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An Epic SF Setting for Cepheus Engine: Godstar.

Within the Million Sun Empire sits a desert world orbiting a sentient star: god-himself-the Godstar. Pilgrims flock to it with their offerings. The Godstar's oracles gives out advice, formulae, prognostications and strategy. It is a holy world. But war forced industrialisation on the planet Aurelia, causing social tension and conflict.

A new noble house, House Pelinor, has been granted the fiefdom of Aurelia, but it has many enemies: the local Utani Sand Men, the priests of the Church of the Godstar, the rival House Arakan that it deposed, local crimelords and even the Skygazers, those wandering mystics who claim to speak with the Godstar as they meditate whilst staring up at the blazing disc. They have paranormal powers.

Uses the Cepheus Engine rules, 70+ pages, well illustrated, with maps, factions, desert survival rules and gameplay advice. Use it as an alternate setting where personal shields have rendered guns obsolete and brought back duelling and sword combat OR use Godstar as a standard TL 13 world that can be dropped into any CE or Classic 2D6 SF subsector with ease.

"I am against my brother. My brother and I are against our cousin. My brother, my cousin and I are against our neighbours. All of us are against those who come from off-world."
- Utani Proverb

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Paul E January 09, 2021 2:00 pm UTC
Now available as a full colour softback on Lulu Books.
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Michael D January 04, 2021 5:11 pm UTC
Is this Dune with the IP filed off?
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Paul E January 04, 2021 7:55 pm UTC
It feels a lot like Dune with the noble houses, imminent revolution, preponderance of melee combat and the desert location ... but it has none of the IP trappings of Herbert's work. With little work you should be able to adapt it easily.
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Warren E December 27, 2020 9:43 pm UTC
This is a really neat setting from what has been shown so far in it. And the technological changes for it make me want to learn a little more about the space travel aspect of it.

Like are privately owned ships only a domain of the rich? Are tramp freighters a thing or are such craft owned by small companies instead?

I also wish we got to see some descriptions of places like the "Golden Souk" for example in the map area.

The history of the Million Sun Empire is also interesting, especially with the overall "Kubcan" culture that permeates it.

It seems like the repulsor screen was developed *early* on in this setting's history, to the point maybe there had never been something like sandcasters in the past :D. Is it something even standard civilian ships have?
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Paul E December 27, 2020 10:39 pm UTC
All unanswered ... which means your preference is king! Zozer tried to keep the setting tightly focused on Aurelia ... but expanding it in ways that you fancy is part of the fun! I can imagine families owning tramp freighters, like that episode in DS9, was it Sisko's family? Everything in the setting revolves around clans and families and aristocratic noble houses. In my humble opinion ... :)
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Warren E December 28, 2020 12:09 am UTC
Do you plan on more supplements for this setting? Like exploring the Crater Cities more? All the locations in it sound neat and exotic. :D

As for the capital of the Million Sun Empire, I assume it isn't Earth?
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Paul E December 28, 2020 3:02 pm UTC
No, Earth I think is a distant memory... as for supplements, I intended this as a single setting book.
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Warren E December 28, 2020 6:59 pm UTC
What has been changed for GODSTAR2?
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Neil L December 28, 2020 8:28 pm UTC
There was an incorrect value for Aurelia on the key to the star maps
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