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Fort Strange

Officially known as Fort Vanderwalten, many refer to it as Fort Strange because of the numbers of non-humans and less common demi-humans present here. When Kortrill Nightfeather was appointed captain of this frontier fort and military governor over the sparsely-populated region until a noble can be entrusted with this land, she took with her many other non-humans with her—both military and civilian alike. In her new position, she made sure that all under her care have been treated equally and prejudicial actions are prosecuted. It did not take long for word of her commendable action to spread and non-humans that want to live in peace to start flocking to live here. Today, Blacktooth Blacksmith and Glittering Foundry—owned by the orc Gathic Blacktooth and hobgoblin Miktar Deathblade, respectively—may be rivals but their rivalry plays out with them pushing the other to make better blades and other wares, instead of slaughtering each other’s families as many humans would expect of their their kind.

Fort Strange is home to many hagborn, catfolk, gnomes, everborn, tengu, lizardfolk, and even a few umbral kobolds. The majority of them came since Captain Nightfeather took command of the post. Previously, the region was inhabited mostly by humans and elves. Those that stayed when a tengu was appointed commander have been far more receptive of their new neighbors. A small yet vocal minority, however, have been voicing their opposition to so many “weird” creatures living among them. While the military-police force protecting this region have made it clear that voicing such concerns will be tolerated, that is the limit; any hostile actions against another law-abiding citizen will be met with swift justice. A number of attacks against non-humans has baffled investigators considering the military forces are not set up to handle such investigations and Lieutenant Gronk Bloodaxe is looking to hire adventurers to assist in this investigation.

The majority of the humans in this region are serfs, living in the work-farms adjacent to the fort. Their owners—mostly human—are not happy with the current regional government. Normally they hate each other and actively plot against one another, but they are united in their prejudice. If they could be turned against one another, their petitioning to speed up the appointment of a noble (preferably one of human ancestry) would fall apart.

Fort Strange

LG large town
Government military overlord
Population 3,500 (1,000 humans; 400 elves; 350 catfolk, 250 hagborn, 1,500 other)

Notable NPCs


Captain Kortrill Nightfeather, military governor (LG female tengu fighter 9 [13A: 4])
Lieutenant Gronk Bloodaxe, head of special operations (LN male orc fighter 4 [13A: 2])
Faixgrop, Crafter’s Guildmaster (LN female umbral kobold rogue 3 [13A: 2])
Darren Rimeheart, Farm owner and serf master (NE male human bard 6 [13A: 3])

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13th Age: Happy Friday the 13th Age Sale

Deadly Delves Reign of Ruin (13th Age)

Happy Friday the 13th! May your black cat cross the path of a broken mirror walking under a ladder that threw salt over its shoulder. And to help you with your luck, there’s a Friday the 13th Age Sale going on right now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, and the Open Gaming Store.

Grab these 13th Age deals today while this Friday the 13th Sale lasts. It is for this weekend only so download today.

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13th Age: Slow Spell

Previously, we’ve shared two low-level spells from the recently released 13 Wizard Cantrips and Spells: web and mirror image. Today we are sharing with you a 7th level spell, perfect for high level characters—the slow spell. This classic spell makes it harder for enemies to attack. With this spell, it is impossible for an enemy to both move an attack, tipping the balance of power into the players’ favor. Check out this new spell now.

Slow

Ranged spell
Daily
Target: One nearby enemy
Attack: Intelligence + Level vs. MD
Hit: On the target’s next turn, it can only take either a standard action or a move action, but not both.
In addition, at the start of each of the target’s turns this battle, if the escalation die is odd, roll a d20 and add the escalation die; on a 16+, this effect persists for that turn.
Miss: You regain this spell during your next quick rest.
9th level spell The roll to repeat the effect is now 11+ instead of 16+.

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Cast The Spells You Want in the 13th Age

Ancient Spells Are Yours To Wield

Harness the fury of storms and stone! Snare, confound, and spy on your foes! Bend gravity and light to your whim! Wizards develop their starting spells into intricate dweomers that define their adventuring careers and leave enemies cowering beneath the yoke of their arcane might as their power reaches its apex. Now you can go beyond the core book and expand your character’s knowledge of both fundamental and esoteric spellcraft.

13 Wizard Cantrips and Spells is the latest in our 13 Class Options series for the 13th Age Roleplaying Game. Inside this 12-page PDF, you will find:

  • 2 New 1st Level Spells to create illusionary doubles of yourself and shrink or enlarge objects
  • 2 New 3rd Level Spells to conjure up webs to keep enemies in their places or recklessly throw snowballs at your enemies
  • 3 New 5th Level Spells to make it rain down acid, harness the strength of a titan, or shrink or enlarge your friends and enemies for fun and profit
  • 2 New 7th Level Spells to send your enemies hurling skywards or slow down enemy attacks
  • 1 New 9th Level Spell to protect yourself with a rainbow of defenses
  • 2 New Utility Spells that let you see far away or create walls of stone
  • 1 New Cantrip designed to quench campfires or other small flames

Bend Reality to Your Will in the 13th Age.

