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*NOTE: This version of the Scarred Lands Player's Guide is for 5th Edition OGL.

A Pathfinder version is available separately.

A Land Where Legends Walk

Drawing enthusiastically on Greek mythology, the revised and re-imagined Scarred Lands nonetheless retains its place as a modern fantasy RPG setting. This is a world shaped by gods and monsters, and only the greatest of heroes can expect to be counted among them. The most populous continent of Scarn, Ghelspad, plays host to vast unexplored regions, hides unsolved riddles from ancient cultures, and taunts adventures with the promise of undiscovered riches hidden among the ruins of older civilizations. 

Yet the myths of the Scarred Lands are relatively recent events. The effects of the Titanswar still ripple through the world, and the heroines and villains of many of these stories are part of living memory, if not still living. 

The Award-Winning Fantasy Setting Returns

Scarred Lands has been a favorite fantasy setting since the release of the Creature Collection for the d20 System in 2000. In subsequent years, over 40 titles were published for Scarred Lands, making it one of the most fully supported fantasy RPG settings ever and the premiere product line of Sword & Sorcery Studios. 

Now, Onyx Path Publishing and Nocturnal Media have partnered to bring this cherished fantasy setting back to your gaming table!

Begin your adventure with the free adventure Gauntlet of Spiragos!

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Joey V July 03, 2021 8:23 pm UTC
Does anyone have an example of the premium color compared to standard color?
How do these quality levels compared to the one I can get at LFGS’s?
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John S March 13, 2019 5:57 pm UTC
The flavor and feel of the setting has been sapped away, plot hooks resolved, and history retconned. This is really only good for 5E conversions of monsters and mechanics from 3E. The setting elements are better ignored in favor of the initial few setting books - Relics & Rituals, the original Creature Collection, Divine & the Defeated, and the Ghelspad book.

And even the mechanical updates are dubious because the authors decided that the PC races should be more powerful than 5E player races typically are.
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Mark S February 10, 2019 5:00 am UTC
Shame to see these books continue in the direction of the original set, where most of the major conflicts have been resolved & "feel good" wins the day. Like playing in Star Wars, where if you are very lucky, you may get to watch Luke destroy the Death Star or be personally killed by Darth Vader. It was stunning when the novelizations came out, effectively solving the Forsaken Elf situation with the introduction of a 60th level NPC (!). Here we see that maintained by "Redeeming" & thus, trashing, both of the previous Vigil Watch books & the tension gained there.
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Felicia S May 21, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Got mine today quality is good and I am mostly happy with it. However what happened to the forsaken elves? This feels like a very chopped version of the world so far.
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Scott H June 01, 2018 3:55 pm UTC
Hi Felicia. The SLPG focuses on Ghelpsad, and since forsaken elves are from Termana, they were left out. However, they do appear in the appendices to the new version of The Wise and the Wicked! (
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Markus H July 30, 2017 7:34 am UTC
is this only an players handbook upgraded to scarred lands and superseeds the PHB at all? or is it an additional book to play in the scarred lands?
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Scott H July 31, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
This book is the setting guide for Scarred Lands - it still requires the PHB to play, although it offers new classes, races, etc., some of which actually do supersede the ones found in the core rules.
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Ralph P October 10, 2018 11:10 pm UTC
Are we going to see the creature collections?
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Mike C July 19, 2020 1:31 am UTC
Ralph, we finally got a Creature Collection earlier this week:
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