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Sample_Graphics_for_DTRPG.jpgSecond in the World of Calidar collection and for use with any RPG, Beyond the Skies unveils the gods of this fantasy universe. At its core lie the descriptions of pantheons for the main races and cultures of the Great Caldera, their individual deities, their mythologies, alliances, and foes. Each chapter reveals the history of the ancient peoples who summoned these gods into existence and established their cults. A significant part of this compendium details special powers mortal followers and priests can earn, based on the strengths of their piety. “Beyond the Skies” goes on to flesh out myriad servants of the gods, demons, demigods, divine cabals, the politics of pantheons and their internal rivalries, the bond between tribal shamans and Calidar’s World Soul, the spirit lords of the Dread Lands, secret societies and knightly orders among mortals, right down to death and what lies beyond. This book provides quite a lot of mechanical bits to enhance the game in addition to mythologies, secret plots, and the floor plans of temples and secret brotherhood lairs, each an invitation for encounters and adventures.

Much like those of ancient Greece, gods interact with mortals and epic heroes in game of chess reaching past nearby planets and outer planes. However powerful they are, they face a world of dangers including another universe whose monstrous deities seek to devour all: from the masses of mortals to their divine patrons. They will not relent until, perhaps, they gobble the World Souls themselves—the magical core and the source of life of the planets in Soltan’s ephemeris. As bleak as Calidar’s future may seem, the gods fear that their deaths aren’t the worst of fates. This aspect of their peril-fraught existence is one element contributing to the dynamics of this fantasy setting, as it directly affects the players’ heroes and the realms in which they go on adventuring. This compendium is crucial as it will influence all future titles published in this series.

All told, this book includes 248 color pages. Text comes close to 200,000 words, tightly fitted. It provides at least 10 geographic maps showing the extent of cults in the realms of the Great Caldera, 10 full-page floor plans depicting the temples of leading deities, 11 more floor plans for the lairs of secret societies, and 8 diagrams detailing the personal relationships of the gods within their pantheons.

Important: Ownership of the first title, Calidar “In Stranger Skies,” is recommended to better enjoy this book. “Beyond the Skies” does not demand any specific role-playing game system, as all provided materials are designed to be easily converted.


Story Excerpt: When Ghedrun’s eyes opened, she saw first the concerned face of her maker as he hunched over her to examine his work. He then reached into her chest, flicked a wheel into motion, and a ticking sound followed. The machinery within her whirred, gritted, and chimed as her arms, legs, and facial parts came alive. Satisfied, the Great Blacksmith flipped panels shut on her body, and stood back. As the rest of his figure shifted within Ghedrun’s field of vision, she saw a gaping wound in his chest, and within it, half a heart beating with the same rhythm as her own internal workings. He noticed her gaze and pulled up the top part of his leather apron to mask the wound.

“Arise, my beloved. Take your place at my side,” Klangrîm requested.

Ghedrun sat up and observed her maker’s sanctum: a forge, bellows, anvil, and great hammer on one side, a wondrous workshop on the other, with spare parts, sketches, and blueprints. The golden bust of a woman stood nearby atop a pedestal. “Who is this?” wondered Ghedrun.

“It is you, dearest, or the image of who you once were.”

Puzzled, she examined her hand and the exquisite workmanship of the mechanism within. She then caught a glimpse of her face in a nearby mirror. Her traits were identical to those of the artwork. Thoughts formed in the marvelous clockworks of her enchanted mind. “A loved one who was lost?”

Klangrîm smiled as much as his scarred face allowed. “Lost? No my dear, not lost. You are in all ways like the memories that lie in my heart, and now those live within you.” Ghedrun searched her mind and found what her maker had given her.

“Yet I am different,” she answered. Gears and springs clicked and droned inside her head. “It doesn’t do well to latch on to illusions for too long, yet a part of me will always be the one you seek, Craftsmaster. I accept it and will return your love, but you must set free what you created, for only in this way will our love grow whole.”

(. . .)


Here is the complete guide to Calidar titles, as of April 5th 2020. As a newcomer to this fantasy world, you should start with Series 1 Meryath, especially its Gazetteer since it introduces the universe.

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There are (so far) three distinct goups of books and poster maps.

Series 1 concerns CAL1 "In Stranger Skies," the very first Calidar Gazetteer, and accessories directly related to the Kingdom of Meryath featured in CAL1. They can be recognized by their blue color scheme.

Series 2 supports CAL2 "On Wings of Darkness," the second Calidar Gazetteer. Those feature a black color scheme.

