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This story of Severus, last of his race, is set in the dark past of the classic RPG, Talislanta. Available in both English & Spanish!
This story of Severus, last of his race, is set in the dark past of the classic RPG, Talislanta. Available in both English & Spanish!
86 backers pledged $3,127 to help bring this project to life.

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We're now offering the choice of English and Spanish editions of the webcomic (and graphic novel)!

Download the music from the project video! Composed by Talislanta-creator Stephan Michael Sechi, this track is about three minutes long and it's available free both on the Nocturnal Media online store and on DriveThruRPG.

Talislanta: Tales of the Savage Land page 1
Talislanta: Tales of the Savage Land page 1

The fantasy world Talislanta debuted in a paper roleplaying game in 1986. The game was known for its non-traditional fantasy setting, which featured hundreds of unusual races, creatures, and archetypes, and for a series of print ads that ran under the headline, “No Elves”.

Now Talislanta creator Stephan Michael Sechi is back with a new vision of an earlier world of Talislanta — Talislanta: The Savage Land.

Where the original Talislanta was set many centuries after a cataclysm known as The Great Disaster, TSL takes place just a few years after this catastrophe, which the inhabitants of this era refer to as The Fall. The great civilization of the Archaens is no more. The last kingdoms have fallen, and the sorcerer-kings have fled or been killed by their own creations. With them went all knowledge of spell-casting, leaving only primitive rituals and superstitions. In this milieu, Talislanta is truly a savage and dangerous land, ruled by wild tribes and beast-folk consumed by the constant struggle to survive.

¿QUÉ ES TALISLANTA?

El mundo fantástico de Talislanta apareció por primera vez en un juego de rol allá por 1986. El juego era conocido por su trasfondo de fantasía no tradicional, que incluía cientos de razas, criaturas y arquetipos inusuales y por una serie de anuncios impresos cuyo titular decía: “Nada de Elfos”.

Ahora, Stephan Michael Sechi, el creador de Talislanta, ha vuelto con una nueva visión de un mundo aún más antiguo – Talislanta: La Tierra Salvaje. Donde el Talislanta original tenía lugar varios siglos después de un cataclismo conocido como El Gran Desastre, La Tierra Salvaje lo hace justo unos años después de la catástrofe, que los habitantes de esta era llaman La Caída. La gran civilización de los Arcaicos ya no existe. Los últimos reinos han caído y los reyes brujos han huído o han sido asesinados por sus propias creaciones. Con ellos también han desaparecido todos los conocimientos de hechicería, dejando solo rituales primitivos y supersticiones. En mitad de todo esto, Talislanta verdaderamente es una tierra indómita y peligrosa, gobernada por tribus salvajes y hombres-bestia consumidos por la constante lucha por la supervivencia.

We want to introduce this exciting, post-apocalyptic fantasy world to you in a webcomic that will premiere in December 2015.

We plan to release new pages at the rate of about six per month (1-2 per week) throughout 2016 until we deliver the entire 80-page story. Illustrator Ben Dennett has already completed half of the story and as the finished pages are released, he'll be illustrating the remainder of the story.

After the web serialization, we'd like to compile the complete story in a graphic novel. If possible, if we can get enough support in this Kickstarter project, then the b&w webcomic will become a full-color graphic novel!

EL WEBCOMIC Y LA NOVELA GRÁFICA

Queremos presentaros este emocionante mundo de fantasía post-apocalíptica en un webcomic que aparecerá en Diciembre del 2015.

Tenemos la intención de publicar nuevas páginas, a razón de seis por mes (1-2 por semana) durante 2016 hasta que cumplir con la entrega de las 80 páginas de que consta la historia completa. El ilustrador, Ben Dennet, ha terminado ya la mitad de la historia y, mientras las páginas maquetadas vayan saliendo, continuará con su trabajo ilustrando el resto del relato. Después de la publicación por entregas, nos gustaría compilar la historia completa en una novela gráfica. Si nos fuese posible obtener suficiente soporte en este Kickstarter, entonces el webcomic en blanco y negro se convertirá en una fantástica novela gráfica a todo color.

Art Print Available as a Pledge Reward
Art Print Available as a Pledge Reward

We have an escalating variety of pledge rewards described for this project. Here's a brief overview of all the options:

Webcomic: The primary product we're delivering! This is an 80+ page comic story that we'll deliver ever week by means of a subscription at DriveThruComics.

+Plus Subscription: In addition to the new webcomic pages, you'll receive access to various new design materials, including sketches, character designs, and even some roleplaying material related to the forthcoming TSL RPG (a future Kickstarter project!) like characters stats, and more. If you're a fan of the process, want to see behind the scenes, or don't want to miss any detail about Talislanta, then this is the subscription choice for you.

