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Blacksalt

This section of the book is still a work in progress, lots more content will come soon!

This book is about the setting of Dead Weight, Blacksalt Island. It's also possible to play Dead Weight using other settings if you want, but the rules are not generic, and will work better on dark settings with underpowered and desperate characters.

This book is also full of reference tables including equipment, class backgrounds and more. Ideally the players should have easy access to this.

Equipment

There are 5 item categories common, uncommon, valuable, rare and exotic. The categories set the item price and how hard is to find it during the interlude.

Again, if you really like statistics, this is the statistics map of the possible prices.

Free items (free)
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Water

2 units of water can fit one slot.

Quick
Common items (1d6 silver, average 3)
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Cloth

A piece of cloth, can be used as improvised bandages.

Slow

Camping supplies

Basic supplies for making a fire and cooking.

Camp

Bandages

A pack of 3 bandages, used to stop bleeding.

Quick

Drawing tools

Some papers and drawing tools, can be used to draw maps or write scrolls, Ud8.

Common clothes

Nothing fancy.

Equipment

3 meter pole

Good for looking for traps. (Big)

Equipment

Iron spikes

For fixing doors open and making sure things stay in place. Ud8.

Slow

Canteen

For holding water and other liquids.

Quick, Equipment

Ration

Removes the hungry affliction. If cooked during camp, can feed 2 (or 3) adventurers (if someone has the cooking skill)

Slow, Camp

Torches

A pack of 2 torches. Lights the way nearby for Ud4 decays.

Slow

Candles

A pack of 6 candles. Lights the way close for Ud6 decays.

Slow

Oil

For refueling the lantern.

Slow

Rope

10 meters of rope.

Slow

Special ration

Tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Does not remove the hungry affliction.

Camp

Seweing tools

Repairs one armor point from any light armor. Ud8 uses.

Camp

Small bag

For extra inventory space.

Equipment

Holy water

Can be thrown at undead for DEX 2PR, Ud6 uses.

Equipment

Shovel or pickaxe

Good for digging around.

Equipment
Uncommon items (2 + 2d6 silver, average 9)
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Climbing gear

15m of rope with a hook, spikes and other safety utensils for Ud6 climbs.

Slow

Waterskin

A large container for holding water and other liquids.

Slow, Equipment

Lockpicking tools

For opening simple locks. Ud20 uses.

Slow

Trapping kit

For making and disarming simple traps. Can build Ud6 traps. Steping on a trap causes 4 wounds and immobilizes the target. Getting free requires 1 turn and a strength test.

Slow, Equipment

Lantern

Lights the way nearby for Ud8 decays. Uses oil. Quick to turn on and off, slow to refuel.

Quick, Slow

First aid kid

Heals one STR or DEX wound. Ud6 uses.

Camp

Medical supply

Pack of 2. Used in camp for healing 1 wound.

Camp

Healing tonic

Heals one INT or DEX wound. Ud4 uses.

Quick

Wine

Heals one PRE wound and removes Parched. Ud4, causes Nauseated if you drink too much.

Slow

Leatherworker's toolkit

Repairs one armor point from any medium or light armor. Ud6 uses.

Camp

Compass

Useful for not getting lost.

Quick

Small pouch

For extra inventory space.

Equipment

Backpack

For extra inventory space.

Equipment

Exorcism book

One extra dice when banishing undead.

Valuable items (3 x 2d6 silver, average 20)
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Mechanics toolkit

For fixing, assembling and disassembling mechanical devices.

Ashes of insight

Identify a single magic item (slow) or reveals something invisible (quick)

Quick, Slow

Armourer supplies

Repairs one armor point from any armor. Ud6 uses.

Camp

Holy symbol

Used to perform miracles.

Wine of Yoros

Liquid courage. Heals one PRE and one INT wound.

Pack mule

Useful for carrying items on long journeys. Has 10 inventory spaces, requires 2 rations per day or grass.

Rare items (5 x 3d6 silver, average 50)
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Fine jewellery

Made of precious materials, not very useful in a dungeon.

