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Midnight - Star and Shadow (OCR)

Midnight - Star and Shadow (OCR)

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L
EAD
D
EVELOPER 
OBERT
V
AUGHN
W
RITING
G
ARY
A
STLEFORD
, E
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,G
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, R 
OBERT
V
AUGHN
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RAPHIC
D
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OBERT
V
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I
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I
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LLUSTRATION
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ED
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ENDERGRAFT
, C
HRISTOPHE
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ARREAU
W
IMBERLY
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ARTOGRAPHY
OBERT
L
AZZARETTI
L
AYOUT
OBERT
V
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XECUTIVE
D
EVELOPER 
G
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B
ENAGE
P
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C
HRISTIAN
T. P
ETERSEN
Star and Shadow
FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
1975 County Rd. B2 #1Roseville, MN 55113www.fantasyflightgames.com
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Way of the People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2Lay of the Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3How to Use this Book . . . . . . . . . . . .3Designation of Open Game Content 3
Chapter 1: The Second Age . . . .4
Pelluria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5The Push for Colonization . . . . . . . .5Discovery of Eredane . . . . . . . . . . . .6Sarcosan Colonization Movements . .6The Voyage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7The Conquerors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7The Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7The Elven War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7The Dornish War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Sarcosan-Elf Battles . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9The Nation-Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Sarcosan-Dorn Battles . . . . . . . . . . . .11Against the Old Empire . . . . . . . . . .12The Uniting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12Izrador’s Return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13The Betrayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13Civil War in the North . . . . . . . . . . .13Intrigue and Infighting . . . . . . . . . . .14True Treason: The Order of Shadow .14
Chapter 2: Way of the Sarcosans15
Governance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16The King of Erenland . . . . . . . . . . . .18Intrigue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20Trade and Craft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22Horses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22False Economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22Sea Trade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Chapter 3: Gazetteer of the South24
Al-Kadil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25Cities and Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25Geographical Features . . . . . . . . . . .26Alvedara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27Cities and Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27Geographical Features . . . . . . . . . . .29Cambrial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30Cities and Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30Geographical Features . . . . . . . . . . .31Sharuun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32Cities and Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32Geographical Features . . . . . . . . . . .34Zorgetch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35Cities and Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35Geographical Features . . . . . . . . . . .36Southeast Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37Cities and Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37Geographical Features . . . . . . . . . . .38Southwest Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39Cities and Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39Geographical Features . . . . . . . . . . .40
Chapter 4: Characters . . . . . . .42
Ashran, Sussar of the Onasari . . . . . . . .43Bystos Shanduz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44Egrot the Lash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44Jaekys Flesh Marker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45Tari Shurnabi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45Red Taleel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46Ronval Brucslet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47The White Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48Yulet Mafuut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49Zerith Danibel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Chapter 5: New Rules . . . . . . .50
Feats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51Canny Strike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51Caste Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51Clever Fighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51Plains Warfare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51Urban Intrigue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51Well-Aimed Strike . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52Horse Bazaars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52Sarcosan-bred (template) . . . . . . . . .52Horse Tricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52Background Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54Horse Breeder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55Insurgent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Noble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56Rumormonger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57Sahi Acolyte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57Prestige Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58Pellurian Blade Dancer . . . . . . . . . . .58Sahi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59Vigilant Defender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62OPEN GAME LICENSE . . . . . . . . . . . .64
‘d20 System’and the d20 System logo are Trademarks owned by Wizards of the Coast andare used with permission. Dungeons & Dragons® and Wizards of the Coast® are RegisteredTrademarks of Wizards of the Coast and are used with permission.M
IDNIGHT
is © 2003 and TM Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc. M
IDNIGHT
2
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DITION
and
Starand Shadow
are © 2005 and TM Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc. All right reserved.
