Mists of Akuma: Eastern Fantasy Noir Steampunk[5E OGL/SotDL]

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Mists of Akuma: Eastern Fantasy Noir Steampunk[5E OGL/SotDL]

Postby Mike Myler » Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:40 pm

It has been over three and a half millennia since the dawn of mankind. Monsoons have become more and more common with the reappearance of the roiling, demon-spewing Mists of Akuma, and the sun's light grows duller every day that passes after the end of the War of Kaiyo more than a century ago. A pall of darkness has fallen on Soburin and even its greatest heroes are mired in the petty intrigues and never-ending slights of aggressive clans. Spellswords and mercenaries cross the countryside in search of fortune, leaving the poor and meek to fend for themselves or die in the harsh reality of a broken world where technology has been either abandoned as heresy or perilously embraced.

Mists of Akuma is a 5E OGL campaign setting (currently being translated into Shadow of the Demon Lord) that draws heavily on the ancient traditions of the East, taking the world's oldest and most popular roleplaying game into the feudal lands of Soburin--a realm of peoples trained for magical and martial warfare, drafted into a conflict they had no stake in. It has been half a century since the Ceramians and Ropaeo destroyed one another across the Great Divide, ending the distant War of Kaiyo. With no support from afar the technologically advanced oppressors of the Kengen Occupation fell to the blades and spells of Hitoshi Masuto's Soburi forces, raising him to the seat of power due his birthright.

But all is not well in Soburin.

The Mists of Akuma roil forth to corrupt those within it, transforming them into freakish monsters known as adeddo-oni. Each of the prefectures deals with this new threat in their own way but it is a battle they are destined to lose. To restore order in the realms of Soburin and maintain peace among the 23 prefectures, Emperor Hitoshi has decreed that each clan have special officials with the power to deputize citizens to perform tasks for the state: bengoshi. All of the realm's lords use these powerful tools of governance to root out heretical technologies, combat oni threats, and--most frequently--injure and disrupt the doings of their rivals or increase their own esteem.

So it is that the descendants of unwilling soldiers or inhumans oppressed by the foreign military wander the land in search of coin and glory, banditry and bloodshed, intrigue and betrayal--whatever it takes to survive the Mists of Akuma!

You can download five free PDFs from the Kickstarter campaign here and grab a digital copy (print option soon!) or the 40+ page preview for the book here. Inside its 280 pages there's an abundance of traditional artwork as well as new illustrations, over 100 NPCs and monsters, archetypes for every class (including paladin samurai and wu-jen warlocks), feats (including martial arts stances), 14 races (11 subraces for hengeyokai :shock: ), spells, equipment, backgrounds, a truly wicked adventure at the end of the book, and everything a GM could possibly need to run a compelling campaign. Please take a look, let me know if you have any questions about Mists of Akuma, and enjoy adventuring in Soburin! Thanks! :D
There are dozens of free PDFs for my campaign settings on my website! Veranthea Codex (a coterie of 6 diverse areas of play in one heavily detailed 380+ page Pathfinder RPG book), Hypercorps 2099 (superhero cyberpunk Pathfinder and D&D 5E), Mists of Akuma (eastern fantasy noir steampunk for D&D 5E), 2099 Wasteland (apocalyptic atomic fantasy D&D 5E), and Book of Exalted Darkness (holy decopunk and evil for D&D 5e)! Check em out!
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