Living ashes

+1 damage to a weapon during expedition, Ud4 uses.

Quick

Alchemic kit

Can be used for modifying, identifying and making potions .

Spell book

Simple spell book, holds 3 spells.

Exotic items (10 x 4d6 silver, 140)
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Panacea

Cures any disease or affliction. Heals one wound in each attribute.

Holy relic

A relic retrieved from the grave of a saint.

Weapons

All weapons can be used with one hand, unless stated otherwise.

NameStatsSpecial Rulesrarity

Battle axe

STR 4+2B

2 hands.

valuable

Cane

STR 1+1

common

Driftwood Club

STR 2

free

Dagger

STR 1 + 3P

common

Falchion

STR 3+1B

uncommon

Flail

STR 2+2

Ignore shield tokens. If you miss, roll a d6, on a 1 you hit yourself with 1 wound.

uncommon

Quarterstaff

STR 1+1

On hit add one [dodge token]{.tip} to the attacker.

common

Sacrificial dagger

STR 1B+1

If all damage is reduced roll a d6, on 1 it breaks.

uncommon

Notched whip

DEX 1R + 2B

If the enemy has no armor, add a stun maker to the enemy. Can hit diagonally.

uncommon

Short Spear

STR 2+1B

2 hands. Can be used with 1 hand, but reduces the attack roll by 1 dice. Can hit diagonally.

common

Long Spear

STR 3+1B

2 tiles. 2 hands. Can be used with 1 hand, but reduces the attack roll by 1 dice. Can hit diagonally. When hitting tiles close use (-STR 1+1).

uncommon

Short sword

STR 2+1

If dual wielded becomes 3+1.

uncommon

War hammer

STR 2P + 3

If you hit roll a d6, on a 6 add a stun token to the enemy.

valuable

Throwing hatchet

DEX 2+1

Nearby. You can use STR to hit but if you do, flip a coin, on heads it hits with the handle, causing no damage. Ignores shield tokens. You can use STR to melee with no downsides.

uncommon

Short bow

DEX 2+1R

Nearby. 2 hands Need arrows.

uncommon

Crossbow

DEX 3P+1R

Nearby. 2 hands. Requires 2 actions to reload.

valuable

Shields

namestatsrarityspecial effect

Buckler

1 shield token

uncommon

Can be used on the same hand of an equipped weapon.

Small metal shield

1 shield token

uncommon

Small wooden shield

1 shield token

common

Breaks on 2d! when using one or more shield tokens.

Wooden shield

2 shield tokens

common

Breaks on 2d! when using one or more shield tokens. Can't dodge when equipped.

Leather shield

2 shield tokens

uncommon

Breaks on 1d! when using one or more shield tokens. Can't dodge when equipped.

Metal shield

2 shield tokens

valuable

Can't dodge when equipped.

Tower shield

3 shield tokens

rare

Big, occupy 2 slots. Can't dodge when equipped.

Spiked shield

2 shield tokens

rare

Causes 1 wound when blocking a mellee attack.

Armor

NameStatsSpecial Effectraritytype

Heavy cape

1 AP

Can be worn with other armor.

uncommonCloth

Reinforced trenchcoat

1 AP

uncommonCloth

Gambeson

1 AP

Can be worn under heavy armor.

valuableCloth

Leather armor

1 AP

uncommonLeather

Padded armor

Leathervaluable

2 AP

Rolling 4 doesn't break the armor.

Gladiator Armor

Leatheruncommon

1 AP, 1 Ap

Scale Armor

Heavyvaluable

2 AP

Chainmail

3 AP

Can't be used against impact attacks.

valuableHeavy

Gothic plate armor

Heavyrare

2, 3 AP

Occupy 2 slots. Reduces dexterity dices by one.

Soldier helmet

Leatheruncommon

2 AP

Always breaks 1 and only 1 AP on use.

Cage helmet

Leathervaluable

1 AP

Close helmet

Heavyrare

2 AP

Frog-mouth helm

Heavyexotic

3 AP

The Dead Vigil

One of the most notable things about Blacksalt is the dead vigil. Any creature that dies in Blacksalt has a chance to come back to life as an undead, humans will almost always come back, animals and other smaller creatures can come back to life but that's not common. This effect is called the dead vigil.

