Sesus Eshuvar stood in the middle of the road, watching the wagons go. He'd been only a few months out of the Heptagram when they first set out on the Hunt. River had noticed how young he'd seemed, then: tall and gangly, practiced but not yet polished, trying to find the proper line between self-assured hauteur and polite deference. Now there was a slump to his shoulders, as though he'd aged twenty years overnight.
Next to Eshuvar, Kingfisher Swift leaned heavily on her mace, her unit's standard propped beside her. Her legion's talon had made up the bulk of the Hunt's forces, and now she was all that remained. Swift was a lost egg who'd taken the coin; she couldn't be more than a dozen years into her service. River might have asked if Swift wished she'd taken the razor instead, but, well. That wouldn't necessarily have kept her away from this disaster. River herself was proof of that.
The Immaculate Order had arranged this Wyld Hunt, mustered the might of the Realm and sent them on the trail of two Anathema who were preying on the people north of the River Province. The Order had provided the intelligence and placed one of their most promising monks in charge of the expedition. He'd been a solid leader, brave and competent, right up until the Wretched slew him.
Now River was the last Immaculate still breathing, and it fell to her to finish the Hunt.
Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought is a core expansion for the Exalted tabletop roleplaying game. Exalted 3rd Edition is set in a mythic world where spirits walk openly among men, warring demigods topple kingdoms, and the restless dead roam on moonless nights. Heroes granted power by the mightiest gods war and intrigue against one another for the fate of Creation. These are the Exalted!
- Chapter One: The Dragon-Blooded
- Chapter Two: The Great Houses
- Chapter Three: Life in the Scarlet Dynasty
- Chapter Four: Outside the Realm
- Chapter Five: Character Creation
- Chapter Six: Traits
- Chapter Seven: Charms
- Chapter Eight: Martial Arts and Sorcery
- Chapter Nine: Heirlooms of Power
- Chapter Ten: Princes of the Earth
The Exalted 3rd edition rulebook is required to make full use of the rules and options presented in Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought.
During the course of this Kickstarter campaign, the ENTIRE, COMPLETED manuscript for What Fire Has Wrought will be shared with backers through backers-only updates posted every Tuesday.
To read more about the rules and ideas featured in Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought, check out these design diaries written during the development of this project:
While there have been some changes to the material presented in these previews based on editing and playtesting, they should give you an idea of the material included in this book.
In addition, this preview from The Realm, the very next supplement for Exalted 3rd Edition, focuses on a different subject but is directly related to the contents of Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought and offered as an additional reward as part of this Kickstarter campaign.
The manuscript is written, awesome artists have been contracted, and layout templates are being built. An amazing digital PDF product will be created with this material. With your help we will be able to take it a step further and produce a deluxe hardcover version of Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought for Exalted fans and collectors. The main goal and primary focus of this Kickstarter campaign is the creation of this limited edition book.
Beyond that, we hope to illuminate the world of the Dragon-Blooded even further, by adding (and expanding) new topics that will be included in The Dragon-Blooded Companion: Heirs to the Shogunate, a rules and options expansion for What Fire Has Wrought that will be built via Stretch Goal achievements during this campaign.
Finally, and no less important – we want to continue to acknowledge and cultivate the passionate and creative community that exists around the Exalted 3rd edition game. Together, we have faced challenges and adversity and weathered a few storms but have come out stronger on the other side. Onyx Path has learned much in the five years since the Exalted 3rd Edition Kickstarter, and we want to thank fans for their faith, demonstrate our development and growth, and celebrate how far we’ve come. Tabletop roleplaying games have always been about community, sharing stories, and celebrating imagination. Our shared enthusiasm brings us together, and when you back this project, you continue with us on this journey and keep the fires of Exalted burning.
All participants who would like to make this project happen can pledge their support and add to the overall campaign total. If the campaign meets the funding target ($60,000), then we will have funded the project and it will become a reality. Your pledge will only be collected if we achieve our funding target.
In exchange for your support, we offer rewards based on your level of funding pledged. The Reward Tiers down the right side of the page outline the various rewards reflecting various levels of support pledged.
Your chosen Reward Tier lists the rewards that you will receive should this project fund. Reward Tiers are not cumulative - each Reward Tier is a distinct list of rewards based on a base pledge amount, though they can be modified with add-ons and other options (detailed below). It's important that you select the Reward Tier that best reflects your desired rewards and pledge amount.
Please note that rewards that include physical goods (such as the deluxe books) may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
To help simplify matters, the basic reward chart lists the core reward (stay digital with just the PDF, or jump in on the deluxe hardcover) and then combinations with each of the additional rewards offered as part of this campaign (see Reward Descriptions, below).
