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Pathfinder: Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness is Unleashed for your Game

Heroes Assemble!

From the seas below to the skies above, from the land to the stars, heroes are all around us, and they come in many different forms. Now that heroes take on the forms of animals, are filled with spirits of ancient heroes, assume different personas, and wield mastery of the elements, these heroic races can join the fray and save the day like the common races. Enhance your character and your game by adopting an intriguing theme with these occult options as you venture into the wilderness. Play a character that you have always dreamed of playing, with all-new specific character options tailored to each race’s flavor. Expand your horizons and your gaming experience with these Heroic Races today!

Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness is the essential expansion for playing an amazing race with a new class. This 45-page supplement features:

  • 76 New Character Archetypes and Class Options for 14 Races, designed specifically for the kineticist, medium, mesmerist, occultist, psychic, shifter, spiritualist, and vigilante classes for the android, catfolk, changeling, dhampir, elan, lizardfolk, merfolk, samsaran, sashahar, skinwalker, tengu, umbral kobold, wyrwood, and wyvaran races
  • 112 New Favored Class Options and 9 New Feats, bringing out the races’ natural abilities for each of these new classes
  • New imagination fuel to create new heroes for your campaign world

Be Heroic With These Advanced Races Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness today at the JBE Shop for your Pathfinder game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow. It is also coming soon to Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: Wallpaper of Heroes

While we are awaiting final approval of the Books of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness, I thought you would enjoy seeing the interior artwork for the book. For this book we decided to upgrade our artwork. Normally, we do small images characters. This time around we are doing larger images, each one ideal for wallpaper for your computer screen.

Choose which image or images you want for your computer wallpaper and download today.

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness today at the JBE Shop for your Pathfinder game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow. It is also coming soon to Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Adventure Review Roundup Part 1

So I wondered this morning when the last time I had a review roundup. Oh it was only May 2017!!! Oops. Well Let me do a new review roundup. There have been enough that I will have to do them in small groups or else it will take me many more months before this one gets done. Today we are going to start off with adventures, and even then we have enough that we have to split them into multiple posts. Quick FYI, all my summaries are spoiler-free. I can’t make that same claim about the reviews themselves that we link to.

Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet

First up, we have the Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet. Endzeitgeist gave this adventure “5 stars + seal of approval – and this qualifies as a candidate for my Top Ten of 2017” So what did he say?

Gauntlets are hard to make and cater to a specific demographic. And they often suck hardcore. … A good gauntlet is a bit like the extreme-sport version of dungeoneering: It remains constantly challenging for PC and player; it is lethal – but it needs to remain fair. It needs to alternate the way in which it challenges the PCs and players without getting boring…and in a published adventure, it also should tell a decent story, remain plausible. …

[The Gilded Gauntlet] manages just that. This is one of the hardest dungeon-complexes I have ever had the pleasure to run…

This is a module that requires both brains and brawn to solve and it will challenge even groups that usually waltz through published modules. In short: This is glorious.

Download Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion

Next up we have another review by Endzeitgeist, this time for the Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion adventure. This one got rated 4.5 Stars. Why did it earn such high praise?

Joel Flank’s “Chaosfire Incursion” is a module that starts off with a great bang: The first act is cool and makes clear that the stakes are high … Once the PCs have found the apparatus, things become amazing, though: The idea is glorious…

This [adventure] sports some seriously nice scenes: The monsters are often modified in unique ways; the module is challenging and the final boss appropriately brutal. Moreover, we a) don’t get many modules in the high-level range and b), the artifacts that can be gained … can make for absolutely fantastic ways to transition the PCs from regular adventuring to the wonders of the planes.

Download Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider

Now for the three-in-a-row reviews from Endzeitgeist and back to back adventures written by Joel Flank, we share with you the review of Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider. He gives this one a solid 3.5 rating!

