Undead Stock art and reviews

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Just released this week ( and in time for Halloween) is my latest bundle of stock art : Undead available from DrivethruRPG for $4.99.

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I have been doing a lot of work these past months for Gabor Lux’ Echoes from Fomalhaut, and in particular for his upcoming Tegel Manor inspired megadungeon, Castle Xyntillan, and the still-in-development In the Shadow of the City God

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Two of his most recent items, The Nocturnal Table currently available as a pdf from Drivethrurpg and featuring work by Mathew Ray, Stefan Poag, and Peter Mullen as well as myself, along with EFF#6: The Rising Tombs which has art by myself and Stefan Poag also, both are suited for describing convoluted weird cities at night. As my own game takes place in such a place, I found this rather interesting. The random encounters in the Nocturnal Table go way beyond the old DMG city encounter tables, and into some very strange places. Otherwise boring encounters with nameless NPc’s are richly described run ins with peculiar named personages, each with a distince flavor. There has been a lot said about demonstrating an implied setting by examining the encounter tables instead of dropping in extensive exposition, for example, regarding OD&D. The Rising Tombs does this with minimal descriptions and small notes, and leaves the reader to connect the dots.  In one part of the city, in a sealed community where the swells reside, it is always night with a perpetual full moon. This is atmospheric, but there are some supporting features; The city is ruled by a powerful illusionist, and also the rich folks are near immortal and addicted to potions of longevity… or they may be vampires.  The under layers of the city evoke a bit of the depths of  Dwimmermount, without dumping pages of history up front.  There are, by way of anticipating adventurers who want to burn down the tavern, mentions of an enormous machine that extends into the depths, that might explode like a megaton warhead if tampered with, and the side note that one must wear “sacred vestments” (radiation suits) to safely enter the lower levels of a dungeon. Not only are the routes to this area from a  cheap hotel that H.H.Holmes might have built, or through the green room of a collapsing Theater haunted by a phantom… or through a temple of a rat/plague god. These are not your typical entry by sewer dungeons, and definitely not like either  my  or Hasbro’s  taverns with conduits to the underworld.  Gabor Lux, (known on forae as Melan), for all his resentment against the Sworddream style of OSR derived play, is firmly in touch with the parts of our hobby that are gonzo and rooted in Weird fiction.  It is no secret that I like that style of gaming, as I grew up reading my dad’s virtually complete Appendix N library (assembled as it was printed, in crumbling 35 cent paperbacks, most of which I have been reacquiring from used booksellers), and while a good amount of both Gabor’s and John Stater‘s products are procedurally generated, they go into some far out places that I am happy to illustrate.  That headless undead in my stock art bundle is based on one of the encounters in Nod zine, although I forget what issue.  I own copies of about eight issues I did illustrations for, but there are 26 other issues of the same grade of super detailed and strange hexcrawls.

Meanwhile, in my game, there have been some odd developments.

The group travelling with the  demon hunting celestial Kalima  have decided to try and summon her back to the world after a demonologist they were fighting banished her with a hurled Spellstone. I was thoroughly expecting that they would be glad to be rid of such a DM PC, but no plan escapes an encounter with players unscathed. They are enlisting the leader of a Kali cult named Molaram to help in the summoning…

My Wuxia group has traveled into the megafauna rich land of Veroigne, nominally to collect a rice harvest for the Sahudese population back in Northport, and have encountered the odd ecosystem of the rice grower’s village.  Swarms of stirges rise out of the rice paddies, but are chased away from the workers by a sacred giant dragonfly, from whom the party received a blessing, much the way the other group in the area had their ranger blessed by the Stag of Veroigne, who was somewhere between the Forrest Spirit of Princess Mononoke, and Bambi’s father. Both groups have seen tracks of giant rabits being stalked by dire wolves.

