June 23, 2022

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Lore-Win: Spelljammer, Adventures in Realmspace

The Astral Plane. The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of a party, to go beyond where most mortals go. Their mission is to find new life, explore new dungeons, and obtain comically large quantities of loot. This is Spelljammer. Welcome to Lore-Win, the Dungeons and Dragons lore series. I, as always, am your humble Loremaster, Sokar. Today we’ll be boarding our ship and taking to the stars...

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Lore-Win: Sigil, City of the Multiverse

With the upcoming release of Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel, we have a brand new locale to explore floating in the midst of the Ethereal Plane. This, however, is not the first city that we’ve seen between the planes. There was once a city that sat between the planes of good and evil, between law and chaos. In fact, from a certain perspective, it was at the middle of the universe itself....

April 14, 2022

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Lore-Win: Valindra, Bane of Neverwinter

Recently, it seems as though I’ve written a number of entries on either liches or dragons. This week will be no exception. So, to keep with the themes I have decided to delve into a topic that touches liches, dragons, and draco-liches. But not only that, our topic today also has a deep connection to the Host Tower of the Arcane. She is a powerful spellcaster, an agent of Thay, and a grand...

March 23, 2022

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Lore-Win: Bhaal the Lord of Murder

Bhaal. For some of you, just by reading the name you have summoned mental images. Perhaps it’s the mental image of a symbol, a skull surrounded by drops of blood. Or maybe that image is burned into the stones of a bridge, or drawn in blood on a wall, or sits adorning the front of a box. Or are you imagining a hero, or a villain, one of your own creation? Perhaps you have imagined a great...

March 10, 2022

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Lore-Win: Bane the Tyrant

Let’s talk a little about Bane. No, not the big, muscular sometimes-luchador who breaks Batman. Nor the general concept of “bane” as a source of ruin for an individual, group, or organization. I am specifically talking about the Faerunian god who has become associated as the face of pure evil in the Forgotten Realms. The one who rewarded his most faithful priests with unlife as liches. But...

February 9, 2022

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Lore-Win: Which Lich Is Which?

Beware the hordes of the undead! Whether they be skeletons, mummies, shades or zombies, those raised from the grave are seldom a good omen. You’ve likely heard stories about what these creatures are capable of if you haven’t encountered them yourself. When it comes to these shambling piles of rotting meat, skeletons and zombies are often the least of your worries. Or, at least, so long as...

January 26, 2022

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Lore-Win: Acererak the Devourer

There are those who claim that a hero is made by their villain. There’s a certain logic to the claim, for sure. After all, a villain can provide a recurring challenge for a hero to confront time and time again. A walking, often talking, manifestation of the ideals the hero fights against, and through whom the hero can prove themselves and their worldview worthy. After all, what would the...

December 30, 2021

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Lore-Win: Holidays of the Realms

For many, the holidays are a brief reprieve in even the darkest of years. A time to come together with friends or family, ignore the fact that the days are getting both shorter and colder, and eat, drink, and be merry. Or, at the very least, a time where you can finally get a day off work to rest and relax. Perhaps you’re familiar with some fantasy examples. Like the Starlight Celebration, or...

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