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The Cruellest Mistress Of All is an adventure module for the 5th ed fantasy roleplaying game, Pathfinder and OSR . For 4th level PCs.
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Previous Module Note: Anyone pledging  £15 or more also gets a copy of the previous module, and all its stretch goals, in one format, if they wish as an extra bonus. 

THE REAVER'S ARE COMING......

Lock up your pie shops!
Lock up your pie shops!

Hello. Thanks for taking the time to read this. The project is to raise funds to create an adventure module for 5th edition fantasy, OSR and the Pathfinder rpg's.

This adventure is the sequel to The Last Prayer of the Dying https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1839381666/the-last-prayer-of-the-dying-a-dandd-5e-adventure. Though you can play this adventure without having played the first, you can buy it as part of this Kickstarter

If you wish to see more theme and images of this Kickstarter before you pledge, check out the digital file pack from the prequel. Its on pay what you want:

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/169551/Last-Prayer-of-the-Dying-Digital-Files-Pack

Gw’than Gwindyr, priest of the Sanctuary of the Green, wishes an audience with you
Gw’than Gwindyr, priest of the Sanctuary of the Green, wishes an audience with you
A nursery rhyme, to help you sleep
A nursery rhyme, to help you sleep
Orc Creation Myth
Orc Creation Myth
Sample artwork from previous adventure
Sample artwork from previous adventure

Module Synopsis The PCs are taking downtime in a harbour while researching clues to the whereabouts of a long lost fortress, when the town is suddenly attacked by an ancient enemy, the Orc Reavers from over the Great Sea.......

The publication will be about 80 pages in size. It includes:

  • A brief gazetteer of the region, adding to the lore given in the first adventure. 3-8 page in size.
  • 10 wilderness encounters to get a feel for the setting. Some of these will be seaborne.
  •  A brief introduction to the harbour town of Fairrenporth, where the adventure starts
  • History and Culture of the Orc Sea Reavers, their fearsome captains, the Erskals, and their ambitious nefarious chieftains, the Widsith.
  •  A mass battle as the brave folk of the Duchy of Keranow try to fight of the Reaver hordes.
  • 3 'dungeons'.
  •  A) The lost fortress of Terandin Mendith, home to legendary weapons of the ancients.This will be a multi-level dungeon
  • B) A sacred ruin designed to test the mettle of great warriors. A series of caves the party may explore voluntarily if things go well, or be cast into, if things go bad.
  • C) The shrine of a conflicted Fey Rose Priestess, Fax'netha. Is she truly anyone's ally or enemy?
  •  8-10 quarter page pieces of high quality art.
  •  The PCs should start at 4th level and be 7th by the end of this adventure.
  •  An adventure outside the axis of good versus evil: betrayal, manipulation, treachery, duty and the consequences of choice.


A terrible fate befell 3 pledgers in the previous adventure
A terrible fate befell 3 pledgers in the previous adventure

The Chronicles of Keranow Campaign

This is part 2 of a much larger campaign set in the Duchy of Keranow. The Duchy itself is inspired by myths of the British Isles, The Norse Lands and France. It seeks to lightly draw in elements from Historic Cornish, Arthurian, Celt and Viking legends.

Three different game systems?

Yep. Each of the 3 systems play differently, so the 3 versions will have slight differences. 5th edition fantasy is quite narrative, OSR has many random elements, while Pathfinder needs to be more balanced challenge wise. Treasure is different in all 3 games. Each will also be of a differing length in terms of final product.

Where will the money go?

A fair chunk will go on art. Some on editing.

Adventure Contents
Adventure Contents

Previous Module Note: Anyone pledging at the "Pledge £15 or more level or above" also gets a copy of the previous module, and all its stretch goals, in one format, if they wish as an extra bonus.

Map of the Duchy, where about half the adventure takes place
Map of the Duchy, where about half the adventure takes place

 STRETCH GOALS

Unlocked
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The Darkwaters Await
The Darkwaters Await
Welcome to Fairrenporth
Welcome to Fairrenporth
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Dare to dance to the piper's tune
Dare to dance to the piper's tune

Risks and challenges

This is our second Kickstarter and while everything went to plan first time, there are few pieces of art to ship in this one, they shouldn't cause any delay.
The artist, editor, designer and other contributors all live within 3 miles of me.
I am well into the creative part of the project, which I hope to complete before the end of January 2016.
Some of the Stretch goals will be created by other contributors.

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    ONE OF THE FOLK. All our thanks for your contribution. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements (£2 is Approx US 3.20; EUR 2.80).

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    HARBOUR DOG. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems formats (5th, PF and OSR). You get all stretch goals. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. (£8 is Approx US 12.80; EUR 11.20).

