Salutations, friends. Following my excursion into the depths and chronicling unseen sights of the lower planes, I return once more! Consider this entry and future presentation and addendum to many previous treks across many realities. At this point, I have become rather adept to the dangers beyond. But, for the enterprising primer looking to handle all that the planes can offer, hopefully I can pass plenty of advice and knowledge on. So please, travel with me (in spirit) as I unravel more mysteries and wonders floating beyond the prime material plane.
Author’s Note: More planes abound! I wanted to return to my idea of the Hag Countess ascending, what an aftermath would be like. Also, I recalled that 4th Edition touched on Evard a few times, so it’s worth taking some notes from various later creations (such as a somewhat obscure Dungeon adventure) for inspiration. Hopefully, I can find myself back in the swing of things as well. I haven’t been nearly as motivated in the new year, but I’ll see what I can do.
Once more, let us tell tales of mighty heroes and frightening monsters. From steppes below to mountains above, tales of high adventure await. And with them? Great foes and allies alike. You thought you only had to worry about the Baba Yaga? You are quite wrong!
Author’s Note: I wanted to make some Slavic inspired monsters with a lower CR rating, especially considering the rest have been pretty strong. Also, here’s a bonus heroic NPC to accompany these troublesome treks! Also, a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to my readers!
The Port City of Stormreach, a fascinating and bustling mixture of people within the otherwise mysterious land of Xen’drik! The district that should be of most interest to Zam’dul is Marketplace, of course! It is here where many incredible wares have once again been collected for viewing pleasure and purchasing potential. Please, stop by and observe what new goods there are to offer!
Author’s Note: I’m done hosting the RPG Blog Carnival, at least for next year. But, I still wanna participate in others’ themes! Anyway, I got inspired by reading through various bits of 3E Era Eberron books and took a number of creative liberties. Zam’dul returns once more, this time to Khorvaire! Also, big thanks to Catilus and the D&D Fantasy Art page on Facebook for some evil inspiration for one of the items! Though, tales from Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser were also an inspiration. Also, yes, I’m guilty of reprinting ideas. But, a lot of them fit Eberron quite well. That said, I hope some of my ideas don’t mutilate canon too much…
Currently, I find myself researching into the boundless possibilities of parallel universes, alternate realities if you will. Such a pursuit is a headache. But, no matter! An explorer must persevere for the good of all! Throughout all means of realities, little pockets of truly wondrous strangeness hide in their own obscure places. For the time being, let me chronicle some travels to other strange places in the multiverse! Who knows what there is?
Author’s Note: It’s no secret, I keep coming back to the planes, especially Planescape. As always, many of these ideas are 3rd and 4th Edition concepts retrofitted into AD&D (rather than 5th Edition’s approach). This time around, a little more Shadowfell and a bit of Elemental Chaos get reshaped to (better) fit the Great Wheel. However, I wanted to pay homage to some other concepts from settings like Mystara, which takes a much vaguer approach to the planes. Also, H.R. Giger inspired nightmare fuel! Also, where details on original content were sparse, I twisted things around and added some of my own ideas.
“You understand the risks of joining our hunting team, yes? There are many things in the woods that would stop our enterprise, but we’re among the most elite in the lands. Our skills are legendary. Some angered spirits don’t threaten us!” – The last words of a foolish trespasser
The forest holds many mysteries beyond the fabled Grandmother of the Witches. Life grabbing wolves, tree-like giant men, three headed dragons! Such terrors and more lie over the mountain side and into the forest. Travel with caution and tact. And of course, show respect to the spirits around you.
Author’s Note: My exploration into Slavic folklore creatures continues. Also, I’m gonna cover some weaker monsters for lower tier adventures later. So far, all of these have been at least pretty strong.
Behold, the mother of hags! And with her, a cadre of mythical companions and foes. As the autumn months roll on and witches gather, the foul mother of them all beckons you to her door. Seek out the dancing hut and experience the horror of Baba Yaga! And joining her, a cadre of creatures both benign and truly vicious! And there are more where that came from, as always.
Author’s Note: Here is something long overdue! The folklore of Eastern Europe and beyond hasn’t been represented in media too much. So, let’s fix that. Speaking of fixing, here’s my new take on Baba Yaga and her magical dancing hut! More creatures based on Slavic folklore will soon follow. Also, both the Dancing Hut and Baba Yaga are extremely strong creatures! As a rule of thumb though, don’t mess with Baba Yaga!
