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In the 22nd century, humanity has ventured to the stars. Yet amid the wonders of this new age, mankind faces many dangers from without and within. Alien races, fractious colonies, contending governments, ruthless corporations and aberrant mutations all vie for supremacy. At the center of the conflict stands a new breed of humans - men and women with psychic powers - whose actions will determine mankind's ultimate fate.

This is the core rulebook for playing Trinity, one part of the larger Trinity Universe setting. In this book, you play psions, each from a different Psi Order. Sixty years ago, the formerly-human mutated Aberrants, with powers to reshape the world around them, were exiled from Earth following a devastating war... but now they want it back. The Æon Trinity unifies the disparate Psi Orders to drive the Aberrants away for good.

This book is based on the softcover third printing, following the limited edition Æon and the hardcover unlimited edition Trinity. As such, the back of the book contains the extra "The Story So Far" section, which catches Storytellers up with the existing overarching metaplot, as well as giving away a few background secrets, all previously unavailable to Storytellers.

Hidden Lore

Releases: Trinity was originally released in a spiral-bound plastic binder limited edition as Æon, in October 1997. Two weeks later due to a legal challenge, White Wolf changed the name of the game to Trinity. It was White Wolf's first limited edition release, and would stand alone for another year, with the release of the limited cover of Vampire: The Masquerade's Revised Edition.

The Trinity hardcover was released in November 1997, and then the softcover in March 1999, falling between Alien Encounter 1: Invasion and Trinity Field Report: Media.

Although prior to its release, many fans dismissed it as being "Vampire in space," insisting that the Storyteller System was unsuited for anything outside of horror games, Trinity went on to be successful in its own right as the first game of a larger setting, now called the Trinity Universe. The Revised Storyteller System used within was further refined in Aberrant, and then again for Exalted, proving the suitability and longevity of the system for any number of other settings beyond its horror origins.

The Cover: Chris Moeller provides a new cover for this printing, featuring several key elements of the setting and backstory. This includes an inhuman Aberrant (possibly The Colony), a Leviathan jump-ship, a psychokinetic wielding ice-based cryokinetic and fire-based pyrokinetic powers, an ISRAn firing a laser weapon, and the crashing Esperanza space station.

Whoops!: Since the hardcover edition was released so quickly after the name change, a couple of instances of the organization called the "Æon Trinity" were accidentally changed to "Trinity Trinity." Fortunately, this was fixed by the softcover edition.

Art: The internal art takes an interesting, and perhaps novel approach: much of the art was presented in-universe, with named artists or other creators: William O'Connor's art was labelled as being by "Akira Van Woc," Leif Jones' works were presented as being created by fashionista "Kostbaar," and so on. This trend persisted throughout the line.

New Edition

Trinity Continuum: Æon coverOnyx Path has released a new edition of the Trinity game line, which returns back to its original name: Trinity Continuum: Æon.

The new edition uses Onyx Path's Storypath System for its mechanics, including a powerful new set of Psi powers.

The setting has been updated and expanded, introducing setting elements never before seen in first edition material.

StoryPath Nexus

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TIMOTHY B March 08, 2021 3:23 pm UTC
I would love to have a text version. The PDF is part text while some of the text is image blocks.
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Pierre S June 17, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
114 MB is rather too large for a file. The rulebook would not be easy to consult in a tablet. A book like Shadowrun is 550 pages also with profuse artwork but gets by with 50 MB.
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Pierre S June 17, 2017 7:35 pm UTC
In Google Chrome, Quick preview and Full-size preview just give blank boxes. In Internet Explorer, it says, "To help protect the security of information you enter into this website, the publisher of this content does not allow it to be displayed in a frame."

Please correct this.
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Isaac R February 17, 2015 7:19 pm UTC
In the suggested source materials section, an anime called Aria is mentioned, I've only found two anime of this title and neither one fits the description in the book. Any Idea what show they're talking about?
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John N January 06, 2016 10:03 pm UTC
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