Shades of Magic: The Necromancer’s Toolkit

The Necromancer’s Toolkit Necromancy is a potent force, and while many spellcasters might long for its power over the dead, the wise know not to meddle with what lives in the shadows. Despite this magic’s reputation, though, it can be used to create items of great potency. Those who take up these tools may even use them to battle the scourge of undeath… if they so choose. Bonebreaker Mace Weapon [any bludgeoning], rare,...

Shades of Magic: Gifts from the Void

Gifts from the Void When the multiverse was whispered into being by the first words of creation, there was an echo of that generative moment. Nothingness in a dark reflection left behind in contrast to All That Is, the Void is All That Is Not. A place of dark, cold, and madness, the Void is beyond the reason and understanding of mortal creatures. Even the gods themselves fear to stare into that yawning gap between the planes, save those already...

RPG Blog Carnival August: Magic

Magic The Kobold Blog has been given the esteemed privilege of hosting the RPG Blog Carnival for the month of August. (And honestly, I got all excited about what we would be publishing that I forgot to post the month’s intro on the 1st of the month. What you’re reading right now! I accept full responsibility for that gaffe. But it’s okay because I’ll just zap myself back in time with magic. That’s totally how this...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Boreas (Part 3)

Clerics of Boreas (for 5E) The cold and the gods care not for the system in which you play. But you might. Here’s 5E details for you cleric of Boreas. Frost Domain Clerics of Boreas, Mara, and other icy deities can imbue their attacks with biting cold, create weapons of ice, and send forth blasts of razor sharp ice to damage their foes. 1st Divine favor (ice dmg), create or destroy water 3rd Spiritual weapon (ice dmg), gust of wind 5th...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Boreas (Part 2)

Clerics of Boreas Priests of Boreas operate primarily in isolation outside the confines of a structured organization. There are no granted titles, offices to hold, sacred vestments, or even physical structures in which to worship. Supplicants of Boreas seek him out at the tops of snowcapped mountains, on the ice floes of the Frozen Reach, and amid the acres of barren tundra of the Bleak Expanse. A victim left naked in the chilling night air to...

Of Godly Might: Clerics of Boreas (Part 1)

Clerics of Boreas Boreas, Son of the Winter Maiden, is defined by his single-minded obsession to bring to Midgard an eternal winter with all of its deadly aspects, including biting cold, blinding blizzards, and bloodthirsty snow beasts. Those who worship Boreas are either creatures that delight in extreme cold environs due to their genetic composition, such as giants, trolls, and yetis, or pragmatists living in the Northlands where the dangers...

Heroes of Nuria Natal: The Way of the Southlands

The Way of Nuria Natal Oh, the lands of Nuria Natal! Today, you bring us fantastic miscellany from the south. Where gods walk and men think it nothing to seek immortality. Where riches abound and fortunes are to be made in markets and in ancient tombs. Where the dead walk and the sun bakes. Nuria Natal is a land of wonders, whether you are a native or just passing through. Contained herein are options for characters who would explore Nuria...

Dirty Jobs: Parent

Parenthood Hervard the Steady was one of the greatest wizards of his time: a capable adventurer and a renowned university lecturer. Intelligence and perseverance made him a great wizard; generosity and patience made him a great teacher. And he had great talent for divination. Legend has it that on his last day of life at the age of 176, he informed his students that class would end early, handed them all their final grades, sat down at his...

Dirty Jobs: Brewer

“Do you want the job or not? You got pretty good qualifications, but I won’t lie to you—there’s a lot of guys just as qualified right behind you.” Jerfren had, in fact, lied at least three times already in their short conversation. Merippik had been counting The first lie was that the job paid well. It didn’t. But that lie was irrelevant because no job that a lone forest gnome could find in this great dirty city paid well. The second lie was...

Midgard Expanded: The Travels of Lucano Volpe, or On the Road to Mharoti

Part Two, Qiresh and the Roads of the Mharoti Empire On the coast of the Ruby Sea is the town of Qiresh, which is a bustling centre of trade. You may depend on it that spices and cloths and all manner of valuable things from the interior are carried to this town. Qiresh possesses a sheltered harbor flanked by high cliff walls, and it is upon these cliffs that the town itself resides. It boasts the great Ringing Temple, the second-greatest...

Dirty Jobs: Gravedigger

A necromancer’s apprentice, Akamai was exceedingly bright, and his master was having none of it. The bitter old man constantly sent the youth on corpse-finding duty in the hopes that he would become bored and quit. It’s a long tale, but the upshot is that Akamai had a long and fruitful career after his master’s nervous breakdown. As the paladin Meladar was heard to remark, “All the gods save us, there is no greater danger to sanity...

Milton & Magic: Mythical Items from English Literature

  In his tragic closet drama Samson Agonistes, John Milton, renowned author of Paradise Lost, narrates the sorrowful life of Samson, the archetypal barbarian of the ancient tradition. Some mythical items are described in that text. Here we detail them with 5E stats. The Sword of Bone Weapon (greatclub), rare (requires attunement by a barbarian with a Strength score of 20 or greater) “Then with what trivial weapon came to hand, The...

Deep Magic: Illumination Magic is Now Available

The stars are right! And they paint a vivid picture, foretelling many things, not least of which… Deep Magic: Illumination Magic, the magic guide to light and shadow, has just released. The words and sigils flicker as you read, despite being broad daylight. It’s now available in the Kobold store. Dance to the cosmic song, illuminator. Sow the shadow, spread the light. And bring down the sky. The time, all time, it is now. The stars are...

Deep Magic: Void Magic is Now Available

Iä, iä… Iä, iä, iä, iä, iä, iä…! The stars have never been so right, my fellow doomsayers. Mwa-ha-ha! For in my hands, I hold Deep Magic: Void Magic. Just now, it fell from the sky and—tee hee—landed at my feet.  Oh dear, I’m so excited. Ultimate power, do you understand? It’s now—ha ha—available in the Kobold store. It whispers, you know. To me. We are of one mind, after all. I can see it all now. I’ve met… them....

Deep Magic: Rune Magic is Now Available

Today, my brothers and sisters, we challenge the gods themselves! All of the North is with us this day. And Valhalla is but a step away… But we have Deep Magic: Rune Magic, the just released magic guide. It’s frigid to the touch, like the north wind, and the pages sound of cracking ice and the howling wolf. It’s now available in the Kobold store. The mages say we must go now, that this is the only chance we’ll get. So today,...


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