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Earthdawn Survival Guide

Earthdawn Survival Guide

By Josh H & Dan B
A semi-official podcast dedicated to the Earthdawn role-playing game, hosted by Dan Boice and Earthdawn developer Josh Harrison.

Whether it's rules basics, setting lore, or behind-the-scenes insights, this is the place to start building your legend.
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EDSG Episode 138 - Horrorspawn

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EDSG Episode 139 - House K'tenshin
* The Nine Diamonds – House K’tenshin * Dominant aropagoi of the Serpent River’s South Reach * Controls the Servos, Byrose, Iontos, and Tylon rivers. * Control of the Tylon is disputed with House T’kambras. * Personal identifier is a ruby and gold earring worn in the left ear. * Allied with the Therans in the past, still has close ties with them. * Operated as a kind of military autocracy; the shivalahala is a high Circle Warrior. * Tensions with Travar. * Founded around the start of the Orichalcum Wars about 1300 years ago. * Woke from their Scourge-induced hibernation late – not until the Therans returned to Barsaive. * Found that one entire foundation and its riverboats disappeared during the Scourge. * Invited members of House Carinci that were didn’t want to return to Thera after first Theran War. * Sixteen massive towers, largest on the river, arranged in a diamond pattern. * Inner four towers have dry-dock facilities for riverboats. * When allied with the Therans, took t’skrang from the jungle as slaves (mainly to sell to Thera). * Alliance with Thera and the aftermaths of the wars have left K’tenshin in poor situation. * Not overt villains, but a convenient target to look down on and in a rough spot in Serpent River culture. * The Shivalahala K’tenshin – Warden-tier Warrior. Headmistress of the War College. * K’tenshin Council – 24 members from the aropagoi’s 12 nialls. One member is the Advocate, who can veto the shivalahala. * K’tenshin numerology. * No direct representation of affiliated villages. * House K’tenshin’s goals. * Josh theorizes potential updates for the current timeline. * The War College – Six year commitment, mostly t’skrang from House K’tenshin. * Ideas of working the War College into games. Find and Follow: Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
43:00
September 28, 2022
EDSG Episode 138 - Horrorspawn
* Horror constructs! * Can be used when a full-blown Horror isn’t appropriate to add flavor and mood to an adventure or location. * Black Mantis * Big, fast, nasty insect monster: Upper Journeyman challenge. * Has a little bit of a xenomorph vibe. * Bone Shambler * Undead construct, big ball of bones and spikes. * Slightly less tough than the black mantis but is still a fierce opponent. * Can overrun its opponents causing extra damage and knockdown. * Cadaver Man * Zombies… with an Earthdawn twist. High-Novice tier challenge. * Still retain some semblance of their personality. * FRENZY * Falsemen * Created by Therans as automatons * Strawmen and waxmen are low-powered, mindless cannon fodder in Parlainth’s War Games. * Stonemen and Steelmen are tougher, officers and commanders. * They often have a basic personality. * Ghouls * Flesh-eating undead construct, feral pack animals. Mid-Novice tier challenge. * Damaging venom that goes inert if the ghoul is killed. * More powerful “leader” is presented in the GM Guide. * Sidebar about the “Cadaverous” mask to turn any creature into an undead/cadaver version. * Jehuthra * Giant spider-like construct created from a Namegiver. Low-Journeyman tier challenge. * Magical abilities: Frost Web binds a target. * Iron Web creates maze that divides a group of targets that the jehuthra will hunt down. * Cunning but not intelligent. * Plagues * Tall, gaunt humanoid that spreads disease. * Not physically imposing as an opponent, but it has illusion abilities that allow it to infiltrate or operate unnoticed while it spreads its disease. * Disease is slow-acting and contagious, could cause lots of problems even after being defeated. * Qural’lotectica * Amorphous blob of a body with hooked tentacles and drinks blood. * Ambush predator, moves slowly but has a paralytic venom. * Resembles barnacles from Half Life. * Spectral Dancer * Created from highly charming and charismatic individuals, cursed to have no ability to interact with the physical world. * Best way to deal with them is to soothe their torment by connecting with them, a social challenge. * Stormwraith * Horror corrupted air elemental * Aggressive, vicious, electrical attacks. * Difficult to damage with physical attacks. * Notable hazard for airships and air mining operations. * Cadaverous and corrupted masks to make Horrorspawn from other creatures. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
50:45
September 21, 2022
EDSG Episode 137 - River Travel
