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Midgard Heroes: Kobolds

Of the smaller races, the kobolds have adapted best to the changing world. Enslaved long ago by reaver dwarves, kobolds quickly carved a niche for themselves as miners, scouts, and tinkerers: small enough to be useful, and also small enough to be dismissed as a threat. At first they were tolerated, then largely ignored. As a result, the shadows of dwarven society are rife with kobold rogues and entrepreneurs (many of them secret worshippers of...

Welcome to Midgard: Trollheim

South of the Reaching Mountains and east of cyclopean Jotunheim, a fertile forest teeming with vibrant flora and fauna is sheltered from the worst excesses of cold and wind. Trollheim’s inhabitants are cunning hunters, fearless explorers, and fearsome raiders. Whether human, dwarf, or troll, few embrace the culture of the North as fiercely. They farm, brawl, raid each other, toast the gods, and consider themselves the best of all peoples. Most...

12 Peculiar Towers Wallpapers

It’s December! So here’s a set of wallpapers for your computer, your smartphone, or whatever electronic device you’ve got. This month we tease the upcoming 12 Peculiar Towers, by artist Miguel Regodón Harkness. Bring on the magic!           ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please, click on the image you want to download to expand it into a downloadable...

Creature Codex: Venom Maw Hydra

Five reptilian heads upon long necks rise from the murky surface of the water. Sizzling venom drips from each gaping maw. The venom maw hydra lurks in sulfurous swamps and near areas of high geothermal activity, poisoning the hot springs and lakes where it dwells. Voracious Appetite. The venom maw hydra takes advantage of the sanctuary its warm water home promises to nearby fauna, devouring any creature that comes for warmth or a drink and...

Actual Play: Halls of the Mountain King

Time for an Actual Play photo set from Robert Ringrose for Halls of the Mountain King! (Potential spoilers ahead.) “I’m running Hall of the Mountain King,” says Robert. “The group is at the point where they go down into the depths to repair the Shank. You probably remember that at this point, the spirit of the mountain animates a sixty-foot-tall colossus. It took some doing to figure out how to impress the scale upon the...

Midgard Heroes: Justice Domain

All seek some form of justice when they have been wronged, and many live under the promise of its protection, whether or not the promise is kept, but few take on the holy burden of delivering the justice of the gods. The mercy of the gods, when in evidence at all, is not the mercy of mortals, and meting it out makes for a lonely life. Yet most agree on the urgent need for justice in the world, with all of its dark places and rulers who give it...

New Release: Midgard Sagas

Midgard Sagas presents six 5th Edition adventures for characters from levels 3 to 8. All six adventures were originally designed to be playable in a convention time slot of four to six hours, so they’re packed with fast action. Mystery & Death Stalk Midgard! MURDER ON THE CROSSROADS (LEVEL 3) An unnatural blizzard has characters trapped inside a famous general’s mansion, and a murderer is loose among them! MADMAN AT THE BRIDGE (LEVEL 4)...

Welcome to Midgard: Free Cantons of the Ironcrags

Dwarves think of their canton first, their race or clan second. The canton is home and hearth, family and wealth, and safety from an uncaring world. These traits do not guarantee greater harmony or joy among cantonal dwarves than among other races. Indeed, cantonal dwarves are notoriously dour, fractious, and opinionated about everything. Cantonal dwarves unify only in the presence of some external threat, which gives their elders and the...

Creature Codex: Alnaar (Demon)

The creature resembles a great blackened asp with smoldering skin and white-hot serpentine eyes. It slithers as confidently through the air as across the ground. Serpent of Suffering. Alnaar demons appear most commonly when a people, race, or species is experiencing suffering. There to hasten the process, the alnaar erupts from the Abyss, leaving massive holes in the firmament of the afflicted cities and towns. The alnaar’s only wish is to...

Con Report: Gamehole Con

Gamehole Con! Hello, Madison! Just a few quick snaps of the Kobold booth. Lots of magical tomes available here, including some rare gems like limited edition, leatherette  copies of the Midgard Worldbook, Creature Codex, and shockingly, Southlands. Plus issues of Warlock and so much more. Not to mention real live kobolds. (Come say...

Midgard Heroes: Greenleaf College

The Greenleaf College was founded by elfmarked who sought to record their varied heritage. Drawing from elven lore and power, Greenleaf bards strengthen their connection to nature. Through their magic and their tales, they convey the rejuvenating strength of the forests and rivers to their allies. [From the Midgard Heroes Handbook…] GREENLEAF COLLEGE (BARD) When you join the Greenleaf College at 3rd level, you gain access to an expanded list of...

Midgard Sagas Wallpapers

It’s November! So here’s a set of wallpapers for your computer, your smartphone, or whatever electronic device you’ve got. This month we tease the upcoming Midgard Sagas, by artist M. Wayne Miller. Bring on that weird winged tentacled beast thing!           ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please, click on the image you want to download to expand it into a downloadable...

Tome of Beasts: Nihileth (Aboleth)

Eons ago, a group of aboleth left the Material Plane to wander through distant planes—seeing them through magical scrying was not enough, so these aboleth used astral magic and bodily travel to see far beyond normal realms. A Forgotten Tribe. As ages passed, memories of those who departed slowly faded from the minds of those aboleth who remained behind. Those few aboleth who did remember that long ago some of their kin had gone plane-wandering...

Welcome to Midgard: Stannasgard

Stannasgard is the most open and cosmopolitan of the dwarven reaver kingdoms, a major trading enclave and a gateway to the Nieder Straits. For many merchants, it’s the farthest into Northern territory they care to venture. Mines are the backbone of Stannasgard’s prosperity, since the land is rich in veins of iron and adamant. Working from these superlative raw materials, the dwarves of Stannasgard have forged a reputation as master artisans,...

Creature Codex: Alchemist Archer (Elf)

Hidden in the dappled shadows of the tree’s leaves, the elf ’s leather bandolier jingles softly. Leather armor dyed to match its surroundings, the nearly invisible archer removes a vial from the bandolier, quickly attaching it to an arrow. The well-kept bow does not creak as the bowstring is drawn. Mixing their knowledge of dangerous chemicals with their extensive weapon skills, these elves are devastating from afar. A Sharp Smell. Try as they...

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