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Grand Duchy: Adulterine Castles of the North

A persistent, even nagging, feature of the Imperatrix’s reign has been the presence of adulterine castles, fortresses without royal license or outside the crown’s control. Across the great northern kingdom are scattered hundreds of castles, fortresses, and towers. These adulterine strongholds are something of an incongruity in a kingdom that is otherwise stable and secure.…

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Prepared!: The Ever-Burning Shrine

Fires of creation, fire in the soul, a fiery heart—why do we so often evoke flame when we speak of the essential? —Archdruid Naqua of Tellwood Travelers meet and discover the truth behind an unending blaze in today’s elementally imbued scene. The Ever-Burning Shrine Recent rains have made the road muddy and pitted. Traveling along…

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Pulp Sorcery: The Secret Art of Better Spell Descriptions

“Sorcery thrives on success, not on failure.” —Robert E. Howard, “The People of the Black Circle” When it comes to mechanical systems in RPGs—Pathfinder in particular—there are perhaps none more esoteric than the malleable rules that govern magic. Casters and their iconic spells have evolved over the various editions of D&D into what we know…

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Collection of Curiosities: Inside the Ritual Circle

When setting up ritual circles, some practitioners place objects of importance. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your characters currently linger.

Monarch of the Monsters 5: Crowned!

The votes are in, and we can now announce a winner. Congratulations go to Jeremy Hochhalter, who crafted the Xanka for us! Thanks go to our contestants, our judges, and all those who took the time to stop in and vote for some fun fifth edition D&D monsters.