Beyond the standard combination of rewards presented, there are also limited options available that allow some specially-customized interaction with the world of the Dragon-Blooded. From having custom Charms or Heirlooms specifically designed for you to having your character featured as part of the interior artwork or even on the cover of The Dragon-Blooded Companion: Heirs to the Shogunate, these limited rewards provide unique opportunities.
We also have a Reward Tier that offers the last remaining copies of the Exalted 3rd Edition Rulebook Deluxe Edition hardcover, if you missed out on the Kickstarter from 2015 and want to build your deluxe edition collection. When this Reward Tier is fully claimed, then all remaining Onyx Path stock will be sold out.
Backers looking to receive multiple copies should also note the Two Princes Conjoined in Marriage and Sworn Kinship Reward Tiers, which offer 2 or 5 copies respectively as part of the rewards (and may save on shipping per unit!)
Finally, we love retailers, but modern publishing methods don’t always make it easy for them to get books into their stores. With this deluxe version of Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought, we have created a special Reward Tier just for you. Any retailer who pledges at the Retailer Reward Tier level ("Master of Orphans") will get 5 copies of the deluxe hardcover book, at a retail-specific discount so that they can sell in-store.
By selecting a specific Reward Tier, you are confirming to pledge the minimum amount (or more) in hopes of the project achieving its funding target and receiving the rewards listed. You can also add additional rewards to your overall reward list via Add Ons - simply increase your total pledge amount by the amount listed for each Add On you wish to receive (see the Add On section below), and after the campaign concludes, you will be able to confirm which Add On rewards you'd like via a BackerKit Survey.
Your Total Pledge Amount will be the sum of your chosen Reward Tier plus any shipping fees plus any Add Ons that you've manually included. To reiterate, your Total Pledge Amount is not the same as your Reward Tier, as it may include shipping charges and Add On rewards. Your Reward Tier selected (plus any Add Ons chosen) is what determines your final reward allocation.
MANUSCRIPT PREVIEWS – During the course of the campaign, we will be posting the ENTIRE manuscript for Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought. These previews will be shared via Backer-Only updates once per week. You must be a backer of this project to receive these updates.
DRAGON-BLOODED: HEIRS TO THE SHOGUNATE – A PDF of supplemental rules and extra material for the Dragon-Blooded of Exalted. The contents of this companion will be added via Special Reward tiers and Stretch Goal achievements and the book will grow in size and scope throughout the course of the campaign, possibly adding more Charms, expanding information on Lookshy or the Forest Witches, and providing details on the War in the West. Currently, the Dragon-Blooded Companion includes:
- CHARMS EXPANSION - new Charms
- LOOKSHY EXPANSION - Additional setting detail and mechanics for Lookshy, including stats and Evocations for their fabled gunzosha armor
- LOOKSHY EXPANSION #2 - Additional setting detail and mechanics for Lookshy, elaborating on military forces and redoubts
LOOKSHY EXPANSION #3 - A section on the gentes and individual Lookshyans of note
FOREST WITCHES EXPANSION– Additional setting detail and mechanics for the Forest Witches, including mechanics for the dead of Atsiluth Eternal
FOREST WITCHES EXPANSION #2– Additional setting detail and mechanics for the Forest Witches, including stats for numina of the mists
FOREST WITCHES EXPANSION #3 - Forest Witch factions such as the Company of Thrones and the Table of Fiends, and individual Forest Witches of note
OUTCASTE EXPANSION - Additional setting detail and mechanics for outcaste groups
OUTCASTE EXPANSION #2- Additional setting detail and mechanics for more outcaste groups
OUTCASTES EXPANSION #3 - more outcaste groups and individual outcastes of note
CADET HOUSE EXPANSION – Additional setting detail and mechanics for the Scarlet Dynasty’s cadet houses
CADET HOUSE EXPANSION #2 - additional cadet houses and noteworthy cadet house members
PRASAD EXPANSION – Additional setting detail and mechanics for the Empire of Prasad
PRASAD EXPANSION #2 - the Dragon Clans and noteworthy Prasadi characters
REALM EXPANSION #1: War in the West – A section dealing with the impending war between House Peleps and House V’neef
REALM EXPANSION #2: Secondary Schools - materials to run games set in the secondary schools
REALM EXPANSION #3: Realm Civil War - a section discussing the run-up to open war between the Great Houses of the Realm
REALM EXPANSION #4: War in the West Part 2 - noteworthy factions and characters involved in the War in the West
QC EXPANSION #1 – Quick Character write-ups for Tepet Arada, Ragara, Karal Linwei, Peleps Deled, and V’neef
QC EXPANSION #2 - Quick Character write-ups for Sesus Eshuvar, Kingfisher Swift, Left Hand Chalima, Righteous River, and Yushoto Mathar
CHAPTER FICTION - a short fiction piece illuminating the world of the Dragon-Blooded will be added to the beginning of each chapter
PLAYER HANDOUTS - 2-page player handouts for the five Dragon-Blooded background options (The Realm, Lookshy, Prasad, the Forest Witches, and Outcastes)
ART UPGRADE - interior illustrations for the Dragon-Blooded Companion will be upgraded to full-color
RECORDS OF THE BEFORE – A bundle of relevant PDFs from previous editions of Exalted, the Records of the Before can provide inspiration and ideas for your Dragon-Blooded game. This bundle includes the following titles:
- Exalted: The Dragon-Blooded (1E)
- Aspect Book: Earth (1E)
- Aspect Book: Fire (1E)
- Aspect Book: Air (1E)
- Aspect Book: Water (1E)
- Aspect Book: Wood (1E)
- Exalted: The Outcaste (1E)
- Blood and Salt (1E)
- Thousand Correct Actions of the Upright Soldier (2E)
EXALTED 3RD EDITION PDF – the core rules for playing Exalted, and the foundation for the Dragon-Blooded rules presented in What Fire Has Wrought. Exalted 3rd Edition depicts both a revitalized and expanded Creation, and the triumphant return of the Solar Exalted—but whether their rebirth will herald the salvation or destruction of the world, none can say. The system redesign takes the best parts of the previous editions and streamlines the mechanics for maximum playability.
