Bizarre Bazaar – Even More Strange Items Return

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“Are you still here?  It is good to be a dedicated shopper, but closing hours draw near.  A busy body must always prepare for the next day’s wave of customers and curators.  But, Zam’Dul is patient!  You shall be helped in finding what you seek.  Rest assured, the store likely has it.  Now, do follow and be shown many fine wares!  But, please do so quickly…  Pushing customers after closing is such a bother.”

Welcome back to another revisiting of the bizarre bazaar!  As always, Zam’Dul awaits customers with a fine assortment of majestic and obscure magical treasures.  Sure, he’s looking to close down for the night, but mark my words, he has plenty of oddities to showcase as always!  Sure, some seem familiar, but others are new sights to behold.

Author’s Note: It’s kinda ironic and hypocritical of me.  I’m not too content with reprints of spells and whatnot in the currently-new Xanathar’s Guide to Everything.  And yet, here I am, posting updates of older items I made in the past.  Not really a statement, just an observation.  Anyway, I hope these updates address some mistakes I made in the past, while highlighting which items I really liked a lot!

Also, I hit 250 posts!  Hooray!

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Dreams Bloodline – An Ethereal Sorcerer from beyond the Veil of Sleep for D&D 5th Edition

Come to the Dreamlands!  It’s like Inception, but less convoluted!

Some arcanists travel over countless planes of power and thought throughout the multiverse.  Infinite realms within these dimensions hold infinite possibilities.  Some planes are manifestations of ideas come to life.  The Plane of Dreams is, quite literally, one such plane.  A realm where all matters of the mind run wild dwells, the traveler moves through this surreal realm in a semi-conscious state of being.  Those who stay too long notice their magic is directly effected, as dream stuff changed the fabric of their being.  Their ability to sleep is enhanced, visions in their dreams are more vivid and a piece of that planar power is sometimes inherited by the next of kin… or even themselves.  Thus is the origin of the Dreams bloodline.

Dream Sorcerers sculpt their powers from the subconscious mind, creating incredible mystical shapes and forms.  Some craft whole realities from the surreal images of the resting mind.  Others are content with exploring the Dreamlands in their entirety.  Some embark on dream quests, fighting creatures of dream stuff and more corporeal things like the Mi-Go.  To some, the potential to rival the dark dream denizens of Dal’Quar in power is all too tempting.  Some decide to forgo an absolutely mystical route in favor of the sciences, examining the nature of the mind itself and the effects of the sub-conscious.  Those who maximize such powers to their benefit, no matter the motivation, are a force to be trifled with.  Of course, Powers of the Dreaming are not to be taken likely.  Those who abuse them could very well lose all grip on the difference between dream and reality.

Author’s Notes: I didn’t like how the original draft came out, it felt very un-sorcerer like…  so I’m gonna fix that to the best of my ability.  In short, some the abilities felt a bit dry; cut right out of some of my other work.  Not to mention, I looked over the negative feedback the Favored Soul received from Unearthed Arcana, especially in regards to expanded spell lists.  In the end, I felt like it needed some modification. 

Beyond the mechanical, I wanted to expand on my Night Terror bloodline thematically too!  I made it more general after reading up on all sorts of inspirations: H.P. Lovecraft’s dreamlands, dreams and their connection to the faerie folk, the Changeling setting from World of Darkness, various cultural looks at dreaming and divination and many more things!  No matter, here’s my update of the “Night Terror Bloodline” from Halloween 2015.

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Night Terror Bloodline – A Nightmarish Sorcerer Bloodline for D&D 5th Edition

Nightmare Mage

You are born from the stuff of nightmares.  From a young age, you had come to know fear, as fear was very much a part of you.  You faced wretched terrors as well as found methods of eventually manipulating them.  Some figure you to be mad, but you know that your mental fortitude against vile horrors is far greater than most uses of magick.

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Quori – The Dark Dreams of Dal Quor (Part 2)

“Wrap your troubles in dreams, dream your troubles away!”

More horrors of Dol Quar, the Realm of Dreams, await those who connect to it beyond the wall of sleep!  Some Quori rival and perhaps exceed the Dreaming Dark in terms of sheer power and deadly force of will.  The evil of these creatures is not to be tested, unless you’re willing to lose your body or mind… or both.  If you thought the first batch were threatening, you have seen nothing yet.  Here’s the second part of my Quori conversion.

Made by Doctor Necrotic, for Doctor Necrotic Media.  Quori and Eberron are copyrights of Wizards of the Coast.

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Quori – The Dark Dreams of Dal Quor (Part 1)

Sweet Dreams

Deep within the realms of Dream lie many secrets to the cosmos.  The residents of Dal Quor are among those that should have remained distant.  The Quori are a race of beings that interact through the dreams of others, influencing their victims however they can this way.  While the realm of Dal Quor is said to only touch upon the series of Crystal Sphere dubbed “Eberron”, some fear that the Quori’s influence stretched far into the multiverse.  Some theorize that they have an intricate network traveling through the distant eldritch plane known only as “The Far Realm.”  No matter the truth, none of our dreams are safe from these malicious foes.

To many, they are a race of boogeymen.  They manifest in horrific forms; your worst fears, deformed and mutilated killers, sometimes even their natural forms as well!  No matter the shape they take, they stalk victims in their sleep, waiting to either bring them to ruin or control them… with or without them fully aware.  Rumors have begun to persist that they can warp reality around the victim as they sleep.  One witness saw a sleeping child pulled into their mattress, only for a geyser of blood to shoot from the newly formed hole in the mattress.  If this account and many others are true, the Quori are as terrifying within the dream realm as they are outside of it.

Author’s Note:  There are many reasons for me to tackle this awesome set of literal nightmares.  Part of it is the strange sense of Lovecraftian horror these creatures give off.  Another part of it is to honor the dream-filled horrors of the sadly late Wes Craven.  Enjoy.

Made by Doctor Necrotic, for Doctor Necrotic Media.  Quori and Eberron are copyrights of Wizards of the Coast.

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Monsters of Eberron – Daelkyr, Denizen of Xoriat

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Xoriat, it’s kind of like that.

If you thought their creations were scary, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!  The terrifying masters of Xoriat are a seemingly all powerful alien force.  For ages, they’ve been behind much of the tension and turmoil in Eberron.  Some suspect that they control the realm best known in the multiverse as the “Far Realm.”  In fact, some scholars think it to be the very same plane as Xoriat.  No matter the truth, this fleshcrafting menace has goals still mostly unknown to everyone else.  For all we know, the denizens that visit the material plane could just be foot soldiers…  The worst could be yet to come!  Perhaps even more disgusting mutants and experiments await those unfortunate enough to get too close to their clutches.  And that’s not the most disturbing things about the Daelkyr.  The most disturbing part is they look like us!  Or should I say, WE look like THEM!

Is this a Daelkyr lord or one of their warriors that slipped through reality?  You decide!  Either way, get ready to lose A LOT OF SANITY!

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Races of Eberron – Daelkyr Half-Blood

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One of the experiments of the Daelkyr was to use their symbionts in an effort to create half-Daelkyr hybrids.  These beings would live their every day life until dark visions of Xoriat and an alien mindset slowly took over their victim.  Never at home anywhere and haunted by dark visions from beyond the void, the Half-Blood is a tragic being.

For the most part, half-bloods look like their parental race.  Some have naturally developed symbionts attached to their body in some way.  However, it isn’t hard for them to be hidden in some manner.  However, some Daelkyr Half-Bloods are more warped by their dark heritage.  These poor beings are more likely to go mad by their sick cosmic masters.

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