Thursday, May 2, 2013

Six Worlds Cosmology

Worshipers of the Dead God Keshna, the Six Constellations, the Swords of Creation and the Gates between Worlds

At the dawn of history the Six Constellations were created in a last ditch effort of Keshna, the orignal God of Creation/Destruction, to save Creation. The Demon Lord Khai’tan, in destroying Keshna, had hoped to end the universe. In a final act of defiance, Keshna flung the Six Swords of Creation across the Void. Scriptures state the Six Worlds were created when the Swords fell to the earth. This time is also known to religious scholars as “The Shattering.” Each sword represents one of the building blocks of reality. There is Keshk - Sword of Fire, Naru - Sword of Water, Aerus - Sword of Air, Uld - Sword of Earth, Helos – Sword of Light and Umbros – Sword of Darkness. Each sword is said to anchor one of the Six Worlds to Creation.

The Six Worlds and Corresponding Swords:
Kyria – Helos, Arweth – Naru, Arbaria – Keshk, Vorsh – Umbros, Nexus – Aerus, Dargo – Uld

The priests of the Dead God draw what little power they can from the Swords which in turn are tied to one of the Six Constellations. The Swords locations are shrouded in myth and mystery. The Six Constellations can be seen in the sky from all of the Six Worlds. The Priests make pilgrimages to search for the Swords using the Constellations as their guides. Ancient writings state that the Constellations will help guide the pilgrims to the resting place of the fabled blades. Every year since the beginning of the written word the Priests have set out to find these holy grounds. None have been successful. It is told that if the Swords are ever found and brought together, that it will call Keshna from the Void and herald the end of Khai'tan's rule as God of Destruction. Khai’tan also seeks the swords. His followers (mostly of Vorshan decent) seek to locate and destroy the blades and bring about the end of the Six Worlds.

The Vorshan Invasion and the Gate Wars

The only way to travel between worlds is the use of the Gates. The Navigators control these gates via their powerful dimensional magics. These massive structures are the doorway to the realms. After the Gate Wars the Gates where sealed by the Navagators to stem the assault of the Vorshan Empire. Now there is whisper that the Gates may be reopened. The war with the Vorshan Empire happened five years ago. Assisted by a renegade Navigator, they struck at all the realms. The Navigators intervened and halted the attacks by sealing off all the realms. The renegade Navigator who helped the Vorshans during the invasion vanished and has not resurfaced. Some say he fled into the in-between (the void). Now in the present, the Navigators have proposed to re-open the gates. The state of the realms is unknown since its been 5 years since the war and the gate closing. The gates to the Vorshan Empire in the realms were destroyed sealing them off from the rest of the worlds. It is unknown what damage the other realms sustained. King Endor Valorian of Kyria is uneasy about the gate opening, not knowing if any Vorshans remain in the other realms. Mistrust of the Navigators grows. Some people don’t want the gates reopened. Others like the powerful merchants guild wants access for trade. It is a time of great peril. It is a time for heroic deeds and great adventures!

Magic in the Six Worlds

We experimented with various mechanics for magic. We finally settled on the "Words of Power" system which was created by Brian Engard posted on the Evil Hat website. Our magic system is a continual work in progress.


To use magic, you need three things. First, you need an aspect representing the fact that you are a practitioner of magic. Something like Trained in the Seven Towers Academy could justify your study in the field of magic, for example. Second, you need a high Lore skill. Lore is the skill you use to cast magic spells; a higher Lore represents more skill and knowledge in all things magical, in addition to other types of knowledge, provided you have an appropriate aspect. Finally, you need words.

Magic spells are made up of words. Each of the words below is a sphere of influence, an umbrella under which magical effects following a specific theme exist. Each word has three syllables, each increasing in power. Anyone versed in the use of magic
can access the first syllable of each word. In order to gain access to the second and third syllables of each word, take the following stunts.

Student of Magic: You have access to the second syllable of all words.
Master of Magic: You have access to the third syllable of all words.


When you cast a spell, you must form the spell out of words, fix it in your mind,
and speak the spell. When you form the spell, decide what you want the spell to do. Do you want to divert a stream? Force someone to flee? Summon a djinn? Decide what you want to accomplish, then choose all applicable words.

When you fix the spell in your mind, you determine which syllables you’ll use
and how difficult the spell is to cast. For each word that you put into the spell, look
to the syllables you have access to. If the effect you want exist within the bounds of a
syllable, add that syllable’s value to the total difficulty of the spell. If it does not, use
the next highest syllable; if it doesn’t exist within the third syllable, add +4. Do this
for each word within the spell until you have a total value for your spell. When you speak the spell, you say it in a clear voice: spend a fate point and roll

• If you fail, either the spell does nothing and you get your fate point back or the
spell takes effect but has unforeseen (and possibly catastrophic) consequences.
• If you tie, the spell takes effect but has some minor unforeseen consequences.
• If you succeed, the spell takes effect.
• If you succeed with style, the spell takes effect and choose one word: you may
cast the spell as if you had used the next highest syllable, even if you don’t have
access to it.


Before you add words to a spell, it:
• Affects you or a mortal you touch.
• Last for as long as you can see the target.
• Has no particular effect.
• Provides Mediocre (+0) opposition.
If you cast any spell on a creature against its will, add its Will to the opposition
of your Lore roll.



You can affect a creature’s behavior, forcing it to act in a specific way.

