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Esoterica of Mars

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Abundant water! Rampant crime! Wealth and squalor beyond compare! And the best place on Mars to drink when you’re broke. Welcome to Vance, city of canals and chicanery!

Meanwhile, the exiled queen dwells deep in the Labyrinth of Night. She is Yazora, witch-warlord of Venus, and though she has built a cathedral city to her own glory, her very palace imprisons her. The heroes could free her, and her wish to travel Mars with them is sincere… but her power is unfathomable, and her courtiers love her too dearly to let her go.

Esoterica of Mars combines City of the Towered Tombs and Witch-Queen of the Shadowed Citadel into one convenient volume. No new material is added if you've already purchased those texts, but if you wish to hold the secrets of Mars in your hands, this volume is ready and waiting for you.

Features:

  • Archetypal Shakespearean characters to meet in the city, with full examples for each one.

  • New locations with characters and story seeds, including the Palace of the Prince and the looming presence of the Prison Spire.

  • Rival factions, with plot hooks for both their rises and their falls

  • New locations in the Labyrinth of Night and the Shadowed Citadel, each with characters and plot hooks.

  • A complete adventure featuring several factions with both parallel and conflicting goals, all set at a party to make Nero swoon.

  • The new Bond rules, attaching heroes to supporting cast and guiding the flow of the adventure.

About the Cavaliers of Mars RPG:

Cavaliers of MarsReturn now to dying Mars in its last age of glory. A world of flashing swords and choking sands, of winking courtesans and lantern-lit canal cities. Mars, where romance and heartbreak are two sides of the same obsidian chit.

Where lost cities are buried in the dunes, and dry oceans stretch out between the last daring bastions of civilization. Where the First Martians, the monument-builders, are but a faded memory. And the Red Martians have become decadent and capricious in their last days. 

Find yourself digging for someone else’s treasure in the lost tombs of Chiaro, or spitting defiance at the Roundhead priests of wild Ziggur, or dashing across the towered crypts of Vance with your long-lost lover. Lock steel with the Princess Invincible, even as your hand reaches towards your flintlaser for insurance.

Cavaliers of Mars includes:

  • A vibrant setting with cultures, careers, characters, and dozens of locations, all organized to get you right into the world of Mars!
  • An all-new system combining your character’s motivations, history, and beliefs with strategic swashbuckling action!
  • Astrology, crafting, psychic powers, and much more!

 
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Carlos R February 04, 2021 12:21 pm UTC
I had a question: these are supposed to be two separate adventures (or maybe an adventure and a location?, it's not very clear in the product descriptions) and some rules compiled together right? the exact same content, then why do each of them cost significantly more separately without this having some kind of offer?, I mean I'm glad to pick them up at a big discount but seems weird the original ones are not updated, thanks.
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Thomas R February 03, 2021 10:20 pm UTC
What game system is this for?
The blurb sounds like pulp sci-fi but the preview looks like fantasy
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Jeffrey G February 03, 2021 10:29 pm UTC
Apparently "Cavaliers of Mars" which I had not heard of: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/242299/Cavaliers-of-Mars-Core-Rulebook?cPath=8329_31332
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Patryk A February 07, 2021 12:56 am UTC
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Cavaliers of Mars. It's pretty similar to CortexPrime toolkit, with a duel/project subsystems tacked on. For a typical check you have 2-5 dice pool vs. GM's pool of 2-3. Both sides pick the highest die (note that this from the more recent version of the PDF), and the person with the highest die narrates the outcome. This system can be used for fights, though a GM for high stakes clashes is advised to use a different one: it's like a paper-rock-scissors with dice (parries cancel lower strikes, stunts cannot be parried but their effect is indirect or modifies another strike, etc).
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