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Stephen Chenault, creator of the World of Aihrde and author of the Codex of Aihrde has written a fair amount of fiction for the setting. You can download and enjoy the first tale from his collection of short stories, A Houseless God & Other Tales," HERE! "A Housleess God & Other Tales" is free to everyone who backed at $30 and above!
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Quick Kickstarter content guide
Players Guide to Aihrde: 144 (est) page, full color hardcover
- Codex of Aihrde, 288 page full color hardcover Aihrde setting book
- Lion in the Ropes, 20 page adventure module
- 5th Edition Archives Vol. 1: Codex of Aihrde/six adventures
- 5th Edition Archives Vol. 2: Players Guide to Aihrde/six Adventures
- A Houseless God & Other Tales: 80 page collection of stories
- Guilds & Orders: 24 page supplement
ABOUT THE PLAYERS GUIDE to AIHRDE
The Fifth Edition Players Guide to Aihrde is far more than an introductory book to Aihrde; it is a game book designed for 5th Edition players! This full color, hardcover book is presently set at 128 pages (though likely to go much longer). It is absolutely jam-packed with information to take your Fifth Edition Fantasy game to the next level, regardless of whether you adopt the campaign setting of Aihrde. We’re confident, however, that the world will win you over just as it has so many others…(scroll down for more details).
WHAT IS AIHRDE?
Aihrde is a living world of gods, peoples, of countries and realms, of wild and forgotten places. There are over 50 gods outlined for play, from the Val Eahrakun to the Austrien. A dozen peoples including dwarves, elves, men, halflings, gnomes, orcs, goblins, giants, trolls, dragons and more. Each of 30 plus realms are intimately detailed with history, government, economy, military, present rulers and other specific information.
Its vibrant mythology and unfolding history makes the World of Aihrde an unparalleled fantasy setting with a wealth of playable material! Rich in adventure hooks, Aihrde is like no other on the market today. It infuses character generation with an energy unique for its genre, and arms the game master with material that is both fixed and malleable.
When you look for a new campaign setting, you want a fully-supported, truly epic and detailed setting with dozens of adventure modules released and in production. You need a setting that includes ZERO metaplot, ZERO iconic characters to hog the limelight from your heroes. You want 10,000 YEARS of background, fully fleshed out cultures, dozens of races and custom class paths, and fearsome new approaches to magic... and you want to be able to use it in ANY 5e game.
Aihrde...it's got all the grit, mystery and epic scale you want from a campaign setting that you can make your own...and it's rearing to go for your 5e games.
THE PLAYERS GUIDE TO AIHRDE: A LOOK INSIDE
In the Players Guide we bring a complete write-up of the history and background of each of the races within the context of the world. No longer is your dwarf, elf, halfling, gnome or other character a generic fantasy stereotype; they are given a broad treatment that ties them directly to the weave of the world and the Arc of Time within. Each of these demi-humans offers new sub-races for your Fifth Edition game, as well as new class archetypes based on the cultures of these races. In addition, we present a brand new race: the goblin as a PC, with a special Eldritch Goblin (reborn) sub-race!
Iron Born: The dwarves of Aihrde are powerful creatures, favored by the All Father. Stout of heart, keen and determined. They are driven by the Andanuth, the oath of life to their forefathers made to the All Father long ago.
High Elves: Steeped in the magic of their own creation, the High Elves straddle the line between the mundane and the magical as warrior magi.
Twilight Elves: Corrupted during the years of the Winter’s Dark, these elves nevertheless stood against the tyranny of the Horned God, Unklar. Now they sit apart from their high elf cousins, dwelling deep in the forests of the Twilight Wood, working the mysterious magics of Utumno, the Dreaming God.
Other Elves: A variety of other elven sub-races are also offered. Choose from Wild Elves, Mist Elves, Aihrdian Wood Elves and more!
The Reborn: Goblins of the Red God’s making, who have shunned his path. They are reborn. Their powers are steeped in their own history and that of the world, they do not dabble in sorcery, but rather, are a fount of it.
Hugrin Dun: The gnomes are a stout people and worship the fallen goddess. With the strength of her in mind they have always stood the battering of the world. They are creatures who have mastered the primeval world and unleash it on those that oppose them.
Wolf Hounds: Halflings, called the Felon Noch by the Dwarves, who have been forced to live a life on the edge of the wild, hunted for many long years. Now they seek to mete out vengeance and death on all those who wronged them.
