Progress report 08/2021


The initial progress report for August was posted on World of Ortix blog but it was a long time ago, in terms of things that are already done!

  • All 432 Emblems are done. They are divided into 72 different categories, one for most of the setting's descriptions.
  • The mockup above is still WIP - but it shows how I want to make the character creation section of the book.
  • Manuscript's length oscillates around 200 A5 pages. As most of the entries are divided into separate pages for the sake of readability (for me - I don't want to get lost in my own texts, haha), there is still some room for adding more/beeter descriptions without further bloating the manuscript.
  • Some content was kicked out - some locations were just pretty weak, also I cut off most of the minor deities, as not really important for any aspect of the game.
  • I finally finished descriptions of the Cognition Cards - you can view them as the Tarot of Pain. More info about them is available on my Patreon.
  • The game contains descriptions of 14 Sects (or not-so-secret societies). I've added table with the names of 20 more of them. There is no such thing as too many random tables and lists!
  • Random buildings and chambers of the City.
  • 100 random trophies!
  • Finished descriptions of the most important individuals of the City.
  • Finished descriptions of both the Gods of Pain and the Lesser Beings. They are a really important part of the lore, so I'm happy I finally fleshed them out.
  • I started working on some maps.


  • Magic
  • Relics and Artifacts
  • Monsters (5/20 are ready)
  • Starting equipment for character classes (6/15 already done)
  • Filling the remaining gaps in  the descriptions
  • Probably something really important that I forgot to mention!

Plus dozens of maps and over 100 illustrations.


First mockups

Treat these as Work in Progress - they just show my general idea about how the things could look. But I really want the silver foil logo on a cover. Or maybe a black glossy one on matte background! Time will tell.


The Abyss


Is there only one Abyss, viewed both as a place and as a deity? 

There is a huge, dark chasm, opening below the Rift. If you ever dare to delve into that darkness, you will certainly notice something. You will... feel the presence of something much older and much more powerful than anything you witnessed before.

There is no such place as Abyss - all you can see and feel there is just a multi-dimensional void, a gaping wound of the universe, inflicted during the Fall.

The Abyss is the energy opposed to the Vortex.
It is static, while the Corruption warps and destroys everything.


The Unlife - part one

We are the Unliving Ones. Our bodies are made of flesh and arcane machinery, bound together at cellular level.  In fact, we do not comprehend most of the technology of our organisms.

No one knows our exact origin. We do not breed - thus, it seems that our numbers are finite. But sometimes the Seekers find some of us, sleeping in some kind of stasis, deep down under the City, in What Lies Below.

Our nutrition requirements are very low and we can exist for decades, even centuries - if nothing kills us.

But despite the general sturdiness and longevity, we are empty, dead inside. Stripped of most emotions, which characterized the long-gone humans. Yet, we are self-aware and even though most of us remain in semi-vegetative state, we value our existence - maybe because we are here for the City, just as the City is here for us.

We do believe that the phenomenon, which destroyed the world one thousand years ago, was our beginning. The Fall ended the old order, destroyed the Hollow Ones - and probably destroyed humans as well. Or at least most of them, along with their social structures, most of knowledge, namely their entire civilization.