Archive for October, 2021

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New Monster – Star Cat

19 October, 2021

lion coinThese creatures are philosophers and explorers, curious to learn about new people and worlds.  What they do with that information is unknown, however they are deadly enemies of the Lrueoc and seek to have them destroyed whenever they learn of them (though reluctant to confront them directly).

A proud lion-sized cat, its dark blue fur decorated with constellations.  It opens its mouth and says, through gleaming ivory teeth, “What are your thoughts on the immortality of the soul?”

Star Cat
Large monstrosity (from beyond), lawful

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Tuesday Magic Item – Star Cat Ring

19 October, 2021

To see the universeGollaon leaned against the wall and watched as the young student engaged in deep debate with . . . a star cat?  So they had said the being was called.

“Can you follow what they are saying?” whispered Voddick.  “I understand some of the words but the concepts are beyond me.”

“It is a deep philisopical debate on the nature of how do we understand the world around us,” replied Gollaon.  “I can make out that much but only that much.”

“It does not seem our skills as bodygurd will be needed, however,” added Voddick.

“Just as well, that cat seems dangerous for a philosopher.”

Star Cat Ring

These rings are made of precious metals and set with a stone that envokes the stars, rarely there is a cat motif involved but the interior is always inscribed with magc sigils.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Shield of Salynas

12 October, 2021

Hungarian Style Shield“While I feel it is right and proper to defend the smaller states against the predations of the larger,” said Voddick while donning armor, “I do wish the largers states would stop being so greedy.  I would be happy to never have to fight in another such battle.”

“Agreed my friend,” said Gollaon slipping arrows into a quiver.  “At least the defenders of this city-state have dug deep into their armories to make sure their defenders have the best weapons and armor they can provided.”

“The shield they gave their champion smacks of old magic,” nodded Voddick.

“I have high hopes that it will be helpful in the coming fight.”

Shield of Salynas

These shields are well made of practical designs and decorated with the heraldric symbol of the community they were made for.  No paint or magic can hide this symbol, it is always displayed. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Looking Back Over GenCon, 2021

10 October, 2021

Another year, another GenCon, gosh it is nice to say that.  After a year off, it was good to be back, even later in the year and perceptibly smaller.  Still doing its utmost to be the “the best four days in gaming.”

As usual I was working for AEG, so we arrived late Tuesday evening and ended up having dinner at the Rathskeller, the German restaurant that many years back we had an L5R event at (memories).  Service and cider remain excellent. 

AEG Booth in processWednesday was devoted to finishing booth setup, rah.  It was very strange to be in a different section of the hall, with a smaller booth, in a smaller exhibitor hall with no Paizo, Asmodee (and the other companies under their umbrella such as Fantasy Flight) or Goodman Games and many more beside.  It imposed a certain disconnect between what I was used to and what was at GenCon this year.  By pure luck, I ran across my friend Drew Baker, who was just in for a few hours helping some of his friends get their booths ready.  Had dinner at Goodwood which took over the Ram’s, which was very good though the cider was overpriced.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Naginata of Household Defense

5 October, 2021

Hojo_Masako_(Takeda_Katsuyori's_wife)“I am not sure if I should be pleased or concerned that the entire household is mobilizing for its defense,” said Gollaon.

“Pleased surely,” replied Voddick.  “It is nice to see people with a proper concept of how to keep their home safe.”

“I forget you come from a more militant land than I, my friend,” said Gollaon.  “But we had best help if we are to learn our pay.”

“Truth.”

Naginata of Household Defense

These polearms are beautifully made and carefully blessed and sanctified to the household, often decorated with designs lacing with meaning to to home.  Keeping the weapon properly cleaned and cared for is part of the rituals used to maintain its tie to the owner and their household. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Into October and Autumn, leaving September

1 October, 2021

black-cat-ellen-clapsaddleSuddenly October!  Which is 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 for this month will be Monsters and Monstrous Things!

If you have ideas for a Monster you wish to see, let me know and I will try to make it happen.

Have a safe Autumn all.

September, 2021, saw the following posts here:

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