The group that were hired to hunt a rampaging beast have instead decided to try and take over an abandoned castle, which brings me around to an issue developing around my Juniors group. They have been trying to establish themselves with real property (excepting those among them who have Social Stigma:Criminal, who cannot directly own real property in Northport) and I have been using the Base Perk as a leveled one.  Base normally gives you a place that you don’t have to pay rent that is about as good as what you might have, but with a status level of 2 levels lower than your own.  At status 0, that is not much to talk about, in this case, a peasant’s hovel or tenement row house in disrepair. I suppose in other settings it would be a back booth in a diner or a leaky basement apartment.  Making it a leveled perk lets you raise it by one status level per point invested, which means that at 3 points, it is a clean, functional status 0 home.  This group of PC’s are trying to control the housing above an entrance to the dungeon and in particular, to a magical gate.  I had originally had them invest in independent income, but that was only netting half a silver a month per point at average wealth, so I converted those points to base. The Initiate in the group has been attracting followers (not yet bought as allies) who have been doing things like basic carpentry, weeding, whitewashing…etc, that have resulted in the area being upgraded.  A lot of the things I have been thinking of here were sort of echoed in Necropraxis’ blog about Stronghold Achievements for low level characters.

I miss things like the Mansion advantage from GURPS VtM, and the leveled advantage Sanctuary, from the defunct Advanced Goblins & Grottoes setting from Otherwhere dot org, (sadly even beyond the reach of the internet wayback machine). That one let you build anything from the Batcave (large, secret, secure) to something like the airships of Girl Genius.

Minicon Recap

  • Last weekend at Manhattan Minicon, I ran and completed The Redoubt of Hades over two play sessions.

Players were Greg, who I met for a pickup game of GURPS Infinite World, and who has played through two of my other con games, Beneath the Fallen Tower, and Shame of the Deepguard. He played Jelani the halberdier, and made great use of called shots to the neckJelani Character Sheet 187 for Greg

Next was Andre, who has played several characters in my online game, Northport, including the goblin priest of the Erl King, Zeelzeel Shadowspear.  He was torn between Marlo, the thief of indeterminate gender, and Zeelzeel’s necromancer cousin, longtime NPC Razakeel Shadowcloak , who had some zombie allies. He ended up settling on Marlo, due to his love of knives.

Marlo Character Sheet 187 for Andre

Mark, enthusiastic and new to GURPS, was also attracted to Razakeel, became torn between Ofelia, the Sleep centric mage from Shame of the Deepguard, and Thornstripe, a movement and missile mage, equipped with both fireball, and the now off-book Winged Knife. He succumbed to the sweet lure of pyromania, which worked well against the undead being faced.

Thornstripe character sheet 187

Nick briefly contemplated an adventurer, but decided to complete the classic quartet and wonderfully played the cleric Sister Clarissa

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(Note: her will is 13, not 11)

Nick is French, and my campaign is set in a caricature of medieval France, so there were some awkward moments as I mangled the names of some of my NPCs. He took everything in stride and was hilarious in his depiction of the charitable but severe priestess.

“Good morning Heretic, we are here to enter the Undercity.”

The adventure started in the common room of the Adventurers Guild, which is my conceit for accommodating a West Marches style of play.  They were called upstairs by Bellarius (high elf Agent from DF15), the secretary of Camilla the Quest Coordinator (Agent+Adept) who brought them to her, where they also met with Plutocrat Remulos of the Hadereum (cleric+a couple of social lenses with rank and wealth), Margeaux le Manifique (the apparent sole survivor of that poorly managed expedition by a bad player), and Karlow the orc working for the Department of Acueducts and Sewers.

Due to increased cult activity in the Undercity, several members of the hadereum (12 cultists and 2 initiates) had entered to rededicate a long abandoned temple of Hades in order to strengthen the presence of law amid the chaos below. Two weeks ago (a week before Margeaux returned) they went dark, and a guarded caravan of food and supplies sent to them disappeared.

The route from the Hadereum has been blocked, as something large (the bhole {super dire Rotworm} that came through the Ymid’s Bone Gate) collapsed part of the tunnels. Margeaux’s story suggests another route, and Karlow will be their guide.