The Dragonmen of Kaath: the dragonborn of Aihrde are depraved creatures who once were men, but corrupted by sorcery and their worship of draconic gods.
Demi-humans are offered with rules particular to each of the five peoples, dwarves, elves (with a variety of elves covered), halflings, goblins and gnomes.
NEW CHARACTER CLASS OPTIONS
Not only will you get new sub-races in the Player’s Guide to Aihrde, but new archetypes, paths, oaths, colleges, domains, arcane traditions and more. All of these have a deep connection to the campaign setting, some to individual PC races and others to the guilds and orders of Aihrde, but can easily be translated to your 5e game of choice.
Barbarians—the Felon Noch: This barbarian path is tied to the halflings of Aihrde, or those raised among them. It provides a connection to the beasts of the earth as well as ranged weapon mastery and stealth to bolster the already fierce combat of the barbarian.
- Bards and Rogues – the Crna Ruk: Presented as a rogue archetype and bard college, the Crna Ruk are a guild of shadowy assassins in Aihrde, in the service of dark gods.
- Clerical Domains: Included are new takes on the creation and ice domains.
- Druid Circle – the Hugrin Dun: Tied to the gnomes, these are elemental druids with a deep connection to earth, air, water and fire that extends even to their wild shape.
- Fighters – the Heisen Fodt and Oraalau: The dwarven Heisen Fodt warriors stand fast against onslaughts and learn to use their weapons (including shields) to their maximum capabilities. The elven blade mages or Oraalau combine magic and swordplay in a unique and stylish way that makes them the dread of all they face.
- Monks – The Lothian Clerics: These monks are a secret monastic order dedicated to shielding the defenseless and providing aid and succor to those in need.
- • Paladins – The Confessor Knights and Defenders of the Flame: Tied to the power of the Dreaming Sea, the essence of the All Father himself, the Confessor Knights swear an oath to seek truth and punish sinners, while the Defenders of the Flame are dedicated to preventing the return of the Winter Dark.
- Rangers – The Watchers in the Woods: This guild of rangers are dedicated to standing aside their druidic brethren to protect the wilds against interlopers and those who would corrupt its beauty.
- Sorcerers – The Fiendish Bloodline: Some sorcerers carry demonic or diabolic blood in their veins. Not quite Tieflings, they nevertheless wield the powers of Hell and Hades in their magic.
- Warlocks – The Rune Mark: Presented both as a traditional warlock pact, and a full, expanded and brand new approach to warlock magic, the Rune Mark is able to craft the Language of Creation and wield the awesome power of rune magic.
- Wizards – The Paths of Umbra and White Order: Born of the dark days during the Winter Dark, these two arcane traditions are focused on unlocking the secrets of magical travel, knowledge and raw arcane empowerment.
NEW RULES FOR YOUR GAME
The Fifth Edition Players Guide to Aihrde offers far more than just demi-human classes, however. Within its pages you’ll find more spells, equipment, fast paced combat rules, as well as learn the secrets of rune magic, including the dreaded Blood Runes, those ancients magics that allow one to pass through time as a shadow. With the Blood Runes comes a discussion of time travel in game context.
There are rules for class skill checks—never worry about your Cleric not being proficient in religion or forgetting to take proficiency in survival for your Druid! Rules for critical misses, crushing blows, bonus languages literacy and more! The rules section culminates in rules for inspiration points—no longer do you simply have inspiration or not. You gain points that you can use for far more than just gaining advantage on a roll. This optional subsystem allows for a greater degree of drama and player agency within the context of the game.
OF THE COSMOS AND THE WORLD
Next up are the gods, with each major deity of the world outlined for the players use. Clerics dedicated to a given deity find that beyond their domain, they get additional cleric spells or special, albeit minor, powers to further enhance their character’s role in the game. For instance, those who worship Wenafar, the goddess of nature can gain the ability to wild shape as a druid once per long rest.
After getting familiar with the gods, you’ll see a complete primer on the setting. The world of Aihrde is laid out before you, including the peoples, kingdoms, geography and the guilds and orders of Aihrde.
From there, you’ll see appendices on the economy of Aihrde, and rules for bringing black powder firearms into your 5e games. Finally, for our SIEGE engine game fans, we haven’t forgotten you, either. The final appendix includes guidelines for adding elements of Fifth Edition Fantasy into your C&C games.
