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Welcome to Midgard: Grandmother Baba Yaga

Welcome, friend, to the world of Midgard. Maybe you’re brand new to this world. Or maybe you’ve been around since the beginning. Either way, stay—all are welcome! Please, sit and listen to the tales. You see, the world has been changing, and oh, the sights to see. It’s a living, evolving realm where things happen after all. So why shouldn’t it have a life all it’s own? Where to start… [From the Midgard Worldbook] Grandmother Baba Yaga Many...

The Far Side of the Table: Conflict and Villainy

The adventurers were in trouble, and Val knew it was his fault. Standing before a group of guards, Val, Tyrash, Azreal, and Strass watched as a portly shop owner squinted at each of them. As the merchant’s eyes fell on Val, the stolen bread in his sleeve seemed easily noticeable. Val closed his eyes as he watched the merchant slowly point at him. He was caught. First day in a new city, and he was going to prison. Then there was an...

On the Road with Phileus J. Abbertale: Fields of Doom

Well met and well-traveled, friend. Introductions are certainly in order. I am Phileus J. Abbertale—explorer, naturalist, and scholar. Neophytes refer to me as a guide, but I personally find the term lacking, considering the breadth of knowledge I impart to those willing to listen. Indeed, the title Journey Facilitator best captures the range of services I provide to my clients. In my mind, formality conveys importance, and nothing is more...

Welcome to Midgard: Beer Domain

Welcome, friend, to the world of Midgard. Maybe you’re brand new to this world. Or maybe you’ve been around since the beginning. Either way, stay—all are welcome! Please, sit and listen to the tales. You see, the world has been changing, and oh, the sights to see. It’s a living, evolving realm where things happen after all. So why shouldn’t it have a life all it’s own? Where to start… [From the Midgard Heroes Handbook…] BEER DOMAIN The heady...

Warlock’s Apprentice: Jann of the Burnished City

The genies of the Elemental Planes keep slaves, but they also need servants—individuals powerful enough to run their petty citadels and elemental empires but not rise to become rivals to their power. These are the jann, beings made of multiple primal elements. A beautiful people of striking appearance and demeanor, they suffer the egos of their masters and keep such great metropolises as the City of Brass in some sense of order. Made of Many...

DM Selfie: The Winners

What a wonderful turnout of photos for the DM Selfie contest! You really made me want to get my game on. It’s always so much fun to see how different yet how similar everyone’s game is—to see all the ways that gaming happens. And you certainly didn’t make the judges’ task easy. But the dice have been rolled, so to speak. Congratulations to the winners—who should be expecting fabulous prizes winging their way soon—and...

Races of Midgard: Aridni

Those that call Midgard home are many and varied, and adventure awaits them all. This series presents some potential player races that you might not have considered. Aridni Description: Aridni are small, ashen-grey creatures, standing no more than three feet in height. They have thin, agile bodies and weigh no more than thirty pounds. And of course, they have moth-like wings, allowing for quick maneuvering to avoid danger and escape foes....

Midgard Dungeons: Hecate’s Moon Temple (Near Mount Parini)

The mountain at the heart of the island rumbles—smoke and lava vent from fissures and craters, geologic might being the most persistent guardian of Hecate’s Moon Temple. Nearby, the doorway to a shadowy byway crackles with arcane energy, detectable and accessible only by those who are initiated in one of Midgard’s most enduring mysteries. But for all that, the Moon Temple that belongs to the Bringer of Magic has fallen. Spectral guardians and...

Welcome to Midgard: Zobecker Scout

Welcome, friend, to the world of Midgard. Maybe you’re brand new to this world. Or maybe you’ve been around since the beginning. Either way, stay—all are welcome! Please, sit and listen to the tales. You see, the world has been changing, and oh, the sights to see. It’s a living, evolving realm where things happen after all. So why shouldn’t it have a life all it’s own? Where to start… [From the Midgard Heroes Handbook…] RANGER: ZOBECKER SCOUT...

Gaming in the Perilous Southlands (with Kids!)

Way back when time began, I started gaming with Basic Dungeons & Dragons and moved quickly to AD&D. For the next few years, I was into anything TSR put out—Top Secret, Gamma World, Gangbusters, Star Frontiers, Boot Hill—and then I discovered Call of Cthulhu. But my group mostly stopped gaming when we started driving. There were brief returns—I lived in London after college and bought a lot of Call of Cthulhu at Forbidden Planet, and I...

Out of the Frying Pan: Muttering Madness

Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who will want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? Muttering Madness The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict flows organically into the next, sometimes without even giving the PCs a chance to catch their collective...

Welcome to Midgard: Recent Events in the Blood Kingdom

Welcome, friend, to the world of Midgard. Maybe you’re brand new to this world. Or maybe you’ve been around since the beginning. Either way, stay—all are welcome! Please, sit and listen to the tales. You see, the world has been changing, and oh, the sights to see. It’s a living, evolving realm where things happen after all. So why shouldn’t it have a life all it’s own? Where to start… [From the Midgard Worldbook…] RECENT EVENTS IN THE BLOOD...

Memoirs of a Lich: Foreshadowing, Part 1

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. Let’s say you’ve put time and effort into erecting the perfect deathtrap. The protagonists run through your maze of horrors like well-armed rats, finding you within the center. You let loose a villainous laugh and throw the big switch on a gigantic technomagical gizmo with tons of cool special effects. You start monologuing about how it’s going to simultaneously make you a thousand feet tall and turn a god into an...

Shades of Magic: Elven Secrets

The Elves abandoned Midgard for other realms many ages ago. However, many of their mysterious, epic enchantments remained behind. Their unique artifacts and puissant magic items are still hidden deep in ancient forests and in timeless ruins for the intrepid (or foolhardy) adventurer to discover and claim. Armours of the Cavalier Armor, very rare, requires attunement This +2 silvered plate mail is immune to all types of rust and magical rust...

Welcome to Midgard: Griffon Knight

Welcome, friend, to the world of Midgard. Maybe you’re brand new to this world. Or maybe you’ve been around since the beginning. Either way, stay—all are welcome! Please, sit and listen to the tales. You see, the world has been changing, and oh, the sights to see. It’s a living, evolving realm where things happen after all. So why shouldn’t it have a life all it’s own? Where to start… [From the Midgard Heroes Handbook…] FIGHTER: GRIFFON KNIGHT...

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