Margeaux is accompanied by the ghost  dof her dead husband Claude, who really wishes their wedding vows had included “to death do we part”, and she talks to him, suggesting he keeps himself hidden with the Plutocrat present. (The Hadereum likes everyone to stay dead where they belong)

Claude spells out something in water drops from a glass nearby “Anything to get away from you!” Which is spotted by Thornstripe on a critical perception roll, allowing the mage to see the shimmering form of the spirit.

Sister Clarissa, having higher purpose: slay undead starts chanting an exorcism, which is interrupted by Remulos, who asks her to refrain from her non-pagan ways in his presence (Sister Clarissa is a Triunist, and comes from the Bishop of Sonne, who is currently paying Adventurers to fight wights in the abandoned Monastery).

They proceed to Ashbury’s Abattoir , meet the crew their, and find their way to the ladder well left unsecured when Margeaux’s group had lowered their dwarf sized iron golem down it. This caused grumbling from Karlow, who closed the hatch. Now on the second level, they ran into the terribly hungry and frightened young speaking Otyugh (IQ6) in a catchment room, trying to keep out a handful of horde zombies who fell to fireballs, thrown knives, halberd work, and True Faith. (The zeds had been released from impromptu burial chambers by evil cultists with the Brotherhood of the Dead perk).

Karlow grumbled some more, fed and locked it in its pen and the catchment room., And they determined that the local Sewer employee had been killed by a member of  Margeaux’s group…

They dove into a room that recently held dead to avoid a horde of plague zombies, and Jelani rolled a critical strength failure trying to push the door closed, and instead pushed something out…

Just the TiP

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After this encounter, they entered the pool room, where Margeaux’s party met their demise, (along with a crowd of undead whose corpses were  the scattered about)  along with the reanimated remains of her party. The guild was paying them to recover their guild badges, so they collected all but Timeon’s. When confronted with the puzzle of lighting fires atop the pylons, the mage fireballed one, and critically failed another, stunning himself.

Lighting both pylons (in a very Legend of Zelda way) caused the fountain to spill gold coins into the mildly caustic water (the golem had rusted through in a week). Unfortunately, not lighting them simultaneously (which two people with torches could have done) released The Thing in the Pool, or as my players called it, “just the TiP”. It was a multi-tentacled elder thing that had a fear aura, and laid heavily into the party. We even used a bit of Gaming Ballistic’s Fantastic Dungeon Grappling when dealing with the TiP wrapping tentacles around Jelani before it could eat her.

After it was defeated, with both haste and great haste being cast, and both the gold and the golem’s orichalcum maul, which Sister Clarissa took despite lacking the requisite strength.

They exited the pool room into a nearby storage room where Timeon was holding out, using one ancient barrel of rations for food, and another for used foods, and he shot Marlo with his crossbow, and the tribe accepted him as a member, finding out while resting and healing that he had been unwilling to re-enter the pool room for fear of the Void Brute that Frer Noe had summoned to kill the previous party, and  because he broke his lockpicks on the outer door. Once some fatigue was recovered (including some from Lend Energy) they exited the anteroom by means of Karlow’s key, and ran into a horde of plague zombies

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True faith and great haste again ruled the day, as they cleaved,  mauled, stabbed, shot, and fireballed their way through the fleeing horde, and ended up Fantastically Grappling a cultist who had been herding the dead.

The second cultist ran ahead and opened a door, releasing three New and Improved Wights.

Unlike my previous versions, which were unkillable with an Achilles heel of Silver or Magical Weapons, these had Injury Resistance (50%) to attack forms other than fire and silver or enchanted weapons. Skeletal undead take 2x from crushing weapons, which cancel out the injury resistance, allowing Sister Clarissa to pound the wights, which is good, because two out of three resisted true faith.  Jelani was closed with after missing a neck shot with her halberd, and was the first to suffer energy drain (FP) from the wights. Marlow made a head shot count, and Karlow stepped in, and was eventually overrun, losing enough FP to end up in a HP lowering Death spiral.

Weakened and afraid of Karlow turning, they took out the wights.

Soon after, they rescued the worshipers trapped in the Redoubt, and headed home.