The Players Guide is a small resource with a massive amount of gaming material. It’s everything you need to get started in a rich setting that encompasses over 10,000 years of history, without being tied to metaplot or someone else’s epic hero NPCs. This world is dark, epic, gritty, dramatic, and best of all, it’s yours to make of it what you will!
WHAT IF I DON'T PLAY IN AIHRDE?
Aihrde is a giant setting and a world rich in detail. The Players Guide helps to bring the world alive at the table. But it stands by itself. Even those who do not play in the world of Aihrde can use this book and its basic classes and magic to bring a whole new feel to their own table or even their own world.
Published in 2015 The Codex of Aihrde is a fantasy campaign world setting book designed for use with any Role Playing Game. The Codex is jammed with 250 full color pages of content that explores the whole world, from its creation in the Days before Days, chronicling its long history, with a complete guide to its people, lands, places and gods. Read more about the Codex of Aihrde!
The world of Aihrde spins upon an earth-like axis of ancient civilizations where good and evil have struggled for countless years. It is a world that bears the markings of its past; where ancient evils slumber, stained with the power of eldritch wizardry; where gods dwell in bejeweled halls of wonderment, worshiped by men and women of all creeds; where dragons live in great dens of heaped treasure; where the new stands upon the ruins of the old in beds of ancient glory.
A Visual Guide to the Pledge Levels
$10 ~ 3 books (PDF only)
$60 ~ 1 box, 1 Hardcover Book, 7 Adventure Modules, Guilds and Orders (Print and PDF)
$75 ~ 2 Hardcover Books, 1 Adventure Module, Guilds and Orders (Print and PDF)
$120 ~ 2 boxes, 2 Hardcover Books, 14 Adventure Modules, Guilds and Orders (Print and PDF)
A Brief History of the Creation of the World
5th EDITION ARCHIVE CONTENTS
The Archives are boxed sets that combine our very popular A-series adventure modules with the Players Guide and Codex of Aihrde.
5th Edition Archives Vol. 1 comes complete with the following:
- The Codex of Aihdre
- Regional Map of Aihrde
- A0 Knight Rising
- A1 Assault on Blacktooth Ridge
- A2 Slag Heap
- A3 Wicked Cauldron
- A4 Usurpers of the Fell Axe
- A5 The Shattered Horn
5th Edition Archives Vol. 2 comes complete with the following:
- Players Guide to Aihrde
- A6 Of Banishment & Blight
- A7 Beneath the Despairing Stone
- A8 Forsaken Mountain
- A9 Beneath the Helm of Night
- A10 The Last Respite
- A11 The Wasting Way
- A12 The Paladin's Lament
$9,000 Players Guide to Aihrde: Funding Achieved! We will send the Players Guide to press!
$12,000 Guilds and Orders: Unlocked! We will include a PDF of Guilds and Orders with your pledge. Guilds and Orders is a simple resource guide for use at almost any table and any roleplaying game. Guilds & Orders covers Bard Colleges, Magical Orders, Ranger Orders, Thief Guilds, Tradesman Guilds and more! This PDF available for all pledges $30 and above.
$15,000 Guilds and Orders: Unlocked! We will include a PRINT copy of Guilds and Orders with your pledge. Guilds and Orders is a simple resource guide for use at almost any table and any roleplaying game. Guilds & Orders covers Bard Colleges, Magical Orders, Ranger Orders, Thief Guilds, Tradesman Guilds and more! This PRINT COPY available for all pledges $40 and above.
$18,000 Players Guide Expansion: Unlocked! The Blood Elves: We'll include a new sub-race of elves, those corrupted by the power of Aufstrag, twisted into creatures far removed from their homes on the Seven Rivers. This expansion included in all Players Guide books, print and PDF.
$20,000 Psionics: Unlocked! We are bringing psionics to your game table!
$20,000 FREE Book Challenge: Crushed it! Everyone who has pledged $60 or more receives a copy of the hardcover novel The Andanuth, signed by Stephen Chenault.
$21,000 The Soul Mage: Unlocked! A new arcane tradition, clerical domain, sorcerous bloodline and warlock pact await! Long ago, the Blood Elves were corrupted by the dark horrors of Unklar in Aufstrag. When those fell creatures re-emerged, they brought with them a new approach to magic. Soul Magi are those spell casters with an unnatural connection to the negative energy plane, drawing upon the very souls of their victims to bolster their own magical powers. As deadly to their allies as their enemies, soul magi are powerful, often corrupt, and insidious even as they spread beyond the Blood Elves into the other races of the world.
