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Update #57

Rogue Mage Creatures of Light File Ready

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I've loaded the Creatures of Light, Vol 1 to Hightail for you guys. If you have any problems retrieving this, please let me know in the comments section below (with your email addy). Additionally, I will see that coupons for copies get sent to you for RPGNOW.COM.

This is for everyone who backed the project: https://www.hightail.com/download/elNMaUNKMGs4NVZsQXNUQw

Please do not share with others.

Thank you for your continued patience! Just a few more days before we send everything to Emily Mottesheard for layout.

Christina Stiles 


Update #56

My Sincere Apologies

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Sorry for the second email bomb of the day, but I really needed to apologize to you all for dropping the ball on the updates on this project. I've been dealing with a lot of health issues and family things, and I forgot to update you on where things are on this. It has not been abandoned. In fact, things have been moving along, and we are nearing sending everything to Emily Mottesheard, who will be doing our layout--she's done the layout on the newer versions of the monster pdfs (which are part of the Game Master's Guide). She's actually been working on Creatures of the Light Vol 1: The Host & Major Powers, but we've had some issues with that--and then she and I were both at the Mysticon convention in between fixing the problems--so that got pushed back a bit. I have received an updated version this morning, however. If the editor signs off on it tonight, it will be in your hands tomorrow. 

I'm assigning the maps for the adventure this evening, as well. I think Spike (the editor) has one or two minor things for me to deal with before he forwards the manuscript for me to send to layout. 

That's where things stand right this minute. Please forgive me for failing to update you. Again, it's my fault, and I'm very sorry.

Christina Stiles


Update #55

Oops. Mea Cupla.

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I am so sorry everyone. I thought Christina had posted updates here on the last part of the project. I *promise* to keep better on the updates and post them myself.

We had two problems with this project:

One: was that we had *so much content* that we were unable to get it all into one game book. Like 200+ pages too much. This meant that we had to divide the project up into two sections, the first half of the content you have already received. 

Two: To fit the content, we had to have more art than expected. (A lot more art.) We have changed artists 3 times and also added layout people to the project to get it done.

So here is where we stand. The .pdfs you got at the end of 2013 are all from part 2 of the project. And we are really VERY close to the end! The last of the leather crafted book covers have been finished for some time. The last of the Game Master's Guide has been sent to the editor and will go to the layout editor soon. It is over 200 pages more than we expected! For you, the backers, this means that the full GMG .pdfs will go out to your emails by the end of March / first of April, and the GMG book will go to press by (I freaking hope) the end of April. 

I will be writing a short story to go out to all of you for free for your patience. Christina is also planning to write adventures for the project which you will all receive for free.  

Christina and I will be writing shorts set in the world of Thorn this spring and will update you on them.

We will have a mailing party, and I promise to keep you in the loop better because I am sure a lot of you have changed mailing addresses!

Faith


Update #54

Update & Vignette

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We received art for the last vignette. Our editor, Spike Y Jones, is finalizing his take on the first- and second-generation kylen, and then will be adjusting some chapters. Meanwhile, take a look at one of Faith's vignettes from the book. Enjoy!

GMG Adventure:Stone Walls A Prison Make

Batarel lunged at them, his wrists trapped by the silver and gold manacles that secured him to the chamber wall. The cuffs and chains were inscribed with the list of crimes Batarel had committed, with Scripture, and with the words of the Most High.

The members of the High Host watched, just beyond the length of the chains, their faces impassive, though the Batarel’s pain was imploring them to assist him. His tears smelled of incense and longing.

Itqal stood against the far wall of the cavern. He was here as an observer, watching only, to witness that the three brothers of the condemned carried out the orders of the High Host.

An angel of affection, he was unused to the horror of judgment, but he would do his duty to the Most High and to the High Host.

Even more so, Itqal had been unused to the fury of battle and the anger of its aftermath, but he had been pulled into the war, standing armed, protecting the Most High from the third of the Host who had pulled away, the third who had followed the Red Dragon into sin, who had joined together in rebellion. And though this watcher, Batarel, had not joined Azazel in his uprising, he had observed the atrocities committed by the Dragon and his Dark Host and had done nothing. Nothing to help either side -- a watcher indeed, and in the worst manner.

