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History[ edit ] Starting in , FASA released over 20 gaming supplements describing this universe; however, it closed down production of Earthdawn in January During that time several novels and short-story anthologies set in the Earthdawn universe were also released. The Second Edition did not alter the setting, though it did update the timeline to include events that took place in Barsaive.
There were a few changes to the rules in the Second Edition; some classes were slightly different or altered abilities from the original. The changes were meant to allow for more rounded characters and better balance of play.
Each book has pages and summarizes much of what FASA published—not only the game mechanics, but also the setting, narrations, and stories. For example, each Discipline has its own chapter, describing it from the point of view of different adepts. Likewise, Barsaive gets a complete treatment, and the chapters contain a lot of log entries and stories in addition to the setting descriptions; the same applies to Horrors and Dragons. Errata was incorporated into the text, correcting previous edition errors and providing rules clarifications.
RedBrick began publishing new Earthdawn novels in In , RedBrick announced the Third Edition of the game. The first two books were released in July Fourth Edition is described as a reworking of the game mechanics, with redundancies eliminated, and a simpler success level system.
The game world is advanced five years, past the end of the Barsaive-Thera War, in order to clear dangling threads in the metaplot and open the game world to new stories. In order to fund this, Impact Miniatures launched a successful Kickstarter project. As the magic level rises, it allows alien creatures called Horrors to cross from their distant, otherworldly dimension into our own.
The Horrors come in an almost infinite variety—from simple eating machines that devour all they encounter, to incredibly intelligent and cunning foes that feed off the negative emotions they inspire in their prey. The community that grew up around the library developed wards and protections against the Horrors, which they traded to other lands and eventually became the powerful Theran Empire, an extremely magically advanced civilization and the main antagonist of the Earthdawn setting.
The peoples of the world built kaers, underground towns and cities, which they sealed with the Theran wards to wait out the time of the Horrors, which was called the Scourge.
Theran wizards and politicians warned many of the outlying nations around Thera of the coming of the Horrors, offering the protection of the kaers to those who would pledge their loyalty to the Empire. Most of these nations agreed at first though some became unwilling to fulfill their end of the bargain after the end of the Scourge, wanting to have nothing to do with the bureaucratic nation run on political conflict and powered by slavery. After four hundred years of hiding, the Scourge ended, and the people emerged to a world changed by the Horrors.
The player characters explore this new world, discovering lost secrets of the past, and fighting Horrors that remain. The primary setting of Earthdawn is Barsaive, a former province of the Theran Empire. Barsaive is a region of city-states, independent from the Therans since the dwarven Kingdom of Throal led a rebellion against their former overlords.
The Theran presence in Barsaive has been limited to a small part of south-western Barsaive, located around the magical fortress of Sky Point and the city of Vivane. The setting of Earthdawn is the same world as Shadowrun i. Indeed, the map of Barsaive and its neighboring regions established that most of the game takes place where Ukraine and Russia are in our world.
However, the topography other than coastlines and major rivers is quite different, and the only apparent reference to the real world besides the map may be the Blood Wood, known as "Wyrm Wood" before the Scourge and similar in location and extent to the Chernobyl Ukrainian for "wormwood" zone of alienation.
Note should be made that game world links between Earthdawn and Shadowrun were deliberately broken by the publisher when the Shadowrun property was licensed out, in order to avoid the necessity for coordination between publishing companies.
FASA has announced since then, that there are no plans to return Shadowrun to in-house publication, nor to restore the links between the game worlds. They are the predominant race in Barsaive, and the dwarf language is considered the common language.
Elf : Elves in Earthdawn fit the common fantasy role playing convention; they are tall, lithe, pointy-eared humanoids who prefer living in nature. Elves in Earthdawn naturally live a very long time; some are thought to be immortal. Such immortal Elves feature in many cross-pollinated storylines with Shadowrun.
