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A Traveler's Guide to the Hamato Islands

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Introducing the all new Traveler's Guide to the Hamato Islands!  This comprehensive guide for DMs introduces the history, culture and lore of this Japan-themed adventure setting both as a supplement for modules and as a standalone reference for homebrew campaigns.  This guide is for both dungeon masters and players and includes the following chapters:

  • Chapter One: Geography, History and Politics - How the islands are arranged, major cities, how civilization began, and how it's organized now.
  • Chapter Two: The People of Hamato - Elves, Humans, Dragonborn and Half-Oni to name a few
  • Chapter Three: Religion - The Way of the Gods and the Way of the Great Sage, among others
  • Chapter Four: Life in the Hamato Islands - Tips of food, telling time, and currency
  • Chapter Five: Character Classes - How character classes from the Players Handbook (and sometimes from Xanather's Guide to Everything) would work for player characters native to the Hamato Islands.  Also includes a new Rogue archetype: the Saboteur.
  • Chapter Six: Weapons, Armor and Magic - A look at what weapons and armor from the Player's Handbook look like in the Hamato Islands, tips for what is culturally common, and special items not found outside the islands, such as Samurai Battle Armor.  Also includes natively Hamato magic items such as omamori and ofuda.
  • Chapter Seven: Bestiary - A look at dragons, oni, hobgoblins and yokai (fey) of the Hamato Islands.  Includes sample stat blocks.
  • Chapter Eight: Campaign Ideas - For DMs looking to run campaigns in the Hamato Islands, this chapter includes tips on various campaign ideas both for charcters from the Sword Coast and native Hamato characters.
The Traveler's Guide is the definitive reference for the Hamato Islands.  I use it all the time in my own campaigns, and I sincerely hope you can too.

What Are The Hamato Islands?

The Hamato Islands are a reimagining of the old Forgotten Realms kingdoms of "Wa" and "Kozakura", which resided on the fringes of the contient of Kara-Tur.  United under one Imperial banner now, peace and stability reign on the Islands, and travelers from the Sword Coast are just beginning to  trickle in.  This is a land not well understood by Faerunians, and provides many opportunities for adventure, but players can also play characters native to the Hamato Islands using the Traveler's Guide for tips on character conversion and cultural tips to help flesh out character concepts.

What's New in Version 9?

Version 9 of A Traveler's Guide to the Hamato Islands includes a color map of the Hamato Islands (special thanks to Mitchell Tee), full color character art, a new Wizard school: the School of Geomancy, expanded history and geography section, and stat block updates for certain yokai monsters.  Enjoy!

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