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,...

June 16, 2021

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Lore-Win: Revenge of The Creator

Throughout the eras, there have been many plots in the world of Faerun. Even to this day, there is no end to the hidden conspiracies that hide in the shadows. They watch patiently, waiting for their time to strike. Their time to emerge and seize control of the world, and establish their dominance. Some of these are ancient beings from a long lost empire, seeking a return of their power. Others...

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Lore-Win: The Shadow Over Icewind Dale

The Dark Alliance. A medley of varying races and organizations, from the skulking thieves of Baldur’s Gate to the forces of the lizardfolk, and even monstrous creatures and the undead, all serving beneath the Blackguard Eldrith the Betrayer. Remember her? Source: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance This makeshift army and its inheritors would terrorize Baldur’s Gate with their plots… who are...

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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 15, 2021

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Evil Characters in D&D - Taboo?

Matt Colville's company, MCDM, released a new character class for D&D 5e this week, the Illrigger. It's an extremely interesting concept, and I'm sure lots of people will want to be trying it out. There is, however, a small problem. They are knights of the hells, loyal to those who live there, and are (by default) evil-aligned. While you might consider re-aligning the character and playing as...

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....

April 1, 2021

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D&D Note Taking - How Much Should I Write Down?

It might seem odd to take notes for a game that you play for fun but it can be an important part of the game, especially for long-term campaigns. Places you have visited and people that you have met might come in useful to you later in the campaign when you need allies. The type of game you are playing and the way your DM runs their game will dictate how important your notes are, but it is...

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