“Step inside, what’s the worst that could happen?”
In an effort to keep this blog from being stranded in a theme for too long, I’ve decided to change things up starting in February. For the next little while, I’m going to do creations based on “The Fair Folk”. By Fair Folk, I refer to magical creatures of myth and legend. For the most part, I refer to faerie creatures from folktales and folklore; fey, spirit folk, magical nature beings, etc. Some dwell in the faerie realm of Arcadia, some are native to the material plane. In this regard, it relates to my previous planar/science-fantasy theme, but fey creatures don’t have to come from other planes per se. They can be very much a natural part of your realm. So with that, be on the look out for a helping of mystical and magical things to come.
IMAGE SOURCE: Martin Eager
Demodands, engines of fiendish destruction! These grotesque underworld dwellers exist in the inescapable prison plane of Carceri; a plane devoid of hope and passion, where life is sealed away and slowly choked out entirely. Despite being an incarnate form of death and destruction itself, many act as the guards to ensure captured souls never leave their writhing cages of torment. When not on active duty, their goals tend to be simple enough: find ways to help decay and dismantle the universe itself. For this reason, they tend to be confused as demons. However, they are not driven by a sense of chaos, but simply a hatred for reality and existence as a whole and the need to destroy it. And oddly enough, they view values of liberty and chaos to be an obstacle in their way of absolute destruction.
The origin of these horrors is unknown to most planar folk, save for the barmiest of the barmy on the fringes of the planes themselves. Mad scribes and banished fiends tell the tale of a Daemon who wanted to create a whole new race to add to the carnage of the Blood War. Unfortunately, the resulting Demodands could not be controlled and ended up helping nothing. Said fiend was supposedly banished to the depths of Carceri, with their Demodand spawn watching guard forever more. While not directly interested in the Blood War, these fiends see it as an opportunity to prove their skills in entropy, ruination and extermination.
Author’s Note: I’d say this was another successful fall/winter block of science-fantasy and planar content. As always, thanks for keeping me going! This is sadly the last extraplanar/sci-fi themed post for a little bit, as I want to continue challenging myself with different ideas and concepts. Stay tuned for a new theme and some groovy announcements!
Here’s another sampling of all sorts of items for science-fantasy D&D games! This time around, it’s an assortment of sci-fi themed vehicles as well as drugs and medicine.
It seemed like mere weeks ago, we thwarted legions of cosmic entities with the power of our arcane knowledge. They came in steel carriages and were armed with strange bows, but we ultimately triumphed. From their wreckage, we began to sample their from creations. In the years to come, we began to craft an arsenal that fused our magical craft with the aesthetics and functionality of higher technology. Today, our world looks just as alien as the attackers who tried to take our world all those years ago.
About a year ago, I crafted up a heaping helping of science fiction technology for your D&D 5th Edition games! I think it’s time I revisited that as my planar theme draws to a close, don’t you think? As I’ve said in prior posts, I’m quite the fan of mashing up genres together to create a wholly new experience. In particular, I like mixing aspects of science fiction and fantasy together to create a mystical experience that’s both supernatural and futuristic. To be fair, one of my earliest memories is loving everything about Star Wars. Without much further ado, enjoy!
As many of you know, Wizards of the Coast released two new licensing options for D&D 5th Edition! It’s truly an exciting time! The details of those licenses are more or less an OGL license akin to 3rd Edition D&D as well as an in-house publishing license utilizing their IPs. With that, I’m considering revamping some of my existing work for various products in the somewhat near future. What this means isn’t certain yet. I might release homebrew as playtests for final work, I might release a lot less, I might remove a thing or two from my page. All in all, I don’t know. But yeah, I’m hoping to get my many ideas out to the world however I can!
As I mentioned in my last post, my planar theme will once more come to an end soon. After a few more posts, I’ll probably go back to something random or dive into another theme for a little bit. Either way, do stay tuned!
Please don’t anger the Lady of Pain!
So, the theme for this blog for the past couple of months has been planar creatures and dimensional weirdness. Nothing embodies both better in my opinion within the realms of D&D than the Planescape Campaign Setting. While I’ve enjoyed other AD&D settings like Greyhawk, the Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance; Planescape has remained special to me. It’s a strange and cosmic fantasy where imagination is truly the limit! You want to fight insane mechanical cubes with ray guns? You can! You wanna gamble with a Devil with an Angel by your side? It’s possible! You wanna get flayed by a giant lady for treating her like a God? PLEASE DON’T DO THAT! But I digress, Planescape is a high concept setting with endless amounts of play and content to explore. For the reasons above and the many reasons below, I hope the full flavor of Planescape returns to D&D 5th Edition. So far, it’s my favorite incarnation of the rule set (and I loooove AD&D 2e, albeit mostly for the vast library of settings.) While they more or less have the Great Wheel, it feels much of the shadow of its former self like in the 3rd Edition of the game. I want the vibrancy, the absurdity and the wonder of those wonderful weird planes. Digressing from that, I’m here to address another question… How does one do a Planar game in this setting? Why, I’m glad you asked! Here’s a few humble suggestions from yours truly!
Now, I know what you’re thinking… “Doc! Didn’t you write about the planes on your other blog?” Yes, I did. However, I think now is a good time to revisit that post, especially now that I’ve been creating content revolving around planar travel and alternate dimensions. Plus, cosmological models and jumping between worlds has been one of my favorite aspects of D&D as a whole! With that, let’s chat about campaigns within the planes.
For starters, you might also ask me something; “Hey Doc! Aren’t there more cosmological models than The Great Wheel a la AD&D?” And you would be right! Especially since 3rd edition, new models have popped up. The Portals and Planes D20 Book (a rare title, if I may add) had heavily versatile options for truly forging your own planar realms. Pathfinder modifies the Great Wheel and adds to it in simply awesome ways (with help of Todd Stewart himself!) Eberron has an orrery based system where some planes overlap at the material plane at points in time. The World Axis is a duality between the Gods above and the Primordials below. That said, the Great Wheel remains my personal favorite of mine. To be fair, it’s where I had the most adventures within the planes themselves.