Articles By Author - Jon Sawatsky

Warlock’s Apprentice: Legendary Works of Arshin the Enchanter

Bringing you a taste from the dark pages of Warlock… Infernist, madman, binder, crackpot, genius, saint: all these titles and more were set upon the shoulders of Arshin, legendary enchanter of the Winewood. Here, in your hands, is a tome containing information on the man, his followers, and his great works of magic. Though we concern ourselves here with his most famous creations, the prolific magic tamer produced countless strange and...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Boreas (Part 3)

Clerics of Boreas (for 5E) The cold and the gods care not for the system in which you play. But you might. Here’s 5E details for you cleric of Boreas. Frost Domain Clerics of Boreas, Mara, and other icy deities can imbue their attacks with biting cold, create weapons of ice, and send forth blasts of razor sharp ice to damage their foes. 1st Divine favor (ice dmg), create or destroy water 3rd Spiritual weapon (ice dmg), gust of wind 5th...

Prepared!: A Mother’s Face

They listened to her sweet song—a melodious remembrance of a gleaming spire bathed in moonlight. “Alden by the sea, she waits there for me…” the creature crooned, and as they listened, her kin ate from their skulls—none raised the slightest complaint; the owl with a mother’s face. —Hefon, the Mad “A Mother’s Face” is a fifth edition scenario that challenges four 5th- to 6th-level characters, and it includes the owl harpy, a creature from the...

Prepared!: The Follow Dark

They came at noon. Walked straight across Demp’s turnip field and directly to the paddock. I been living here for ten years, and not once have those foul things been seen in the light of day. Two of them, walking together with a grim smile on their brutish faces. Behind them, trailing a few paces, was some small shadowy thing—all foggy it was, and wherever the strange being went, an unnatural shade spread in the sky. We hid as the hulks...

Prepared!: Yobb’s Speck of Likely Lightning

We get enough storms this close to the big drink, and more than we need at that. Now, just up the river a ways, where it gets wide and treacherous with rapids, there’s a tuft of dirt and trees out there in the middle. Yobb’s Speck they call it, after old Jan Yobb the woodsman—gods protect him, who first saw the islet’s unnerving quality. Whenever there’s a storm rolling through, the lightning visits there more than is natural. Crows love that...

Prepared!: Shell Song

We brought the boats in and began unloading as the captain asked. Old man Jul went up the beach a ways to find a place to set the tents. We all laughed at first when he slipped on the rocks and fell flat on his arse, cursing and waving his arms. Now, Holm swears that old man Jul’s fate was sealed the day he spat on the ship’s shrine to Poseidon, but Holm is a zealot and who can say? We watched as the old man tried to stand, but couldn’t. We saw...

Prepared!: The Oath

To earn a coin is noble work, to steal one a good trick, But the secrets of those who make the coin Are worth more than a gold brick. —Ravenfolk saying The Oath is a short fifth edition scenario that challenges four 2nd- to 3rd-level characters, and it includes the ravenfolk scout, a creature from the upcoming Tome of Beasts book from Kobold Press! Background The PCs are passed by a strange caravan in the night; a single ravenfolk named Crolk...

Prepared!: The Inevitable

I’ve drank at the Inevitable three times. The first time was after the troll charge on Hearra Keep; a claw missed me by an eyelash and killed the warrior next to me. The second time was after surviving a shipwreck on the Little Daggers coastline; things in the water there would make a devil think twice. The third time was heartache, and tonight, tonight I drink at the Inevitable because I turned fifty and surely death now rides at me full tilt....

Prepared!: A Farewell to Flame

I am thrilled to bring more fun Prepared! scenarios to the Kobold Press blog. I am even more thrilled to include fantastic monsters from Kobold Press’ forthcoming Tome of Beasts. Each week I will feature a monster from the tome, and each week the challenge ramps up. Game on, sisters and brothers! —Jon There’s strange lights flickering up in the ruins on the hill. There, see where I’m pointing? By the poplar trees. Started a month ago, maybe...

Prepared!: Upon the Icebound Terrace

Cartography by Meshon CantrillWe left Gorol’s Outpost and went north for several days. The weather held, and we counted our blessings. We’d heard stories of the place and had it in our hearts to find those ruins. Vladimir had a map we’d bought from some locals; they said it was as old as some words—whatever that meant. It was early evening when we saw the crack in the glacier. We went single file through a long tunnel that opened up into a...

Prepared!: In Its Horrid Wake

Cartography by Meshon CantrillWe saw it—don’t turn your heads. Up near Hilltop Crossroad and the temple. It walked south; the trees fell in its path. Even the moon hid. Gods help Father Dren… “In Its Horrid Wake” is an explorable fifth edition location designed to offer a hard challenge to four 7th-level PCs. Background A colossal demon has tread upon a sandy temple. Closely behind it, worshiping gnolls and slavering hyenas slay all...

Prepared!: Atop the Mountain

Cartography by Meshon Cantrill She lay down her sword and wept; her tears are the water. She lay down her body and slept; her bones are the fountain. Atop the mountain, at the war’s end, a place for gods to wonder. “Atop the Mountain” is an explorable fifth edition location designed to offer a hard challenge to four 11th-level characters. Background A planetar rests at the top of a mountain. A veteran of an ancient war against the hells, and a...

Prepared!: The Room with Five Corners

Cartography by Meshon Cantrill It’s true I used to run with the Untamed—back when Owl was the leader. I don’t associate with ’em now though—not after what I saw. I got a stomach for all manner of things, but whatever it was I spied through the door at the back of the hideout…a room with a wall changing shape; like a puzzle putting itself together—filled me with a kind of fear I ain’t known before or since. I can’t say what dark thing the...

Prepared! The Marrow Mines

Cartography by Meshon Cantrill I was taken by the evil dogs while camping near Agav’s bog. They dragged me into their lair, and it wasn’t until I escaped that I knew the truth of the place: a great and bony wing buried in the side of a hill. They chained me in the dark with a candle made from foul wax and forced me to dig at the marrow. Their bonds were poorly made, and I fled several days later while they slept. What purpose did they have in...

Prepared!: The Burning Crater

Cartography by Meshon Cantrill The mountains are the border between our kingdom and the realm of the fire giants. Look far eastward—see how the peaks turn black? Their forges must burn night and day to mark the mountains so. Some mornings, sunrise dims from the smoke and soot. Long have we watched the pass and tallied our fortunes at its stillness. Recently, though, there are signs our luck is turning. Fiery orbs sail through the night skies...

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