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Chaldea Recognizes International Women’s Day

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In recognition of International Women’s Day, we wish to celebrate some of the amazing women involved in our Chaldea production. I asked each of these women to tell me what they find interesting or challenging in their work on Chaldea, offer some insight into a job or activity they pursue outside of Chaldea, and for advice they would give to young women trying to compete in today’s market. Read More

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Constructing the Rathskeller Set

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Rathsekeller Set

Rathsekeller Set

“I got a little carried away with the arches,” Jordin playfully admitted, sharing his concept art for the Rathskeller set with our production team. By then it was far too late—everyone loved the design, which, of course, meant that we would have to figure out how to build it…
Construct a set that contains 16-foot-long, top-heavy arches on wheels so it could be rolled aside for crew access? Challenge accepted! After completing the set of War Room, Jordin and I were ready to tackle this rathskeller design, arches and all. So, what is a rathskeller, anyway?
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Chaldea Casting Part IV

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In my last casting blog, I discussed Chaldea audition briefs. These are particular to each character we cast and include information about the character, such as the character’s backstory and motives, as well as “sides,” which are sample lines from the script for that character. Once audition briefs are completed, we begin the audition process. In this blog, I’ll discuss the process we used for casting characters for film (as opposed to that used for casting voiceover characters).

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Chaldea @ Gamehole Con 2016

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Email surreptitiously intercepted with a few minor edits… wiki leaks?

From: Peter Adkison
Date: November 7, 2016 at 12:06:17 AM CST
To: Alex Kammer
Subject: GHC Recap — all good!

I’m at the Madison airport waiting for my flight home from Gamehole Con. It was a great weekend!

The Chaldea D&D game was full.

Chaldea BTS – Gamehole Con 2016 – Chaldea DnD

The Chaldea Burning Wheel game was full.

Chaldea BTS – Gamehole Con 2016 Chaldea Burning Wheel Game

Our Chaldea party had probably 50 people, who enjoyed lots of free booze.

Chaldea BTS – Gamehole Con 2016 – Chaldea Room Party

The Mega-Civ game had 12 players of 18 slots, which was just fine. Everyone swears they want to come back next year. But if they do, we’ll need a bigger space.

The hotel was great to work with. Eric was fantastic.

Everyone on the staff I dealt with was excellent.

I heard nothing negative about GHC all weekend, only good, great, and amazing.

Congrats, my friend!
Cheers,
Peter D. Adkison

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Marn Escape

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Marn elves run for the border and…freedom?

Marn elves run for the border and…freedom?

Official Chaldea Concept Art

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What does being addicted to Marn entail?

Marn elves are known for their wildly exotic tattoos, grafts, and, oddly enough, tropical fruits, which are thought to provide a variety of supernatural abilities, a side-effect of the stimulants, intoxicants, deliriants, psychedelics, and hallucinogens the Marn take.

These powerful “body enhancements” don’t come without a price—a steep price, if the theories are accurate. In pursuit of power and enlightenment, have Marners lost their identity, perhaps their very souls?

And can one physically flee addiction? Some elves believe so.

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LADIES OF CHALDEA

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Chaldea’s Leading Ladies: Back: Alexis Sartain; Sarva; Serakka Cloudforge; Patrizia “Poppy” Gatto; Ariadne Front: Sibyl Serrari; Night Whisper; Priyanka

Chaldea’s Leading Ladies: Back: Alexis Sartain; Sarva; Serakka Cloudforge; Patrizia “Poppy” Gatto; Ariadne Front: Sibyl Serrari; Night Whisper; Priyanka

Official Chaldea Concept Art

Art by Echo Chernik

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I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” —Madonna

The Chaldea development team, men and women in a united voice, have always been drawn to strong, intelligent, and beautiful women: drawn to beauty for the obvious reasons, but with greater importance, drawn to strength, and not only strength of the body but of the mind.

History is rich with such women. Rosie the Riveter was an icon of strong American women, Joan of Arc led an army at sixteen, Margaret Thatcher was called the Iron Lady, Katharine Hepburn gave it better than any man, and Sacajawea crossed the frontier with a baby on her back and probably had to deal with the constant affections of discovery explorers—just saying.

