As I’ve posted before, I have an article in the current issue of Mystara’s greatest fan magazine, Threshold. The article, “Beyond Nebligtod: Mystara in the Mists” explores three new Domains of Dread that have a distinctly Mystaran influence/perspective. Likewise, check out the other amazing contributions as well. Also, shout-out to the editors and layout designers for their amazing work.
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.
This is all I have to offer for now. I assure you that much more lurks beyond. There is much yet that they fair folk would prefer to presently keep hidden. Is there something worse than a nightmare conspiracy, cross planar war or the elimination of countless lives? Hard to say. The fey will remain an eternal enigma to even most planars.
Author’s Note: Special thanks to King Corn and ripvanwormer of thepiazzaforums for some incredible ideas! Anyway, that’s it for me in terms of fey politics, intrigue and factions. Additional thanks to everyone who participated in the January 2022 RPG Blog Carnival! More after the jump.
Ah, here we are again! The Civic Festhall! Some time ago, I was here to deliver my information on the fair folk, after a wondrous trip to Ecstasy. Since then, I have been criticized and lambasted with an incomplete or biased take, especially by the mysterious Narrator. After all, focusing on such matters can deeply upset the fey. And that can cost one an eye *tap*… or even your entire being. Just look at me, I’m a one-eyed cat man now. But, I am not here to defame or bring attention to various characters. Likewise, my own association to a bookshop should not paint any bias either. Let us speak on more joyous occasions, the realms of knowledge. And specifically, let us study more on society and politics of the fey. For you see, they are far more complicated and organized than we could initially fathom.
I speak of the faerie kind that span the many planes. We know to some degree what they are, but how do they operate? What can we learn from their daily directions and general politics? Let us dive a little further into their own planes, as well as their own takes on our fair City of Doors. I shall await all to seat and properly get comfortable. I assure you that once I start my lecture, I shall continue through conclusion.
Author’s Note: The ways of the fey! Why not? I keep coming back to this topic one way or another, so let’s go! At this rate, I may as well be making my own fey content for a new setting. Also, it happens to coincide with the January 2022 RPG Blog Carnival! Should you be interested, please jump on board. Also, if you’re curious about my writing process, let this video explain it for you. Also, accompanying each part is some artwork from DiTerlizzi. This is mostly because I love his style and it’s perfect for this, considering he did artwork for Planescape, Spiderwick, Changeling and more.
The Mad Mage, he holds a key to various incarnations of reality, jumping from one image to the next. This portal gateway is unlike any other, as it explores different timelines and possibilities rather than other planes and worlds alone. Should you make your way beyond Halaster Blackcloak and his minions, you may unlock countless possibilities.
Who I am is not important. I leave all public record and identity to my humble guide, another reality traveler. The bipedal feline creature, known as Ramon DeLeon, has had experience with dark mirrors adjacent of reality on the Prime. The one I gaze upon, a Toril shredded by seemingly unending violence, this one frightens me. However, his words are reassuring. What is disconcerting is that “few will remember him”, whatever that is supposed to mean. But, when one has a reputation that precedes them, events can transpire almost any way.
Author’s Note: A post about the Forgotten Realms itself? Impossible! And yet, here we are! Many of my earliest gaming days were spent in Abeir-Toril. This post was meant to be made and posted a while ago, but yet that didn’t happen till now. Well, here is an expansion on an old post detailing parallel universes. The Torilian one, torn by war, is actually the version of the Realms I’ve played with for over a decade. Also, behold the final piece to the Antorek plot thing… even though it’s actually the first thing that started this whole mess. Literally. This is where the character came from. Is this the last of my looks at D&D realities? Probably not, but perhaps this is another sign I hope to move away. Anyway, Happy New Year, to arms and battle stations! Likewise, stay tuned for my January 2022 RPG Blog Carnival! I have a few more tricks up my sleeve! Also, thank last year’s Twilight Zone marathon for inspiring the thick of this!
One last trek through the mists, friends. One last trek is all it takes. Will it spell the end? A new land? Unsure. May something out there pity us.
Author’s Note: The year is ending and it’s almost Christmas… Will I do more Ravenloftian goodness? Well, someone has to in the face of Poseurloft! But really, we’ll see. I’m tired of D&D, as has been noted by the lack of crunch for a long time. The good thing about a lot of my creations is that I can rebrand them as something else, if it came down to it. Anyway, hope your days were jolly and nice. Or at least, more so than in the Lands of the Mists. Perhaps this is goodbye to the Demiplane of Dread, at least for now. Likewise, a few more metaplots are looked at here for now.