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2Introduction
 Ashran sat calmly upon his horse, a quick, lithe stallion;a true child of Sahaad. His face was a stony mask that betrayed none of his thoughts as he gazed over the rolling hills of the dry grasslands. He was only nineteen winters, but he was sussar of his people. He would not show fear.The legate, a thin oily man, led his orc soldiers up theside of the hill toward the young sussar, grinning all the way.“You will surrender now, boy. Let us not make this any moredifficult than it has to be. You will make a fine slave oncewe’ve broken you like that pretty horse of yours.”With the morning light behind him, forcing the legate tosquint as he looked up at him, Ashran was an impressivesight. His long black hair played in the wind, flirting with the pale designs he bleached into his bronze skin when he cameof age. His tanned leathers creaked slightly as he shifted.Without raising his lance, Ashran replied calmly, “The spirit of my horse is not broken, sheol, just as the fire of my people’ssoul shall never be quenched. You have done nothing but set us free, that we may ride once again across the plains as ourancestors did, rather than be caged in cities of baked mud and open plazas. Now we see the stars again, and we knowthe Riding Host watches what we do this day. You have givenus back our heritage. I should thank you.”“Thank me! My master will make slaves of your childrenand feed your precious horses to the Fell. None of youheretics will live free!” The legate seethed with barely con-trolled anger, and the orcs looked back and forth between thetwo with toothy grins, knowing it was only a matter of timebefore the legate would order them to take the boy by force.They hefted their weapons and began to inch forward. “I give you one last warning, boy. Submit and tell me where the rest of your bandit people are hiding. Perhaps I will be motivated to show them some small measure of mercy.”“I do not ask for your mercy, sheol. And I do not think  you need me to tell you where my people are.” With that  Ashran threw his lance high into the air, the colorful featherstied to it fluttering rapidly in the breeze. Before the lance plunged down to the ground and imbedded itself near thelegate’s feet, the rumble had already begun. It was unmistak-able; the sound of dozens of horses. “I give you my people,” Ashran hollered above the approaching din. “May they show you more mercy than I will.” As Ashran drew his scimitar, he let loose a feral, high- pitched scream, and dozens of armed riders surmounted thehill and charged over it, down towards the legate and his feworcs. The Sarcosan freeriders would suffer no more of thelegate’s commands, and none would feel his lash again
 .
Way of the People
The Sarcosans are a proud and talented people who keeptheir culture, history, and religion alive despite the occupationby Izrador’s armies. Understanding where they came fromand how they approach the occupation is key to understand-ing the way of the Sarcosans. Smaller and more agile thantheir Northman neighbors, the Sarcosans prefer to use theirwits over brute strength when dealing with their problems.This mindset is reflected throughout their society.Originally arriving from the Old Sarcosan Empire acrossthe Pale Ocean, these proud horsemen lived within a strictcaste system, which they maintain today. When the Sarcosansfirst invaded Eredane, they were already masters of guile, sci-ence, and war, allowing them to quickly subjugate much of the continent. While other cultures labored in an age of limit-ed understanding, the Sarcosans had developed specializedcrafts in architecture, art, metallurgy, and science. While thecaste system of the Sarcosans has evolved from one of birthto a merit-based system, it still relies on a structure of oathsthat defines the loyalties and responsibilities of each swornadult. Even in these times of darkness, the caste systemremains and gives comfort to each Sarcosan.However, while their civilization grew, the Sarcosansnever forgot their core: the
Sorshef 
or the Riding Host. For alltheir science and learning, the Sarcosans are a deeply reli-gious people, and their beliefs have not been stamped outdespite the harsh regime of the Shadow. The countless godsand goddesses of the Riding Host play out their enigmaticquests across the night sky, and while other races doubt theexistence of their gods, the Sarcosans know that the gods stillexist. They can see them every night, and even though theymay not hear the voices of their gods, they believe that theystill watch their faithful. Priests called
Sahi
continue to teachthe lessens of the Sorshef by disguising them as everydaytales, allegories, and even jokes and ribald tales, allowing thebarely concealed religion to flourish beneath the noses of theless attentive, more contented legates of the south. So long asthe Sarcosans make no attempt to openly worship or use theirstar towers, prayers muttered under their breaths or heroicparables told during late nights to children are allowed tocontinue. The closeness of their gods gives the Sarcosans a solid basis of faith rarely found in the Last Age.The fey and many human insurgents who resisted theShadow are flagrant in their refusal to submit and continuedtheir war to the end. Proud Dornish insurgents like Redgardfight the Shadow openly, and many Erenlanders have taken tolives of outright piracy against the Shadow on the Sea of Pelluria. The dwarves give ground slowly, taking the lives of 10 orcs for every dwarf that falls, and the elves and halflings
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