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Beneath, the Spire and the Sound - book 2 of the Beneath series, a system-agnostic RPG module.
Beneath, the Spire and the Sound - book 2 of the Beneath series, a system-agnostic RPG module.
Beneath, the Spire and the Sound - book 2 of the Beneath series, a system-agnostic RPG module.
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Beneath, the Spire and the Sound (book 2) 

Salt of the stars and salt of the earth -- the critically acclaimed series is back! The armies of Seven Walls and the armies of Leaf have set their weapons aside -- mid-battle -- and cast off their armor and clothes. They walk hand-in-hand, naked, laughing, as friends, into the UnDungeon. Hannah has been captured. Now Baron Lennox beckons for you to return from your dark decent, rewarding you with The Perseverance [a tavern]. Beneath book 2 begins. 

Explicit Content - Beneath is for adults only. 18+

"Beneath challenges the conventional idea of the 'Dungeon crawl' in so many ways and succeeds in them all. It is radical yet well crafted, it is shocking yet thought provoking, it is familiar yet intensly Alien. If roleplaying is a Tree with all the various games and genres spreading out from it, then 'beneath' is one sick and twisted branch that waits for all brave travellers who dare to tread their foot upon."  Jay of Colosseum Rex (U.K.)

"Beneath as a series is doing so much to reinvent what it means to be a prewritten adventure module. But Beneath isn’t just a few module books, it’s a living document full of unexpected messed up stuff and amazing artistic expression. You’ll feel like you’re talking to real people when you’re talking to the NPC’s. So strap in, and let’s get salty." Zach Benge of Tabletop Radio Hour

"Beneath is a return to that thing that made gaming cool in the 80s, it's dangerous and brutal, yet modern in it’s approach to subtext. A unique, grotesque, disturbing work that is entertaining and well crafted. A horror crawl that examines the topics of self absorption and the dangers held within. Your table deserves this experience and the sequel that follows." Emanuel James Miller, Owner, Crit Hit Conventions

"Beneath masterfully blends narrative, adventure, combat, and character involvement. A dark tale that left our group massively satisfied." The Inner Gamer

"I've never seen anything like this on an RPG level and I think it's f*cking rad." Full Metal RPG / Podcast

Undead Viking review here. 

Players will venture back to CragLee to claim the rewards they earned from book 1, including The Perseverance (a large tavern). Your party will even manage a "character sheet" specifically made for The Perseverance:  name a bar manager, track profits, store items, and customize the property.

Players will also meet Emily, a “Game Witch” who will share Hannah’s secret and also provide valuable support throughout the second half of the campaign. She can take an apprentice and teach them to imbue animal and human organs with powerful magic. 

Horrors compound as the party returns to the UnDungeon and "The Vert" to face the more inverted abominations. Player’s decisions affect the outcomes of Hannah and many of the townspeople who have been seduced by the Inverted Cupid. Players will discover what The Invert actually is--a living, breathing cultural catalyst (a "Vert") summoned with only the best intentions.

THE BOOK (Beneath, the Spire and the Sound)

  • 200+ pages
  • Matte cover
  • Perfectly bound
  • 8.5" x 8.5"
  • Original illustrations by Scott Buonchristano and Justin Sirois 
  • 50+ maps
  • Emily (NPC) and Suit of Salt character sheets
  • The Perseverance (tavern) management sheet

You will need Beneath book 1 to play Beneath book 2. If you need book 1 now, you can get it on Amazon (free shipping with Prime).

ADD ONS - DO NOT MISS THIS

  • Pleasures and Pestilence (limited edition cover, 200+ page monster manual) for only $12
  • Beneath Book 1 (softcover) $15
  • Beneath Book 1 (hardcover, only 200 printed) $29
  • Extra copies of Beneath, the Spire and the Sound $15
  • Beneath Player's Handbook version 1.2 with new content $14
  • Limited Edition shirt in both Mens and Womens $22
    (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
  • Goat Sticker (vinyl) $2
2 limited edition minis come in the Beneath Box Set (NPCs: Hannah and Emily)
2 limited edition minis come in the Beneath Box Set (NPCs: Hannah and Emily)
 

ADD ONS - DO NOT MISS THIS

craft powerful armor
craft powerful armor

CRAFT RARE MAGIC ITEMS

Suits of Salt: Players will finally see the fruits of their labor. Collecting Stained Salt will allow them to craft weapons including Suits of Salt - a hybrid armor with special abilities like: Salt Shift - By focusing with both hands at a target, PCs can bend crystalline salt from 2 squares away (10 feet), shifting all salt inside a being. This “salt shift” can tear flesh and burst organs. It can flood a target’s heart with salt from all surrounding tissue. Critical hits will rupture flesh.

A much larger world (50+ hours of gameplay): Beneath, the Spire and the Sound expands and concludes the first campaign with larger maps and non-linear gameplay. The dungeon map is 4 times as large as the first book. Players can become the Game Witch's apprentice and use her bag of parts (she literally carries severed human parts in a bag that are imbued with magic... yes, there is a human penis in her bag).

Become Vert Raiders: Players will learn how to fight and decimate the "Vert" short for Invert. Decide if saving the townspeople of CragLee, Seven Walls, and Leaf is as important to you as crafting greater items.

Unique Dungeon Dealer system: As in book 1, the GM can indefinitely expand the UnDungeon's map using the Dungeon Dealer system included inside the book. They can also use Dungeon Dealer cards. This lets the GM place more Stained Salt between rooms if players need more resources.

Combine with book 1: Use book 2 in tandem with book 1 when players want to enter The Invert and battle the horrors inside it.

