Gods and Icons Layout

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Layout for Gods and Icons is underway. Alison is editing the final manuscript in word while I layout as much as she’s already done. So far I haven’t been able to catch up with her.

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If you’ve see our Sun Below adventures for Numenera, the layout will look familiar. But not exactly the same. Different design and font choices for heroic fantasy vs. science fantasy.

And if you haven’t, check them out!

The Sun Below: City on the Edge, and The Sun Below: Sleeping Lady.

Ghost Lake Preview

Ghost Lake

Here’s a little Gods and Icons preview from Connor Marvin. This and other Unhallowed Places will include sections on using them for both roleplaying and combat settings.


ghost lakeA secluded mountain lake, referred to by locals as “Ghost Lake” due to the number of disappearances, strange lights, and terrifying stories surrounding it, is a day’s hike through rocky mountain terrain. On the surface it appears to be an ordinary lake. Under the lake, however, there is a sunken temple. A spell put on the temple long ago created an invisible bubble surrounding it. Fish still swim through this magic sphere, but once it is entered by air-breathing creatures they fall through to the temple’s grounds and are able to breathe as normal.

The temple compound consists of one central building surrounded by statues. The columns of the central temple have spiraling patterns of snake scales carved in them, and the apex of the temple is surmounted by a stylized pinecone. The statues that surround the temple are carved snakes coiled around each-other into double-helixes, with stone bat-wings emerging from the snakes’ backs near the top. Strings of seaweed float from the lake floor as if in water, and sunlight filters from the surface of the lake forty feet above.

13 Rumors About Ghost Lake

  1. Hell fighter Lord Ikal periodically visits Ghost Lake, and each time, drops in a small, black box.
  2. Those who sleep in the temple enter the dreams of Aurum Rex, king of the metallic dragons.
  3. Dwarf King Thorbal’s banished daughter, Princess Kori, hides in the temple. She’s been changed.
  4. A promise made in the temple must be kept, or one’s very soul is forfeit.
  5. Visiting the temple ensures healthy children.
  6. A ghost dragon guards the lake.
  7. Infernals cannot enter the blue waters. Or leave them.
  8. If you swallow even a drop of the lake water, you will be inhabited by ghosts.
  9. Only the dead can leave the temple.
  10. Black cats surround the lake during full moons, hissing and spitting at the water.
  11. The waters heal broken bones.
  12. Baron Von Vorlatch the vampire necromancer, has cursed the lake.
  13. Dunking yourself in the lake cures all disorders of the mind.

Art by Sparrow Beurer

You can see more of Sparrow Beurer’s art in The Sun Below: Sleeping Lady, on sale now at DriveThruRPG.

Gods and Icons Comes Together

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We’ve got some great playtesting feedback, which really helps. The art is rolling in, the writing is almost done, and editing is underway. Next up: layout!

I wanted to share this lovely picture of Lady Akuma by Jeshields. People say terrible things about the Lady, but they don’t know the half of it. Maybe she’s just misunderstood. 😉

We were so lucky to find some great artists for Gods and Icons. Since I both love art and fail at the basics, I’m in awe of what people can turn my art specs into.

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And let’s not forget Supreme Commander Tyrvek! I’m pretty sure he’s not misunderstood. 😉

James did a great job on Tyrvek standing alone, but I wanted to show him as leading an army. So James added the background and I love it!


Now that’s it’s August, our Christmas in July sale is over, but the savings don’t stop! We lowered the price for both The Sun Below: City on the Edge to $2.49 and The Sun Below: Sleeping Lady to $6.49.

Check them out!

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Keep on gaming!

John