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Memoirs of a Lich: 5E Conversion

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. We have spent eons attempting to ascertain the deepest rules of the cosmos. With our hard-won knowledge, we have ascended to the heights of arcane power, conquered death, and swindled countless adventurers who couldn’t cast the identify spell. Every now and then, we wake up, and… everything is a little …

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Your Whispering Homunculus: Crooked Characters—Master Jebediah Leam, Part Two

“I think he may have gone, Master. Thank goodness. What was that revolting shambling thing outside?” Crooked Characters are detailed NPCs to slip into your adventures however you wish. Free from class and statistics, they can be used in any fantasy gaming system. Each comes with a detailed description and character motivation for you to …

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Your Whispering Homunculus: Crooked Characters—Master Jebediah Leam, Part One

“Close and bolt the door, master! I’ve just seen something terrible staggering up the street outside…” Crooked Characters are detailed NPCs to slip into your adventures however you wish. Free from class and statistics, they can be used in any fantasy gaming system. Each comes with a detailed description and character motivation for you to …

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Memoirs of a Lich: Illusion

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. People who gravitate toward illusions are the biggest jerks in the wide world of wizardry. On a related note, we love illusions! Some spells kill, others save, but a properly wielded illusion causes a crippling existential crisis!

Memoirs of a Lich: Schools

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. I think it’s time we started sharing our magical secrets. Well, as we’ll get to here in a second, one wizard’s awe-inspiring power is another’s migraine waiting to happen. I’ll tackle each school of magic separately in coming pages, but first, let’s explain our general approach to spellcasting.

Your Whispering Homunculus: 100 Notable Kobolds, Part One

“Ah, slug, I want you to go into the upper east cellar and fetch Nadger for me.” “Upper east cellar, master. I’ve never been there before, but I happily perform any task you wish however dangerous or menial. Might it be impertinent to ask—since I’ve yet to meet the gent—who Nadger is?” “It is impertinent, …

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Memoirs of a Lich: Outside-Context Problems

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. We are fond of saying that on a long-enough timeline the seemingly impossible becomes merely implausible. This means we occasionally get gloriously blindsided with something we are woefully unprepared for. However, there are also circumstances making those moments seem simple by comparison. Today, we are going to briefly touch on …

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Your Whispering Homunculus: Crooked Characters—Emilia Bittersweet, Part Two

“Ah, Emilia, or should I call you Sister Ingratia today? Come in. I’ve been expecting you…” Crooked Characters are detailed NPCs to slip into your adventures however you wish. Free from class and statistics, they can be used in any fantasy gaming system, each comes with a detailed description and character motivation for you to …

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Memoirs of a Lich: Foreshadowing, Part 2

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. Last time we touched on the first half of foreshadowing, which is making sure you establish at least the smallest hint of how amazing you are. This is important because it grants your appearance the appropriate gravitas. It’s also always really funny making fighters stain their mithral full plate with …

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Your Whispering Homunculus: Crooked Characters—Emilia Bittersweet, Part One

“Master, we have a visitor.” “Good, I’ve been expecting her. I have a little gentle pilfering to commission. Fetch my finest absinthe and then bring me the bottled imps. I’m not entirely sure I can trust this guest…” Crooked Characters are detailed NPCs to slip into your adventures however you wish. Free from class and …

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Memoirs of a Lich: Foreshadowing, Part 1

Dear Osvaud, This is Osvaud. Let’s say you’ve put time and effort into erecting the perfect deathtrap. The protagonists run through your maze of horrors like well-armed rats, finding you within the center. You let loose a villainous laugh and throw the big switch on a gigantic technomagical gizmo with tons of cool special effects. …

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Memoirs of a Lich: Master

Dear Master, This is Ivlysse. A thousand and one apologies for this woeful invasion of privacy. Ivlysse wishes his master to know the many clever defenses and ruses surrounding his most unhallowed thoughts, displaying despicable creativity and humorous irony. Master has truly outdone himself!

Your Whispering Homunculus: Curious Locales—The Lean Tree House Gambling Inn and Mistress Smedge’s Seamstery, Part One

“Thank you for showing me your private gallery, master. Goodness, that’s an odd picture there.” “Yes, well, Mummy was a three-headed obscenity with alien flutes emerging from her spine at the time, but she got better.” “No, Master, not the family gallery. That one next to them—the one with the odd willow and river-barge merging …

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