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Cloud Empress: Land of Cicadas


Expand your journey into an expansive, Nausicaa-inspired fantasy campaign setting ruled by giant magic cicadas, for the Mothership Sci-Fi Horror RPG 1E. Travel through an immersive world full of complex travelers, ancient relics and giant magical cicadas. 

"Cloud Empress is a startling vision bursting with imagination and wonder. watt has pulled off something truly unique - both familiar and unsettling."

  • Sean McCoy, creator of Mothership
"Cloud Empress is unafraid to be subtle and quiet. Filled with fresh ideas and rooted in play, it is a deeply human work."
  • Luke Gearing, author of Gradient Descent and Pound of Flesh

Cloud Empress is an expansive, Nausicaa-inspired fantasy campaign setting for the Mothership Sci-Fi Horror RPG. Cloud Empress places you in a world ruled by the patterns of giant magical cicadas. Cloud Empress creates a new Earth, thousands of years in the future inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind, Frank Herbert’s Dune, and Hiromu Arakawa’s Full Metal Alchemist.

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Cloud Empress: Land of Cicadas setting book features:

  • 4 unique ecologically inspired biomes 
  • 137 hexes to explore during the Summer of the Century Brood and the 29th Expedition’s invasion
  • 52 random encounters
  • 13 animals, friends, and foes
  • 16 detailed NPCs
  • 5 new crests
  • 6 new spells
  • 11 Relics and Slip Stuff
  • 20 rumors
  • 39 illustrations 
  • 1 missing Cloud Empress
  • And much more!
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  • 58 page, Digest size, full color 
  • Fully hyperlinked and bookmarked.
  • Compatible with Mothership 1st Edition.
  • Made by humans.
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Game, graphic design and layout by watt
Illustrations by pbbeta, watt, Garin, and Daniel Hallinan
Editing and development by Roz Leahy
Additional game development by Christian Sorrell
Sensitivity editing by Monroe Soto
Playtesting by Mary Helen Inskeep, Erica Young, Patrick Frazier, Noel Miller, Kat Miller-Frazier, Dan Frazier, Ashley Nolan, Anna Frazier, Zobot257, Zoe R., Other Jim, ChrisAir, Terry Herc, and Jet McFin.
Special thanks to A & D, Sean McCoy and Luke Gearing

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December 03, 2023
This title was added to our catalog on December 05, 2023.
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