The Lunar Exalted are Creation’s divine apex predators, monster-heroes chosen by Luna to hunt and prey upon the enemies of the gods in the Divine Revolution. Like their divine patron, the Lunars are puissant shapeshifters, devouring the forms of their human and animal prey and making these a part of their own nature. The Lunar Exalted are creatures of boundaries and transgression — the boundaries between hero and monster, between devil and saint, between civilization and wilderness, between the mortal world and the divine. They stand on whichever side of the boundaries they please, and cross between them with unmatched ease. A Lunar who embraces the power and freedom of becoming an untamed monster need not sacrifice her humanity; a Lunar who devotes herself to living among mortals and protecting them need not abandon the freedom of running wild and untamed.
In the Divine Revolution, the Lunars were monsters that even the most nightmarish among the enemies of the gods learned to fear. They waged war in the shapes of snakes as long as rivers, all-devouring swarms bearing devil-slaying plagues, beast-mothers with tusks like daiklaives and stampedes of murderous children, and countless other wild horrors. Fighting alongside the Solar and Sidereal Exalted, and with Dragon-Blooded armies, they toppled the makers of the universe and stained their fangs red with the blood of slain divinities.
As the First Age’s glories arose from the Exalted’s triumph, the Lunars enjoyed the fruit of the paradise they’d helped to win, and transformed themselves into the Lunar Exalted of an Age of Dreams. Though never forsaking the divine monstrosity at the heart of their Essence, they became guardians, guides, world-walkers, judges, and mystics.
The Usurpation brought an end to the First Age and a new transformation for the Lunar Exalted, the change that made them what they are today. The mass death of the Solar Exalted, and the foul murder of Lunars who fought beside their Solar mates or were deemed too dangerous to the usurpers’ plans to let live, awoke a keening fury in the souls of the Lunar host, a rage that had not been witnessed in Creation since the Lunars first hunted the enemies of the gods. The first Wyld Hunts perpetrated by the nascent Dragon-Blooded Shogunate and its Sidereal benefactors solidified the Lunars’ vendetta, ensuring that the usurpers would never know peace so long as one Lunar yet drew breath.
Lunars: Fangs at the Gate 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!
Lunars: Fangs at the Gate introduces the Lunar Exalted into their 3rd Edition incarnation and includes all the rules necessary to feature them as player characters or NPC antagonists, including character-creation rules and the Lunar Charm set of powers. This book will give an iconic view of the Lunars, from their mythic origins as the apex predators of Creation to their struggles at the boundaries in the current era. It features details of The Silver Pact, as well as detailing Threshold and other locales where Lunar bands are prominent. Overall, it will focus on the legend of the Lunars, the transformations they've made, and lines they've crossed to take back Creation.
The Exalted 3rd Edition rulebook is required to make full use of the rules and options presented in Lunars: Fangs at the Gate.
With your help, we will work to create a deluxe hardcover edition of Lunars: Fangs at the Gate, featuring a blue leatherette hardcover with 300+ full-color, silver-edged interior pages and a silver-white silk ribbon bookmark. The front cover will be blue/silver foil embossed with “Lunars” written in Old Realm script, and the spine will be foil-stamped. This book will be a perfect companion to the deluxe editions of the Exalted 3rd Edition rulebook and Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought.
Lunars: Fangs at the Gate features all of the rules options necessary to create and play a Lunar character within the Exalted 3rd Edition roleplaying world. In addition to introducing new mechanics and Charms, this supplement also includes invocations of moonsilver tattoos, sorcery of the ever-hiding moon, information on The Silver Pact and its factions, and detailed write-ups of prominent Lunar NPCs. The final book will contain the following chapters:
- Chapter One: The Lunar Exalted
- Chapter Two: The Silver Pact
- Chapter Three: Lunar Dominions
- Chapter Four: Character Creation
- Chapter Five: Traits
- Chapter Six: Charms
- Chapter Seven: Martial Arts and Sorcery
- Chapter Eight: Artifacts of Luna's Chosen
- Chapter Nine: Heroes and Monsters
During the course of this Kickstarter campaign, the ENTIRE, COMPLETED manuscript for Fangs at the Gate will be shared with backers through backers-only updates posted throughout the 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 Lunars: Fangs at the Gate 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 Lunars even further, by adding (and expanding) new topics that will be included in the Lunars companion, Many-Faced Strangers, a rules and options expansion for Fangs at the Gate 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. 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 world of Exalted growing and transforming.
