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Ultimate Antipodism - Drawn from Light and Darkness

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How many roads will you walk down?

Just as at home stalking the shadows for their prey as they are bringing luminescent wrath down upon their foes in a display of pyrotechnics, those who walk the edge come across as walking paradoxes to most observers, most observers being defined as those who haven't just been shown, in excruciating detail, mind you, that both approaches are just as lethal. To walk the edge means to believe in the duality of all things. Life and death, or light and darkness, for that matter, are just two sides to the same coin. How otherwise rational creatures, such as paladins, could get so riled up about one half of a duality is quite confusing to the neophyte of this philosophical tradition, though the confusion soon passes given their philosophy's capacity to accept things as they are.

Those who walk the edge are united by their common philosophy, but are divided by the training they undertook to achieve their personal connection with the duality.

The training of an edgewalker resembles that of a martial, ascetic monk, while also resembling that of an assassin or other such stalker of the shadows. Experienced edgewalkers are just as cunning as they are wise and revel in the eventual realization that their training is a smattering of that of almost all other dexterous pursuits. By being trained in such a manner, edgewalkers understand the nature of their adversaries as extrapolated facets of themselves, granting themselves a significant advantage in battle.

The training of an edgeblade resembles that of a fighter, crusader, or other master at arms, while also containing a deep philosophical component. These warrior poets strive to submerge their own egos in the nature of the duality itself, stifling those aspects of humanoid nature that makes understanding the essential interconnectedness of the world difficult. In combat, an edgeblade is a powerhouse of longevity, recycling a small portion of the power released whenever he invokes the duality and collecting it to power unique residuum abilities that call upon the duality again and again.

The training of an antipodist focuses entirely on the philosophy of the duality, and it is for this reason that the variance from one antipodist to the next is usually greater than the variance between an edgewalker and an edgeblade. Trained to question everything, antipodists seek to solve the duality, seeking to answer "Why?" rather than simply being happy with "What?". In her attempts to solve the duality, an antipodist comes up with some very well-defined opinions and learns similarly well-defined skills; though she may deviate from her original bearing, the path she takes along her journey leaves an indelible mark. The journey is as much a part of who she is as is the destination. In combat, an antipodist draws power from a series of nine philosophies, weaving the power of the duality in displays of the deepest darkness and brightest radiance until none are able (or willing) to stand against her.

Toeing the razor's edge between many paths, the followers of the duality tend to be a source of amusement or confusion for all those they take on as traveling companions, but there is no doubting that their strange combination of gentle philosophy and violent combat prowess, light and darkness, and wisdom and naiveté are surprisingly effective when brought to bear.

This compilation contains all content from the following legacy products

  • The Edgewalker: Wielder of Light and Darkness
  • The Motebringer: An Edgewalker Archetype
  • The Antipodist Base Class

Product Features

  • Three base classes - the martial edgeblade, the monk/shadowdancer/assassin edgewalker, and the full caster antipodist
  • Six archetypes - two for each base class
  • 171 antipodist loci
  • Over 100 edgeblade/edgewalker waypoints and greater waypoints
  • A collection of antipode feats
  • Favored class bonuses, bookmarking, and a shameless advertisement
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Palak S May 03, 2016 2:50 am UTC
Has this product been updated to include bookmarks?
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Bradley C May 03, 2016 2:53 am UTC
Afraid not. The DTP file has the blasted bookmarks, but something really bizarre happened as I built it. Basically, I used the first page of an older product as my template, and even though I removed all the other pages, it tries to pull the bookmarks to that non-existent product, and since it doesn't find those bookmarks, it doesn't include the functional bookmarks for what actually exists, either. My only recourse would be a complete rebuild, and the issue could creep into that, too. The Master of Forms also got hit before I figured out what was going on and quarantined the broken template.
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Richard P February 01, 2016 12:16 am UTC
Not to beat a dead horse, but outta curiosity, how much do proofs of this sort of thing typically run, and is there a possibility for a kickstarter to get this and things like Plaguewright, Brewmaster and Tinker into one big book of unorthodox (for lack of better term) classes? I would totally back any effort to bring my printed version dreams to life.
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Bradley C February 01, 2016 12:20 am UTC
It's a time cost presently, actually. This document is done in an A4 layout, which is not a supported hardcover book size. The proofs are actually fairly reasonable through OBS - surely better than normal printers. The issue is that the price is sticky and doesn't come down with scale.

Regarding the Brewmaster, I'll be publishing a hardcover with full color watercolor art containing that, the Herbalist, and the new Breadmaster (baked minions and vehicles) class as my next Kickstarter. After that book, the Gadgeteer and Tinker are going hardcover. And then I'll be working on my own game if company growth follows the curve I'm expecting.

I'll send a big circular through the DriveThruRPG / RPGnow e-mail system when the Kickstarter hits, so if you have your options set to accept said e-mails, then you'll know when the good stuff's on the way.
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Bradley C February 01, 2016 12:22 am UTC
As an aside, since print sales are so sluggish compared to PDF sales and since my business model puts most of the profit into PDF and makes the upgrade to print rather low margin for me, it'd take 2-3 months to pay off that one print proof. The numbers don't add up.
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Lewis C January 16, 2016 2:38 pm UTC
So when is a print version of this coming out?
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January 16, 2016 7:08 pm UTC
It's not something I had really planned on for this product; for one, it doesn't sell well enough for the cost of proofs to get recouped in a reasonable timeframe. Even Strange Magic was barely worth it.
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Lewis C January 18, 2016 2:56 am UTC
I have to admit that I'm surprised. This has seemed to be one of your most interesting ideas, so I assumed that it was one of your better sellers. I had been waiting for the print version, but if it's not coming then I will get it the next time I have money. Thanks for answering.
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