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Political intrigue among Dragons (RPG Blog Carnival)

13 January, 2022

This month’s RPG Blog Carnival theme is hosted by Daemons and Death Rays and is on Political intrigue, Courtly drama and Factions and, as I am hosting next month, it seems only right that I contribute to this month’s carnival.  And the theme is perfect for the Sea of Stars in any case.

dragon-princeDragons are the rulers of the Sea of Stars from the Empress at the top who, in theory, ultimately controls everything to the lowest of individual dragons who only rule over a single island (for no dragon does not have at least a small piece of land that belongs entirely to them).  Each of them (except for the Empress, perhaps) is seeking to advance themself and gain more power, preferably at the expense of other dragons for everything is better when it is taken from another, thus proving one’s strength and a rival’s weakness.  Yes, dragons are usually right bastards.

But the dragons rarely descend to physical conflict with each other, as that is risky even with proper preparation, so they primarily focus on political maneuvering which, in many ways, is more satisfying in any case as it proves you are cleverer than your rival.  As dragons are functionally immortal, they have time to craft long-term, and occasionally absurdly complicated, plans to gain advantage over their rivals.  This is less of an advantage than it sounds as the rival they are acting against is also functionally immortal with the ability to prepare equally elaborate defenses or even counter maneuvers.

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What is a “Dungeon”?

7 January, 2022

design-for-a-stage-set-showing-the-interior-of-a-fortress-or-dungeon-061ac6So, my wife and I were talking with some other gamers at our local game store, Tyche’s Games, as you do.  The people we were talked mentioned that their campaign did not not have dungeon and then described what their campaign did have . . . which sounded just like a dungeon just under another name.

Which lead to a discussion among my wife and I about what defines a dungeon.  I think I know what defines a dungeon, in the classic Dungeons & Dragons sense, to me and which I will elaborate on in a moment.  But what does the term dungeon mean to you?  What images does the word conjure?  Is there anything that you immediate think of, for good or ill?

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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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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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Tuesday Magic Item – Teacher’s Hat

28 September, 2021

448px-Jan_Lievens_(Dutch_-_Prince_Charles_Louis_of_the_Palatinate_with_his_Tutor_Wolrad_von_Plessen_in_Historical_Dress_-_Google_Art_Project“How long has it been since you were last in a school room?” asked Voddick looking around.

“As a student?  Longer than I care to remember, my friend,” answered Gollaon in a voice tinged with nostalgia.

“Perhaps we should retire and teach a new generation . . . someday.”

“Yes, someday.  But not today and probably not soon.”

“Sadly truth.”

Teacher’s Hat

These hats come in a variety of styles but are always suited to an educator (teacher, tutor, usw) in the culture and are always made of excellent materials, occasionally even luxurious ones. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Mind Robbing Blade

7 September, 2021

A stab to the . . . mind?Voddick adjusted his grip on the throwing axe.  “What is this person seeking, randomly stabbing people and then fleeing.”

“It is not random,” said Gollaon while running their fingertips along the hilts of the throwing daggers hanging from their belt.

“How do you mean?”

“They are following a chain from what to what, I am not sure,” said Gollaon.  “But each of the victims knows each other, sometimes in a tangential fashion.  But the knife-person is seeking something . . . or someone.”

“Perhaps we can ask them . . .”

Mind Robbing Blade

This dagger is made of fine steel, the blacked hilt is decorated with twisting faces that change from time to time.  Even just holding the dagger, one hears distant whispers, but nothing that can be clearly distinguished. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Vasizek’s Painting Kit

31 August, 2021

What are you paining?Voddick tilted his head and studied the painting.  “Not my usual style but it conveys itself well.”

Gollaon nodded.  “It is unusual, more . .  capturing the idea of the thing than the actual thing itself.  Very intriguing.”

“Its it nicely essential is it not,” agreed Voddick.  “If we had a fixed abode, I would be tempted to purchase it.”

“But, alas, we are but wanderers with out a home, venturing upon . . .”

“No need to wax poetic, I know all too well what our lifestyle entails.”

Vasizek’s Painting Kit

This well made wooden painting kit contains brushes, pots, a palette, small knifes, several pestles, and various other items for mixing paints and then using them.  The magic of the case keeps the materials from spoiling, drying or otherwise becoming unusable, it also cleans the brushes when the user is done with them, and for those reason alone will be prized by any painter. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Ashinole’s Diplomatic Cape

24 August, 2021

Cloak“Now that is a dashing outfit,” said Gollaon with a touch of jealousy.

“They are an ambassador and can afford it,” said Voddick.

“We could become ambassadors!”

“Who would let us represent their nation?”

“Fair point.”

Ashinole’s Diplomatic Cape

This cape is made from the highest quality of materials and so many of them, leather and silk, waxed cotton and lined, sometime even fur trim as it is able to adapt to changing fashions and cuts as needed. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Aztra Windrose’s Matchmaking Goblets

17 August, 2021

Drink and learn“Ah, young love,” said Gollaon watching the two young nobles chatting away.

“The matchmaker has a keen eye and ear for couples,” agreed Voddick.

“She is very good,” agreed Gollaon sipping at his fine.  “It is nice to see an expert at work.”

“Truth.  I am going to suggest that she could find good work back in my homeland.”

“This is a good thought.  Maybe we can convince her to hire us as escorts and guides?”

Aztra Windrose’s Matchmaking Goblets

These goblets are usually simple and elegant with a place to engrave coats of arms or other family symbols they are usually made in matched pairs (or whatever number is usually needed for dynastic marriages in the culture).  The coats of arms or other symbols with manifest when they are used. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Gran Sugarfoot’s Comforting Tea Set

10 August, 2021

TeaSetVoddick inhaled the aroma of the brewing tea.  “I am not normally much of a tea drinker, but today, it seems just right.”

Gollaon nodded.  “It is like being at home as a child.  I can almost see my mother.”

“Honey and cream?” asked Gran Sugarfoot.  “You two spend so much time out and about.  You need your moments of comfort.”

“Just honey,” said Voddick.

“Both please and thank you again for your kindness,” said Gollaon.

“It is nothing to worry about,” said Gran Sugarfoot with a smile as she poured tea into cups.

Gran Sugarfoot’s Comforting Tea Set

These tea sets, tea pot, strainer, six cups and saucers, are hand made and seem a bit fragile but somehow they never seem to break, maybe the occasional chip but that just adds character, right? Read the rest of this entry ?

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