In the world of entertainment, strong women have long filled our hearts and imaginations: Jaime Sommers was bionic and beautiful, Lynda Carter was a wonder woman, the Bond girls (all of ’em) were spellbinding, Pussy Galore was dangerous to the core, Sarah Connor, Ellen Ripley, Thelma and Louise…Hell, every character Jodie Foster ever portrayed. Admittedly, this is the clichéd list. An entire blog could be dedicated to outlining the merits of Hollywood’s strong leading ladies (and probably has been on numerous occasions).

More recently, the world has enjoyed Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, Arya and Sansa Stark, all of whom set new standards for strong women. Many Star Wars fans have a mad crush on Rey, the latest galaxy-far-far-away heroine. She’s a self-sufficient scavenger, a mechanic, a pilot. She’s afraid but has the gumption to stand up to a Sith (albeit a pouty one). Damn, what is not to love about that?

When it came to developing the large tapestry of characters in Chaldea, the development team wanted to make sure the stories were equal parts men and women and regularly populated with girl power: Whip-smart risk takers, confident and adventurous, mentally and physically strong, independent, vulnerable with a healthy range of emotions, and each—to the last—dressed to kill.

We’d like to introduce you to ladies of Chaldea. This beautiful spread is a small sample of some of the strong female characters readers will get to know in the Chaldea epic. The cast contains humans, elves, dwarves, gods, and the Tannaluvians, an ancient celestial race from far across the stars.

Chaldea heroines are forged in the furnaces of tribulation and conflict. At the end of this telling, these ladies will be forever changed, for better or worse, and the world will change with them.

Each lady is wearing fashions common to their home kingdoms.

– Alexis Sartain, a half-Asianic human from Aimilleuse
– Sarva, a Babylonian human from Akkadia
– Serakka Cloudforge, a dwarven princess from Clan Cloudforge
– Patrizia “Poppy” Gatto, a Latin human from Latium
– Ariadne, an Etharch demigoddess from the Lynnwood Forest
– Sibyl Serrari, a Tannaluvian from Saratof, the capital city of the empire
– Priyanka, a wilder elf, from the Seaxe Forest and her companion Night Whisper, a Seaxe owl hawk

 

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Chaldea @ Gen Con 2016

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The World of Chaldea return to Gen Con! The Kordavan Informant’s own roving reporter Poppy (aka Sarah Moore) will be providing us updates through out the weekend:

Peter threw out the ceremonial first dice of Gen Con 2016!

Peter runs his first Jeepform game at Gen Con 2016.

Here, there be dragons: the ultimate RPG history panel

 

Chaldea Room Party

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THE BOOK OF WORLDS

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Set surveys his domain via the Book of Worlds

Set surveys his domain via the Book of Worlds

Official Chaldea Concept Art

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Marcosta Kordaava, the emperor of the world and supporter of the demi-god of Set, established the religion of Set as the supreme authority and the only officially sanctioned religion of the empire. All other faiths, spiritual belief systems, and deity worship—down to the smallest devil cult—are strictly forbidden.

The Ma’at Pantheon of Pharaoh Gods is embroiled in a bloody civil war spanning the cosmos and many worlds. What might this conflict mean for Chaldea?

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Iltani, Patesi of Akkadia

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Patesi Iltani rides her royal chariot through the streets of Eriku, the capital of Akkadia

Patesi Iltani rides her royal chariot through the streets of Eriku, the capital of Akkadia

Official Chaldea Concept Art

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The Babylonian island kingdom of Akkadia exerts its executive authority through a matriarchal system of governance. Civil power, political leadership, moral authority, social privilege, and property ownership belong solely to women. This matriarchal theocracy is ruled by a priestess of Ishtar, Patesi Iltani, a Babylonian demi-goddess who is the daughter of Ishtar and consort of Lord Marcosta Kordaava, emperor of Chaldea.

In Akkadia, it’s good to be a woman; to be a man, not so much.

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Three Dragon Hill

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Legatus Reiswitz and Centurion Bongani lead the 10th Legion against the orcs of Niesse

Legatus Reiswitz and Centurion Bongani lead the 10th Legion against the orcs of Niesse

Official Chaldea Concept Art

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The Battle of Three Dragon Hill took place in the Stollhofen badlands as part of the Stollhofen campaign of the Niesse Wars. It is noteworthy as an early engagement of Legatus Reiswitz Gustavus leading the 10th and 16th Legions. Facing a “worst-case scenario,” Gustavus’ forces briefly resisted the combined might of three armies: Gloggu, Molwitz, and Bruun. This major engagement became a stern lesson in how to operate when facing orcs at night.

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