Beneath, the Spire and the Sound will conclude the campaign's strange and grotesque end, but the series will not end there. 

Side quests: Meaningful side quests can be accessed in CragLee. 

Artwork by Scott Buoncristano, the artist from book 1 and Justin Sirois. 

Pleasures and Pestilence (limited edition Add-On only): Limited edition with a Kickstarter-only cover. With over 75 illustrations, Pleasures and Pestilence is a system-agnostic book of 100 horrors inside The Invert. Roll 1D100 to see what random abomination you can generate. Use this optional guide to summon creatures to attack the party when they reenter the original section of the dungeon from book 1 or enter The Invert. We will be posting more illustrations from this book in the Updates sections for Backers Only. Matte cover, over 100 pages, perfectly bound, 8.5 x 8.5". Some illustrations will be erotic in nature. Check the first Update for a video for more. Add on this book for only $12.

STRETCH GOAL!

If we hit $10,666, every Beneath Box Set will come with this solid hydrostone spiral staircase, fully painted.

 

the main NPC that the GM plays as through book 2
the main NPC that the GM plays as through book 2

 

 

 OTHER STRETCH GOALS

For every $1,000 over our goal, I will draw and write a "Cursed as Fuck" armor / weapon set that can be found inside the game. I'll post those in the updates and here as they unlock. I'll provide a free PDF collection of these for GMs to print out and share with players as they acquire the armor / weapon sets. The first one is below: The High Plague Set unlocks at $4,000.

first stretch goal - High Plague Armor / Weapons
first stretch goal - High Plague Armor / Weapons

 

limited edition
limited edition

 

 

 

 

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BENEATH BLACK BOX SET

Only 100 will be made
Only 100 will be made

We are only making 100 of the Beneath Black Box Set which comes with some cool exclusive stuff. Into the Necrobyss is sculpting the Hannah and Emily minis which will come in an exclusive color. In the box, you get:

  • Beneath, the Inverted Church (softcover)
  • Beneath, the Spire and the Sound (softcover)
  • Pleasures and Pestilence (limited edition cover)
  • Hannah mini (exclusive color - cast in black resin)
  • Emily mini (exclusive color - cast in black resin)
  • Emily's game witch pieces (poker dice, mini dice, "bones", and wooden caltrops)
  • 1 inch mirrorDoors
  • a Vert pin
  • a Hannah postcard
  • a solid hydrostone spiral staircase, painted, if we meet our stretch goal

The box will be 10x10x4". Theres a video mockup in the video above here. You can add on one modular tavern to the Beneath Box Set.

Minis of Hannah and Emily come with the Beneath Box Set
Minis of Hannah and Emily come with the Beneath Box Set

THE SPIRE!

If you pledge for a Beneath Box Set, you can add on a fully-painted spire for only $24. The base is 9x9" and made of solid Hydrostone. The spiral staircase is also made of solid Hydrostone.

 OR

MODULAR TAVERN!

In Beneath, there's a tavern named The Perseverance. Players get this establishment as a reward at the end of book 1. We sculpted a modular version of The Perseverance for this Kickstarter which we can make a limited number of. Beneath Box pledges can add this tavern as well, but only that pledge for $35 unpainted and $55 painted. 

Hand-carved, hand-molded, hand-painted. You get nine 4x4" tiles that can be arranged any way you want. They're thick and heavy. Made to last a lifetime.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

If you do not see your country on the shipping list, please contact us and we will work with you.

About the Author

Justin Sirois is a novelist and game maker. His series So Say the Waiters is currently optioned for television and his newest series Two Girls won a Kindle Scout publishing contract. He is a lifelong gamer and owner of Severed Books.

I've worked hard not just to make something new, but to make something fun. Beneath puts story and fun first -- the players get to craft and equip some crazy equipment (like the Suits of Salt and crazy weapons) while the GM gets to control NPCs that are strange and violent. Creating a narrative with strong emotional connections is very important to me, but I also want to fuse that with a style of believable occult horror. I feel that Beneath does this. And I thank all of you who have allowed me to bring this series to you. There will be more.

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You can watch players recreate the entire campaign in book 1 here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f979A78SNk&t=2426s

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Higher pledges include walls and terrain. You can see all of our work over at our ETSY shop.

 

Risks and challenges

The books are mostly written/illustrated, and we've done this all before. We don't see any problems as long as we are funded! Keeping our goal modest and players happy is our priority.

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    Beneath, the Inverted Church hardcover. This is the first book so you will have to add on Beneath, the Spire and the Sound and/or Pleasures and Pestilence if you want them.

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    Minis + 2 Books + Signed Print

    You get both limited edition Hannah and Emily minis, any TWO books (including Beneath, the Inverted Church book 1 hardcover), and a signed Beneath Print.

    You also get a Hannah postcard (stress table) and a 1" goat pin/button (The Vert pin).

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    Beneath Box (limited edition)

    Beneath book 1, Beneath book 2, and Pleasures and Pestilence in a limited edition autographed Beneath Box that includes: minis for Hannah and Emily, Emily's game witch pieces (poker dice, mini dice, "bones", and wooden caltrops), 1 inch mirrorDoors, a Vert pin, and a Hannah postcard.

    This is a very limited edition that will never be created again. All boxes will be signed and numbered.

    This is the only pledge that can add on The Tavern - $49 for unpainted and $69 for painted for U.S. pledges.

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    INVERT YOU

    I will invert YOU. I will work with you to create a unique inverted abomination of yourself that will live inside The Invert. I will illustrate this abomination according to your specifications and include it in Pleasures and Pestilence. This will involve you submitting reference pics for the drawing.

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