The Tempered playbook
A downloadable playbook
The Tempered has had life-changing experiences. But, like a well-tempered sword, after being shaped in fire and facing the heat they’ve become honed, sharp, and capable. They want to forge a new life filled with love. But they must first find balance — weighing safety, stability, and vulnerability against change, justice, and facing foes.
Balance your sharpness and tenderness with The Tempered, a new unofficial playbook for Thirsty Sword Lesbians. This Powered by Lesbians community playbook includes 5 beautiful pages of content, including:
- The Tempered playbook
- Relationship questions
- GM moves
- Table of friends, threats, and plots
The Brooding or Burning Hero
This playbook takes inspiration from the brooding, silent sword-for-hire archetype and the throw-caution-to-the-wind fighter archetype. But it intentionally adds in moments that break the silence and offset the conflict, so allies and adversaries alike can feel the angst from your character’s troubled past and see their yearning for the chance to be vulnerable and be close to someone again. It also leaves room for building new relationships, with moves like Test of Mettle and A Life You Once Loved.
Get those cinematic climactic moments with The Tempered’s core playbook feature, Mettle. When your Mettle goes off the scale, your character can become either Unstoppable or Unbreakable, giving them incredible, spotlight-grabbing powers. Each one comes with a cost, though — one that makes it more likely for allies and adversaries alike to reach out and try to get closer.
Level Up Your Zingers and Flirts
The Tempered isn’t all brooding and physical conflict. Flirts and charged moments are easy to get too, with a range of moves that let you choose whether to dig into angst or keep it flirty and fun.
Not into any traumatic past, but still want to up your flirting? Whet Your Appetite is great for your next flirty playbook advance. If you’re looking for your current character to get more impact from heated retorts or icy glares, Hot and Cold helps you deliver.
Despite state-sanctioned murder, land-theft, and marginalization, the people of these nations and lands still live in these lands, practicing their traditional culture and religion. You can support them through donation, learning about them and their culture, and being mindful of how you represent indigenous communities and colonial forces in the stories you tell.
This playbook was designed by Christie R. Fremon.
Art: Christie R. Fremon
Layout by: Christie R. Fremon using a template created by Kona Goodhart
Thank you to April Kit Walsh, Kona Goodhart, The Shiving Tree, Misty Crystal, Michelle Jones, Alexa Fae McDaniel, , Alexis Sara, and Pat McCabe. Your support, enthusiasm, and feedback helped make this playbook so much better.
This work uses material from the Thirsty Sword Lesbians roleplaying game (found at https://swordlesbians.com), designed by April Kit Walsh and published by Evil Hat Productions, LLC, pursuant to the open license available at poweredbylesbians.com.
Thirsty Sword Lesbians™ is a trademark of April Kit Walsh. The Powered by Lesbians Logo is © April Kit Walsh, and is used pursuant to the open licensing terms at http://poweredbylesbians.com
|Updated||27 days ago|
|Release date||May 01, 2022|
|Author||Christie R. Fremon|
|Tags||LGBT, LGBTQIA, pbl, powered-by-lesbians, thirsty-sword-lesbians, tsl, Tabletop role-playing game|
|Asset license||Creative Commons Attribution_NonCommercial_ShareAlike v4.0 International|
|Average session||A few hours|
In order to download this playbook you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:
Support this playbook at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.
If you aren’t able to purchase this playbook due to financial hardship or dependence on someone not supportive of your identity, please take a free community copy.
- The Tempered is out of play test!May 01, 2022
Leave a comment
Log in with itch.io to leave a comment.