|Rogue Trader | Published 11 October 2010|
Edge of the Abyss is a book detailing the Koronus Expanse, its locations, inhabitants, and famous personas. Though the Expanse is far too large (and largely unexplored!) to cover every location and organization that can be found within its nebulous bounds, this tome covers some of the most important locales and inhabitants, in terms of riches to be had and problems to be avoided.
In this diary, I’d like to focus on the first section of this book—Islands in the Void, or “planets and other locations” if you prefer. Some of these locations are well known to anyone who resides in the Expanse, such as the war-torn mining world of Lucin’s Breath. Lucin’s Breath is a frozen wasteland, so cold that venturing outside without survival gear is likely to result in one’s lungs freezing in his chest. However, this icy world possesses an incredibly valuable resource—nephium. A promethium additive with other, more esoteric properties, nephium is in high demand back in the Calixis Sector.
Lucin’s Breath seems to have a rich supply of the green-black tar-like liquid, waiting to be pumped out of sinkholes, refined, and shipped away. Even in the unpleasant environment, the world has enough gelt that Rogue Traders are willing to go to war over it. Long held by Calligos Winterscale, rival Rogue Trader Aspyce Chorda recently invaded the world. After a long and bitter conflict, the two rivals declared a truce and divided the world between them. However, it’s unlikely this truce will last for long, and both sides are already jockeying for advantage in the coming struggle.
A world like Lucin’s Breath offers plenty of opportunities for Rogue Traders. They can engage in the nephium trade if they want to tap into the river of wealth that flows from the planet, or if they are somewhat more warlike in nature, they can partner with one of the two rival Rogue Traders in the coming war.
On the other side of the coin are the dusty and forgotten worlds of the Egarian Dominion. Tucked in a small star cluster in Winterscale’s Realm, the worlds of the Egarian Dominion were once inhabited by a long-forgotten xenos race. These Egarians built giant constructions—cyclopean maze-cities, then vanished thousands of years before Rogue Traders entered the Expanse. Besides their cities, they left behind strange artefacts—crystal weapons, geode mesh, shard glaives, and strange geosidic statuettes and carved figures and constructed from the same crystalline material that makes up their maze cities. These artefacts make for an extremely valuable Cold Trade back into the Calixis Sector, and if the Explorers do not mind tempting the wrath of the Ordo Xenos of the Inquisition, they too can fund a dig or expedition into one of the maze –cities. In fact, Vaults of the Forgotten, a full adventure in Edge of the Abyss, allows you to do just that! Be careful, however, for not everything that waits within the depths of the maze-cities is dead. After all, the Egarians vanished for a reason...
Lucin’s Breath and the Egarian Dominion are just two of the worlds detailed in Edge of the Abyss. From Naduesh and Aubray’s Anvil to Somnium VIII and the Serpent’s Cradle, Edge of the Abyss takes you on a tour through some of the most interesting locations in the Expanse.
Rogue Trader is a roleplaying game set in dark gothic far future of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe. Players take on the roles of explorers aboard a Rogue Trader's ship, searching for profit and adventure while discovering new alien cultures and threats in the uncharted regions of space.
Is there an estimated Page Count for the book yet?
Isn't the Warp Gate to the Jericho Reach somewhere in the Koronus Expanse? I'm going to pull an Eldar Farseer and cast the runes.
Yep. The runes show a DH/RT crossover somewhere in the future...
So long as the right path is taken.
Sounds like a great book. Inspirational places to go, Xenos to kill, RT to trade with.
I'm a little bit more excited for Blood of Martyrs, but this should also come in handy - for RT and DH. I know it's been said that the DH equivalent of this would be DotDG, but still, I would LOVE to see a book like this DH, detailing the Calixis sector.
Actually, not a big fan of the art recently in the Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader and Deathwatch books. Seems to lack scale, definition, dimension or a sense of interaction between the individual parts of the art, such as the picture in Into the Storm with the Drussian career rank guardsmen, where it looks like the book and gun were cut and paste into the photo.
Still, love me some gazeteer work. This is one of the RT books on my list.
Right, the art works on my iphone...yes, that's a fantastic piece!
I can't see the art for some reason... it won't work on my browser...curses!
Wow, this new art is a master piece!
Can't wait to get hold of the proper book, I love EotA! :D
WOHO! More on the dominion! :D