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 Lunar Exalted. From naming characters included in the world, deciding which animals have Quick Character-style write-ups, having custom Charms or Artifacts specifically designed for you, to having your character featured as part of the interior artwork or even on the cover of The Lunars Companion: Many-Faced Strangers, these limited rewards provide unique opportunities.
Backers looking to receive multiple copies should also note the Moon-and-Sun Partnership and Honored Shahan-Ya 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 Lunars: Fangs at the Gate, we have created a special Reward Tier just for you. Any retailer who pledges at the Retailer Reward Tier level ("Patron of the Thousand Fangs Army") 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 Lunars: Fangs at the Gate. These previews will be shared via Backer-Only updates once per week. You must be a backer of this project to receive these updates.
LUNARS: MANY-FACED STRANGERS – A PDF of supplemental rules and extra material for the Lunars 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 Lunar dominions and shahan-yas, and providing details on the Shadow Fang Vanguard. Currently, the Lunars Companion includes: :
- Lunar Charms Expansion - 5,000 additional words of Lunar Charms.
- Lunar Charm Expansion 2: 5,000 additional words of Lunar Charms.
- Animal Bestiary Expansion: 5,000 words of animal quick character stat blocks (roughly seven animals), something very useful for Lunar shapeshifters, but also for Storytellers and anyone looking to take an animal familiar.
- Heroes of the Silver Pact: Stat blocks for four prominent Pact Lunars described in Fangs at the Gate: the retired orca warlord Leviathan; the spider king Aum-Ashatra; the markhor sorcerer Aqadar; and the devil of the Burning Sands, Smiling Zamisha.
- Martial Arts Expansion: Four distinctly Lunar martial arts styles: the incredibly resilient and venomous Toad style; the brutal, grappling-focused Bear style; the Sun Wukong-inspired Monkey style; and the stealthy, disease-spreading Rat style.
- Chapter Fiction: Add chapter fiction to the Lunars Companion.
- War for the Caul: An adventure path and Storyteller resource for playing out the conflict between the Lunar Exalted and the Realm on the mysterious continent of the Caul.
- War for the Caul 2: Expanding the War for the Caul section, including a stat block for the death-defying black lion warlord Sha’a Oka.
- War for the Caul 3: Stat blocks for Sha’a Oka’s chief lieutenants: the turtle-wolf witch Third Daughter of the Leaves; the goanna berserker Skathra Venomchild; the ferruginous hawk huntress Sandswept Garda-Empress; and the siaka privateer Lintha Haquen Fia-Shaw Flowers Unbending in the Storm.
- The Shadow Fang Vanguard: A discussion of this autocratic splinter group of the Silver Pact, including its traditions, political culture, and ambitions. Also provides stat blocks for its leaders: the majestic, brutal caribou prince Tayan Silver-Crowned; and her black-crowned night heron advisor Feather Drenched in the Blood of the Fallen.
- Signature Lunar QCs: Stat blocks for the four signature Lunars: the charming but cold-hearted mantis swordsman Tegama; the fennec fox trickster Sazay Shadow-Dancer; the nautilus shaman Silent Pearl; and the emerald dove warleader Tula the Reaver.
- Magic of the Moon: New sorcerous initiations and spells associated with the Silver Pact, and information on Luna’s spirit courts and divine servitors.
- Additional Dominion: Mount Namas and its shahan-yas, Tanisa Ring-Eater and Seven Obsidian Leopard
- Sublime Danger: Quick character traits and setting detail for this popular Lunar elder, who first appeared in the “Tale of the Visiting Flare” comic, and has subsequently been mentioned in Adversaries of the Righteous. Would also include Thousand Blades style, the esoteric martial art she uses to achieve her distinctive look of having wings made out floating swords.
