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Paradigm Concepts Publishing proudly presents the next tome in our Arcanis 5th Edition line: The Ssethregoran Empire. Not just a monster book, but a monstrous empire for your 5E game. Whether you play in another published setting, a home brew or in Arcanis: The World of the Shattered Empires, you’ll find this book to be an indispensable resource. 

Back The Ssethregoran Empire today and spice up your campaign by adding a new dimension to these scaled villains. Everyone should have an ancient empire of serpent men in their campaign. Shouldn’t you? 

The Ssethregoran Empire isn’t just a collection of monsters as there’s a full society explored within these pages, from their culture and religious views, to their history which stretches back over 7,000 years.  

This second volume in the Codex Geographica series focuses on the reptilian empire of Ssethregore, ruled by a race of serpent men, it is an ancient nation filled with other sentient reptilian species, like the ss’ressen, lizard men of different egg clutches bred for specific tasks, the massive iguadons, aquatic pliesauran, winged rhamphorikes, the vermin-like kobolds, and more! 

Each of these monstrous races also include player character options, new spells, feats, and subclasses. For those playing the Black Talon ss'ressen, an entire chapter is devoted to the Pariah Egg-Clutches, with an in-depth look at their culture, history, religions, and more. 

The Pariah Egg Clutches: A Player's Guide

This soft cover book compiles the information on the Black Talon, Ghost Scale, and Ashen Hide ss'ressen, along with all the pertinent rules and character options. This book is perfect to give to players of these egg clutches so they don't mess up your copy of the Ssethregoran Empire. 

Reminder: The information in this books is in the main Ssethregoran Empire book.   

Shipping costs continue to rise for packages shipped within the US to countries abroad. PCI will always attempt to use fulfillment houses overseas to attempt to lower the cost, but with the laws on VAT and duty changing at a moment's notice, it is impossible to promise that the cost today will be the same as when the book ships next year. We maintain a policy of not making any profit from shipping, however we also cannot afford to lose money getting the book to you. 

However, we've received news that a new program with FedEx could cut costs on a 4 lb. book to about $25 + VAT or duty (as applicable). The additional bonus is that orders would arrive in days rather than the weeks necessary with a freight forwarder. Now, this is still being finalized and so far it's only for European shipments, but I'm told that this program will be extended to Canada and possibly Australia. I've been informed that it is HOPED that the  process will be concluded in about 6 months, which will be in time for this Kickstarter, but again, this is not finalized and until it is, I can't guarantee that it will be available. 

To our beloved backers overseas, we apologize we can't guarantee a shipping cost that won't seem outrageous to many of you. We offer PDF versions of every product for those who prefer not to deal with shipping. 

If your interested in what a book of this size will cost to ship to you, please take a moment and use the following link to calculate the possible cost.  Assume an International Medium Size flat rate box. This is, of course, the worst case scenario. We will always strive to lower the cost using fulfillment houses in Europe and Australia to lower those costs. 

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The initial funding for the book allows us to produce a soft-back book of 160 pages or so. We hope to make this book bigger and lavishly illustrated with your help. Our ultimate goal is to turn this book into a hardback and 224 to 256 pages in length. There is lots of additional material that can be added to the book to make this a truly spectacular book. 

Speaking of spectacular, should we unlock the hard cover upgrade, it will unlock the Limited Edition version for purchase, as well. The Limited Edition will be printed to order and have a green-scaled textured cover with the symbol of the Ssethregoran Empire emblazoned upon it. 

After the book is fully realized, the Stretch Goals will turn to a series of adventures (legal for both the Living Arcanis 5E and Legends of Arcanis organized play campaigns) that will plunge your Heroes into a desperate battle deep within the Ssethregoran Empire and finally confront the deadly Varn.    

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 For the organized play campaign, we can offer these three new special characters. To play one of these races, you must own the cert that allows you to do so.  More details upcoming in the Updates. 

 Yissera 

Bioengineered by the ssanu to infiltrate the human nations of the Known Lands, the yissera are indistinguishable from humans until they reach the age of fifty or so. At that time, they begin to show signs of their ssethric heritage, eventually suffering from mutations, from exhibiting scaly skin to truly horrific ones.  Many yissera, like these special character, are fitted with biotech. These yissera have a small venom sac and retractable fangs in their mouths, allowing them to spit their venom a small distance.  

Shell-Backs

These sentient amphibians resemble anthropomorphized turtles and may be one of the oldest races upon Arcanis. Sadly, these creatures’ culture, religion, history, and even their name, has been obliterated, purposefully destroyed by the frog-like hylis, whom they warred with for centuries. The hylis allied themselves with the Serpent Empire in exchange for their aid in defeating their ancient foes. Yet, victory and subjugation was not enough. The hylis annihilated the shell-backs’  cities, along with any written material immortalizing their history, culture, and philosophy. They rounded up and executed their scholars, priests, and loremasters to deprive their hated foes even the comfort of who they were. Temples and idols were burned so that knowledge of the shell-back’s deity is unknown. Even their species’ name was erased, and the creatures were forced to use the derogatory name given to them by their oppressors – shell-backs. 

Dark Crest Ss'ressen

Condemned to complete eradication by the naga when they refused to turn away from the ssethric deities and venerate the Varn gods, the Dark Crest ss’ressen were long thought to be an extinct egg-clutch, but the ssanu bioengineered them too well. Bred as infiltrators and assassins to counter a rival ssanu pit’s Black Talon, the Dark Crest are able to use their matte black scales to lose themselves in shadows. Ironically, it was the Black Talons that were ordered to destroy the Dark Crests, but they also refused, creating a blood debt that remains to this day. Due to their purpose of penetrating rebellious ss’ressen egg clutches or the stronghold of their masters' enemies, the Dark Crests were created without the gland that instills frenzy in other ss’ressen, making them unmatched in infiltrate other clutches . 

Have an idea for a monster and would like to see it developed, illustrated, and published in the Ssethregoran  Empire book? Well, here’s your chance! Up to ten of you can pledge to do just that. Pledge at the Submit a Monster level and along with getting a book (and hopefully the Limited Edition Hardback version if/when it’s unlocked), you’ll be created in the book for the creature. 

There are some restrictions: The creature idea you submit must not violate copyright laws (US or International), must be of CR 10 or lower, may not be a Legendary creature, and must fit into the theme of the Ssethregoran Empire book. This means it should fit into the category of reptilian, amphibian, or just generally a creature that can be found in a jungle or swamp environment. Additionally, the final creature developed is owned by Paradigm Concepts Publishing, LLC.

Lastly, we do reserve the right to refuse a submission. 

Risks and challenges

Paradigm Concepts has published dozens of books over the past 15 years as well as a number of Kickstarters.

The risks to this project are relatively small as the manuscript is already complete. This Kickstarter helps fund the art and printing of the book. The primary risk is production is always those delays due to unforeseen life events in the production team (family emergencies, illness, etc.). The secondary risk is a potential delay in receiving the necessary information and feedback from those backer levels that require their input. We'll work hard to stay on top of that and ensure that the book is delivered on time.

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