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    Bakári

    Scott Jones - - World of Dárdünah

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Thanks I as thinking about a part of my Pig Character Si'Ni's life involve one childhood trip from Nilam to Bakari for the Feast of the Seas” That would be one heck of a journey! Possibly even with the idea that it might have been a pilgrimage, considering the very holy nature of that festival, and its importance to the eventual end of the Twilight Wars...

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    Quote from Targath: “I saw this last night and immediately ordered both the PDF and the physical book. After taking a quick peek at the PDF I have to say, AWESOME JOB once again. Thank you so much for expanding the Shard game! Definitely not disappointed after the wait. :)” Thanks SO MUCH for your patience, patronage, support, and ongoing excitement! Hopefully it will add to your enjoyment of the world of Dárdünah! We are even now in the midst of production for the World Guide, so we can finally…

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    Bakári

    Scott Jones - - World of Dárdünah

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Thanks SO much! So the ruler is a Clydesdale? Interesting a Domestic Ruler. One thing I wonder, are Pigs considered Herd Zoics? I know this may be a dumb question to ask but as Pigs are Omnivorous Ungulates and a bit unusual compared to other ungulates I wasn't sure if they would be considered Herd Zoics or not” I could certainly see many of them living in Bakári... Of course, they would really never be referred to as "Herd Zoics" in the vernacular of the world…

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    Pari

    Scott Jones - - World of Dárdünah

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “You know Fanfiction aside this could be a great villain for an actual campaign.” Absolutely! Imagine a murder mystery game or campaign where the rare, magical Pari priests were being murdered by a secretive group of jánah who felt that "Jenu Purity" was the will of the devah... An adventuring group could be hired by the leader of a country to find them and take them out! It could be quite exciting!

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    Hropa and his Mate

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “True enough, but I distinctly remember that just before the Thousand Years of Darkness it seemed the Devah had become distrustful of each other and each thought he/she should be in charge, so in that instance was Hropa and Sianathe against each other or with each other?” As mates, Hropa and Sianathe were most like allied together during those ancient times, at least according to legends...

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    Bakári

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Darn it! It's supposed to be spelled Bakari can't spell worth a darn these days” Heh! Don't worry,...I went back and fixed it for you, with the proper little symbols and all! Here's the currently-unedited write-up for Bakári, if you'd like to see it! Bakári – Isvarate, southwestern land of verdant deltas. Ruler: The Isvar Mabrahlan, male Clydesdale stallion. Ruling Class: Mainly ungulates (hoofed creatures), though due to rulership carrying through extended fam…

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    Heh! Great question! Not a "fandom", so-to-speak, but there would certainly be plenty of children's stories, fables, myths, and legends about talking suthra, most likely as the conduits for the voices of spirits, demons, gods, etc... But even without the idea of them being "spiritual messengers", there would be loads of tales which gave the suthra individual personalities and voices used to teach lessons as parables and such...

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    Guess what folks?!?!?! Our "Magic and Martial Arts" books have finally arrived, and we're celebrating them being on the shelves at last with a Shard RPG SUPER-SALE!!!! studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/shard For a limited time, and in some cases in limited numbers, we're offering awesome discounts on ALL of our Shard RPG products when you buy them directly from our friends at Studio 2 Publishing. Many of these products can be purchased together as advertised bundles for even more sa…

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “And...In recent news a story exposing the dark side of arranged marriage dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5…ed-arranged-marriage.html” Yes, indeed,...there can ABSOLUTELY be a dark side to arranged marriages... They have been a part of old-world culture in many different countries since ancient times, and in some places even today, as your article indicated... The cool thing about Shard (and role-playing games in general), is that you and your gaming group, under t…

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    The funny thing is,...in Dárdünah, with so many of the "root" animal behaviors that might still exist in polite society (perhaps grooming behaviors and such), some of the behaviors you describe might not seem so out-of-place! But yes,...I guarantee that a good GM could find all sorts of ways to show that such "inter-species" behavior might become unwelcome once you travel outside that community, that culture, or even that country... When I was a little kid in Japan, there were always locals that…

