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A medieval scribal pattern book by Gregorius Bock, ca. 1510-1517 from Swabia, Germany.

The Magic of Reywald Libraries

The inhabitants of Reywald have a thirst for learning and a love of books. While Arcane College and Huxelheim Academy are best known for their impressive lending libraries, the city and surrounding region have many other private collections. Visiting any of these libraries is a treat. At first, adventurers may find their rules and restrictions …

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Goblins of Midgard: The Firebrand, the Raider, and the Mercenary

When they aren’t picking lice out of each other’s scalp or roasting rats over an open fire, these three goblins of Midgard are carrying out acts of destruction and mayhem. While few are accounted masterminds among their number, each has a reputation that extends outside their little tribe. Feel free to add them to your …

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Southlands Bards Who Strike the Right Note

The clapping of hands to a folksy rhythm, the dance-inspiring thump of goatskin tambourines, the high reedy long notes produced by conical horns carved of apricot wood—these are just some of the sounds of the Southlands. Like a magic carpet, music is interwoven into the fabric of the region’s life and culture. Instrumentalists and storytellers …

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Southlands Sound Cues

When you venture into the Southlands, you want the right musical cues to accompany your intrepid player characters. Here’s a short list of epic music, much of it soundtracks from motion pictures with similar themes, folk music appropriate to the region, and a few eclectic choices that will keep your magic carpet aloft. Snakes, Why’d …

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Ley Lines Finalist: “Ice Maiden’s Heart” by Troy E. Taylor

We have six finalists in the Ley Lines fiction contest, and here is Troy E. Taylor’s entry for your reading pleasure. Mead Hall Yaznexitoken adjusted his jeweled and silver-dusted cloak, which glittered in contrast to his dull maroon scales. Rings adored three fingers on his right hand, a band of worked silver encircled his left …

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