- Full color interior artwork
EXALTED 3RD EDITION PDF – the core rules for playing Exalted, and the foundation for the Lunar rules presented in Fangs at the Gate. 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.
(Physical copies of the deluxe edition are scarce, but there may still be a few available from Indie Press Revolution on their retail site. You can order the Print-on-Demand version from DriveThruRPG.com)
DRAGON-BLOODED: WHAT FIRE HAS WROUGHT PDF -the first deluxe supplement for 3rd Edition, this book introduces the Dragon-Blooded and all the rules necessary to feature them as player characters or NPC antagonists, including character -creation rules and the Dragon-Blooded Charm set of powers. This book gives an iconic view of the Dragon-Blooded, from their mythic origins as the armies of the gods to their place in the current era. It features details of the Realm's Scarlet Dynasty, as well as Lookshy and other locales where Dragon-Blooded outcastes are prominent. Overall, it focuses on the legend of the Dragon-Blooded and the fires they had to walk through to get to where they are, as Creation’s premiere, dominant Exalted.
(You can still pre-order deluxe copies of this book for a limited time at our Dragon-Blooded Backerkit site.)
OPTIONAL "AT COST" PoD VERSION – All PDF products will be fulfilled through our partners at DriveThruRPG.com, the largest RPG download store. For Lunars: Fangs at the Gate, 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.
All PDF rewards will be fulfilled by our partners at DrivethruRPG.com. PDF reward Add Ons can be added to any Reward Tier.
A bundle of relevant PDFs from previous editions of Exalted, the Songline Legend Runes can provide inspiration and ideas for your Lunars game. This bundle includes the following titles:
- Creatures of the Wyld
- Creatures of the Wyld - the Rest of the Creatures
- Glories of the Most High: Luna
- Savage Seas
- Scavenger Sons
All physical items that will require shipping (additional deluxe copies, etc.) can only be added to reward tiers that already include a deluxe hardcover copy of the Lunars: Fangs at the Gate deluxe hardcover (Reward Tiers of $120+). Your rewards will be sent in a single shipment when the book becomes available.
Lunars Storyteller Screen featuring beautiful Lunars 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 roughly 2' x 3' heavy canvas material printed with a map of Creation from the Lunars perspective - with additional emphasis on The Caul. 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.
UNLEASHED! - NEW ADD ON - Creation of a Lunars-themed Storyteller Screen, offered as a +$20 ADD ON to any reward tier that includes a DELUXE hardcover version of Lunars: Fangs at the Gate.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Lunar Charm Expansion: 5,000 additional words of Lunar Charms.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Animal Bestiary Expansion: 5,000 words of animal quick character stat blocks (roughly seven animals), something very useful for Lunar shapeshifters, but also for Storytellers and anyone looking to take an animal familiar.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Heroes of the Silver Pact: Stat blocks for four prominent Pact Lunars described in Fangs at the Gate: the retired orca warlord Leviathan; the spider king Aum-Ashatra; the markhor sorcerer Aqadar; and the devil of the Burning Sands, Smiling Zamisha.
UNLEASHED! - KICKSTARTER BACKER T-SHIRT – hosted on the redbubble store for a limited time, a Lunars-themed shirt at a steep discount. All backers will be notified when the shirt becomes available.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Martial Arts Expansion: Four distinctly Lunar martial arts styles: the incredibly resilient and venomous Toad style; the brutal, grappling-focused Bear style; the Sun Wukong-inspired Monkey style; and the stealthy, disease-spreading Rat style.
UNLEASHED! - DELUXE UPGRADE - Art Budget Increase: We'll increase the art budget for the Lunars: Fangs at the Gate deluxe book, adding even more awesome action-packed and evocative art!
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Chapter Fiction: Add chapter fiction to the Lunars Companion.
