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Apr 18, 2020

Inkarnate Map: Sylvaranth

I recently signed up for a Pro Subscription on Inkarnate, an awesome fantasy mapping app that just got a big update. I think with how much worldbuilding I've been doing on D&D, it'll definitely be worth it. I decided to start things off by mapping the city my current work D&D group is in, Sylvaranth, the ancestral home of the wood elves of Hearth (or one of them; I keep forgetting how big worlds really are). Much better than hand-drawing a black-and-white outline on Roll20.

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Apr 7, 2020

D&D Magic Items: The Holiday Stones

Below are a few magic items I created just for the fun of it. I think I got the idea from a story arc on the webcomic PVP.
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Christmas Stone
Wondrous item, very rare

This diamond is one of the fabled Holiday Stones. While attuned to the stone, you have resistance to cold damage, and you can move through a space as narrow as 1 inch wide without squeezing. You can use the stone to cast scrying (DC 15), invisibility (self only), and teleport. Once you cast one of these spells through the stone, it regains the ability to cast that spell again the next dawn. You also gain the ability to cast find steed at will (an elk with a flying speed of 60 feet).

Easter Stone
Wondrous item, very rare

This egg-shaped sapphire is one of the fabled Holiday Stones. While attuned to the stone, your jump distance is doubled and your walking speed increases by 10 feet. You can also use the stone to case polymorph (rabbit only, DC 15), pass without trace, and plant growth. Once you cast one of these spells through the stone, it regains the ability to cast that spell again the next dawn.

Leprechaun Stone
Wondrous item, very rare

This emerald is one of the fabled Holiday Stones. While attuned to the stone, you have 3 luck points, as per the Lucky feat. The stone regains all expended luck points daily at dawn. In addition, if you roll a 1 on an ability check, attack roll, or saving throw, you can roll again and must use the second result.

Thanksgiving Stone
Wondrous item, very rare

This topaz is one of the fabled Holiday Stones. While attuned to the stone, you no longer need to eat or drink. In addition, you can use your action to target a creature you can see within 60 feet. The creature must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or gain 1 level of exhaustion from hunger. Levels of exhaustion gained in this way go away after the creature eats at least 1 pound of food. Creatures that do not need to eat are unaffected. Once a creature succeeds against a saving throw using this power, it cannot be targeted again by the stone until it finishes a long rest. Lastly, you can cast create food and water or purify food and drink. Once you cast one of these spells through the stone, it regains the ability to cast that spell again the next dawn. Lastly, you can cast heroes' feast once with no material components, but only on Thanksgiving Day.

Valentine Stone
Wondrous item, very rare

This ruby is one of the fabled Holiday Stones. While attuned to the stone, you are immune to the charmed condition and you gain proficiency with shortbows. You also sprout a pair of tiny wings and gain a flying speed of 20 feet. In addition, you can use the stone to cast (DC 15) charm person, blindness, and dominate person. Once you cast one of these spells through the stone, it regains the ability to cast that spell again the next dawn.

Halloween Stone
Wondrous item, very rare

This amethyst is one of the fabled Holiday Stones. While attuned to the stone, you are immune to the frightened condition. In addition, you can use the stone to cast (DC 15) animate dead, conjure animals (bats and swarms of bats only) fear, gaseous form, and phantasmal killer. Once you cast one of these spells through the stone, it regains the ability to cast that spell again the next dawn.

Birthday Stone
Wondrous item, very rare

This fire opal is one of the fabled Holiday Stones. While attuned to the stone, you age at 1/10th of the normal speed and are immune to effects that would magically age you. In addition, on your actual birthday, the stone lights up, shedding bright light in a 10-foot radius. You can use your action to blow on the stone and cast wish. After doing so, or at midnight on your birthday, the stone's light fades and it cannot be used again for 1 year.

Apr 6, 2020

Argaenothruzil Creation of the World Poem Parchment

I was going through my documents and found a lot of material I wrote about Argaenothruzil. As much as I like writing stuff for my newer, more D&D DMG-helped-along setting, Hearth, Argae will always hold a special place in my heart, and sometimes I forget just how much work I put into its worldbuilding.

This parchment, the text of which can be red here, is based on the original Anglo-Saxon manuscript found of Beowulf. The poem uses kennings and alliterative verse to tell the story, just like Beowulf does, and it does so surprisingly well. I've noticed that it takes about 5 years to appreciate something anew, and I'm really impressed with this project.

This picture was uploaded earlier, but the post was hard to find, so I decided to use this chance to reminisce about it and reupload it for view.