May 23, 2020

The Lark's and Obsidian Courts | Into the Wilds

In this series, we'll be expanding on the work begun in our supplement of fairies and fariy tales, Fey Folio, by extending the world building, exploring additional mechanics, and fleshing out the Fey's fantastical world. Join us as we embark Into the Wilds.

Notes from the Nails: only one archfey each in these courts, so I thought I'd stack them together.

The Lark's Court

Something that I always love to see is political candidates with a sense of humor. Whether it's pirates in Sweden, Vermin Supreme in the US, or the Monster Raving Loony Party in the UK, they play an important role in driving interest in politics, as well as being a beacon of protest for dissatisfied voters. And they're fun! What's not to like? The Lark's Court was inspired by these sorts of characters, but with a distinct 'fey' spin that turns them into much more than just fringe figures.
     In the Feywild, jokes, pranks and satire are Serious Business. Pulling off a good lark can seal one's place in fey society for years, and all fey creatures respect the power of a well-executed roast to take someone down a peg or two. The Lark's Court is the grandest gathering of comedians in all of the Feywild, a raucous and colorful gang of elves, sithe, boggarts, and other strange creatures. To the fey of the Lark's Court, anything can be funny when seen in the right light -- not necessarily a position that others share -- and no one is willing to go further for a lark than the members of this court.

May 13, 2020

Count Van DerHorne

This is the easiest season of Hero Club I've ever had the pleasure of recommending. Not only has Hank Blackstone: Paid Back in Spades been a hilarious and spooky gumshoe mystery, it's also had some legendary talent feature in its episodes. To wit, the incredible voice actor Nolan North features in the first episode, and the hilarious Haley Joel Osment plays in the fourth.

And holy cow, is Haley Joel Osment fantastic. His character, Count Van DerHorne, has an amazing turn as Hank's long-time rival, a magician with an even larger load of magic items and a penchant from stealing from everybody he meets. If you listen to this episode and want to throw the great Count Van DerHorne in your own campaign, feel free to use the following statistics:

May 3, 2020

Final Hero

Martial Archetype
Notes from the Nails: to celebrate the release of the FFVII remake (and the recent remaster of FFVIII), I thought I'd share my tribute to the legendary RPG series. LIMIT BREEEAAAAKKKK!!!

Final Hero
You are the chosen one of destiny, the unlikely champion with the tragic backstory who will one day save the world. Armed with a fantastical sword, industrial-strength hair gel, a motley band of allies, and a magitech airship, you are perfectly equipped to grind down legions of monsters, collect 100% of all the loot in existence and finally beat that one really tough boss. Seriously, what is with that jerk?

April 22, 2020

Path of the Dark Wanderer

Primal Path
Comments from the Finger: We made this in conjunction with our good friend Makenzie De Armas for another good friend, Scratticus. He wanted "as little control as possible” while making his character for the Downside Up stream. And when your warlock patron asks for chaos—you deliver.

Path of the Dark Wanderer

Many legends speak of the Feywild, of its twisting paths under eternal twilight, of its weird magic and capricious whims. But seldom do they dare mention the wilder hollows that subsist on the margins of the fey folks’ plane. In these pockets of malfeasance incarnate, the eternal twilight fades to black, and the shadows themselves warp themselves around magic itself. This is the Feydark.
      Those who dare brave these turbulent areas on the edge of the Feywild find their souls irrevocably touched by the untamed dark magic that runs through this shadowy land. Their rages burn colder, and their weapons crackle with malicious intent far beyond their control. Some say these wanderers push the boundaries of magic itself.

April 21, 2020

Adventure for Charity! | Dragon Flu Pandemic

Hey all, we hope you're doing well.

In our long free hours at home, we have pieced together and published a short adventure called Dragon Flu Pandemic. All proceeds from this module will be donated to Feeding America, a charity that supports food banks and non-profits around the U.S. They are providing hope to some of the most vulnerable people who have been affected by COVID-19. As a TTRPG community, we want to do our part to help the most vulnerable among us.

In this adventure, you engage in some good old-fashioned catharsis by saving the kingdom from a disease that is sweeping across the countryside. The heroes will have to find a dragon, obtain a vial of its tears, and return them safely to the clerics in charge of making the cure. This module is written for a party of four or five 7th-level characters and takes 3-5 hours on average to run.

Pick up Dragon Flu Pandemic today, and do some good for the world!

April 16, 2020

Riskbreaker

Ranger Archetype
Notes from the Nails: Reinforcements? I am the reinforcements.

Riskbreaker

Originally, the Riskbreakers were knights sworn to uphold the peace, and specially trained to hunt down the most dangerous criminals in the land. Over time, however, the organization became corrupted. Now each of the Riskbreakers wanders the world alone, pursuing their own mysterious goals or merely trying to survive.