The Mage’s Squad – 2

Ah, the single-class fighter in 3.5 Dungeons and Dragons. What a beast!As I related last time, I spent a large chunk of my 20s and early 30s messing around with the 3.5 D&D system, usually as a DM, but also as a player. When I was a player, I almost always chose to play single-class … Continue reading The Mage’s Squad – 2

The Children of Stron – part 20

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 19 The priest’s office was simple, as befitted a serious man of Stron, but still managed to be nicer than Brother Willem’s in the Pekot orphanage. There was no luxury, but the chairs were quite a bit more comfortable and the walls had simple, homespun tapestries … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 20

The Children of Stron – part 19

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 18 Choke, Pinch, and Knuckle rode west from the city of Strana in good cheer. They each had seven silver in their money pouches, a tidy sum for country boys, and a communal purse of about two hundred and fifty coppers, worth two and a half … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 19

The Mage’s Squad – 1

Last time we explored how a mage’s adventuring party can be used to form the core of an Archmage Lord’s personal security detail. This time, we shall dig into my notions of the kind of squad that a mage would probably want to assemble for themselves, should they have the choice.I am proud to say … Continue reading The Mage’s Squad – 1

The Children of Stron – part 18

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 17 The hotel Choke, Pinch, and Knuckle spent the night in was in one of the bigger buildings in Bridgetown, which still made it fairly small. The lobby and rooms were cramped, but otherwise rather luxurious. It was by far the nicest place the lads had … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 18

The Children of Stron – part 17

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 16 Terrence took them back to his private office lounge above Terry’s Bistro. Eli came with them. As with last time, the space was unoccupied when they entered. It was getting dark outside, so Terrence waved his hand over a small crystal set in the wall … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 17

The Children of Stron – part 16

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 15 Riding into Strana again, this time from the west, the Mage Tower once more graced them with its grand beauty. This time, however, it seemed to Choke that it loomed more than before. The unknown that it represented now seemed more promising of peril than … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 16

On Magic in Fantasy – 4

read part 1 read part 3We have seen that, when prepared, powerful spellcasters are all but invulnerable to the threat posed by mundane melee, regardless of the number of warriors faced. However, this does not make them invulnerable. The key word here is: “prepared.”Yes, mages are extremely problematic when they know precisely what they are … Continue reading On Magic in Fantasy – 4

The Children of Stron – part 15

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 14 Choke came out of the Double Horseshoes Freight office with his sword in one hand and what he hoped was a package that would satisfy Terrence in the other. The burlap and twine wrapped package was about the size of a cake box and seemed … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 15

The Children of Stron – part 14

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 13 Walking to the stable to pick up their horses and gear, the three Pekot lads took the time to polish their story and plan some basic moves for when things kicked off. They decided that since Pinch was the most socially gifted of them, he … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 14