All of you look so shocked. Why? You see something out of place in this bookstore? Ah, yes. You see, Boskov have new task! Offering you many pieces of lore, some from bardic employer! No feelings of animosity towards him, he only does what he always does. But fear not, Boskov has been given permission to share secrets to keep one safe. Excerpts from books, yes, you shall have them. Boskov offers tales of the Astral and of the Fair Folk, remember the Fair Folk?
Author’s Note: Once again, things were cut… so long ago! Here are some things involving the fey that weren’t included before. Needless to say, I think I’ve done enough fey stuff for a while. Time for other things! And once again, huge salute and thanks to Mr. Welch for helping to push the fey into something even cooler. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to his channel on YouTube. Likewise, the Astral Plane really needs more love. So with that, another instance of plane-stranded Athasians and some other curiosities of the astral. So, this one is about 1/2 Fey, 1/2 Astral. Also, stick around for a reference to a fun episode of the D&D cartoon. Enjoy.
Continue reading “Of the Astral and the Sylvan – More Planescape Lore”
“I tell you, we are prisoners! There is no such hope for us! The governor holds us in an endless war against an eternal foe. There can be no salvation in this doomed colony! There is no hope and the divine has abandoned us! Lock me up all you wish, in time you all will know the grim reality that you suffer from! May the rats eat your eyes! I am now lost to your cause, the darkness comes! IT WILL DAMN US ALL!!” – Eustace L. Flanagan, Scholar within the colony of Dawnsveil, upon being sent to Trinity’s Passing Hospital for the Mentally Ailing.
The Demiplane of Dread is a grim place, but its darkest secrets are indeed hidden for the better. Even the doomed and imprisoned are largely unaware of the full details. And those who are? They are drawn into madness and obsession, in hopes of escaping or destroying the demiplane as a whole. However, there is something to be said for ignorance being bliss. While life in the Lands of the Mists is hard, those who don’t know full truth exist within their own lives and internal dramas. But, what is known is that the strange and supernatural lurk just beyond reach. And from those places, eyes stare back at you. Dare you stare too long, you might see even more eyes.
Author’s Note: I’ve been thinking about ideas for the future, but I always do that. If I get ambitious enough, maybe I’ll get around to making an OSR bootleg of some “Dominions of Darkness” or something. I wonder what that would be? But for now, just mad musings. In the meantime, I give you more gothic goodies to greatly enjoy, including my own take on new ideas. By the way, Dawnsveil is a custom domain. Check the Doc’s Multiverse tab above for more. Also, more looks into the future of the Time of Unparalleled Darkness, as potential plot hooks in time are fun. Also, I was waiting to squeeze a reference to Eternal Darkness somewhere.
Continue reading “Of Lands Beyond Castle Ravenloft – Of Awe and Contempt”
Forgotten Lands & Dark Seas
“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.
Continue reading “Lost Chapters of The Mists – More Domains of Dread Part 2”