February 25, 2015

Elemental Evil: The Nulb Stanza

The Nulb Stanza was written by an unknown author approximately 400 years ago.  Its name comes from the small village where it was composed on the prime material plane of Oerth.

At some unknown point the Stanza was placed inside a copy of Otiluke's Icy Invocations and found its way to a sub-basement of Readabout in the Moonsea region of the the prime material plane of Toril.

The Archivists of Readoubt recently discovered that they were infiltrated by the Elemental Clergy.  Their agent was named Mikuul Kern and in the process of finding the Stanza and fleeing Readbout, he murdered a fellow Archivist named Dolph Lunquist.

Kern was trying to translate the Stanza for the benefit of Prince Cryonax, when he was interrupted and forced to escpape from a group of adventurers sent by Primarchivst Franz without the document.

The Nulb Stanza is written in Flan, the aboriginal human language of the Flanaess on Oerth.  It is purported to bring about the Apocalypse, its verses being a series a events that must occur, in order, to bring about the ascension of the Princes of Elemental Evil and ultimately sacrificing the world to the Elder Elemental Eye.

February 24, 2015

DnDClassics.com Releases for 2/24/15

This week's new releases on DnDClassics.com are:
(A shout out to this great thread on RPG.Net).

Stormwrack (3e)
Dragon #371 (4e)

My Realms: Shadowrock

Shadowrock was an abandoned mine that has become the headquarters of the Thunderstone Mercenary Company and a trading post in the last decade.  The boomtown lies a few hours march northeast along the River Road which traces the River Stojanow.

Merick Stonecunning (descendant of Old King Tragar Stonecunning of long, lost Hammerfall) founded the Thunderstone almost two decades ago and made a name for himself and his crew in the tumult and chaos of the waning days of Returned Abeir and its sundering from Toril.  The Ironheart's have several permanent contracts and take on several shorter term contracts each year.  They are renown for their discipline and loyalty.

Merick was severely wounded several years ago while slaying a black dragon and has since settled in as the "mayor" of Shadowrock and as the Commodore of the Thunderstones, coordinating their missions from afar.  Day to day he runs the Graveltongue Supply Depot and oversees the renewed mining efforts.

Essentially, the Thunderstones as a company own the town which is mostly populated by its members who are recuperating or relaxing there when off mission and their families.  Its earned a reputation as being a tough place for troublemakers or scoundrels to stick their necks into.

While there is plenty of housing, the town itself is made up of The Saloon, Minda's Place (a brothel), Graveltongue's, the Mine, The School (for the kids), Shepherd's Forge, Cooty's (a tavern) and Dowd's Inn.

The Mine was reopened about two years ago, when several veins of mithral were discovered.  It also serves as the headquarters and storage for the Thunderstones.  While Merick is the de facto leader of the Company, its day to day operations are overseen by his sister, Magenta.

All Company members spend at minimum two hours a day training under the watchful eye of Bale Leadhawk, a half-elf ranger who helped Merick and Magenta found the group.

February 23, 2015

10 Random Things about My Realms

Kiel Chenier proposed DM's sharing 10 random facts about their campaigns as we usher out DM Appreciate Month.

All of these pertain to the city of Phlan in the Moonsea region of Faerun.

1) The Finery, a ritzy tavern on 2nd Street, refuses to serve dwarves in any way.  Currently, a coalition has formed by Mabel Wainwright to seek full rights for dwarves to eat and drink there.  The Finery's owner, David Trumont, has threatened Mabel and her followers if they continue their crusade.

2) The spirit of Sir Garth Ironstar watches over Crucible, one of the roughest neighborhoods in Phlan.  Many would-be victims owe his spirit their lives and a statue in his honor is constantly decorated with flowers and trinkets to show him thanks.

3) The Cult of the Dragon is facing a growing schism within its ranks within the city.  While Jarus Nightwand is directing them to gather treasure and artifacts to raise Tiamat, a holdover from the previous regime, Alyce Truemantle is misusing significant resources to raise a deceased black dragon named Glamdroomechus as a dracolich.

4) A secret portal to the Readoubt was recently unearthed while mining for mithril at Shadowrock, a mine and trading post a few hours northeast of Phlan.

5) Morton O'Rourke, Ladorna Mills, and Turmous Beck run an around the clock craps game in the alley between Benton's Dry Goods and Tulley's Exotic and Misunderstood Pets.  Its know as the fairest game of chance in Phlan.

6) The River Road that traces the River Stojanow is also known as "Wyvern Way" due to the many nesting grounds for blue and green wyverns in the region.

7) The blackmith on 4th Street, John Cabbot, apprenticed at Mithral Hall for a little over a decade.  While merely considered a journeyman amongst the dwarves there, most non-dwarves would name him a grandmaster at his forge.

8) There are a small group of Black Fists, the city's guard, who have grown tired of the corruption within their ranks and formed a secret society of vigilantes known as the Iron Stars.  The group is the brainchild of Sargent Fara Muldoon and they ruthlessly pursue justice behind masks on the streets of their beleaguered city, often battling their own comrades amongst the Black Fists, all on their own time.

9) The Clarion Call on Main Street is renowned for its music.  In fact, prominent and aspiring musicians will travel from all over Faerun to perform there with it's owner, Pinky a veritable savant with any instrument.  Pinky is also a high level enforcer for the Welcomers, the city's thieves guild.

10) When Abeir Returned, it brought with it the ruins and catacombs of Kyr Khan, an ancient dragonborn city beneath Phlan that did not depart when Toril and Abeir were Sundered.

February 21, 2015

Elemental Evil: Cold Ones for D&D 5th Edition

Durok Valpa, Anathema of Squall and Berretta of the Moonsea, and his Covey have unleashed the Ark of Cryonax to convert their enemies to undead devotees of the Prince of Elemental Ice--into Cold Ones.

Cold One                                                                                      Medium undead, neutral evil                                        ________________________________________________

Armor Class 12 
Hit Points 22 (3d8+9) 
Speed 20 ft.
   Str            Dex         Con           Int         Wis         Cha
12 (+1)     10 (+0)     17 (+3)     8 (-1)    10 (+0)     7 (-2)

Saving Throws Wis+2
Damage Immunity Cold, Poison, Necrotic
Condition Immunity Poison
Senses darkvision 60 ft.; passive Perception 10
Languages Primordial 
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)


Cold as Death. Any creature within 5 feet of a cold one has their speed reduced by 10 feet. 

Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the cold one to 0 hit points, it must make a Constitution saving throw with a DC of 5 + the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. On a success, the cold one drops to 1 hit point instead. 




Icy Grip. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6+1) cold damage.

February 18, 2015

Elemental Evil: Frostbow for D&D 5th Edition

Weapon (longbow), very rare  (requires attunement)

You gain a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon and it deals cold damage.

In addition, while attuned to the longbow, when you draw back the string an arrow made of ice magically appears and may be shot*.  Also, creatures who take damage from the the longbow lose their reaction for the round.  Finally, you also gain cold resistance.

This icy bow was the Pytchsmith's gift to Sadara Mirkyn, Godmother of Blizzards and Balpope of the Elemental Clergy.  She awarded it to Froth, Anathema of Gyre and Lifetaker of the Third Sphere, after he won a woeful tournament to wield it.  

*This longbow is a homage to the bow wielded by Hank the Ranger from the wonderful Dungeon and Dragons Cartoon from the 1980's.