Creatures of Vathis: Volume One (D&D 5e & Pathfinder)
Creatures of Vathis: Volume One is a 150 page bestiary compatible with both D&D 5th Edition and The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
Thanks to our successful Kickstarter in 2015, we were able to bring you the Zodiac Empires Campaign Setting and the Zodiac Empires Player's Guide. If you're new to Zodiac Empires, it's a dynamic and interactive fantasy setting created for tabletop role-playing game systems such as the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. Our initial goal was to bring a collaborative and expansive world to players. Today, we're expanding and adding to that world to make your gaming experience more immersive.
Creatures of Vathis: Volume One will contain over one hundred creatures that can be found in the world of Vathis. Though developed for our world, these creatures are versatile, and they can be used in any setting! Within this bestiary you will find four new creature types: vastborn, living eldria, kami, and the forsaken. You'll also find a variety of beasts, monsters, mounts, and companions, all itching to be a part of your game. For this book we have been lucky enough to work with the awesome Chris Stoll, who created unique art for every single creature. Two versions of this book will be printed. The first will contain stats for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, and the second will contain stats for The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Both will contain full lore descriptions and beautiful art for every creature and type.
For five 5th Edition D&D sample pages for use in your game, head over to our website.
A Deeper Dive into our Creatures
The entities featured in this tome are a varied and diverse sort applicable to any tabletop game. You'll meet companions willing to become your best friend, such as the orava, a tiny fey-squirrel with the ability to teleport. You'll also find information for unique mounts that will take you from place to place. These include drakes (we've detailed a breed for every nation in Vathis!), along with an elk, ram, panther, and many others. Creatures of Vathis will also highlight everyone's favorite fantasy beast – DRAGONS! The dragons in the world of Vathis are slowly waking after being trapped in stone for countless years, and we've included some you may encounter on your perilous journeys. We are also introducing the four new creature types mentioned above: vastborn, living eldria, kami, and the forsaken.
Living Eldria – Living eldria creatures are beasts, monsters, and humanoids whose bodies have come into contact with eldria and adapted in response to eldria's effects. The eldria within an afflicted creature's system sustains their bodies and alters their form to that of an artificial and construct-like state.
Kami – Kami are an integral portion of the religious pantheon known as the Shenami. They are spiritual creatures that roam the nation of Washu and are believe to be a physical manifestation of both the deities of Vathis and as the eternal form of the Washun's influential ancestors.
Vastborn – Vastborn are agents of the Shattered Hand created through nefarious means. The vastborn are creatures that come in many forms ranging from the lowly vastling to a mighty Vantus. They are otherworldly fiendish entities with appearances that match the hellish landscapes from which they spawned.
Forsaken - The forsaken are the ancient arcane constructs that once served the Anuald. They are unique in their construction, and despite many attempts to recreate them, those secrets seem to have died with their masters. Forsaken are crafted from stone and metal bound together using unknown magic to give them animation and purpose.
Our History - An Interactive Campaign Setting
Zodiac Empires was created as a dynamic and player-interactive campaign setting. From the beginning, the future of Zodiac Empires was open for development. Going forward, we will continue chasing this ideal and Vathis will not remain a static world, giving you, the player, the power to shape the universe while simultaneously interacting with other like-minded gaming groups. Within our amazing community there have already been community games formed, and many of your ideas and NPCs have been brought to life and shared with one another.
To that point, we are very thankful for our community and want to continue growing a positive environment full of excitement and tabletop enthusiasm. We enjoy hearing your feedback and your thoughts, and we truly value your dedication to us. If you're interested in becoming Starcalled – follow any of our social media links below, and join our Discord, where you can get involved in our community and play with others. Within our Discord we are currently running an active playtest on many of the creatures that will be featured in this book. This playtest has gone through countless reviews by veteran game masters, and we feel confident that our creatures are both balanced and interesting.
Digital Creature Lair Maps
2/1: Throughout our Kickstarter we'll be accepting play testers to try out our creations. To learn more join our Discord!
2/4: 15% of the way there! Awesome. Thank you so much!
2/8: Over 20%! Here's an awesome art dump for you. :)
2/14: 30%!!!! Couldn't have done it with you. As such, here are five 5e Sample Pages for you.
Why We Need You
While we are growing and continuing to create content, we are still a very small company. We need your support to continue growing not just Starcalled Studios as a company, but the Zodiac Empires world and the Starcalled community.
By supporting this Kickstarter you will be helping fund the printing of Creatures of Vathis: Volume One, and supplying the cost for artwork. You will also be playing an active role in supporting a community of shared stories and adventures anyone can participate in. Everything Starcalled Studios does is with the players in mind.
Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter ends and will be based on actual costs incurred to ship. This is collected via Backerkit through the surveys you will complete that verifies your address and charges the appropriate shipping amount. This will allow us to calculate your exact shipping cost based on your location. The current shipping estimates for single book and multiple book pledges are listed below, but these are subject to change:
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While we know these shipping costs may seem quite high to those overseas, we are a company without access to an EU distributor, and we have to base these prices on retail shipping from our local post office to you. We are exploring other options, but at the moment we still believe USPS priority mail is the best way to deliver our rewards to you, the backer, in a timely and secure fashion.
Add-ons will be available through Backerkit after the Kickstarter funding ends. We are offering both physical and digital copies of the Zodiac Empires Campaign Setting and the Zodiac Empires Player's Guide as add-ons, as well as our digital Legacy of the Anuald adventure path. If you're interested in these items, feel free to pick them up as add-ons!
Creatures of Vathis: Volume Two will expand on Volume One by adding an additional 125 creatures to our lineup. These creatures will generally be stronger foes found in areas beyond the walls of civilization, all of them being CR 10+. If we reach this stretch goal, you will receive both Volume One AND Volume Two in whatever medium you pledged. So if you pledged for a Volume One PDF, you will also receive a Volume Two PDF, at no increased charge. For hardcover book backers, this means you would end up with two hardcover books for the single pledge of $30! We would absolutely love to print this book and we can only do so with the help of our wonderful backers
The team of Starcalled Studios is a group of long-time gamers dedicated to bringing you tabletop content. Click on the banner above to view our members and learn more about us!
The Starcalled Studios team would like to thank Chris Stoll for his fabulous art and for making our creatures come to life. We would also like to thank Moe Balinger for his impeccable style and killing it on the cover art, and Cristian Pintos for keeping our graphics fly. We cannot forget our entire Starcalled family. We truly have the best community. We appreciate you being a part of our family and for your support, ideas, and friendship. We love all of you. You continue to bring our dreams to life while making them more vivid, so thank you, a million times over.
Risks and challenges
We have carefully priced out what it will take to complete this project. If our goal is met, barring any unforeseen circumstances entirely outside of our control, we face little to no risks or challenges. We've done this once before, and we feel competent and familiar with the challenges of fulfillment. If there are issues beyond our control that arise, but our goal is met, we will do everything possible to make sure you still get your reward as promised. Regardless of if we meet our goal or not, Creatures of Vathis: Volume One will be available as a PDF - it may just take a little more time to complete.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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