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The Age of Discovery
A path has opened through the fiery Maelstrom allowing the great powers of the Known World to colonize the continent that lies on the other side. A scramble for power has begun as all seek to explore this new realm and discover the mysteries of the new technology and magic that it offers to those who can command it.
The world of the Maelstrom is populated by rich Trading Houses and powerful Churches as well as the great nations of the Known World. You can choose to play a representative of any of these powers or reject their authority and play a pirate, freebooter or even one of the strange natives of this New World.
Maelstrom's detailed rules allow you to play any one of a dozen races even including dragons. The campaign is supported by an extensive downtime system that allows you to control your characters actions between events allowing your character to pursue their goals and gain new skills and abilities.