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Changeling: the Lost Hardcover – August 16, 2007
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This game is not about recapturing an unattainable childhood that never was; it's about growing up and realizing that life without empathy and self-sacrifice is empty and horrifying. It's about overcoming things forced on you in life, and choosing not to repeat those mistakes when you have power. It's about real forgiveness and growth as a person.
You are actually playing a Changeling this time around, not a fairy in a human body. You are former human who now has half a fae soul and half a human soul, and you probably look radically different from your former self. Because time between the Fae dimension (Arcadia) and Earth isn't stable, you could have emerged years, or mere seconds after you were abducted. You might even have arrived *before* you were abducted (oh, the headaches).
Building your character is incredibly flexible. You pick a Seeming based on six fairy tale archetypes: Beasts (animal creatures), Darklings (Spooky, slithery dark things), Elementals (aspects of natural forces), Wizened (crones, little old men and such), Fairest (fairy tales princes/princess, beautiful witches), and Ogres (powerful and violent monsters). From here you select one of the many kiths that focus your characters traits and abilities. This allows you to play almost any type of fairy tale creature regardless of culture. Winter Masques (Changeling: the Lost) offers even more choices.
Changeling "magic" is very Faustian in nature. Changelings make contracts and pledges to gain power, complete with obligations, loop holes and catches. This is an interesting and different take on fairy magic that reflects folklore far more than any system I have seen. As you can imagine, it creates a lot of social politicking that should please Vampire fans.
As a whole this module is a very focused with lots of potential hooks for the GM. If you're sick of D&D's elves/fae and want a system that really captures the essence of all things fae, Changeling is what you want.
When I heard there was going to be another Changeling game. I wasn't pleased. The first one, Changeling the Dreaming, was not a horror game, it was a fantasy game wrapped in a modern era. Changeling: The Lost has some fantasy elements, but its a horror and suspense game living up to the banner of "A World of Darkness".
BTW the primer story in the beginning really freaked my wife out. That's always a good sign. She's a bigtime horror nut and it takes alot to get her creeped out.
Good Job White Wolf. Keep it coming.
This book is tremendous. That said, while it IS a dark game, do not invest if you want splatter. While horror can and should factor in we are looking at a lot less Clive Barker and a lot more M. Night Shayamalan.You play a person taken to Faerie, an indescribaly idyllic looking place, and tortured and abused relentlessly. Upon your escape you find that your life has been stolen. The Others (the ones that took you) have replaced you with some THING that is living your life. And killing it and taking your life back isn't usually a reasonable option, for many good reasons.
It's a twisted and thorny journey through the old fairy tales that makes one examine the things they value in their lives, and what would happen if you were remade into something alien and bizarre, forever denied what was rightfully yours.