Secrets Flow From Social Media

Some people love mystery. Others like to flip to the last page of the novel. Today we’re shedding a bit more light onto that overflowing well of secrets, Invisible Sun.

Curious activity is afoot across MCG’s tweets. It seems there are a whole lot of people who #EscapeFromShadow, and some very mysterious artwork is showing up under #SoothDeck. What’s going on?

#EscapeFromShadow

Both Kickstarter backers and those who preorder the game can get their names immortalized forever* into a tweet of their very own, either with an Invisible Sun character sentence or an adventure hook of exploring one of the Suns along the Path of Suns

Your 140-character-count-friendly sentence might go like this:

“YOUR NAME has escaped shadow and is a FOUNDATION HEART ORDER who FORTE“, or

“YOUR NAME has escaped shadow and is exploring the SUN

For instance, you could be a Connected Ardent Goetic who Inhales the Aethyr, or you could be exploring the nightside of the Indigo Sun.

What does this mean, however? Your foundation represents your history and connections to the world around you, and presents you with specific choices at the start of character creation that can inspire story arcs for your character. Your heart indicates your nature – are you quick to action? Are you slow and thoughtful? Your order is the type of magic you use and the magical community you interact with; there are Vances, Goetics, Makers, Weavers, and Apostates. While these other aspects can be something that unites you with other vislae, your forte is something that likely makes you unique – no one else has the suite of abilities that you do, or can perform them as well.

These tweets are the first time we’re unveiling some of these character options, so be sure to check them out! To get a sense of how these aspects play out in a fully-fledged character, take a look at the bios of Monte’s playtest characters – vislae truly aren’t like other people. For the specific, deeper meanings behind all of these foundations, hearts, and fortes, you’ll have to wait for the book.

#SoothDeck

With this hashtag, we’re revealing the images and some of the suggested interpretations of cards from the Sooth Deck, an important and multi-use component of Invisible Sun gameplay.

The cards have straightforward mechanical uses; they can be used in lieu of dice, and their revelation during gameplay can have concrete effects on various kinds of magic. Not unlike a traditional tarot deck, the cards can also be used to assess how an event might unfurl in-game. Further, with their layered surreal art and imagery, they make fantastic tools for idea generation.

Just Give Me the Details, Already!

If you’ve got more questions about what Invisible Sun is all about, or want to delve deeper into its mysteries, check out our article What Has Been Revealed So Far and our series of Invisible Sun-related Youtube videos.

If you’ll be attending Gen Con, attend one of our character creation seminars that showcase how the first session of an Invisible Sun campaign not only fleshes out the characters and their arcs and relationships, but also invites you to create some of the world around your characters!

Go forth and wonder, vislae.


* Monte Cook Games does not ensure immortality of tweets if: Twitter promptly disappears in a puff of logic, our world turns out to actually be an illusion formed from the Grey Sun’s shadow, or our universe experiences its seemingly inevitable heat death.

Darcy Ross
Darcy Ross

Darcy L. Ross, Community Relations Coordinator for Monte Cook Games, is a storyteller, scientist, and community organizer. Across media, she aims to highlight people doing good things in the gaming community and to bring new people into gaming. She co-hosts the podcast Cypher Speak, has blogged for the award-winning Gnome Stew, and has worked to support marginalized voices in gaming with ConTessa. Darcy lives in a small but powerful aldeia of tabletop creatives in Hyde Park, Chicago.