All of the books for the Shaintar Kickstarter are done. That’s… kind of breathtaking, considering all that’s transpired.
I want to take a moment here to thank all the people who kept that torch going to the finish line, even after I had no choice but to pass it on or risk dropping it. Darren Pearce became Shaintar’s scribe, pouring out words at an unbelievable rate to knock out all of those books. Howard Brandon not only kept the dream of the Justice & Life shared campaign alive, he also stepped in and handled all the rules material for many of the books at the end of the project. Alida Saxon was a heroine beyond compare, handling so many of the tasks related to maintaining the quality presentation of the line, while Bien Flores handles a vast majority of the art chores. Carinn Seabolt – my Belovedest – watched over the world I created, ensuring it maintained the vision we shared for it from the beginning. Miles Kantir is the man who refused to allow the torch to drop to the ground, insisting that Savage Mojo be allowed to finish what I started.
The person who most deserves our collective love and respect, however, is the long-suffering Operations Manager (and editor), Gayle Reick. So much work done, so little reward beyond the love she always had for a world she helped build back when she was one of my players. Frankly, I put her through hell on more than one occasion, due in great part to my complicated and depression-tainted relationship with this world I crafted back when I was a child. I am not really sure how she endured all of this, except for her love for the work and all of the people involved.
So Gayle, this is my public-yet-personal thanks to you, as well as my sincere apology for all you endured. You are the true Champion of Shaintar, beyond any question or doubt. Long live Chrysalia of the Open Hand!
Savage Mojo’s been through a rough time in bringing to fruition that which we promised so long ago, and they’ve stepped up to do something extra-special for Gayle, which I hope you will consider supporting. She volunteered hundreds of hours to this project, so this tip jar is a way for fans and supporters to give something back to her for all of her incredible effort.
Here’s the very last Guidebook to come out for the KS – the Aeries of the Aevekar, the far-distant homes of the elusive winged elves of Shaintar.
“The wars of the Ground Walkers have taken their toll, too many of our people lie dead and broken on the cold hard earth. We must, for our own sake, retreat and take stock — our place is the high aeries of our forefathers, the give of Zavonis” ~ Kelos Nom Zerinian: 1741 A.C.
The history of the Aevekar is fraught with these winged fae dying on behalf of those who walk the earth. They were once found everywhere on Shaintar, yet there are now only a few thousand left hidden in secret communities in the most difficult locations. The Kal-A-Nar Empire has declared genocide upon them after the death of the Emperor’s favorite son so this may not be a bad thing.
Even though scattered, some few leave the aeries each year to take their place among the Rangers, or fight alongside their fae brothers and sisters against any evil focused upon the land. In this book, you’ll learn the story of what happened to these folk and how they’ve survived. There’s some new gear, edges, professions and you’ll get a good look at what their lives are like within their homes. Scattered they may be, but these are among some of the best bowmen ever seen and they created aerial combat. Take a tour of the aeries and learn a few secrets about the most hidden of them all – one no aevekar would ever admit exists.
Learn of their food, drink, society and what they find entertaining or artistic. It shouldn’t be surprising that wind instruments feature prominently in their music. While they aren’t militarily inclined, everyone learns to fight and serves as protection for the aerie they live in. Their death rituals are particularly beautiful given their close relationship with Zavonis, Ascended of air.
Sean Patrick Fannon
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