Palaethos: City Shard of the Shattered Worlds is creating Maps, Character Dossiers, RPG Supplements, and more
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City maps, floor plans, character dossiers, cultural traditions, fiction... an exhaustive exploration of a massive city...

If you're a gamer, a writer, or just into this kind of thing, I can promise you a veritable cornucopia of content you can use in your games and stories (or just be entertained by).

So... what is "The Shattered Worlds" and what is "Palaethos"?

The Shattered Worlds has been the setting for all the fantasy role-playing games I've run for over a decade. It's a story universe where the continuum of existence has failed and reality has shattered into hundreds of pocket dimensions called Shards. They are referred by the local populace as "The Many Worlds".

Palaethos is one of those shards, small by most standards, but remarkable for being dominated by a sprawling mega-city that extends for miles.

Where is all this coming from?

Recently, I started running a campaign where the players were part of the City Watch of Palaethos. I roughed out a map of the city and that served for a while, but as the story grew richer and more complex, a more detailed schematic became increasingly more necessary.

But the city is HUGE!


Undaunted, I started mapping 1 ward in 1 district of this incredible city. The result is this:


And it's astonishing how the simple act of drawing in tiny buildings fosters the story of those buildings. As I was scribbling away, my imagination was filling in who lived where, what kind of business that was, and a whole spectrum of details about the streets and neighborhoods I was sketching in.

As I put the finishing touches on the map, my head was buzzing of dozens of characters and businesses and cultures deeply woven into the tapestry of this small part of the Palaethos metropolis.

I know I had to explore it and there was no way my players would have the time (or the stamina, inclination, or hit points) to do it all themselves.

So what to do... what to do...?

That's where WE come in, right?

Yup. I want to share all this stuff with you... the character dossiers, the enterprises and cabals, the floorplans of the bars and universities... all of it. Use it in your games, use it in your stories, let it inspire you the way it's inspired me!

I'll even be sharing the stories that arise during our explorations because make no mistake, I have NO idea where this is going. I really don't. I've roughed out dozens of places, but it's not until you start digging into the bones of an idea that you truly understand what it is you're creating.

So I invite you to join me in this adventure of discovery, adventure, and deep DEEP nerdiness as I endeavor to uncover the secrets of the greatest city in all the Many Worlds!
Tiers
Urban Aficionado
$1 or more per month

 

Behind all the floorplans and dossiers is a rich story world fraught with history, legend, and intrigue. By subscribing at this level, you'll get access to supplemental content that provides context and relevance to the profiles that get shared.


  • Racial/Cultural profiles and traditions
  • Subclasses and rules supplements
  • Explorations of other shards
  • Details on some of the shard-spanning orders, cabals, and companies


In short, you'll understand more of the awesomeness that gets shared in the public feed. :)


PLUS, you'll get PDFs for all entries, public or patron-only


 (and ALL subscribers get access to the Palaethos Dischord server) 

Includes Discord rewards
Stories of the City
$3 or more per month

There will be fiction! Flash fiction, interviews with the colorful and influential denizens of the city, and other narratives to illuminate the heart and soul of Palaethos.


...and SOME of that fiction will be available in audio format as well, narrated and performed by yours truly (and any other vocal thespians I can wrangle into this escapade).


This tier includes the benefits of the previous tier(s)


(and ALL subscribers get access to the Palaethos Dischord server) 

Includes Discord rewards
Collaboration!
$5 or more per month only 17 left

With each new neighborhood unveiled, you get to suggest which buildings should be detailed and what kind of character or business you'd like detailed. I'll work it into the tapestry of the greatest city in the Many Worlds! 


Keep in mind there IS a narrative flavor to the Palaethos setting and any ideas implemented will need to be adapted to fit that tone. But I'm *always* happy to brainstorm an idea... it adds new depth and nuance to this ever-evolving story!