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Underground Taverns

Spaces for shopping while dungeoneering have always been a feature of video games, my recent podcast discusses this as it applies to Northport. I thought I would share some NPC’s involved in this establishment, a re-purposed tavern near a slaughterhouse that was abandoned due to a rat infestation that is now a service entrance to an underground bar  (sort of like Peter Dell’Orto’s Tavern Level of Felltower) and adventuring supply station.  Ever since evil cultists have taken to the undercity, the clerics of the Hadereum have been issuing “Adventuring Licenses” to hunt them down without paying taxes on the proceeds.  In the main tavern there is a large winch set up over a 4’x4′ trapdoor that has been used to lower masonry supplies and also a small iron golem.

The owner of the establishment is Ashbury. the place is The Abattoir.

This is the crew that works there:

Above ground:

Benoit Dufresne is a bartender (125point inkeeper) 
who operates the surface level
of Ashbury's Abattoir.
 Mostly he serves simple fare to workers from the
slaughterhouse across the street, and receives
 deliveries for the lower level.
He lives on the upper floor along with some of the 
downstairs crew.

Benoit is based on both the
 Bartender and the Inkeeper templates from DF 10

Benoit Dufresne, junior innkeeper
Att:[70]
ST:11 DX:11 IQ:11 HT:12
HP:11 Per:13 Will:12 FP:!2
T/S 1d-2/1d+1
Basic speed 5.00 Basic MV 5 Dodge 8

keeps a loaded crossbow under the bar, 1d impaling

Adv:[33]
[10]Per+2
[5] Will +1
[10] Jack of all trades 1
[5] Charisma+1
[1] alchohol tolerance
[1] improvised weapons
[1] membership, Guild of Brewers and innkeepers
Dis:[-33]
[-5] Chummy
[-5]overconfident
[-10] bad temper
[-5] gluttony
[-5] no sense of smell
[-3] Obese

Quirks:[-5] Nosy,
gossipy, 
lazy,
dislikes clerics,
disheveled

Skills:[60]
Bartender [4] 13
Brewing [2] 12
Streetwise [4] 12
Brawling [2]12
Wrestling [8]13
Diplomacy [1] 10
Area Knowledge, Northport [1] 11
Current Affairs [2] 12
Gambling [1] 10
Carousing [2] 13
Crossbow [8] 14
F/d crossbow from under counter [4]13
Axe/mace[4] 12
Throwing [4] 12
Merchant [1] 10
Observation [2] 13
ATT: 70 ADV:31 DIS:-33 Q:-5 Skills: 60 Total: 125
Another relative of Ashbury, 
Clarice works as a cook at the Abattoir
Clarice is built using the servant template
 from Peter Dell'Orto's DF15

Clarice, tavern cook
ST: 10/11 DX:11 IQ:11 HT:10
HP:10 Per:11 Will:11 FP:10
T/:S:1d-2/1d BL 24lbs
Basis speed 5.00 Basic MV 5

Clarice wears simple homespun garments,
 and has a fine quality large knife
(she keeps several knives in the kitchen,
 but that one is her favorite.

Adv: [25]
[10] Goodwife+2
[15] unfazeable
[1] Recipe [Dire animal]
[3] Lifting ST +!

DIS: [-30]
[-5] basic speed-0.25
[-4] unattractive
[-5] incurious
[-10] no sense of humor
[-5] truthful
[-1] intolerant of lechery

Quirks:[-5] Cheap, pragmatic, dour, judgemental, blunt
Skills:
Cooking [8] 15
Housekeeping [1] 13
Bartending [2] 11
Scrounging [1] 11
Urban Survival [4] 12
Knife [2] 12
Axe/mace [2] 11
Throw knife [1]
Brawling [1]
Stealth [1]
Observation [1]
Search [1]
Sewing [1] 13
Gardening [1] 13

Clarice spent a bit of time fending for herself 
when the formerhousehold she worked at collapsed 
when the merchant heading it was killed
by bandits, and has a number of great preparations 
for giant rat.
She keeps to simple drab things, and saves her money.
A woman of few pleasures, she enjoys a good brandy
 and a pipe on occasion.
Below Ground:


Small Charles, brother to Yeoman Charra 
(captain of the guild halberdiers) 
is a dock laborer with one leg.(Lost to Jin the Yakuza)
 he has 63 points of modifications  toward being an innkeeper:
+1 st, +2 iq, carousing 2 brewing 2, bartending 2 
current events 2 crossbow 2, 2 points in guild memberships 
and 1 point in merchant.