The cause of the dead vigil is uncertain, some blame the old king for trying to achieve eternal life, others say its because of something buried deep into the island tunnels, but no one knows for sure.

Any corpse if left undisturbed will come back to life after 1d6 weeks as a Freshly risen corpse or Reanimated husk, depending on the state of the conservation and will start looking for other people to attack. If the corpse is too damaged or somehow unsuitable it may come back as ghost, like a shadow, that's rare though, but ghosts are extremely dangerous so people avoid destroying corpses.

The most "elegant" way to dispose of a body is a proper burial ritual, and a coffin with the seal of Cador, that will stop the corpse from returning. This is a relatively new technique, during many years people didn't know how to deal with their dead. Different groups of people tried many different rituals and techniques to stop their dead from coming back, most had horrible consequences for them.

Warrior Background

Footman

Trained to fight in an army, footmen are specialized in fighting as a unit, protecting allies and countering enemy attacks. Footmen starts with the hardened special trait, allowing them to reduce any damage they receive.

Equipment

Backpack, Spear (STR 3+1B), metal shield(2 shield tokens), padded armor (2 AP), soldier helmet (2 AP), 2d6 silver coins.

Manoeuvers

  • Turtle: (2 actions) Raise your shield, get on one knee and brace for impact. Perform a defend action (adding the appropriate number of shield tokens) and for this turn you can't receive fatigue for defending.
  • Aegis: During the enemy turn, you may spend a shield token to swap places and receive an attack in place of an adjacent (including diagonals) ally.
  • Payback: After spending a shield token for successfully blocking a melee attack you may add a stun token to the attacking enemy.

Gladiator

Gladiators are used to gamble their life away for money. To them, the only difference is that Blacksalt island pays better.

They start with the battle trance special trait, allowing them to chain attacks, as long as they do the last blow on an enemy.

Equipment

Bag, Falchion (STR 3+1B), wooden shield(1 shield token), gladiator armor (1, 1 AP), cage helmet(1 AP), 2d6 silver coins.

Manoeuvers

  • Bash: (STR 1, 1 action) Bash with your shield or weapon hilt, on a hit add a stun token to target.
  • Disarm: (-DEX 1, 1 action) On hit the target drops the wielded weapon close.
  • Glorious finish: (1 action) Perform a regular attack. If the gladiator kills the last enemy in the combat with this attack, the whole party recovers one presence fatigue or wound. On a failure the gladiator receives 1 presence fatigue. If the combat was purposely stalled, target is currently immobilized or harmless in any way, this has no effect, this only work when there's real danger involved.

Barbarian

What they lack of formal training barbarians compensate in pure brutality. For them, attack is by far the best defense.

Barbarian have the berserker special trait that allows them to keep fighting while ignoring fatigue or wounds.

Equipment

Bag, Battle Axe (STR 4+2B), loincloth, war paint, medical supplies x 2, 1d6 coins.

Manoeuvers

  • Roar: (PRE, 1 action) All enemies nearby. The barbarian must perform a presence test for each target. Causes a stun token. Can only be performed once per battle. Only works on enemies with the living tag.
  • Charge: (1 action) The barbarian charges target forward moving in a straight line, dragging the target. If charge hits a wall place characters as close as possible at the wall, cause 1 wound and one stun token to target. Uses regular move speed. Does not work on enemies with the ghost tag.
  • Reckless attack: (1 action) Perform an attack that will cause 1 extra wound. Your next defense will have disadvantage.

Thief Background

Stalker

The stalker start with the trait dauntless making critical hits much more likely.

Equipment

Backpack, Ud10 throwing hatchets (DEX 1X+1), animal bones for crafting, Ud4 trapping kit, cloth tunic, 1d6 silver coins.

