Beyond the veil that lies between worlds, are beings of unimaginable power. Some are creatures of blazing beauty and transcendent revelation. Others are stains upon the fabric of reality itself, unspeakable entities before whom eons are instants, and whose dark designs span the universe.
BEINGS from BEYOND is your guide to these entities, known to mortals as Angels, Demons and Devils. Part bestiary, part setting guide and part adventure generator; the full book will be at least 135 pages long, in a starkly beautiful black-and-white style. Within its pages are scores of random tables for generating everything from Demonic cults to extra-dimensional paradises, reimagined mechanics ranging from summoning to madness, and plenty of evocative lore to help you involve these awe-inspiring creatures in your tabletop role-playing adventures. Statistics are included for 5th edition, but the book is compatible with any fantasy role-playing system.
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- Generate hordes of unique aberrations, their hideous forms, and their profane powers.
- Investigate Demonic cults and purge their twisted fanes, or succumb to their contagious madness.
- Steel yourself against world consuming Demonic invasions; as reality itself buckles, can you hold out against the odds?
- Fight back by journeying to Shards of the Vortex; Diabolical dimensions where the laws of nature are mere suggestions.
- Summon Demons and bind them to your will, or suffer the terrible consequences of your hubris.
- Create an infinite variety of Incandescents; their wondrous aspects, and their incredible abilities.
- Travel to Empyrean paradises, but take care their sublime pleasures do not prevent you from ever leaving...
- Confront Mirror Knights, Incandescents who wield Evil against Evil, but risk succumbing to the darkness they seek to destroy.
- Fight alongside Errant Incandescents, or join Celestial Hosts in titanic battles for the fate of the cosmos.
- Wield the esoteric magics of Chaos; summon your possible selves from alternative dimensions, transcend the constraints of mere matter, and warp space at at whim.
- Pit your wits against Devilish masterminds, for whom forbidden knowledge and lost secrets are chains with which they will bind the multiverse.
- Uncover Hellish conspiracies before they claim entire Kingdoms, or lead the resistance in nations already fallen into Hell's iron grasp.
- Contend against Hell's mechanised legions, or venture into its endless black spires on missions of rescue and espionage.
- Find unlikely allies in Sympathisers; Devils expelled from the hierarchy of Hell.
- Sell your soul for ultimate power.
- Generate legions of Incarnates, guardians of universal order.
- Stand with or against their plans to unify worlds under their "benevolent" rule, but beware their potent and unique abilities.
- Investigate the hidden realm of Heaven, whose secrets have evaded the grasp of mortal and immortal alike.
- Summon Incarnates through rituals of Heavenly Communion, or slay them to unleash chaos upon the multiverse.
- **UNLOCKED!** - BEHEMOTHS: the book will include systems for generating and running adventures inside city sized Demonic creatures; as well as rules on fighting their ever-adapting immune systems.
- **UNLOCKED!** - DEVILISH ART UPDATE
- **UNLOCKED!** - INCANDESCENT ART UPDATE
- **UNLOCKED!** - NEW PLAYER RACES: play as a character cursed (or blessed?) with Demonic ancestry, or as an Incandescent who has descended to live amongst mortals.
- **UNLOCKED!** - DEMONIC ART UPDATE
- **UNLOCKED!** - GEARS OF THE MACHINE: new section detailing the titanic war machines of Hell, including structural maps and random tables enabling generation of these technological terrors.
- **UNLOCKED!** - EXOTIC BEINGS 1: a supplementary bestiary detailing 7 strange creatures from realities beyond our own: from Canopic Sages to Thought Hounds.
- **UNLOCKED!** - ESOTERIC MAGIC EXPANSION: major expansion of the spell section, detailing sorceries both hallowed and accursed.
- **UNLOCKED!** - THE SPOILS OF THE STARS: new section describing artefacts from the armouries of Heaven, and the vaults of Hell.
- **UNLOCKED!** - EXOTIC BEINGS 2: an expansion of the supplemental bestiary, containing 7 more oddities from unreasonable dimensions: from Recursives to Malebolgeans.
- **UNLOCKED!** - EXOTIC BEINGS ART EXPANSION: new art to bring the weird and wonderful Beings of the supplemental bestiary to life.
Simple: more art, and more BEINGS from BEYOND! I've had some wonderfully talented people illustrating this project, but unfortunately I have a budget. The more support I get, the more of their work I can commission and include in the final book; and the more able I am to take time off to expand the lore, mechanics, and contents of the book.
This campaign will be using DriveThruRPG for printing and shipping, which should save considerable time and money. They've a superb track record on Kickstarter campaign fulfilment; and my personal experience supporting campaigns that have used them has been extremely positive.
Risks and challenges
Aside from writing up any unlocked stretch goals, commissioning more art with the proceeds of the kickstarter, and some formatting, the book is 100% complete. Printing and distribution is being handled by DriveThruRPG, so there should be no issues there.
There are a few more limitations on fulfilling the online campaign reward; such as the fact I live in +0 GMT, am not free every evening of the week, and will need time to prep sessions. But I've successfully run several online campaigns before (including with people well outside my timezone), and there's no reason to believe it shouldn't be possible in this case as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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