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Oubliette Introduction

Your immortality is not in question. But what will you do with your new power now that you're trapped in the World of the Forsaken?


Oubliette. A dungeon with no way out. A place to put things to forget about them. A grand castle filled with destitute immortals. A world that is heaven, hell, or something in between.


Throughout the ages, the power of belief has waned for certain subjects. Forgotten, they disappear from our world. But where do they go? What do they do when they get there? Oubliette is the story of these forgotten beings and fell powers.

  • Uncover a twisted world where all myths are true
  • Come to grips with immortality and eternity
  • Find something to fight for
  • Explore predatory libraries, man-eating forests, lakes of mercury, black-market magic markets, and eons of forgotten labyrinths
  • Transform from a serf to a dragon

The Book

  • Complete Fate Core rules for Oubliette
  • Powered by Fate Core
  • Massive index with more than 1300 pre-generated & topical Aspects
  • 17 detailed racial groups
  • More than 160 unique and specific story hooks
  • 22 factions deeply integrated into the history of the Castle
  • 14 entire districts of unusual and fantastical lands
  • More than 430 pre-generated Stunts
  • Bestiary with more than 250 denizens of Oubliette
  • Includes a huge anthology of short stories set in Castle Oubliette
  • Narrative-driven gameplay
  • Story-oriented NPC/Creature creation rules
  • Includes a Legendarium, Chronicle, & Glossary
  • Creature lists organized by race, faction, caste, and skill focus
  • Exactly one reference to Tina Fey's hit film, Preen Girls.
  • Lots of words
  • Several Numbers

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Here's a taste of what's inside these pages.






The Unbroken

The majority of the denizens of Oubliette have been ground down by endless hardships and emotional trauma. But there are a rare few that refuse to give up, struggling ever onward, scratching their way up from the dregs to rise to the highest echelons of Oubliette society. Heroes some, villains many, the Unbroken are the movers and shakers of the world of Oubliette. These are the characters the players take on, the toughest, most determined people in the cosmos: those that would stand against eternity itself.


The Unbroken come from many walks of life. Some were warriors in life, other arcanists or clerics, but all were skilled. They share only two common traits:

All are valuable. There is something about every single one of the millions of people in Oubliette that makes them special, useful, powerful, or unique. Many brought with them magic and other fell skills that no longer exist in the World of Life.

All are lost. No trace of any of these inhabitants can be found in the World of Life. Many died in hopeless situations and were never found, or passed into anonymity after their deaths. Others were forsaken by all that knew them, leaving no record behind. And a very small few sought out Oubliette, closing themselves off and removing themselves from the world intentionally, in hopes of finding a way to the World of the Forgotten.

Once here in Oubliette, denizens are often confronted with brutal demonstrations of their new immortality. Oubliette is not a friendly place, particularly for newcomers, who are often seen as a source of steady income.


The Castle

Castle Oubliette is a humongous agglomeration of thousands of years of decrepit buildings and ancient castles. Nearly a hundred miles from wall to wall, the Castle is divided into districts, wards, and cells. Over the eons, immortal hands have toiled away at rebuilding the city into something slightly greater than a rambling maze of enormous rubble. It's now possible to cross from district to district in relative safety, if one happens to have the coin to pay the innumerable tolls.

There are a great many factions and groups occupying Oubliette. In the absence of direct rule, great swaths of the Castle have been snatched up and are ruled as entirely separate lands.

Because of the undying nature of the denizens of Oubliette, the many of the major factions, including the Draculeans, Coquille Roi, Thorns, and Ordo Sancti, have lasted a very long time indeed. But despite their tenacity, the districts and wards of Oubliette are constantly shifting. New groups such as the Bonehorde and the House of Revision are on the rise, and gaining massive support.

The Eternal World

Eternal life is a terrible curse, but it does provide one with ample opportunity. Over the eons, Castle Oubliette has been shaped by many hands, transforming entire districts with grinding progress. In Celeste, towers thousands of feet tall loom over the skyline, each one built brick-by-brick from the rubble of discarded centuries. In Mubigild, hundreds of square miles have been carved out from under the sinister surface, home to thousands of tribes of ancient netherfey. Even the comparatively safe confines of Grandhall are home to projects of ridiculous scale, the most famous of which is the Sumeilugrarion, a cathedral-sized organ connected to the entire district by sound tubes and echo chambers, constantly filling the wards with fugues of insane complexity.

exploring the wide open spaces south of Grandhall

There are direct effects, as well. Inhabitants of Oubliette are changed by their time here, often bearing physical manifestations of their newfound powers. Those skilled in the Arts Arcane bear glowing eyes and secondary telekinetic activity and shroud themselves in floating glyphs and magical texts. The Blood Arts are also visible from an early stage in crimson eyes and alabaster skin, but as the power grows, denizens gain terrifying control over their bodies, growing fangs, claws, and even wings when necessary. Savage power begins as a feral rage but quickly progresses into one of the most visually striking of the Arts, leaving practitioner/victims with monstrous forms unique to each individual. These Arts existed in the World of Life, but only in Oubliette do their users find the time, power, and desire to develop them to this extent.

