This is unashamedly inspired by the YouTuber, peanutbuttergamer. I’ve always enjoyed his Zelda month posts and I’m happy to see them return. As a result, I feel like making a post or two about the series myself, as it relates to D&D. Stay tuned for more madness. I might do just one post, maybe multiple! I haven’t decided yet.
Also, I have an adventure plans that was originally intended for Halloween, based off one of my favorite campaign settings, in the works. Make of that what you will.
My good blogger buddy, Brynvalk, is hosting a theme once more! This time around, it’s “Tabletop Tales“. If you wanna know more, please hop over to the page in the link and help support the theme! For more on RPG Blog Carnival, please go here! Despite the slight break in theme from Gaslamp Fantasy/Gothic Horror/Weird Western, my content will continue during the next week. Who knows? Maybe I’ll make another blog carnival post that’s also a themed post for here. Some kinda lore related post or world building that ties into the theme of stories in the tabletop realm. I may be truly something out there, but I have a few fun ideas here and there!
In the meantime, please indulge a mad bard as he recants tales of wonder, woe and weeeeiiiiiiirrrrrddd stuff! Let me share with you stories of high adventure! (cue Conan the Barbarian theme)
While not fallen knights, these are holy warriors who have fallen on hard times none the less. Certain orders of the paladin are not seen as the high and mighty crusaders of justice and good, but a necessity for dealing with evil… while preventing troubles members from falling themselves. Many of the more righteous minded are uncomfortable around such types, as they tend to be far more dour, jaded and even looking they have the life taken out of them.
For many their path is seen as one of ultimate damnation, getting too close to that which they fight… or at the very least, losing sight of what’s worth fighting for. Among their darker orders, they are the realists, the last line of defense, those who know too much about their enemy and the like. Only a fool would turn down the aid of a dark oath member. These crusaders are typically infiltrators, veterans, lore keepers and specialists against specific threats. This of course assumes that suspicion doesn’t lead to their banning or worse.
Author’s Note: While these sub-classes are meant to be neutral/anti-heroes, they could be twisted into alternative options for Fallen/Oath Breaker Paladins. All in all, I wanted these sub-classes to convey an almost gothic theme, alongside other inspirations. Furthermore, I really wanted to experiment with these sub-classes, totally overhauling my original ideas for the “Oath of Blasphemy” and the “Oath of the Cynic”. However, these sub-classes could easily fit vibes like Mythos Cultists, Instruments of Chaos and Trickery (i.e. Loki, Tzeentch, Cyric), Corrupt Clergymen, Fanatical Crusaders, agents of the Shadowfell or even servants of a less malicious God of Death (i.e. Wee Jas, The Raven Queen, Kelemvor, Anubis, etc).
“Step inside, what’s the worst that could happen?”
In an effort to keep this blog from being stranded in a theme for too long, I’ve decided to change things up starting in February. For the next little while, I’m going to do creations based on “The Fair Folk”. By Fair Folk, I refer to magical creatures of myth and legend. For the most part, I refer to faerie creatures from folktales and folklore; fey, spirit folk, magical nature beings, etc. Some dwell in the faerie realm of Arcadia, some are native to the material plane. In this regard, it relates to my previous planar/science-fantasy theme, but fey creatures don’t have to come from other planes per se. They can be very much a natural part of your realm. So with that, be on the look out for a helping of mystical and magical things to come.
IMAGE SOURCE: Martin Eager