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Arctic Fantasy: A Foragers Guild Guide
A system-neutral fantasy environment toolkit.
In the frozen expanse of the Northern Tundra, where glaciers kissed the heavens and eldritch winds -Whispered secrets of a long-forgotten past, a lone figure ventured forth. Clad in fur and steel, our intrepid protagonist embarked on a quest to unlock the mysteries hidden within the icy heart of this sacred realm. Guided only by ancient incantations etched in a weathered grimoire, they braved the perils of the Arctic wasteland, where mystical creatures and treacherous landscapes awaited at every turn. The Arctic's unforgiving embrace beckoned with promises of unearthly wonders and chilling adventures, setting the stage for a journey unlike any other.
In the realm of Arctic fantasy, players and their characters are transported to a world of frozen wonder and perilous adventure. This subgenre embraces the chilling beauty of polar landscapes, reimagining them as a fantastical realm where eldritch magic flows through glaciers and ancient secrets lay buried beneath layers of snow and ice. In this setting, characters take on roles like berserkers, knights, mages, and witches, each with unique abilities tailored to surviving the harsh Arctic environment.
The Arctic fantasy setting itself becomes a central character in the tabletop roleplaying experience. The frigid tundras, towering glaciers, and snow-covered mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for epic quests. Players must navigate through treacherous terrain and combat extreme weather conditions, all while interacting with a diverse cast of supporting characters like shamans, engineers, and troubadours who call this frozen wilderness home.
Mystical creatures inhabit this world, including mythical beasts adapted to the cold, enigmatic automata left behind by ancient civilizations, and elusive faerie dwelling in hidden ice caves. Eldritch magic, tied to the enigmatic forces of the Arctic, presents players with a unique and mysterious source of power, requiring the discovery of ancient incantations to harness its potential. Political intrigue, conflict between factions, and the delicate balance between preserving the sanctity of the frozen wilderness and exploiting its mystical wonders add depth and complexity to the narrative, making Arctic fantasy an exciting and immersive setting for tabletop roleplaying experiences.
This Book Includes:
Worldbuilding: How to utilize and develop the setting elements you’ll need to successfully run Arctic Fantasy, including the genre, setting, theme, and tone.
Characters: Information on the types of player characters, antagonists, and supporting characters most appropriate for Arctic Fantasy.
Guilds: The central organizations for Arctic Fantasy, including their purpose, how they’re organized, and the types of resources at their disposal.
Creatures: Advice on how to alter familiar creature types to better suit the specific needs of an Arctic fantasy setting, with examples of possible abilities that suit the genre.
Magic: How the various categories of magic can be affected by Arctic fantasy, with examples of incantations tweaked to fit with the feel of the setting.
Enchanted Objects: Thoughts on how each category of magical objects can be altered to fit the tropes of Arctic fantasy, with a selection of enchanted objects of each type.
Adventures: Elements you’ll to run Arctic Fantasy adventures. This chapter covers the premise, goals, obstacles, and stakes, and includes a selection of plot hooks to get you started.
Foragers Guild Guides
This book is part of our extensive collection of system-neutral sourcebooks, perfect for enhancing any fantasy roleplaying experience. Whether you're a guide, player, or creator, our books provide a wealth of information and inspiration that can be seamlessly integrated into any system. We believe in offering flexibility and creative freedom, allowing you to tailor your roleplaying experience to your preferences without limitations.
The Toolkit Approach
Roleplaying is a collaborative and imaginative endeavor, where the power lies in adding your unique ideas to the mix. Our approach is that of a toolkit rather than an intricately detailed sourcebook, granting you the space to unleash your imagination. We firmly believe that a manual should never confine or restrict you. Our objective is to provide you with the necessary tools to begin your adventure and then step back, empowering you to craft the roleplaying experience your group desires.
When planning a roleplaying experience, it's crucial to consider the comfort levels and -Boundaries of everyone involved. We recognize the importance of providing content warnings for potentially distressing material. Here is a comprehensive list of content warnings that may arise while using this toolkit:
Environmental Hazards: Players might encounter hazardous environments like deep crevasses, frozen lakes, and shifting ice floes.
Frostbite: This setting may contain descriptions of extreme cold and its effects on characters, including frostbite and hypothermia.
Isolation and Desolation: Characters may grapple with feelings of isolation and desolation in the unforgiving Arctic wilderness.
Magical Madness: Eldritch magic can have adverse effects on characters' sanity, leading to psychological challenges.
Moral Ambiguity: The storyline may explore morally ambiguous decisions and dilemmas faced by characters in the harsh Arctic world.
Mythical Creatures: Content may depict encounters with otherworldly creatures and potentially disturbing alien entities.
Perilous Exploration: The experience may involve exploration of uncharted territories, leading to potential dangers and discoveries.
Political Intrigue: The setting may include themes of political conflict, manipulation, and power struggles among Arctic factions.
Supernatural Horror: Expect elements of supernatural horror, including eerie phenomena and mysterious occurrences.
Survival Challenges: Players may face intense survival challenges, like scarcity of resources, avalanches, and harsh blizzards.
At Lightspress Media, we take a lo-fi approach to roleplaying. Our focus is on the utility and value of the content, rather than flashy production. Visual elements are employed strategically to amplify the message conveyed by the text. This aesthetic choice allows us to create powerful and affordable toolkits. Remember, the true essence of the roleplaying experience lies not within the pages of a book, but in the creativity and collaboration fostered around your tabletop.
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