“For as long as we have stood upon the soil of the Dragon Lands, we have been slaves to them. We know only what they wish us to know, see only what they allow us to see.
What secrets have they been keeping from us?”
—Anduin Emberyl, Laami Firebrand of the Wide Jungle
For countless centuries, the world has been maintained by a simple order: Dragons Rule All. For the haughty Ra who answer to their dragon-masters’ every whim, life in the Eleven Domains has been unbearable—and they are the fortunate ones, gifted with power and rare opportunity for free will.
Adepts rarely face the dangers of Barsaive alone. In addition to their adventuring group, many adepts surround themselves with loyal animal companions. Known as familiars, these creatures share a strong bond with their master—almost similar to the one between a Cavalryman and his mount. Those ties are sealed with a familiar oath and infuse the familiar with the adept's magic and other special abilities. Familiars are most common with Beastmaster and Magician characters but may serve adepts of any Discipline.
"Don't get me wrong; not every single one of them is a filthy, cursing, backstabbing, deceiving, stealing, murdering, pathetic lowlife excuse of an existence... not at all. If you’re lucky you can still run into a decent pirate nowadays. The tricky part is to tell the good ones from the bad ones." —Kamulba, Chef at the Red Palace, Gateway Station
Supporting treasure hunters, archeologists, or scavengers out in the field, arch bots are AI-controlled hoverbots developed and manufactured in Sol. Customizable and invaluable to any Vagrant in the 'Belt and beyond, seasoned scavengers guard their archs like treasures—they hold all the routes, secret paths and coordinates of their past trips in their sealed memory core.
Featuring the first piece of artwork funded by our generous patrons, this issue of our Bits & Pieces article series introduces a secret ingredient of Vagrant society, a weird substance oiling the gears of their chaotic lifestyle. Because who cares about side effects?