The Dwarves of Dwergvald

In the Southlands, the Dwarves of Dwergvald differ from the traditional dwarven ideal. Less martial, these dwarves focus on craftsmanship and community. This isn’t to say they don’t have warriors or martial elements—far from it! But the God-Kings of Nuria-Natal strongly patronized their guilds, and in doing so, they created relationships between the greatest sculptors and stonecarving artisans of the dwarven culture and the River...

God-Kings of Nuria

One of the more lively and fantastical elements of the Southlands are the Nurian god-kings and god-queens, rulers who sat upon the Cobra throne of Nuria for a time, and then died (as is the way of all things). But they were entombed with great wealth, not merely gold, but the secrets of passage through death and back into life. The journeys often took decades or even centuries, but in time, through their knowledge of the afterlife, the...

Demon Cults of the Southlands

In today’s look at the Southlands Kickstarter, Jeff Lee introduces himself and provides you with a peek at what you can expect from the demon cults. Prepare for real-world inspiration mixed in with pulp and more! Hello, folks, I’m Jeff Lee. I’m one of the new kids on the block, relatively speaking, when it comes to freelance writing. As a gamer, though, I’ve got over three decades of experience, going all the way back to...

Collection of Curiosities: Down the Sinkhole

Sinkholes might open up unexpectedly, leading Southlands adventurers into new areas—and into interesting situations. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your characters currently linger. d12. Curiosity The net in which you land looks like it was formed from the wrappings of mummies, but...

Thoughts on The Tomb-Palace of Nakresh

Amber Scott provides us with a look at her inspiration for her adventure in the Southlands Kickstarter. In 1986, my parents took me and my brother to the World’s Expo in Vancouver, B.C. There, sometime after the kiddy rides and the bouncy castle but before getting sick on cotton candy, we visited the Rameses II exhibit. It was too long ago for me to remember clearly, but fragments of the exhibit stick in my mind: enormous stone statues,...

Special Editions and Forum Discussions: Southlands

Like many Kobold Press projects, the Southlands Kickstarter offers great gaming and great adventure at a good price. But if you’re looking to throw a few extra platinum pieces our way, we will try to make it worth your while. Two of the higher-pledge rewards are the Special Editions and the private forums for design shop talk. Here’s what those are about, for book geeks and for game design geeks in particular. Southlands Special Editions For...

Path of the Jinnborn

Designer Stephen Radney-MacFarland tells us more about the jinnborn, which are featured in the Southlands Kickstarter. “One who leaves the path belongs to the jackals.” — An ancient sab siraati saying. If we ever gain the ability to conduct a huge character census, I think we’ll find that an abundance of orphans populate the worlds of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. My own collected but still substantial if only anecdotal...

Collection of Curiosities: Under the Pile of Bones

As you’re wandering the deserts and savannas of the Southlands Kickstarter, you might find any one of the following things under a pile of bones. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your characters currently linger. d12. Curiosity The imprint in the hardened soil under the humanoid bones...

Oddities and Items of the Abandoned Lands

In the center of the Southlands is the great Kusini Plains: a serengeti-like savannah home to countless numbers of wildlife, megafauna, and towering dinosaurs. Many kingdoms and civilizations have risen and fell in this massive area, leaving only remnants and ruins behind. With the detritus of so many destroyed and once overlapping cultures littering the landscape, characters are sure to run across strange oddities and mysterious bits of junk....

Southlands Trinkets

As you venture into the Southlands with your stalwart adventurers, you might come across some interesting little trinkets—or you could start your characters off with one! What follows is the start of a list of trinkets that we hope all of you out there in the wider Kobold community will add to over time! You can also find more inspiration from the upcoming Southlands project on the Southlands Kickstarter page. Trinkets A rose water sprinkler...

Gnolls! Raiders and Slavers

Come learn more from Wolfgang about the Southlands and its Kickstarter in today’s blog installment about gnolls. One of the best elements of the Southlands, from my point of view, is that it features a hefty dose of hyena-like gnolls and their half-demonic, half-trickster-ish ways. Gnolls and I have been friends since the days of AD&D, when the Monster Manual made it clear that gnolls served a demon lord named Yeenoghu who was somehow...

Collection of Curiosities: At the Oasis

To celebrate the Southlands Kickstarter, we have some things you might stumble across at the oasis. You can roll randomly for a result below, use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your characters currently linger. d12. Curiosity A series of carved wooden masks are floating above the water. Someone appears to have built a defensible building...

Southlands Artist Interview: Subroto Bhaumik

Marc Radle recently interviewed Southlands Kickstarter project illustrator Subroto Bhaumik so that you could see how this artist started a career in the industry and more! Read on to learn more… When did you decide to become an illustrator, and why did you make this choice? I used to love drawing as a kid, and I’d spend hours drawing animals and superheroes. However, as I continued school and college, the pressure to focus on academics...

Real Steel: Coins of the Southlands

Coins. Gold, silver, bronze, and copper. Throughout history, they’ve been struck, cast, engraved, and cut. Their style and artwork are a reflection of the culture that created them. It’s no surprise that coins are being used in gaming. They can help build the flavor of a world and give insight into the religions and art of the culture. When Wolfgang asked me if I could make custom, handmade coins for the Southlands Kickstarter project, I had to...

The Aeromancers of Aerdvall, Masters of Air Magics

Join us for another look at the colorful and evocative gaming options provided by the Southlands project, which is currently being Kickstarted. On the opposite side of the crescent desert from Nuria-Natal lies the wondrous sky-city of Aerdvall. Roughly 2,100 years ago, refugees from far Sikkim raised their city to hover high above the foreboding Black Lotus Mesa. Today, seven bridge-connected districts orbit the Celestial Waterfall, which is a...


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