Secrets of the Trade – A Sci-Fi Thriller Short Story

Secrets of the Trade – A Sci-Fi Thriller Short Story

Publisher: Sebastian Baar

Echoes from the Aether is an anthology series of short stories that take place in the setting of my own creation.

Series III takes place in the Omniverse timeline – a high-magic, sci fi space opera.

The story follows the ruling figures of the Federation as they analyze and explore a mechanoid planet that has appeared out of nowhere and has stayed dormant for the past 100 years. What will they find in the depths of this mysterious planet and is the potential knowledge in its databanks worth the risk? What lies in its mainframe could help them stop the Machine Wars that are ravaging the Omniverse once and for all…if they can retrieve it.

DISCLAIMER: The story features some gory imagery and strong language.


The book is currently available in AZW3 (Kindle)EPUBMOBI (Kindle) and PDF, with print-on-demand format on the way!

If you like the book, take a look at EDGE RPG, the roleplaying game that the setting in the story is based on!

 

Disclaimer: This book is not and never will be politically motivated in any way.

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Fanatical Dec 2022

Fanatical Dec 2022

Publisher: Fanatical Magazine

Hello travellers and welcome to the debut issue of Fanatical.

So what exactly is this little curio? Well Fanatical is a collection of short stories—fantasy, sci-fi and horror—inspired by the tabletop games we play and the worlds that they leave in our heads.

We have stories of noirish horror and fantasy fun, of thrilling adventure and eerie curiosity.
Within these pages you’ll find tales spun out from the worlds of roleplaying games, miniature wargames and even board games. Because I knew there were too many people out there who went home after a game and wrote these sort of stories down, ere they be lost, so I created a home for them.

Fanatical… as in fan fic. Geddit?

And if, dear reader, you feel heartened to learn that there is such a place, please consider getting in touch.

Check us out at FanaticalMag.com


Featuring the following tales from the tabletop…

Sleep of the Just by Marcus Wight – A wandering knight takes on a job and gets more than he bargained for.
‘Nothing at first. At first. But then he began to just about make out the sound of branches moving and something that sounded like footfalls. And breathing. Deep breathing. Coming from behind him. This was no bear.’

The Most Dangerous (Board) Game by Carolyn Stein and Stephen Stein – A board game demo at a convention is more than it seems.
‘Seating himself, Nick gulped down several cheese-covered nachos, licked his fingers, and reached across the board. He hesitated for a moment, considering his move, and then picked up one of his wolves, only to suddenly drop it. “Hey! It bit me.”’

The Wave Nature of Matter by Vincent deDiego Metzo – A young woman trying to navigate adoloscence, finds herself contending with a strange phenomena, in her apartment building.
‘He threw the chair into the static. They ducked expecting it to bounce back or crash through to the other side. The static buzz went up in pitch. “Wasn’t this in a movie?”’

Marget and the Mimic by Rhiannon Lotze – A retired resident of begins to wonder if the disappearences in her neighbourhood have something to do with that package left across the street.
‘Margaret turned in for the night, but one thought stuck in her mind, making it hard to fall asleep; the Amazon package on the porch across the way was definitely bigger.’

Crittenton by Victory Witherkeigh – Hired to look into an obfuscated part of America’s past, a private detecive discovers something even more horrifying.
‘Why he hadn’t checked for an escape route was beyond stupid, in his opinion, but Detective Vadon Moss didn’t have time to dwell on it now. Something was coming for him, and it was angry, hungry for vengeance. ’

Down into the Depths by Roland Bridge – Venturing into the depths of the world on a quest, an adventuring party wonders if every member can pull their weight. 
‘I’m the guy that gets things done. I bring skill and finesse to the group. Skill is my spear and Finesse is my hammer. If there is a door that is heavily locked? Finesse. Someone won’t tell us where the treasure room is? Finesse.’

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Echoes from the Aether Anthology Series [BUNDLE]

Echoes from the Aether Anthology Series [BUNDLE]

Publisher: Sebastian Baar
This special bundle product contains the following titles.

Yelena’s Memoirs – A Fantasy Short Story
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Echoes from the Aether is an anthology series of short stories that take place in the setting of my own creation.

Series I takes place in Gaia’s timeline – a high-fantasy, high-medieval, war-torn world.

The story is a series of memoirs told by the most famous Queen of the Empire and some of her most memorable moments during her ascension and her rule. From a child reluctant to take the throne, to a woman reclaiming it in order to restore her true family name after it was tarnished by the corrupted Royal Houses. How did she manage to clear her family name and keep the Empire from falling into ruin during its trying times? Follow her story filled with revelations, joys and sorrows until she passes the scepter to her only son.

