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Product File Updates (November 2009)

Today we have updated the download files for two products:

  • HârnMaster Gold: Shèk-Pvâr - minor edits, fixes to some spells
  • Chélemby: City of the Sea Kings - minor edits

If you have already purchased these products, you should be able to re-download them from the "Files" section of your account.

If you have purchased HMG: Shèk-Pvâr in the past, but you don't currently have a download link for this file, then please contact me (jeremy@kelestia.com), and I will arrange for a new link to be issued to you.

List of changes to HMG: Shèk-Pvâr

The following have been fixed in HMG: Shèk-Pvâr:

  • Sináin and Kúzhai have been corrected throughout;
  • the Range and Duration data for "Cloak of Zhatran" (Pèleáhn 14) have been fixed;
  • the Range and Duration data for "Recollections of Áliunè" (Sàvôrya 10) have been fixed;
  • the Fatigue data for "Arrow of Utêrn" (Sàvôrya 12) has been fixed; and
  • the Fatigue, Time, Range and Duration data for "Grasp of Chésmè" (Grey 9) have been fixed.

Ongoing upgrades

We will be continuing our ongoing work on upgrading the Kelestia.com website over the next few weeks. The eventual goal of this work is to improve and expand Kelestia.com in terms of functionality, ease-of-use, and presentation. We are currently putting in place the foundations for this updated website version.

We will keep you informed as work progresses.


Jeremy and Jan

Accessing "layers" in multi-layered files

Many Keléstia Productions products — the numerous Atlas Keléstia squares, the Hârn and Shôrkýnè regional interactive map, and the Chélemby City interactive map — include "layered" PDF files, which allow the user to select which layers of information to display. A few customers have asked how this function works. Read on to find out more.

In most cases, when each of these files is opened, a given selection of layers is pre-set for display. However, users can select which combination of layers they wish to display, so that, for instance, a GM can produce their own player maps which omits "hidden" information.

This functionality is accessed via the "layers" panel in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader versions 7 and later. This is located down the left-hand side of the display window and can be accessed via the "stack" symbol.

Once the Layers panel is open, users can select which layers are shown by toggling on/off the "eye" symbols shown next to each layer name. Attached is an image of the Hârn Interactive PDF map with the layers panel open, which we hope will help users access the function:

Please note: Some PDF display programs, such as Apple's Preview, do not allow the user to choose which layers in a multi-layered PDF to show.

Know your Àzeryáni Emperors...

The Empire of Ázeryàn is hugely significant in northwestern Lýthia (Venârivè), culturally, historically and politically. At its height, around 250 years ago, the Empire dominated the region, stretching from the borders of Emélrenè to the eastern shore of the Venârian sea. Even today, where it has shrunk to the Ázeryàn Peninsula, it is still by far the largest and most powerful realm in the region.

For this reason, quite a number of Àzeryáni Emperors are well known far beyond the borders of the Empire. Some of the most famous (or infamous) include:

  • Môrdovanes the Great - the first Emperor (TR221-251). Archetypal great ruler for many across the region, he led the innovative new legions to conquer all of the Ázeryàn Peninsula, uniting the squabbling Azéri peoples in the wake of the long Azéri wars.
  • Bârendánis II - 7th Emperor (TR285-303). Launched the conquest of Zonâra (now Tríerzòn). Concluded the Peace of Beréma with Emélrenè.
  • Xériates I - 9th Emperor (TR307-329). Granted an Empire-wide charter to the organisation of guilds known as the Mángai.
  • Mithrýnas III, the Lawgiver - 16th Emperor (TR402-441). Responsible for the Mithrýnas Code, a compilation of the laws of the Empire, emulated by many across the region.
  • Zákarlendis - 26th Emperor (TR462-475). Emperor at the apogee; granted 'independence' to the Governate of Býria under the leadership of his sister, the famous general Árkalenda. (Legends that suggest Býria was founded by a member of the Emperor's harem are considered fanciful by those with any historical knowledge).
  • Bârendánis IV, the Mad - 28th Emperor (TR488-497). Held responsible (as a result of his erratic edicts and appointments) for the failure of the experiment in Tríerzi autonomy known as the "Western Protectorate", which led to the loss of Tríerzòn and the further loss of territories that followed.
  • Herémzator V - 43rd Emperor (TR653-655). Killed at the famous Battle of Hambârkas where the Reksýni horde humbled the Àzeryáni legions in Góthmîr.
  • Ázenbâredan I - 44th Emperor (TR655-659). Killed during the Dálken conquest of Hepénolis. The loss of two successive rulers in battle hastened the trend towards the isolation and ceremonial status of the emperor.
  • Vîrliamydes IV - 50th Emperor (TR709-). Vîrliamydes chaffes against the restrictions placed upon him by the complex rules and rituals of the Imperial Court. His actual authority is considerably circumscribed.
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Chélemby's out... now Venârivè...

So... Chélemby City of the Sea Kings is out, we can relax and take a breather...

Umm... no. It straight back into it on Venârivè!

This thing is huge. Just when it seems that it is done, something else comes along that needs doing... the latest little excitements have been figuring out how the tides of Kèthîra and thus Venârivè work, and considering the details of the weather systems and climate zones of the area.

I know that quite a few people are waiting for this module; I know this because I've had a more than a few emails about it. And as much I've enjoyed working on it, I'd also very much like to see it out the door too.

Apart from the "things that come along", the things that mean that HârnWorld modules take so long are fact checking, proof-reading and illustrations.

Still, I do feel we are in the home stretch on this product, and I think it will be a very useful addition to the HârnWorld canon.

I will post a couple of snippets from the product in a vain attempt to keep those who have been waiting so (patiently?) for it happy. Keep an eye on the "Lore Library" for these.