This tier includes the benefits of the previous tier(s) 


(and ALL subscribers get access to the Palaethos Dischord server)

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
4 of 250 patrons
I'll start bundling ALL content from the feed into PDF/eBook format and releasing them in the world digitally and POD. ALL subscribers will get digital copies for free!
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City maps, floor plans, character dossiers, cultural traditions, fiction... an exhaustive exploration of a massive city...

If you're a gamer, a writer, or just into this kind of thing, I can promise you a veritable cornucopia of content you can use in your games and stories (or just be entertained by).

So... what is "The Shattered Worlds" and what is "Palaethos"?

The Shattered Worlds has been the setting for all the fantasy role-playing games I've run for over a decade. It's a story universe where the continuum of existence has failed and reality has shattered into hundreds of pocket dimensions called Shards. They are referred by the local populace as "The Many Worlds".

Palaethos is one of those shards, small by most standards, but remarkable for being dominated by a sprawling mega-city that extends for miles.

Where is all this coming from?

Recently, I started running a campaign where the players were part of the City Watch of Palaethos. I roughed out a map of the city and that served for a while, but as the story grew richer and more complex, a more detailed schematic became increasingly more necessary.

But the city is HUGE!


Undaunted, I started mapping 1 ward in 1 district of this incredible city. The result is this:


And it's astonishing how the simple act of drawing in tiny buildings fosters the story of those buildings. As I was scribbling away, my imagination was filling in who lived where, what kind of business that was, and a whole spectrum of details about the streets and neighborhoods I was sketching in.

As I put the finishing touches on the map, my head was buzzing of dozens of characters and businesses and cultures deeply woven into the tapestry of this small part of the Palaethos metropolis.

I know I had to explore it and there was no way my players would have the time (or the stamina, inclination, or hit points) to do it all themselves.

So what to do... what to do...?

That's where WE come in, right?

Yup. I want to share all this stuff with you... the character dossiers, the enterprises and cabals, the floorplans of the bars and universities... all of it. Use it in your games, use it in your stories, let it inspire you the way it's inspired me!

I'll even be sharing the stories that arise during our explorations because make no mistake, I have NO idea where this is going. I really don't. I've roughed out dozens of places, but it's not until you start digging into the bones of an idea that you truly understand what it is you're creating.

So I invite you to join me in this adventure of discovery, adventure, and deep DEEP nerdiness as I endeavor to uncover the secrets of the greatest city in all the Many Worlds!

Recent posts by Palaethos: City Shard of the Shattered Worlds

Tiers
Urban Aficionado
$1 or more per month

 

Behind all the floorplans and dossiers is a rich story world fraught with history, legend, and intrigue. By subscribing at this level, you'll get access to supplemental content that provides context and relevance to the profiles that get shared.


  • Racial/Cultural profiles and traditions
  • Subclasses and rules supplements
  • Explorations of other shards
  • Details on some of the shard-spanning orders, cabals, and companies


In short, you'll understand more of the awesomeness that gets shared in the public feed. :)


PLUS, you'll get PDFs for all entries, public or patron-only


 (and ALL subscribers get access to the Palaethos Dischord server) 

Includes Discord rewards
Stories of the City
$3 or more per month

There will be fiction! Flash fiction, interviews with the colorful and influential denizens of the city, and other narratives to illuminate the heart and soul of Palaethos.


...and SOME of that fiction will be available in audio format as well, narrated and performed by yours truly (and any other vocal thespians I can wrangle into this escapade).


This tier includes the benefits of the previous tier(s)


(and ALL subscribers get access to the Palaethos Dischord server) 

Includes Discord rewards
Collaboration!
$5 or more per month only 17 left

With each new neighborhood unveiled, you get to suggest which buildings should be detailed and what kind of character or business you'd like detailed. I'll work it into the tapestry of the greatest city in the Many Worlds! 


Keep in mind there IS a narrative flavor to the Palaethos setting and any ideas implemented will need to be adapted to fit that tone. But I'm *always* happy to brainstorm an idea... it adds new depth and nuance to this ever-evolving story!


This tier includes the benefits of the previous tier(s) 


(and ALL subscribers get access to the Palaethos Dischord server)

Includes Discord rewards