Living Land Preview #1 – One Year Later

Now that the Torg Eternity Kickstarter products are off to the printers, it’s time to take a look forward to the next Kickstarter—The Living Land! The primitive reality that invaded North America is the focus of the first cosm sourcebook and “super adventure” for Torg Eternity.

Just a general note before we begin. The products being previewed are still in development, so there may be some changes before we release the final product.

The State of the Possibility Wars on D+365

The Torg Eternity core book describes the world as it stands at the end of the third month of the war. Each of the cosm sourcebooks will detail what happens over the following nine months. The High Lords have been busy, but the Delphi Council has slowly recovered and is staunching the tide.

For now.

A Strengthening Resistance

Kaah expanded the territory under his control on both coasts of the United States, but he has not made an earnest push to join the Eastern and Western Lands. Instead, the High Lord expanded south, first into Florida and then to Cuba, joining up with his territory on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Still, for as much territory Baruk Kaah holds, he expected to control much more, and his expansion slowed considerably in the last few months. In fact, he lost territory as a group of renegade Stormers pulled a stela near Nashville, causing multiple zones to fail. Unfortunately, the zones hadn’t been seeded with stories and as Core Earth’s reality rushed in, millions of people perished, vanishing into “what ifs.”

More recently, a Delphi Council Storm Knights properly prepared a zone covering southern Missouri and destroyed the stela there, showing to the world that the heroes of Earth truly could fight back and retake territory lost to the invaders.

Many hardpoints have cropped up as well, including in some areas that had previously been entirely under the control of the Living Land, such as New York City. However, not everything has gone Earth’s way. Baruk Kaah, demonstrating the incredible spiritual power at his command, led a huge congregation of edeinos and caused a massive earthquake which utterly destroyed the hardpoint of Seattle, killing countless refugees as well as causing great damage in the ruins of Portland and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Rise of Rek Stalek

As if pesky Storm Knights weren’t enough, Baruk Kaah has another thorn in his side. Thrakmoss is gaining followers and turning them from worshiping Lanala, but instead Rek Stalek, the edeinos god of death. Thrakmoss commands the Whitespear Clan and now hordes of undead dinosaurs stalk the jungles of the upper Midwest.

Future Previews

Over the next several weeks we’ll be highlighting different parts of the upcoming products for the Living Land, including Perks, miracles, creatures, and even a mysterious domed world—a land below the surface.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this preview, head on over to our forums!

14 thoughts on “Living Land Preview #1 – One Year Later”

  1. Paul says:

    I was going to post on the forums, but the link you included was to the general forums, not the specific thread; so, screw that, I’ll just post it here.

    1) If this has been asked, already, I missed it; why change the name to stela (STE’LLA)? Is that supposed to be some singular version of stelae (STE’LAY)? If so, it’s a ridiculous change; I apologize about being so blunt, but certain things should remain as they were.

    2) Why are you guys creating a sourcebook that takes us all the way to the end of the first year of the war, rather than waiting for the Infiniverse stuff to come out and allowing us, as players, to determine that outcome?

    1. Atama says:

      According to Merriam-Webster, stela is singular, stelae (or steles) is plural.

    2. Neil says:

      Is the intent to use the name of a neo-nazi alt right orginization within the game.? And have them killing millions of people in Tennessee, is that wise?


      1. Dean says:

        Yeah, we were unaware of the connection and we’re coming up with a new name.

        1. Mike Crichton says:

          Why? They’re villains in real life, why _shouldn’t_ they be villains in-game too?

  2. Tim Soholt says:

    Stela or stele *is* the singular lf stelae. It’s an actual archaeological term for a standing stone tablet that was co-opted by the original Torg designers.

  3. Gargoyle says:

    Paul, stela is in fact a singular version of stelae, even in the real world. It’s not a made up word, it’s a real word in the dictionary.

  4. Dean says:

    There’s a few reasons that we’re setting the corebooks one year after the invasion.

    First, we weren’t sure there was going to be an Infiniverse at all when we were planning the cosm books, let alone what form it would take.

    Second, the cosm books simply aren’t going to be coming out as fast as they did in Original Torg, so by the time the final cosm book comes out, it a lot of time would have elapsed, meaning that there would be say…18 months of events in the final book, and 4 months in the Living Land.

    Third, we’re looking at what the product line will be once the cosm books are all out. We want these to be relatively ‘evergreen’ products even after Torg Eternity has been out four, five, six years or more.

  5. Mike P says:

    Cool what does the exclamation point and the other symbol represent?

    1. Eric Simon says:

      The exclamation points should be the maelstrom bridges, and the purple symbols are hardpoints.

  6. Paul says:

    Fair enough, all.

  7. Green Dragon says:

    The most important question: will Hachiman Stun Gloves still be available to Jakatts?
    Dead thing or not, they were so useful. Praise Lanala!

  8. I thought “Stelae” was both singular and plural., at least in the Torg context Oh well.

    As for an alternate for ‘StormFront’, how about ‘StormTracks’?

  9. Mike P says:

    Are the clear areas pure zones?

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