Earth, 50 years from now. An unprecedented series of seismic events, gigantic earthquakes, and terrifying volcanic eruptions have reformed the continents. Within a few years, the world became unrecognizable, the landmasses torn apart and altered in a way that meant life for its remaining inhabitants had irrevocably changed.
As humanity’s survivors form new alliances and fight over scant resources, they must harness the power of Ether, a mysterious and frightening new energy source bleeding into our world from the realm of dreams and nightmares – and they must also deal with the creatures that follow in its wake.
This is SHATTERED EARTH, the new tabletop skirmish game of wondrous technology and existential horror.
The old power structures of the time before the disaster were mostly dismantled during those intervening years. New agreements seemed to form and collapse with alarming regularity, but some factions have survived to stake their claim on this new world. In the currently known populated areas, there are several major human powers – and something else entirely.
Born out of a necessary co-operation between the USA and Russia, the United Nations of Mankind (UNM) are the largest of the human factions. They have the biggest population, the safest cities, and the most guns. They believe in the values that drove humanity’s evolution prior to the disaster, and seek a return to those days.
They are opposed by the Cult of the Dragon, formed in a political coup that wiped out the Pan-Asian Alliance (PAA), and led by the charismatic Lee Kyong-Min. Their unhindered experimentation with Ether and flesh-grafting has created singular monstrosities, each one a work of grotesque genius. Though they may lack in numbers, their zeal and determination – not to mention a complete disregard for their own safety – has proven a stern challenge to any that oppose them.
But even they could not imagine what followed in the years after the Breaking of the World. Since time immemorial the Deathless have watched humanity through our own eyes. And they have shaped the thoughts and feelings of many; from gifted artists to serial killers – all have been at the whim of the beings from the realm of dreams. They are entirely alien to most of humanity, and clear motives are difficult to ascertain. Regardless of their ultimate aims, one question above all has plagued those who dare to think it: did we dream them into existence, or did we dream about them because they existed?
Welcome to 30 A.E. Welcome to SHATTERED EARTH.