“At the dawn of awareness, Humanity and Myth lived as one…”

Welcome to the home of Sidreal Sanctuaries, a modern urban fantasy LARP that we are creating.  Over the coming months we will share more about our setting and rules and provide opportunities for you to play-test the system and share feedback.

In our setting…

At some point in the final weeks of 2012, technology started to glitch or outright break down at an accelerated rate. While older machines – ones that ran
exclusively on combustion or steam power – were occasionally impacted, electronic equipment was greatly affected. Researchers discovered that humans had started emitting electromagnetic pulses, and that the intensity of those pulses increased when a person was under stress. This anomoly, called “The Pulse Phenomenon” had a stronger impact on those who experienced stress based on physical and safety needs, such as the poor, sick, and marginalized.

A mysterious event occurred on August 21, 2017 that wiped out the Internet and most forms of networked computing and information transfer world-wide.  This event heralded what we are calling the “Digital Dark Age“.  Due to a mixture of political, corporate, and mystical influences, these types of technologies have not been recovered.

The Digital Dark Age caused a major cultural shift. The loss of digital connection caused humanity to become more insular and tribal. Nations, states, cities, and neighborhoods became more focused about issues that were domestic to them, and to those who “looked like them”. Corporations and the elite gained control of the cultural narrative, as the marginalized lost their ability to address larger audiences through social media and other previously accessible tools.

History didn’t tell us the whole truth…

We have been told that creatures like vampires, shapeshifters, fairies, mages don’t exist, or at best, they are myths that were created by our superstitious ancestors.

What we haven’t been told is that in order to gain the ability to create – and thus develop technology and our own Reality – our ancestors made pacts with several cosmic forces. These pacts, called The Covenants, were meant to keep us in check as our power grew. The Covenants included a condition that should Humanity falter, the forces we pacted with would choose individuals to be their champions and fix mankind’s failings.Those chosen are the Remnants of the Covenants (or simply “Remnants“).

Fearful of the implications of humanity finding out that magic truly exists, the Keepers of Reality ensured that future generations were kept ignorant of the Covenants and their origin. Remnants who looked human were remembered, their names and (edited) stories recorded in history. The more mystical Remnants were hunted down and killed, and their stories were turned to myths (if recorded at all).

 

Outcast Heroes

Your character is a Remnant. The Covenant that you were called to uphold determines your character’s Archetype, which influences your character’s outlook and appearance. In addition, your character has a Calling which defines their personal capabilities. You must band together with other Remnants (who may be called to uphold different Covenants) in order to find sanctuary and deal with both mundane and mystical problems. 

Mechanics

Hello, folks. Jei here. I've been doing a lot of work the last couple of weeks in codifying the mechanics and getting them ready to move forward. Just so folks understand the philosophy behind a bit of what I'm doing here, I'll explain some of my history on this. I've...
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Setting Changes: The Digital Twilight

Hi everyone, Jessica here! We're counting down to our next Alpha Test, which is happening in less than a week. Jei and I have been working on content for the upcoming game session. One of the things that I looked at was changing some bits of the original setting. When...
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Alpha Test #1 Wrap-Up and the Symbolism Within Sidereal

"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before." - Neil Gaiman Hey everyone, Jessica here. We are officially at the "morning after" of our first Alpha Play-Test. A windy rainstorm hit the park shortly after we started the...
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Representation Matters

Hey everyone, Jessica here. Jei and I are working diligently on getting ready for our first Alpha Playtest in a few weeks.  9 people have already signed up and we anticipate more will register as we get close to the event. I wanted to take a moment to share a little...
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It begins

Hi all, Jei and I are excited to share our work-in-progress with you.  We've gone from the "I wish there was a LARP setting where..." to "we are writing that LARP setting because it NEEDS to exist!". Keep in mind that a lot of the stuff that we're showing you is early...
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