Posts by Peter von Bleichert

Getting There: Alternative Transportation

Non-magical transportation in our fantasy RPGs is most likely by horse or horse-drawn cart. This makes it difficult to cover more than 30 miles in a day. Such a limitation may slow an adventuring party seeking far-off destinations, hinder industrial operations like mining or lumber harvest, or present a strategic weakness for a kingdom. There …

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The Cult of the Charun: Initiates of the Mysteries

Initiates of the Mysteries wish to learn and gain power from Charun, the frightening escorts, guardians, and guides of the dead. One faction of the Initiates is led by Kyrios Kiseon (Master Undertaker) Mux. Wiping sweat from the crossed hammer and oar tattooed on his forehead, Mux flares his robe and climbs weathered stairs to …

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The Cult of the Charun—What Are Charun?

“Four demons are painted upon the crumbling north wall. They are depicted as slaughtering warriors, then escorting the dead by chariot and boat. Carvings identify the four as Kharon, or Charun.”—The King’s High-Archaeologist (cataloging an ancient tomb unearthed during the construction of His Majesty’s Highway). What if life were just a dream? What if we …

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Gnasty Gnolls: Sand Dancers and Slavers in AGE

Gnolls have slaughtered their way to gaming infamy, and they are a favorite of gamemasters (GMs) and players alike. This article can be used by GMs to round out this age-old monster, or players can use it to create new characters. The following gnoll variant is formatted for AGE—though you can convert the material to …

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Gnasty Gnolls: Cultists and Guardians in AGE

Gnolls have slaughtered their way to gaming infamy, and they are a favorite of gamemasters (GMs) and players alike. This article can be used by GMs to round out this age-old monster, or players can use it to create new characters. The following gnoll variant is formatted for AGE—though you can convert the material to …

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Gnasty Gnolls: Lore and Adventurers

Gnolls are one of my all-time favorite monsters. From the blue box’s hyena-men, to the latest variations, these monsters have been hacking at parties for time immemorial. The following mini-ecology is system neutral, and it can inspire gamemasters and players to help cover the world with these beloved-yet-despised creatures. Feral hunter-scavengers, gnolls are demon-twisted humanoid …

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Weather in the Underdark

Weather—the physical state of air in the natural environment—occurs hundreds of feet below ground, blowing, baking, fogging, and pouring over the pitch black of the Underdark. For those brave enough to venture there, confront its denizens, and reap its treasures, remember just three words: mind the weather.

You’re Cursed!

Imprecations—curses—are as old as recorded memory. They appeal to supernatural powers to inflict harm on a person or group. Practiced by many cultures, the curse usually involves crafting an effigy of the victim with clay, stuffed cloth, wax, or wood, and marking or painting to represent the target. Though malicious and spiteful evil magic, the …

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Bank It!

Traveling with one’s wealth can be troublesome and encumbering. Gold, gems, and platinum pieces are subject to theft or loss, and cherished astral diamonds, magic items, and priceless pieces of artwork are certain to present temptation to countless thieving guilds and freelancers alike. Also, thousands of pesky coppers would be far easier to spend when …

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