Afriel, who stood watchguard over the young in Heaven and on Earth, stepped close to the condemned, sudden tears scoring his perfect face. “I am sorry, my brother. But I saw what happened to the ones under my charge. I saw their remains.”

“I harmed none in the infernal war!” Batarel shouted, his chains clanging in a minor key. “I watched only, and only from afar!”

“You speak truth for your part in the rebellion, although you did not call for us when you saw the Dragon gather his forces, and this was held against you in the court of the High Host. But you are judged not for the war, but for your crimes against mankind,” Afriel said, “for your sins. There, on Earth, among the children of men and among your many women, you did not protect the young. Your crimes there cannot be numbered.”

“Nooooo...” Batarel keened.

“Yes. The Most High has seen.” Afriel breathed in the scent of his brother’s pain and spoke the words of the incantation. “You have been my brother in the River of Time, but you are my brother no more. I revoke and retract all vows made in the time of your innocence. For your crimes there is no defense.” Afriel turned his back and snapped his wings forward over his body, hiding his face.

Batatrel screamed in fury, his bell-toned anger the scent of burned stone.

Hadiririon stepped forward, and at his holy glare, Batarel lowered his head, gasping, weeping, begging, “You are the beloved angel of God. You are holy. Yet you are here to pass judgment on crimes I did not commit.”

“No my brother. Judgment has been rendered, punishment will be swift. Extend your wings.”

“I will not.”

“Then we shall do it for you,” Hadiririon said. Faster than Itqal could process it, faster than if the seraph had moved through the River of Time, Hadiririon was beside Batarel, his seraph steel sword raised. At the other side, stood Vohal, his sword raised as well. Each seraph gripped flight feathers and pulled out one of Batarel’s wings. Vohal shouted, “All glory to the Most High!” They cut down, each with a single mighty sword stroke, slicing through flesh and bones. Angelic blood sprayed across the cave walls. Batarel screamed.

The seraphs dropped the wings to the floor, the magnificent plumage a carpet of red-stained green. Batarel fell to his knees.

Hiding his emotions, turning his dark eyes away from the bleeding watcher, Itqal pulled his battle-scorched cloak close, shifting his wings and his sword, the blade scraping against the rock wall. “It is done. Seal the cave.”

With his words, he and the three seraphs of judgment stepped back and to the other side of the cavern. Though they could see into the cave with ease, the condemned could not see them, could not feel them. He was cut off. He was alone. He was now as he would be, throughout the rest of his eternity, until the end-time judgment by the mankind he had wronged.

The seraphs touched the cave walls with their swords and, as Itqal watched, white light flowed outwards from the sword tips in all directions onto the walls, across the cave roof and floor, brighter than the sun. Batarel screamed again, a jarring clash of notes, a song of anguish, of loss. And the light rose and rose, covering the watcher’s legs, his torso, his head, growing harder, an adamantine tomb, sealing him in until even the notes of his grief were only a faint vibration contained in the rock.

The three seraphs of judgment spoke together, as one, repeating the words of the sundering of brotherhood. “You have been my brother in the River of Time, but you are my brother no more. I revoke and retract all vows made in the time of your innocence. For your crimes there is no defense. For your crimes there is no defense. For your crimes there is no defense.”

The white light went solid, harder than quartz, and the light went out. Baratel’s cries were shut off. And the stone began to darken and harden, drawing inward, growing smaller, denser.

Once, long ago, the small chamber had been part of a series of interconnected caverns. Now the cave was to be left sealed until the end of time.

“It is done,” Itqal said, “by the words and will of the Most High.”

And then, as the four left the dark cavern for the light of the mountainside, the saddest duty it was Itqal's to perform. The angel of affection's head tilted to one side, as if listening to a voice whispering from a distance. "There is another. Our brother Darivos. Not a watcher -- a participant. Again we must fly." The tear that slid down Itqal's cheek was golden in the sun's setting light.


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