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A Game of War and Intrigue

You’re no adventurer. You may have shaken blood off your sword after plunging it into an unholy beast, but the real monsters stalk the world’s thrones. You may have studied the unspeakable secrets of magic, but affairs of state have secrets that are no less horrifying, for they can turn a nation into a million-limbed juggernaut of war.


You belong to a noble house, and its fortunes rise and fall with your actions. You’re a lord, a knight, a servant in the shadows, or perhaps a sorcerer-sage, bound to a dynasty of rulers. A vassal’s honor binds you to obey those above your station, and the responsibilities of privilege make you well aware that your lessers prosper or suffer according to your will—or if you fail, in spite of it. Your people are yours to protect, but the world is yours to conquer. You’ve committed your house to the Sword Chronicle.


Sword Chronicle is fantasy roleplaying in Green Ronin’s Chronicle System, now customized for you to bring in your own worlds of intrigue-laden fantasy. Within this book you’ll find the following:

  • A classless gritty fantasy roleplaying game, where words can be as powerful as weapons—and weapons enforce your words.
  • Character creation that gives the heroes specific positions in a noble house of their own design.
  • Rules for the fantasy ancestries of elves, dwarves, and ogres, and frictionless game systems for playing a character of multiple ancestries.
  • Grim, dramatic combat where death is a risk, but profit comes from ransoming your noble enemies.
  • Revised and reorganized intrigue rules for the Chronicle System, to give socially oriented characters real power.
  • Mass combat rules fit for sieges and conquests.
  • Subtle, powerful magic for the Chronicle System.
  • Introducing the Shattered Era setting.




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James S August 09, 2023 6:38 am UTC
I notice that there's no POD option for this now - is there any chance of it coming back?
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February 06, 2022 12:23 am UTC
can their be a Dragon supplement? Would love to raise some Dragons for my house!
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Johannsen D October 22, 2021 7:31 am UTC
Is there any way to get a POD in Europe/ germany?
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September 10, 2021 2:44 am UTC
Are their any stats for Dragons in this game??
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George F June 18, 2021 2:04 am UTC
Is this based on the Song of Fire & Ice RPG?
I never noticed this product before today.
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Paul E July 31, 2021 1:30 am UTC
Belated, but yes it's based around the system used in the rpg line.
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louis R May 23, 2021 10:17 pm UTC
I tried asking questions on Discord, but no one answered. I thought I'd try asking here.
1. The book says, "The benefit of a vassal house is that they provide you with income each month...." How much income does each vassal house provide?
2. How do I know which army units carry shields by default?
3. The book says "Most local tournaments feature a joust and may include a grand melee and archery contest. Each additional contest beyond the joust requires an additional loss of 1 Wealth. Once the tournament is finished, prizes awarded, and knights, ladies, and the rest depart, the sponsoring house gains +1d6 Influence, +0 for local tournaments, +3 for regional tournaments, and +6 for grand tournaments." What effect does additional contests beyond the joust have on influence?
4. "Whenever you would host a tournament on your lands, you test Status to see what sorts of knights and sworn swords you attract. For more details, see Chapter 5: House & Lands."...See more
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Andrew L July 19, 2021 9:46 am UTC
I'd maybe give it a flat +1 bonus to influence for each additional contest in the tournament.
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John Y February 01, 2021 4:45 am UTC
Thank you for updating the system and bring the magic system into the Core rulebook. I like some of the new ascetics and the stats for mythical creatures as well. Hope your able to keep turning out more content for this setting and also generate some splat books.
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Tim R November 16, 2020 9:46 pm UTC
Thanks for the update. Any word on hardcopy?
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Tim P November 12, 2020 10:09 pm UTC
I'm really happy to see this setting neutral version of the system, and I do love many of the small changes here and there. There are however a couple of spots where there are tables or small rules tidbits missing, I've seen mention of this getting updated but this does not apear to have happened yet, any status on that?
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Tomasz M November 07, 2020 1:20 pm UTC
So, are there any news about the print version?
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Igor M September 23, 2020 9:43 pm UTC
Is there an official announcement about Game of Thrones or Dragon Age licenses? I am really sad those two series ended, because of the excellent design they offered in terms of adventures and encounters. I don't actually play their original systemas (nor AGE neither Chronicle), but I still love the adventures designed for them!
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Pauli K August 24, 2020 4:52 pm UTC
This looks interesting.

Looking forward to the print version!
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Jordan M August 20, 2020 11:16 pm UTC
Is there an official forum for questions on the system? I picked up the book but the rules on Ancestry are very unclear to me. And the example in the book makes no sense after reviewing the qualities and their respective sub-types. According to the book example they take the "Mummer" and have that as a Human Ancestry Quality...However that Quality does not have the Ancestry Quality subtype or even really have anything to do with being a human racially as its a profession. Is Ancestry just an excuse to give 2 free benefits to a character regardless of type and have some loose fluff on how it applies? Or are the 2 free Ancestry qualities supposed to be used specifically on "The Blood of ____" qualities listed? Maybe im being dense or overthinking this...but i dont think it should be this difficult. Help
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Seth W August 21, 2020 1:29 am UTC
How about a Discord?

But to answer your question, Human ancestry allows you to choose any one non-ancestry trait (so you can't pick the ancestry specific traits like Blood of the Wood) to act as an Ancestry trait. All other ancestries have to stick to their specific list.
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Malcolm S August 21, 2020 3:41 am UTC
You want to visit the GRAAD Discord.

Humans can take any non-exclusive Benefit as an Ancestry Benefit, as well as those listed specifically for humans. Non-exclusive Benefits are anything that does not solely list an Ancestry as a prerequisite.

Basically you decide what your character's bloodline and background are based on your two picks (though you can also get more variety--it just doesn't have a game effect).

For the rest of your questions, pop over to GRAAD.
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Eric B August 18, 2020 10:25 pm UTC
I am really interested in the setting - to see how the houses were set up to foster intrigue. Is there any depth to the setting? It is only 11 pages, so my assumption is no.
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Seth W August 18, 2020 7:49 pm UTC
I really dug this game before it was setting neutral, and I dig it even more now that it has magic, ancestries, and a content guild.
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Stacie W August 18, 2020 3:44 pm UTC
From what I'm understanding is Green Ronin had years to redo this game system from the ground up, implement changes that others have proven to be successful, and then GR released SC with very little changes so the majority of problems still exist. Did GR think that people wouldn't figure this out?

This brings up another question: Why would GR release a game like this without doing the work to actually make it better and instead ignore years of known issues that seemingly fixed the game system?
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Abraham Z August 18, 2020 4:21 pm UTC
If that is true, it is extremely disappointing...
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NB N August 19, 2020 3:13 am UTC
Sadly it is pretty much spot on.
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Allan P August 31, 2020 5:44 am UTC
I nearly pressed the buy button, until I got here. I played the parent game when it first came out, and the endless online house rules to fix.
Thanks all for the info.
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