EXALTED 3RD EDITION DELUXE HARDCOVER - Limited copies remain of the Deluxe Edition hardcover, with 600+ full color, gold-edged, interior pages, a gold silk ribbon bookmark and a white/cream leatherette hard cover embossed with the Realm script for "Exalted 3".
THE REALM PDF - The next expansion being released for Exalted, The Realm is an in-depth guide to the Realm's history, culture, and politics. It details the institutions of the Scarlet Empress' control: the ministries of the Thousand Scales, the Immaculate Order, the mighty Imperial legions, and more. It also explores the many lands the Realm holds, from the prefectures of the Blessed Isle, to the conquered satrapies of the Threshold, to the weird continent of the Caul.
OPTIONAL "AT COST" PoD VERSION – All PDF products will be fulfilled through our partners at DriveThruRPG.com, the largest RPG download store. For Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought, you will have the option of using DriveThruRPG’s Print-On-Demand service to purchase a physical, printed copy directly from their PoD partners at as close as we can get to the cost of printing and shipping (this cost is not included in your pledge, and you do not need to increase the cost of your pledge to use this option). When the PoD versions are available to order (which will be some time after the deluxe hardcover has gone to print), you will receive links to purchase these versions of the book from DriveThruRPG.com. You DO NOT need to take advantage of this PoD offer as it does not affect in any way your pledge rewards.
In addition to the rewards listed in each Reward Tier, backers can increase their overall pledge to add on the following additional rewards. Simply increase your total pledge level by the amount indicated – we will confirm which add on rewards you’ve chosen via BackerKit surveys after the campaign has run.
PDF Rewards will be fulfilled by DriveThruRPG. Previously-released titles are the ones currently available from DrivethruRPG.com and were created as best they could be depending on the state of the files. So quality may vary from title to title.
Increase your total pledge by +$10 to add the Records of the Before PDF Bundle to your rewards list.
Increase your total pledge by +$15 to add a copy of Heirs to the Shogunate PDF to your rewards list.
Increase your total pledge by +$15 to add a copy of The Realm PDF to your rewards list.
Increase your total pledge by +$20 to add a copy of the Exalted 3rd Edition PDF to your rewards list.
Increase your total pledge by +$25 to add an additional copy of the Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought PDF to your rewards list.
Increase your total pledge by +$110 to add an additional copy of the Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought deluxe edition to your rewards list. This Add-On can only be selected by US residents who are already receiving a deluxe hardcover edition as part of their reward list.
Increase your total pledge by +$130 to add an additional copy of the Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought deluxe edition to your rewards list. This Add-On can only be selected by non-US residents who are already receiving a deluxe hardcover edition as part of their reward list.
Increase your total pledge by +$20 to add a sturdy three-panel Dragon-Blooded Storyteller Screen featuring the beautiful Dragon-Blooded art on the outer side, and a selection of charts and other info on the inside to make the Storyteller's job a little bit easier. This Add-On can only be selected by backers already receiving a deluxe hardcover edition as part of their reward list.
Increase your total pledge by +$80 to add a 2' x 3' heavy canvas material printed with the amazing fully-painted, full-color new map of the Blessed Isle. This Add-On can only be selected by backers who are already receiving a deluxe hardcover edition as part of their reward list.
Increase your total pledge by +$80 to add a 2' x 3' heavy canvas material printed with the amazing fully-painted, full-color map of Creation. This Add-On can only be selected by backers who are already receiving a deluxe hardcover edition as part of their reward list.