Joel Flank’s “Along Came a Spider” is a solid critter-theme module; the foes employed are pretty deadly for first level characters, making this a challenging, but fair module, particularly if the PCs don’t try to murder-hobo everything. I absolutely love the BBEG of this module and how it can be used as a great recurring villain that could theoretically carry a whole campaign

Download Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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5 Questions Every Druid Should Be Able to Answer

The clerics of the natural world, druids believe in the divinity of nature and the elemental forces. They draw their magical power directly from these forces. This gives them power to tap into incredible raw power that they can channel for the greater good (the greater good) for the Wild places.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium

Join us each Friday as we delve into the classes one at a time, helping you to get in touch with your character. Previously we had similar questions for fighters, clerics, monks, bards, rogues, paladins, and wizard.

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1) Where Does Your Deep Connection with Nature Come From?

You’re not just some random person wandering around a forest. You are a priest and defender of the wild. You can feel the pain of the trees as an axeman cuts it down. You experience the pain of animals hunted for their skins. You cannot bare the enslavement of wheat plants in rows for food instead of being allowed to grow wild and allowed to live a full life, free of civilized taint. Where do you get it? Do you worship one of the elemental lords? Were you blessed by a fae queen? Do you have a shard of the planet’s spirit in your soul? Where does your connection come from?

2) What is Your Spirit Animal?

This one is weird since it sounds like a game term, but it isn’t. A spirit animal, as I mean it, is the soul of a beast that is inside a person, like when a person and their pet have pretty much the same personality. A druid, possessing a deep connection to nature, would be deeply connected it there spirit animal and they would let it show in their mannerisms, their attitude, and their whole person. So what animal spirit do you possess? Consider making that the creature you change shape into, when you gain that ability.

3) How Do You Behave in Urban Environs?

The short answer to this one should be, “Not well.” Remember, you are the priest of nature, and when you are in a city, you are witnessing trees and stones forced into unnatural shapes to make buildings. This could make you angry and want to yell at carpenters and stone cutters. Before your eyes, you see horses forced to wear bridals and harnesses and being made to work for their supper instead if being free spirits. This could make you want to free the horses when the the stable master’s back is turned. Or you could instead see nature as undefeated in the city, forcing people to give a wide berth around a weed that is growing in the middle of a street or giving the rats some food. What is your personal style of behaving “weird” by city folk standards?

4) Why Would You Side With Humans Over Fey?

You may be a priest of nature, but you are still human (or a dwarf or elf or whatever). No one ever sees what their side is doing is completely right, unless you are brainwashed. Reasonable people can disagree. So what would make you say that the side of nature has gone too far and want to protect some humans? Would it be some fey resorting to murder instead of playing the pranks that most fey resort to. Is it fine to kill a dwarf that cuts down a tree? Is it ok to kill an elf if you eat it (since that is nature’s way)? Is disrupting human commerce as far as you will go to protect your furry friends? How far will you go?

5) How Do You Share Your Love of Nature to Fellow Adventures?

Obviously you are working with your fellow adventurers towards the greater good (the greater good) of protecting nature, even if that is not their goal. Yet if they do not respect the wild places, it is doubtful that you will stay with them for long. How do you share with them your passion for protecting the untamed wilderness? Do you make shelter for them each night so they do not have to endure the elements during the night? Do you call and have a deer come to you so your party can eat and not have to hunt? Do you wake up each morning surrounded by bunnies and song birds and ask the others to hold them as a way to start their day off on a positive note? How do you spread the joy of nature?

Kanoa is our signature druid, although some call him an oracle of the sea. His kind, being one of the gillmen, live underwater and are distant relatives of humans. He sleeps with the fishes and walks with an octopuses. While he has no problem with shipping, he does mind it when ports and harbors dump their garbage in the sea, and he makes his displeasure well known to the council chambers of local cities. His eternal fight for the sea is never done.

Find the racial stats on the gillmen race and other nature-friendly races in the Book of Heroic Races Compendium and Advanced Compendium for Pathfinder, Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1 as well as Player Races 2 for Fifth Edition, and Book of Heroic Races: Age of Races 1 and Age of Races 2 for 13th Age.

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Now in Print Feb 2018

While JBE is primarily a producer of electronic books, we know that some of our fans prefer to hold their books in their hands. To that end, we have made a number of our most recent books available for print at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG. See what we’ve got.

