Cypher Chronicles, vol. 2022-13

In this week’s Cypher Chronicles we learn about The Glimmering Valley, a location in the Ninth World that brings Numenera back to its roots and gives players a place to call home. A valley specifically designed to be an origin point or base of operations for your PCs and campaign. Loaded with details, mysteries, and prior world remnants to explore. Plus we want to give you a free, funky d20 crafted by the masters at Metallic Dice Games; this die is beautiful, sharp-edged, just a little bit bouncy—and definitely weird. It can be yours for signing up and then pledging to The Weird crowdfunding campaign. Let’s dive in!

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Just Announced: The Glimmering Valley!

Raise your hand if you’d like a new Numenera book!

OK, you can all put your hands down now. This week we announced The Glimmering Valley, on offer as part of the soon-to-launch crowdfunding campaign for The Weird.

The Glimmering Valley takes you into, well, the Glimmering Valley—a fascinating and weird region you can place almost anywhere in the Ninth World. The book details the valley in greater depth and granularity than any other setting locale we’ve published previously. Why? Because it’s specifically designed to be an origin point or base of operations for your PCs and campaign. It’s loaded with details that can be incorporated into character backstories, NPCs that might be family, friends, rivals, mentors, or sponsors. And it’s filled with mysteries and prior world remnants to explore.

But there’s more. A looming danger rises over the valley, threatening its inhabitants and giving your campaign a broader arc story to work through. And a mysterious city lies hidden at the valley’s far end—a locale that can serve as a portal to the broader Ninth World beyond.

The Glimmering Valley brings Numenera back to its roots and gives players a place to call home, a place to defend if and when it becomes threatened, and a springboard into the many splendors and dimensions of the broader Ninth World setting. Whether you’re a longtime Numenera GM, or thinking about launching your first campaign, The Glimmering Valley is a resource you’ll want in your collection. It’s part of the upcoming crowdfunding campaign for The Weird!

Who Doesn’t Need THIS in Their Collection?

Click that button above (or below) to get notified about The Weird, and your pledge will include an exclusive free silicone d20. This funky die, from the amazing craftspeople at Metallic Dice Games (who are also creating our high-end pyre dice for Planebreaker and Old Gods of Appalachia), is beautiful, sharp-edged, just a little bit bouncy—and definitely weird. It’s not like any dice you’ve ever seen!

I’ve been using a prototype set of these dice (that’s what you see in the GIF here), and I really like them! They feel great in the hand, and the little bit of extra bounce is fun without being too much. The die you get will be an exclusive two-toned material with custom faces.

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2022 is Monte Cook Games’s 10th anniversary year, but we’re not the only ones celebrating a momentous birthday. Janus, the double-headed tortoise, turns 25 this month. That’s a long time for a two-headed critter, at least here in the prior worlds—he probably couldn’t survive that long in the wild, but at the Geneva Natural History Museum Janus is living his best life!

Who knows what remnants of prior worlds lie beneath our very feet? A high school teacher in Canada recently discovered a previously unknown creature while walking on the beach. Forget Grevakc or even Jurassic Park—this creature, whatever it is, lived 60 million years before the dinosaurs. The fossil has yet to be completely examined, but early indications are that it has just one head.

Speaking of weird creatures from other worlds… The barreleye fish has rotating eyes protected by a transparent head. Yes, that’s a real photo—the dark spots are nostrils, while the eyes, currently pointed upward, are the green globes. The reasons for this bizarre anatomy are fascinating!

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All this talk of weird creatures has me thinking about dinosaurs and imagining launching another Predation campaign. Did you know that just this week Cypher Unlimited conducted a poll asking which Cypher System setting gamers most wanted to see more content for—and Predation won by a large margin! It’s a little sci-fi, a little post-apocalyse—and a whole lot of dinosaurs. If you’ve never played a Predation game, check it out!

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