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13th Age: Web Your Enemies and Dance Like a Spider

Tomorrow sees the much anticipated release of 13 Wizard Canitrips and Spells—the second in our series of 13 Class Options for the 13th Age Roleplaying Game—and we couldn’t be more excited. Last week we showed off the mirror image spell, a classic spell with a 13th Age twist. This week we are sharing with you another classic spell updated with 13th Age that is also one of my favorites. Like last week, this spell has a nice twist to it.

Web

Close-quarters spell
Daily
Target: One or more nearby enemies (see below)
Special: You can choose more than one target for this spell, but you take a –2 penalty when attacking two targets, a –3 penalty for three targets, and so on.
Attack: Intelligence + Level vs. PD
Hit: The target is dazed for a number of rounds equal to the escalation die; a normal save (11+) ends the condition. On an attack roll of natural 16+, the target is also stuck until the end of your next turn.
Natural Even Miss: The target is dazed until the end of its next turn.
5th level spell On any miss, the target is dazed until the end of its next turn.
7th level spell On an attack roll of natural 12+, the target is also stuck until the end of your next turn.
9th level spell You can target far-away enemies with this spell, and you suffer no penalty for targeting up to 3 enemies (targeting 4 or more enemies incurs all penalties as normal, however).
Adventurer Feat: The dazed effect ends only on a hard save (16+).
Champion Feat: You summon a swarm of spiders into the webbing, which deal 4d10 poison damage to anyone stuck in the web at the start of their turn.

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What Kind of Monster Artwork Do You Prefer?

Earlier this week, we showed off a monster that a druid or wizard can summon with the conjure minor elemental spell. I really like that monster, but there’s something I have been wondering about with the artwork: the style. It is a beautiful color image. The problem is is that I don’t have a massive library of color images. I have a much larger library of black and white image. So as I continue to work on monster books for Fifth Edition, 13th Age, Pathfinder 2e (possibly), and other systems, I want to stay consistent as much as possible throughout the entire project. So that leads me to ask, what do you prefer?

Adding a parchment background to a black and white image is quite easy and rather fun. Not only that, it gives the image a distinctive feeling of being from an ancient tome that time forgot, in keeping with the fantasy theme. However, I do love looking at the color images in monster books. So I am asking you to help me make up my mind.

Tell me what kind of image would you like to see in a monster book from us. Vote in the poll below and as always, elaborate in the comments below.

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13th Age: Make More of You with Magic

Everyone at loves us some 13th Age. Richard Moore, our resident 13th Age expert, has committed more than once that there are some classic spell options missing from 13th Age and that is one we set out to correct when we started the 13 Class Options series.

This is not the first in the series. We started off the first with 13 Fighter Talents and Maneuvers. We are so glad that 13th Age fans love that supplement so much. If you have not checked that one out yet, download it today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and the Open Gaming Store.

Today we bring you a preview to what you can expect in the new supplement and I think the perfect place to start is a spell that I saw in my very first game of Dungeon and Dragons, approximately 30 years ago: mirror image. For those of you unfamiliar with this classic spell, it produces illusionary duplicates of yourself so there’s a chance that whomever is attacking you will hit one of the fake you’s instead. Naturally, we gave it a 13th Age twist, allowing it to not only get more powerful as you go up in level but also has some cool new tricks when you spend a feat on it.

Read the spell below and see all it has.

Mirror Image

Close-quarters spell

Daily

Target: You

Effect: This spell creates 1d2 illusory doubles of yourself which remain close to you in a nearby group. On a natural odd hit from an enemy, one of the doubles took the hit instead of you—it winks out and disappears.

3rd level spell Create 1d2 + 1 doubles

5th level spell Create 1d3 + 1 doubles

7th level spell Whenever you suffer a crit, a double automatically takes the hit.

9th level spell Add half of the current escalation die value to the number of doubles you create.

Adventurer Feat: This spell recharges on 16+ after battle if you have one illusory double left, or 11+ if you have two or more left.

Champion Feat: Your doubles may engage with nearby enemies. They can only make basic melee opportunity attacks identical to yours, which deal psychic damage.

Epic Feat: Your doubles explode in a dazzling display when struck, dealing psychic damage equal to your Intelligence modifier + your level + the current escalation die value.

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GM’s Day Sale 2018

It’s that time of year again and the GM’s Day Sale is in full swing. Just about everything from Jon Brazer Enterprises is on sale at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store. There you will find just about everything in the JBE catalog for Traveller, Pathfinder, Fifth Edition, 13th Age, and Swords and Wizardry at 30% off or more.