$22,0000 New Bardic College and A Paladin Oath: Unlocked! The origins of the Warrior Poets of the Brotherhood like upon the bloody battle field of Goztenberg Keep, but today their fame and power is everywhere. The Knights of Haven are tasked with pilgrims to the god Ore-Tsar safe from harm. It is a task they take seriously.
$23,000 Aihrde Expansion: Aufstrag & Environs: Unlocked! Steve Chenault will delve into the lands around the mountainous tower that is Festung Aufstrag. (Download AUFSTRAG PRELUDES HERE). This will include the Grausumland Swamp, The Wasting Way, Toten Fields, Plains of Achrothos, Withing Oaks, Grosswald Forest and so very much more (for the A series fans, this will include the headwaters of Hruesen River). This book will be available in print and pdf form for pledge levels $60 and above ($80 pledge level receives the digital copy only).
$24,000 More Cleric Domains and another Arcane Tradition: Unlocked! Along with another cleric domain we’ll include the Nebian magi. Magi who served the Horned God in the days of his glory. The order is much reduced but always hungry for a return to power.
$25,000 Fighter Archtype and A Cleric Domain: Unlocked! Along with another cleric domain comes a new fighter Archteype. The Cult of the Sword is loose affiliation of mercenaries and warriors marked by the simple tattoo of a gladius blade.
$26,000 Dragonlock Miniature 3D Terrain: Unlocked! Fat Dragon Games has generously offered up two of their amazing 3D terrain sets. These can be printed on your home 3D printed or at most Kinko's. These things are just cool. And you can print as many as you can print! For $60, $75 and $80 backers you’ll receive the Dungeon Starter Set! Everything you need to print a fully functional dungeon. If you are backing above $120 and above you’ll receive the Dungeon Starter Set AND the Mountain King!
$28,000 New Fighter and Ranger Archetype, and new Paladin Oath: Unlocked! The Vale Knights, thought destroyed during the Battle for the Castle of Spires in 1122md, during the Winter Dark, have nevertheless survived to the modern day. This loosely affiliated order of fighters and rangers are dedicated to hunting the minions of Unklar wherever they rise. The Eakavrun Nedrul, or reavers of goblins, are those dwarves who have never left the Dwarf-Goblin wars behind. These deadly and obsessive Paladins swear an Oath of Destruction to wipe out goblins and goblinoids wherever they are found, and have no other purpose in their lives.
$30,000 To the Marrow: Further Adventures of Eurich Gunshoff: Unlocked! Four more tales of Eurich Gunshoff and the ranger Ave. These tales pick up after A Houseless God and Other Tales. They include "The Long Pursuit", "Huadun & the Five Caves", "To the Marrow", and "Debt for the Afterlife". The digital copy goes to anyone who backs at $30 and above. The Print copy will be included in all $60 or higher package levels (except the all digital $80 level).
Next Round of STRETCH REWARDS COMING UP!
- The Codex of Aihrde, $45
- The Codex of Aihrde (digital), $15
Aihrde Maps (World, Regional), Tubed, $12*
- The Players Guide to Aihrde, $25
- The Players Guide to Aihrde (digital), $10
- 5th Edition Archives Vol. 1, $75**
- 5th Edition Archives Vol. 2, $45**
- The Lion in Ropes, Print, $5
- The Darkenfold Expansion Book, $7
- The Darkenfold Expansion Book (Digital), $5
- Combined, Print and Digital, $9
- The Gottland-Ne Expansion Book, $7
- The Gottland-Ne Expansion Book (Digital), $5
- Combined, Print and Digital, $9
- Aufstrag Environs Expansion Book, $7
- Aufstrag Environs Expansion Book (Digital) $5
- Combined, Print and Digital, $9
- 5th Ed The Mortality of Green Adventure, $9
- 5th Ed The Mortality of Green Adventure (Digital), $7
- Combined, Print and Digital, $11
- 5th Ed Shades of Mist Adventure, $9
- 5th Ed Shades of Mist Adventure (Digital), $7
- Combined, Print and Digital, $11
- 5th Ed Giant's Rapture Adventure, $7
- 5th Ed Giant's Rapture Adventure (Digital), $5
- Combined, Print and Digital, $11
- Collector's Copy of the Players Guide to Aihrde, $65
* These set of maps is tubed. There are three maps in the set, each 37 x 29 inches wide full color. It includes the World of Aihrde and the Regional Map split into two maps. See HERE.
**For the Contents of the 5th Edition Archives see above.
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