From thresholds and barriers, many terrible things break free to cause mayhem. Among them are things from a digitized and electronic world. These monsters may have strange origins, but the evils they unleash are no less dangerous.
Welcome to the realms of electronic terrors, creatures that originate from incredible devices known to some as “video games”. These creatures hail from a variety of supposedly fictional universes and realities, where they do all in their capacity to torture brave and cunning protagonists within a digital landscape. These tales may just be works of fiction, but they could very well be alternate worlds held back by a pixelated veil. Perhaps this could mean an expansive frontier within the Prime or perhaps a demiplane of its own.
Author’s Note: Another blog carnival post! This time, it’s a bunch of monsters from horror (or at least suspenseful/horror-related) video games! Yes, the Zombie Dog is a repost…
As the fog begins to roll in, a comforting light barely breaches the blanket dead ahead. A vardo wagon sits idly, alongside a crackling fire pit. One lone man clad in ornate robes and a ceramic plate covering his head beckons you over. His body language seems friendly, but he is clearly interested in business. A quick wave of an arm showcases all means of strange and wondrous trinkets to behold. The cloaked humanoid shape picks itself up, addressing the party, “Ah, well met! All of you seek to fight off the legions of the damned? Surely, you are in need of proper supplies. You are fortunate to stumble upon this traveling merchant!”, hoarsely croaks the muffled shape through his sculpted helmet.
Author’s Note: While Castlevania is more action-horror, it’s still very much part of the history of horror gaming. One could argue the early entries are a proto-survival horror too! Plus, there’s the classic fiasco of Konami supposedly taking from TSR for their box art. In general, Konami sucks and will probably always suck (unless some day they magically don’t), but we can still appreciate the classic franchise. While this one focuses on the first game, fourth game and Symphony (because those are my favorites, I know… original); I might come back and do some items based on other titles at some point… not just the most popular ones. So with that, here are a couple of items that pay homage to the franchise! Enjoy and happy vampire hunting! Also, I’m aware I reposted the solomon seal.
Enter a Domain of Dread born from paranoia and fearmongering, where your neighbor conspires against you and practices wicked sorcery… at least, by your observations.
Ruled by a once-beloved governor, now fear is there ruling force! The colony still expands and progresses, even as its appointed ruler acts from the background. However, his control is far stronger than most realize. Face an endless battle between a crazed governor and the dark witch that haunts the lands.
Domains of Dread – Dawnsveil is an expansion for the Ravenloft Campaign Setting. However, it is fully compatible with the Curse of Strahd adventure. Inside, you’ll find a history of a fallen trade colony, dark tales of a dark witch taken form and terrifying creatures that dwell in the darkness.
Mordent, considerably more progressive than other domains by a distance. Curiously, its presence in the Mists is the fault of Strahd and Azalin. They devised a scheme to exploit an apparatus within the realm to free themselves from their imprisoned domains. This failed, sealing Mordent’s fate as well.
A fair share of oddities drift in and around the domain. The Darklord himself, Lord Wilfred Godefrey, certainly counts. Once a backstabbing aristocrat, he slew his own wife and daughter. He covered the incident up as it were an accident. But, their vengeful spirits drove him to suicide, forcing him into the ironic fate of a trapped spirit too. Since then, he has collected the souls that are beckoned to his house on Gryphon Hill. He has even used the trapped souls to his advantage at times, creating networks of informants and spies within his domain.
But, what is beyond the house? The Great Moors risk dense moss and trees to get lost in, while ghost towns just beyond prove to be less than salvation. The river ways and moors are mucky and thick, the perfect predatory grounds of the bog hound. A ways off the path was an off beat enclave of artists, creatives and non-establishment people who failed to fit in with the norm. Save for the waxworks, there is no more life here. No true life. Despite much of it burning down, wonders of art are mixed with the macabre to unveil an art show unlike anything before.
Author’s Note: Yet another double-feature! This time, the Domain of Mordent as the theme. The first creature is based off the Howls of the Night adventure, prominently featuring the Bog Hound. The second is from a homebrew pocket domain within the domain itself. It’s a meshing of wax museum horror tropes. And for added creepiness, some extra homage to one of my favorite parts of BioShock!