Additionally, we will be doing a number of 1-Day Sales at JBE Shop. Today we are offering the Pathfinder adventure Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for only $2 when you use the GMsDayReignOfRuin coupon code. Download this adventure today and check back this adventure over the next week for more.

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5 Questions Every Wizard Should Be Able to Answer

Wizards are the geeks of the fantasy realm. They spend quite some time in books, prefer to spend time in a library instead of with other people, and they are frequently imagined as wearing glasses. They are the studious ones, the one that went to a university and can bend the universe with a gesture of their hand, words of power on their tongue, the right magical material within their grasp and an investment of power from their mind. The road to become a wizard or wizardess is far from easy and many burn out along the way. You are one of the lucky ones that was able to achieve such a lofty goal without losing your mind or worse.

Experiences that you had while learning to harness such power will shape your outlook on the world, and these questions will help you define that outlook. Previously we had similar questions for fighters, clerics, monks, bards, rogues, and paladins.

1) Why Did You Start Learning Wizardry?

Did your parents scrimp and save in order to send you to wizarding school? Did you exemplify some basic talent and a traveling wizard took you on as their apprentice? Are you from a rich family and going to wizarding school was always in your future whether you wanted it or not? Were you a blacksmith that wanted to learn to enchant your swords because enchanted swords sell so much better? Did you simply decide that that is what you wanted to do with your life? Did you follow someone you were in love with? There are all kinds of answers to this question and yours should be both unique and interesting.

2) How Did You Learn to Wield Arcane Power?

The two most obvious answers to this questions are at an arcane college/university or as an apprentice to a great wizard. Other less common answers include self taught, a tutor as part of your upbringing in a great wizarding family, and other similar examples. The important distinction in this answer is that you are taught from another source as opposed to a sorcerer where the magic was always inside them.

Describe what your schooling was like. Did you learn illusion magic quickly so you could make an image of yourself taking notes while you cut class? Did you have to perform hundreds of menial tasks for your teacher in exchange for them teaching you the basics? Did you take up mud artistry in addition to leaning transmutation magic so you can change your clay statue into stone?

What where your classmates like? In a sizable school you’d have dozens, hundreds of peers. As an apprentice, you’d have only two or three. Do you have close friends or bitter rivals? Come up with a memory involving classmates that happened during your schooling years that you remember fondly and another one that still causes you pain.

3) Why Did You Leave?

If you start off as a 1st level wizard, you are far from accomplished. Sure you can cast cantrips all day and a few 1st level spells, but there is so much you cannot do yet. First year Hogwarts students could levitate a troll’s club. While a first level wizard could levitate the feather with a cantrip, the club is out of the question. Nor can you locate your lost keys, unlock a door because you lost your keys, nor walk on the walls to get to the open second floor window which you wouldn’t have to do if you could find those dang keys. Like I said, you’re barely competent as a wizard, yet you left your studies behind. Why did you do that?

4) How Do Others Perceive You?

As I said above, wizard are the nerds of the fantasy world, and nerds are not known for their popularity. So how do others see you? Does your family get you and what you are doing, or do they just not understand what you study and why you do it? Do the people that you grew up with respect you or fear you? At the same time, do you hold a grudge against those that picked on you when you were young and now seek revenge now that you wield immense power? Do you make friends easily, or do people risk getting blasted by magic just to punch your face within ten minutes of meeting you?

5) What Have You Learned From Your Fellow Adventurers?

The thing about wizards is that they never stop trying to learn. Every moment is an opportunity to learn something new. So what is it you learned from your fellow adventurers? Do you learn to always expect an ambush from the ranger or how to secure your belongings from the rogue? Did the monk teach you that meditating can help focus your mind? Or rather is it that your fellow adventurers inspired you to learn something new? Did you learn to make someone large to help make the fighter more deadly in combat? Did the bard teach you the value of enchanting someone?

Luis is our signature halfling wizard. He learned wizardry from his tribal mage because he was one of the clever people in his tribe and wanted to learn arcane secrets. When the tribe was taken over by a priest that wanted to return to the old ways, he and the others well schooled were thrown out of the tribe. Being a halfling, he was able to make friends faster than other wizards. From his fellow adventures, he learned to accept himself for who he is since he no longer had to hide his intellect to appease religious extremists.

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5 Questions Every Paladin Should Be Able to Answer

I have seen quite a few paladins in my time—both at the table and in fiction, and my favorite is O-Chul from the Order of the Stick Comics. He is what a paladin should be in my opinion, fighting for justice without overdoing it. Paladins have a stereotype of being “lawful stupid.” Frequently they appear so full of themselves and their station that they make everything about them.

