Sound and Silence is the first setting guide to the HC SVNT DRACONES role playing game. This is a lore book, full of beautiful artwork, expansive stories, and detailed information about the HSD setting and the roles players can embody there. For Guides, players, and fans alike, this book is the quintisential reference for culture, setting info, and history that didn't make it into the rulebooks.
Sound and Silence is a single book broken down into two parts:
Sound is the name of the lore compendium intended for everyone’s use. It contains story ideas, descriptions of corp activity, layouts of cities, details on agent interaction so you can flavor your characters better, and a descriptions of unique grottos and universities for inclusion in your stories. Players and Guides can both go through this book without worry of spoiling anything in-game. Sound contains over 100 pages of content and is a great way to inspire people looking for character ideas for themselves of their NPCs.
Silence is the second half of the book, containing detailed accounts of many of the aspects left vague in the HSD core rulebook. Things like the origins of the Palemen, what’s going on with Earth, and who the Shadow Presidents are. It has large sections on the nature of Transcendent technology and what humanity actually found when they made use of Hydra. This book is primarily for Guides, to give them fun things to let the players discover through play. It’s about 100 pages long and includes stories and behind-the-scenes info that make for great hooks in large operations.
Aside from the multitude of new information this book adds to the HSD universe, it is also a beautiful showpiece. Fresh artists and returning stars paint the HSD universe in vivd color and detail, and the more narrative, expositional style of Sound and Silence allow for more full and two-page spreads, unique formating, and interesting design. This is a book you interact with, turning and examining to find all its little messages. It's one you'll go through over and over for the fun of finding all the little bits hidden in each section.
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Risks and challenges
With two other large hardcovers in HSD's collection already, Sound and Silence has few production risks. The long turnaround time on the backer goals is there mostly for safety: this book has a lot of artwork in it, and things come up from time to time that causes those pictures to be delayed. In the initial creation of this book, one artist outright stopped working, taking with them some $1500 without delivering on their contract. It's not a common occurrence, but life throws curves from time to time, so I've budgeted extra time to deal with them. Naturally, if the book is done sooner it will be released sooner, and I really suspect that will be the case.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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