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Lore-Win: The Birth of Barovia

Any setting can offer a certain amount of horror. For those who pull back the curtain and peer deep into the night, there are always beasts who stare back. Monsters and men who can haunt the nightmares of those they prey upon. Yet despite all this, settings like Faerun remain, all in all, a decent place to live. One can live many lifetimes without having to worry about the affairs of dark gods...


April 21, 2021

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Lore-Win: Kindly Arkhan The Cruel

Sometimes, the villains that are best known are those who are relatable. Villains who have a goal, villains with whom you can sympathize. Villains like Arkhan the Cruel. Welcome back to Lore-Win, the D&D lore deep dive article series exclusive to the Wizard’s Tower. As always, I am your humble Loremaster, Sokar. Today we’re expanding our horizons to venture beyond Abeir-Toril and explore...


April 8, 2021

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Lore-Win: The Depths of Waterdeep

Waterdeep, the City of Splendors. If Baldur’s Gate is the richest city along the Sword Coast, Waterdeep would be the most well-known by far. But do you know where it came from? Welcome back to Lore-Win, the D&D Lore Deep Dive article series. As always, I am your humble Loremaster, Sokar. And today I’ll be delving deep down, under the city streets and sewers and into the Undermountain....


March 24, 2021

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Lorewin: Baldur's Gate Part 2 - A City To Die For

You know, it occurred to me that Bhaal is so woven into the history of Baldur’s Gate that we can probably call it the murder capital of the Sword Coast. Hahaha… ah… I’ll see myself out. Hello there, and welcome back to Lore-Win, the D&D lore deep dive article series! As always, I am your humble Loremaster, Sokar. And with that out of the way, let’s get back into the tale of...


March 10, 2021

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Lore-Win: Baldur's Gate, Murder Capital of Faerun

You may have heard that a place is a “hellhole”, but rarely is a city so often tied to the affairs of hell as Baldur’s Gate. Welcome back to Lore-Win, the D&D Lore Deep Dive article series. As always, I am your humble Loremaster, Sokar. But while Baldur’s Gate has grown into the largest and most prosperous city along the Sword Coast, there are hints to a darker past in day to day...


February 24, 2021

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Mordenkainen: Enforced Neutrality on a Cosmic Scale

There’s an old saying that goes, “we’re all heroes of our own stories.” But a select few can become heroes in the stories of the masses, too. Even fewer still can do so while being, quote, “a bit of an asshole”. Source: Chris Perkins. Seriously. What's not there to trust about this face? Is it the goatee? It's the goatee, isn't it? Source: Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk Welcome...


February 10, 2021

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Lore-Win: The Many Looks of Xanathar

Heroes are often defined by their villains. The struggle between good and evil, between justice and cruelty often develop the hero throughout the story. Truly, to understand a hero, we must first understand the forces they work against. So what if your villain happens to be an insane eyeball with a goldfish obsession? Welcome back to this lore deep-dive series, which I have opted to name...


January 27, 2021

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Candlekeep: Nice and Accurate Prophecies

Whether it be Earth, Greyhawk, The Forgotten Realms, or Wildemount, you’ll find the realm to be full of life, the vast countrysides dotted with settlements that hide their own histories and tales, bound in books or told by elders to the new generations around fires. In Fourth Edition, one might have called these “points of light”. But in most places we have a simpler name for them....

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