Traversing the mists with Mistfactor Press

I’ve been in chats with the fine creators at Mistfactor Press, a group effort to properly update the Ravenloft Campaign Setting for the D&D 5th Edition DM’s Guild. Despite my misgivings towards the current edition, they’ve done a fantastic job and are more than deserving of a look over. They’ve even made 400 page volumes examining said domains in great detail. By all means, consider at least the digital copies. You can find more on their user page, looking under Van Richten’s Encyclopedia of Darklords and Domains.

And with the project leader’s permission, I’m also helping to launch an effort to convert mechanics to 2nd and 3rd Editions. This will only cover things not found in each respective edition, not the entirety of the books (as much of Volume 1 alone can be found in each respective edition). Furthermore, this project will not include any lore that isn’t tied into the mechanics somehow (such as the Darklord’s curses). And as a slight disclaimer, this project is not meant to take away energy or success from Mistfactor, but only help to spread interest and attention by opening the gates to classic fans who might not otherwise be interested in 5th Edition. Stay tuned as always, including for Threshold Mystara Magazine #29. This too will involve Ravenloft.

Lost Chapters of The Mists – More Domains of Dread Part 2

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“Of course, I have more notes.  It’s the least I can do for your glorious donations to our information treasury.  Of course, these are copies.  The originals reside with my master, or at least his own private resources.  Enjoy what I have to offer and don’t hesitate to ask questions.  But, be careful what you ask.”  The scribe continues to pour through his acquisitions, before giving a satisfied nod and granting you access to another set of information.  “This begs the question, since you’ve done so much for our fair liege, surely you have shown interest in recruitment?  He has sensed the future and knows one thing for certain…  Doom awaits.  Only his land and his hand can protect you.  But first, the Blighted city must be dealt with.  This “Death” is only an obstacle for greater victory.”

Author’s Note:  A look at more aspects of the Demiplane of Dread.  I never got around to this originally, as my focus was on the journey to Darkon more than anything.  Enjoy my take on some more canon domains of Ravenloft, reaching beyond the Core and into the Nocturnal Sea and Sea of Sorrows.  Also, since not much fleshed out Bluetspur, I got creative!  Surprise, it’s a Spelljammer inspired domain now!  Also, yes, I always thought Professor Arcanus was a stupid character.

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Lost Chapters of The Mists – More Domains of Dread Part 1

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If you have found these notes, then I am still most assuredly lost to somewhere else. I am not sure when I catalogued these notes, but apparently some facet of me did very recently. Perhaps I continued to work for the dread lich without realization. None the less, may these notes prove most useful to you. Within the Lands of the Mists, the power of knowledge can sometimes be damning. However, it is often very, very useful. Stay well and ultimately stay alive.  And should you find me, you too are likely doomed.

Author’s Note: I had more domains of the Core to cover and I honestly didn’t have much other direction at the moment. I still feel a little sick and that sucks. You would think you could trust your own neighborhood to get itself together, but sometimes that’s asking too much. No matter, I’m feeling better. So, with that, here is my look at those other domains. And should I feel up to it, I might toss in an Island of Terror or two. Many of them were cool after all. Hell, some were once part of the core.  Either way, I have more to ramble on in due time.  We’ll probably see another post with lost bard entries on The Mists.  Also, happy 2021.  May it lead to good things for all.

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The Editor’s Expansive Sigil Expose – Part 2

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Not satisfied the first time, eh? Well, I have things for you. Not all sects made the glorious jump into our Cage. But, far more exist on the planes than you know. Let me tell you of a new list of sects that fill plenty of planes; Olden Glory, Moving Progress, The Burned, Front of Greatness, Glorious Subversion, Positivists, Educatorium and The Guardian Primers. Mind you, the last one is more of a guild. But, technicalities are important! You want details on the inner workings of these people, after all.

So, with a careful glance around and ducking into the right alleyway, please read onward and discover more things to know about the many Factions and Sects that hover around our spheres of influence and beyond. After all, you read the scribed words of a very banned author. And as such, you only place yourself at risk here. Stay safe, friend. And always, and I mean always, watch yourself for onlookers. And with that, do enjoy.

Author’s Note: So, besides the previous faction, only two other concepts here came from games themselves. One of them is just a nod towards a classic work of fandom, while another is based on said classic work. The rest? Additional philosophies through a fantastic and tongue-in-cheek window mostly.

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A Collected Look at the Inner Planes

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My stuff on the Inner Planes somehow became four separate posts!  This is mostly to collect the links of all four pages in one place, for ease of sharing.  Included are brief previews as well.

The Four Main Elements

  • Air – In which we look at living clouds, flying humanoids and a fallen angel.
  • Earth – The exploits of Clan Strickensteel, Planting Initiatives and the sick arts of a Mad Mage.
  • Fire – A funerary funnel gone wrong, a secret efreeti prison, a traveling circus and a lumbering beast await.
  • Water – Water holds a forest of underwater dryads, connections to eldritch mythos and a sinkhole of evil.

The Quasi-Elements/Pseudo-Elements

  • Ice – Beware of sloping peaks, brain freeze and a temple of certain doom.
  • Magma – A shockingly calm community overseen by a territorial dragon, plus a remnant of the Hag Countess await.
  • Ooze – In which a School of Evil, displaced Refinery and wretched hive of rodent-things dwell.
  • Smoke – Of substance-trafficking air pirates, hidden smoke enclaves and trapped fireliches.
  • Sand – Home to a camel salesman, an Athasian army and the nefarious dread worm.
  • Vapor – Holder of a holy retreat, a deathly temple and an immortal killer.

The Positive Energy

  • Positive – In which an animated wonderland, a fallen deathless and positivity cult are known.
  • Lightning – Where an inventive company, terrifying portal to Pandemonium and proud Oni are found.
  • Minerals – The gem guardians fiercely protect the rich resources of the realm, while the Ore Creatures create elaborate but racist and alien societies.
  • Radiance – In which one uncovers a Glantrian conspiracy, a cosmic horror and an eclectic art society.
  • Steam – Tales of divergent gnomes, an eerie trade ghost town, an attraction for Sigil’s elite and a ninja’s school of stealth.

The Negative Energy

  • Negative – An evil secret society, an abandoned fortress and the original gateway of death await.
  • Ash – In which warmth-seeking husks, religious sites of magma pools, artifacts of ancient Oerth and the infamous Citadel Cavitius are explored.
  • Dust – Seeking out self-restoring ruins, reconstruction from dust and a community of the miserable.
  • Salt – Journey to the spire of salt, healing shamans and the graveyard of flavors.
  • Vacuum – Behold the origins of Erasure, void vampires and an unnatural Spelljammer haven.
  • Pseudo-Pocket of Radiation – A recent experiment containing wayward mutants and super-weaponry.

Time Marches On: Blog Carnival Wrap-Up

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Thanks for marching along with me, as we traverse the endless streams of time!  While I was hoping for a few more, I’m glad all of you took the time to see how time marched on in your games.

Here is the list of contributors:

Stay tuned for next month’s theme “Gamemaster’s Cut” from Codex Anathema!  If you wish to know more about the RPG Blog Carnival, please go here!

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Time Marches On: A Timeline in Richardsport

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I’m going to have a slight change of pace.  This one has been floating in the aether for a while now, if only because of a bunch of scattered memories tied to facebook posts from ages back.  Well, digging a mix of scattered campaign notes, FB posts and then some.  So, let’s dive into the past and observe the passage of time within what started as a small city and expanded into its own thing.

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