Increase your total pledge by +$150 to add both the Blessed Isle map and the Creation map. This Add-On can only be selected by backers who are already receiving a deluxe hardcover edition as part of their reward list.
As we increase the overall funding and support for the project, we’re able to add additional resources to the project, expand the rewards listed, and add in new offers and opportunities. Each Stretch Goal will have a target that, once reached, will unlock a new reward. We will continue to build on this list when we achieve these targets during the campaign. Whenever we achieve a stretch goal, the image will be updated to reflect the achievement.
The project is funded! Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought will get a Deluxe Hardcover Edition!
HEIRS TO THE SHOGUNATE – ART UPGRADE - interior illustrations for the Dragon-Blooded Companion - as well as a future supplement for Exalted 3rd Edition - will be upgraded to full-color.
HEIRS TO THE SHOGUNATE – REALM EXPANSION #4: War in the West Part 2 - noteworthy factions and characters involved in the War in the West get added to the Dragon-Blooded Companion PDF.
At $335,000 in funding - HEIRS TO THE SHOGUNATE – WARSTRIDERS EXPANSION - two fully statted-out warstriders, one each for the Realm and Lookshy get added to the Dragon-Blooded Companion PDF.
This is Onyx Path Publishing's 29th Kickstarter, and the company has learned enough (sometimes painfully) to make some tweaks to goals, Reward Tiers, and prizes. Focus and Control will be the buzzwords for this campaign – manageable projects, reasonable additions, achievable results. To read more about the knowledge that has been applied to this project, you can read the FAQ linked here: http://theonyxpath.com/about/faq/kickstarter/
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped many Kickstarter projects and more are headed to completion as you read this. All those projects have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, sometimes painfully, and we have increased our ability to judge the various stages of delivery better with each KS. The text for Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought is finished, and we are only looking at adding additional art to the book itself.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the deluxe book.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise this last year, but we are aware of that and were able to find ways to work with shippers to bring down those costs - unfortunately, only to some extent as we have also needed to up the shipping charges- both methods allowing us to be sure that shipping doesn't eat up the pledge money supposed to go to printing.
Risk: The book will take a long time to produce and anger the backers.
Solution: We've learned many, many lessons with our previous Kickstarters and we're becoming much better at estimating the various pitfalls that will delay a KS project. We were able to deliver the PDFs for our last several KS projects several months before the estimate, and our last ship-out, for Pugmire, started a month earlier than estimated.
That being said, backers need to be aware that they are enabling a process, and not a pre-order opportunity, and things do sometimes run slower than we want or anticipate with that process. We've found that an open flow of communication between us and the backer community is vital so once the project funds we will deliver Updates on progress once a month (or more, as needed) via Kickstarter as well as in our regular, weekly, Monday Meeting Notes blog at www.theonyxpath.com
ADDITIONAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
By backing this Kickstarter project, you have agreed to the following additional terms and conditions:
ARTWORK, DESIGN, MATERIAL & CONTENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Onyx Path shares artwork, design, descriptions and manuscript contents with the understanding that changes may occur in the creation of the final product based on further development, available resources and materials, and the nature of the creative process.
REWARDS REQUIRING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRE TIMELY RESPONSE. Some rewards, particularly limited Special Rewards such as art model descriptions, character names, and custom design work, require input from the reward backer. For these rewards, the backer must respond within 6 weeks of the information being requested (most likely by BackerKit pledge manager survey, occasionally by direct e-mail) in order to maintain the project development and manufacturing timeline. Onyx Path will make a strong effort to acquire this information, but should the backer not provide it in a timely fashion, all parties agree that Onyx Path can move forward on the project without the information or using an appropriate substitution and the respective backer will consider the reward obligation fulfilled in full for payment or donations pledged and collected on the part of Onyx Path. The simple fact is that we cannot delay the production of the product due to a unresponsive backer, that's just not fair to the others who have supported this project.
ADDRESS CONFIRMATION & DELIVERY OBLIGATIONS. If you confirm your pledge prior to final address confirmation and initiation of distribution notification via email, you agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into our pledge manager system, that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment, and you are responsible for import duties or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities, providing correct address information and ensuring this address is deliverable by normal methods. Failure to confirm mailing address prior to final request and distribution notification will be taken as agreement that all obligations have been met and no further action or effort is required on the part of Onyx Path. We will attempt to alert you via the methods provided by Kickstarter and/or BackerKit, primarily e-mail, prior to distribution of rewards to avoid any issue, but once we’ve made all reasonable efforts, we must move on with other business and will be unable to make exceptions.
DIGITAL REWARDS. You will be notified by BackerKit when digital rewards become available to you. Typically, these will be links to load PDF titles into your account library on DriveThruRPG.com. The links from BackerKit must be activated within 90 days to ensure the titles are added to your library, after which the links may expire and Onyx Path may not be able to provide replacements.
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