This is the beta version of the Starhshield Role-Playing Game.
Originally intended for playtesting before the game's final release,
it is more than complete enough for GMs to run adventures anywhere
in the Greater Galaxy. Players take on the roles of Vestis Inquisitas,
fighting for Truth in a chaotic and dangerous universe.
An early version of what was to be a comprehensive guide to the
Greater Galaxy. Organized alphabetically, it includes interesting
tidbits of information of worlds, history, tech, magic, and much,
A novel by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
(Later revised and titled "The Mantle of Kendis
Dai", this is a PDF version of the complete, originally submitted
manuscript from which the series began.)
The truth is out there ... and discovering that truth
was the grand quest of the Omnet, the organization that was the
backbone of galactic civilization. For it was the Omnet's information
that drove the governments, the economies, and the cultures of myriad
But someone -- or some group -- was sowing the seeds
of disaster amidst the worlds of the Omnet. Now the synthetic minds
upon whom the Omnet -- and indeed every automated aspect of life
on every world, from computers to household appliances -- depended
were threatening to rebel ... and without them all of civilization
would quickly collapse.
The only hope to stem the tide of rebellion was an
ancient artifact: the Mantle of Kendis-dai. No one knew if the Mantle
really existed. No one knew what the Mantle really was. But legend
told that whosoever wore the Mantle would be gifted with all knowledge
-- with the absolute Truth. The Mantle was Power.
Merinda Neskat of the Omnet was determined to find
the Mantle of Kendis-dai. Unfortunately, the key to her quest turned
out to be a lost and bewildered crew of human astronauts, led by
the feckless Captain Jeremy Griffiths. Neither Griffiths nor his
crew understood what had happened to them, or why they were caught
in the middle of galactic turmoil. But somehow they found themselves
bound to follow Merinda in a dangerous race against time and deadly
enemy forces ... searching for a mysterious world which held the
secret of ancient wisdom that could save them -- or disrupt the
path of civilization forever!
A preview of a novel by Margaret Weis & Tracy
Thousands of years ago, the mad emperor Lokan controlled
the Nightsword -- and imposed his twisted desires on all that lived.
At his slightest whim, whole worlds were destroyed, and entire races
were transformed. Then Lokan mysteriously vanished behind the Maelstrom
Wall, into the quantum chaos of the galactic core. But legend says
that somewhere behind the Wall, lost amidst the ghost ships of Lokan's
doomed fleet, the Nightsword is hidden, its awesome energies waiting
to be used again ... for good or evil.
While most dismiss the legend as fairy tale, others
believe, and hunger for such godlike power. Though no one knows
the course Lokan's fleet followed millennia ago, several have tried
to track it, only to perish in the treacherous quantum fields behind
the Wall. But when Earther astronaut Jeremy Griffiths donned the
Mantle of Kendis-Dai and became blessed -- and perhaps cursed --
with infinite knowledge, he learned the exact direction of Lokan's
ill-fated route. And now the secrets stored in his head have made
him the target of everyone who has ever coveted the Nightsword for
their own ends.
A man with unrivaled magical abilities and insidious
instincts, Targ of Gandri yearns for the Nightsword in order to
rule the universe once and for all. His protégé and
now-nemesis, Merinda Neskat, believes the sword has the power to
restore the ancient empire of Kendis-Dai -- a goal to which she
has dedicated her life. For the mysterious Sentinels of the Order,
the artifact should ensure the success of their rebellion and grant
them victory in their long struggle for total domination. Caught
in the middle, Jeremy Griffiths wants only to get his crew safely
home to Earth -- and to impress the bewitching, bewildering Merinda
Neskat. Yet he is caught firmly in the middle of galactic agendas
beyond his control, and this new quest will prove to be the challenge
of a lifetime ...