Pathfinder

When You Call Forth The Dead, What Horrors Will Answer?

The Barony of Petane has lost its sole remaining heir at sea, and the artifact which the Petane noble line wields to ensure the region’s prosperity will only function for a member of their bloodline. To ensure that her family’s legacy continues for the sake of her realm, Baroness Jelia Petane seeks a group of experienced adventurers to delve into the Tombs of Valor and resurrect a long-lost ancestor using a powerful ancient amulet secured by the Barony’s operatives—just find his tomb, activate the amulet, and escort him back to the Baroness. Easy, right? Right…

Order your copy of this 12th level Pathfinder adventure today at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG.

Fifth Edition

Rumors of death move like a plague through the Crannogtowns of the Great Swamp—of ranger patrols mysteriously disappearing on routine scouting missions, of a winged shadow that blots out the midday sun, and of entire villages slaughtered, their homes left burning and the victims’ flesh melted from their bones. All evidence gathered from the sites of these massacres points to the heart of the Great Swamp, where an ancient and primitive tribe of lizardmen have ruled from an abandoned human temple for centuries on end. The Crannogtowns’ protectors, the Stormhammer Rangers, warn that horrid half-dragon monstrosities still stalk the bogs and travelers would do well to stay away from the inner swamp. Yet the killing and the carnage continue, and the people of the Crannogs plead for heroes to aid them now as they did in days long forgotten. Are you up to the challenge?

Order your copy of this 7th-8th level Fifth Edition adventure today at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG.

Swords and Wizardry

Rumors of death move like a plague through the Crannogtowns of the Great Swamp—of ranger patrols mysteriously disappearing on routine scouting missions, of a winged shadow that blots out the midday sun, and of entire villages slaughtered, their homes left burning and the victims’ flesh melted from their bones. All evidence gathered from the sites of these massacres points to the heart of the Great Swamp, where an ancient and primitive tribe of lizardmen have ruled from an abandoned human temple for centuries on end. The Crannogtowns’ protectors, the Stormhammer Rangers, warn that horrid half-dragon monstrosities still stalk the bogs and travelers would do well to stay away from the inner swamp. Yet the killing and the carnage continue, and the people of the Crannogs plead for heroes to aid them now as they did in days long forgotten. Are you up to the challenge?

Order your copy of this 6th level Swords and Wizardry adventure today at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG.

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JBE Adventure Price Reduction

After hearing your feedback and much consideration, we have decided to reduce the price of our adventures from $10 to $6.95. This means that these exceptional adventures that you have been wanting are now permanently reduced by more than 30%. Specifically, this affects:

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface
Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet
Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion
Deadly Delves: Nine Lives for Petane

Fifth Edition
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin

Swords and Wizardry
Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin

Grab these adventures today to enhance your world and your game.

I hope you enjoy these adventures as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.

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Pathfinder: Vigilant Wyrwoods

Last February, we released the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Since development for that book started when the Advanced Class Guide was just released, we made the decision that support ends there, and we should not provide support for classes that came out later for individual races that came out later. It simply would not be fair. So shortly after the final book’s release, we got requests for an additional book to provide support for the new classes Paizo’s Occult Adventures and Ultimate Intrigue. We decided to go ahead with that idea, yet we waited for the release of Ultimate Wilderness so we can provide support for the shifter class as well. We are glad we waited.

This new book—Book of Heroic Races: Occult Intrigue in the Wilderness—is almost done and should be out sometime February. Today is a good day to share with you one of the archetypes in that book. Did you ever want to play a wyrwood vigilante but the game master said you would be identified instantly considering how different you look? Well worry no longer. That problem is solved with the Equinox Infiltrator. This is a great way to bring in a more druidic theme to the vigilante class. We hope you enjoy it.

