Cinders of the Cataclysm

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Die Hard meets Blade Runner meets Fifth Element meets Fallout/Wasteland. Cinders of the Cataclysm is a science fantasy cyberpunk adventure in a dystopian, postapocalyptic world where the only surviving civilisation is in one megacity. And this time you play the action hero!

Die Hard meets Blade Runner meets Fifth Element. Cinders of the Cataclysm is a science fantasy cyberpunk adventure in a dystopian, postapocalyptic world. Only this time you play the action hero!

CotC blends "action hero" with "slice of life" virtually seamlessly. The characters are larger than life heroes, but in the grand scheme of things, they're still people. Common sense and a solid amount of careful planning is necessary to survive this neon dystopia!

This Worldanvil site is the RPG codex for the CotC setting. Here-in you will find a plethora of characters, factions and plots. This is your one go-to location for all things Cinders of the Cataclysm. You want to deep-dive into this strange world filled with mystery, intrigue and horror? This is your place!

They say that the gods used to watch over us and the world was a peaceful and prosperous place. They say it used to be green and full of life, until we turned our backs on the gods and "embraced the Shadow", whatever that means. The Cataclysm scorched and scarred our world. In one gigantic, apocalyptic event everything we knew was turned into a barren, toxic wasteland. In the blink of an eye, there were suddenly no more nations, varying cultures or languages. All of it, wiped out in searing fire.   On top of the shitpile that is this world is Fusion City, the single surviving spec of civilization. A monument to our greatness as a civilization. It's a trash heap full of opportunistic, greedy people clawing their way to the top of the food chain just so they can stomp on others.   I say it's fucking bullshit. There are no gods and if there ever were, they abandoned us. So fuck 'em! I'm just trying to survive and fight against the tide to make the world a better place for everyone.

In a world without humans, numerous species form the remnants of civilisation, devastated by a cataclysmic disaster. Most live inside Fusion City, a domed megacity, climbing on top of each other to reach the top of the societal ladder. The city is a web of intrigue and corporate oppression where the wealthy live off of the backs of the poor, who struggle to survive midst this abundance.

Outside the city in the barren wasteland a few scattered settlements harbor the few survivors of the Cataclysm, those that did not have the luxury of living in the protected city. Mutants toil to earn their value under the elitist non-mutated survivors, tensions rising day by day as raider attacks become a growing problem.

What will you be in this world of wonder? A kuna investigative journalist, working to uncover the latest corporate atrocity? A dulzuun street-goon fighting for his gang? An illim police officer struggling with meager pay and an overwhelming crime rate? Or perhaps a vindral wasteland wanderer, seeking the freedom to live as you please?

In Celenia: Cinders of the Cataclysm, you choose what and who you want to be. The adventure awaits!


Where to start?

If you're eager to dive in but don't know quite where to start, the Comprehensive Guide to Cinders of the Cataclysm is a great place to get situated. It will explain the setting on a surface level, getting you familiar enough with it to understand any future articles you choose to dive into. Remember though that it is surface level information. It won't dive too deep into each subject as to keep things brief.
October Announcement
Announcement: 9th October 2021

Long story short; due to crippling mental health, production is low.

However, low doesn't mean none. The playtests are progressing and bringing with them great improvements to many systems. Particularly the injury system has greatly benefited from playtests.

In addition, Foundry VTT development is taking off and the character sheets can now handle character bio, portrait, skills, traits, weapons, armor and injuries. Development is ongoing and once the character sheets are done, it's on to various other sheets such as mook-sheets, item-sheets and magic-related systems.

In further news, I've added a discussion board for Cinders of the Cataclysm. Since I happen to cover two settings and a ruleset, I'll likely try and consolidate discussions to one world, or even use Discord. However, wanting to offer some space to my followers, I'll be adding at the very least a general discussion board to all of my worlds.

You can find the discussion board for CotC here.


Celenia now has a unified place to access all the things with the url: www.celenia.se. It leads to the primary setting of Cinders of the Cataclysm, but the navbar can take you anywhere within the Celenia universe!

Patreon and Social Media

You can support Celenia on Patreon and get access to all the behind-the-scenes content available, get unique discord ranks and much more! Remember that CD10 Core is free to use, but that pledging on patreon gives you access to the advanced modules as well!

You can follow CD10 and Celenia on Twitter, join the official Beyond Reality Discord server as well as me on Twitch.tv where I share the worldbuilding and RPG-designing openly with you all every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 PM UTC.


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Want to support Celenia? Head on over to Patreon and have a look at how you can help make Celenia a published and printed game and what rewards you can receive for supporting the development!


Celenia is a tabletop roleplaying game universe with a number of games/settings in it, most taking place on the world of Dunia, a firmament flatworld floating in an endless abyss of water. Celenia, as a tabletop setting, has been in development for over 18 years, primarily in the shape of Celenia: Dark Shadows, a dark fantasy setting with folklore-like magic and mystery.

Celenia: Cinders of the Cataclysm (CotC) is a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk sci-fantasy table-top roleplaying game set in the same world as Dark Shadows, only in a near-future setting. CotC uses the narratively focused CD10 RPG system.

Useful links

Celenia - The greater narrative universe
Dark Shadows - The Prequel to Cinders of the Cataclysm
Celenia D10 RPG System - CD10 Systems Reference

To get a quick start into CotC, the Comprehensive Guide to Cinders of the Cataclysm will help you find your footing quickly!

A one-shot adventure played in this world is available below, courtecy of the team behind How to be a Great GM's series, "Adventures of the Windswift". The adventure uses the Celenia D10 RPG System, developed for Celenia settings.

Please note that this adventure was played long ago and significant changes have been made to the system since then, but the core experience is the same.

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