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Monarch of the Monsters 5: All Monsters Attack!

Monarch of the MonstersIt is that time again—time for another Kobold Press contest! And this time, we’re focusing on the latest edition of D&D.

Using rules for the 5th edition of D&D, design a monster of any kind and send it to us for judging. The maximum length for entries is 600 words, and entries must be submitted on or before February 23, 2015, to be eligible. You’ll find the full details in the rules below.

A panel of judges will pick out five finalists to post on the Kobold Press website. Then we’ll ask the public to vote on the entry they think should win the grand prize!

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair: Voting

The five finalists have been posted, and now it’s time to vote for the entry you enjoyed most. If you haven’t had a chance to read the entries, they are posted below. Voting will continue through 8/25/14.

Ice Bridge by Ronald Corn
The Black Crater of Blinder’s Keep by Christopher Lockey
Rotting Within the Forest by David Adams
Lair of the Toymaker by Stephen Rowe
Slave to the Forge by Lucas Elijah Friedman

Which Enter the Dragon's Lair entry did you enjoy the most?

  • The Black Crater of Blinder’s Keep by Christopher Lockey (57%, 91 Votes)
  • Lair of the Toymaker by Stephen Rowe (23%, 36 Votes)
  • Rotting Within the Forest by David Adams (8%, 13 Votes)
  • Slave to the Forge by Lucas Elijah Friedman (7%, 11 Votes)
  • Ice Bridge by Ronald Corn (5%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 159

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair Finalist: Slave to the Forge by Lucas Elijah Friedman

Dragon LairOur expert judges have conferred, and we have our five finalists for the Enter the Dragon’s Lair contest! Today we present the last of five finalist, and you can watch for information on how you can vote for your favorite entry. Our final entry comes from Lucas Elijah Friedman—congratulations!

BACKGROUND

High atop a lonesome, snowcapped mountain range, a village perches — Bellows Bluff, a town wreathed in perpetual smoke. At its heart sits a furnace that burns as hot as dragonfire, the source of the hamlet’s unlikely prosperity. There are scores of legends surrounding the forge, but all pale in comparison to the truth of its construction.

Half-elf town elder and part-time pyromancer Aelisia Wintrish hides a terrible secret. Many years ago, she captured a wyrmling magma dragon named Fernax, blinded it, and imprisoned the beast beneath her forge and laboratory, binding its fiery essence to runic furnaces. Its burning heart powers Bellows Bluff, channeling flame hot enough to craft masterwork arms and armor (and to power the town’s famous steam baths).

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair Finalist: Lair of the Toymaker by Stephen Rowe

Dragon LairOur expert judges have conferred, and we have our five finalists for the Enter the Dragon’s Lair contest! Each day this week, we’ll post one of the finalists, and then we’ll set up a voting process so that you, our readers, can vote for your favorite entry. Our next entry comes from Stephen Rowe—congratulations, Stephen, for joining our other three finalists with your entry!

Lair of the Toymaker­

Background: In Bemmea, magical playthings and trinkets of questionable quality are all too common. Natives leave such dross for the tourists, and seek only the work of the Toymaker for their children.

All would be stunned to learn that the mysterious recluse is no man or mage. Sanadeen, the Toymaker, is a copper dragon claiming the ancient tunnels that survived the Isonade’s touch. After losing his mate, the depressed dragon spent many human lifetimes finding solace in creative arts originally meant to delight his wyrmlings. His lair filled with the fruits of his labor— from intricate dancing constructs, to ridiculously colored rubber balls that never ceased bouncing.

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