First Syllable: You place a special boost on the creature representing your command.
You can use your free invocation only to compel the creature to follow your
command, which it can resist by giving you a fate point.
Second Syllable: The aspect you place is a situation aspect rather than a boost,
though you can still invoke it once for free.
Third Syllable: If the target resists your command, it takes a mental consequence
in its lowest available consequence slot.


You can cast spells at greater range. When you cast a spell without incorporating this word, you can affect only yourself or things you can touch.

First Syllable: You can affect anything you can see.
Second Syllable: You can affect anything you have some sort of sympathetic token
for (a lock of hair, a piece of a statue, etc.), regardless of distance.
Third Syllable: You can affect anything, provided you can speak its name.


You can affect the elements: air, earth, fire, water. This word actually represents
four different words; if you want to affect two different elements, it counts as two
different words.

First Syllable: You can affect elements that have been bounded or constrained in
some way by human beings: statues, flames within a lantern, blown breath, a fountain,
and so forth.
Second Syllable: You can affect the raw element itself: wild flames, the earth beneath
your feet, the air around you, a river, and so forth.
Third Syllable: You can affect elemental creatures made of the element, such as
djinn (made of fire) or golems (made of earth).


You can peer through the veil of the cosmos, glimpsing invisible truths. All answers
you glean grant you boosts.

First Syllable: You may ask the GM one question; she must answer your question
with truthful, helpful information. Without the Time or Distance words, you can
only ask about the present in your immediate surroundings.
Second Syllable: You may ask the GM two questions.
Third Syllable: You may ask the GM three questions.


You can alter someone’s luck, making it more likely that they’ll be lucky or unlucky.

First Syllable: You place a special boost on the target representing the fact that
they’re lucky or unlucky. You may invoke it at any while it still exists to either allow
the target to experience some fortunate twist of fate (finding a pouch of coins, for
example) or minor personal inconvenience (having paint spilled on them). You can
pass the invocation of the boost to the target when you cast the spell, if you wish. You
cannot alter your own luck.
Second Syllable: You can invoke the boost for more potent effects. The target experiences either a major boon (such as narrowly avoiding being trampled by a horse on
the street) or personal setback (losing a large sum of money in a game of chance). You
can affect your own luck, but doing so often has unforeseen consequences.
Third Syllable: The boon or tragedy you can cause with your invocation no limit,
you can give or take virtually anything to or from the target. You can affect your own
luck, and it works almost entirely as intended. Almost.


You can change the speed at which a thing can move, or even the way in which
it can move.

First Syllable: You can grant immobile things the ability to move along the ground.
You can also cause a mobile thing to become slow or fast.
Second Syllable: You can grant something the ability to move in a way it could not
before. Maybe a fish can now walk, or a carpet fly.
Third Syllable: You can cause something to be somewhere else immediately.


You can purge things of impurities or even, with more potent spells, damage or

First Syllable: You can purge nonliving matter of impurities and minor imperfections.
This could allow you to purify food or drink, remove minor flaws from a
gemstone, or erase the rust from a suit of armor.
Second Syllable: You can purge living creatures of impurities and can repair minor
damage to both creatures and objects. In game terms, if a creature or object has a
situation aspect or mild consequence denoting injury, poison, disease, or the like,
you can remove it.
Third Syllable: You can repair major damage to both creatures and objects. In game
terms, this allows you to erase moderate consequences, though severe consequences
are still beyond your power.


You can affect the shape of a thing, altering it and reshaping it. If the thing you are
reshaping is resisting you in any way, add either its Will or Physique to the opposition
for your Lore roll.

First Syllable: You can alter cosmetic characteristics of the thing: color, shape, and
so forth. You can make a person look slightly different at first glance, but any scrutiny
will reveal their identity. In game terms, this creates a situation aspect representing a
disguise or alteration of basic appearance, with one free invocation.
Second Syllable: You can alter a thing’s shape more fully, giving it features it didn’t
have before. You might give a turtle wings, or change a man into a woman. In game
terms, this creates a single situation aspect with up to three free invocations, or multiple
situation aspects with up to three free invocations between them. These situation
aspects can grant new abilities, such as the ability to breathe under water or fly, but
doing so does not come naturally to the creature. It cannot take abilities away from a
creature; you cannot change a creature’s fundamental nature.
Third Syllable: You can alter a thing completely, turning one thing into another
thing. You might change a horse into a rock, or a man into a tapestry. At the GM’s
discretion, this might change the thing’s aspects completely to suit its new form.


You can cause your spells to last for greater periods of time. When you cast a spell
without incorporating this word, it lasts only as long as you can see the target.

First Syllable: The spell lasts until sunrise.
Second Syllable: The spell lasts for a year and a day.
Third Syllable: The spell is permanent unless something prematurely ends it, which
you can do with a verbal command regardless of distance.


You create a carpet that can fly at your command. You must touch the carpet, and
the spell lasts until sunrise.
• Command: 2
• Element (earth): 1
• Movement: 2
• Time: 1
• Total Opposition: Fantastic (+6)

You transform into an eagle until you wish to be a man again.
• Shape: 3
• Total Opposition: Good (+3)

You summon and bind a djinn to your will for a year and a day.
• Command: 2
• Distance: 3
• Element (fire): 3
• Time: 2
• Total Opposition: Legendary+ (+10)