New Monster – Corpse Custodian Projection

22 October, 2018

A ghostly appearance

You open the crypt revealing a body decked in valuables, as you reach for them, swirling motes of dust coalesce into the spectral form of a small person. “Halt varlet! Neither those riches not this body is for you! Flee now or taste my blade!” It brandishes a translucent sword to back up its statement.

Corpse Custodian Projection CR 2

XP 600
N Small construct (ancestral, force)
Init +3; Senses darkvision, low-light vision; Perception +6

AC 20, touch 14, flat-footed 17 (+3 Dex, +6 armor, +1 size)
hp 26 (3d10+10)
Fort +1, Ref +4, Will +4
Special Defense DR 5/Magic, Resistance to Acid, Cold, Electricity, and Fire 10

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Tuesday Magic Item – Accursed Bone Arrow

16 October, 2018

Carved boneGollaon took cover behind Voddick’s shield as the arrows rained down, several shattered into white and yellowed fragments.  One of the soldiers beside them howled in pain and then feel silent.

“Bastards!” said Gollaon, unlimbering his short sword.

“What foul magic are they using now?” asked Voddick.

“Accused arrows,” said Gollaon.  “Those killed by them rise as the unliving.”


Accursed Bone Arrow

These arrows are tipped in bone arrow heads and often have bone shafts but they are always light and fragile and must be treated with care.  They suck the moisture out of anything they are in contact with so they are best stored in metal containers.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Medallion of Sanguine Strength

9 October, 2018

Amulets“I do not like how that noble is always there when the cattle are slaughtered,” said Voddick, watching said noble over his mug of ale.

“That is wise,” agreed Gollaon.  “I am fairly certain the amulet they wear is a necrourgic item of some power.”

“Now that is even more troubling.”

“Agreed.  A willingness to use such power indicates a dangerous thirst for power.”

Medallion of Sanguine Strength

Before they are charged, these medallions are clear glass, usually with a few sigil etched upon them, when charged they become colorful, almost always red, even glowing if the charge is powerful enough.

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General Shadowrun campaign news and a new Seattle Scream (#57) prop

3 October, 2018

The CityOur various Shadowrun games continue on, not least monthly with introductory games at Tyche’s Games (every first Sat, feel free to join us), and the occasional game as part of our Thursday night rotation both the NorCal game and occasional one-shot adventure in Seattle.  Last month we even got to playtest a Prime Runner level game scenario that was played at Dragon*Con.  The NorCal campaign, the game were I actually get to play a character, has seen some more play and remains one of my favorite games with lots of problem solving (latest report from that here).

The latest news from my campaign here in Seattle Scream #57, this one is mostly setup for potential adventures and maybe some stuff for the NorCal campaign to riff off of.

Now, be careful out there in the shadows my friends.  The world is dark place with the threat of betrayal ever present.

Photo Shanghai by Jo is licensed under CC BY 2.0.



Tuesday Magic Item – Collar of Savagery

2 October, 2018

Hund“It was a nice cloak but not worth this much trouble,” said Voddick as he pulled himself up over the ridge.

Gollaon was close behind.  “And we even left it where it could be found once they started hunting us.  Some people have no sense of forgiveness.”  He cocked his head.  “The hounds are casting around for our scent again.”

“It is not the hounds I am worried about but the mastiffs,” said Voddick before taking a drink from his canteen.

“Truth,” nodded Gollaon.  “It looked as though there is some wicked magic on their collars too.”

“Well, we had best be going if we do not want to find out what it does.”

Collar of Savagery

These collars are usually made of thick leather and adorned with spikes, they look nasty because they are.

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Soon October and remembering September

30 September, 2018

Eris and Artemis, the kittensTomorrow begins October, the eighth month (naturally) of the Roman Calendar.  It seems the Romans had no special association for October beyond Autumn, but we have Halloween!  So the theme on the Sea of Stars Design Journal will be Monsters!

If you have ideas for Monsters, let me know and I will try to make it happen.

September, 2018, was a very slow month as I had many competing demands on my time such as adopting two kittens (Eris and Artemis, see photo), kitten proofing the home, and other things

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Tuesday Magic Item – Cloak of a Thousand Wings

25 September, 2018

Sewing the birdsGollaon watched the aristocratic officer walk by, his gaze envious.

“It is the cloak you want, is it not?” asked Voddick once they were out of earshot.

“Yes, thrice-damn it, it is amazing,” replied Gollaon.

“We could steal it once out contract was up?”

“Tempting,” said Gollaon with a smile.  “Let us get a drink and scheme.”

“I will always take a drink, my friend.”

Cloak of a Thousand Wings

These cloaks are embroidered with many, many birds, if made perfectly five hundred of them.  The very act of crafting such complex item imbues the cloak with a certain low level of magic which can then be strengthened through further enchantments.

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