Whispers of Persephone ~ the bloody book of Necromancy 5E

by W.S. Quinton

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What this project creates:

This campaign funds the art and backer reward fulfillment costs of Whispers of Persephone,a necromantic source book for use in your role playing game. This book is written for specialist necromancer wizards, and describes a new arcane tradition, Stygian Necromancy. Created as a book of XX pages, containing entirely original art in full color by Christian Martinez and all original game content by W.S. "Sam" Quinton. Whispers of Persephone is a wonderful reference during game play as well as a great role-playing aid.

 This is a source book for those who like their dark arts, to be DARK

{Insert Testimonial from James Vail}

Some of the things you'll find in the book:

Whispers of Persephone contains descriptions of spells ranting from cantrips up to level nine, as well as rituals of the foulest sorts. Materials on poisons, potions, and alchemicals are included; as are rule sets for the necromantic practices of the sacrifice of sentient beings. Narrative segments about the Necromancer and the Acolytes of Death are found throughout, detailing the horrors these monstrous practitioners of the darkest arts have committed.  

{Insert testimonial from DBJ}  

The Stygian Necromancer arcane tradition: The path to power is soaked with the blood of your victims, and adorned with the cries of their suffering. The brave fear you and the wise flee from you. Whispers of Persephone details a new arcane tradition for wizard characters, Stygian Necromancy. This tradition is designed to lend a new style to the play of practitioners of the darkest magical arts of blood, death, and souls.  

5 New Feats

10 New magic items  

11 New alchemicals, potions, and poisons

12 New Rituals and Rites  

17 New Spells  

Information about the Necromancer and the 13 Acolytes of death: Such as the heinous acts of Kroalish, the first acolyte of the Necromancer. His vile acts are matters of horrific legends!  

13 Original paintings used as art within the book, original cover and page background art.  

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*Written for mature role-playing audiences.  

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Backer Rewards:

All backers: Backers at all named levels have the option of having their names added to the backer credits, and will also receive the PDF of the Necromancer Character Record Folio (a multiple page character sheet which provides you with ample room to record the details and misdeeds or your necromancer!)

PDF Copy of Whispers of Persephone: Fulfilled through Drivethrurpg.com

Print on Demand code for Whispers of Persephone:  Fulfilled through Drivethrurpg.com

Signed copies: Each signed copy is personalized for the backer. I really enjoy doing this, so I usually write a little note inside the front cover along with the signature.

Named in the book: Acolytes of Death and The Necromancer are named within the book and have entries in the book's credits. These backers are also named within the text of the book. Fallen Heroes and Surviving Witnesses are named within the book's text as well, inserted with accounts of their deeds or the horrors they witnessed.

Why you want this Book: 

Whispers of Persephone is a great player aid. Players can use it as a quick reference book for spells. Players can also work the book into their character backgrounds. Whispers of Persephone is also suitable for use as an in game prop, or for LARPing. Game masters can use it as a treasure item recovered in their campaigns. This book can also bring new adversaries into play as the player characters are confronted by followers of the Necromancer seeking to retrieve this valuable resource. 

 This is a beautiful book, filled with fantastic art created specifically for this project. It looks great in your collection, and menacing on your gaming table. 

Whether used by player characters or used against player characters, Whispers of Persephone is a great resource for your games.

Social Goals:

300 backers or more (and funded): Digital Poster distributed to all backers receiving PDF copy of the Necromancer Character Record Folio.  This poster will be printable.  You are authorized to print one copy for personal use.  This is a large format file, so it may be best to have it printed at your local print house or office supply or sign store.  This is actually much cheaper as it saves shipping costs. 

Stretch Goals:  

The Stretch goals for this campaign are focused on providing additional art for inclusion in the book.

$8000 ~ Add Illustration of the Darkling Horror and Stygian Mummy monsters.  

$15,000 ~ Illustrated enchanted items (all of the enchanted items presented in the book will be illustrated)  

$20,000 ~ Illustrations for Ritual: Flames of Hades, Ritual: Truth in Death, Ritual: Enthralled Servitor, and Ritual: Commune with the Dead  

$25,000 ~ Illustration of Ild, the demented prodigy. This illustration will go into the book, and each backer level ($5 and higher) will receive a digital poster of this image.