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    THE FORGOTTEN SOULS. This is for people who do not own the prequel adventure. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer, for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR), and the same for the prequel, Last Prayer of the Dying. You get all stretch goals. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals (£14 is Approx US 22.40; EUR 19.60).

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    THE NAMELESS. Rather than dying, or winning, as nameless orc number 5, here is a chance to name an Orc Sea-Reaver who will feature in the battle! Add a line about his weapons too.Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR) . You will receive all stretch goals (£15 is Approx US 24; EUR 21).

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    THE GORATHI. These are the valkyrie like dark angels who the Orcs revere. They carry away the spirits of the dead, and return the unworthy ones to be re-born again, to prove their mettle. The sagas say there are six of these silent and grim harbingers. You get to name and describe one. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals. (£17 is Approx. US 27.20; EUR 23.80

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    GROG FOR THE LADS. The Orcs quaff on bizarre spirits and beverages fermented from strange brews indeed. You can name and describe one such throat ripping drink, to bolster the Reavers for the coming raids. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). (£20 is Approx US 32; EUR 28).

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    DRAGONSHIP. The Orc Sea-Reavers are coming. Their ships bristle with weapons, tension and seething hatred. You get to name one of these awsome longships and contribute to its description, and the ambitions of the crew. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). (£25 is Approx US 40.80; EUR 35.00).

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    SHIELDWALL. The fate of the valiant defenders of Keranow hangs in the balance. Your design will be used as part of an illustration of a unyielding shieldwall. You get to name one of the brave warriors behind it and design/describe the shield. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). Your name will be added in the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals. (£30 is Approx US 48; EUR 42).

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    ELFHEWER. The Reavers from over the sea are said to revere three blood-thirsty weapons to help them battle their most ancient enemy. You get to contribute to the name, description, history etc. of one of them, and an illustration of the weapon will appear in the adventure. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). You will receive all stretch goals (£40 is Approx US 64.00; EUR 56.00).

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    HEAD ON A SPIKE. A photo of your head will be manipulated and displayed to be a beheaded Orc warrior, thrust through with a spike. Even the civilised folk of the Duchy are hardened toward their enemies. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). Your name will be added in the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals. (£50 is Approx US 80; EUR 70).

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    THE HOUNDMASTER. The Widsith houndmaster holds a place of great privilege amongst the Orc Sea-Reavers. His dogs are fierce and loyal. A full photographic image of your pet dog will be transformed into one of the mighty guardians that feature in the adventure. Part of a full page piece of art. You will also contribute to its name, behaviour , etc. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. A high quality print will be posted to you as part of the reward. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals (£80 is Approx US 128.00; EUR 112.00).

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    THE ERSKAL. These are the great Orc Sea-Reaver captains named in the prequel. A photograph of you will be manipulated to form part of an art piece showing all 5 of these terrifying individuals. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. A high quality print will be posted to you as part of the reward. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals (£80 is Approx US 128.00; EUR 112.00).

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    WIDSITH QUEEN. The Widsith are the Chieftains of the fearsome Orc Sea-Reavers. Their queen is as mighty as she is full of guile. A full photographic image of you will be transformed into this dread monarch. A full page piece of art. You will also contribute to her name, motives, etc. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. A high quality print will be posted to you as part of the reward. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals (£100 is Approx US 160.00; EUR 140.00).

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    WIDSITH OVERLORD. The Widsith are the Chieftains of the fearsome Orc Sea-Reavers. Their overlord is powerful and demands absolute loyalty. A full photographic image of you will be transformed into this mighty ruler. A full page piece of art. You will also contribute to his name, motives, etc. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. A high quality print will be posted to you as part of the reward. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals (£100 is Approx US 160.00; EUR 140.00).

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    WIDSITH PRINCE / PRINCESS. The First Spawned of the Queen and her Consort is scheming and resolute and knows his/her time to rule is coming. A full photographic image of you will be transformed into this brooding sovereign-in-waiting feature. A full page piece of art. You will also contribute to their name, motives, etc. Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. A high quality print will be posted to you as part of the reward. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals (£100 is Approx US 160.00; EUR 140.00).

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    BAND OF HEROES. Jonny Gray will draw 5 characters of your adventuring party. They will be based on descriptions sent by you. You will receive a high quality print of each character, posted to you. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR). Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You will receive all stretch goals. (£350 is Approx. US 560.00; EUR 490.00).

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    AN EYE FOR BUSINESS. The adventure starts in a bustling harbour town, with the PCs taking downtime. You get to name and outline a business, enterprise or location in the settlement that the PCs may wish to visit! Your name will be added to the acknowledgements. You get a full digital copy of the adventure & gazetteer for one of the three systems (5th, PF and OSR) . You will receive all stretch goals (£15 is Approx US 24; EUR 21).

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