Manoeuvers

  • Clean Kill: (1 action) Attacks with equipped weapon. Deals double damage if target is immobilized.
  • Incapacitating strike: (1 action) Attacks with equipped weapon, reduce damage to 1 wound. Immobilizes target for one turn.
  • Fast trapping: (1 action) Quickly arm trow a trapping kit 3 tiles away.

Lone Rogue

Too smart or too dumb to hang out with other thieves, the lone rogue is someone who made living by robbing people on the roads. The lone rogue is constantly on the move chasing opportunities and fleeing from previous mistakes. Often outnumbered, a lone rogue is specialized in getting in and out of combat quickly.

The lone rogue start with the trait slippery, allowing the rogue to spend a dodge token during the enemy turn to move 1 tile.

Equipment

Bag, 2 short swords (STR 2+1), leather armor (1 AP), climbing tools, stolen golden icon, 1d6 silver coins.

Manoeuvers

  • Wing it: (1 action) Throws a melee weapon using -DEX instead of STR with range of 3 tiles. Use the weapon regular damage.
  • Outsmart: Once per combat you may use presence or intelligence instead of dexterity or strength.
  • Quick thinking: (1 action) Test presence or intelligence on a success add 1 dodge token.

Hoodlum

A gang-member, have a wide net of contacts and is used to violence. Hoodlums are specialized in overwhelming enemies that are outnumbered.

The hoodlum starts with the trait cold blooded, allowing them to use dexterity instead of strength when flanking enemies.

Equipment

Backpack, dagger (STR 1+3P), reinforced hood and vest (1 AP), lock-picking tools, 2d6 coins.

Manoeuvers

  • Dirty tricks: (1 action) 2 tiles. Kicks sand in opponent's eyes or any other dirty trick. Any ally attacking this enemy has advantage. Only work on living enemies.
  • Knife in the back: Once per turn when attacking flanked enemy with a dagger, you can perform a free attack. Roll an extra dice for that attack.
  • Going somewhere?: During the enemy actions you may block an enemy from moving, add a stun tokens to yourself. The enemy will still spend an action.

Moon-curser

Specialized in getting in and out of places unnoticed. The moon-curser start with the trait night-stalker.

Equipment

Backpack, pack mule, Quarterstaff (STR 1+1), black reinforced hood and vest (1 AP), Ud6 sleeping darts, 3d6 counterfeit coins.

Schools of Magic

Time in spell descriptions

When a spell mention turns without specifying if it's an exploration turn or combat turn it means that the the context should be used. If that spell is cast during combat it will last that many combat turns if it's cast during exploration, it will last that many exploration turns.

When a spell has a duration that explicitly mentions exploration turns it can also be cast in combat, remember that the whole combat lasts only one exploration turn.

When rolling for duration, unless specified otherwise, the roll is made by the player as soon as the spell have been cast.

Necromancers of Yadar

Controlling the dead and the dark forces of the void is the Necromancers of Yadar's specialty, their techniques are strictly forbidden in most places of the world, but in Blacksalt no one cares, they will take whatever works.

Tales tell that Yadar is a small island, hidden in the black sea, populated only by the undead, and ruled by three Necromancers. No one knows exactly where is the island, but Yadar disciples are everywhere, spreading the necromancer's teachings to the rest of the world.

While necromancers are not combat focussed their high-utility spells can be used in clever ways to help to solve different problems.

Spells

  • Pain: 2 actions during combat. Add 3 stun tokens to a nearby living or undead enemy. Reduce the number of tokens using the enemy resistance.
  • Command undead: The wizard may issue one simple command to an undead. That undead wil try to follow that command for the next 2 exploration turns. Only works on undead up to level 3. The command may be "renewed" by casting the spell again. If cast during a combat it will last through the whole combat and for the next exploration turn. If unable to follow the command for any reason the undead will just stay in place without moving.
  • Explode corpse: Explode any corpse that the dead vigil haven't set on yet. Causes 2 wound to everyone close that can be reduced by armor and resistances. Also works on undead under the Command undead spell.
  • Phobia: The target nearby creature gets terrified of a chosen person or object for 1d6 turns.
  • Black night: Absolute darkness covers a nearby area, anything close to that area is engulfed in it and can't see. The wizard can see normally trough the darkness.
  • Nightmare: A target nearby creatures immediately falls into a restless sleep, having horribles nightmare. The creature will wake up normally if disturbed.
  • Bonedance: Bends the bones of a nearby creature in an unnatural way for the duration of the combat. All tests made against that creature are made with advantage. Halves that creature move speed.