A paladin should put their deity above everything incuding their own pride. They shouldn’t be glory seeking zealots but seeking to glorify their deity through their every action. Their should be someone with rock hard faith in the rightness of their cause, not the rightness in themselves. If anything, they should doubt themselves, questioning whether or not their every action is the right one to exemplify the rightness of their deity and their cause. Here are 5 Questions to help you role play a paladin better. Previously we shared with you 5 Questions to help you play a fighter, cleric, monk, bard, and rogue better.

1) What Caused Your Strong Devotion to your Deity?

Following a deity is one thing. You worship, follow a few tenants, and go about your daily life. Being devoted is another. A devoted person will take time out of their day to contemplate how to best incorporate their deity’s tenants into their actions and will wonder if they are devoted enough. Being a paladin is far, far more devoted than that. You are so devoted that you are willing to go into dangerous places risking your own live to do your deity’s work and are willing to kill while doing so. Being that devoted should be sobering. One does not do that “because it seemed like a good idea at the time,” at least, not for long. The person had to have had a life changing event to inspire that level of devotion. So what was it? Were you rescued from certain death or worse by a servant of that deity (or the deity him/her/itself/themselves)? Perhaps you were in a bad place in your life and the church helped you leave that life behind. Did you lose a family member to monsters or strung out on demonic narcotics and a paladin of this deity was the only thing that kept you alive? What bad place were you in and how does this deity help change that in you?

2) What is Your Purpose?

For many religious people that find faith because of some great change, they feel they now have a purpose to their lives that they lacked before. What is that purpose? “Spreading the word of the deity,” is far too easy and generic of an answer. It would be specific and would relate directly to your old life before you began worshiping the deity. It is this purpose that propels you to wake up every morning, even when you are questioning your devotion to your deity. You remember what your life was like before and are determined at all costs to not return. You swore an oath and follow a strict code of conduct that keeps you on that purpose. That purpose can suddenly change your perspective in any situation. If you were addicted to drugs, you would be particularly merciful to someone you were after the moment you found out they are hooked on those same narcotics and even more wrathful if the person you are after sells those bits of false pleasure. If you purpose is to hunt down demons so no one else’s family need die and you were hunting down a nest of demon worshippers, you would only show mercy to those that were doing their bidding out of fear, not out of a desire for power. What drives you?

3) What About Yourself Do You Not Like?

You swore an oath and follow a strict code of conduct because you were in a bad place and do not want to return. The thing is, deep down you blame yourself for being in that bad place in the first place. If you didn’t blame yourself, you could have fought your way out of that situation and became a fighter or learned to see the right opportunity to escape it and became a rogue. Instead, you couldn’t adapt, couldn’t figure a way out, and needed rescued. Situations like this can make a person turn their anger at the situation inward and see the fault with themselves, making them not like some aspect of themselves.

Yet there is the purpose that let’s the person ignore that inner struggle, silencing it for a time while focusing on the work. As such those unresolved feelings fester inside and can make the paladin stumble. This is exactly why paladins have the ex-paladin sections in their class description, about breaking their oaths. Everyday for a paladin should be a constant struggle between the good person they want to be and the darkness that lurks inside. What is that darkness for you?

4) How did those you know respond to your change?

People don’t like change. You have changed yet your old friends and family have not. They are still in the same place they were before. Some people can handle that you are a different person now; others cannot. Some relationships should end, like those that helped you to get to your bad place. Others were unaware of how bad that place you were in truly was and do not understand what that change means to you. So when you start trying to help them in ways they do not want helped, it is not uncommon for people to abandon the changed person. Name three relationships that changed for your character. The first should be someone that helped get you to that bad place. The person can be evil but does not have to be. The second should be someone you were close to before but you are now estranged from. The third should be someone you casually knew before but are now close to after your change. All three of these people should be people your GM can use as NPCs to cause internal conflict, making the story more personal.

5) Why Do You Stay With Your Fellow Adventurers?

Let’s be honest, adventurers can be a rather unpredictable lot. They steal, fail to show proper respect for “worthy” deities or those that serve them, and can commit all manner of sacrilege, not because they are evil (necessarily) but because they are ill-informed of what they are doing. Is this why you stay with them? To help them see how they could be better? Or do you see the person you use to be before you went to your bad place and are trying to help them find a way to avoid the same fate? Is this simply a relationship of convenience, where they happen to be fighting the same evil you are? Or do you genuinely care for them and as a good and faithful friend you are sticking with them?

Corrakwak is a tengu paladin (sometimes preferring the term inquisitor) of the goddess Amanozako, bent on making sure that all are treated fairly. He despises those that go back on their word having once been left for dead by those that use to be his close friend. As such, Carrakwak has trouble making close friends now, but has learned to trust his fellow adventurers enough to know they will not cheat him. Now he fights for truth and justice with a vengeance.

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