Risks and challenges

I have conducted successful KickStarter campaigns for the following:
Tale of the Wizard's Eye (Fulfilled)
Tarot Adventures, Book One: The Draw of Glenfallow (Fulfilled)
Tarot Adventures, Book Two: Comet over Echo Rock (Fulfilled)
The Steel Road (Fulfilled)

Each of the above projects presented something of a challenge. I've made every effort to learn from each, and have been adapting my fulfillment methods to be more efficient. I am very confident I will be able to overcome any difficult that arises.

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    Frightened Peasant

    You witnessed the power of the necromancers and lived to tell the tale.

    You have access to backer only updates.

    You will also receive the Necromancer Character Record Folio (PDF).

    You also have my gratitude for contributing to the success of this campaign.

    Tell your friends, and witness the horror.

    Check out the social goals for this campaign to see what other rewards are available for this tier!

    You may elect to have your name added to the backer credits of the book.

    Thank you!

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    First Blood Apprentice

    You supported the creation of this tome from the earliest days.

    Your contributions are well rewarded!

    You will receive:
    A PDF copy of Whispers of Persephone
    A PDF copy of the Necromancer Character Record Folio

    You have the gratitude of myself and all who came after you!

    Only available for the first week!

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    Stygian Apprentice

    You have begun your studies of the secrets of Stygian Necromancy. Your suffering has finally been rewarded while the suffering of your victims has just begun!

    You will understand this dark tome, and grow in terrible power.

    You will receive:
    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    Thank you for your support!

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    First Blood Novice

    You supported the creation of this tome from the earliest days.

    Your contributions are well rewarded!

    You will receive:
    A PDF copy of Whispers of Persephone
    A PDF copy of the Necromancer Character Record Folio
    A print on demand code for Whispers of Persephone

    You have the gratitude of myself and all who came after you!

    Only available for the first week!

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    Thank you for your support of this project.

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    Novice Stygian Necromancer

    You have made every effort to master the darkest of the dark arts. Pain, whether your own or that of others, is ambrosia to you. The brave fear you, and the wise flee from you.

    Your efforts are well rewarded!

    You will receive:
    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    A print on demand code for "Whispers of Persephone", which allows you to order a single copy and pay only the print cost (with no further mark up) and the shipping costs to have it delivered to you.

    Fulfillment through Drivethrurpg.com

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    First Blood Disciple

    You have embraced the teachings of the Necromancer and strive to please the master and his Acolytes. Your passion for the dark arts has lead you to these horrifying secrets of magic. May all who see you tremble in fear, as death walks with you.

    Your efforts are well rewarded!

    You will receive:
    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    A print on demand code for "Whispers of Persephone", which allows you to order a single copy and pay only the print cost (with no further mark up) and the shipping costs to have it delivered to you.

    A signed print copy of Whispers of Persephone. This pledge level includes shipping in the United States (and the territories) via media mail. For backers in Canada and Mexico an additional $5 is added in the pledge manager, and for all other destination countries another $15 is added, this additional amount is to cover shipping costs.

    Thank you for your support!

    Only available for the first week!

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    • Signed copy of Whispers of Persephone
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    Stygian Disciple

    You have embraced the teachings of the Necromancer and strive to please the master and his Acolytes. Your passion for the dark arts has lead you to these horrifying secrets of magic. May all who see you tremble in fear, as death walks with you.

    Your efforts are well rewarded!

    You will receive:
    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    A print on demand code for "Whispers of Persephone", which allows you to order a single copy and pay only the print cost (with no further mark up) and the shipping costs to have it delivered to you.

    A signed print copy of Whispers of Persephone. This pledge level includes shipping in the United States (and the territories) via media mail. For backers in Canada and Mexico an additional $5 is added in the pledge manager, and for all other destination countries another $15 is added, this additional amount is to cover shipping costs.

    Thank you for your support!

    Fulfillment through Drivethrurpg.com

    Includes:
    • PDF copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Signed copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Print on demand codes for Whispers of Persephone
    • Necromancer Character Record Folio ~ PDF
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    Fallen Hero

    You stood against the tide of darkness. With courage, and little hope of victory, you fought the forces of the Necromancer.

    You lost.

