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 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

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

On Magic in Fantasy – 2

Read Part 1In the previous installment, I explored my notions about characters using magic consistently and coherently within the wider story. Basically, that characters should not be given magical abilities or superpowers unless you are prepared to have them use them at every given opportunity. This time, I will investigate what the use of magic … Continue reading On Magic in Fantasy – 2

The Children of Stron – part 10

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 9 Mannis paid their tab at The Scorched Apprentice, which was not light, and tipped their waitress handsomely. Their lunch had cost him as much as the last two nights at the inns combined. Mannis waved off their thanks dismissively. “Just thank Mr Maythorn for his … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 10

On Magic in Fantasy – 1

What is the genre of fantasy without magic? That is hard to say, actually. I suppose it all comes down to one’s personal preferences.Certainly, it is quite possible to tell a fantasy story with next to no magic, such as Tolkien did. For being the author that basically created the genre as we know it, … Continue reading On Magic in Fantasy – 1

The Children of Stron – part 9

Table of Contents (spoilers) read part 1 read part 8 The city of Strana was situated overtop the confluence of two rivers, the Olga and Merrywater, which continued on as the Olga to join the Great Mother River about a hundred kilometers downstream to the west. The Mage Tower rose right out of the water … Continue reading The Children of Stron – part 9