Alchemists of the Golden Ridge

The secret order of the Golden Ridge is focused in transmuting and creating magic potions and artifacts. For centuries they stayed in the Golden Ridge, extracting and transmuting the local fauna and flora, until they the news of Blacksalt reached them. The amount of supernatural elements in Blacksalt is endlessly valuable for them.

Spells

  • Glue: Creates a strong adhesive that covers something nearby. In combat this locks an enemy in place, they must succeed a test and spend one action to get free.
  • Machine spirit: Fixes a target machine or metal armor. Doesn't work on machines that are too big.
  • Smoke form: The wizard turns into smoke, and can can move around for a few short seconds, or one combat turn (2 actions). The wizard cannot be harmed while in smoke form. If after moving the wizard has no space to turn back into human form the wizard will immediately die, while trying to occupy any available space.
  • Silver cannon: The wizard can use silver coins as a ranged weapon attacking with INT 3P. The wizard must spend 1 silver for each shot.
  • Transmute: 2 actions in combat, 1 exploration turn or free action during camp. The wizard may mix elemental extracts to create tonics. Requires an alchemic toolkit and a bottle.

Transmuting

Elemental extracts can be found in corpses and monster remains. To get the elemental extract from a corpse a wizard requires an alchemic toolkit and one exploration turn. For each point in intelligence proficiency the wizard can get the extract from an extra corpse nearby in that turn. Check the bestiary for what type of of extract a enemy has. If there is nothing on the enemy sheet, that enemy has no viable extract.

A single inventory slot can store two different extracts. You can stack as many extracts of the same type in the same slot as you want.

Elemental Extracts
Element Yig Grai
Flame -1 +1
Water +1 -1
Smoke 0 -1
Necro -1 0
Rot 0 +1
Ether +1 0

To make a potion the wizard can mix any number of extracts available. Add all from the Yig column, then from the Grai second. The numbers must match one of the recipes.

A Healing Tonic (2,0) can be made adding water (+1, -1), ether (+1, 0) and rot (0,+1). An alternative would be adding ether (+1,0) twice instead.

Potion Yig Grai Effect
Healing tonic 2 0 Heals 1 intelligence or dexterity wound. Ud4 uses.
Potion of giants 0 3 Heals all strength wounds and fatigue. Ud4 uses.
Explosive potion -2 2 Can be thrown to a nearby tile, causing 2 wounds to anyone in that tile and 1 wound to anyone close, damage can be reduced.
Tonic of bravery 1 1 Character can't get terrified during this expedition.
Anti-poison tonic 1 -1 Cures Nausea and other simple poisons.
Mercurial tonic 0 0 Get 1 extra combat action for this and the next Ud4 turns (test at the end of the turn).
Tonic of focus -1 -1 Cures 2 presence wounds.
Purging hot-water +1 +1 Cures 2 strength wounds, causes 1 presence wound. Ud4 uses.

Thaumaturgists of Ravenhome

Castle Ravenhome is a prestigious institution that offers daily classes, teachers and a title to anyone who completes the program. More than half of students die horribly during the course, though.

Spells

  • Magic Missile: During this combat the wizard can use magic missiles as a ranged weapon, attacking with INT 3 for.
  • Arcane prison: A target person or object gets trapped in an arcane crystal, locked in time and space. They can't act or be interacted with for 1d6 turns.
  • Magic Shield: During this combat, the wizard get a shield token on the start of the wizard's turn.
  • Arcane Seal: Protects a nearby person or object from spells for 1d6 exploration turns.
  • Pocket reality: Creates a bag that looks very small on the outside, but has 3 slots. Anything inside do not count towards encumbrance. It lasts until the end of the expedition.
  • Arcane fire: Target 2 nearby tiles, anything standing in that tile takes 2 wounds per turn, those wounds can be reduced. Lasts until the end of the combat.

