There are only the Dark Gods
Nobody truly knows whence they came or when, not even the elves; some claim they have ruled the lands of Ilethra since time immemorial. Whatever the truth may be, there certainly is no kindness in the gods, no compassion; and yet, their followers have divided the lands of Ilethra among themselves for just as long. Riddled with countless smaller and larger kingdoms, realms, fiefdoms and clans, some secular but many tantamount to religious orders, Ilethra seems to be in a state of perpetual warfare, much to the grim delight of the Dark Pantheon.
Going from bad to worse, you have been fated to the life of a Misfit, an outsider, part of a caste of people loathed and despised by those around you. Whether you’re an uprooted soldier, a displaced civilian, a disbeliever, a disabled, a non-human or just plain weird… you stand apart and there is nowhere that you truly belong. Thrust into the turmoils of a continent under the thumb of a set of malicious and bored gods and without a place to call your own, you wander from place to place, trying to carve out a life for yourself by any means.
And as dynasties rise and fall and Man and the Supernatural join, the Misfits scour the land in search of adventure…
Fantasy with a Dark Twist
Knights of The Black Lily
is a brand new dystopian black fantasy Pen & Paper RPG that:
- allows you to explore the struggles of a wandering outcast in a world of hardships and betrayal,
- is set on Ilethra – a continent ruled by a pantheon of malevolent and spiteful dark gods who toy with mortals for their sport,
- features a highly innovative genre simulation system and
offers the ideal setting for gamers tired of nice and tame fantasy tropes; just take those tropes and subvert them with a dark edge!
The game’s core philosophy is challenge within genre bounds: it provides the GM with every tool required to continually setup both interesting and challenging situations for the players – while giving the players all the incentive to solve those challenges the way your favorite characters from fantasy fiction would have. From attempting to scale the Soot Rocks of K’winryth over trying to weather an Ogre’s onslaught behind your shield blow-for-blow to uncovering who slit the throat of the Halfling-Tyrant of Babel – Knights of the Black Lily dares your players to overcome any such challenges while drawing on hero’s luck as little as possible.
If you are curious about not just testing the mettle of the characters but that of your players as well or if you’re intrigued by the idea of recreating fantasy stories as faithfully to the genre as possible, then Knights of the Black Lily is the game for you!
- a core mechanic that produces highly plausible results,
- rules for hero’s luck to challenge your players throughout,
- coupled with high stakes that ensure player buy-in; and,
- combats that develop their own story.
So grab your dice and grab your sword…
The dark gods await.