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Wyrd Bið Ful Aræd
-- “The Wanderer,” from the Exeter Book
Beneath the leaden winter skies of the Northlands wyrd is fate, and fate is inexorable. Wyrd bið ful aræd.
Where raging storms sent by malevolent spirits of the Ginnungagap howl from the Far North and bury steadings and towns alike under several feet of snow, while unnamed things of tooth and shadow hunt those who dare to emerge and brave the cold. Where the blood of fighting men and women sings in harmony with the death cries of the spear-din, and the clash of wood and steel when the shield walls meet. Where enchantments older than the race of Men linger in barrow fields and primeval forests waiting to ensnare the unwary or the foolish. This is the realm of the Norns, where they measure and cut the threads of a man’s wyrd. This is the Northlands.
A Howl From The North
The Northlands Saga Complete picks up where the Northlands Saga series of adventures released in 2010 and 2011 left off. Created by fan favorite author Kenneth Spencer and extensively developed by Greg A. Vaughan, these four adventures first introduced Frog God Games fans to the barbaric Northlands, the stalwart folk who dwell there, and the perils from savage beast and demon alike that they face.
Now The Northlands Saga Complete updates and expands those original adventures with new material, completing the saga with six more adventures by Ken Spencer, Greg Vaughan, and Kevin Wright that follow directly after the originals. If you want, you can resume campaigns that “ended” after the last adventure was released in 2011, or start fresh. In addition, an eleventh new adventure is added as a “prequel” to the original four, so you can play an entire adventure path to take PCs from level 1 to 20 (about level 1 to 9 in the Swords & Wizardry version). You can play any or all of the eleven adventures as standalone sessions, or you can use them as a single continuous campaign to explore the Northlands and beyond. And as a bonus, authors Ed Greenwood, Ken Spencer, Kevin Wright, and Jeff Provine have committed to write four more adventures as stretch goals to take your campaign beyond the adventure path. This book has an estimated page count of 800-900 pages (this will vary depending on the number of stretch goals reached), and will be library bound, for years of use.
As a part of the Lost Lands campaign world, The Northlands Saga Complete includes a full-color poster map as well as a complete campaign guide detailing the cultures, history, races, nations, languages, geography, new monsters, magic, and equipment unique to those lands. In the Pathfinder version there is also a chapter dedicated to new optional rules that you can use in your game to capture the authentic spirit of the Northlands with rules for things like a character’s wyrd, death speeches, becoming a jarl, the examples of early representative politics in the Things and Althing, and trial by combat in the holmgang. In addition there are a multitude of new archetypes, feats, player-character races, and character traits for use in your Pathfinder game! When you delve into The Northlands Saga Complete, you step into the living, breathing world of the Northlands.
Take your wyrd by the throat. With The Northlands Saga Complete you can break a shield wall on trampled fields or pull a sweep upon gray icy seas to find new shores to explore or raid. Live the adventure; complete the saga!
$63,000 Gulf of Akados Region Poster Map PDF (FREE!) -This is the Lost Lands full-color poster map that was originally released with the Sword of Air Kickstarter, available free to all backers as they begin their exploration of the Lost Lands. We know many of you already have this, but of course we want everyone to have maps of our game world!
$65,000 Northlands Saga Pre-generated Characters (FREE!) - Added in to an appendix in the book, these eight 1st-level pre-generated characters are designed specifically for the Northlands Saga setting. Using the new rules from the campaign guide and including Northlands character backgrounds, they allow your group to begin your Northlands campaign immediately with a minimum of fuss while acclimating to the new setting.
$67,500 Tales of the Lost Lands: Tales Pack 3 PDF ($2) - Continuing in the tradition of the actual stories of the Northlands told in these short fiction pieces. By authors Ken Spencer, Jeff Provine, Kevin Wright, Nathan Shank, and John Bennett, these short stories look at some of the most important and interesting characters and events in the Northlands and give you the official story. Each of the short fiction pieces in these Tales of the Lost Lands looks at some character or location specifically located within The Northlands Sage Complete book to give the story behind the adventure. As a GM you can use them as plot hooks to bring in your PCs, as snapshots of the campaign to pique the interest of your players, or as seeds for your imagination as you develop your own campaign within the Northlands. Each piece begins with a GM Notes section that will tell how spoilery the story is so you’ll know if you want your players to be able to read it or not before the campaign is underway.
Tales Pack 3, unlocked with this stretch goal, brings you the pdfs of the first three of the six Northlands tales to be told with this Kickstarter for only $2 added to your existing pledge under Add Ons below. Don’t miss out on these unique first looks at the hidden tales of the Northlands.
