Wizard Path: The Necro-Engineer

After years of digging in graveyards, Necro-Engineers have become quite adept at sawing through bones, sewing flesh together, and attaching all of this to each other through the clever use of gears, screws, staples, and thread. They have departed from the traditional realm of necromancy, in favor of a hands-on “crafting” approach to their magic. Experts in seamsters’ kits, they use a combination of masterful Necromancy and crafty engineering to imbue dead flesh and bone with a supernatural unlife, creating terrifying minions. With these minions under their control, Necro-Engineers can chill in the background, allowing their horrible abominations to handle whatever messes present themselves, wading in only when battlefield wounds need a bit of “touching up.”

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Not Quite A Review – Maze of the Blue Medusa

I’ve read through Maze of the Blue Medusa (from now on, MotBM) three times now. I would sit here and tell you how amazing this book is, how it is one of the finest RPG products ever produced, and how I can’t wait to run it. However if you’re even remotely connected to the RPG blogging community, you’ve already heard all that. Multiple people have already said it, and nothing I say would contribute anything new to that particular conversation. So I’m not going to talk about how good it is (which it is! Seriously, Buy it Now. Read it. I’ll still be here when you’re done.) – I’m going to talk about how important it is. And it may be the most important book ever produced for an RPG game. And it all comes down to personality, methodology, and ethics.

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A Pseudo-Fey-ish Generator Table

In part of my ongoing series to revitalize and reshape the fey, I’ve come up with a table for generating fey appearances. Up until two days ago, this was a hand-written table that I’ve had taped to the inside cover of my primary campaign notebook for several years now. I decided it was time to update it, and in the process, I may as well digitize it (for future-proofing).

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Ecology of the Banshee

Also known as the Bean-Nighe, the Lady Fairy, or the Little-Washer-by-the-Ford

The Lady Fairy lusts. This we know. Lust comes in many forms. It comes in the form of the young man who has seen a naked woman in full form for the first time. It comes in the heat of battle, causing a warrior to slice deep and draw blood from the body of the enemy, relishing in its splatter. It even comes from the simple desire to own something – like an antique silver vase, or an heirloom quill pen with a diamond nib. The lust is there in all of us. But in her, it is something primal, something elemental.

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Ecology of the Displacer Beast

The following excerpts are from the journal of Jason Canderman, of the eight-man Canderman-Dodder Expedition, which was documenting the newly-discovered ruins of an ancient Hithan pyramid. This journal was found by a group of nine explorers (three of whom met their fate later by the same creatures described within). Based on the following excerpts, we recommend bringing a full regimen of prepared soldiers before the next expedition is attempted.

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Ecology of the Grick

Coiled beneath the stones and brush, it waits. It hears voices approaching – high-pitched, playful voices. Voices it recognizes as younglings from the community down the river. It opens its beak, pointed tongue running along the edge of its sharp lips. It knows it is in a bad position to strike, but cannot risk moving now, as the voices are close now, and would hear the stones above it shifting. It feels excitement welling – it hasn’t eaten in a week, since eating the meat off the bones of a deer, and fresh man-meat is always preferable to deer. The voices are only a few feet away now, voices filled with joy and glee, unaware of what lies beneath the stones they play atop…

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Review – Deep Carbon Observatory, by Patrick Stuart

I am a little late to the party on this one. I purchased this module based on Bryce Lynch’s review. I’ve read straight through it multiple times now, like a favorite novel. I ordered the physical copy as well as the digital – while awaiting the physical copy, I read the pdf on my phone, on my kindle, on my Nexus, and on my laptop. Then when the book arrived, I took it on vacation and read it multiple times. I just can’t stop reading it. It’s like traditional fantasy D&D meets Lovecraft meets Lewis and Clark meets the most epicly-worded-yet-simply-spun beautiful prose I’ve ever read in my life.

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