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Tuesday Magic Item – Portrait of a Heroine

11 December, 2018

The heroine“Our new commander seems willing to take great risks,” said Voddick as he oiled the bow of his crossbow.

Gollaon finished tying a new grip on his dagger.  “Yes, but I think she has an angle.”

“The mysterious healing?”

“Exactly, I think someone is watching over her from afar.”

“Ah, your are thinking she has one of Cossalo’s portraits,” said Voddick waggling a bolt at his friend.

“Exactly and I had heard he was working in Eosiant.”

“And his apprentice was getting quite skilled as well.”

Portrait of a Heroine

These life-sized portraits are painted with the highest skill and usually present their subject in minimal clothing, it always presents their current physical state, showing wounds and injuries quite clearly. The backgrounds are vague and change as the subject travels, giving a clue to the subjects current location but never enough information to pinpoint it.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Winter Whip

5 December, 2018

A whipping chillVoddick made sure his cleats where tightly attached to his boots before he opened the door and stopped out into the driving snow.

Gollaon followed.  “Well, the pay is good.”  He said through the scarf wrapped around his face.

“I do not mind, the ice, or the snow, or even the bitter wind,” said Voddick.  “But I hate falling and looking ridiculous.”

“True,” nodded Gollaon.  “Pride does help keep one warm.”

“Damn straight.”

Winter Whip

These whips are made of white leather, taken from arctic creatures, the grip is wrapped around a length of rock crystal and tied with silver wire.  They are cool to the touch, moving to cold when used.  Frost gathers around the whip when it is set down, even in summer weather.

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Let December and Winter being! With a glance back at November

4 December, 2018

WintryThis was suppose to post at the end of November, it was suppose to post while I was at PAX Unplugged, but I mis-scheduled it!  So here it is, a few days late.

Tomorrow is the first of December and the meteorological start of Winter, and feels that way where I am! December was the tenth month of the Roman calendar (for those keeping score at home).  December is also a month filled with holidays.  So, the themes for this month on the Sea of Stars design journal will be Winter, festivals and gift: cursed gifts, divine gifts, magical gifts or whatever else we can think up.

If there is a particular idea inspired by the themes that you would like to see expanded upon, let me know and I will try to realize it.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Gloves of the Oracle

27 November, 2018

Untangle fateVoddick sat on the steps of the shrine.  “I have never understood the desire to learn the future.”

“Agreed,” said Gollaon pouring wine for the both of them.  “If it is ill-fortune, you will go crazy trying to avoid it.  If it is good, you will not enjoy it as much because you expect it.”

Voddick nodded and took the cup.  “Though I am amused by the fact we are visiting blind seers.”

Golloan laughed.  “I had not thought of that.”  He raised the wine cup to his friend.  “To the future.”

“The future.”

Gloves of the Oracle

These gloves are made of thin and supple leather, most are stained and worn, but very little can damage them seriously.  The interior is written with prophecies in dark ink that can never be read for if the gloves are turned inside out, the writings always remain on the inside.

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Short Review – Nymphs (Gostor)

26 November, 2018

Gostor – Nymphs: Minor Goddesses, a new race for D&D 5E, by Jean-Philipe ‘JP’ Chapleau provides exactly what it promises, the race of nymphs, nature spirits or the most minor of goddess, inspired by Greek Mythology in a playable form.

A short background of the place of nymphs is followed by the types of nymphs.  A few paragraphs on using nymphs and four paragraph length adventure seeds

Nymphs, as presented here, have three playable subtypes: underworld, forest and waterway, while wild nymph and hags are noted for story reasons, and sky nymphs appear as monsters.  They seem balanced though all, naturally, have some magical abilities.They are supported by two backgrounds, whose features need clearer definition of how they should be used, and one new feat, which really seems more aimed at NPC nymphs as it makes the character an ally of hags.

Two new “monsters” round out the product, sky nymphs (which oddly, cannot fly) and wild nymphs, both which have a very minimal descriptions outside their statblocks.

While this product achieves its aims, there is so much more it could have done.  It only allows for female nymphs, for example, while males would have another name there is no reason for nature spirits to be confined to one sex.  Some tables for suggested characteristics to go with the backgrounds and a magic item or two would have really solidified the usefulness of this product.  As it is, it seems of more use to a DM than players, but even then it would have been nice to have had more support material.

Note that the link above is an affiliate link and any purchases made through it will give me a small amount of reward, for which I thank you.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Knife of Letterlocking

20 November, 2018

Cuts paper and more

Gollaon toyed with the slender blade. “Well, are we committed to resigning?”

Voddick sighed heavily and nodded.  “This is not the war for us.”

“And the other thing?”  Gollaon tapped the knife on the letter.

“Yes, send it.  The Queen needs to know what is being done in her name.”

“As long as we both agree.  As it will likely lead to trouble for both of us.”

Voddick nodded again.  “Sometime even we must do the right thing.”

Knife of Letterlocking

These knives are usually slender and easy to pack away (or to conceal) but their primary purpose is not combat but to aid their owner in securing their letters from molestation.  Their blade are made of fine razor edged steel and ofttimes have a highly decorated hilt.

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PinkCat: Running in the Shade “The Corporations are Your Friends” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

18 November, 2018

To understand what is going on here, you had best read the first PinkCat: Running in the Shade post, but short summary, this is a campaign report for our Shadowrun campaign set in NorCal through the filter of a cartoon made by one of the team members.

Episode Thirty-Nine: The Corporations are Your Friends

Guest Starring: DoubleUp and Tora.

At the MallOn a trip to the local mall (Mall-U-Want) Pink and her friends stumble upon a corporate recruiting fair, all the Ten Big GigantoCorps are there (Big Pyramid, FutureYou, Hollywood!, Mars MassiveTech, RedRyu and so on) along with many smaller companies.

The episode is essentially a PSA about how corporations work, what they do and what is good and bad about them.  It is mostly evenhanded but contains some backhanded slams about how the GigantoCorps abuse their powers when dealing with people.

The episode ends with Pink and friends staggering out of the mall under the weight of all of the promotional things there were given by the corporate recruiters.

What really happened:

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