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Interview with Richard Pett

Long-time contributor Richard Pett always comes up with gaming tidbits guaranteed to send a creepy chill up your spine. The author of Your Whispering Homunculus and many adventures never fails to create scenarios filled with suspense and mystery. To help celebrate the upcoming 10th anniversary of Open Design, Richard shared some of his memories of …

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Grand Duchy: Significant Others at the Winter Encampments

Adventurers who’ve done noteworthy service for the Grand Duchy are welcome visitors to the general headquarters of any army contingent on border patrol or on a campaign. Here they can rest, resupply, and exchange intelligence on their common enemies. Should adventurers arrive during winter, they can enjoy a more domestic and genteel welcoming. That’s because …

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Grand Duchy: Cozy Courtiers of Wintertime

As the weather turns cold, courtiers assigned to the Court of the Imperatrix head indoors. And one of the liveliest and raciest assemblies is the salon of the elfmarked noble Ophelia Silberhaar, a socially agile member of the inner court. Adventurers are often invited to the salon. Their exploits entertain the courtiers, who marvel at …

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Grand Duchy: The Engraver and the Gearforged

Read, if you will, the story of a gearforged champion, a broad-bodied steel construct containing the dwarf soul of Borger Limeline. Champion Borger became fascinated by adornment shortly after his creation. He tried wearing clothes, but that proved impractical and brought stares of disapproval wherever he went. During Springmelt, he marched south with his former …

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Grand Duchy: Notorious Fey of Dornig Cities, Part 2

From Bestiary 4 for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game are some urban fey of wicked intent who’ve found a place in the cities of the Grand Duchy. You can read Part 1 before diving into this second part. Spring-Heeled Jacks and Jills Each of the great cities of Dornig have been beset at one time or …

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Grand Duchy: Notorious Fey of Dornig Cities, Part 1

One expects to find sylvan fey—playful and capricious creatures such as nixies, sprites and satyrs—in the sprawling forests of the Grand Duchy. And lurking in the realm of shadow are their cousins, the conniving and tricksy Scaithsidhe who occupy the court of the shadow queen. But Dornig cities also attract other sorts of fey, who …

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Grand Duchy:  Handy Sandi and Her Cart o’ Wonders

Everyone in the elfmarked lands knows Handy Sandi Darville. She’s an itinerant peddler who sells utensils from her colorful vardo, and whose cheery smile and generosity has won friends in villages and hamlets stretching from the River Court to far off Krakova. Yet, as other travelers between villages have noted, she seems to be a …

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Grand Duchy: Master Rasmus Pulling’s Peddler Arcana

The cart of the elfmarked peddler Rasmus Pulling is well-recognized across the Grand Duchy, and welcome in just about every village or city he and his clan visit. Adorned in splashes of starburst flower designs of yellow, red, orange, purple, and green, the lead cart is easily spotted from afar, which gives folk time to …

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Grand Duchy: Autumn Embassy of the Queen of Shadows

After the shadow fey were foiled in their attempts to exert their will in the Crossroads and other regions of Midgard, the Queen of Shadows has redoubled her effort to establish relations with the Grand Duchy and its ruler, the Imperatrix. The Imperatrix has never shied away from entreating with their elven cousins, the shadow …

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Grand Duchy: Rafting Crew of Jerriberg

Adventurers planning their first foray into the vast greenery of the Arbonnesse are advised to seek out the services of the Rafting Crew, a company of trailblazers based in Jerriberg. The two-story warehouse of gray, weather-beaten wood siding on a hillock on the outskirts of town serves as the company headquarters and supply depot. Corrals …

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Grand Duchy: Wicker’s Tithe Barn

Travelers taking the road to Hirschberg out of Salzbach might be mindful of the goddess Ceres’s fickle nature, should they seek refuge or rest at Wicker’s Tithe Barn. The scythe the harvest goddess wields cuts two ways. Sowers and herdsfolk who are industrious and attentive often reap a bountiful harvest, true enough, but she also …

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Grand Duchy: Her Majesty’s Market Fair Pavilion

Pennants of maroon, navy, and amber wave from atop this richly and colorfully adorned grand pavilion tent erected in a choice glen or copse in proximity to a Dornig market town’s fairgrounds. Although the pavilion’s purpose is to serve as the Grand Imperatrix’s command tent on military expeditions, it has gained far more notoriety serving …

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Grand Duchy: Notables of the Northern Coast of the Arbonesse, Part II

Along the 600-some miles of ruin-littered coastline of the northern Arbonesse, a hardy few—the desperate, sinister and brave—carve out an existence. Here are some of their stories. Mother Superior of the Lost Abbey of Lada A legend persists of the Lost Abbey of Lada, whose mother superior, the elf priestess Zarya, is a paragon of …

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Grand Duchy: Notables of the Northern Coast of the Arbonesse, Part 1

Between the Tilted Tower at the far western extent of the Arbonesse and the outflow from the Neurabon River is a rugged, ruin-littered coastline; in length, well in excess of 600 miles. Beyond the inhospitable shore are cold waters of the Western Ocean that cover like a blue-green blanket the sunken forest scholars now call …

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