Equinox Infiltrator

The wyrwoods, because of their relative scarcity, are typically easy to pick out in a crowd. As a result, they turned to magic to master the art of disguise, developing identities with their own abilities. These identities are called equinoxes by those who practice them, and each is tied to a domain of natural influence, as their naturally-disciplined power allows them to tie their arcane origin to divine power.
Associated Class: vigilante
Associated Race: wyrwood
Replaced Abilities: dual identity, vigilante specialization, vigilante talents (4th-level, 8th-level, 10th-level, 14th-level, and 16th-level only), social talents (7th-level and 15th-level only).
Modified Abilities: weapon and armor proficiencies, seamless guise.
Weapon and Armor Proficiencies: The equinox infiltrator cannot wear metal armor, just as a druid, and wearing metal armor causes them to lose their spellcasting class feature for 12 hours.
Equinox Identity (Su): At 1st level, the equinox infiltrator has three identities. This functions as the vigilante’s dual identity class feature, except that changing identities takes one minute of careful meditation, and the effect is that the equinox infiltrator changes the appearance of their bark, based on which equinox identity they change into. An equinox infiltrator has a social identity as normal, as well as two equinox identities, and can choose which one to turn into whenever changing identities.
Each equinox infiltrator selects two domains (as the cleric class feature) from the following: fire, water, earth, air. Each equinox identity is connected to one domain, referred to as their fire equinox, water equinox, and so forth. They can only use their domain powers while in the corresponding equinox.
The equinox infiltrator always starts the day in the identity in which they ended the previous day.
The equinox infiltrator’s equinox identities all count as their vigilante identity.
Seamless Guise (Ex): At 1st level, the equinox infiltrator gains a +20 circumstance bonus to Disguise checks to appear as their current identity instead of any other identities they have.
Spellcasting: The equinox infiltrator casts divine spells and orisons as a hunter, except they draw their spells from solely the druid spell list and the domain spell list for their current equinox identity, if any. The spells from their current identity’s domain are added to their spells known as bonus spells for as long as they are in that identity.
Seasonal Cycle: Starting at 7th level, the equinox infiltrator gains one more equinox identity. This occurs again at 15th level. In doing so, they select additional domains from those available for equinox identities, without gaining the same equinox identity multiple times.

The wyrwood’s racial stats can be found in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium, available at the JBE Shop. Download this book today to help us make more great products for your Pathfinder game. You can also find it at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: Art of the Cats of Doom

For today’s preview of the Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane, we want to show you some more of the artwork inside of this adventure. We pride ourselves on having some exceptional artwork by amazing artists. The cover image was created by Luis Antonio Salas Lastra and is of a particularly nasty leukodaemon—a plague daemon—using its breath of flies ability on F’haisa, our signature lizardfolk magus, while Lindiwe our signature elan psychic warrior, charges in for an attack. I love that one. Look for it soon as wallpaper you can download for your computer.

Up next we have a fun interior drawing by Brian Brinlee of a half-fiend aboleth having snagged Khol Saka, our signature catfolk slayer while F’haisa rushes in to save her ally.

Last up we have some more images by Brian Brinlee. A total of two catfolk, but the question is, are there more in the adventure? Hmmm? Also, we have two different psionic classes shown. Deadly… Lastly we have one Hell of a demon. (Well, I guess technically, that would be one Abyss of a demon, but that doesn’t flow as nicely.) All of this and more are inside Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane.

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: These Catfolk Are Out of Their Furry Minds

We at JBE know that you want to use more of your library in your game. To this end, we choose to be less constrained in the number of sources we utilized for the Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane adventure. So instead of our typical monster that we share every Wednesday, today we are sharing an NPC.

Like I mentioned earlier when showing off the amulet of nine lives, the amulet summons in defenders to help take the amulet back when used by a non-catfolk. One of those catfolk is referred to as a Ba-Lord, a wielder of psionic power. The perfect class for this summons is a wilder, using Dreamscarred Press’ Ultimate Psionic rules. The wilder class is a spellcaster class but specializes in amplifying the psionic powers they manifest. They cannot do as much as a psion, making it easier for a GM to incorporate into their game, while still being memorable.

We hope that you enjoy this NPC as well as the 9 Lives for Petane adventure.

