Mists of Akuma is an eastern fantasy noir steampunk campaign setting for D&D 5th Edition, funding on Kickstarter RIGHT NOW!
In ages past the imperial dragons of Soburin were undisputed masters of the land, sea, and sky, lording over the races of the realms with iron claws. Only the combined might of the legendary Imperial Siblings proved powerful enough to cow the majestic serpents and since then they have become elusive things of myth. With the fall of the Kengen Occupation and the renewed infighting of the great clans however, rumors of their reappearance have begun to circulate among the settlements at the edge of civilization…
In this FREE PDF sample for the Mists of Akuma Kickstarter, you’ll find:
A brief history of the imperial dragons of Soburin, how they differ from their traditional draconic kin, and whom they hate more than even the clan lords.
A wyrmling underworld dragon, a deadly challenge rating 6 monster.
The adult underworld dragon, a fearfully lethal serpentine challenge rating 12 threat
Hakanokishi, ancient underworld dragon and potent adversary (with a challenge rating of 18).
A full page map of the continent of Soburin by cartographer Michael McCarthy.
If you like Imperial Dragons, stop by the Kickstarter page to get the Mists of Akuma: Primer, Martial Arts Stances, and Tsukumogami, or keep your eyes peeled for them to appear here throughout the month of May!
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The fourth free preview-pdf for Mists of Akuma clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page list of things to expect, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 6 pages of content, one of which, as always, is devoted to the continent of Soburin, so let's take a look!
After a gorgeous art and proverb, we dive into the wonderfully crafted prose that details the history and nature of Imperial dragons - and no, they're not conveniently color-coded. The pdf's crunchy meat supplementing this prose would be three sample dragons - the wyrmling underworld dragon (challenge 6) that gets a nasty multiattack, necrotic breath and frightful presence. The adult variant of this dragon already has challenge 12,c an disguise itself and has legendary actions...and, at challenge 18, the ancient Hakanokishi is a pretty impressive example for the most powerful of these dragons - including legendary wing attacks. The underworld breath of the dragons gets easier to recharge at higher levels and the more powerful of these guys add exhaustion levels to the deadly breaths. Nice.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to Mists of Akuma's full-color two-column standard and the pdf features neat full color artworks of stock art. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience.
Mike Myler's Imperial dragons are a fun glimpse of the things to come in this regard, with particularly the fluff of these dragons being very interesting. While personally, I considered the tsukumogami more intriguing and unique than these dragons, the pdf still is FREE and a no-brainer, easy download that makes you excited about the setting - hence, my final verdict will clock in at 5 stars.