Wandering Mystics

Their order is not hierarchical or ordered; rather, they adhere to a strict moral code. They typically select children who are lost as their apprentices. It is common for them not to stay in a place for too long, and they usually share their observations with fellow Wanderers through writing with invisible ink.

Spells

  • Magic mouth: Creates a magic mouth at a far location, that mouth will repeat a phrase for the wizard, can be loud or quiet at the wizard's discretion.
  • Arcane eye: The wizard can see through a floating glowing eye that can be controlled. The eye can't move the eye more than far away from the wizard. If the eye gets damage it disappears and the wizard receives 1 intelligence wound.
  • Knock/Lock: Locks or opens a door nearby. Will unlock any simple mechanical lock.
  • Mind fog: A target close cannot form memories of the next 1d4 turns. The GM should roll the dice in secret.
  • Weave fate: Roll up to the wizard's available intelligence dice and keep them around. You may use them to replace any dice result you roll in the next 2d6 exploration turns. For every dice you don't use after that, receive one intelligence wound. The GM should roll the timer and keep it in secret.
  • Mystic ink: Creates an glowing colorful ink that only other wizards with the mystic ink spell can see. The wizard's hands can be used to paint with this ink.

The Awakened

Most Awakened believe themselves to be cursed, they never studied magic but the Void found them. Although they don't fully comprehend their powers, they've learned to use them to survive.

Spells

  • Light: Illuminates nearby room for 1 decay.
  • Haste: A nearby creature has their movement speed doubled until the end of the combat.
  • Shackles: The wizard creates magical shackles that hold a nearby creature in place, adding 2 stun tokens per turn. It lasts as long as the wizard keeps channeling the spell. The wizard can't move or act while channelling.
  • Telekinesis: The wizard may pull or push a close object using intelligence as strength. Or use any weapon with intelligence as strength for one turn.
  • Hover: The wizard can hover one meter above the ground, water or similar. Lasts 1d6 turns.
  • Nether swap: Immediately swaps place with a target creature.

Gods

New Gods

The new gods are the gods that appeared after the origin of the world. They are the ones worshiped by most humans and other intelligent creatures.

Goshkalon

The God of Laughter, Goshkadon is a quite controversial god. His influence is mostly perceived as benign, but he's worshiped by goblins, gnolls and other evil cults. His blessings are never straightforward, usually having some ironic humor to it, never really fixing any real problems, only numbing the symptoms and effects of them.

Often venerated at the sites of great tragedies, gathering followers among the desperate and hopeless. Worshiping Goshkalon gives its devotees so much bliss that some will pray so obsessively that often die from hunger, thirst, and exhaustion without even noticing it.

Prayers

  • Bliss: (Close) Choose one affliction the target currently has, during this expedition that affliction will have no effect, but can't be removed.
  • Euphoria: (Close) Target recover 2 fatigue. During this combat the target can ignore wounds and fatigue when counting available dice. They can still receive wounds and fatigue normally.
  • Ignorance: (Nearby) The target can't use any INT based attacks for 2d6 rounds.
  • Numbness: (Nearby ally) Heal all PRE wounds, but causes one fatigue in STR and DEX.
  • Hyperfocus: (Nearby) For the next 1d6 turns of combat the target will have 3 actions, but can only perform the same action. The target can change actions between rounds.
  • Apotheosis: All nearby allies recovers all fatigue, then next turn get it back. [Prayers]

Cador

God of death, Cador want order to be brought back to the word. Cador is the great enemy of the undead, his zealots hunt them down and seal their corpses so the dead vigil doesn't set in.

Sacrifice: To please Cador, the cleric must capture, then kill an undead during the sacrifice ritual.