Alleissa, the protege of Midwife Mebbeth can do more than treat what ails ya and talk about the art a bit. Did you know I have some knack for fortunes and looking at possible events? Don’t just take my word for it… Gaze into this crystal ball and allow me to show you. Why are you reluctant? Despite this adorable fuzzy rodent face, I swear I won’t call ‘The Us’ to you. Between you and I, the Brain-Muncher Vampires from the Below make better friends than the Cranium Rats… at least the ones who aren’t too barmy. Anyway, divination. Sure! Let me see likely scenarios and the unlikely…
Hmm… Hmm… Oh my… All of these look rather grim. Day to day in the Cage already brings its own ample bad news. But, one always finds a way to adapt and perhaps normalize the horrors around them. On a much better note, good can always come from these bad events. After all, a mad tinker “pure blood” married I, a witch and a mutant. I already know the next of kin will be healthy. Plus, I’ve made sure many young in The Hive live and grow, in addition to seeing their own first light of day. Even the aging and old, they’ve continued better thanks to my mentor and later me. So, perhaps that’s a sign of positives among rather negative days. But, onto the readings themselves, I warn you that the foreboding you sense is warranted. Dark things lie ahead. Do you still want to hear more? Should you not want to, it’s understandable.
Author’s Note: Alleissa, the rat mutant, returns. This is just a series of scenarios based on what CAN happen with the plot hooks I set up. I don’t know if I’ll touch on them beyond this or the after effects. After all, you’re all free to use my plot hooks as you’d like. And yes, I straight up ripped off the Halo trilogy and a bit from Buckaroo Banzai! Likewise, let’s tie up some plots with the Acts of Balance. For now, I want to close the door on some Planescape metaplot. And with that, have some Sigilian nightmares this chilly season.
Steamspace, that which holds the greatest minds in the greatest crystal sphere. Should you seek glory, invention and the power of a new age; Steamspace is for you. Consult with the Steam Corps Recruitment Agency, found next to Lorenzo’s Museum of Wildspace Weaponry.
– From a flyer posted around The Rock of Bral
Steamspace is an odd land of many extremes. There are miniature worlds with diametrically opposed harsh weather. There are havens for artifice, but one of the most hostile refuges of nature found in the multiverse. Ideal landscapes for urban empire exist in some realms, such as the Moon of Victoriana or the world of Valiance. For the rest, it is a testament to ingenuity and innovation; powers of arcane engineering battling the deadliest that nature and the supernatural have to offer. Beyond deserts of sand, icy tundras, wastelands under darkness and strange seas of green; there are other perils too. Shadowy drow conspire while ancient elves channel forces of the light. Battles still wage for the powers of lightning to some day overthrow dependence on steam. Many mysteries line the sphere too. The most advanced of the people here are actually ancient tribes that once belonged to a unified world, long blown up by mysterious tragedies. Numerous societies hoard secrets on the creation of deadly weaponry that could risk annihilation of whole regions. Many hide the literal deeper layers and depths to even their cities. None the less, this does not dissuade brave souls looking to reinvent both themselves and reality around them. Should success come to all and peace ring true, then there is hope for these wondrous creations to spread to the multiverse.
Author’s Note: One more for Steamspace! Yes, I realize that Bashar and Destiny Expanse are getting a fair bit here. Beyond that, references to silent horror cinema, Stephen King and various dystopian fiction. Just because I’m not letting this get too dark doesn’t mean I won’t stuff plenty in there.
The Steam Titan is a curious host. The world itself is hostile to most life, but its moons offer a diverse array of habitats and beings. None the less, the gases within the world have proved most useful in propelling already technical societies far forward, with fascinating innovations. But, what of other worlds within the sphere?
Author’s Notes: To keep in line with the fiction of the era, many of the worlds refer to various dime novel/pulpy tropes and then some, such as the lost world, masked heroics, divine revelation, proto-cosmic horror and then some. Likewise, a poke at the genre mashup and rules-Frankenstein needed to make all of this possible. Hell, one of the worlds is even more tie-in to my RavenScape stuff. Anyway, here’s a post JAM PACKED with content! Enjoy! Perhaps at some point, I’ll return to Steamspace.