Welcome to the world at the end of the world. The skies are shrouded with

K now, O Prince, that between the years when the Serpent fell and the oceans drank America and the gleaming cities, and the rise of the Sons of Spac...
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now, O Prince, that between the years when the Serpent fell and the oceans drank America and the gleaming cities, and the rise of the Sons of Space, there was an Age undreamed of, when nations guttered low and flared brilliant across the poisoned world like dying stars—California and Texas each claiming the flag of the West, France torn asunder and facing the desert, harsh Mexico, slumbering Brazil, Argentina where the seeds of Thule lay waiting, ancient lands of Persia and Arabia and Iraq between two empires, the coldly clutching Soviet Union whispering behind its Wall of Serpent, Japan whose warriors wore steel and silk and khaki. But the proudest kingdom of the world was Australia, the last green and pleasant land, ringed around by its dominions and bulwarked by the sea...

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elcome to the world at the end of the world. The skies are shrouded with burning, oily smoke, the Earth groans under a poisoned corpse, and the only way out may be deeper into the belly of the beast. It’s a world nearly killed by the death of wonder, although far from all the wonders are dead. Put the “grim” back in “grime” and see the world outside the smeared Perspex windscreen.

See it smolder. See it burn. See if you can save it. 1

Dedicated to Jess Nevins, Two-Fisted Scholar.

Fate Core Edition By Kenneth Hite with Leonard Balsera Additional Material by Morgan Ellis, Brian Engard, and Hal Mangold Edited by Tom Cadorette Art Direction, Book Layout and Design by Hal Mangold Cartography by Kenneth Hite and Hal Mangold Cover by Jeff Himmelman Interior Art by Mike Perry, Nathan Furman and Mike Vilardi Additional Interior art by Bree DiQuinzio, W.G. Collingwood & Lorenz Frølich

Special thanks to Fred Hicks and the entire Evil Hat Productions crew, and the Fate System fans! This game references the Fate Core game system, available from Evil Hat Productions at www.evilhat. com. Fate Core and all associated logos and trademarks are copyrights of Evil Hat Productions. Used with permission. Evil Hat makes no representation or warranty as to the quality, viability, or suitability for purpose of this product. Spirit of the Century™ and its related characters are copyright Evil Hat Productions, LLC Some weapon images courtesy of www.adamsguns.com. An earlier version of a portion of “Serpentfall” appeared as “The Day After Ragnarok: Reality Urdha,” in Pyramid Online (May 18, 2007). Permission is granted to print 1 (one) copy of the electronic version of this publication, for personal use only. The Day After Ragnarok is copyright © 2008-2013 by Kenneth Hite. All rights reserved. Please don’t pirate this book. Neither Lung Choi San nor Bêlit of the Black Coast would approve your horning in on their action. ISBN 10: 0-9896155-0-2 •

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Table of Contents

Contents Serpentfall................................................................7 The Serpent Dies .........................................................8 The Giants Revive ........................................................9 The Eagle Broken .........................................................9 The Lion Waiting .......................................................10

Heroes’ Section Choose Your Poison: Your Game After the Serpentfall.......... 13 Wolves Beyond The Border .......................................13 Servants of the Crown ..............................................14 Phoenix and the Sword .............................................15 City of the Emerald Night.........................................16 Mixing, Matching, and Making Your Own ..............17

Welcome to the End of the World: Character Creation .......................................19 Making a Hero ...........................................................19 Glory Days ............................................................. 19 The Day After Ragnarok ......................................... 19 Just A Few Days Ago .............................................. 19 Some Advice on Aspects ...........................................20 King, Country, Agency, Gang ................................. 20 Higher Learning ..................................................... 20 Faith, Mysteries, and Legend ................................. 20 Debts, Desperation, and Scarcity ........................... 21 Things Left Behind ................................................. 21 Superstition and Fear ............................................. 21 Triumph and Hope ................................................. 21 Character Archetypes ................................................22 The Acrobat................................................................22 The Aviator ................................................................22 The Barbarian ............................................................22 The Cowboy ...............................................................22 The Detective .............................................................23 The Diplomat .............................................................23 The Engineer..............................................................23 The Explorer ..............................................................23 The Gadgeteer ............................................................24 The Gangster..............................................................24 The Grease Monkey ...................................................24 The Holy Warrior .......................................................24 The Hunter.................................................................24 The Lawman ..............................................................25 The Mentalist.............................................................25 The Miracle Man/Woman .........................................25 The Musician .............................................................25 The Professor .............................................................26

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The Reporter ..............................................................26 The Scientist ..............................................................26 The Secret Agent........................................................26 The Soldier .................................................................26 The Sorcerer ...............................................................27 The Speleo-Herpetologist .........................................27 The Thrill-Seeking Criminal .....................................27

