Talomire: The Players’ Primer

Behold, the next step in Talomire’s evolution – the Players’ Primer!

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/236698/Talomire-The-Players-Primer

The Players’ Primer is designed to tell the reader about Talomire, from the perspective of the people who live in it. Be that the nobility, in their high towers and townhouses, or the peasants in the fields and smithies of the realm. Beginning at character creation with details on how each race and class can be used, to advice on how to craft Talomire to your own ends, to the real nitty gritty on how my fictional land operates, the Primer aims to help you build a character and craft their world view, even build a backstory that can fit within certain setting parameters, while giving space for both player and GM to build stories, cities and legends to suit their own purposes.

And this is only the first step of many. The next two releases slated are the Game Masters’ Primer, and Volume One of the Talomiran Gazette.

The Game Masters’ Primer is designed to give GMs the tools and advice I have to help build plot hooks and stories in Talomire, as well as the secrets and lies of the realm. It will reveal the truth of much of what is included in the Players’ Primer with the intention of helping those reading it the tools to build engaging meta narratives which subvert the world view of the characters.

The Talomiran Gazette is a much smaller project, aiming to be a monthly, or bi-monthly publication, containing Talomire-specific subraces and subclasses, complete towns, which will include NPCs, locations, maps, and single page adventures which can be used in that town, as well as bits of Talomiran history explained in some detail. Volume One contains an account of the final battle of the war with Hochbreg to the south, in 1188 BR, the Halvt Folk subrace for the halfling, and the town of Wildthorn, in the north of Terracrios.

Much further down the road are the GMs’ and Players’ companions. Three to four times larger than the Primers, these books are designed to be complete sourcebooks, with Talomire-specific mechanics, maps, towns, subclasses and subraces, a bounty of single page adventures and adventure hooks, as well as homebrewed rules and other content. I’m really looking forward to these, and I’m even beginning to consider running a Kickstarter, if i feel there is interest in such a project!

Thank you. Your attention and feedback keeps me plugging away at Talomire. The fact that this little passion project has resulted in a podcast, and now published pdfs (and soon to be print on demand books) is mindblowing, and it’s all down to you. Thank you so much.

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Welcome to Talomire

“Three generations have passed since King Hinton I ascended to the throne, fresh from his brutal campaign against his half brother and triumphant return down the Kings’ Road. King Hinton II, son of King Albert IV now sits upon the Autumn Throne in Arantal, his courtiers and clerics whispering foul poison in his ears and bending this weak-willed cumberworld to their own, selfish desires…” 

Brandon sat, seething. The three adventurers sat across from him, their brigandine ancient and decrepit, their steel helms either too small or too large for their young heads. Not one of them looked old enough to bother a maid, never mind  wield the spears and axes they carried. Hell, one of them looked a maid, not that it’d be the first time he’d seen a young lass flee the beating of her father or husband for a life of coin and violence. He looked them over one last time, his eyes lingering on the smallest figure with the hooded face. He could guess that one’s past, but knew better than to ask this close to Terracrios…

“Listen. History is all well and good, but all you need know is that a man with documents and supplies destined for the Northman’s cause leaves early on the morrow. I need fit and able escorts for this cart, and you three are all I have to hand. We expect no trouble, but the Kings’ Road is never a safe place this far north. It’s three days travel to Northtower. Two nights you’ll send camped on the road, one night you’ll likely be whoring your way through Low Briar’s wenches. Half payment now, half on arrival. How does that sound to you?”

Brandon knew the answer before he even finished the question. Still, even with these three ‘adventurers’ standing guard, he prayed to almighty Barachiel and all his angels that the Kings’ Road would be safe. He laughed mirthlessly. That would never be the case in the Northwild…

How Will You Make Your Mark?

Talomire is a low fantasy setting designed for use in any RPG system. It is a world where magic is outlawed, dangerous and secretive. It is a world where Kings command with an iron fist, while nobles and bishops rule from the shadows. It is a world of danger, intrigue and opportunity, where bold adventurers can seek fame and, more commonly, fortune. Seen as threats, as much as they are defenders or saviours, the adventuring parties of Talomire work for themselves, their loyalty only lasting as long as the coin does. Some fight for more philanthropic reasons, but they are rare and last only a short time. Infamy is all that awaits those with careers worth speaking of, those careers that don’t end at the hands of some terrible creature, in a long forgotten crypt…

Getting Involved.

Talomire may be my own creation, but it is ours to build. If travelling the dirt roads of the Northwilds sounds exciting; if walking the fertile plains and hills of the Terracrios stirs the soul; if the politicking of Arantal, or the fugitive-seeking patrols of The Spine set your imagination ablaze, then take my world and make it your own. Tell your stories, build your towns, rule your Baronies, or delve into the secrets of Talomire’s ancient past. Build the world with your fellow players and storytellers.

Learn More.

At present, Talomire is represented solely in the Talomire Campaign Primer, available for free on DriveThruRPG (click HERE to head there now), with the Talomire podcast expanding on the elements in that document in-game. This podcast is available on Apple iTunes (linked just above), as well as Google Play, Anchor.fm, and YouTube.

Over the next year, and hopefully longer, I aim to release more detailed sourcebooks for those of you who want to know more about the culture, geography and history, as well as ‘canonocal’ adventures set in Talomire. The first of these adventures “The Barrows of Northwild” is already well underway, and should be out soon. On top of this, the Campaign Primer is an ever-evolving document, with the information, art and background I feel gives DMs and players the best insight into my view of Talomire.

Please, Feedback!

I love to hear back from you guys. A recent survey I sent around to my customers directly led to two things; 1) development of a History of Talomire, from the point of view of someone in the world, called “The Death of Magic”. This is designed to be used by both players and DMs to help bring everybody into the same, shared, universe, as well as giving them a springboard for their own creativity. 2) I am currently working on splitting the Campaign Primer into a DMs document and a Players’ document. This will allow me to give players more thematic, in-world information and maps, not all of which will be entirely accurate, while giving DMs unfiltered access into Talomire’s ancient past, the dangers lurking in the unknown parts of the world, as maps with locations no man or woman has ever seen…or at least survived to tell of…

If you want to be a part of this, then please email me at sundaynightDM@gmail.com, or follow me on Instagram (@chris_hately), Twitter (@SundayNightDM), or Facebook, and tell me all about your character’s exploits, the town they were born and raised in, and the people and creatures they’ve met.

Last Words.

Thank you. Whether you spent a fiver on the Campaign Primer, got it for free, or haven’t even checked it out yet, the very fact that you’ve read this far means the world to me. Having people respect my content, often enough to call me out on what I can be doing better, is what makes this all worth doing, and I truly hope it continues. So thank you, and I hope to meet you in the taverns of Northtower…hopefully before the Kaimel Aioki returns from ancient slumber…