Prayers

  • Mercy: Immediately kills any creature that would die if received 4 wounds or less.
  • Seal: Creates a 3m line that no undead can cross during this expedition.
  • Borrowed Time: Target cannot die for the next 2d6 turns. All wounds are placed normally and after the effect is done the target can die again.
  • Judgment: All undead nearby receive a stun token and a wound.
  • Memento mori: Target undead start takeing 1 wound per turn. Lasts 2d6 turns.
  • Dirge: Place a token on a nearby target that lasts 1d6 turns. If that target dies with the token, all nearby living creatures heal 2 wounds.

Yulak

God of purity, Yulak is not only the god of purity but also the god of fire and punishment. She is merciless and so are her disciples.

Sacrifice: To please Yulak, the cleric must self-flagellate, causing 2 wounds and bleeding to self.

Prayers

  • Detect Evil: Everything nearby that's evil or undead glows with a green light, lasts for 1d6 turns.
  • Righteous Fury: (Close) Target gets 3 extra dice in the next row and the angry affliction. Add one wound to any damage caused by the target in the next row.
  • Cleansing Flames: (Close) Holds the target while chanting, burning the target from inside, attacking with STR 1PR+6. If the target is an ally cure any affliction, except for cursed, doomed and plagued.
  • Martyr: Cause one wound to the cleric, all nearby allies recover from bleeding, terrified, shaken and sleepy.
  • Purge the filth: (Nearby) Target gets extremely nauseous, vomiting a black slime and can't act for 2 combat turns or 1 exploration turn. After that the target heals 3 wounds.

Akhzu

God of nature and chimeras, Akhzu embraces the chaos and the natural flow of the wild.

Sacrifice: To pacify Akhzu, the cleric must feed the earth, burring 2 rations.

Prayers

  • Season of changes: (Nearby ally) You may move any number of wounds and fatigues from one attribute to another.
  • Eyes of the forest: Creates a magical eye on a Distant tree that you can currently see. You can see though the magical eye during the current expedition. The eye dies if the tree is cut.
  • Prayer of Summer: Repair one armor point from everyone Nearby, including enemies.
  • Prayer of Spring: Cures one wound from everyone Nearby, including enemies.
  • Prayer of Winter: Causes 2 wound to everyone Nearby, the cleric and allies receive 1 wound.
  • Prayer of Autumn: A weakness takes over everyone Nearby, including allies and the cleric. Removes all shield and dodge tokens.

Kaal Rafir

The god plague and diseases, Kaal Rafir is the first of the new gods, originally he was the god of entropy and cold.

Sacrifice: Kaal Rafir doesn't require sacrifices, but just praying for him at the camp will restore the cleric's powers. But when angered the whole party takes 2 non-lethal presence fatigue.

Prayers

  • Hold: (Nearby) Paralyzes target for 1d6 turns, reducing the target's actions to zero.
  • Silence: Absolute silence covers a Nearby area, no spells may be cast.
  • Swarm: Summons a swarm of insects that can be commanded by the cleric.

Old Gods

Old gods are the ones that lived before the creation of the current world. Before this world there was another one, and some event caused it to be destroyed and the creation of the current one. These beings are so powerful that they didn't fade when their world god destroyed.

Not much is known of them and their worship is strictly forbidden in most cultures, but secret cults can be found all over Blacksalt island nonetheless.

Ulass

The Never-ending.

Achernar

The silver star.

Gyrrath

The hungry one.

Ngaazh'theg

The eye of the sea.

History

Origins

Blacksalt is an ancient island, found more than a thousand years ago by several lost sea travellers. The island apparently had risen from the ocean floor by some volcanic activity and was covered in a tick layer of black salt and algae. Ancient traces of an underwater civilization were found there, intriguing the people from the main continent, but it was the island's rich mineral resources and fertile land that paved the way for a fast colonization.

The island was lawless, and many different groups started settling there. Castles and strongholds were built and conflict between the different settlements began as soon as they would meet. The conflict proved extremely expensive to everyone involved and the Treaty of Yoros was created. Dividing Blacksalt between different kingdoms that would stay in their territory.

This fleeting peace allowed a big infrastructure to be built and trade routes to be created.

