As Things Stand
The world is at peace and for many of the people of the world, evil and danger is far away. The majority of people have grown complacent. The tyranny of Burma? A horrid, horrid tale fit for political conversations in safe parlor rooms a world away. Nazis in Brazil? It's not like they've actually done anything since World War II. The unsecured nuclear arsenal in Russia? It has to be an exaggeration and nobody would be crazy enough to use them anyway.
Even amongst the worlds that are hidden, things seem quiet. The majority of psychics and the variety of non-humans live basically ordinary lives with only a little more awareness of the danger that can coming knocking on the door than the common human. Even their fear of humanity in general is much blunted with each new pop-culture film or scientific study that edges closer to the acceptance of such things. But they still don't see the powder keg.
The Immortals? The Gods and Demons aren't looking at humanity on the large scale, though they live amongst humans and others, keeping their true identities hidden, they do not see how far humanity has come. They do not see the danger on the horizon. They look only at each other and neither side really believes the other would risk a war between them again.
The defenders are not standing watch. They are lounging at their posts, discussing sports statistics and sales at the clothing stores. They've lost sight of the Ragged World and those few that stay alert and vigilant are regarded as doomsayers and paranoid.
And no one is talking to each other yet.
That's in the world, as the project currently stands, the Divine Blood roleplaying book sits at 122,331 words. That's almost as many as were in the novel published last year.
In those 122k words I have detailed the public and hidden history of the world much more than than the novel has. While I have kept many things secret, I have hinted at other things and revealed many things that the characters of Divine Blood do not yet know about.
This book tells about how the Path of the Golden Dawn first came together during the Opium Wars. How Psyche had its beginnings in the Convention of 1815, when psychics and non-humans from around the globe met to standardize methods of reference and description for supernatural events. It tells how Avalon, one of the great sources of nobility in the world, rose out of a conversation between regretful war veterans and aristocrats in 1947. It discusses the various kinds of non-humans and gives examples of each.
And it gives some detail to the eons of bloodshed and hostility that exist between Demons and Gods.
There are matters discussed in this book which are outside the perspective of the novel and short stories.
I am already planning to put forth some of my own funds towards this project.
What I also hope to find through this project is people who desire to be playtesters. This means people who will take the material and run a game or two with their local gaming group.
I need people to point out errors in grammar and continuity before the book is published. Or places where I need to better describe things.
I hope to have records of real, live game play to place in as examples.
Publication goal is late 2013.
I will be offering it as a softbound black and white, a color PDF, a kindle format and a hardbound color copy available only through this kickstarter run.
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