The world is in ruins after the Darkest War.
Nations vie for power and evils lurk in the dark.
Now more than ever…
Vathis needs heroes.
We didn't win the Darkest War. We survived:
The ruins of the past rise up around us like monoliths to a golden age whose name escapes us.
The otherworldly forces of the Shattered Hand tore through the strongest civilizations of our day like a farmer through fields of wheat.
Cities which stood for centuries were undone in mere months. In the end, we cowered behind our parapets while the actions of a brave few finally dissolved their vicious cabal.
The darkness has been dissipated, but a grey shroud still lingers:
Our greatest threats are not found outside of our borders, but on our very streets as insidious shadows find their way into the hearts of men.
The line between what is righteous and what is vile remains unclear. .
The rules of alignment hold no sway over the nature of men and beasts, it’s possible to find good and evil in all manner of creatures.
The Starcalled defy the shackles of fate, forging their own destiny:
As the Zodiacs created the multiverse, they wove the threads of fate which all living creatures must follow.
The Starcalled – humanoids who bear the marks reminiscent of constellations upon their skin – are not subject to the constraints of destiny.
These sigils, gifted by the Zodiacs themselves, grant their bearers the power to choose their own path and the possibility to alter the future of Vathis.
As these Starcalled dynasties carved out their own piece of history, the Zodiac Empires were born.
An industrial revolution fueled by eldria, tying the world together:
A radiant blue light weaves its way through all facets of life on Vathis, created by the world’s magical crystal resource, Eldria.
Eldricsteel frames have raised cities to heights unimaginable, while eldria fluid based ether drive systems grant us the ability to soar above the clouds.
The crystals themselves birthed an entirely new race capable of exploring the world, and countless feral creatures capable of wild destruction.
From lamps to airships, eldria casts back the darkness and allows us to chart the unknown.
The History of Vathis
The Nation States of VathisExplore the regions of Vathis
The most powerful nations sit back and lick their wounds, searching for weakness in the hearts of their old enemies. The void of power will undoubtedly be filled over time by the dauntless nationalists who rise to seize the opportunity. Which sovereign nations will rise to become the world’s next leading powers?
The ZodiacEmpires Campaign Setting will consist of:
- 5 Unique Races, each with their own history, culture, and rules.
- 14 heavily detailed Nations, complete with history stretching back hundreds of years and relevant area information.
- A highly detailed political landscape (and all the blood that goes along with it)
- A pantheon of 17 deities, as well as 34 detailed vandiels.
- Eldria, the magical resource that fueled our industrial revolution, and all of its relevant technology.
- 10 Major Organizations, as well as 30+ minor ones.
- Rules for playing Starcalled, and all of the background that goes with it.
- Rules for creating custom airships, as well as rules for inter-airship combat.
- Leyline Chronicles: A new web application for use with campaign tracking and making a GMs life significantly easier.
Zodiac Empires is a truly dynamic and interactive fantasy setting created for tabletop role-playing game systems such as Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. Designed from the ground up by long-term tabletop veterans Brad Diamond, Frank Albanese, and Rachael Withrow, our goal is to bring a new and expansive world to players around the world.
The realm of Vathis is a world in an age of early industrialization where the line between magic and technology is obscure at best, and oftentimes indistinguishable. Rich in history and lore, adventurers roam lands dotted with sprawling empires, devious hidden cults, and ruins shrouded in darkness. While revered heroes march headlong into battle, recently reawakened dragons take flight, transforming both land and sky into battlegrounds. Gritty realism and high fantasy come together in Zodiac Empires, a world built on the memory of great wars, political intrigue, and imperialism.
Notable moments in real-world history, such as the Age of Sail, Prohibition Era Organized Crime, and both World Wars, as well as media sources such as the novels in the ASoIaF series and video games such as Dishonored, have all left their mark on the setting. Expect to experience fierce nationalism, streets filled with pulp action, scenes of noir intrigue, evils lurking in the dark, and corruption both political and physical as you travel between nations.