Rise of the Demigods

Created by Aram Vartian

Rise of the Demigods is the first in a series of adventures for the 5E world of Godsfall where PCs take on the role of young demigods

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Getting Back On Track
about 3 years ago – Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 04:02:28 PM

Hey, people.

I wanted to post a short update as we get ready to finalize sections of the Worldbook and Rise. I have struggled for a while with this book, as you all surely know. I trashed three different versions and found myself unable to build upon the rules set forth in the Godsfall Worldbook in a way I felt worked. Eventually, I just gave up and felt too defeated to fix it.  When we were unable to continue the show, I just fell apart.

I got out of that funk and out of Chicago. 

I am currently rewriting the Worldbook and incorporating the rules for demigods into that book, so that both gods and demigods are formed in the same way (both can skill spells into divinities,  both gave access to divine feats, etc).

We are finalizing the rules and the layout for that section. As each section is completed, it will be released for backers and then released again as a final .pdf when they are done.

Here are some examples of the pages in progress.

Demigods that have appeared in Godsfall and Rise of the Demigods will be represented with stat blocks, while Gods will have full sections listing all of their stats, divinities, and equipment. Each god will be an example of that divine portfolio, not a set in stone representation. This better reflects the world of Godsfall and its many timeless and alternate realities.

I am sorry it has taken me so long to fix this, and I am sorry I just didn't know how to discuss this when I had failed again. I will post again as sections are approved and ready for release.

TL;DR: Backers and all previous purchasers of the Godsfall Worldbook are getting a re-written Worldbook with combined rules for gods and demigods. This will include all maps (and a worldmap of Khalgun before the Worldstorm),  races, and original magical items and monsters. The Rise book that will be solely an adventure book with a dedicated story that will continue over three more chapters.

6/13 Update
almost 4 years ago – Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 06:31:17 PM

Hey, people! I hope you all are well. Let me start by apologizing for how late this update is. I'm not going to try and make excuses, I'm just going to get right to bringing you all up to speed on what I've been doing with the Rise book. There are a lot of questions and I hope this can help answer them.

Let's start with some news:

  • Rules for building your own custom Demigods are just about finalized. I am currently playtesting them live in Escape The Union, a Patreon game with some amazing supporters set in the Rise world.
  • Nearly all of the art is submitted and wrapped. We're still working on some of the maps (they take the most time).
  • I am play-testing one of the new races (Dragoncursed) and new monsters (Aqua Dragons, Dragonites). We're pretty much done with both and layout is being finalized.
Rise is deep in the layout stage
Front page of the new Creatures section
Vishakapar, an Aqua Dragoncursed Warlock (The Lurker in the Deep)

    None of these pages are locked down yet, so expect some changes between this and the finalized Rise book.
     Now for some of the un-fun stuff.
     A few of you have (very reasonably) asked for refunds. I sadly have no ability to do so. All the money that remains from the Kickstarter is reserved for book printing and shipping. I cannot separate that out without threatening the entire project.
     In addition, book printing and shipping has become massively more complicated. Several major publishers I know are still waiting on orders being processed from half a year ago. Nearly all printing is done overseas (the original Godsfall Worldbook was printed in Taiwan) which makes it even more difficult at the moment.
KrakenPrint, the producer of the Godsfall Worldbook hardcover, vanished last year leaving many creators (us included) out of money and a plan for future products. We've found a solid replacement, but at a higher cost. We're working to fill the gaps.
     I hope this helps answer some of your questions. I am going to continue to edit and layout Rise and will update again soon. My friends and editors have been amazing at helping me stay on task, so you shouldn't have to wait as long for the next update. 

Thank you all for your patience,
 - DM Aram

March 15, 2020 Update
about 4 years ago – Sun, Mar 15, 2020 at 07:03:29 PM

Hey, people!

Made good progress this week. I suspect I will be making good progress for a while, as I am choosing to isolate myself as much as possible until our current health crisis abates. I suspect that many of you are limiting your time out of your home as well, so I would like to share a very early preview of Rise of the Demigods Season 3, Episode 1 "The Dawnbreaker."

For Godsfall listeners, here is an early release of Ep 98 "Dance with the Moon."

I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and each other, and that these episodes make social distancing just a little bit easier.

I am making good progress on the adventure section of the Rise book. Re-creating the open world play we favor at Rise and Godsfall has been tricky in a module, but I am emboldened by recent feedback and feel like we are finally on the right track.

I am sending my editors copy this week and then buckling down on wrapping several maps and encounters for the main adventure. I'll post previews as soon as they are ready.


- DM Aram

March 8th Update
about 4 years ago – Sun, Mar 08, 2020 at 06:50:09 PM

Hey, people!

I mader good progress this week, wrapping expanded sections on Rylend and the King's Isle of of Kadar. I should have the map for the later wrapped this week.

King's Isle will go into more detail about the government of Kadar and how it works in hand-in-hand with Ryzan and the dwarves of Gal-Hadir. The section on Rylend will delve into their own system of governance, the history behind its founding, and the current goals of those who rule it. There will be info on the indigenous Stone Giants who one dominated the mountainous island (you will see a glimpse of that when we introduce our newest arisen being in Godsfall)

Otherwise we are spending time pulling together a lot of what we have written and laying out new sections of the book. I should have previews for that wrapped this week as well.


- Aram

March 1st 2020 Update
about 4 years ago – Sun, Mar 01, 2020 at 01:11:58 AM

Hey, people!

I wish I had more to report today. Progress has been slow - I have been sick and struggling with both my health insurance and my general well being. I have made good progress on the worldmap, but I am not ready to reveal it yet as I am still making changes and major alterations to accommodate some of the activities in the Rise of the Demigods podcast.

I am going to continue posting weekly, whether I have much news to report or not. We are making good progress on other parts of the book (including the main storyline section) and I should have more updates about that soon.

Thank you.

- Aram