* All things nautical! River travel in Barsaive. * We covered individual vessels in Episode * Each aropagoi controls a section of the Serpent and its associated tributaries. * Trading cartels that have developed over generations for mutual economic benefit. * Most aropagoi are led by a shivalahala – the political, spiritual, and cultural leader of the entire cartel. * Historical perspective on the Serpent River trade * Bakshevas – a ritualistic toll extracted by the t’skrang who controlled a stretch of river. * The Free Trade Compact – the aropagoi retain exclusive rights to their tributaries, but the Serpent trade is open. * Standard unit of freight: the duari. A cask that holds 300 pounds of dry rice. * About 16 hours of travel per day, approximately 5 silver per day. * Brief comparison of riverboat versus airship travel. * Types of passage. * Freighter: mildly cramped, eat with the crew, may work to reduce passage. * Passenger line: Passengers only, planned routes and known stops. * Warship passage: Not commonly available, only adepts who can fight. * Ferry service: Crossing the river, low cost, no berths, short jaunts. * Dwarf barges: Easy travel downstream, must pay a riverboat to tow them upstream. * Showboat: Floating entertainment, carnival, or circus that travels the lower Serpent and Coil rivers. More diverse. * Lots of pop culture and historical inspirations in this episode for river travel flavor and story ideas! * River travel is a great source for color and excitement, and mot places in Barsaive aren’t too far from part of the Serpent River network. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
47:20
September 14, 2022
EDSG Episode 136 - More from the mailbag!
* Email madness! * We have a YouTube channel. Old episodes being uploaded. * Let us know if you want to help with captions/transcripts! * Email from Brendan: Using talents during Experience Death? * Email from Matthew: Enchanting a group true pattern item? * Replacing or altering parts of a thread item? * Further enchanting of thread items to add additional thread ranks? * Email from Captain Olimar: Iberian peninsula? * Territories outside Barsaive but not described in books? * Email from Bryan: J’role in his campaign. * Email from Patrick: Status of podcast listenership? * Thoughts on mass combat and player characters interacting with it? * Group masks in Empty Thrones page 213. * Band of Blades for other system ideas on large-scale goals and campaign integration. * Using Mystic Paths in earlier editions? * Comparison of different editions? * Email from Maciej: The Invae Burnings and Chorrolis? * Information on Landis? * Email from Bart: Ally spirits and overshadowing other characters? * Advice on handling GM burnout? Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
01:03:22
September 07, 2022
EDSG Special Episode: Legends Vol. 6
* Legends Special #6 * Dan narrates tales from Legends of Earthdawn Volume 2: The Book of Exploration * The Lost Kingdom of Lasael * In the Bones of the Earth * Paradise of Swords * Chamber of the Ages Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
34:60
August 31, 2022
EDSG Episode 135 - High Circle Scout
* High Circle Scout. * Review of the Scout’s focus and role in the game. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Supernal Awareness. * Warden Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Critical Hit, Plant Talk, Relentless Recovery * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: One With the World * Master Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Eidetic Memory, Matrix Sight, Netherwalk, Second Chance, Soul Aegis, Spirit Strike * High circle build options and analysis. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
33:53
August 24, 2022
EDSG Episode 134 - GenCon Report, Email, and The Dragons Network
* Josh reports on GenCon 2022! * Status of various products. * Travel summary – kids’ first flights! * Too much sun at the zoo. * Covid precautions and experience. * GenCon adventure and session reports. * Minimalist preparation and the lessons to be learned from it. * Hiccups and setbacks (and insights from those) * Bad behavior before and during the convention. * Email from Digital Hermit: Updating old adventures to fourth edition? * “Commoner” stat block supplement as a GM aid? * Soapbox moment: Earthdawn vs D&D, Shadowrun connections. * Email from Chris: Shosara questions. Firbruid? Dragons? * Other events or themes for Shosara? * City in a Bottle revamp? * Second email from Chris: Five ancient cities referenced in Travar book? * Print version of Misguided Ambitions? * Email from a different Chris: Circle advancement and acquiring new talents. * Email from Lee: Other uses for the Eye of Throal. * Suggestions on future topics. * Quick overview of the Dragons’ Network. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
01:08:15
August 17, 2022