UNLEASHED! - DIGITAL WALLPAPER – An awesome digital wallpaper for your computer desktop featuring the Lunar Exalted. All backers will have this automatically added to their rewards list.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – War for the Caul: An adventure path and Storyteller resource for playing out the conflict between the Lunar Exalted and the Realm on the mysterious continent of the Caul.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – The Shadow Fang Vanguard: A discussion of this autocratic splinter group of the Silver Pact, including its traditions, political culture, and ambitions. Also provides stat blocks for its leaders: the majestic, brutal caribou prince Tayan Silver-Crowned; and her black-crowned night heron advisor Feather Drenched in the Blood of the Fallen.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Signature Lunar QCs: Stat blocks for the four signature Lunars: the charming but cold-hearted mantis swordsman Tegama; the fennec fox trickster Sazay Shadow-Dancer; the nautilus shaman Silent Pearl; and the emerald dove warleader Tula the Reaver.
UNLEASHED! - LUNAR NOVELLA - A short story written to better define the Lunar Exalted play experience. All backers receiving the Lunars: Fangs at the Gate PDF will have this automatically added to their rewards list.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Lunar Charm Expansion 2: 5,000 additional words of Lunar Charms.
UNLEASHED! - NEW ADD ON - Creation of a CLOTH MAP OF CREATION – LUNAR VERSION, offered as a +$80 ADD ON to any reward tier that includes a DELUXE hardcover version of Lunars: Fangs at the Gate.
UNLEASHED! - DELUXE UPGRADE - we will add two more silk book marks to the Deluxe hardcover
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – War for the Caul 2: Expanding the War for the Caul section, including a stat block for the death-defying black lion warlord Sha’a Oka.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Magic of the Moon: New sorcerous initiations and spells associated with the Silver Pact, and information on Luna’s spirit courts and divine servitors.
UNLEASHED! - NEW ADD ON – Songline Legend Runes: A +$10 Add On PDF Bundle of older edition material, including Creatures of the Wyld, Creatures of the Wyld - the Rest of the Creatures, Glories of the Most High: Luna, Savage Seas, and Scavenger Sons
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Color Art Upgrade: The interior artwork for the Lunars Companion PDF will be commissioned in full color. Also, an additional future Exalted supplement will also be upgraded to featured full color interior artwork.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Additional Dominion: Mount Namas and its shahan-yas, Tanisa Ring-Eater and Seven Obsidian Leopard
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – Sublime Danger: Quick character traits and setting detail for this popular Lunar elder, who first appeared in the “Tale of the Visiting Flare” comic, and has subsequently been mentioned in Adversaries of the Righteous. Would also include Thousand Blades style, the esoteric martial art she uses to achieve her distinctive look of having wings made out floating swords.
UNLEASHED! - MANY-FACED STRANGERS – War for the Caul 3: Stat blocks for Sha’a Oka’s chief lieutenants: the turtle-wolf witch Third Daughter of the Leaves; the goanna berserker Skathra Venomchild; the ferruginous hawk huntress Sandswept Garda-Empress; and the siaka privateer Lintha Haquen Fia-Shaw Flowers Unbending in the Storm.
AT $290,000 in funding - LUNAR NOVELLA #2 - A second short story written to better define the Lunar Exalted play experience. All backers receiving the Lunars: Fangs at the Gate PDF will have this automatically added to their rewards list.
At $300,000 in funding - Special financial bonus for developers and writers.
This is Onyx Path Publishing's 34th Kickstarter, and the company has learned how to maintain focus during a campaign to maintain manageable projects and achievable goals. 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 game 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, and we have increased our ability to judge the various stages of delivery better with each KS. The text for Lunars: Fangs at the Gate is finished, initial interior artwork has been contracted, so the development process is well underway.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the book.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise dramatically the past few years, 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 increase the shipping charges for shipments outside the US - both methods allowing us to be sure that shipping doesn't eat up the pledge money supposed to go to printing.
Risk: The game 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 recent campaigns have delivered rewards 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.
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