Ba-Lord CR 9

XP 6,400
Catfolk wilder 10
NE Medium humanoid
Init +7; Senses low-light vision; Perception +11


Defenses

AC 26, touch 16, flat-footed 20 (+10 armor, +3 Dex)
hp 66 (10d8+20)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +5
Defensive Abilities elude attack


Offense


Speed 30 ft.
Melee claw +8 (1d4+1)
Ranged surge blast +10 touch (3d6 force)
Special Attacks surge blast
Wilder Powers Known (ML 10 (13 if wild surging); concentration +15 [18])
5th—upheaval (DC 22, surged)
4th—claw of energy, psychokinetic charge
3rd—physical acceleration, psionic blast (DC 18)
2nd—endorphin surge, energy stun (DC 17)
1st—energy ray, inertial armor, mind thrust (DC 16)
0 (at will)—energy splash


Tactics

Before Combat If the amulet is used inside a locked or barricaded room, the Ba-Lord will surge manifest a swift action physical acceleration and claw of energy, mostly to trigger its surge aura for itself and its allies.
During Combat The Ba-Lord uses upheaval to damage foes and create areas of difficult terrain, relying on its allies’ superior movement speeds. It places spreads of upheaval which maximize the distance between itself and any opponents, then spends subsequent rounds using mental blast to stun any enemies who approach. If it must seek a new vantage, it uses psychokinetic charge to hurl itself to a new position.
Morale The Ba-Lord fights to the death, although it will gladly sacrifice allies to protect itself. It may use a psychokinetic charge to interpose allies between itself and its foes.


Statistics


Str 12, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 6, Cha 20
Base Atk +7; CMB +8; CMD 21
Feats Expanded Knowledge (inertial armor), Expanded Knowledge (physical acceleration), Expanded Knowledge (psychokinetic charge), Surging Aura
Skills Acrobatics +16, Bluff +12, Diplomacy +12, Knowledge (psionics) +8, Perception +11, Spellcraft +10; Racial Modifiers +2 Perception, +2 Stealth, +2 Survival
Languages Common, Daemon
SQ surging euphoria +1
Other Gear headband of alluring charisma +2

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: The Amulet of Nine Lives – A High Level Artifact

The thing that makes high level adventures so tough is that you have to take high level magic into account. Why walk into a dungeon when you can teleport in? Well the solution for the high level adventure writer is to make the dungeon so it can only be teleported into. But even then, sometimes high level players need a unique magic item or artifact to help them out of particularly difficult challenges. It can’t just be your run of the mill scroll or staff. For it to be memorable at this level, such a powerful item has to be massively unique.

The Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane adventure—masterfully written by Christen N. Sowards of Lost Spheres Publishing—has one such high level magic item. In this adventure, you are looking for the remains of someone, but you have no idea which remains are the right ones, and there are lots of remains and the fact that the cult of the demon lord Zeraghal has been using the tomb as their own personal nercromantic playground does not help matters. So this level 12 adventure is going to require more than a single casting of a spell to bring someone back to life, and those high value diamonds add up fast.

Enter the Amulet of Nine Lives. This powerful item can bring just about anyone back from the dead, but there is a catch. Read the artifacts description and see if you can figure it out. (Spoiler Alert: I bolded a section of the description that should catch your eye.)

The Amulet of Nine Lives

Aura overwhelming conjuration (healing); CL 25th
Slot neck; Weight 2 lbs.


Description


This artifact, known formally as the nine lives’ amulet of Heshatta, was crafted in the ancient city-state of Khys by the high priests of the goddess Heshatta, known among her faithful as the Voices. The Tomb Dancer’s magics were forbidden in the extreme and involved the sacrifice of many of her own worshippers to fuel the amulet’s dark powers. Eventually human barbarians heard of the amulet and assaulted the city-state, overwhelming its keepers. In a final vengeful act, the High Voice of Heshatta cried out for a miracle from his mistress.
He laid a curse on the amulet as it was taken so that those who fell defending it would rise to reclaim it from its thieves. Thus, when the powers of resurrection are called upon by anyone using the amulet, they are also joined by rebirthed catfolk defenders of Khys who are sworn to slay anyone near the amulet and return it to their homeland. Each of the amulet’s nine ruby jewels contains the power to restore a life as per true resurrection (CL 20th). The jewels darken as the powers of the amulet are used. For each month that passes during which the amulet is not used, one ruby regains its ability to restore life. In order to activate the amulet, it must be placed around the neck of the corpse to be resurrected; the activating creature must then touch the cat-face of the amulet and whisper in Daemonic “Dance back from death.”
The amulet can resurrect any creature that has been dead for less than 300 years.
When the amulet is activated by a non-catfolk who does not worship Heshatta, the miracle of her High Voice is enacted and vengeful warriors are called forth to battle those who possess the amulet, and to return it to Khys if possible.


