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The Far Side of the Table: In with the New and Out with the Old

Tyrash’s arms ached, and a sharp pain in his spine reminded him of his recent scrape with a group of thugs. A clawing fear slithered down his spine, causing the sharp pain to flare up again—he was getting old. Standing at the base of a winding mountainous path, Tyrash watched his companions nimbly climb the steep slope. With a heavy breath, he hefted the barrel of black powder he was carrying and trudged after his friends. Welcome to the...

On the Road with Phileus J. Abbertale: Fire and Sand

My uncle Reginald, a cosmopolitan fellow with a flair for the dramatic, regaled me throughout my youth with marvelous tales about his adventures in the Southlands. His stories of sleek sandships skating on the dunes, vast cities of the dead, and temperamental genies led me to dream of one day seeing these wonders firsthand. With visions of the sprawling sands dancing in my head, my burgeoning wanderlust finally grabbed me by the wrist and...

Welcome to Midgard: Mazeborn

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…] SORCEROUS...

Warlock’s Apprentice: Bazaar of Ineffable Wonders

Author’s Note. Parts of this article are taken from the Nine Chthonic Papyri of Heknusret the Temerarious, former member of the Honorable Society of Portal Wizards, a secretive order of Nurian mages based in the city of Per-Anu who seek to control the mysterious Red Portals. Heknusret travelled through dozens of Red Portals to many different times, places, and worlds often with little regard for his own safety, meticulously recording his...

Midgard Dungeons: Profahnter Water Station, Zobeck

The verdigris plaque is barely a hand’s width wide, set into the door frame. Its raised letters have an antique flourish, an artful design from the days when the Trade Tongue alphabet resembled Dwarvish script. For a spot in the Cartways, such an embellishment is unheard of. It’s a wonder that someone hasn’t pried it loose and exchanged it for its worth in brass. It can still be read: Profahnter Water Station. Ducking beneath the low-hanging...

Welcome to Midgard: Nuria Natal

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] Nuria Natal The River Kingdom...

Memoirs of a Lich: Foreshadowing, Part 2

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. Last time we touched on the first half of foreshadowing, which is making sure you establish at least the smallest hint of how amazing you are. This is important because it grants your appearance the appropriate gravitas. It’s also always really funny making fighters stain their mithral full plate with a few week’s worth of backed-up trail rations. The other important aspect to foreshadowing is your Epic...

Shades of Magic: Roguish Charms

It takes very little to become a criminal. A highway bandit needs nothing more than a club, and a pickpocket needs even less. However, the greatest of criminals, be they noble rebels or the most sinister of murderers, use all tools available to them. They scour the world for whatever magics might aid in their quests, often spending great sums and risking daring heists to acquire especially useful pieces. Spies, assassins, and thieves of legends...

Welcome to Midgard: Lands of the Dragoncoil

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] Lands of the Dragoncoil The...

Your Whispering Homunculus: Crooked Characters—Emilia Bittersweet, Part One

“Master, we have a visitor.” “Good, I’ve been expecting her. I have a little gentle pilfering to commission. Fetch my finest absinthe and then bring me the bottled imps. I’m not entirely sure I can trust this guest…” Crooked Characters are detailed NPCs to slip into your adventures however you wish. Free from class and statistics, they can be used in any fantasy gaming system. Each comes with a detailed description...

Under the City: Salon of Higher Studies

An arcane college offers endless opportunities to its students with its centuries of intellect suffused into its foundation and fortifying an arsenal of knowledge. But unlike most universities, this arcane college houses information not only above ground but also below in the depths of the under-city in a parallel institution with more sinister intent. The most salient differences between those who study within the college and those below it...

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...

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