Small Charles was a laboror working on the docks,
 when some guild action (blockading a ship from unloading 
while a third paying party robbed it)
resulted in an attack by adventurers trying to prevent the robbery, 
and his left leg was smasked by a Yakuza's tetsubo, shattering it beyond even
the restorative healing of a cleric of Sethyg, and had an amputation above the knee.
The United Dockworker and Longshoreman's Guild has a very strong retirement plan
for members who know how to keep their mouths shut, and a reciprocal arrangement
with their sister organization, the Guild of Brewers and Inkeepers. After his
injury, Charles, who is the brother of Yeoman Charra of the Adventurer's Guild,
was placed after some training, into a position as a bartender in Ashbury's
Abattoir.

Small charles is built on the Laborer template from Peter Dell'Orto's DF15, with
63 points of a custom lens for Inkeeper (from DF10) added on to bring him to 80pts


Small Charles, one-legged bartender
Att:[80]
ST:14/16 DX:10 IQ:11 HT:12
Hp:14 Per: 11 Will:11 FP:12
T/S: 1d/2d
Basic Speed:6.00 Basic Move:2

Adv:[28]
[5] fit
[6] Lifting ST+2
[6] hard to kill +3
[1] membership:Unighted Dockworker and Longshoreman's Guild
[1] membership:Guild of Brewers and Inkeepers
[1] membership: Adventurer's Guild
[1] alcohol tolerance
[7] independent income, pension
Dis:[-50]
[-20] lame:one leg
[-20] reduced move
[-5] code of honor: stays bought
[-5] callous
Quirks:[-5]
     Colorul tattoos on his arms, distrustful, loud
     Proud of his fish stew, twitchy left eye
Skills:[27]
Brawling [2] 11 lifting [2] 12 Wrestling [2] 10
Animal Handling (equines) [2] 11 Packing [1] 10
Teamster [1] 10 Axe/mace [2] 10 Streetwise [1] 10
Carousing [2] 12 Brewing [2] 12 Bartending [2] 11
Current events [2] 12 crossbow [4] 12 merchant [1] 9
Cooking [1] 10



Att:80 adv:28 dis:-50 q:-5 sk:27 total: 80 pts
Lourdad is a brute with bully, callousness, social status:criminal
2hd axe maxe, uses heavy spiked mace, has 4pts in strike knee manoeuvre
Streetwise, compulsive carousing, code of honor pirate
Unattractive, high ranks in intimidation

Lourdad was one of Connard Du Menteur's enforcers who collected debts,
and surrendered to the party that shut down the establishment.
He is now employed as a bouncer at Ashbury's Abbatoir.
Lourdad is built on the Brute Template from Peter Dell'Orto's DF15

Lourdad, Brute

Att:[120]
ST:14 DX:13 IQ:10 HT:12
Hp:14 Per:10 Will:10 FP:12
T/S: 1d/2d
Basic speed: 7.00 basic MV:6 Dodge 7
Parry: 12

Lourdad wears light scale torso armor DR3,
With heavy leather sleeves, leggings and boots DR2
And carries a spiked maul (2d+4)
Adv: [25]
[15] Combat Reflexes
[10] High Pain Threshold
Dis:[-50]
[-5] basic speed-0.25
[-5] callous
[-5] code of honor, pirate's
[-5] compulsive carousing
[-5] Social Stigma: criminal
[-10] Impulsiveness
[-5] stubbornness
[-10] bad temper
Quirks:[-5]
    Knuckle tattoos (amour/haine), facial tattoos around eyes,
    easily offended, compulsive tattooing, despises gambling
Skills:[35]
Brawling [2] 14 Wrestling [1] 12 Knife [1] 13
Two-handed Axe/mace [16] 17
Maneuver: leg strike [4] +2
Armory, body armor [1] 9
Crossbow [2] 14
Forced entry [1] 13
Carousing [2] 13
Intimidation [4] 11+
Streetwise [1] 9
Bartolemu is Strong Claire's cousin, and works at
 Ashbury's place,The Abbattoir