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Sins of the Father – A Fantasy Adventure Short Story
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Echoes from the Aether is an anthology series of short stories that take place in the setting of my own creation.
Series I takes place in Gaia’s timeline – a high-fantasy, high-medieval, war-torn world.

Delhia was a child birthed by the Gods, or was she? Found on the Spire during the greatest storm of the millenium, it was clear she was always destined for great and terrible things. But there are those who would use her for their own agendas, plunging her into a grand conspiracy armed with nothing but her wits and her teachings in order to prove her innocence and that of her father. Will she succeed, or die in the attempt?

The book is currently available in AZW3 (Kindle), EPUB, MOBI (Kindle) and PDF, with print-on-demand format on the way!

If you like the book, take a look at EDGE RP…

Blood for Blood – A Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure Short Story
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Echoes from the Aether is an anthology series of short stories that take place in the setting of my own creation.
Series II takes place in Unity’s timeline – a low-magic, dystopian world.

Rev wasn’t always the leader of the raider Clans. As a boy, he scrounged for food in the wasteland after his parents died until he was eventually adopted by a group of raiders. He rose in their ranks unlike any other and ruled his pack of savage lunatics with ruthless authority, trying his best to steer them away from the most deviant acts of cruelty. Now, he stands as their leader, ready to spring another raid on their enemies, however, things do not go as planned…
DISCLAIMER: The story features strong language, violence and some gory imagery.

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Monsters – A Sci-Fi Horror Short Story
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Echoes from the Aether is an anthology series of short stories that take place in the setting of my own creation.
Series III takes place in the Omniverse timeline – a high-magic, sci fi space opera.

Mayson and his crew of space mercs find another derelict ship flying in space, just like the last hundred or so they cleared this galactic month. But, unlike the others, this ship radiates an energy source that could be what they need to power they broken generator back home that’s causing thousands to die from the cold ravaging their planet. Will they find the power source in this mysterious ship that seemingly appeared out of nowhere? Find out in this thriller/horror story that will push the veteran crew to their limits.
DISCLAIMER: The story features some strong language and gory imagery….

Secrets of the Trade – A Sci-Fi Thriller Short Story
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Echoes from the Aether is an anthology series of short stories that take place in the setting of my own creation.
Series III takes place in the Omniverse timeline – a high-magic, sci fi space opera.

The story follows the ruling figures of the Federation as they analyze and explore a mechanoid planet that has appeared out of nowhere and has stayed dormant for the past 100 years. What will they find in the depths of this mysterious planet and is the potential knowledge in its databanks worth the risk? What lies in its mainframe could help them stop the Machine Wars that are ravaging the Omniverse once and for all…if they can retrieve it.
DISCLAIMER: The story features some gory imagery and strong language.

The book is currently available in AZW3 (Kindle), EPUB, MOBI (Kindle) and PDF,…

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Cyber  Week DriveThruFiction [BUNDLE]

Cyber Week DriveThruFiction [BUNDLE]

Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
Happy Cyber Week! This very special 91% off customer appreciation bundle contains a fun variety of Skirmisher Publishing titles and is designed to help you kick off the holiday shopping season with some great deals and introduce you to product lines of ours you might not yet be familiar with. They include a complete graphic novel, a swords-and-sorcery fantasy novel, a sci-fi-mini-comic, some fun historic reprints, and more. We very much hope you enjoy it during the short time it is available!

A Christmas Dinner with the Man in the Moon
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“All aboard for the Moon!”
This good-natured early science fiction story describes a near future where humanity coexists with people from other worlds and postulates regular flights between the Earth and the Moon and technological advances like breathing devices that use solid pellets of compressed oxygen. It is a fun and thought-provoking read that will resonate with fans of Victorian-era stories, those seeking inspiration for classic steampunk scenarios, and anyone who enjoys seeing science and technology of the sort being developed by Edison and Tesla extrapolated on in works of fiction. It includes the detailed black-and-white illustrations that appeared in its original 1880 edition. 
Author Washington Gladden (February 11, 1836 – July 2, 1918) was a prominent American Congre…

Age of Night: Business Between Brigands
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Join Drake, runaway avatar of the God of Night, Rhonwen, a naïve mage of the White Order, Thelonius, a spy and assassin hiding from the Shadow Houses, and Kamaria, a thief with ties to no one but her companions, as they embark on their journey! In their quest to free Drake from his bonds to the Covenant of Mandra they will journey across the Republic of Amathea and face many challenges and enemies along the way.
Search for freedom. Find your place.
This edition of the first graphic novel in the Age of Night series includes a bonus short story and appendices of sketches and work process, some theological notes on the goddess Mandra, and a character profile of Drake. …

