October 20, 2021

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Lore-Win: Dragon Menagerie

Even amongst the most powerful beings of the realm, there will always be a separation between the memorable, and the forgettable. For every Wulfgar, there is a Dorn Redbear. For every Drizzt, an Illius. “Don’t you mean Dorn Il-Khan?” The question is presented. “No, I do not.” The answer. “Who is Illius?” You may ask. “My point exactly,” I would respond. And so it is even amongst...

September 22, 2021

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Lore-Win: Ebondeath the Undying

Death. Generally, death means the end. For most things, at least. Whether you’re a dragon or a dwarf, a human or halfling, one day the reaper shall come to collect their due. After that? Well, that’s a matter to discuss with your god, since you’ll likely be off to see them soon. Assuming, that is, that you don’t get intercepted or revived. Or that you believe in a god and don’t wind up...

September 8, 2021

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Lore-Win: Old Gnawbone and her Dramas

Over the course of the last year-and-a-bit, sitting around at home and watching dramas has become a more accepted pastime in the real world. But, as it goes, over the course of a long enough time, everything is almost guaranteed to happen. So should we be surprised that a dragon beat us all to the punch and has been sitting around, watching dramas on the old crystal ball? All the while, snacking...

August 25, 2021

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Lore-Win: Iymrith, Desert Doom

Dragons. As one-half of the title Dungeons and Dragons, they’re kind of a big deal. In the same way that one might call a hurricane or an erupting volcano kind of a big deal. All are forces wildly beyond the comprehension of most mere mortals. Of course, there’s more than one kind of dragon about. You have your metallics, those proud children of Bahamut. The chromatics, who call Tiamat their...

August 11, 2021

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Lore-Win: The Blackstaff of Waterdeep

In any world, you’re almost guaranteed to find at least one notable individual with a title named after an item. “The Hammer”, “The Boulder”, “The Rock”. Whoever they are, they tend to carry a certain level of respect. At least, within a certain organization. But for some, their respect spread wider. The title is a mark of power, one that leaves their very name enough to send...

July 28, 2021

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Lore-Win: Netheril And The Dangers Of Magic

The problem with going into discussions of modern Faerun, as with many worlds, is the sheer amount of history behind every stone in every road. Much like the writings of Tolkien, much can be made out of the historical significance of every town, every city, every title that has ever been held. Much like Italy is built on layers of history that date back even before Rome, so too is Faerun built...

July 14, 2021

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Lore-Win: Myrkul, Evil Adventurers and Godhood

The various pantheons in Dungeons and Dragons seem to have no end to their gods of death. Nerull, Bhaal, and my favourite, Kelemvor all rank among their number. But there was one god of death who not only died but proved that which is dead may never die. And in the process, built a monument that holds sway over the souls of the dead to this day. He was a cruel god. A god whose worship was...

June 30, 2021

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Lore-Win: King Bruenor Battlehammer

Heroes. There are a lot of them in the realms, both big and small. You have your Elminsters and Halasters, of course. Your powerful mages who can move mountains and crumble civilizations. You also have your small folk heroes. Adventurers who have become enshrined in a village as a local hero, only to be forgotten to the ravages of time. But no matter how experienced you are with the realms,...

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