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About this project

The Nanten is a jungle so hostile that to enter it willingly is considered suicide. When the world's greatest swordsman was sent there, he was meant to die. The question that hangs in the air is what would happen if he returned home?

We're about to find out.

Into the Nanten is the journal of Marceles na Tetrarch, a warrior currently exiled to the Nanten for a murder of passion. This Kickstarter is to keep his story going.

He goes in search of a man that he hates who was exiled there 20 years ago: Brin Salisir. It's rumored that Salisir went to discover a cult risen from the darkest dredges of humanity. What Marceles doesn't know is if those rumors are true.

 Into the Nanten is created and produced by Jay Swanson, illustrated by Nimit Malavia, and narrated by Dennis Kleinman. This is our second Kickstarter and bid to run a third season of Into the Nanten.

What the heck is a "real-time fantasy blog?"

Each entry that Marceles writes in his journal posts in real time on intothenanten.com – if he writes in the evening, his entry goes live that evening (EST). If he’s running for his life, you don’t hear from him for a few days.

You can follow his thoughts on twitter @MTetrarch, see through his eyes in the illustrations, and hear his voice in the podcast.

Are you new to Into the Nanten?

If you're new to the story, Journal 3 will be a fantastic place to pick it up!

If you haven’t read any yet and would like to get caught up, Journal 1 is available in ebook or paperback, and you can read both journals for free from the beginning at intothenanten.com/journal. This Kickstarter is intended to keep it going for one more journal (you can think of journals as TV seasons with daily episodes).

You have plenty of time to get caught up, and we are so excited to have you join if this is your first time entering the jungle. Journal 1 got us into the Nanten and Journal 2 has taken us to its very core. Journal 3 will bring the whole story full-circle, forcing Marceles to face the conspirators who put him out to die.

A huge part of the experience is following along day-by-day, though many people choose to binge a week or a month at a time. However you prefer to read the story is up to you - it will be there for you whenever you're ready.

If you do catch up, you'll have the pleasure of knowing that you're as far into the story as anyone. No one knows more than Marceles has shared to date - which means tomorrow brings whatever joys or trials tomorrow holds. (Usually trials)

What are the rewards?

Get yourself illustrated into season three. Need I say more?

Letters

Each backer tier comes with its own unique letter, written by someone directly tied to Marceles’ past, trial, or exile. These will give you a unique look behind the scenes surrounding Marceles' crime and subsequent exile into the Nanten.


Each letter not only comes with its own twists and answers, but foreshadowing of what is to come in Journal 3.

Prints from Journal 2

There are plenty of prints to choose in Journal 2 which will remain unavailable for purchase until the launch of Journal 3. We're going to simplify the selection this year, so your input on which ones you'd like to have on offer will be taken with great weight (you can browse them quickly on Instagram @mindofjayswanson).

Unique Studies

There are two unique studies by Naomi Franquiz available, one highlighting the weapons of the Nanten and the other locations. These will be available as tabloid prints ready to frame and you can get both for an additional $25 on your pledge (for a total of $100).

Get illustrated into Journal 3

There are two tiers at which you can get your likeness illustrated into the third journal, and there will be plenty of new characters who you could become. The lower level is as a minor character - someone in the background or, if you're lucky, a corpse (and have a morbid sense of luck). If you get yourself illustrated into the third season as a major character, we'll send you the original portrait of yourself, hand drawn by Nimit Malavia.

All of the Journal Two prints will be archival quality giclée, and the top-tier reproduction journal will be hand-bound in leather like last year's (after I sufficiently wrangle the text and mud splatters).

While it won't have the gold plates you see above (he ran out which, considering they're from the 1890's, seems perfectly understandable), we'll throw in some fun additions this year if we can find some that fit.

And just in case you're curious if it comes in color: YES.


What's coming next?

Marceles was sent into exile by the people he trusted most and, though he doesn't know it yet, in the midst of his crime he stumbled into the middle of a conspiracy. The Old Empire faces greater enemies within than without, and it is to the Old Empire that Marceles must return.

What do we need?

$15,600 – Here’s the breakdown:

$10,000 for illustrations
$3,000 for narration
$1,360 for perks
$1,240 for Kickstarter and credit card processing (8% together).

As you can tell, $15,600 is significantly higher than what I asked for in our last Kickstarter. This is primarily because last year I asked only for what I thought we could get. I also didn’t do the math on just how heavy Kickstarter’s cut was the first time around nor just how expensive some perks would turn out, so I’ve corrected for that.

Stretch Goals

$18k -Kickstarter Exclusive T-Shirt (add-on purchase) 
$25k - Limited Edition, Hardcover, Full-Color Edition of Journal 2 (add-on purchase)

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Risks and challenges

We've already produced two full seasons so far without fail. We've also fulfilled all of these rewards before, so the only potential downside will be if one of our suppliers folds or just drops off the face of the earth.

It does look like we'll have to use a different binder this year for the leather-bound journal, but I've already sourced a few new options.

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    Thank you! Your beautiful name will appear on this season's Nantese wall of gratitude.
    (Included in all pledge levels)

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    LETTER & eBOOKS: Physical copy of a letter from Marsuvius to Marceles - one that didn't make it to him before he left the capitol under armed guard. eBooks of Journals 1& 2.

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    ONE PRINT from Journal Two.
    Letter from Marsuvius to Marceles. eBook of Journal 1 & 2.

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    THREE PRINTS - Early Bangara gets the worm: Three prints from Journal Two.
    Letter from Dionus’ most powerful client. eBook of Journal 1&2.

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    ONE STUDY - "Weapons of the Nanten" or "Locations of the Nanten" studies - 11"x17" (Add $25 for both).
    Letter from Naline to Marceles sent shortly before her death. eBook of Journal 1&2.

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    YOU IN THE STORY: Your likeness drawn into Season Three of Into the Nanten as a minor player. Includes one print. (Note, you'll still have to wait to see it just like everyone else)
    Sentence and subsequent edict of the High King. eBook of Journal 1&2.

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    YOU IN THE STORY + THE ORIGINAL: Your likeness drawn into Season Three of Into the Nanten as a major player. Includes the original source drawing of yourself. (Note, you'll still have to wait to see it just like everyone else)
    Letter from Brother Opal to the Tetrarch. eBook of Journal 1&2.

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    LEATHER-BOUND JOURNAL: Leather-bound reproduction of journal two.
    Internal letter to the First Order of the Tetrarch. eBook of Journal 1&2.

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