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Tuesday Magic Item – Fae Torc of Forms

17 May, 2022

Change your look“Was not that . . .” whispered Voddick.

“The Duchess, now the Duke,” answered Gollaon.  “They seem to have acquired a rather potent magic item for form shifting.”

“Hmm,” mused Voddick.  “I can see uses for it I suppose but I do not think such magics are for me.”

“Some people are not comfortable with the form they were born with, nothing wrong with them finding one that suits them better.”

“Truth.”

Fae Torc of Forms

These torcs can be made of various precious metals, from copper to gold, and subtly decorated with runes and symbols representing various genders and kindreds, these are so carefully worked that it requires careful examination to even notice them.  Rarely they are decorated with gems or enamel work.

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Kickstarter Sunday – Trekker & Impossible Jones

15 May, 2022

Two writer-artists I highly respect have ongoing comic kickstarters that you should look at and back if they hit your interests.

From the KickstarterFirstly, Ron Randall’s TREKKER, is about Mercy St.Clair who is a bounty hunter (a ‘trekker’ in the setting parlance) who has gotten involved in all sorts of trouble including interfering with the plans of a powerful and secretive organization, the Council, who really want her out of the way. In the latest Kickstarter. Trekker: Blood on the Wind, this conflict hits hard. (You can learn more about Trekker here.)

If you like science fiction adventure, this is the sort of thing you are looking for, and Ron Randall’s art is fantastic (check out the Empress he did for me). The campaign ends May 26 so you have time to jump in! Eight stretch goals have already been hit so the physical book is going to look amazing!

Impossible you saySecond, as it ends later, is IMPOSSIBLE JONES, by Karl Kesel, about a criminal who gained superpowers and now, maybe, is a superhero, mostly. The story is an unabashedly silver age sort of super world, with light-hearted hijinx and action-packed conflicts between costumed villains and heroes. This kickstarter is for Impossible 2C: Impossible Jones & Polecat Team-Up, it is also fully funded and knocking down stretch goals, the current one for an Even Steven backup story that is currently three-pages long but could stretch to six with additional backers (hin-hint). Even Steven is an amazing character, someone who believes that good will always defeat evil as long as they are playing on an even playing field, so he always matches his foe. Fantastic.

The Imp Kickstarter runs until 2 June come and join in the fun!

Images from the respective Kickstarter pages and used without permission, but I expect they will forgive me.

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New Monster: Hellsnake (For D&D 5E)

14 May, 2022

Not friendlySeeming to appear out of nowhere, the black and red scaled snake struck lightning fast.  The warrior grunted at the fangs pierced through his boots and into his flesh, he tried to counter-attack but the snake had already darted away.  “Damn, that hurts,” he managed through gritted teeth.  “Come on let’s get it.”

Hellsnake
medium monstrosity, unaligned (evil)

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)

Hit Points 39 (6d8 + 12)

Speed walk 40 ft

STR       DEX     CON     INT     WIS      CHA
12 (+1) 18 (+4) 14 (+2) 3 (-4) 14 (+2) 10 (+0)

Skills Perception +4, Stealth +6

Damage Resistances acid, fire, poison

Senses darkvision, passive Perception 14

Languages

Challenge 1 (200 XP)

Alight with Hellish Flames as a reaction, the hellsnake can wreath itself in hellish flames, anyone attacking it with melee weapons takes 3 (1d6) fire damage, this doubles if a creature is grappling the hellsnake.

Shadowy Stealth: the hellsnake can hide using Dexterity (Stealth) when in shadows as a bonus action when not alight.

Actions
Bite. Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4 + 4) piercing damage plus 2 (1d4) acid damage, and the target must make a DC 11 Constitution saving throw, taking 10 (3d6) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

The hellsnakes are primarily black with other colors in stripes, often red but others have been seen, they can grow up to ten feet (3m) long with powerful jaws and fangs that inject acid-laced poison.  They can blend into shadows, becoming nearly invisible, or wrap themselves in flames.  They are hostile to most other forms of life and will coordinate attacks against larger and more dangerous creatures.

Notes: The Hellsnake seems like a natural choice to get a full monster writeup as I can see them being used in a variety of situations by foolish cults and ambitious wizards.

Image from Karen Arnold found on PublicDomainPictures.net and is in the Public Domain.

 

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Tuesday Magic Item – Comfortable Saddle

10 May, 2022

Saddle up!Gollaon leaned back, “This is the nicest saddle I have ever had.  Why could we not have had these before?”

“Because we are simple mercenaries who cannot afford the finer things in life,” replied Voddick.  “But you speak truth, these saddles are fantastic.”

“We should try and make them part of our pay.”

“Superb idea.”

Comfortable Saddle

These saddles are always decorated, sometimes ornately, sometimes simply, but decorations seem to be part of the enchantment process to create these magic items.  Some are made from exotic leather but this does not seem to actually be required to make them but seems to have become common perhaps so that the creators can pad out the price. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#75)

4 May, 2022

Just splitting atomsShadowrun continues though slowly, currently GMing one game a month (every first Saturday at Tyche’s Games if you are ever in the area, come and join in).  Due to the work thing not sure when I will be CH more Shadowrun apart from the Saturday games.  However, still getting about a game a month in the NorCal set campaign which has been swell.

And, of course, what you are really here for, the latest Seattle Scream (#75), nothing directly tied to my latest adventures.  Though one of them did involve the Rusted Stilettos and the Banners, both gangs in Glow City, so it was on my mind.

For those interested in such things, I have a review of the latest Shadowrun resource PDF up, Shadowrun: Shadow Stock Lofwyr’s Legions. in case you want to learn more about who works for S-K and Drakes in the Shadowrun setting.

Are you slipping into the shadows?  If so, how is that going?  Watch out for those S-K operatives, they are serious jerks.

Notes: Image Nuclear Power plants. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel and is in the Public Domain.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Boar Crest Helmet

3 May, 2022

Tough as a boar“Well, we seem to be on the side of the underdog, yet again,” said Voddick checking his gear.

“Well, they are enthusiastic at least,” said Gollaon with a smile, checking that the arrows in the quiver were loose and ready.  “It is nice to be support rather than leading the charge.”

“Truth.  Though it will still be dangerous.”

“Such is our lot in life.”

Boar Crest Helmet

These helmets are exquisitly made of steel and shaped horn decorared with copper and gold and always with a boar on the crest.  They are a symbol of a warrior chieftan and anyone who wears one had best be able to fight with the best of them.

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