Heroicon 2015 wrap-up

AEther, the Universal System

Well, we made it through Hericon, survived the trip there and back, even though getting there meant driving through a nasty line of thunderstorms! We had a great time though, met some fans, talked to some Kickstarter supporters, and Kevin even managed to get an entire adventure written for his upcoming Shadow War setting for Æther!

This was the first year for the convention at Decatur as put on by the Heroicon staff. We’ve been to a lot of conventions that are smaller venues that were first-year affairs, and this was one of the best we’ve seen! If you’re in the Illinois area, I’d definitely get ready to mark this one on your calendar for next year!

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Æthursday – Random Setting of the Week

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It has been a while since we’ve had an Æthursday, so Allen rolled up a great one and fleshed it out a bit better than normal for us. This week’s setting is a Dark Ages dystopia set in a fusion tech opera.

The fall of empires always leaves a vacuum to be filled. Empirical pride falls to the wayside as more immediate dangers are addressed. Great schools are broken, decentralized, or banished altogether. Security and survival become more important than innovation and organization. Rome falls, and city states raise walls to keep out marauders, murderers, and thieves. The decay works slowly, boiling up out of the emptiness left as the empire shrinks. As civilization splinters and becomes more insular, the future looks bleak. The only power strong enough to keep the world from devolving into utter chaos is faith, and the Church has seized upon the opportunity.

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Æthursday – Random Setting!

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Today we have another one from Allen Thiele! He has spun up a Classic Supernatural Hellenism setting, featuring the technology of the time!

The Gods meddle in the affairs of men. They start wars over petty arguments, decimate cities on a whim, and demand tribute to be paid to them in the blood of heretics. They bestow favors on their favorites, and revoke them in spiteful tantrums when mortals dare to question their motives. They are malevolent, powerful beings, ever present in the lives of the men and women who worship them.

They are not without mercy, however. As cruel as they appear to be at times, they allow most mortals to live their lives as they will. And those who are ambitious enough, steadfast enough, or beautiful enough to not catch the ire of a God may find they have caught their desire, instead. To those who can court the Gods, heroes are born. More than mere mortals. Leaders of men, with extraordinary prowess. Leaders of armies. Rulers of states. Adventurers whom inspire song and story to be written. Demigods who walk among us as protectors.

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