The scale of power found in Oubliette is just as astonishing as the variety found there. Most denizens arrive at the height of their mortal power, only to find themselves massively outclassed by their new neighbors. The Broken often slip further down the scale, their capabilities withering until they're barely able to find food to stave off the hunger. The Unbroken usually grab opportunity by the horns and push themselves further up the scale, carving out a greater tale. But the scale continues all the way up to the god-like beings that dwell in Celeste and Slair, who's ancient determination has carried them well beyond the reach of mortal power. And who knows how these fell leaders fare against the great eldritch things that lurk in the darkest caverns of Oubliette?

But the World of the Forgotten is more ancient than human memory. Deep below the darkest bowels of the Castle itself lie ruins of dark secrets from the gulf of prehistory. The Lovecraftian things that dwell there are of such staggering immensity and breathtaking age that they cause tectonic activity in the city above. They've lived here since long before there were people to even make castles.

The Great Anachronism

Oubliette's timeline doesn't match up with the World of Life. The original castle itself dates to about 1000 AD, but has paradoxically existed in the World of the Forgotten for more than a hundred millennia. A further mystery, when the denizen departed the World of Life holds no bearing on when they arrive in Oubliette. The Castle is home to ancient Greek gods, renaissance-era revolutionaries, dragons from the yawning depths of ages past, and orphans from modern London. Some of the most prodigious minds in the cosmos have set themselves at the task of understanding Oubliette's place in the universe, only to come up empty-handed.

Because of this ubiquitous anachronism, all sorts of technologies and stories can be found in Oubliette. Prehistoric shamans rampage past forgotten Soviet era rockets. Soldiers from the Second World War find themselves trapped in an completely-intact early French sanitarium. Cultists of the Great Old Ones rub shoulders with Unseele shadowdancers at a bazaar selling smartphones, now only useful as mirrors. But in spite of all those who wonder, the answer to the question, "Why?" remains elusive.


Oubliette Second Edition runs on the Fate Core rules by Evil Hat, LLC, but because it describes the abilities and traits of the creatures, characters, places, and things within the world in narrative terms, you can easily run it using any generic system you like, such as GURPS, SilCore, or Brevity. We would like to one day produce adapters for Dungeons & Dragons and Apocalypse World/Dungeon World.

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Ed P December 29, 2021 5:57 am UTC
What the difference between this and the First Edition? I was a supporter of the earlier version.
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Joe B December 30, 2021 11:45 pm UTC
Second edition is both completely redesigned, and a massive expansions on first edition. It's also less grimdark and shows a bit more humor that you can find in Oubliette. The rules are vastly expanded and much, much better, and there's a positively enormous amount of new lore in this doorstopper.
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Shawn G June 01, 2021 2:21 am UTC
This is by far one of, if not THE best setting for Fate Core.

It's also an amazing setting, and book in its own right. So much art, notes, details, and so much good, detailed (but not heavy-handed) explanation of the system.

You could buy this book, and nothing else, and play the game. Fantastic work, I've not seen a Fate book so comprehensive since Atomic Robo, Jadepunk, or even Mindjammer.

The worldbuilding is top-notch, and I've been looking for a unique, 'kitchen sink' kind of sandbox world for my players: This, I think, is it. There's so many great ideas in here.
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Joe B June 01, 2021 1:10 pm UTC
Thanks so much! We're really glad you enjoyed it! I hope you and your group have a ton of awesome (and occasionally hysterical) adventures in Oubliette!
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Alexis J December 08, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Are there any plans to port this to another system?

If not, how hard would it be for a competent GM to port this to a different rules light system like Apocalypse World or Dungeon World?
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Joe B December 11, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
We were considering a DW version and a D&D 5e version at one point, so it's not off the table, but it may take some time to come out. If you're interested, when The Dawnline starts to calm down, we'll be posting more of our intermediate alpha and beta games on our Voidspiral Entertainment Game Incubator patreon to collect feedback before we publish future games; any "system adapters" we make for Oubliette or HFA will be hosted there for free.

