About this project
The Stygian Garden of Abelia Prem is an eerie, location-based adventure module for low-level characters. It's directly compatible with Lamentations of the Flame Princess and more broadly compatible with a huge selection of OSR rule sets.
This 24-page, softcover module was written by Clint Krause, author of Don't Walk in Winter Wood, Vacant Ritual Assembly (an OSR zine), and other obscure rpg stuff. It will feature artwork by George Cotronis, cartography by Stephanie McAlea, and editing by Katherine Richards. 5.5" x 8.5" (half letter size). Color cover, b&w interior. Clean, functional layout designed for easy use at the table. 51 keyed locations. 5 pages of maps.
The module is already written, playtested, and laid out. The goal of this funding campaign is simply to provide money for artwork, editing, and cartography. There are NO STRETCH GOALS, what you see is what you get. We aim to deliver promptly with a minimum of complications.
Shipping is automatically added to your pledge at checkout. $5 to the US, $10 to the rest of the world.
Abelia Prem was a peculiar woman. Born to a wealthy merchant family, she grew up with no desire unfulfilled. However, she did not inherit her family’s lust for wealth. She had ambitions to be a scholar, a traveler, and an explorer of unknown places. Throughout her life she studied, remaining bookish and reclusive while her siblings engaged in the more typical mating rituals of the idle rich. When her parents left her a sizable inheritance she built a secluded manor, a sanctuary of intellect away from what she saw as the crass, banal world around her.
In her middle age she was known for hosting extravagant salon parties for the local nobles, scholars, and bardic colleges. Her gardens were considered the most extraordinary in the region. Her study of horticulture continued well into her later life, when she developed an interest in rare and hybrid species of plants. This interest eventually led Abelia to discover a most interesting legend about the rarest flower of all, the Stygian Rose.
Supposedly this midnight black rose grew in compact bushes along the banks of the river Styx, the physical boundary between the realm of the living and the underworld. As a learned woman, she regarded this legend as common superstition until she came across the writings of the great adventurer Leopold Malando. In his journals, Malando described a chthonic expedition wherein he not only found this plant, but used it to restore life to one of his dead colleagues. Unfortunately for Abelia, this discovery occurred just prior to the dementia that claimed her mind in the last years of her life.
She became obsessed with the prospect of finding the Stygian Rose and adding it to her world-renowned garden. She contracted a team of dwarven diggers to tunnel below her gardens and search for the river of the dead. In the end, she may have found it. 10 years ago Abelia Prem vanished without a trace, leaving her property abandoned. In the months prior to her disappearance, she suddenly released her servants from duty in a fit of dementia. Neither Abelia Prem, nor her team of dwarves were ever seen again.
This product is an independent production by Red Moon Medicine Show and is not affiliated with Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Lamentations of the Flame Princess is a registered trademark owned by James Edward Raggi IV.
Video by Trevor Scott
Risks and challenges
Cassie and I have been publishing small press games since 2004. We've experienced many successes, many failures, and have generally learned to persevere through a whole gamut of potential issues. This is our second Kickstarter campaign. Our first, Don't Walk in Winter Wood, was funded and fulfilled successfully without too much drama. We learned a number of lessons from that campaign and plan to make this one even smoother.
Since we're working with external talent (George for the illustrations and Stephanie for the maps) there's always a possibility for a delay that's beyond our control, but we've learned that most problems of this sort can be mitigated through frequent, honest communication with our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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