New Skills and Updated Skills .................. 27 Lore ............................................................................27 Pilot............................................................................28 Resources ...................................................................28 Ride ............................................................................28 Sail..............................................................................29 Scrounge ....................................................................29 Science .......................................................................29 Survival ......................................................................29

Extras ....................................................................... 30 Powers ........................................................................30 Magic .........................................................................30 Miracles .....................................................................32 Psionics ......................................................................33 Ophi-Tech ..................................................................34

Gear ...........................................................................34 Gear As An Extra .......................................................34 Expendable Gear .................................................... 34 Personalized Gear .................................................. 36 Story-Based Gear Benefits ..................................... 37 Ophi-Tech ..................................................................38 Ophi-Tech Devices .................................................. 38 Normal Tech ..............................................................44 Weapons After Ragnarok ..........................................45 Melee Weapons....................................................... 45 Bows....................................................................... 46 Pistols .................................................................... 46 Submachine Guns (SMGs)...................................... 46 Shotguns ................................................................ 46 Rifles ...................................................................... 46 Assault Rifles ......................................................... 47 Machine Guns ........................................................ 47 Flamethrowers ....................................................... 48 Rocket Launchers ................................................... 48 Grenades ................................................................ 48 Vehicles ......................................................................48 Scale ....................................................................... 48 Example Vehicles.......................................................49 Ground Vehicles...................................................... 49 Aircraft .................................................................. 49 Watercraft .............................................................. 52

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Game Master’s Section The World After Ragnarok ...........................55 The British Empire ....................................................55 The United States ......................................................60 The Poisoned Lands...................................................64 France ........................................................................70 Spain ..........................................................................71 The Soviet Union .......................................................72 The Japanese Empire ................................................75 China..........................................................................75 The Philippines ..........................................................76 Congress India ...........................................................76 The Middle East .........................................................77 Latin America ............................................................79

Born Of Venom and Ice .................................. 85 Bad Guys ....................................................................85 Bandit .................................................................... 85 Veteran Bandit........................................................ 85 Bandit Chief ........................................................... 85 Veteran Bandit Chief .............................................. 85 Cultist .................................................................... 85 Cult Leader ............................................................ 86 Loner ...................................................................... 86 Police ...................................................................... 87 Elite or Secret Police ............................................... 87 Police Detective ...................................................... 87 Secret Agent ........................................................... 87 Soldier .................................................................... 87 Elite Soldier ............................................................ 88 Militia Soldier ........................................................ 88 Officer .................................................................... 88 Thug ....................................................................... 88 Thug Boss ............................................................... 88 Animals and Natural Threats ....................................89 Bear........................................................................ 89 Bison ...................................................................... 89 Dog......................................................................... 89 Elephant................................................................. 89 Hippopotamus ........................................................ 90 Lion ........................................................................ 90 Rhinoceros .............................................................. 90 Shark...................................................................... 91 Wolf........................................................................ 91 Wolverine ............................................................... 92 Chimeras ....................................................................92 Aunt Jenny............................................................. 92 Ghoul ..................................................................... 92 Man-Ape ................................................................ 93 Swamp Devil .......................................................... 93

Monsters....................................................................94 Death-Worm .......................................................... 94 Dero ....................................................................... 94 Devil-Flower........................................................... 94 Enormous Scorpion ................................................ 95 Giant Sea Scorpions ............................................... 95 Fly-By-Night .......................................................... 95 Giant Alligator ....................................................... 96 Giant Gila Monster ................................................ 96 Really Giant Gila Monster...................................... 97 Giant Snake ........................................................... 97 Sea Snakes ............................................................. 98 Snow Snakes .......................................................... 98 Giant Spider ........................................................... 98 Hydra ..................................................................... 98 Jotun ....................................................................100 Kraken .................................................................100 Naga.....................................................................101 Thunderbird .........................................................101 Wendigo ...............................................................101

Adventures in the Serpent’s Shadow ...103 Adventure Generator ............................................. 103 The Hook ..............................................................103 Location ...............................................................105 Heroes’ Goal .........................................................106 Villain ..................................................................107 Villain’s Goal ........................................................108 Henchmen ............................................................110 Victim ..................................................................111 Guest Star ............................................................112 Obstacles..............................................................113 Twist ....................................................................114 Fateful Followthroughs.......................................... 116

Serpentfall Revisited.....................................119 The Shadows Ascendant ........................................ 120 Notable Remnants ................................................. 120 Sally Slick And The Monkeywrench Brigade .........120 Doctor Methuselah, Secret Master of Ophi-Tech ..121 Rocket Red, Russian Vanguard .............................122 Example Campaigns ............................................... 122 Twilight of the Centurions ...................................122 In Name Alone......................................................124 Rise of the Millennials ..........................................124

Appendix: Poisoned Lands Encounters ..................125 Inspirations..........................................................137 Index ........................................................................139 Character Sheet................................................142 License ..................................................................144

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