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 Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. 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, vathrin 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 some amazing artists who have truly brought our creatures to life. While we support both Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition and The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, our initial goal is for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition only. The rules for Pathfinder will be our first Stretch Goal. The book 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, vathrin 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.
Vathrin 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
We've received the finished lair maps from MeditatingMunky, a map artist you might know from Roll20! Every pledge of $15 or more will receive these digital maps as part of their pledge, and we hope to commission more of these through stretch goals after we hit our initial goal. These maps are designed with creatures from the book in mind. The first lair is the rime dragon lair, an icy glacial cave system. The second lair is a field of natural eldria, a place where you might encounter any of our living eldria creatures. We hope you'll use these maps as a part of the dungeons you create!
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's initial goal you will be helping with the art costs for Creatures of Vathis: Volume One. 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.
Add-ons will be available by adding the corresponding amount below to your pledge. Through add-ons we are currently offering digital copies of the Zodiac Empires Campaign Setting and the Zodiac Empires Player's Guide, 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!
Zodiac Empires Campaign Setting PDF (D&D5e & Pathfinder) $25
Zodiac Empires Player's Guide PDF (D&D5e & Pathfinder) $15
Legacy of the Anuald adventure Path PDF (D&D5e OR Pathfinder) $10
Our stretch goals focus on offering this super cool bestiary to even more tabletop players through rules conversions and printed copies. The first stretch goal (at an extremely achievable 6k!) is a stat/rules conversion for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. From there we plan on offering both rules systems in printed options, depending on the stretch goals hit. Never fear - if we hit the printed copy stretch goals, we'll be adding new pledge levels for printed books, and will let our wonderful backers know via update so they can alter their pledges if they wish!
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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