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Planarch Codex: Dark Heart of the Dreamer

Planarch Codex: Dark Heart of the Dreamer

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Dark Heart of the Dreamer is a setting toolkit torn from the pages of the Planarch Codex, the lost gazetteer of the planes.

The city of Dis is a dungeon that connects all other dungeons. Its sewers and cisterns sink their roots into the underworld. Its pinnacles and spires grasp at the celestial spheres and have begun to spread across the face of the moon. To the west are the docks that gnaw at the elemental reaches, where ships come and go on the seas of fire, air, and water. And in every direction are the planes, tiny as a small fiefdom or large enough to seem infinite, but all in great peril.

This planar supplement for Dungeon World, World of Dungeons, and other games of dungeon adventure is completely modular: section by section, page by page, rule by rule. Use all of it, none of it, or pick and choose elements to use at your table.

It contains the following sections:

Feral Anthropologies provides new GM guidelines for playing in settings where culture matters, inspired by classic RPGs such as Planescape, Eberron, Everway, Exalted, Shadowrun, Freeport, Dark Sun, Wormwood, Tribe 8, Earthdawn, Warhammer Fantasy, Elfquest, Pirates of Dark Water, Agone, Engel, The Shadow of Yesterday, Talislanta, Artesia, Empire of the Petal Throne, and so forth.

Corsairs and Low Brigands describes the pervasive scourge of planar banditry and how to take part in it. You and your misfit comrades are hanging on the edge of just getting by, living hand-to-mouth and blade-to-face in the interplanar city of Dis. Find work however you can, and hope that you still have all your internal organs by the end of the week.

The Ravenous City introduces the monstrous planar metropolis of Dis and its inhabitants. The city of Dis is a living thing, hungrily devouring all the planes it touches. In the lost or forgotten parts of any decadent civilization—its deserted ruins or squalid sewers—Dis has already begun its conquest, absorbing and remaking things, but also taking on the traits of the worlds it digests. Adventurers aware of this invasion use the city’s beachheads to travel between the planes, simply by journeying through Dis. The city has already consumed dozens of planes, and refugees from countless worlds fill its streets. Where else is there to go? Plus, grotesque as it is, Dis now contains the last remnants of their homelands.

Short but toothy, Dark Heart of the Dreamer hands you the tools you need and throws you directly into the action. It's a setting book that knows the most important content isn't the words inside these pages but those spoken at your table during play.

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October 25th, 2019
This setting lodged itself into my brain and then never left. One of the most interesting sword & sorcery conceits I've ever seen. [...]
April 12th, 2015
The Planarch Codex is one of the most elegant designs I have seen. It embraces the rich character of the old Planescape and the implications of such a society. It embraces the freebooter; the freelance "troubleshooter" who would be desperate [...]
February 24th, 2015
An amazing toolkit for running Planescape-like adventures with Dungeon World. Until a while ago, my only nitpick was that there was no single-page version available - however, the author has recently filled that gap. Easy 5 stars! [...]
January 10th, 2015
I want to like this product a lot, as it's a great Planescapesque hack of Dungeon World but the format is not easy to use. It's 2 pages a sheet which makes is harder to read on my tablet and impossible to print out as a booklet. Its price is pretty hig [...]
August 2nd, 2013
A nicely compact gem for Dungeon World, designed to fold out in play into a full-fledged setting. Reminds me of one of those dinosaur-in-a-pill toys: there's not much to see if you're just reading through, but take the advice in these pages to heart an [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on January 21, 2013.