    Now you are dead, your corpse put to some vile use by the very necromancers you opposed. You are remembered only by those few survivors whom you helped escape, and in rare records of the conquests of the Stygian Necromancers.

    You will receive:
    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    A print on demand code for "Whispers of Persephone", which allows you to order a copy and pay only the print cost (with no further mark-up) and the shipping costs to have it delivered to you.

    Your name will be mentioned in Whispers of Persephone as one of the heroes who have fallen before the arcane might of the Necromancer and his Acolytes.

    You will also receive a signed copy of Whispers of Persephone (signed by the author (me) W.S. Quinton).

    Thank you for your support!

    I will send you a release form to fill out, allowing me to use your name within the book. Please do fill that out and return it to me within 14 days of receiving the backer survey.

    This backer reward tier includes shipping anywhere the USPS will deliver.

    Includes:
    • PDF copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Signed copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Your name in the book as one of the fallen heroes
    • Print on demand codes for Whispers of Persephone
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    Acolyte of Death

    As one of The Thirteen, an Acolyte of Death, you aided The Necromancer in profane rituals that traded the blood of the innocent for unholy knowledge of life, death, and magic. You are anathema, your sins will live forever, your name is spoken of only in hatred and fear, and you are cursed in the holy places where people pray never to cross your path.

    Your name and deeds are mentioned in the dreaded tome "Whispers of Persephone"

    You will receive:
    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    A print on demand code for "Whispers of Persephone", which allows you to order a copy and pay only the print cost (with no further mark-up) and the shipping costs to have it delivered to you.

    Your name will be mentioned in Whispers of Persephone as one of the Acolytes of Death (you may elect to use a pseudonym). Your dark deeds will be exposed for all the world to learn. Your legacy of evil is sure to strike fear in the hearts of the brave and foolish.

    You will also receive a signed copy of Whispers of Persephone (signed by the author (me) W.S. Quinton).

    Thank you for your support!

    I will send you a release form to fill out, allowing me to use your name within the book. Please do fill that out and return it to me within 14 days of receiving the backer survey.

    This backer reward tier includes shipping anywhere the USPS will deliver.

    Reward description contribution by:
    Russell Zimmerman

    Includes:
    • PDF copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Signed copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Your name in the book as one of the "Acolytes of Death"
    • Print on demand codes for Whispers of Persephone
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    Surviving Witness I

    You escaped the wrath of the necromancers and the clutches of their undead servitors. The memories of what you have witnessed haunt your day and torment your nights.

    You will receive:
    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    A print on demand code for "Whispers of Persephone", which allows you to order a copy and pay only the print cost (with no further mark-up) and the shipping costs to have it delivered to you.

    You will also receive a signed copy of Whispers of Persephone (signed by the author (me) W.S. Quinton).

    Your name will be mentioned in the book as one of the "survivors".

    You will receive the original painting done by Christian Martinez. (Image Number: 5) Depicting a zombie.

    Fulfillment of PDF/PoD through Drivethrurpg.com

    You are responsible for all tariffs and taxes for import of the painting.

    PDF and PoD fulfillment through drivethrurpg.com

    Thank you for your support!

    I will send you a release form to fill out, allowing me to use your name within the book. Please do fill that out and return it to me within 14 days of receiving the backer survey.

    This backer reward tier includes shipping anywhere the USPS will deliver.

    Includes:
    • PDF copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Signed copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Print on demand codes for Whispers of Persephone
    • Named as one of the Surviving Witnesses in the book
    • Necromancer Character Record Folio ~ PDF
    • Original Painting Described above
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    Surviving Witness II

    You escaped the wrath of the necromancers and the clutches of their undead servitors. The memories of what you have witnessed haunt your day and torment your nights.

    You will receive:
    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    A print on demand code for "Whispers of Persephone", which allows you to order a copy and pay only the print cost (with no further mark-up) and the shipping costs to have it delivered to you.

    You will also receive a signed copy of Whispers of Persephone (signed by the author (me) W.S. Quinton).

    Your name will be mentioned in the book as one of the "survivors".

    You will receive the original painting done by Christian Martinez. (Image Number: 6) Depicting the Athame.

