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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.



Chélemby City Published!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Chélemby - City of the Sea Kings is now available for purchase!

Chélemby City is the largest and most detailed description of a city ever produced for HârnWorld. Over five years in the making, this publication covers a vast range of topics and provides Gamemasters and their players with not only a fully-described city but many plot hooks and adventure opportunities.

For more details, and to purchase the product, read here.

A preview of this product is available for download here.

Product File Updates (September 2009)

In conjunction with the release of Chélemby - City of the Sea Kings, we have updated a number of Keléstia Productions products with new download files.

Most of these address minor issues, but most also involve a correction to the name of the elder folk - elves and dwarves. Previous publications have used inaccurate terms for these. The correct term for Kèthîran elves is Sinái (singular and plural; the adjective is Sináin). The correct term for Kèthîran dwarves is Kúzhai (singular and plural; the adjective is Kúzhan).

The major change is an updated map for Chélemby Interactive, which has improved historical layers, and is of a higher resolution.

The following files have been updated:

  • Chelemby Interactive - Map and Guide
  • Kingdom of Chélemby
  • Evánekin
  • Kèthîra 2.0
  • HârnMaster Gold: Players' Edition
  • HârnMaster Gold: GMs' Edition
  • HârnMaster Gold: Bestiary

An update to HârnMaster Gold: Shèk-Pvâr will be available shortly - we are checking a number of the spells.

If you have already purchased these files, you should be able to download them from the Files section of "My Account". If you no longer have the download links for these files, please contact us (jeremy@kelestia.com) to arrange for a new download link to be provided for each of these files.