The last category, the "X" series labeled "Outriggers," includes all other accessories not directly related to the Gazetteers. Ideally, these products should bear a purple color scheme (future retrofit?)

There will be a Series 3 focused on the elves of Alfdaín and Alorea. Its titles will be structured exactly like those in Series 2: 1 Gazetteer (CAL3), 1 Players' Guide (PG3), 1 Adventure (CA3), 2 Conversion Guides (one each for Labyrinth Lord and OSRIC, therefore CAL3a & CAL3b), plus possibly a pack of poster maps. As you might guess, this series will get a green color scheme.

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CAL1 "In Stranger Skies" is the very first Gazetteer anyone new with Calidar should get. It provides an overview of the universe, the main world, and the Kingdom of Meryath which is home to the Star Phoenix, the skyship featured on the cover.

PG1 "Players' Guide to Meryath" summarizes important info from the Gazetteer for the players. It provides guidelines on how to roll up characters, and delves more deeply into Calidar's epic hero narrative, a central theme to this world. At the time of this article, PG1 is being laid out in prepress as it was added retroactively to this series. It should see print April or May 2020.

CA1 "Dreams of Aerie" is a sandbox adventure on a multi-decked flying circus providing player characters with a  mobile "home base" from which to kick off future adventures.

CA1 also offers fold-up maps available separately. DTRPG does not at this time support bundling books and fold-up posters because they are printed at different locations. Posters, cards, and fold-up maps aren't presently available from DTRPG due to Covid-19 lockdown.

CAL1a and CAL1b are Conversion Guides translating all game stats listed in CAL1, PG1, and CA1 for use with Labyrinth LordTM or OSRICTM. At the time of this article, these two books are awaiting layout work in prepress. They were added retroactively to this series. They should see print around early May 2020.

KM1 Kingdom of Meryath is a large 28" by 22" poster map. It is a limited edition printed outside DTRPG's sphere. It is available until stock runs out from the author's Facebook shop (US customers only; if outside the USA, please contact the author directly).

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CAL2 "On Wings of Darkness" describes a realm of wizards and demons. Its theme covers schools of magic, a source of world magic, and of course, how to handle demons.

PG2 "Players' Guide to Caldwen" summarizes the Gazetteer's information for the players. It also features bloodlines, star signs, a new race related to demons, and a new character class of mage-knights forming an order connected with the source of world magic.

CA2 "How to Train Your Wizard" is the adventure for this series. It focuses on apprentices learning the trade of wizardry and necromancy. It provides a series of maps depicting the entire college, from dungeon to 12th floor.

CAL2a and CAL2b are Conversion Guides translating all game stats listed in CAL2, PG2, and CA2 for use with Labyrinth LordTM or OSRICTM. At the time of this article, these two books are at the printer. They should see print mid-April 2020.

CAL2 Seven Fold-Up Maps relate directly to CAL2. They display maps of Caldwen, topographic and hex styles, as well as street maps of the flying city of Arcanial and Port Arcana. DTRPG does not at this time support bundling books and fold-up posters because they are printed at different locations. Posters, cards, and fold-up maps aren't presently available from DTRPG due to Covid-19 lockdown.

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CC1 "Beyond the Skies" is a massive compendium of all things divine in the world of Calidar. It describes several pantheons of gods, game mechanics on faiths among mortals, running priest and shaman characters, divine favors and punishments, beliefs of the Dread Lands, demons, demigods, avatars, life after death, the netherworld, alliances among pantheons and deities, etc. CC1 is an invaluable sourcebook affecting all Gazetteers present and future.

CAGM1 Calidar Game Mechanics is a lightweight, pay-what-you-want pamphlet defining the various terms used for game stats in Calidar books. Calidar is primarily system-neutral, which explains the existence of conversion guides.

Calidar Climates is a single fold-up sheet showing the various climates on Calidar's surface, prevailing winds and sea currents.

Soltan Ephemeris is a single fold-up sheet showing an illustration of all planets orbiting the central star, Soltan.

DTRPG does not at this time support bundling books and fold-up posters because they are printed at different locations. Posters, cards, and fold-up maps aren't presently available from DTRPG due to Covid-19 lockdown.

GC1 Great Caldera is a large 28" by 22" poster map. It is a limited edition printed outside DTRPG's sphere. It is available until stock runs out from the author's Facebook shop (US customers only; if outside the USA, please contact the author directly).



 
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November 29th, 2016
Bruce Heard, formerly of TSR and of Mystara and "Voyage of the Princess Ark" fame has been working on his new world Calidar for a little bit now. I reviewed the premier product, Calidar in Stranger Skies, a while back and I really loved it. [...]
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