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After some major refinement, this role-playing game has been renamed to Ethera. If you're here looking for the Hands of Ether role-playing system from the Secret Hearth show, you have found it. Ethera and Hands of Ether are one in the same.

Ethera is Secret Hearth’s flagship game of reality-warping spells, impactful combat, modular character creation, and monochrome dungeon crawling.

In Ethera's surreal world, your table takes on the role of adventurers in a land of rainbow forests, sentient clay, eldritch cyclopes, and crystal dragons.

Character creation is light and modular without sacrificing the familiar crunch of old-school fantasy systems. Every skill and spell in Ethera tells a story of its own, twisting the fiction and setting as play progresses. Ethera uses a freakishly fast-paced combat system that allows for the Guide and Adventurers to provide a back-and-forth dialog of attacking, guarding, countering, and casting.

The spells within this tome are peculiar and dramatic - like turning yourself into a coat rack, speaking to the spirits of the sea, or planting literal rumors in the form of gossip seeds. Martial combatants are just as integral - each class relies on one another to prevail using a hard-set, team-based ability system. 

The game is designed to be especially adventurous, harking back to the style of traditional dungeon crawling. Death and injury are a persistent threat. This is an adventure game about true heroes, with challenging encounters and brutal repercussions that only determination and cunning can conquer.

Ethera in its digital form will always be free.

• Support and encouragement to hack & expand upon the system is greatly encouraged by its creators. We ask only that you tell us about your creations and regale us with the tales you experience while using this game.

Hail the dawn!

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Niles C August 15, 2021 10:06 pm UTC
I keep trying to buy the digital version but DriveThru keeps putting the print version in my basket. Not good.
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Janice M May 24, 2020 12:32 pm UTC
Quick question, the character generation section says you start with two cantrips but the spells section say you start with one cantrip, which is it?
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Matthew S April 18, 2020 9:48 pm UTC
I have to say, I'm really impressed by this. I would really like to run it at some point. The various character builds seem like a lot of fun.

My only slight concern with the system is that it seems like at mid to high level, combat would become a slog. There doesn't seem to be many ways to increase damage. Am I missing something? Fighting something with 10hp when you do 1d8 is fine. Fighting something with 90 when your best attack is still 1d8 but maybe with a condition seems like it would make combat take forever. I think I would add 1 damage per level or something?
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This title was added to our catalog on April 08, 2019.
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