The Great Library – or as some call it, the City of Books – is a lone tower suspended in a dark, boundless void. There is no sun, no stars, no moon, or even sky in this land. What holds this acropolis aloft remains a mystery. Yet within the Tower itself, there exist a plethora of sentient beings made of paper, ink, and magic.
The Great Library is home to a special collection of books gathered from realms connected to the Forest of Doors and the Fracture. Their caretaker, the Great Librarian, has imbued his collection with so much of his own attention and energy that they have come to life: they have become magical creatures that can talk and even move about under their own power. As time went on, these animate tomes became more and more “real” under the Librarian’s care; they grew in size and began to mimic the human form, becoming known as Page Folk: humanoid beings, who are, for all intents and purposes, made of paper and ink.
The Librarian and his creations are all that is left in the world of the Library. Whoever might have inhabited this world before have left no clues to their existence, nor any records describing their forgotten world. There are legends about the ancestry of the Great Librarian and the Library itself, and the elder Page Folk speak vaguely of their maker’s origins, but most Folk regard these stories as pure fancy.
The Restricted Section
Pagefolk characters in Fractured are intended to be darker than their Forest of Doors brethren, and as such, may hail from the closed off restricted areas, damaged by Mistress Guillotine and her forces. While a Pagefolk character may embody any text, we strongly encourage our players to pick themes that fit the overall dark fantasy setting of the game. For example, a Pagefolk based on a book of jokes, an innocent children’s story, or a romantic romp will be out of place, whereas a book of dark medical techniques, sinister magics, or a horror story would fit right in. If you are unsure if the theme you have chosen is appropriate, please contact us and we’ll be glad to help.
As living books, Page Folk receive a five-point discount when buying their first level of Scholarship. Thanks to the maze-like stacks of the Great Library, Page Folk also receive a five-point discount when buying their first level of Survival. Furthermore, Pagefolk receive a five-point discount when buying their first level of Annotations of the Great Index. Due to their solid, enchanted forms, Page Folk increase their maximum Vitality by 1. Page Folk may eat and drink as normal, and for roleplaying purposes reading any text will also help serve as sustenance.
Finally, any fire damage effect that is taken by a Page Folk also counts as double the damage of the effect, if not defended against.
Makeup & Costume Requirements
All Page Folk must wear a mask with words or have words on their face. A tabard or clothing with writing is also necessary. The text itself should reflect the character’s composition. Remember, books and writings on dark subjects are appropriate and encouraged, whimsical or lighthearted topics are not.