He is built on Peter Dell'Orto's Guard template from DF 15

Bartolemu, Orcish guard

ST 13 DX 11 IQ 9 HT 13
HP 14 Per 10/12 Will 10 FP 13
T/S 1d-1/2d-1 BL 34
BS: 6.0 MV 5 Dodge 8 Parry 8
DR: Head 4 (pot helm) Torso 3 (heavy leather), Limbs 2 (Leather)
He carries a cheap blunt ended broadsword (1d cr/2d cut)
and a crossbow (1d+2 impaling)

ADV: [15] Orc (hearing +2, will and per +1, res met hazards +3,
         rapid healing, infravision, ugly, bully, social stigma:Savage)
     [1]  Sacrificial parry
Dis:
[-5] Mv-1,
[-10] struggling,
[-5] Code of honor, Stays bought
[-5] wounded (right knee)
[-5] callous
Quirks: [-5] horrible hangovers, brooding,
            scar on his palm (was stabbed through it),
            walks with a noticeable limp,
 always has a toothpick in his mouth
Skills:
    Brawling [1] Knife [1] Wrestling [1]
    Broadsword [2] 11  crossbow [8] 14
Armory, Missle Weapons [1] 8
Forced entry [1] 11 Intimidation [1] 9+ Jugga (sport) [1] 10
Hragosh is an orcish merchant, working in Ashbury's Abbattoir
Orcs have been working in this and other guild concerns after
the Adventurer's Guild  guildmaster Rigo Bleak  struck a deal 
with the orcs to have them ease up street violence so as not 
to interfere with gambling operations that the guild has a piece of.

Hragosh is built on Peter Dell'Orto's Agent template from DF 15,
 with elements of the Cheerer background I presented on my blog

Hragosh, Agent
ST 11 DX 12 IQ 12 HT 13
HP 12 Per 13 Will 13 FP 13
T/S 1d-2/1d+1 BL 22
BS 6.25 Base MV 6 Dodge 9
DR 1 wears a gambeson and quilted leggings, and boots DR 2
She carries a decent thrusting broadsword (1d-1 imp/1d+2 cut)
and an ornate large knife (1d-2 imp/1d+1 cut) she has a silk fan

Adv:
[15] Orc(+2 hearing, +1 ST, +t HT +1HP,-1 IQ, +1 per, +1 will,
         res to met hazards+3, infravision, rapid healing,
         base appearance of ugly, bully, social stigma: savage)
[10] comfortable wealth
[4] Unattractive appearance (attractive to orcs and other goblekin)
[5] charisma+1
[1] penetrating voice
DIS:
[-5] chummy
[-5] Code of honor, pirates
[-15] greed
[-10] xenophilia
[-5] stubborn
[-5] overconfidence
[-5] sense of duty, adventuring companions
Quirks [-5]
     always feels too hot, loud, likes to party, forward,
      proud of a silk Sahudese fan she carries
Skills:
  Merchant [8] 14 Streetwise [2] 12 Carousing [2] 14*
  Fast talk [2] 12* Public speaking [2] 12*
  Sex appeal [1] 12* Intimidation [1] 12* 
  Area knowledge, Northport [1] 13
  Scounging [1] 13, Singing [1] 13 Dancing [1] 11
  Broadsword [4] 13 Brawling [2] 13 Knife [2] 13
Martin Haight is the nephew of Ashbury,
works with Lourdad, Small charles, Hragosh, and Bartolemu
He is built on the Apprentice template from Peter Dell'Orto's DF15

Martin Haight, Commercial apprentice
ATT:[90]
ST 10 DX 11 IQ 13 HT 11
HP 10 Will 13 Per 12 FP 14
T/s: 1d-2/1d
BS 5.0 Basic MV 5 Dodge 8

