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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 31 2018 3:57 AM UTC +00:00.

About

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 120+ 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 role-playing aid.   

*Written for mature role-playing audiences, this book is NOT appropriate for children.

Art for Whispers of Persephone by Christian Martinez
Art for Whispers of Persephone by Christian Martinez

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

How far along is the book now?

Writing: The writing of the game play material is complete! This book is presently in its final play testing stage, and will likely see some revisions as this campaigns draws to its end.  All that remains, is to complete the material for those tiers pledged that add the names of backers at The Necromancer, Acolyte of Death, and Fallen Heroes tiers, and to complete those character descriptions (stat blocks, and some narrative biographical text), as well as completing the example of play/use.  That material is expected to take a couple of days to complete and another day or two for proof reading and final formatting.  Character material will be completed as backers pledge at those tiers, so look for messages from me if you are pledging as The Necromancer, an Acolyte of Death, or as a Fallen Hero.

Art:  The covers are complete. The interior art that has been completed thus far is displayed on this page. By reaching funding goal, the remaining art that is essential to this book can be completed. Stretch goals are structured to allow for additional art to be commissioned and added to the book.  Page background art is being revised for better legibility.

Two different covers available:

Screen capture of the "Black Cover"
Screen capture of the "Black Cover"
Spinal cover
Spinal cover

Things you'll find in the book:

Introduction from play test version 3.0
Introduction from play test version 3.0

Whispers of Persephone contains descriptions of spells ranging from cantrips up to level nine, as well as rituals of the foulest sorts of levels one through eight. Materials on poisons, potions, and alchemicals are included; as are rules for the necromantic practices of the sacrifice of sentient beings. Comments attributed to the Necromancer, Acolytes of Death and Fallen Heroes are found throughout the book.   

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.

 2 New Monsters ~  Darkling Horror and Stygian Mummy

The Stygian Mummy by Christian Martinez
The Stygian Mummy by Christian Martinez

 5 New Feats ~ Dark Prodigy or Hematomancer, which to choose?

 9 New magic items  ~ Enchanted Skull cup, Canopic Jars and more.

 10 New alchemicals, potions, and poisons ~ Would you care for tea?

 12 New Rituals  ~ Blood sacrifice is the just the beginning!

 15 New Spells  ~ Clean Hands, Ild's Eye Rot, and the Curse of Spite among others! Bring the pain and suffering to your enemies with these and more searing 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!  This section also details the dark prodigy known as 'Ild' a young woman possessed of a dark heart and gifted in the arts of murder. 

Ild, apprentice of Kroalish and necromantic prodigy.
Ild, apprentice of Kroalish and necromantic prodigy.

All original art created by Christian Martinez specifically for this book!

Backer Rewards:

All backers: Backers at all named backer levels have the option of having their names added to the backer credits.  We will NOT print hate speech in the backer credits or as names of NPCs.  

PDF Copy of Whispers of Persephone: Fulfilled through Drivethrurpg.com.  Backers will receive two PDF files, one with page background art and one without (this is to accommodate backers who may have difficulty discerning text against a colored background).

Print on Demand code for Whispers of Persephone:  Fulfilled through Drivethrurpg.com.  Each backer pledging at a level that provides a POD code will get a code for the soft cover edition, as well as a code for the hard cover edition. You'll be able to order one of each, paying only the actually print cost plus the actual shipping costs. Fulfilled through Drivethrurpg.com.

Fallen Heroes: Your name will grace this book as one of those heroes who fought against the Stygian Necromancers, facing the most dire of evils. You put forth your best effort, giving battle to those possessing unholy powers.  In the end you experienced the sour taste of defeat, and the cold embrace of death.  Backers at this level will see their name attached in a quote within the book, attributed to them as heroic characters. You may elect to use a character name in place of your own if you should desire, subject to our agreement on the appropriateness to the name used.  *EDIT* ~ After receiving some very insightful suggestions from backers of the project. This reward level has been modified to include an 'obituary' of the fallen hero. Backers at this level will see an 'obit' of the character as written from the perspective of a survivor beholden to the hero. Comments from other named characters may appear as well, as page space permits. These will be no more than one page in total length.

Acolytes of Death: Each backer pledging at this level will be named as one of the Acolytes, the elite inner circle of the Stygian Order.  Each of these Acolytes will be fully developed as NPCs with stat blocks and a narrative description of that character.There are quotes credited to each of the acolytes found throughout the book. Each backer at this level will also receive a signed copy of Whispers of Persephone (You will need to choose which cover you would like to have.)  Acolytes of Death will be assigned races that are permitted under the Open Game License and I will contact each backer at this level for race they wish the Acolyte depicted as and for gender preference.  

The Necromancer pledge level backers will be named within the book itself as The Necromancer, there is only ONE Necromancer reward available. An image of the Necromancer backer will be used for the basis of the character illustration of the Necromancer for the book (you'll need to provide us with a digital image of yourself for use in creating that illustration).  The Necromancer will also receive a signed copy of Whispers of Persephone  (You will need to choose which cover your would like to have).

