Archive for September, 2011

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Septembers ends, Fall and October are upon us

30 September, 2011

Tomorrows begins October, the eighth month of the Roman Calendar and tenth of ours.  It seems the Romans had no special association for October beyond Autumn, but we have Halloween at the end, so  this month the Sea of Stars Design Journal will have Monsters as our theme as has become traditional for October.

If you have ideas for Monsters, let me know (here or in the sadly neglected forums) and I will try to make it happen.

September saw the following posts on the journal:

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Review – Player Races: the Dark Elf

29 September, 2011

Beneath the earth, the Dark Elves plot revenge against the surface.  A classic fantasy role-playing race (done as a lovely homage to their first AD&D appearances) for Savage Worlds.  If the classic evil elves have a place in the underworld of your Savage World campaign, take a look.

Player Races: the Dark Elf is a 4-page PDF for the Savage Worlds RPG written by Steven Trustrum and published by Misfit Studios.  This is part of Misfit Studio’s Officially Licenced Savage Worlds material.

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New L5R Campaign – Episode 2 – Incedent at Sweet Rice Village

29 September, 2011

Our primary group of four hopeful heroes continued south from the Inn of the Willow Branchcrossing into the lands of the Monkey Clan and soon arriving at Sweet Rice Village, whose existence far predates that of the Monkey Clan.  They find the town pack with farmers, traveling peddlers, entertainers, and a small compliment of Monkey samurai for they have arrived the annual Moon Festival.  They make their way to the inn where they

Lord Moon Watches

Lord Moon Watches

meet another Lion, Matsu Tsuruchi, who is here showing off his archery skill on his way to the Vigilant Keep of the Monkey to report to Toku Kobo and are shortly there after joined by Gunso Akodo Katsu and Shiba Kyo of the 4th Imperial Legion who have been seconded to the Imperial Magistrates as well.

Sweet Rice Village is usually as actually maintaining a temple to Onnotangu, Lord Moon, for according to the legend:

Back in ages past, in the dawning days of the Empire, a vast and powerful oni stalked the land and threatening to tear apart the land and let the sea flood the inner Empire.  But Onnotangu came down, cloaked by night and confronted the oni.  Lord Moon demanding that it leave the Empire and return to whence it came, when it did not, he slew the oni with one mighty blow, driving his body deep into the Earth.  The only marker of this is a small salt water spring bubbles out through the shrine and is used for ceremonial blessings.

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New Magic Item – Fever Blade

28 September, 2011

His eyes glinted with madness or something else.  Demands for his surrender were met by increasing hysterical laughter from the swordsman.  As the combat progressed his style became increasingly erratic and risky but no less dangerous because of it.  He leap and rolled, stabbed and slashed.  Evading our blows until we finally corned him in a cemetery.

Scimitar Bunny loves Fever Blades

Scimitar Bunny loves Fever Blades

In the end we lost three men dead and two more badly wounded before we put him down.  As we bound our wounds

in the now failing rain, the blade of his sword seemed to be smiling at us.

Fever Blade

The curved blades of these weapons often seem a pale red when the light catches them and they are always warm to the touch.  These weapons are usually unadorned though their grips are made of material which will ensure a firm grip.

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New Spells – Fever Chain of Spells

27 September, 2011

Feverish Touch
School necrourgy [disease]; Level Curse, Disease, Evil 0, Sor/Wiz 0, Witch 0
Components V, S
Casting Time 1 standard action
Range touch
Target creature touched
Duration One round
Saving Throw See below; Spell Resistance no

The casters hand is enveloped by a pale, angry red aura.  The person she touches is sickened with fever for one round, spell casters find this especially troubling making spell casting difficult imposing a -3 penalty (rather than the usual -2) on concentration checks.

Targets of equal or higher level than the caster receive a Fortitude save to negate the effect.

Fever Chain
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Review – Five Magic Books: Horrific Tomes

25 September, 2011

Dark words on ancient pages, are your heroes ready to risk their sanity in order to learn their secrets?  If you think the answer is yes, you may wish to take a look at Five Magical Items: Horrific Books.

Five Magic Items: Horrific Books is a 6-page PDF for the Savage Worlds RPG written by Steven Trustrum and published by Misfit Studios.  This is part of Misfit Studios’ Officially Licenced Savage Worlds material.

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New Feat – Icewalker (WiC)

25 September, 2011

Icewalker

You have lived among ice and snow are are adept at maneuvering in cold and ice-shrouded terrain.

Prerequisite: Dexterity 11, having lived for at least a year in cold and icy lands.

Benefit: You can move through difficult terrain that is defined as frozen, ice or snow without penalty.  If using the Ice Surface rules, you gain a +4 bonus to these Acrobatic checks and retain your Dexterity bonus when gaining extra movement.

You also gain a +2 bonus to keep your footing on other low-friction or slick terrain.

Notes: Just a fun little feat.  My second contribution to the Wombat’s Gaming Den of Iniquity‘s Winter is Coming blog carnival.

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