"Some roads you shouldn’t go down. Maps used to say, “there be dragons here.” Now they don’t. But that don’t mean the dragons aren’t there." - Lorne Malvo; Fargo
Here Be Dragons
Lex Draconis is the latest entry into the Modern Universe that allows you to play the traumatized and dangerous dragons in modern Earth. Lex Draconis is a standalone corebook designed for use in the same setting as Modern RPG but stands alone as its own playable game that asks the question..
What would you sacrifice for power?
Lex Draconis is a game about dragons living in the modern world who must balance their nearly-divine thirst for power with their mortal lives. The game takes inspiration from American Gods, Vampire The Masquerade and The Eddas. It can be used in a number of different story styles:
- Draconic Conflict: Many times, a dragon's biggest enemy will be another dragon who wants what they have, whether it be their territory, relics, or even their mortal happiness or one that has given up their mortality for power. These stories erupt as dragons face off in a back-and-forth that makes them thankful they have a friends to lean on.
- Personal Struggles: Your stories might explore more of what it means to be a draconic soul leading a mortal life, how relationships falter and change with your newfound power and deal with exploring who the character truly is and what it means to be mortal.
- Quests: Some dragons may want to dive headlong into their heritage and search for new power, mythological artifacts and hidden secrets to their own lost history in quests fraught with untold dangers.
- Defending What's Yours: As you balance your search for power with your mortality, others will inevitably try to take what is yours - your hoard. These stories involve an onslaught of monsters, hunters, mortals and even other dragons as they come to the your territory to wage war or even simply to live their own lives.
In Lex Draconis, you'll explore what it's like to acquire nearly god-like powers that threaten to drive you mad, discover your personal lineage and relationships to myths and legends of history, battle world-threatening powers, monsters and hunters and develop your relationship with other dragons, mythological beings and even the mortals around you. Throughout your story, you'll need to make tough decisions. Being a dragon gives you access to universal powers, but are you willing to risk your sanity, your mortal body or the people you love in order to acquire it? Can you balance your need to survive in a mortal-dominated world with your need to rule with an iron claw?
This book is filled with opportunities to explore what it means to be a dragon in the modern world. You can play out budding romances with mortals or even other dragons and other mythical beings, unlock the strange mysteries of Earth, the universe and your own primordial lineage and pursue power unlike the world has ever seen. Each draconic lineage has their good sides and their bad, powers and weaknesses. Each lineage is a peep-hole into the soul of the character and informs who they are as a dragon. It is your decision whether your character will follow her lineage or buck against her very nature as a primordial power. Each lineage opens a wealth of story potential.
The core Lex Draconissystem uses the familiar Pathfinder d20 system under the Modern RPG rules changes.
Long ago, during the Hadean Period, Earth was being formed and the Primordial Powers were the only life. For a time, these Powers were in a state of chaotic, shifting balance. Before the ancestors of the first races and prehistory as we know it, Earth looked more like hell than home. The same ingredients, the dust and the fire, that birthed our planet also gave birth to these Primordial Powers. They were the aspects of the Earth, cornerstones of what it would become as it began to pull itself together from the fragments of the universe. These creatures were the reflections of our planet's birth pangs. The first dragons came forth from the endless oceans of molten rock. These were the eldest dragons, the Great Wyrms.
Forged from the very same ingredients of our infant Earth, the Great Wyrms were creatures of sheer force and will. They swam within the roiling seas of lava and flew between the stars. The Great Wyrms were solitary creatures. Even in the featureless expanses of molten rock and the empty black of space, they claimed territory as their own and fought to protect what was theirs.
The dragons of today are but shadows of the power the Great Wyrms possessed. Their powers are diminished from the fracturing of their powerful souls through wars, nuclear explosions and extinction level events they have endured. Most are born to mortal families completely ignorant of the spark of draconic light they hold within their soul. When this spark awakens, their lineage boils to the surface and they become what they were always meant to be. Through the powerful rituals of their Elders, the Lex has become the means by which modern dragons may retain their mortality and resist the hubris and rage of their Calling. They can choose to protect those they love with their newfound power, defend their world from Outsiders and cosmic threats, carve their own territories and build their hordes. Those who fall to their soul's Calling become the bestial dragons of legend - creatures of instinct and anger, hunted and feared by the world. Dragons must balance both worlds, or risk losing both.
This Lex Draconis book is planned as an 8.5 x 11 hardcover book with approximately 300 to 375 pages with full-color interior art. At the launch of this Kickstarter, the book is about 50% completed and I am on track to make its debut by GenCon 2020. The majority of the funds collected through this Kickstarter project will be used to commission art and to pay for a proper design team. All funds raised through this project go toward making this book and subsequent supplements as awesome as possible. The best part about being a backer for the Lex Draconis project is that you get the book before anyone else, and you get to help make sure this awesome project comes to life!
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