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What is Junker Space Fantasy?

So let’s break down these two separate genres as they are quite different -- beginning with space fantasy. The genre of space fantasy is usually categorized by several items: the inclusion of some sort of “mythic quest,” a young pupil and aged master, a kind of knightly order or analog, and a dark force or power which the pupil and master must fight against. The most clear example of this is George Lucas’ Star Wars or something like the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s. Whether it is in the far future or far past, there is this fantastical quality to the science fiction story that grants it that moniker of space fantasy. To coin a phrase, “magic space wizards” is a perfect description of what space fantasy is at its core.

Now the junker element. Films like Mad Max or Waterworld would count as junker films as they are post-apocalyptic or occurring during the apocalypse and place an emphasis on a junky, rusty, rough and tumble kind of aesthetic. Fury Road does perhaps the best job of exemplifying this genre, followed by video games like Borderlands or Destiny, both of which have those rough-around-the-edges kind of quality to them that lend well to the junker aesthetic. 

So junker space fantasy… how the hell does that work?

Junker space fantasy plays on the visual inspiration of the junker theme but has the mythic and fantastical elements of the space fantasy. The plethora of worlds and the biotechnological nature of the planet of Adelphos are designed to feel like a hybrid of scientific engineering and magic or perhaps a kind of union of one overtaking the other. A young speeder pilot who built his suit from scrap metal under the tutelage of an old battlesmith who is fighting against the expansion of a shadowy empire is an example of a union between those two genres.

Whether it is forming a guild to clown around the stars while exploring alien ruins; blasting huge monsters aside with a rune-powered gun; working in the hold of an old treasure galleon on your scrappy speeder; or performing powerful cosmagic in the depths of a black hole being opened in the middle of the county capital surrounded by xeno-necromancers -- Comets & Cockpits invites you to strap on your armor, grab your saddle and coneslinger, gather some other junkers and make the deep dive into wild and zany space fantasy that we present for your 5e table.    


From the Journal of Ironbashk, Space Goblin Warlock and Junker Extraordinaire

Hello there, junkers! Welcome to Adelphos, and in turn welcome to Haven! Arlo Runewright is the usual greeting committee, but he got tangled up taking care of some stuff in the Map Room with Tessin and Edmora, so he put me in charge! Dangerous choice! Anyhow, it is my job to welcome ya ta our little nook in the universe. Well, technically it ain’t little, since Adelphos is 39 billion square kilometers -- but that is beside the point! I am here to tell ya argon from apples, so here is the dealio: there are three important rules to surviving in Haven.

First rule -- ya are gonna see a lotta strange shit around, go figure! Ya are on our ancestral homeworld, something we ain’t seen in a couple millennia, SURPRISE! So the more you learn to go with the flow, the lot better this whole “acclimating” process is gonna go. 

Second rule -- do not drink the blue water. Don’t give me the crock of “Oh, Ironbashk, water is blue!” No it ain’t dumbass, water is clear! I mean do not drink for the areas where you see a lurid blue spill of some kind of gunk. Means dire tardigrades have been there and gotten their rune goo everywhere. 

Third rule -- throw everything ya know out the window. Ya would think with rule number one that would be self explanatory. WRONG! Shit don’t work here like it does back on yar normie homeworld, punks. Magic, monsters, money -- all different in Haven. 

And the fourth rule -- fruk ya, I am adding a fourth one -- trust yar gut. Sure, there are times that ya can use yar head and logic yart way outta some shit ya might have landed in. But here in Haven and on Adelphos, ain’t got time for that shit. Eat or be eaten, shot or be shot, live or unlive. 

We are visitors here on this rock - our ancestors might have lived here thousands of years ago, but it outgrew us while we was gone. Our fancy tech and magicks and speeders and whatnot ain’t jack against a planet that SURVIVED A TITAN EXPLODING HERSELF. So keep that in mind when ya are out and about. Oh, and here is this, some sorta guidebook that Arlo threw together on the planet and Haven. I added my own notes, of course. 

Good luck! Ya gonna need it!





This book is dedicated to Colton Banks. Colton was a larger-than-life personality: tall, humble, friendly, and loving. He was taken too soon from us, but his avid love for storytelling and D&D will live on through Koldon Bancroft, wily dwarven barbarian of the Stockade. So, we ask you to consider when you go adventuring through Haven, take Colton along with you in your stories on Adelphos and beyond. 