Carries a silvered dagger (1d-3 imp)
DR 1, torso and feet, DR 0 elsewhere

ADV:[44]
[25] Magery 2
[10] comfortable
[9] FP +3

DIS: [-50]
[-10] Lazy
[-5] Skinny
[-5] unfit
[-5] klutz
[-5] oblivious
[-5] Per-1
[-10] BS-0.5

Quirks:[-5]
       Supernatural feature:fingers and wand leave
       glowing streaks in the air when casting, cheap,
       Compulsive reader, horrible hangovers, unkempt

Skills:[26]
Alchemy [2] 11 Thaumatology [2] 13
Occultism [2] 13 Hidden Lore: magic items [2] 13
Hazardous materials (magical) [1] 12
Research [1] 12 Speed reading [1] 12
Philosophy [1] 11 Natural Philosophy [1] 11
Hidden lore: Magical Writings [1] 12
Shortsword [4] 12
Knife [2] 12
Throw knife [2] 12
Cartography [1] 12
Fast-talk [1] 12
Stealth [1] 10
Merchant  [1] 12

Spells: [20]
Light [1] 13
Continual light [4] 15
Lend energy [1]
Recover energy [4] 15
Detect magic [1] 13
Foolishness [1] 13
Daze [1] 13
Sleep [1] 13
Mass Sleep [4] 15
Apportation [1] 13
Magelock [1] 13

Att:90 Adv:44 Dis:-50 q:-5 SK:26 Sp:20 total:125

Martin's primary occupation is the manufacture of
continual light objects to sell to adventurers.
He wears an oversized black hooded cloak over 
dark blue robes, of which the torso portion is
equal to cloth armor.
He carries a silvered dagger and a wand wrapped
 with gold wire and set with a crystal, it has 
Wizard's Staff cast on it and is a power item for 5 FP

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Mentioned in the podcast and above:

Ruins of the Undercity

DF15 Henchmen

DF10 Taverns

Tim Shorts MicroAdventures

Other megadungeons with underground taverns:

Stonehell

Three Important Things

 

First off, go out now and get your hands on Diogo Noguiera’s Old Skull publishing’s Sharp Swords and Sinister Spells. It is a nifty rules light version of a swords and sorcery game, currently  pay what you want, with many of the sensibilities of Dungeon Crawl Classics and a very pulpy tone, such as one might find in Cirsova.

Secondly I just got my grubby little hands on a bunch of dragon magazines, including issue#138. One of the articles was called The End of The World, which I know a lot of my friendsand family feel last week launched us toward. The particular flavor of apocalypse presented in the magazine was a reboot of the campaign after the black plague hit.  It was about renewing the world after changes out of your control had occurred. This was the basis of my Northport campaign, set forty years after the plague had struck. Much of the territory of the campaign has been left in the form of explorable ruins, and property is fairly easy to acquire, as at least a third of Northport is still vacant. It is an ideal circumstance for adventurers, as so much remains to be explored, and there are plenty of folk in need of champions.

I look toward the new political landscape much the same way. It isn’t what I wanted, it threatens some of those I love, and I am not going to sit down and complain about it, I am going to act on behalf of those who need defending.

Third item has to do with some art I originally released to my patrons, and should be releasing soon: Dungeon Scenes 2.

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Meanwhile back in my game, The juniors crew has invested in real estate, acquiring the property directly above the Bone Gate so that they can maintain access to it, at least as long as it is there.  I had casually mentioned that they could acquire it, and I am handling that as individual purchases of the Base perk, which amounts to a room each within a couple of row houses. This could lead to them becoming landlords, which I would handle as Independent Income.

Meanwhile, I have had a sudden influx in players wanting to start with guild rank, and they have already become rivals. The guild has its hands in a lot of pies (as evidenced by the number of ranking members who have points in independent income) including a push toward gaining access to set up shops in the undercity. This was kind of a feature in video games, where right before a boss fight you would run into a kind of dungeon merchant, and I have seen it in Stonehell  as well.  My PC’s are not quite heading toward the Papers & Paychecks route, but how manyadventurers have started as caravan guards, or in this case, taking care of the inkeeper’s rat problem, only with worse…