Destruction


To destroy the amulet of nine lives, it must be depleted of all remaining charges, all summoned guardians must be defeated, and it must be returned to the ruins of Khys. Once in Khys, the
body of the High Voice who cursed the artifact must be adorned with the amulet, and a true resurrection spell must be cast on it beneath a new moon.

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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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.

Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin features Luis blasting a black dragon with ice. Help us bring you more great role playing game posts by downloading Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin for Fifth Edition, Pathfinder, 13th Age, and Swords and Wizardry. Use the “holiday2017” coupon code to get 30% off your order today.

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Traveller: Using Monsters

Creatures of Distant Worlds Compendium (MGT 1e)

I want to take a break from our usual Monster Wednesday for a moment and discuss the reasons to use monsters in Traveller. In games of fantasy like D&D and Pathfinder, using monsters is fairly obvious. In cases like lions and owlbears, it is a case of survival, a man vs nature story. For orcs and goblins, they are a stand in for uncivilized humans in a non-magical world. When it comes to zombies, dragons, and devils, they represent an aspect of humanity and our fears rather than an individual human. But what about science fiction in general and Traveller in specific. How should you use them? In my opinion, Star Wars is the best place to look for how to use sci-fi monsters well.

1) Essential Part of Native Life

While the sand people would be NPC aliens, the elephants covered in rugs that they rode we’re an essential part of their life. Remember that just because you have high tech people living on a planet doesn’t mean the natives are integrated and can use the technology. Some will still use animals as a significant part of their daily life, whether for transportation, protection, or a food source. No one says that that animal has to be docile.

Suggestion: When dealing with primative life, give them some kind of animal to make their life easier.

2) Dangerous Fauna

“Nuke them from orbit; it’s the only way to be sure.” When you are colonizing a whole planet, you’ll want to eliminate the local dangerous fauna. However, if you are not a sizable government with sizable resources, you’re not going to do the job well. Take the Rebellion for example. They only had enough resources to establish a small base on Hoth. They couldn’t waste resources to eliminate all the snow creatures like the kind that got Luke. In fact, if you watch the outtakes, you’d see that one even made its way into the rebel base. Random encounter, right there.

Suggestion: Have some kind of monster spring up as random violence when you are not in a hub of civilization.

3) Cheap Short Range Vehicles

If you’ve looked in the Vehicle Handbook, you’d know that high tech vehicles are expensive. So if you are not going far, ride something there. They come so much less, especially if you are just taking them from the wild instead of buying them. Just because riding an animal is low tech doesn’t mean that the saddle has to be from another century. Not to mention, if you are in an extreme environment, like Hoth, they will probably be better adapted to the climate than your vehicles. Additionally, different cultures use animals in different ways. Some might ceremonial roles or as symbols of their people. As a final bonus, they are meat and warmth if you are stuck in a bad situation, even if you thought they smelled bad on the outside.

Suggestion: To emphasize different cultural or economic conditions, have a high tech popilation ride animals.

4) Pets

Having a pet adds flavor to a character. Dr Evil and his hairless cat. Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Jabba and the rancor. What does it say about Jabba that he kept a rancor? That he liked watching people being eaten right in front of him. That he wants to be feared. That he likes associating himself with powerful creatures. That he is over compensating. Probably all of the above.

Suggestion: Give a dangerous person a dangerous pet.

5) Entertainment

The Last Jedi had animal racing that the wealthy were betting on. Animal racing is a common use and can be used in your game. Animals fighting each other can also be used. Imagine how much damage the fighting animals can cause if they escape.

Suggestion: Add some flavor to a location by using animals as entertainment.

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