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It is 1845. One hundred years before the end of the world. Central Asia has become a chessboard for the British and Russian empires – the dominant powers of the globe. Afghanistan is where this cold war heats to boiling point. 

A first invasion by the British has been repulsed, however warriors drawn from every corner of their empire gather on the southern borders of Afghanistan, awaiting the call to charge. The imperial forces of the Russians, massed from Asia to Europe, march towards the north. Minor powers lay in wait, playing games of intrigue and subterfuge.

Yet this war is different. Through battle and exploration, the Hindu Kush reveals alien megaliths. They birth an invisible force – the aether. It permeates the haunted land, defying the science of the times. Through esoteric study, some tap into the aether’s secrets, creating wondrous devices and unleashing strange powers upon the earth.

From the snow-covered mountains to the central deserts, from forest to city, the land of the Afghans will be fought over until one power gains control of the megaliths – the most rare and powerful resource in history. Between the victors and the vanquished, the world will burn. 

Within your hands is the power to prevent an earth-shattering holocaust. 

This is a beta version of the game, designed to be playtested before the full release. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Andrew D October 09, 2014 9:52 pm UTC
Interesting concept. I’ve skimmed it a couple of times and have some questions.

– Do characters get Dispositions when created?
– Is a motorbike an Advancement or a Device?

There might be an text or definition error on page 22 because it says knowledge advancements include engineering.
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AethericDreams M October 12, 2014 9:34 am UTC
Hi Andrew, thanks for downloading.

• Characters only modify their Disposition through experience, so on creation they are neutral towards all allegiances (page 50).
• Your example could actually be both. Eg; A character gains an 'Aetheric Biwheel' as a Vigour (speed) advancement. When the character reaches level 5 in Vigour, the character wants to use the Aetheric Biwheel to compete in large scale challenges; so creates it as a Device. The original Vigour advancement can be rationalised as training for the difficulty in controlling such an eccentric device.

And we're compiling comments like your last one for the next release; so thanks for the pickup.
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