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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NW: Cloak and Dagger

Not all societies are fair or just—rarely even the best-intentioned ones are. Humans in particular, but by no means to the exclusion of the rest, find a great deal of satisfaction or contentment in blaming the "other" for their problems. Not enough food? Some other...

DC: Getting Friendly

I don't know what it is about a disaster that makes some people think all the rules go out the window. Of course I recognize that DC has fallen into a general state of anarchy in recent months, but that hardly excuses many of the excesses and degredation Israel and I...

NW: No Longer Hibernating

There isn't much to say about my upbringing except for the way my mother guided and molded me. A pious, even devout woman, she held divine and human law in equal respect, teaching me that while those above have made their decrees, it is we here on Toril who must abide...

Conquest: Fallen Stones

With a night's rest and packs full of traveling provisions, there was little stopping us from returning to the Stone Sea in our enforced mission to put an end to the traitorous Cairn, the former Archon of Stone. That he had been able to survive an Edict of Kyros...

Helping the Antagonist

To me, the best antagonists in fiction are those that have real motivations and consistent abilities. They're driving at their goal because they have a core belief that they are in the right, no matter what society says. They don't suddenly teleport out of nowhere...

On Titles

My father tells a story about a particular water polo game he was officiating where a teen-aged player addressed him as "dude." He paused the game, turned to the player's coach, and politely asked that players in future address him as "sir," or "official," or even the...

Que Sera (Mage Concept)

Everyone has a personal, deep connection with the idea of time. Not with Time itself of course—it's doubtful the immeasurable ebb and flow of time gives a single mote of attention to the individual actions of any of us—but with the version of time that each of us...

Conquest: Tunon’s Court

The Bastard City was three days' hard travel from the Scarlet Chorus camp, and out of the way enough that utilizing the mysterious fast-travel teleportation ability of the Spires would not hasten the journey. With all due haste we made our way to the tribunal hall...

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