thing, practised even, so why can they not know what the abilities and stats of the creatures are that they can capture?
It makes no sense in any way shape or form.
But overall… Make no mistake, there is material here that annoys me, a lot. But it is Earthdawn. From start to finish in the book there is the unmistakable brilliance that is Earthdawn. The hard cover books are beautiful to hold and read. It gives me the feeling I used to have when I was a lot younger than I am today and got interested in books.
Lush embossed covers, thick and quality bound. They are marvelous. I am not sure if they are available general release but if they are they are going on the shelf.
Lots of new art which I was not expecting and some very decent changes to the rules. The lack of flavor in the spells to me is a problem, but it may not be if and when I see the companion books that expand the disciplines. Admittedly it does take the flavor from the bulk of the spell and attempt to fix that with meaningful titles, and that may be a space thing as the book is so large, but always show, do not tell.
The one major disappointment to me is the summoning spirits material. It is not the right decision though. A player should be given the whole rules on a subject if their character is capable of using them. Trying to pretend there is something mysterious and therefore the players only get a tiny bit of general information is very poor form.
The world of Barsaive and Earthdawn transgresses these flaws though. It is a true game of personal horror as powerful as Call of the Cthulhu in the way that it affects the characters at a personal level.