UPDATE: $1250 GOAL REACHED! New goal is to get to $3500!
If we get to $3500, everyone at the $25 level or better will get a special edition adventure module, "From Below." See the project updates for details.
Update: $625 GOAL REACHED! $1250 STRETCH GOAL!
If we reach $1250 (2x original amount) I'll bundle the Children of Clay Expansion in to the core rulebook that everybody is already getting. This expansion details how to bring mortal humans into your angelic stories.
Super huge thanks to all of the supporters you see up there!
Children of Fire is a story-focused RPG where players are angels battling for human souls, straining the shackles of predetermination, and struggling with their own immortality.
After years of work, the rulebook is coming out at the end of the summer. I have the printer, ISBN, and distribution channels all ready to go, but there's one question remaining: can I afford to do the interior in full color?
Obviously, I'd prefer to go full color. So much prettier that way! Albeit more expensive.
I Need Your Help!
If just 25 of you kind, wonderful people preorder the book with your Kickstarter pledge, I'll have enough cash to offset the cost of color. You get a handsome, full color copy of the rules, and so does everyone else who buys it down the road. Plus I get to produce the book I'd prefer to produce. It's a win-win-win!
Below is a brief sample from the game text. Thanks so much for your time.
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2.1 What are Angels
The way we see angels is colored by Hollywood's candy-coated imagery. They are portrayed as peacefully perfect beings of goodness and virtue. They are unflawed, unblemished. This is a lie, though. Angels are not so simply understood. The children of fire are complex creatures composed of countless contradictions and ambiguities.
It is difficult for our minds to grasp the true concept of the children of fire. Their form and function are mysterious and unique. Though they are not of the material world (so need not follow our physical laws), there is no other way to describe them but to endow them with physical traits and abilities. With all these explanations, dear reader, keep in mind that the descriptions are far more concrete then the abstract reality they represent. Their concepts of space and time are far more fluid then ours. But as we are not angels, we can only describe them in the words of men.
Among the children of fire there is great diversity. Every choir has its own flavor, every order its own uniqueness, every angel his own individually. With this said, however, there are some general points that can be made about all members of the celestial hierarchy. The following sections seek to explore these commonalities.
2.1.2 WHAT ANGELS LOOK LIKE
In their true form, we as humans could hardly perceive what the children of fire truly look like. Within the Seven Heavens, they are colossal creatures who are composed of varying degrees of celestial material. They are not of matter, but rather of energy.
To the children of clay they would appear as shifting visages of unstable energy held together with what must seem a fragile web of imagery. To their brethren, though, they are very discernable and distinct. For the sake of game feasibility, angels should be described in very human terms when dealing with other celestials.
Most angels are of the two winged variety. These wings jut from their backs like bird's, spreading out to either side. Their bodies are humanoid, though much larger than the average man. Their faces are neither inherently perfect nor inherently flawed. They are as diverse and unique as human faces. This description, of course, only applies to the lower six choirs. The Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones bear little resemblance to their lesser brethren. Their description will be left for another time.
Though the above description does reflect what the children of fire look like to each other in their natural form, one fact should be remembered. Celestials have quite a lot of latitude when it comes to what appearance they portray to others. In many respects, they can portray themselves however they see fit.
One last point should be noted. By nature, the children of fire are androgynous (sexless). In their true forms they are neither male nor female, possessing none of the distinctive physical features of either. They are not hermaphrodites (being both male and female) as some have suggested. This is completely opposite their true nature. While in the hidden form, however, they can assume either male or female guise.
While on Earth, the children of fire have a number of options on how to present themselves. These are known as forms. There are three forms the celestial can choose from: subtle, divine, and hidden. Transformation between forms can be done at will, but the process takes five to ten seconds to complete. In addition, only when the celestials is in an ethereal state can he ascend to the Heavens.
This is perhaps the least common shape angels take while on Earth. In this shape they are merely a presence passing through the material world. They are formless, substanceless, and very difficult to detect by other celestials. Humans, without the aid of magical amulets, have no chance whatsoever of detecting them.
In this shape, the child of fire can have virtually no effect on the world of matter and substance. They are no more than watchers, no more than mere thoughts. Most of their forces will not operate or will work in diminished capacity. In this state, they can travel to distant locations at the blink of an eye.
While in this form, the children of fire assume a smaller likeness of their true celestial bodies. They can choose to be ethereal or material (substanceless or substantive). If they choose an ethereal state, the children of clay can generally not see them. Whether they are ethereal or material, they are always visible to other celestial creatures.
To appear before a human in this shape can be quite a traumatic experience. Most angels' true form is far from the sublime and lovely visage we might expect. Indeed, some of the creatures are down right hideous to behold. Most humans of low courage will feint or flee at the sight of a child of fire. Only the angels soothing words can calm them.
In the divine shape, children of fire can use all their forces to full potential. Some forces, however, require that the celestial be material in order to performed them.
This is the most common shape celestials take while passing among the children of clay. Here they assume a human guise to carry them on their duties. This shape is always in the material state. It has a few very distinct advantages. In this state, a child of fire's true nature is very difficult to detect by other celestial beings. This is especially true if the angel refrains from using any celestial forces that might give him away.
While most forces can be used to their full potential, there are a few that children of fire can not use while in the hidden shape. In addition, there is one more added hindrance. Because the child of fire must assume a material state to take this form, he can not instantly ascend to the gates of the First Heaven. The angel must first change to an ethereal state, a process that takes 5 to 10 seconds.
There is one last feature of the hidden shape that demands discussion here. All angels, while in this shape, have certain signatures they display no matter what type of body they assume. The signature may very greatly between angels, but it is always there. Signatures may include, but are not limited to the following. The child of fire always transforms himself into humans with specific impediments. For instance, the angel is always missing an eye. Some children of fire will only transform into certain types of people (i.e. children, midgets, old women, etc.). Lastly, the child of fire can choose a signature relating to a certain item or manner of dress. Perhaps the angel always wears green or a specific medallion.
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