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Savagely Useful: A Hero Will Rise (Epic Fantasy)


Discover Who Your Hero Was... Before They Were a Hero

Savage Worlds Licensed Product

A Hero Will Rise: Epic Fantasy is the first in a series of Savagely Useful products designed specifically to help players flesh out a background story for their epic fantasy characters in Savage Worlds games. Using a combination of personal choices, random d20 rolls, and draws from a regular card deck, players can determine:

  • Where the hero grew up.
  • What kind of family they were born to.
  • What they did as a trade or profession before adventure came calling.
  • What kind of things happened to them that gave them certain challenges in life.

Using this book, you can not only generate fun and interesting narrative elements for your character, you get special additional abilities and bonuses, as well. In addition, you can use this to generate one or both of your Minor Hindrances, and gain narrative hooks to go with them.

A Hero Will Rise: Epic Fantasy is not only fun to use for creating a fantasy hero character, it can work great as a quick generator for NPCs, as a writing prompt for fantasy writers, and for all kinds of fantasy character-oriented needs.

Written and Designed by Sean Patrick Fannon

Edited by Carinn Seabolt

Layout and Graphic Design by Bill Keyes

Cover and Interior Art by Chaz Kemp

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Dillard R January 21, 2021 6:00 am UTC
Does it include typical epic fantasy races or is this just hoomies?
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Sean F January 21, 2021 8:57 pm UTC
The species/heritage isn't really a consideration; this book is more about where the character comes from and what kind of family they had, so the results should be readily adaptable to almost any biological background.

(I mean, yeah, a little harder to apply if you're from an underwater species or you're a hyper-intelligent shade of blue...) ;-)
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joshua E July 10, 2018 10:42 pm UTC
Are you meant to layer normal character creation on top of the random results or do the edges and skills count against those you would normally start with?
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Sean F July 10, 2018 11:24 pm UTC
Hey, Joshua. Good question, which I tried to answer right there at the beginning (but was perhaps a bit too vague) -

"It also works to provide some cool added abilities and areas of expertise, giving that 0 XP Novice a little bit more to work with at the start."

So, yes, this layers on top of core creation; you gain some extra stuff, but you still make your character per the normal rules with all of your choices intact.
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joshua E July 10, 2018 11:56 pm UTC
That was my guess but some of the benefits seemed pretty generous so I just wanted to clarify the intent. Thanks for the quick reply and the great product!
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Tyler C February 06, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
I've been playing lots of one-shot/pick up games with my regular game group lately; it's a good way to find out which setting is a good fit for us. I usually make up some templates to help them ease into a new setting, but I like to leave just enough room for them to customize. This is a great way for them to get that level of customization and randomization in all the fell swoops. Great mix of fantasy tropes, should fit most play styles in fantasy settings. Can't wait to bust it out for the 50 Fathoms game I have planned.
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Sean F February 06, 2018 9:49 pm UTC
Thanks so much!
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