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Deathreach: The Beginning


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Fifty-eight years ago, the commonwealth of Vihar was established, quite by accident. While on an expedition to find new lands to colonize and serving under the flag of King Ozbin — and the Kingdom of Salona — Captain Bannic became lost in a storm. He inadvertently landed three ships on the shores of an uncharted land. The landing points for his ships would later be named Traitor’s Bay and Kingman’s Run.

Among the compliment of his crew were some of King Ozbin II’s trusted administrators and councilors: Viceroy Wolfe, Governor Templeton, and Lord Hargrove, along with a few lower-ranking officials and one scribe.

During the weeks it would take to unmoor the ships from the sandy bay and repair the damage, the administrators fell in love with the cove. Their minds began to wander about the prospects of settling here. They spoke openly with one another about making a new life here, away from the king. Here they could be freemen, far removed from the obligations of royalty and courts. Would it be possible? Did they veer off course enough that no one would ever find them?

Deathreach is a new ongoing, living, evolving fantasy setting akin to Western Marches campaigns with an unending frontier. The commonwealth of Deathreach is a base of operations filled with freedom and independence. It is perfect for overland exploration, leaving room to include all of your favorite published adventures beyond the borders of this small community.

Deathreach is a living and growing fantasy world and this introductory PDF reveals the details of the first 58 years of history, while exploring the commonwealth of Vihar and the surrounding townships. This new frontier settlement lies at the edge of the world, with a history and culture that reflects the people who shaped the environment. Designed to grandually unfold in a series of PDFs, this product also establishes the outlook of the setting and a baseline of what gamemasters and players can expect in future PDFs.

This is a new way of releasing a fantasy world, in small pieces, so gamemasters can explore the elements one at a time, as the PCs learn about this new environment. It also allows groups to send in ideas and stories of their own creation to be included in future PDFs.

Gamemasters can use Deathreach as the starting point for a campaign, while providing a base of operations for the PCs. Spaces are deliberately left in the material for the PCs to fill in with their exploits and ambitions. Will they become important people in the community, replacing the ineffective government, or will they exploit those who lack the ambition to lead?

This PDF includes the history of Vihar, some ongoing problems, a map, and enough to get gamemasters started using this series. The next PDF explores Traitor's Bay, the largest settlement in the commonwealth.

Future PDFs include dramatic conflicts going on in the various communities, giving PCs something to do locally, as well as questing outside the commonwealth's borders.

Deathreach encourages gamemasters to share their gaming session stories with the author to be compiled into a year-end wrap up PDF revealing how Deathreach has changed since the settlement began.

Deathreach is system-neutral and perfectly suited for old and new styles of play, though rulesets that focus on exploration will have a natural blending with Deathreach.

Includes five pages of random charts (names, events, etc.) to help gamemasters run adventures in Deathreach.

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July 4th, 2021
This is an amazing start to what promises to be a highly detailed and creative campaign setting. The writing is top notch and I am truly excited by the "living" nature of the campaign. [...]
June 13th, 2021
The best games, at the end of the day, tell a good story. A good story has a good beginning, and some ideas for the journey along the way. Deathreach has an introduction PDF and a follow up Traitor's Bay PDF that are exactly that, a landscape for [...]
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