Conquest: Misery

We found our Scarlet Chorus keeper overlooking the main town courtyard from a high balcony, as if a royal looking over their kingdom. Her voice dripped with irritation and disdain. "Great, Voices' new errand-boy." Her companions chuckled...

World-Building

Launching any role-playing campaign is a careful balance of characters interacting with each other, presentation of the setting, and initial motivation to explore the greater story. Recently I had occasion to begin running a new Legend of the Five...

Both Sides of the Coin

Villagers never complain when the energy of living things is used to mend broken bones, heal cattle of illness, or save crops from waves of insects. They look upon the "miracles" and "blessings" with awe and wonder—sometimes even reverence—and...

DC: Sanitary

Stepping out of the grime- and refuse-filled streets for a moment, it's about time for me to ride in on my high horse and complain about something I just don't understand about the DC catastrophe: blacklights. I completely get the idea that...

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Finding Character Nuance

Often a final step in the process of creating a character, particularly when it comes to role-playing games, is to write down attributes that aren't clean metrics; whether the character is "good" or "evil" is a pretty easy way to generalize their ethics, but not...

A Failed Resuscitation

Being something of a technophile, for years I've had a server at my house, providing network security, file sharing, and backup services to the computers on my network. Through my server I'm able to block ads across the whole of our internet connection, limit who has...

DC: Breaking Bonds

The outbreaks in New York and DC provide great examples of what can happen when societal norms break down and citizens take an "everyone for themselves" mentality. Civilization, I think, serves to save everyone from the "might makes right" logical fallacy that takes...

Conquest: Azurites

While attempting to locate Misery the following morning, I came across a refuge begging for my attention. "Please, Fatebinder, I ask you to intercede on my behalf – we have rights under Kyros' peace." The Scarlet Chorus member who had been beating him gave his words...

A Book in my Hands

Yesterday I was honored to receive the fully-revised draft of my first novel from my editor, who over the past month painstakingly went through and corrected/standardized not only the spelling and grammar used throughout but also made suggestions for word order, scene...

NW: Saving Grace

I have never understood the need for followers of any particular deity to erect large or grandiose churches and cathedrals to demonstrate their faith, or to fill those buildings with the type of wealth that could feed villages for generations. Across the city of...

DC: Resourcefulness

A little hope can go a very long way when it comes to keeping a population motivated. It's been said that great change doesn't begin when things are at their worst—people have to see the possibility of life improving before they will take up arms to make it happen....

Conquest: the Fatebinder of War

While investigating the city of Halfgate, seeking our contact within the Scarlet Chorus, a familiar face turned my way in the crowd. "I thought you might be poking around here," he chuckled without mirth. "No matter where you go, you sure churn up a wake, do you not?"...

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