As for homebrewing it, it should be fairly simple to port into D&D. It would take somewhat more work to go into Dungeon World, since you'd probably want more moves specifically designed for "weird" PCs that don't necessarily match up with the classical PC classes. Going with vanilla DW would work if you want your group to come in as adventurers dropped into Oubliette, but that's a pretty specific story archetype in Oubliette. There are lots of other options available in O2E. That said, writing a few moves to help articulate the weirdness...See more
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April B September 30, 2020 3:14 pm UTC
I too think this would be awesome in DW or Savage World.
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Dave S March 06, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
The full colour version keeps coming up as corrupt/not a pdf for me. Even after downloading a fresh copy.
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Joe B March 06, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
What operating system and application are you using to download and open the PDF? Does it happen with the black and white version as well?
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Dave S March 06, 2018 8:51 pm UTC
I'm on windows 10, using firefox 58.0.2 as a browser, and foxit as a reader.
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Joe B March 06, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
I'd check to see if the same document works in Adobe Acrobat or in Google Chrome or in Firefox itself. If not, then the document may be either downloading incorrectly or there might be a problem with the document on the server for whatever reason. If the black & white version works in the same circumstances as what you're trying now, then it's probably your PDF reader being unable to correctly view the complex shading of the document.
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Dave S March 06, 2018 10:36 pm UTC
Yeah the b&w one works perfectly fine, But the colour version is not working in foxit, firefox, or chrome on my pc. Nor will it open on my tablet in moonreader or indeed Adobe acrobat, even after downloading multiple fresh files, the problem persists.


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Joe B March 08, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
I've uploaded a fresh version of the file. If you have further problems with it, shoot me an email at
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Dave S March 08, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
That worked! Thanks!
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David M November 09, 2017 12:06 am UTC
When I view the full-color PDF on my Mac (using Preview) or on my iPad (using iBooks), the color pattern on the table of contents and title pages obscures the text. I believe it's supposed to be translucent, but it's fully opaque.

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Joe B November 09, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
I would recommend the Adobe Acrobat Reader for iOS to see if that fixes things for you.
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David M December 31, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
That did work. Thanks!
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Peter P October 03, 2017 9:08 am UTC
Just a comment on the recent errata. It mentions that the front and back covers have now been added, but the PDF file still lacks these.
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David M April 24, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
Same here. Hey, Voidspiral, will the PDF be updated to have the front and back covers? Everything else about the book is gorgeous.
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Erik K September 30, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Something is confusing me: is Absolution's caste supposed to be Fallen or Eldritch? In the Caste section she's listed as an example for Eldritch, but in her entry in the bestiary lists her as Fallen with skills to match.
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Joe B October 02, 2017 1:04 pm UTC
She's fallen, as per the Bestiary. She's been miss-listed in the Caste section. Good catch, I've added it to the errata list.
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Raymond W August 14, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
This reminds me a little of an old YA novel called Down Town.
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Pierre S July 05, 2017 2:03 pm UTC
"Exactly one reference to Tina Fey's hit film, Preen Girls."

LOL. Will I ever find it, though? RPG indexes are pure crap!
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Joe B July 05, 2017 2:08 pm UTC
Here's a hint: look for the first mention of Preens in the Table of Contents.
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Geoffrey W June 19, 2017 3:34 pm UTC
Preview document has errors in it. It's not displaying properly.
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Joe B June 19, 2017 3:52 pm UTC
Thanks Geoffrey! Since I couldn't figure out what the error was, I put some preview pages in the description. Hope that helps.
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Kyle S June 20, 2017 12:26 am UTC
I don't know if these are the errors he's talking about, but there are inexplicably some instances of the letter 'c' that don't make any sense on the preview page under 'Feeders', in the first body paragraph. One at the end of an otherwise correctly spelled word just before the second comma, one all by itself just before the last two words. Probably not what he meant.
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Geoffrey W June 20, 2017 4:07 am UTC
Nope. When i said it wasn't displaying properly I mean it wasn't displaying hardly at all. Adobe said the PDF had errors and to contact the maker of the PDF.

it also says "The font 'FVAWGY+MinionPro-Regular' contains a bad /BBox."

But yeah. More than half the text doesn't display on the preview when I click on it.

Of course that was the original DTRPG preview. They obviously changed it recently.
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