Introduction


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The Game

Shadow Lords is a game about a group of heroes, driven by their powerful passions to seek adventure in the dark lands of Anubia, where all myths are deadly real. They defy demons, Titans and even Gods and Fallen Angels with a laugh and a sword, because their destiny is to become legendary, in a way or another.

Their Sword & Sorcery stories will be like those of ancient myths, where Heroes and Gods fight for honor, romance and power. Full of action, blood, mythical creatures, sorceries and exotic lands. They will steal treasures from the pharaohs’ serpent-towers of Stygia, survive the cutthroat politics of the Roman Empire, fight the Runeknights of the Varangian Order, defy the fortresses of Anubis’ Darklords and explore the ever- changing Labyrinth created by Lucifer.

You will play Heroes such as the Black Templar, who investigates supernatural threats, the Deceptor, who is a rogue and master of disguises or the political Dominus who leads armies and Nations. Or even supernatural creatures such as Fairies, Dragons, Titans, Demons, Angels, Undeads and many others.

Whatever you will choose your Hero to be, she will be on a collision course with the plans of a powerful villain or organization: a Shadow Lord, a God, a supernatural creature or even a whole Empire. Driven by her own passions to take a stance, or even just because their actions or even their mere existence messes with her life or goals, she will have to use her steel and wits to get ahead of them and their minions. And whatever she will do,she will ultimately upset the balance of power around her, deposing kings, destroying demons and Gods and ultimately forging her own Legend.

The Setting: Anubia

The stories of your Heroes will take place in Anubia, a parallel world with a technology and culture reminiscent of Renaissance Europe with its wars, intrigues and religions, but contaminated by the heavy presence of the supernatural. This happened because the catastrophe known as the “Maul Of Anubis” sunk the island of Atlantis, nearly destroyed mankind and shattered the VEIL that keeps reality and Shadow, the realm of dreams, separated. This allowed nightmares to enter the world and take the shape of mythical creatures and demons. The holes also spill Shadow’s energy that warps reality: people woke up to discover their family replaced by long-dead strangers, cities were swallowed by magic storms and whole regions changed in unsettling and alien ways.

The Demonstorms

The biggest holes in the Veil birthed the Demonstorms: terrible hurricanes of Shadow that change or destroy anything they touch. Demons and nightmares ride their winds, harbingers of even more terrible beings that press from the Shadow and behind to enter Anubia.

The Calephs

But humanity survived this catastrophe, thanks to the practitioners of the Atlanteans secrets of Crystallomancy, who know how to create and operate the CALEPHS. These magical crystals can repair and reinforce the Veil, exorcising the demons and healing reality itself, but can also do other miracles: those who control the Calephs also rule Anubia.

The Roman Empire

The most powerful kingdom that controls Calephs is the Roman Empire, whose EMPEROR rules from Roma Aeterna. But even he must share power with the POPE who rules the Church of the Divine Order, who in turn controls the Crystallomancers and Calephs. And they all share power also with the MOHAGI guilds, 12 powerful families that control some safe paths inside the Labyrinth of Lucifer, that connect all the major cities of Anubia through the Shadow.

Read also “A Tale of Creation” if you are interested on a hint of the twisted mythology behind Anubia.