"Picture a peninsular with steep hills, thick forests that barely let the sunlight through, misty valleys, and fortresses clinging to the mountainside... and beyond the oceans, the vast and mysterious Continent. In such awe-inspiring landscapes, the Shadows of Esteren role-playing game will introduce you to a gritty realistic world where supernatural elements are never trivial or meaningless, and where med have to face fierce threats lurking in the dark."
This book will help you discover the universe of Shadows of Esteren while preparing you for the first episode of the official campaign.
There are two parts to this book. The first part, "Origins" introduces the main concepts of the game as well as a general presentation of the game universe. It also includes a summary of the game system, covering the necessary elements required to play included scenarios. The last section of this part introduces six ready-made player characters, complete with illustration. The characters are: Yldiane the Varigal, Avren the fighter, Ean the fugitive, Liam the scholar, Mòr the Ionnthé, and Urvan the Blade Knight. It also explains what some of these words mean.
Part two, "Omens" is a triptych of scenarios written by Nelyhann (the key creator of Shadows of Esteren). "Loch Varn" is a scenario exploring the confines of dream and madness; "Poison" is an investigative scenario set in Melwan's Vale; and finally, "Red Fall", a story of disapperance and occultism in Dearg's Vale. These three scenarios constitute the prologue to the official campaign, whose first episode will be set in Dearg's Vale.