    Fulfillment of PDF/PoD through Drivethrurpg.com

    You are responsible for all tariffs and taxes for import of the painting.

    Thank you for your support!

    I will send you a release form to fill out, allowing me to use your name within the book. Please do fill that out and return it to me within 14 days of receiving the backer survey.

    This backer reward tier includes shipping anywhere the USPS will deliver.

    Includes:
    • PDF copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Signed copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Print on demand codes for Whispers of Persephone
    • Named as one of the Surviving Witnesses in the book
    • Necromancer Character Record Folio ~ PDF
    • Original Painting Described above
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    Surviving Witness III

    You escaped the wrath of the necromancers and the clutches of their undead servitors. The memories of what you have witnessed haunt your day and torment your nights.

    You will receive:
    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    A print on demand code for "Whispers of Persephone", which allows you to order a copy and pay only the print cost (with no further mark-up) and the shipping costs to have it delivered to you.

    You will also receive a signed copy of Whispers of Persephone (signed by the author (me) W.S. Quinton).

    Your name will be mentioned in the book as one of the "survivors".

    You will receive the original painting done by Christian Martinez. (Image Number: 9) Depicting the Apprentice writing in blood.

    Fulfillment of PDF/PoD through Drivethrurpg.com

    You are responsible for all tariffs and taxes for import of the painting.

    Thank you for your support!

    I will send you a release form to fill out, allowing me to use your name within the book. Please do fill that out and return it to me within 14 days of receiving the backer survey.

    This backer reward tier includes shipping anywhere the USPS will deliver.

    Includes:
    • PDF copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Signed copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Print on demand codes for Whispers of Persephone
    • Named as one of the Surviving Witnesses in the book
    • Necromancer Character Record Folio ~ PDF
    • Original Painting Described above
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    The Necromancer

    You purchased blasphemous knowledge with the blood of the innocent. In the pursuit of power you corrupted others to your darkness and led them down a path of blood and pain.

    With aid from your Acolytes of Death you created a dreadful tome of the foulest magic ever known to mortals.

    You are a blight upon the land of the living, and a hero among the denizens of the nether realms. Great evils applaud your work, while angels weep at your depravity.

    You will receive the following backer rewards:
    You will be illustrated as the Necromancer. You must provide a photo image file of yourself for use in this process. Only supply your own image. The illustration will be included in the book, Whispers of Persephone (in all versions).

    Whispers of Persephone will be dedicated to you.

    You will receive the original painting of yourself as the necromancer (this ships unframed).

    A pdf copy of "Whispers of Persephone"

    A print on demand code for "Whispers of Persephone", which allows you to order a copy and pay only the print cost (with no further mark-up) and the shipping costs to have it delivered to you.

    You will also receive a signed copy of Whispers of Persephone (signed by the author (me) W.S. Quinton).

    Fulfillment of PDF/PoD through Drivethrurpg.com

    You are responsible for all tariffs and taxes for import of the painting.

    Thank you for your support!

    I will send you a release form to fill out, allowing me to use your name within the book. Please do fill that out and return it to me within 14 days of receiving the backer survey.

    This backer reward tier includes shipping anywhere the USPS will deliver.

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    Lord Hades & Queen Persephone

    You must really like the idea of this book!

    You've funded the project. You'll receive prints of each of the paintings included in this book.

    I'll commission the creation of a portrait of you and your significant other, to be portrayed as Hades and Persephone. That painting to be created by Christian Martinez and delivered to you (framed).

    The painting of you and your S/O will be included in the book at the fore of the backer credits.

    My coming release: Tarot Adventures, Book Three: Death comes to Glenfallow will dedicated to you and your significant other. and your painting will appear in that book as well.

    Sometimes love really is eternal.

    In all fairness though, if you're considering this reward level, you should probably consider some jewelry or maybe a holiday away together before deciding to pledge at this level. Just saying...

    I will send you a release form to fill out, allowing me to use your likeness within the book and for future releases. Please do fill that out and return it to me with 21 days of receiving the backer survey.

    Includes:
    • Unframed prints of all art included in this book
    • PDF copy of Whispers of Persephone
    • Print on demand codes for Whispers of Persephone
    • Necromancer Character Record Folio ~ PDF
    • Signed copy of Whispers of Persephone
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