“Across countless planes and dimensions lie incredible creatures. Such beings may be as mundane as one’s neighbor or far too alien to fully comprehend, perhaps even somewhere in between. Different realities hold different possibilities… including different possibilities for existence as a whole. I, your humble xenonaught, shall explore and chronicle the vast reaches of this known realm and beyond!” – Garvin Gorb, Fire-Blooded Genasi Sorcerer, Planar Researcher for the Great Library of Sigil
Throughout the D&D multiverse, there are a plethora of powerful monsters and strange foes. In some instances, their desires and goals can be met easily, gaining a trusted ally in an alien realm. Many wield powers never before seen by a denizen of the prime material plane, while others seem like familiar variants of the all too familiar. Here is a list of a few examples of fantastical planar monsters and NPCs encountered on various worlds, planes and the like.
Author’s Note: So, I’m getting back into the swing of things, slowly but surely. Or at least, as best as I can during retail holiday season, as day jobs help pay the bills. Anyway, I kinda dropped my horror content out of the blue. Usually, I keep that ball rolling well into December, but I kind of dropped it this year. Likewise, my patreon needs more updates than what I’ve been giving. Anyway, I’ve been finding either older books or reprints on DM’s Guild lately and it has made me quite nostalgic. While I can’t recapture those days with older editions, I figure I can transport some of my favorite things to the current edition. I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I do.
Worldbuilding. It’s a chore, it’s a craft, it can be great fun! From a young age till now, I’ve always loved it. Whether my eyes scrawl over the many fantastical and wonderful realms of countless authors or I concoct my own strange dimensions from even stranger depths! For November 2018, Nuketown is hosting the RPG Blog Carnival with the theme “All These Worlds…“, a nod towards the classic novel, 2010.
So, it got me thinking about the world I’ve used for quite a few games. From the gritty to the gonzo, from the mystical to the mundane, from the distant past to the distant future. This world is known as Arothe. It’s a quirky and bizarre little world hooked up to many strange eons. In a sense, it’s a high-gonzo, high-planar setting. For the passing glance, it’s what happens when a kid from the 1990s plays too much Planescape and RIFTS. And, well, you’re not exactly wrong. Throw in a lot of ’80s and ’90s sci-fi and fantasy in general, while we’re at it. But, there’s nothing wrong with talking about your inspirations. Inspiration helps to shape the tropes, genres and more that makes up pop culture today!
Author’s Note: So, my previous post with some Zelda themed magical items? Admittedly, I was mostly interested in doing that for the Blog Carnival, albeit it was more so as homage to Peanut Butter Gamer’s Zelda Month videos. Whether this month or early next month, I’ll probably make another LoZ themed post, as I promised I’d do something in some capacity! In the meantime, I want to do something for the November Blog Carnival again. This time, I wanna talk about the home setting I’ve mostly isolated from my very blog. My earlier posts were tied into my own world’s lore, but insecurity and anxiety got the best of me and these references were mostly removed. That said, I wanna welcome people back to my delightful labyrinth of weird, dark, gonzo and crazy that embodies what I do! Also, be warned! Long winded ramblings lie ahead! Tread at your own risk!
Work injuries and stress, combined with some behind the scenes project work, has eaten up time. All in all, long stories. At least with the latter, one thing relates to the Ravenloft adventure I wanna do. In addition, I’m planning on another submission to Threshold Mystara magazine once more. To get a taste of what I’m going to tackle, read the “Returned Blackmoor” article I submitted for Threshold Issue #20!
“Greetings, travelers! Reality is endless as are its possibilities, different people in different dimensions, all the same. This form… it doesn’t suit Zam’del, but I guess he is some sort of happy salesman of masks… No matter, he procures other fine wares from all over this region of Hyrule and beyond! Some items seem to be outside of relative time, but that is okay.”
Author’s Note: ZELDA MONTH, now on my blog! I’ve always wanted to do a LoZ themed post or two! So, why not blend it with my love of making magic items. Here are a couple of items spanning the Legend of Zelda franchise.
This is unashamedly inspired by the YouTuber, peanutbuttergamer. I’ve always enjoyed his Zelda month posts and I’m happy to see them return. As a result, I feel like making a post or two about the series myself, as it relates to D&D. Stay tuned for more madness. I might do just one post, maybe multiple! I haven’t decided yet.
Also, I have an adventure plans that was originally intended for Halloween, based off one of my favorite campaign settings, in the works. Make of that what you will.
Halloween is over, but the chills never end!
Hail to thee of might and valor,
Dare you dive into the darkness and face an evil as ancient as the land? The curse of vampirism persists throughout much of the multiverse, turning the innocent into blood-sucking monsters. Explore this new tome and discover various kinds of vampires, as well as their unholy progeny. From the fallen vampire to various clans from various worlds and beyond, their reach sprawls ever far. Should this be of interest to any of you, please respond to the Burgomaster with haste.
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Good evening, children of the night! To celebrate Halloween, I have something special for everyone! This time around, it’s a collection of vampiric horrors as a follow-up to last year’s werebeasts. Here’s what you will find inside this terrifying tome.
- Vampires in the realms of D&D: A look at the vampire and its place in various known (and unknown) realities.
- Bestiary: A wide variety of vampiric evils to horrify your parties with. Based on vampires from all over the world and more.
- Vampires in your Campaign
- Vampiric NPCs: Some sample NPCs in the vein of the monsters from the Zoanthropes book.
- The Dhampir: The unfortunate spawns of a vampire and a mortal. Seemingly impossible, but actually improbably; these offspring are stuck between the worlds of the living and the worlds of the dead.
A follow up to last year, this time I’m tackling vampires. Check out more here!
Included are new types of vampires, NPCs and Vampire adventurers, as well as the new racial option; the dhampir.