Code Z (Zombie Survival Field Guide)
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Our zombie survival field guide is a quick reference designed to provide tips that can help keep you eating, breathing, and sleeping safely throughout the duration of a zombie apocalypse and be one of those who survives it. 
“Code Z” includes sections on Shelter, Weapons, Non-Zombie Dangers, Outside Safe Zones, Repopulation, and a Post-Zombie Future, along with striking imagery by artists Ahmadreza Heidaripoor and Curren. 
Logic is life. Strategy is survival. …

GEBB 103 – Nowhere to Hide
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An extraterrestrial presence is real, and the agents of an interplanetary Consortium monitor us from sites hidden throughout the world. All the while they watch humanity strip mine its planet to fuel the growth of populations and economies.
If there is a plan to avert environmental and social disaster, the aliens operating out of a subterranean base in Antarctica didn’t get the memo. As much as some of them might want to help, the faceless bureaucracy they are part of prevents them from doing so. Rather, they go through the motions of their jobs, which mostly involve abducting people who won’t be missed, subjecting them to probes and other exams, and then eventually returning them to their homes throughout the heartland.
GEBB follows the ongoing activities and periodic adventures of the…

Gebb 86 – Trash to Treasure
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An extraterrestrial presence is real. They watch us strip-mine the planet to fuel the growth of populations and economies. Will they intervene to help us avert disaster? 
And what’s with all the anal probes?  If there is a plan to avert disaster, the aliens operating out of a subterranean base in Antarctica didn’t get the memo. As much as they’d like to help, that’s not their job. Instead, they go through the motions at work and do what they can to find a hint of meaning in their otherwise monotonous lives. …

Heroes & Heroines of Kos
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This publication contains detailed biographies and illustrations for eight characters associated with the system-free Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting! They are appear in many of the stories associated with it but can also be readily adapted by storytellers who need background for non-player characters in their own settings and scenarios. 

The Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting is a swords-and-sorcery milieu based on a Dark Ages fantasy version of the Mediterranean and the lands surrounding it! It is set a century after a Great Cataclysm destroyed the old world, plunged it into chaos, and reawakened magic and all form of ancient races and monsters. Now, the agents of Gods and Titans struggle against each other on behalf of their masters, nations strive to survive or dominate …

La Baionnette No. 44: Les Bleuets (The Bayonet No. 44: The Blueberries)
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This download includes a complete PDF copy of La Baoinnette No. 44: Les Bleuetes, a French magazine published during World War I, and high-resolution TIFF format images of all 26 illustrations that appear in the publication (seven full-color images at 300 dpi and 19 black-and-white images at 600 dpi). These high quality images can be freely used in publishing projects of all sorts and are especially suited for those tying in with the Great War, the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the classic era of the Cthulhu Mythos. Subjects depicted include soldiers, battlefields, weapons, fashion, and daily life, and run the gamut from humorous to dramatic in tone and from cartoonish to realistic in style.
La Baionnette is a French satirical weekly that was published by cartooni…

Mediterranean Campaign Map (Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting)
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Sail the wine-dark seas with this Mediterranean Campaign Map that depicts the lands surrounding the sprawling body of water! It is provided as a high-resolution JPEG that can be printed out in any standard paper sizes and is suitable for use with any fantasy or alternate history games set in this area, including the Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting. It was created by acclaimed fantasy artist/cartographer Francesca Baerald. 
This map is bounded by the Black Sea and central Europe in the north, the Persian Gulf in the east, North Africa in the south, and the Pillars of Herakles and the Atlantic Ocean in the west. States represented on the map, both with political boundaries and their national symbols, include Aigyptos, Amazonia, the Tetrarchy of Anatolia, Attica and the city s…

Swords of Kos: Necropolis
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“Paros could only venture a guess as to how many graves the forsaken burial ground in the little valley before him contained. North to south, it ran about a half mile and, from where he stood beside the wrought-iron fence that zigzagged along its eastern edge, it stretched about a quarter mile to the base of the hills that surrounded it. The rolling, broken ground of this unkempt area was heavily overgrown with grass, vines, copses of scrubby little oaks and brushy gray-green juniper, great clumps of flowers in every color, and probably every other sort of vegetation native to the island of Kos. Obelisks, statues of patron deities, and other stones marking the gravesites of families and individuals lay broken and tumbled amongst the rampant growth, and mausoleums of every size were inters…

The Christmas Inn
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This short story set in Medieval England during the turbulent War of the Roses tells how the events of one cold and stormy winter night caused an old and storied inn for travelers to have its name changed. It includes some pleasingly evocative imagery, particularly with regard to the proprietors of the inn and the men-at-arms that converge upon it. 
“The Christmas Inn” was written by author Ella F. Mosby and illustrated by acclaimed English-American artist R.B. Birch and was originally published in 1892. Modern readers may find the tensions described in this story strikingly familiar but take heart at the way they are set aside during the holiday season. …

