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Tome of Beasts: Tophet

An enormous bronze and iron statue filled with fire towers above the ring of chanting, frenzied worshipers. Tophets are used by worshipers of fire gods, who toss sacrifices into their flaming maws to incinerate them. A tophet has a large opening in the front where the flames can be seen; sometimes this is an enormous mouth, and at other times it is a large hole in the tophet’s belly. Horns and expressions of anger or wide‑mouthed laughter are...

Memoirs of a Lich: Evocation

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. I let myself start with illusion (colloquially known as the best school of magic) and then gave myself some time off after the whole mental breakdown after conversion thing. Well then, I guess I’ll move on with my least favorite school of magic… evocation. Guess what? It is still both horrendously dull and incredibly, annoyingly amazing. Every arcanist wants to at some point blow up a bunch of unaware enemies from...

My Hero Contest: Winner

And the Winner Is…! Drogas Greycastle: Half-orc paladin of Lathander. Intended to avenge his fallen wife, instead saved the world. His teenage daughter’s a blood hunter—it’s complicated. Congratulations to Jeremy Young, who has won our very first My Hero contest. And congrats to all the other finalists. It was grand fun, and I’m sure you haven’t seen the last of this competition. Copies of Midgard Heroes...

Now Available: Courts of the Shadow Fey for 5th Edition

Intrigue & Adventure in the Shadow Realm! Courts of the Shadow Fey is a 5th Edition planar adventure for 7th- to 10th-level characters. The Free City of Zobeck has thrived since overthrowing the tyrannical Stross family. But an ancient bargain gives the Queen of Night and Magic a claim to the city—and now the shadow fey have seized Zobeck as their own. The city’s only hope lies with a band of heroes who can outfight and outwit the shadow...

Congratulations New D&D Team Member Dan Dillon

After years of heroic labor in the Kobold mines, 5th Edition designer Dan Dillon has moved on to a much bigger, shinier mine—Wizards of the Coast—where it’s just been announced that he’s joined the D&D team! Dan’s credits at Kobold Press are mighty indeed. Here are the 5th Edition titles he either led the charge on or significantly contributed to: Midgard Worldbook Tome of Beasts and Creature Codex Midgard Heroes, Midgard...

Midgard Heroes: Circle of the Stones

The druids of the Northlands tend to more than the land. Some see to the health of the spirits. Druids of the Circle of the Stones build immense circles of standing stones where they commune with both the spirits of the land and the souls of the departed. SPIRIT GUIDE Starting at 2nd level, you gain the service of a minor spirit guide. You can cast find familiar as a ritual. As long as you and your spirit guide (familiar) are within 100 feet of...

My Hero Contest: Finalists

You told us about your characters! What a blast. Thank you all for submitting to our My Hero contest. It was a ton of fun to read all your characters (whether PC or NPC) and throw them all in the virtual fight machines of our minds to duke it out. Ultimately, five stood victorious, surviving the Kobold judges’ first round… And congratulations to those five finalists: Scott Dillin, Jeremy Young, Rilke Crane, Anna Baltayan, and Neil...

Welcome to Midgard: Freyr and Freyja

Twin Gods of Passion, Fertility, Magic, and the Living World, Lord and Lady of the Vanir, Gods of Beauty, Patron of Farmers and Patroness of Shield Maidens, the Twins of Wine Freyr Divine Domains: Life, Nature Freyr Domains: Animal, Charm, Earth, Healing, Lust, Plant, Water Freyr Subdomains: Caves, Decay, Fur, Growth, Resurrection Freyja Divine Domains: Tempest, War Freyja Domains: Charm, Magic, Plant, War, Weather Freyja Subdomains: Arcane,...

Tome of Beasts: Dream Eater

This tattered skeletal humanoid resembles a monster from a nightmare. A dream eater’s natural form is mostly human in appearance, though with vestigial skeletal wings with a few feathers, small horns, sharp teeth, and cloven hooves. Most often they use magic to disguise themselves as attractive members of a humanoid race. Drawn to Sin. Dream eaters are dedicated to lust, gluttony, and greed, and they make their lairs in casinos, brothels,...

Midgard Heroes: Clanking Mercenary

The Clanking Legion is a legendary mercenary company, composed of roughly half gearforged and half beings of flesh and blood. CLANKING MERCENARY (FIGHTER) Fighters who emulate the Clanking Mercenary archetype see the flexibility of flesh in steel and the strength of metal in their own bodies and minds. CLANKER’S CRAFT Beginning when you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you gain proficiency with your choice of blacksmith’s tools or tinker’s...

Welcome to Midgard: The Great Serpent

Midgard is surrounded by a god made flesh, the great World Serpent, a monstrous beast that defines the edge of the world and that contains—and some say, created—the entire world. This serpent, biting its own tail, creating the tides through his breathing and storms through his snorting and sneezes, is well known to the Northlanders and the Mharoti and less well known in other places. Hugely powerful, he is an indolent, even lazy, god who rarely...

Courts of the Shadow Fey Wallpapers

It’s February! 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 Courts of the Shadow Fey, by artist Marcel Mercado. Let’s dance, mortal!           ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please, click on the image you want to download to expand it into a downloadable...

Tome of Beasts: Water Leaper

The water leaper is a frogheaded, legless creature with wide batlike wings and a gaping maw. Its shrieks resemble those of a hawk. Its long, sinuous tail tapers and ends in a venomous barb. Gliding Wings. The creature has no legs or arms, but sports a pair of wide, membranous wings. It uses the wings to glide beneath the water, as well as to soar through the air. Scourge of Waterways. Water leapers plague fresh lakes and rivers. The creatures...

My Hero Contest

Tell us about your characters to win BOOKS! Who doesn’t want to talk about their characters? We love new and interesting characters and can never get enough. And the My Hero flash character contest is your chance to show off yours! Share a 25-word description of your hero with us, and a panel of judges will pick out five finalists to post on the Kobold Press website. (Do you mostly GM? Not to worry! You can send us your favorite NPC description...

Midgard Heroes: Doom Croaker

The doom croaker tradition originated among the Northlands ravenfolk and spread from there to the northern dwarves. Doom croakers follow the teachings of Wotan to gain glimpses into the infinite knowledge he was granted while hanging from the branches of Yggdrasil. DOOM CROAKER (WIZARD) Common folk regard doom croakers with a mixture of fear and awe. The doom croakers carry the power of Wotan’s runes, and though people cautiously seek out...

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