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Submitted by Eric Lis on Sep 24
As the old saying goes, “sticks and stones may break my bones, except diamonds, which will repair them.” Or something like that.
Submitted by Derek Holland on Sep 23
They really missed the boat with epic spells. They should not be extensions of lesser magics, doing more damage or affecting larger areas. No, they should change the rules. Here are a few examples that are written generically so you can easily adapt them to your ruleset of choice: Lungs Seek Relief alters how breathing works and all those within its area of effect must save or suffocate every round.
Submitted by Chris Van Deelen on Sep 19
Another week has come and gone and there is an noticeable change in the air. I have checked the long-range forecast and this week alone it is looking a lot like fall is creeping up closer and closer. The simple fact is that by my next blog, it will officially be fall! Which means Halloween is only around the corner, and then the dreaded Black Friday and Christmas. Scared yet?

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I made use of my stick so freely upon the heads and backs of the crowd, that my brother executioners quite stared, and wondered what demon they had got amongst them.

 

Here is chapter six in the ongoing saga of the Brightwaters' adventures in  the Clanking Ruin.

 

Skirmisher Publishing is very proud to announce the release of its highly-anticipated Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting, a swords-and-sorcery milieu set in a Dark Ages fantasy version of the Mediterranean and the lands surrounding it! A century after the Great Cataclysm destroyed the old world, plunged it into chaos, and reawakened magic and all form of ancient races and monsters, the agents of Gods and Titans struggle against each other on behalf of their masters, nations strive to survive or dominate one another, and adventurers descend into the ruins in search of wealth and lost technology. We very much hope you will enjoy it! 

These creatures, despite having a very humanoid appearance, are actually a greatly mutated form of arachnid. They are in fact uplifted arachnids, why have been greatly mutated by radiation and the various other toxins poisoning the wastelands.

At first glance, they look like naked, grey-skinned humanoids. The average member of the species stands around eight feet in height, and are quite heavy, weighing in excess of four hundred pounds. None of the weight comes from fat, instead coming from the heavy exoskeleton these creatures possess. Both males and females seem to possess long hair, which is strangely thick and is always hidden behind their backs. This is not in fact hair, but a series of arms, up to 12 in total, which sprout from the back of the creature’s head and are fully articulate. The creature always has an even number of arms, never an odd number.

If there is one thing that can be said about the Chimerian faction it is they like to tinker and often try to create not only powerful monstrosities to fill multiple niche’s in the post-apocalyptic world, but they also create what many ancients would have considered to be cute and cuddly creatures which many would have loved to have owned as pets.

There are many who consider this particular chimera to be just that – adorable! The thing is even before the final wars, Koala’s had a reputation for being cute, but very temperamental and often quite aggressive. With the fact the Chimerian’s decided to combine the genes of this animal with the avian owl, they managed to create a creature which is still supremely aggressive, but now possesses the keen senses and hunting abilities of the great owls.

These heavily mutated insects have several common characteristics with the mammal bat – to be specific, the vampire bat. There are those in the wastelands who believe these creatures are horrific monsters, capable of shape-change and sucking the very life-essence from a creature in order to sate their monstrous appetite for blood. This simply is not true, as these creatures are in some ways both dangerous and beneficial.

The mutant insects are only about four inches in length, and weigh a tenth of a pound. They have glossy black bodies, which in light shimmer like gems, making the little creatures oddly beautiful. The back carapace opens and folds away neatly to reveal large, clear wings, which allow the little insect’s excellent speed in flight. They possess six legs, with the back legs being as long as their bodies, ending in tiny, sharp claws which allow them to cling to any surface. The head is inset into the body, providing excellent protection, and from which they can protrude sharp mandibles. These are coated in a slick film which has two properties… first it is a power anesthetic which deadens the nerves as they cut into the flesh to drink the blood. Secondly, it possesses a powerful anti-bacterial property, which upon introduction to the bloodstream, will destroy any disease or organic nanotechnology plaguing the victim.

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