Three millennia ago, Feneryss was a world once densely populated by a rich diversity of plant and animal life and dominated by a thriving mankind on the precipice of great technological progress. A new age was dawning, one of prosperity never before experienced by the civilized world. Then came the Reckoning.
Most of humanity, preoccupied with their technological and societal achievements, were wholly unaware of the dark god Ragnarok. He had established a massive cult and worked them into a zealous frenzy over several centuries. At the height of its power, the entire cult committed mass suicide with the intent to tear a hole in reality, thus allowing Ragnarok to cross over into the world and begin his indefinite reign.
The ritual failed and the dark energies it released ravaged the planet. Untold billions were snuffed out, and the world was left desolate. Unimaginable beings crossed the threshold between worlds and now freely roam the continent. Magic, known as arkäna, bled into the world. The sun was lost, swallowed by clouds of choking ash that encircled the globe. The world's once magnificent oceans boiled away and had been replaced with molten rock. Humanity stood on the precipice of extinction, flailing desperately to keep its balance.
For nearly five hundred years, mankind could focus on little beyond its own survival. Storms of acid rain, powerful blizzards, and wildfires ravaged the struggling soil. Earthquakes tested the fortitude of every man-made structure. Ultraviolet lightning storms wrought witless havoc. They endured the brutal new climate, abided the warpings of reality, and suffered the host of mutations their new world bestowed upon them. Over the centuries, the survivors learned to face the dangers of the new world. Armed with new tools and fresh confidence, men and women ventured out to rediscover their home. It was a rebirth for Humanity— a Second Genesis.
D4, D6, D8, D10
Shattered runs on the MDS (Multi-Die System). A character's aptitude is known as their Rating and is determined by the sum of a Stat and Skill. Higher Ratings mean greater dice and dice pools for the player to roll. This better simulates a "normal" progression: In the beginning, some things are simply impossible for an untrained novice. For greatly skilled characters, however, even time-consuming tasks become simple.
Build how you want.
The Reckoning took its toll on the people as well as the planet. While Humans remain largely the same as their ancestors, most were transformed by arkäna. Several subtypes of Human emerged: Alypse, Drones, Shades, Vampires, and Wretched. Arkäna gifted certain powerful souls with the ability to become Rekindled after their death. It also bestowed sapience upon certain fungal colonies, giving birth to the Florvana.
Build how you want.
Characters in Shattered are improved by spending their Experience Points (XP) on their Stats, Skills, and Talents. Improving stats and skills will improve their rating with those tasks as well as unlock access to more powerful talents. Talents are abilities or enhancements to pre-existing abilities that augment the character's performance in areas such as sword fighting, piloting airships, or social interaction.
Take to the skies.
One of Feneryss' greatest achievements to date is the creation of the arkänik drive— or ark-drive for short. It has granted civilization the power of flight. Use detailed shipbuilding rules to create a merchant vessel, a pirate ship, or a military gunship. Take up leadership posts and manage your crew in times of feast, and times of famine. Contend with board actions, mutinies, and if you're not careful, gravity.
At It's Never Dark Enough— or 'INDE' (pronounced 'indie')— we are role-playing enthusiasts turned developers. Our love of nerd and internet culture, science fiction, punk genres, and horror color everything that we do. Our goal is to create unique tabletop experiences that are fun to play and speak to fans just like us. To put it simply, we want to create your most exciting nightmares.
Eira is in charge of all things media, be it the book layout, web design, or art direction. She leads the INDE team and works heavily with Tex and Conrad on crafting the lore of Shattered. In her spare time he is hard at work writing a sci-fi horror novel called "Run Like Hell."
Philip is a lore guru, self-taught programmer, and co-website designer for Shattered. He spends his spare time coming up with ideas for video games and scribbling notes about a future book series set in the Shattered universe.
James was one of the first developers on Shattered. Early on he spent most of his time developing systems, before making the transition into editing as the project neared completion. In his spare time, he has been focusing on what is best in life, but he enjoys gaming of all kinds and follows a number of streamers on Twitch.
Cody is INDE's main statistician. He finds both joy and frustration running numbers and determining probability. His free time is currently spent working at all hours to make ends meet, but if he finds himself with free time away from work and INDE, he takes great pleasure in getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Conrad is a wanted editor in 17 countries for crimes against English. He was last sighted with his wife and child in Timbuktu, trading Polto cards for bus tickets to Russia. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this person, please contact INDE or the US Marshals.
Litharian— or Lith for short— is one of the number guru's of the Shattered system and brought much needed organizational skills to the team. He is currently working on a second project for Shattered, but don't tell anyone!
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