Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #5: Dread Brute

Last week I covered a bit about the flexibility of Dread Hollows. This week, I want to talk a bit about another tool of the Dread — the Brute. Though they appear in the book (see Chapter 7), we didn’t include a stat block for them initially. Design Thoughts – Dread Brutes When the idea…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #3: The Crown, Part 2

Last week I covered Commander Denne Lera of the Crown, a mercenary group our heroes encountered while on a diplomatic mission. She’s not alone, however. This week we’re going to cover Athyn Willey, a Technician with some mad skills. And then we’ll talk about the “omission” somebody caught last week. 🙂 Design Thoughts Though we…

Have a COW (Creature of the Week) #2: The Crown

Moving on a little, we’ll cover another fun “creature” we came up with that’s not a creature at all — it was a mercenary group hired to cause some trouble and interrupt a diplomatic mission between the Dominion and the Skaali. Our PCs just happened to be there at the time and thwarted the terrorist…

The Trick is to Keep Breathing

The title of this post comes from a great song done by the group Garbage back in the 1990s, but definitely applies to dealing with certain conditions in a science fiction setting. Breathable atmosphere is one of those things most creatures require to survive. In the human case, we tend to like a good mix…

Garret’s Guide to the Undead – Released!

Long ago there was a great hero – Sir Garret Thom, a Holy Knight responsible for taking out some of the most vile undead creatures imaginable. Entire swaths of civilization may have been lost if not for him and the collection of heroes under his tutelage. Over time, a small group of those trainees began…

Holy Knight Home Study Series: Spectres

Other undead creatures have their place in the cycle of life, death, and decay. Some are there to clear the battlefields like crows and vultures. Some are there at the behest of their masters to guard sacred places, like mummies and skeletons. Some have their own reasons in undeath, like the vampires. And some are…

Holy Knight Home Study Series: Zombies

Zombies, like skeletons, are at the low end of the threat scale. On one hand, they’re pretty easy to hack at. There’s generally more to hit, even if it is rotting on the bones. On the other hand, they absorb a fair amount of damage before they’re done. So if you get surrounded by a…

Holy Knight Home Study Series: Ghosts

Though ghosts are on the lowest end of the threat spectrum of undead creatures and not on the list of choices for favored undead enemies, you may encounter them in your journeys. Ghosts are the spirits of the wrongfully murdered. They assume physical form to gain aid from the living and prolong their time in…

Holy Knight Home Study Series: Skeletons

Hello recruit! Next on the undead hit parade is the lowly skeleton. As far as enemies go, skeletons definitely fall into the minor category. They can get nasty if you encounter a large number of them, but you’ll probably survive. Why is the skeleton only considered a minor threat? Most of them are mere shadows…

Holy Knight Home Study Series: Mummies

Hello recruit! As we go through the potential list of favored undead enemies for Holy Knights, we’ll start categorizing them as minor, major, and critical threats. In the last class we talked about ghouls. They’re manageable except in large groups, so we’ll classify them as major threats. Next up, we’ll cover the mummy. And it’s…

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