Graphic Novel: After the pages are released by webcomic subscription, we'll compile the story and print this as a graphic novel. If we can meet a stretch goal then the graphic novel will be in full-color.

All-Access RPG: If you're a fan of the Talislanta RPG and want all the details about what's going on in the development process, then become part of the conversation! We'll add you as an "bcc" email recipient to game design emails between Stephan Michael Sechi and Stewart Wieck and emails with the RPG artists, editors, etc. This "all-access" lasts from the end of this project until TSL RPG is sent to press. The TSL RPG is still in development and is not included as a reward for this webcomic/graphic novel project. (Also included: webcomic and graphic novel PDF in Spanish for English backers and English for those who choose the Spanish version.)

Art Print: A high-quality digital reproduction of a color version of the page 2 splash page of the graphic novel (seen above). The print will be approximately 8x11 inches.

Spanish Edition: We're pleased to offer the option of receiving the webcomic and graphic novel in Spanish instead of English. This is thanks to Luis Peral of Akuma Studio. This option is available through all the existing pledges — you'll tell us at the end of the project whether you want the English or Spanish subscription.

Here's the entire first page as translated by Luis Peral:

If we continue to raise funds well past our funding goal, then we'd like to add additional content and quality to the comic we're creating. This story will exist without these extras, but we'd really like to be able to include them and deliver them to you to make your experience with Tales of Talislanta: The Savage Land truly great!

At $4000 of funding we'll add a 6-page Prologue to the graphic novel and release that on Christmas Day instead of the first two pages of the story itself. These pages will show how Severus is discovered.. and captured.

At $8000 of funding the new Prologue will be colored and appear in the compiled graphic novel in full-color.

At $12,000 of funding the entire graphic novel will be printed in full-color.

Add-ons are additional items that you'd like to have in addition to the rewards you receive as part of your pledge level. To do thuis, select your pledge level and then just add an extra amount to your pledge amount. So if you choose the $40 reward, enter $60 as your pledge amount if you want an extra copy of the printed graphic novel.

  • Here are your options:

Additional Language Version (digital) = $5

Receive the webcomic and graphic novel PDF in Spanish and English.

Gift Subscription (webcomic only) = $8

Provide an additional email address and we'll grant your friend a webcomic access (starts on Christmas Day!)

Gift Subscription (digital) = $12

Your friend will receive a PDF of the graphic novel in addition to a webcomic subscription.

Extra Printed Graphic Novel = $20

Eligible for any pledge level of $40 or more (i.e. any pledge that already includes a printed copy of the graphic novel). Both English and Spanish versions available. There's no additional shipping charge!

Meet the writer and illustrator of this webcomic/graphic novel:

Stephan Michael Sechi
Stephan Michael Sechi

About Stephan: Though for the past 15+ years I've made my living as a composer and music producer, back in the 1980's I was president of a small company known as Bard Games. While with Bard, I wrote a number of RPG supplements such as Complete Alchemist, and also created two RPG systems: The Atlantean Trilogy (The Arcanum, The Lexicon, and The Bestiary) and the Talislanta RPG. Talislanta evolved into a set of core books and supplements that would eventually extend across five different editions, one of which as published by Wizards of the Coast. A few years ago I decided to give away PDF versions of all of the many Talislanta books online. Thanks to the hard work of a bunch of Talislanta-fans (led by Marques Jordan), all the old titles can now be downloaded for free from Talislanta.com. Two years ago, I found I still had the gaming bug in me, and decided to create a new RPG based on the Talislanta milieu. I'm excited to say that this game, called Talislanta: the Savage Land, will be released by Nocturnal Media in 2016, along with a webcomic, graphic novel and soundtrack album based on the game.

Ben Dennett
Ben Dennett

About Ben: Storytelling has always been at the heart of my artistic endeavours. My experience so far has included creating concepts, layouts, and storyboards for animation and films. I left the big smoke of London several years ago and I am now blessed to live and work in West Cornwall, UK surrounded by ancient ruins, burial mounds and the big blue sea — inspiration enough for visualising many tales of adventure. I am currently working with Steve Sechi and Stewart Wieck at Nocturnal Media to illustrate the first Talislanta webcomic — "Tales of the Savage Land”.

Risks and challenges

I owned and operated the game publishing company White Wolf for two decades and have fulfilled two Kickstarter projects, so there's little chance anything will go wrong logistically!

The entire script is completed, as is half of the artwork. I have no reason to think that Ben will fail to complete the remaining pages in the months ahead. He's excited about and committed to this story.

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