May All Your Rolls Be 20s

Colton Banks



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David N May 13, 2022 11:39 am UTC
So, I'd had a flip through the printed copy of Adelphos and although I already had the PDF, I was kind of shocked at the sheer amount of blank space where there should have been art for creatures.

Is something wrong with my PDF and POD, or was the book just not reformatted to account for the lack of art? I'm really disappointed with my POD and the PDF in general, since it looks like there should be art for all the new dragons, creatures and even some of the titans. There is some there, but it's solitary pieces.
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David N May 13, 2022 12:06 pm UTC
Feeling kind of wripped off, given I backed the Kickstarter for the POD and would like it fixed if possible.
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Cameron D May 13, 2022 3:58 pm UTC
Hello David,
I am sorry to hear that you are disappointed with the quality of the POD and PDF, and the lack of art. One of the hardest parts when designing a project as a small independent press like C&C is being able to know where to allocate funds from crowdfunding: writing, art, layout, editing, etc. You are correct, we were hoping to add more creature art, and hopefully in the future if we release a new edition down the road, we will be able to remedy that.
However, at the end of the day it came down to being able to fairly pay our writers and editors and designers for the incredible amount of work they had done in comparison to a few more pieces of art. If you would be interested, all of the artists are credited in the book, and if you wished to reach out to them they would more than welcome a commission, I am sure.
In closing, the focus for the book was providing a vivid and amazing world and all-new player options, and with the money we had we made a choice from the get-go to pay...See more
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David N May 13, 2022 10:45 pm UTC
Ok, I can understand that. However, I'm just going to say my piece, hopefully in a respectful manner. I will probably include this in a review later.

For many people, strong visual art is a defining feature of a good sourcebook, as it catches the imagination far better than words do. The lack of art effectively leaves the creatures and many other portions without any strong impressions, making them flat blocks of numbers, or turning what would be interesting setting information into blocks of text without the kernels needed to interest a reader.

The fact that the book had obvious gaps and had not been reedited to deal with the issue somehow made that worse. Alongside the high page count, it makes me disengage from your work, especially since it's a world that feels like it should have a distinct visual style. I think this may have been one of those situations where a smaller page count, to allow more money for artists, would have been the better choice.

Frankly the idea...See more
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Jonathan H August 07, 2022 2:59 am UTC
Adding my peace also, I have to agree with David, I too was disheartened upon receiving my copy. I also noticed the artists did not seem to be on the same sheet of music. I can only hope the second book is fixed of these issues.
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Cameron D August 07, 2022 1:25 pm UTC
Hello Jonathan,

We have been hearing you and David and others who have shared their thoughts, however, I stand by our original artists and the amazing amount of work, time, and effort they put into this book. We at Daylight Publications strongly believe in showcasing many different styles, methods, and types of art across our books, not wanting to have a monotonous singular visual style for a world, but instead showing that many can exist in the genre. We decided from the very beginning of our design process for C&C - as well as our first setting Supers & Sorcery - to keep this a core ideal. Perhaps it is not for everyone, but "not being on the same sheet of music" is pretty much our motto.

Why listen to just Bach when you could incorporate Johnny Cash, Lizzo, and Loreena McKennitt into the visual rhythm as well? Why go to a museum just to look at the Impressionist exhibit and then leave when you have fifty or sixty other exhibits to go and soak up? However, if that...See more
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Kevin B March 09, 2022 12:42 am UTC
pg 266, "Purity Waterskin" is not styled as a header, but should be.
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Cameron D March 10, 2022 11:52 am UTC
I will add that to our notes for any errata, Kevin, thank you!
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Neil S March 09, 2022 12:36 am UTC
Does this have alien ruins in it
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Cameron D March 10, 2022 11:54 am UTC
Hello Neil!
So, if you read through the lore, you will find the the territory of Haven and the world of Adelphos are crawling with the ruins of the Five Peoples which remain after the Sundering of Mourn. Lots and lots of ruins.
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Victor H March 08, 2022 3:17 pm UTC
Some sort of preview would be nice though.
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Cameron D March 08, 2022 6:34 pm UTC
Hi Victor,
Let me take care of that. I thought we had had it set, but I guess not.
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Neil S March 07, 2022 11:15 pm UTC
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Cameron D March 08, 2022 6:33 pm UTC
Hi there Neil,
We are just waiting to be able to order proofs from LightningSource once they are done testing our files. Hopefully they will be coming along soon.
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