A subrace of Earthdawn elves are called the Blood Elves. The blood elves rejected the Theran protective magic, and attempted their own warding spells. These wards failed, and a last-ditch ritual caused thorns to thrust through the skin of the blood elves. These ever-bleeding wounds caused constant pain, but the self-inflicted suffering was enough to protect the blood elves from the worst of the Horrors.
Human : Humans in Earthdawn are physically similar to humans in our own real world. Human adepts are granted a special Versatility talent to make them more mechanically appealing. Humans in Earthdawn are considered to be somewhat warlike in general outlook. Obsidiman: Obsidimen are a race of large, rock-based humanoids. They stand over 7 feet 2.
Their primary connection is to their Liferock, which is a large formation of stone that they emerge from. Obsidimen are loyal to the community around their Liferock, and eventually return to and re-merge with it. Obsidimen can live around years away from their Liferock, and their ultimate lifespan is unknown, as they generally return to it and remain there.
However, if aroused by a threat to self, friend, or community, obsidimen are fearsome to behold. Ork : The ork race in Earthdawn is physically similar to other depictions of orks in fantasy role-playing. They are tribal, nomadic and often barbaric humanoids, with olive, tan, beige or ebony skin.
They are relatively short-lived, and as a result many attempt to leave a legacy marked by a memorable death—preferably one that leaves no corpse. Before the Scourge almost all orks were enslaved by other races. Troll : The troll race in Earthdawn is also similar in appearance to many other fantasy role playing depictions of trolls. They are very tall humanoids, with a hardened skin and horns. Socially, they form clans to which they are fiercely loyal.
Troll clans often raid one another, and a significant subset of the troll race are crystal raiders, which command many of the airships of Barsaive. Other trolls, known as lowland trolls, have merged with mixed communities around Barsaive, although most retain the fierce cultural and personal pride of their less-civilized cousins.
Many of them exhibit the behaviors and characteristics which are stereotypical to a "swashbuckler". Windling: The windlings are small, winged humanoids; similar to many depictions of fae creatures, they resemble small elves with insect-like wings.
They have the ability to see into the astral plane, and are considerably luckier than the other races. Windlings are often somewhat mischievous, hedonistic, and eager for new experiences, and are culturally similar to the Kender of Krynn , but without the same kleptomaniacal tendencies.
They have wings similar to those of a dragonfly and are one to two feet in height. Ulkmen: Another race unique to Vasgothia, the ulkmen are Name-Givers that have been merged with Horrors. In addition to their talents, an ulkman adepts gain a Horror power every four Circles. They are native to the Sufik tribes of Marak. Jackelmen: Native to Creana, jackalmen have the body of a human and the head of a jackal.
They are a warrior people and are thought to practice cannibalism.
Source:The Theran Empire
History[ edit ] Starting in , FASA released over 20 gaming supplements describing this universe; however, it closed down production of Earthdawn in January During that time several novels and short-story anthologies set in the Earthdawn universe were also released. The Second Edition did not alter the setting, though it did update the timeline to include events that took place in Barsaive. There were a few changes to the rules in the Second Edition; some classes were slightly different or altered abilities from the original. The changes were meant to allow for more rounded characters and better balance of play.
Dave teuran it liked it Feb 12, No trivia or quizzes yet. That much we could be certain of in coming to this and I suppose that was what we got. They began extensive military campaigns to recapture their territories, but few were successful. Sam rated it liked it Jul 18, Jesse Anderson marked it as to-read Aug 09, Robert Reece marked it as to-read Dec 29, James added it Feb 16, On the Great Isle, they attacked sarthdawn pens and processing centers, freeing hundreds of slaves in coordinated raids and causing chaos to cover their tracks. It describes the island city of Thera from which the Empire sprang, as well as five Imperial provinces with an assortment of unusual Since the end of the scourge, Thera has slowly but surely reclaimed many of the far-flung lands it once ruled and remains the greatest power in the world of Earthdawn.