From the developers website:
In the distant future the evil and tyrannical government of Mars has waged war on Earth. In the catastrophic battles that
followed, refugees from Earth have fled to the furthest corner of the inhabited worlds to colony D-455, now called Refuge.
Hidden, humanity looks forward to enjoying this eden.But this planet is not quite what it seems. Dimensional rips in the fabric of reality have allowed energy called Leyas to seep into the planet's atmosphere. This energy alters everything from the growth of plants and animals to the powers and abilities of sentient beings and renders many of the technological devices that Earthers rely on useless. Stranded and desperate the Earther Colonist have fought for the last two thousand years to keep a foothold on their new home. And they are not the only ones. Refugees from other dimensions have also fled to Refuge.
Warriors bred by the alien Falosini have been seeded across the face of Refuge. Hidden in the vast forests of Refuge live
communities of K'iorn, Tall and agile, these hunters have learned to harness the Leyas to grow great Treetop cities. Their cousins, the Vorin, have learned to camouflage themselves much like an Earther chameleon. Underneath the great mountain ranges of Refuge live caverns full of the short stocky K'iou, masters of mining and metalworking. On the tops of these mountains are great Aeries filled with the winged Baribur, warriors who pride themselves on their song as much as their skill in battle. Many more sentient beings inhabit this brave world.
Punctuated by Wars and Revolts the Earthers now rest at an uneasy stalemate with their new home and its inhabitants.But
darkness is brewing on the horizon as the very beings that these other races fled now wish to conquer our Dimension. The
Hordes of the Evil Quall N'drone, beasts whose war machines have terrorized countless Dimensions have come and only by the
actions of the heroes of Refuge can they be stopped. Or we're all food and hosts to their larval young.
Dark Refuge is a pen and paper adventure game designed for 2-8 players. It is a revolutionary game in two respects. First, its incredibly easy rules are designed for players of any skill level. The second is its revolutionary Leyas ability system allowing battles to take on the fast paced exciting flow as bright and vivid as your imagination will allow.
Refuge is also the name of the planet on which the game is set and the players characters inhabitant. Their lives are fraught with peril, filled with intrigue and bursting with action. The player controls the actions of his character through this completely realized and vibrant world. The Narrator controls the world around the players and creates/moderates any adventures the characters encounter. When faced with battle, or the need to use the Leyas the player rolls the dice and the Narrator interprets that dice roll. After each adventure, characters gain points allowing them to upgrade their abilities, attributes or buy new skills. A set of adventures can end at any time, such as when the characters accomplish their initial goals. Or it can continue into a Campaign,an open ended story that continues whenever the players get together.