The fall

Then suddenly the first antediluvian catacomb was found, changing everything. Down in those caves the kings and queens would cohort with ancient beings giving them extraordinary powers, and they didn't want to share. Aided by the ancient beings magic the war between settlements raged on, devastating the land, creating famine, supernatural plagues and eventually the dead vigil. No one knows who or what caused it, but suddenly the dead started to come back to life, attacking the living. And in the current state of the island the dead were by far a majority.

Not much was left of the old kingdoms, only small fortified settlements, castles haunted by the undead and isolated hamlets. This caused Blacksalt to be pretty much abandoned and forgotten.

Renascence

Centuries later the hordes of the undead to have dispersed, and most of the tales of Blacksalt kingdoms forgotten. Pirates re-discovered the island and started trading with the few that were still living there. The news of the artifacts found spread fast.

This coincided with a major war happening in the main continent, where a gigantic military and political unity known simply as The Empire started dominating every kingdom it could reach. To win this war, magical artifacts were necessary and the Empire financed expeditions to Blacksalt and payed high prices for anything found. This "gold rush" was intense and fast, several settlements where rebuild in a few months, most notably Yoros the biggest port-city of Blacksalt.

Geography

Blacksalt is a large island in the south hemisphere of the planet. The climate is warm in the north and gets wet and cold south.

Blacksalt Island

Very early work in progress of the island map. The final version will be interactive.

Yoros

Settlement size: City (5)

A major port city in Blacksalt. Famous for it's high quality wine.

Yoros is bursting with commerce and is the main connection between the main continent and Blacksalt. The Emperor is the official ruler of Yoros, but the empire's influence is very limited in Blacksalt, with the Guild of Commerce having all the real power.

Kumar Port City

Settlement size: City (5)

A big port city that services the Kumar Bay. The official use of this por is to transport large goods to Yoros but actually Kumar is the center of a huge smuggler network, sending magical items to the highest bidder.

The city is in a swamp area rich in natural oil, and since they don't have a lot of available farmland, most of their food comes from ships or from Brutburg.

Steinsburg

Settlement size: Stronghold (4)

A stronghold that once held the undead march centuries ago, Steinsburg is nowhere near its former glory but still is a sight to behold. The stone stronghold is built on the mountains and its huge walls still impenetrable.

The people there still live under strict military tradition and are always alert for any undead threat.

Brutburg

Settlement size: Stronghold (4)

A military stronghold in the cold south. Once a noble house that fought valiantly against the undead during the first dead vigil, now decadent and ruined.

Somehow the farmers of Brutburg manage to plant even in the harsh cold, some say the food of Brutburg is grown using abominable rituals.

Trinta

Settlement size: Fief (3)

A fief ruled by the tyrant lord Ishnar Zul, descendant of a long line of lords from the early days of the exploration of Blacksalt. Trinta has huge farmlands and lots of cattle, being responsible for most of the island food production.

The sample dungeon takes place in Trinta.

Luna

Settlement size: Fief (3)

A farming fief, isolated from most commercial routes, Luna is a somewhat peaceful settlement in the cold plains. Luna was once a military stronghold, but that fortress is long abandoned.

The people of Luna avoid getting near the stronghold, and local stories tells of people disappearing inside.

Luna is uncomfortably close to Fallen Agnar, but never attacked by the undead from there. Some whisper of a mysterious pact between them.

Cefit

Settlement size: Hamlet (2)

A small trading post set in the middle of the road between Brutburg and Kumar Port-City. Cefit consists of a small inn, a few farmers and shops. The people that live here are mostly recluses and prefer to stay out of outsider's business.

Fallen Agnar

Agnar was specially hit by the dead vigil centuries ago, being completely destroyed. It quickly became the central point from where the undead hordes came. Organized undead marched down to Brutburg and Yoros, spawning Tales of a powerful necromancer lich controlling the hordes. Those tales were never confirmed, though.

Today Agnar is the haunted remains for a city, where not even the bravest explorers dare to venture.

Other Places

The Capital

Golden Ridge

Island of Yadar

Ravenhome