Shadows of the Swordspynes Living Campaign

Campaign Quick Start Guide

Shadows of the Swordspyne is a campaign that takes place in the Eastlands of Atheles. It centers on the stronghold of Elmhearth, and the Wanderers Guild, of which all adventures in the campaign are a part of. 

Elmhearth was once just an outpost for the Wanderers, an adventurers guild. The nearby metropolis, Kowal, has fallen to dark times. People are accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake. The Red Guard and their ally, the Orthodox Unelesia Church, have imprisoned anyone who does not fit their definition of holy and normal. You and others have fled to Elmhearth as a sanctuary. But for Elmhearth to survive, you must help its overseer, Helfen. The refuge needs food, protection, and especially gold.


You find yourself in Elmhearth, an outpost for the Wanderers. Kowal has become too dangerous to those who don’t fit within the cities narrow cultural norm. You have come here for sanctuary, and hopefully to start a new life away from the oppressive city.

What is the campaign?

Shadows of the Swordspyne is a living campaign, which will be run much like a West Marches campaign ( see Matt Colville’s video on it: Adventures will be player driven, and as we grow, we will add new GMs, new locales, and new players.

How is it played (aka how is it a living campaign)?

Elmhearth is a encampment which has become refuge for people leaving the turmoil of the city. The players will all work for the Wanderers, but the game will hinge on their participation. The players have to form a group, decide what they want to do, and contact a GM about setting up a session time. Plans must be submitted at least one week before the game session to give the GM time to develop an adventure.

Here is our living campaign rules page.

What do I need?

You will need the free Beta SagaBorn 1.5 ruleset book ( and Fantasy Grounds (free edition) (

To be accepted, a player MUST submit a level 1 character sheet and fill out the Wanderer’s application.

How do I GM?

We are keeping the GM pool small for now, but will expand in the future. You must play in at least 4 sessions within the campaign before you can apply to be a GM.

Shadows of the Swordspynes Adventurers

Shadows of the Swordspynes Non-player Characters

The Map

Map Rules

Request an adventure at the Adventure Contract!

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