Zhilin Campaign Journal #11: Blessings with a Big B

This past week as I looked back at the fun times we’ve been having with this campaign, I had an odd thought. I have many odd thoughts, but this one stuck. And it’s about godly blessings. Let’s start by describing a blessing as the . Bless is a Level 2 Clerical spell. It acts as…

Class Dive: What is a wizard, exactly?

This week I have the distinct pleasure of starting a new campaign and among the players, I have two who have not ever played a tabletop role-playing game before. Not since I taught my girls how to play D&D have I had new players at my table, so I’m excited to see how they do.…

Things in the Dark: Light Sources (March 2017 RPG Blog Carnival)

It’s impossible to consider the darkness unless you have a source of light. As a species, we’re simply not equipped to see the types of energy wavelengths that other creatures can. It puts most humanoids at a disadvantage when exploring the dark places. So for this month’s blog carnival (exploring Things in the Dark), I…

Wisps of Smoke, a Lost Age magic

Smoke. Light something on fire and wisps of ash rise into the air forming clouds, whorls, and rings. It has been used to send messages (smoke signals), hint at decisions made (smoke colors at a Papal conclave), to commune with spirits, and even walk among them.┬áBut in the Den of the Dreamers in the Zumka…

Keep an eye out for the Charlatan… he’s loose.

Sometimes you’ll run into a character on the street, get some juicy tidbit of information, and be on your way, only to realize later that you were had. That might be the Charlatan. He’s a bit of a con artist, spinning rumor, magical talent, and roguish charm into whatever he needs at the time. Maybe…

Three Potions of Yore

When I think of potions, I think of the many “cure light wounds” potions my characters have quaffed over the last 25 years. More than I can count. Bumps and bruises? Potion. Broken bones? Potion. Death? Well, that’s a different potion. But recently I’ve wondered about the origins of some of those potions. So I…

One Item Three Ways

While discussing the last post with some folks on Facebook, it came up that it might be fun to show how a single magic item could be described in different ways to fit better into the setting and genre. That provided more than a few bits of inspiration, so I wanted to explore it a…

The Magic of Magic Item Origins

When you’re a player and you get a new, shiny +1 long sword to swing at your enemies, do you look a gift horse in the mouth? Not usually. Sure, you might be a little paranoid and hope it’s not cursed in some way, but usually you’re just happy to have a better tool for…

The Art of Illusion

What is Illusion? The definition is broadly defined as “a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.” A wizard practicing the art of illusion uses the weaknesses of those same senses to fool their targets into doing or believing what the wizard wants them to do or…

Fear and Superstition

Superstitious people fear what they don’t understand, ascribing repeated events to strange, unexplainable, and sometimes unbelievable reasons. Many will prey upon the superstitious to gain power and influence. There is a brand of wizardry dedicated to the practice of this behavior… Superstitious Magic. “Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter…

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