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" of the best thought out settings I've read in a long intriguing introduction to the Land of Argyle...impressive debut work..."
- Megan Robertson, RPG Resource

" few before them they show they have alot of ideas and can produce a good campaign book...a greatly detailed setting."
- Chris Gath, RPGNow and ENWorld

* * Average internet-wide review rating of 4.6 out of 5! * *

"Yara be cursed!" Flynn muttered under his breath. This Spire was supposed to have been abandoned centuries ago. He wondered if it was too late to turn back.

Torrad and Mauss seemed to wonder the same thing as well, but the decision was made for them; the Spire's doors flew open and a teeming mass of bodies burst out. Shroudborn, to be sure.

It was definitely too late to turn back.

Welcome to the Land of Argyle, where the actions of the past still affect the decisions of the present. Argyle is a campaign setting ripe with opportunity; centuries ago, Human Mage-Kings ruled the land, subjugating all other races during the Age of Domination. The Plague brought an end to this tyranny, reducing Argyle's population by more than half, and the Spires of the Mage-Kings sit empty throughout the land.

The actions of the Mage-Kings reached much farther than the Plague, though. Magic is now feared and reviled throughout the land, and those Humans who risk using arcane powers face dire consequences. Militant Elves stand ready to defend their lands. Stalwart Dwarves now carry the fight to ancient Human-created foes, while Grizzlefoot Halflings dominate the Great Plains. Throughout Argyle racial tensions run high.

The Argyle Lorebook explores a land reeling from a history of hate, struggling to shape a future rejecting the arcane. Those looking for a setting high on role-playing and low on magic will find those elements and more, including:

  • Detailed cultural write-ups on all playable races, including nine compelling subraces such as Murkan Gnomes and Forsaken Elves.
  • Extensive information on ten different locations within the Land of Argyle, from Human settlements teetering on the brink of barbarism to the warring Gnomelands, as well as dozens of adventure seeds.
  • A unique pantheon with 17 new gods, many of which have ascended from mortal lives.
  • Writeups covering Argyle's many guilds, each with a stake in the land's recovering civilizations.
  • Two new prestige classes, the Shroudwalker and the Vergor.
  • Two new monstrous societies, the Black Renders and the Fist of Grollob.
  • Dozens of illustrations, including city maps, characters and events, many painted in full colour.
  • Fully bookmarked and indexed, with an extensive glossary and a clickable world map.
  • Links to external Land of Argyle resources such as NPCs and additional Lore.
  • Two PDF files included, one optimized for the screen and one for high quality printing, both compatible with Acrobat 6 and higher.
  • All game mechanics compatible with v.3.5 of the SRD.

Will your party be the one to thwart the efforts of the Ash Hand in the burgeoning Elven trade town of Niire? Will you join the White Mages in their efforts to bring magic use back from the brink of extinction or will you join the followers of Desus Tai, wreaking havoc at all turns? With The Argyle Lorebook, the possibilities are limitless!

Requires the use of the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook, v.3.5, published by Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

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December 6th, 2009
The Argyle Lorebook is one of the best campaign settings I've seen in a long time (back to the 1980's!) for any genre. The Land of Argyle is obviously a labour of love - a lot of work and passion has gone into this product, and it shows. The world sett [...]
Peter I. [Featured Reviewer]
July 3rd, 2006
The Argyle Lorebook is a 160 page pdf d20 campaign setting, the first product from a new publishing company called Silver Oak Studios. It's always good to see new publishers step into the d20 market, and Silver Oak studios have done well with this camp [...]
Nathan C. [Featured Reviewer]
June 14th, 2006
Really good settings make you want to figure out a way to carve out a part of your campaign world and place it inside. The Argyle Lorebook is one of those settings. The cultures feel different from other d20 products, the world?s flavor feels unique [...]
Chris G. [Featured Reviewer]
May 7th, 2006
The Land of Argyle In the world of PDFs there is a lot of variety. There are PDS of lots of print books and PDFs that seem to be more gaming pamphlets then books. One interesting aspect of PDFs is that it seems a lot more new companies [...]
May 3rd, 2006
I have been following the progress of "The Land of Argyle" for a long time. It was a happy event when I read the announcement that the lore book was available for purchase. I have been involved in D&D as a player, DM, and CPRG enthusiast [...]
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