The Ætherial Corporation's
Field Agent Handbooks:
Observatory Department, 1924–1928

Coming 6 February 2024Get notified on Kickstarter!

While exploring the dry, dust-moted corridors of Æther Corp’s Head Office, I stumbled on the rooms of our now long-defunct Observancy Department.

Ensconced amid the smell of yellowing, typewritten paper and polished parquet flooring was a locked wooden cupboard that housed a selection of Field Agent Handbooks, covering the years 1924 to 1926 & 1928.

The Department spent their time observing the world around them while going about their normal everyday activities, noting down suspicious activity and tapping into their extra-sensory perception (ESP) by using their standard issue pendulum (a key on a string) & dowsing board.

Each year they refocused their efforts on a new object of suspicion (such as animals, clouds, plants and landscapes) while capturing their observations in these A6-sized workbooks.


Each handbook includes:

Once complete, dossiers can be sent back to Head Office to be signed & stamped in order to chart the Agent’s rise through the four ranks from Operative to Field Agent (Second & First Class) to Special Agent.

After trialling some of these activities myself I find there might be something to their suspicions so I’ve reopened the Observancy Department and invite YOU to join the Ætherial Corporation’s most covert operation, its Field Agents.

The Field Agent Handbooks are a set of four solo RPGs/LARPs designed to be played when out and about. The handbooks are written as in-world artefacts and help you make observations about the world around you.

The Handbooks

Each handbook follows a similar format with these common pages:

Cover of each book in yellow, blue, green and brown with its unique worksheet

As the Department refocused their efforts each year, they amended & updated the details on those pages and added additional pages as needed.

1924 Revolution

We suspect the animal kingdom of plotting a revolution & you are here to help us understand their devices.

Our mission in the Observancy Department is to spot any such behaviour or signs of suspicious activity, note them down, and draw our conclusions.

Additional pages include:

1925 Leviathan

The age of flight is still in its infancy and we have heard worrying reports from our aeroplane & dirigible pilots of giant beasts that roam the aether.

Our fresh mission is to observe the clouds, look for unusual signs & cloud formations, and attempt to discern the activity & anatomy of these sky-bound leviathan.

Additional pages include:

1926 Communication

While we were looking upward, we didn't think to concern ourselves with the growing cacophony in our very own gardens, forests, and fields.

Our mission turns to our leafy neighbours to see if we can understand their speech and intuit their meaning throughout each season.

Additional pages include:

1928 Giants

From the landscape sprung the flowers, but who formed the landscape? Newly discovered texts indicate the folklore might be true and giants may have indeed existed.

Our mission is to lower our gaze to the ground to identify oddly shaped mounds, mimetoliths (rocks resembling faces), gouged earth, and suspicious urban planning decisions. Under the hills there may be sleeping colossus.

Additional pages include:

Field Officer Book Wrap

Well organised Field Agents can keep their handbooks together with this handmade book cover.

Made with dark grey 100%-wool felt, brass coloured eyelets, and two sets of red elasticated bands, the cover measures 5 by 7 inches when closed and can comfortably hold all four handbooks (plus one extra with an additional band).

It also includes a tag with an eyelet from which you can attach your pendulum key when not in use.


Coming 6 February 2024 — Get notified on Kickstarter!

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The original one-page pocket handbook was inspired by two zine games:

And if you like your RPGs outdoors and with things on string then you might also want to check out Conkerers by Cat Elm.

We wish you well in your endeavours and remember:

Watchful is our watchword