The Children of Stron – part 23

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 22 The party worked their way down from the ridge on what was little more than a game trail. The grade was quite steep but rarely treacherous. The trail wound its way through the dense forest and the occasional rocky clearing. It was just after they … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 23

The Children of Stron – part 22

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 21 With the scout and manhunter, Thorn, now firmly in control, Choke and the others left the tower to do as they had been told. Choke got himself cleaned up outside in a water trough by a well before the gaoler, Billy, stitched up the back … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 22

The Children of Stron – part 21

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 20 Sitting in the middle of the street, disarmed and surrounded by soldiers, Choke, Knuckle, Pinch, and Peep waited for the sheriff to come and decide their fate. The barkeep and owner of the Busted Unicorn had made an emphatic, if disorganized, case to the soldiers … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 21

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