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    Quote from Ednoria: “Yes, the last that was seen of Captain Nemo was a vision of him in the Dream, surrounded by flames and with one arm hanging limply at his side. The implication is that he and his crew did not survive -- but I left open the possibility that he COULD have, in case I needed a storyline later. :-)” I REALLY love this extra twist you added to the story Ednoria... Cool stuff! Scottie

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    Quote from Targath: “Is the Magic and Martial Arts book going to be released as a PDF on drivethrurpg around the same time as the physical book or perhaps a little sooner to garner some interest? Just curious as I do intend to buy the physical book when it becomes available.” Hey Targath! Good to see you again! Sorry it's been fairly lifeless here for such a long time... It took awhile to get things settled with Aaron, my former business partner. But now that things are back up and running again…

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “I didn't write Klinrah I wrote Kilarah, isn't that how her name is spelled?” Oh! You're thinking of Krilárah,…the devah of the moons, magic, prophesy, and love… You just left out the “r”, which is why he was initially confused… Speaking about things love-related, there are several things we’re expanding upon in the eventual “World Guide” that I’m actually starting to work on again even now, which you may be interested in… Here are a few “Rite of Life” descripti…

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    Entertainers in Dardunah

    Scott Jones - - World of Dárdünah

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    An entire troupe of entertainers and performers was used as a means of allowing the main characters of one of our earliest games to travel into the northern Sarpah lands to infiltrate Benáng during a time of war... Merely having that kind of travelling communal group created MANY different and very cool interactions... I'd compare the experience to many aspects of the HBO series "Carniválle" with its many unique flavors and types of characters, as well as the strange and sometimes creepy circums…

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    We have finally sent off the last of the edited documents to the printer, and the process has begun! As things are schedule now, we should see the shipment of books arriving at our publisher by the midddle of May!... To celebrate, I figured I'd share another illustration and bit of fiction... Here we have another excellent piece by our contributing artist Ilsa Gort. She based this work on another excellent piece of fiction by Dylan Birtolo heralding in the beginning of our Magic Rituals chapter.…

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    The surinam toad

    Scott Jones - - World of Dárdünah

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    Here you go! Here's the Animal Template for the Surinam Toad (in particular, the image is of the Carvalho's Surinam Toad, one of the "prettier" varieties). As you know, this creature is especially interesting because the female of the species on Earth places her fertilized eggs onto her back, where they sink into the skin while developing as babies, later to emerge from her back when "born"... In the world of Shard, this has become an adaptation allowing a female character of this type to place …

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    An excellent recap, my friend!!! Sounds like the players were really into it if they essentially hijacked the prepared storyline to chase down the assassin! Thanks so much for running that scenario for them! I'm so sorry time ran out for you guys while running it, because it sounds like it was leading to a really awesome climax! The battle on the under-repair aqueduct with all the scaffolding sounds incredible! Man,...I wish I had the opportunity to run some combats with you side-by-side, so tha…

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    Hey there! Since this thread was essentially a launching point for the discussion of the "Humanimal" fan fiction you mentioned in the initial post as well as your last response, we've realized we needed to move it to our "Off-Topic Discussions" section of the forums so that it could continue as desired without getting mixed in with the specifically exclusive "SHARD Magic" threads... Whereas we think the creative outlet of fan fiction is excellent, and certainly encourage creative writing of all …

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    I GOT THE BOOK!

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    Well,...for the sake of Dárdüni fiction, it's less about "modesty" for scholars such as Púrjava, and more about the handy excuse of "that's just not how Dárdüni scribes do things", because of the shared cultural/religious context of why jánah look like different animals... And for the sake of Shard Studios' including such information in it's current writings, that "handy excuse" I mentioned in the above paragraph specifically refers to it being handy for us because we just haven't chosen to take…

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    There are actually several, which I haven't had the opportunity to share yet, such as the platypus and the binturong, each of which are showcased in images other than the ones that, of course, accompany each of the new Animal Templates... I'll share them later when I have the chance!