The Magician’s Daughter
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This lighthearted and humorous fantasy short story describes what happens when a young woman takes over her deceased father’s business as a consulting magician and how she deals with troublesome clients, unreliable retainers, and devious rivals. It is very similar in tone to the Arabian Nights, which was very popular during the era when it was written, and includes appearances by numerous nonhuman creatures, including giants, gnomes, hippogriffs, ghosts, and hobgoblins. 
“The Magician’s Daughter” was written by prolific and popular American author Frank R. Stockton and illustrated by artist E.B. Bensell and was originally published in 1880. …

The True Story of the Obelisk
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Ancient Egyptian obelisks that once lay along the banks of the Nile are now on display in cities like New York, London, Paris, and Rome, and this publication describes how that came to be the case.
“The True Story of the Obelisk” delves into the engineering techniques that were used to transport these massive “Cleopatra’s needles” and describes the weeks, months, and even years required to do so based on the prevailing level of technology. It provides a little-known behind-the-scenes glimpse into a particular aspect of history and is both a fascinating read and a potential source of inspiration for storytellers of all sorts.
This edition of “The True Story of the Obelisk” includes all of the black-and-white images that appeared in the original 1881 publication — including ones depicting…

USSMC FM 7-22: Space Boarding Operations
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In 2089, the universe is a cold, dangerous place and it’s up to the U.S. Space Marine Corps to secure the safety and security of U.S. interests in outer space through cutting edge tactics, training, and an armory full of high-tech firepower.
USSMC FM 7-22: Space Boarding Operations is a military-style field manual designed to read like an actual U.S. Space Marine Corps guide to boarding hostile spacecraft in 2089. Its author, Lt. Col. Oliver Cass, is a retired U.S. Army officer experienced in both real-world operations and manual writing. It is a fascinating read that can be used in conjunction with any sci-fi roleplaying or miniatures game and includes: 
A complete background on the universe of 2089
Detailed, room-to-room combat tactics for boarding and securing a starship
Instru…

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Narrative-Crafter’s Guide to Government

Narrative-Crafter’s Guide to Government

Publisher: Ether Games LLC

Making plausible and dynamic characters and social structures that meet both audience expectations and the needs of the narrative is a daunting challenge to authors and gamemasters of all experience levels.  This guide presents governments as dynamic systems that affect, and are affected by, unfolding world events.  The focus of this guide is on presenting options and discussing how various choices interact with and constrain one another. Central elements include: exotic government types as well as variants of the more familiar ones, actions and events that make governments active players in the unfolding narrative, character roles that have special significance in the context of governments, and specific items and concepts that take on new meaning in the context of a political story. 

This approach supports more immersive portrayals regardless of the prominence of the government in the narrative; mere set dressing, subtle thematic resonances, and even the heart of a narrative centered around politics and intrigue are all supported.

Get ready to captivate your audience with innovative and resonant portrayals of government and politics, not just another well-worn and uninspired default.  Now, show them who’s in charge…

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Echoes from the Aether (Series III, Volume 2) – Secrets of the Trade

Echoes from the Aether (Series III, Volume 2) – Secrets of the Trade

Publisher: Sebastian Baar

Echoes from the Aether is a series of short stories that take place in the setting of the EDGE Roleplaying Game.

Series III takes place in the Omniverse timeline – a high-magic, sci fi space opera.

The story follows the ruling figures of the Federation as they analyze and explore a mechanoid planet that has appeared out of nowhere and has stayed dormant for the past 100 years. What will they find in the depths of this mysterious planet and is the potential knowledge in its databanks worth the risk? What lies in its mainframe could help them stop the Machine Wars that are ravaging the Omniverse once and for all…if they can retrieve it.

DISCLAIMER: The story features some gory imagery and strong language.

If you like the book, take a look at EDGE RPG, the roleplaying game that the setting in the story is based on!

EDGE has been in the making for 6+ years since 2016 and has gone through many iterations in that time. It was made by one man and was play-tested on a weekly basis for over 2 years. That being said, there was no feasible way to test out every single aspect of game and therefore, there might be some small balance patches on the way, based on player feedback. Also note, that the book features royalty-free art and does not yet have its own art. The proceeds from the sale of the books will however go towards commissioning actual art for the game.

 

Disclaimer: This book was is not and never will be politically motivated in any way.

 

 

Upon purchasing the book, you will also receive a ‘Thank You’ message, with a link to the game’s official Discord server.

 

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