December 15, 2021

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Lore-Win: Host Tower, Academy of Evil

The magical academy has become something of a mainstay in every fantasy world. You know exactly how it looks too. No matter if the setting is high or modern fantasy, magic or magitek dependent, there will be a tower and a great campus. A sprawling school with uniforms and factions within it. It might be focused on teaching demons, or bringing together all the races of the realm. There will be...

November 17, 2021

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Lore-Win: Amn, the Merchant's Domain

It’s easy to fall under the impression that the Forgotten Realms consist entirely of city states in the modern setting. As the Sword Coast seemingly hosts the vast majority of campaigns, many adventurers may go their entire lives seeing only the scattered cities of the coast. But there is so, so much more to the Forgotten Realms than just locales like Waterdeep or Baldur’s Gate. While empires...

November 3, 2021

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Lore-Win: Fizban the Fabulous

You know, I’ve been talking a lot about dragons lately. I wrote the article how long ago? August? That's a lot of dragon time. So how about we change it up and talk about someone who talks about dragons? Just kidding. He’s a dragon god. Welcome to Lore-Win, the Dungeons and Dragons lore series. I, as always, am your humble Loremaster, Sokar. Today we’ll need to pack our bags and ship out,...

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...

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