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....


January 13, 2021

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Tasha: Of Witches, Demons, and DOOM

The release of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything in November of 2020 left many questions. Chief among them, “Tasha? Wait, like the Hideous Laughter Tasha?” and the less common “What’s up with the cauldron?” Well my dear readers, yes, like the Hideous Laughter Tasha. The Hideous Laughter Tasha, in fact, and in terms of her having a cauldron… well, she’s a witch! But given that her...


December 30, 2020

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The Forgotten Realms: Origins

The Forgotten Realms. Toril. Faerun. Whatever name you know it by if you play Dungeons and Dragons you know the setting. But do you know the history of how the Realms came to be - both in-game and in writing? From the depths of the Underdark to the dizzying heights of the Cloud Peaks, and in the streets of Neverwinter, Waterdeep, and Baldur’s Gate alike, adventure calls. A call which heroes...

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