$70,000 Tales of the Lost Lands: Tales Pack 4 PDF ($2) - The second set of Lost Lands tales that take place in the Northlands, if this goal is unlocked you get Tales Pack 4, the pdf of the next three stories in the series, for only $2 added to your existing pledge under Add Ons below.
After the Kickstarter we will be selling these Tales Pack pdfs for $3 apiece on our website, so get them now for 33% off. The Tales of the Lost Lands short fiction is still being evaluated as a product line. We have added the $2 charge to these Tales Packs to allow us to track the interest in the series to help us determine its future. So if you liked the Tales Packs that came with Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms or just have an interest in some Northlands short fiction, be sure to add $2 to your pledge for each pack as an Add-On to let us know! We don't think you'll be sorry.
Stretch Goal Add Ons
If these Add On stretch goals are unlocked and you'd like to add any of them to the products you receive, simply add the appropriate amount of money for the add on to your pledge.
$2 Tales of the Lost Lands: Tales Pack 3 PDF
$2 Tales of the Lost Lands: Tales Pack 4 PDF
Add Ons Available Now
$7 Northlands Poster Map (add another $7 if you're a PDF backer to pay for shipping)
$13 Softcover/$6 PDF - The Northlands Saga Complete Player's Guide
Included in The Northlands Saga Complete Player’s Guide are new PC races, class options, and equipment (presented in Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules with Swords & Wizardry Complete conversion commentary where needed), optional rules for players on how to handle things like fate and death speeches, eight pre-generated characters making use of some of these new characters rules and options that players can use or simply look at as examples of Northlander character creation, and six new Tales of the Lost Lands stories set in the Northlands that give examples of the kinds of adventures and attitudes that the players are likely to find in the Northlands Saga setting.
Note: The races, class options, and other rules in the player's guide are repeats of information that is included in the main book, only pared down and issued in a size easily manageable for players without them having to reference the main book and its extensive GM-only information. The short stories will all be player friendly as far as spoilers are concerned.
A Long Winter's Night Chapters 1-6 - We've decided to release this unique collection of adventure modules as six individual chapters which you can purchase individually or as a bundle of all six!
$12 Softcover/$5 PDF - A Long Winter's Night 1: The Teeth of Winter by Kenneth Spencer
Gather round the hearth fire while the winter wind blows at the eves of the hall, and listen to the words of the skald as he begins the story-chant.
When we got to the end of writing The Northlands Saga Complete, we realized they were still so many stories to tell. So when this stretch goal is unlocked a new appendix for stand-alone adventures will be added to the book, including the first adventure The Teeth of Winter. Created by the original mastermind behind the Northlands Saga, Kenneth Spencer, this adventure tells a tale of cold and fear as the players characters come upon a mead hall in the depths of winter, destroyed by some unknown beast or force. It tells the tale of Beowulf...if the legendary hero had arrived too late. And it pits the PCs against a horror worse than the worst winter storm.
$12 Softcover/$5 PDF - A Long Winter's Night 2: The Raid by Jeff Provine
Long have the Northlanders preyed upon the soft southern shores for their raiding and pillage. But when they bring their fleet of dragon-prowed longships to one coastal town, they discover an alliance deadly beyond any that they could have imagined, and the draw of battle and plunder becomes a fight for the very survival of these raiders from the sea. Jeff Provine, author of Tales of the Lost Lands for Cults of the Sundered Kingdoms and The Northlands Saga Complete brings this tale of unexpected peril to life for your players.
$12 Softcover/$5 PDF - A Long Winter's Night 3: The Drowned Maiden by Kevin Wright
Northlanders know that the sea goddess Rán and her mysterious daughters are the bane of all who sail upon the North Sea. When a ship goes down, it is Rán and her daughters who pull the sailors beneath the waves to comfort them in the cold embrace of the depths. With this stretch goal, Kevin wright, author of Quests of Doom, The Northlands Saga Complete, and Tales of the Lost Lands brings the tale of what happens when one of the daughters of Rán decides that the love of a mortal is more interesting than watching his drowning death throes, and murder, intrigue, and love collide in The Drowned Maiden.
$12 Softcover/$5 PDF - A Long Winter's Night 4: Oath of the Predator by James M. Spahn
Thorvald the Wanderer has been dead for a generation, though in his time came out of the wild places of the world to bring peace and justice to those who lived on the edge of untamed lands. As his reputation grew he drew the service of several loyal retainers – none more loyal than Ivar the Stout. Ivar became his closest friend and loyal bodyguard. Together they drove back the fell things of the great forest including a great many predators who were corrupted with some terrible malady whose source went undiscovered for decades. Predators of all manner seemed to crawl from the shadows with a taste for the flesh of men, elves and other sentient beings. They were keen and cunning beyond the intelligence of normal animals.
