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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...

Tome of Beasts Digital Tokens

Devin Night has done an amazing thing by creating a top-down, digital token for every monster from Kobold Press’s Tome of Beasts. They’re all for sale at his website, where he talks more about the project. Some sample tokens are below. We caught up with Devin to find out more. KP: Devin, the Tome of Beasts tokens are done and look amazing. Do you have a couple favorites or pieces you think turned out especially well?  DN: There are...

Courts of the Shadow Fey

“A five-star adventure that everyone should play at some point in their gaming career.” (Reviewer at DriveThruRPG) We first released Courts of the Shadow Fey in 2013 for the 4th Edition of the world’s first roleplaying game, and for Pathfinder 1st Edition. Now, years later, we’re bringing this enduring classic to 5th Edition in a revised, full-color hardcover edition! The Free City of Zobeck has thrived since...

Welcome to Midgard: Twilight Empire

To the west of the black wood where the shadow fey dwell lies a great pit in the Shadow Realm’s landscape. A series of deep depressions gouge the dark earth, diving deep into thick shadows and darkened tunnels. To a shrewd scholar of Midgard geography this mighty crevasse takes on a sinister meaning, for it exists in the corresponding location of the dwarf heartland, the Ironcrag Cantons. In these Black Iron Depths thrives an exiled arm of the...

Tales of the Old Margreve Wallpapers

It’s January! 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 Tales of the Old Margreve, by artist Miguel Regodón Harkness. Bring on the hunt!           ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Please, click on the image you want to download to expand it into a downloadable...

Tome of Beasts: Beli

These small, winter faeries are vicious and deadly. With their pale skin and translucent wings, they blend perfectly into their snowy environment; only their beady black eyes stand out against the snow and ice. These malevolent ice-sprites are a plague upon the people of snowy climates, ambushing unwary prey with icy arrows and freezing spell-like powers. Servants of the North Wind. Known as “patzinaki” in some dialects of Dwarvish, the beli...

Season’s Greetings

Season’s greeting from all of the Kobolds! We wish you a fabulous, extraordinary, tentacular holiday season.     Illustration by Michele Giorgi (www.michelegiorgiillustrator.com).

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...

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