A note about the print on demand codes: Backers receiving print on demand codes will receive codes for a hard cover copy of both versions/covers (the black cover and the flesh/spine cover). With the print on demand codes, you will be able to pay for a copy through drivethrurpg.com and pay ONLY the actual print cost plus the specific shipping to your location.  This makes it possible to offer a backer reward at a lower cost, and helps to lower the campaign goal as well. 

Why you want this Book: 

Whispers of Persephone is a great player aid. Players can use it as a quick reference book for spells and can work the book into their character backgrounds. Whispers of Persephone is also suitable for use as an in-game prop. 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 darkly beautiful book, filled with fantastic art created by Christian Martinez. It looks great in your collection, and menacing on your gaming table. 

Drinking from the skull of your enemy is back!
Drinking from the skull of your enemy is back!

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

Stretch Goals:  

The Stretch goals for this campaign are focused on providing additional art for the book.  We only have two such stretch goals. This is help keep fulfillment on schedule.

$5000 ~ By reaching this level of funding we can add two more full color illustrations to the book.

$6500 ~ By reaching this final stretch goal, we can add two more full color illustrations to the book.

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Testimonials:

Playtesters:

The Quality of Games that Mr. Quinton and the Sinopa Publishing Company are some of the best modules i have seen in many years. High quality of art work by many talented artist and fine writing is one of the items that bring the modules to life. I look forward to more of the same type of material.  ~ Bill Rowlette, (RPG enthusiast for 38 years and frequent play tester)

Players trapped in a room with survivors, unknown to them Ild was with them and she wanted to play. A man screams in pain, his tongue ripped from his mouth and throat cleanly, blood spraying across the group. “WHY DID HIS TONGUE EXPLODE!” Soon another follows, then another and another. “OH GOD! ANOTHER ONE!” The group grabs the remaining survivors including the young woman and run out of the room slamming the door shut behind them and locking it. Those still alive pound on the door begging to be free before the sound of ripping flesh and gurgling throats choking on blood. “LOCK THE DOOR! LOCK THE DOOR!” “A horrifying and scaring experience that you will not easily forget.” - Daniel Mick, play test game master for Whispers of Persephone summarizing the party's escape and unwitting rescue of the main villain, Ild the dark prodigy.

Reviews:

In “Whispers of Persephone”, Sam Quinton and artist Christian Martinez have collaborated to bring a deep, dark, mature book detailing the horrific nature of Necromancy to 5th edition. In this book you’ll find all the resources you need to present your group with fully realized villains, or allow them to explore the darker side of magic themselves. This is a must have book for a game group looking for some extra depth in their play. ~ Doug Watson (State of Nerdvana podcast)  http://astateofnerdvana.libsyn.com/

Where does the money go?

Money raised from this project will be used for art and fulfillment costs.  Any funds remaining after that will be used to help develop the following projects I am also working on:   

47 Furious Tails:  My comic book re-telling of the 47 Ronin Story (the Ako Incident) ~ Featuring the fine art of Alexia Veldhuisen.  

Cover of 47 Furious Tails, Issue One
Cover of 47 Furious Tails, Issue One

Tarot Adventures, Book Three: Death comes to Glenfallow ~ The continuation of the Tarot Adventures!  Time is running out as an unseen threat has loosed the restless dead upon the good citizens of Glenfallow. Can you defeat those dark forces that rise to strike down the living? Artist is yet to be finalized.

Disclaimer: W.S. Quinton and Sinopa Publishing LLC are not associated with Wizards of the Coast LLC. All copyright material used in this book is used under the terms of the Open Game License Version 1.0(a) as published under the System Reference Document 5.1 "SRD5". Whispers of Persephone is Copyright (C) 2018 by W.S. Quinton and released through Sinopa Publishing LLC. All paintings, sketches, visual digital composites, and illustrations contained within Whispers of Persephone were created by Christian Martinez under contract and are copyright of Sinopa Publishing LLC, all rights reserved.

Disclaimer number two:  Whispers of Persephone is NOT a religious tract, but rather a game play supplement and work of fiction.  No dispersion of Hellenism, or Hellenic practice is intended or condoned by this work.  

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 (Fulfillment is almost complete,signature backers are just waiting on their copies to arrive)

I've made every effort to learn from each project, and have been adapting my fulfillment methods to be more efficient. I am very confident I will be able to overcome any difficulty that may arise.

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    You stood against the power of the Stygian Necromancers. With great courage you fought against them, buying precious time for others to escape. Your battle was fierce, and ultimately futile. Now your corpse serves the very necromancers you opposed. Your name remembered only by the handful of survivors who escaped horror through your sacrifice.

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    You are one of the Necromancer's chosen elite! Countless victims have perished at your hands.

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    You are the Necromancer!

    You have purchased arcane secrets that living beings were never meant to know, garnered power beyond the grasp of mere mortals, and paid for these with the blood and souls of countless victims.

    You gathered together your Acolytes of Death and used their arcane might to fuel your rise to even greater heights of power.

    Angels weep at the horror of your practices, while fell entities of the lower planes cheer your evil and long for the day when your soul will be theirs to torment.

    Whispers of Persephone will be dedicated to you and up to nine other people you name.

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