$12 Softcover/$5 PDF - A Long Winter's Night 5: The Hidden Huscarl by Casey Christofferson
Not long ago the Sea Bear, a longship captained by Tjorvi Thurgurson, the nephew of the legendary jarl and explorer Hallbjorn Bolverkson arrived in Bard’s Gate. The Sea Bear came loaded with pelts of great cats, otters, and beaver of prodigious size as well as plumage of birds never seen before in the Southlands. Tjorvi claims that the items were gathered from the mythical Oestryn Islands, and has boasted that many more riches from the legendary isles would be brought for trade.
Tjorvi’s great boasts soon caught the attention of many of the city's underworld interests, and he was approached by Duloth who made a lucrative offer to Tjorvi for cartage of goods from Freegate to Bard’s Gate. The brash young Northlander, not recognizing Duloth for whom he was, pushed the crime boss from the gunwale of the Sea Bear into the canal, embarrassing him in front of many witnesses. Incensed at the affront, Duloth swore his revenge and before the sun rose again on the following day, Tjorvi had gone missing from the deck of the Sea Bear.
This adventure links the main continent of the Lost Lands and Bard’s Gate to the Northlands campaign! Those of our fans who have spent years adventuring in Rappan Athuk, Stoneheart Valley, and the Bard’s Gate area can easily import the Northlands into their game using this transitional module.
$12 Softcover/$5 PDF - A Long Winter's Night 6: One Night in Valhalla by Ed Greenwood
Legendary game designer Ed Greenwood joins the Northlands fun when this stretch goal is reached as the PCs find themselves in Wotan's mead hall pitted between the designs of his two sons. There they must discover who is the greater danger between Donar the Thunderer and Loptr the Trickster.
$60 Softcover/$25 PDF - A Long Winter's Night Chapters 1-6 - This is all 6 of the softcover modules for the price of 5. It comes as the six separately bound adventures or separate pdfs. It is not a single combined softcover book.
$1,500 Metal Book - Custom Blacksmith Forged Cover: add this to your pledge and you'll receive one of our incredible custom blacksmith forged cover which are hand sewn bound with thick rough leather bound spine. You may select either Pathfinder of Swords & Wizardry game system, or one of each for $3,000. Metal books will not be available outside of the Kickstarter. They will ship separately from your hardcover books and are estimated to arrive in March 2016.
We had the option of collecting shipping fees during this Kickstarter campaign or through BackerKit. We have decided to collect shipping fees through BackerKit for the following reasons:
- 1. Collecting shipping fees during the campaign artificially increases the funding level of the campaign.
- 2. Collecting shipping fees through BackerKit prevents our backers from having to pre-pay for shipping months in advance.
- 3. By collecting shipping fees shortly before fulfillment, we will be able to most accurately determine shipping costs based on actual book weights instead of estimating.
All backers are required to pay additional shipping charges beyond their pledge. Please refer to FAQ at the bottom of the page for estimated shipping charges. These charges will be assessed for payment upon completion of a BackerKit survey which will sent after the successful conclusion of this Kickstarter.
Epic Pledge Levels
TEMPLE DALLAS:The Northlands Saga Complete (PF and S&W both) Leather covers + Hardcovers + PDFs plus all Stretch Goals that have been reached (ALL FREE!!!) plus all shipping charges for these items anywhere in the world (FREE!!!) plus join the Froggies at North Texas RPG Con 2016, where we will pay for:
Your convention badge
Your hotel room
Your meals and beverages
All you pay is your transportation to and from the convention!
Shipping charges apply as normal for any additional purchases through Backer Kit.
BackerKit Add Ons
Select Lost Lands titles will be included in BackerKit as add ons at the conclusion of this Kickstarter campaign.
Shipping Costs FAQ
The estimated shipping weight for this book including packaging is around 10 pounds per book! Current estimated shipping for domestic, Canada and international is as follows based on pledge level:
- Fighter - Veteran: $8 / $45 / $56
- Knight - Paladin: $10 / $60 / $90
- Paragon: $12 / $120 / $180
Risks and challenges
The manuscript of this book is fully written and edited for PFRPG. Completed art pieces and the Swords & Wizardry conversions are rolling in on schedule, but do have to be complete before we can finish the final layout steps. Delays in art delivery or rules-conversion could cause delays in the book's completion (and thus on delivery dates). We anticipate that if something goes awry with these final steps, the delay would not exceed one month.
Other than conversion delays, our only other foreseeable risk is if our production facility gets backlogged. Our printer is a large producer of college text books and yearbooks, so depending on the time of year they can have a suddenly busy production schedule. We have been using them for our big books for the last 5 years, and they have always been reliable, but if our order gets caught in a text or yearbook crush it can cause delays in the printing. This has not been a problem to date but is always a remote possibility, and we wanted to be transparent with you about it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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