‘In the Footsteps of Hercules’ Bonus Content

Michael O. Varhola

This page is dedicated to bonus content tying in with Skirmisher Publishing’s bestselling In the Footsteps of Hercules, a system-free sourcebook devoted to a pilgrimage trail that can be used in conjunction with any fantasy role-playing games. This 44-page publication was written by author Michael O. Varhola, includes illustrations by fantasy artist Amanda Kahl and maps by RPG cartographer William T. Thrasher, and is available at DriveThruRPG. 


++D&D 5E Content++

Megalos Ellada: Battling the Mares of Diomedes

Megalos Ellada: Stealing the Apples of the Hesperides

Megalos Ellada: Herding the Cattle of Geryon

Megalos Ellada: Riding the Bulls of Crete

Belts of Hippolyta

Harpastum Players


++Actual-Play Game Sessions++

A Pilgrimage Begins

At the Baths of Nemea

Venture to the Spring of Amymone


++Fiction & System-Free Content++

“The Most Lamentable Battle of the Nemean Baths”


In the Footsteps of Hercules was created as a specific example of a Pilgrimage Trail, one of the 85 general sorts of places that appear in Skirmisher Publishing's Adamantine-bestselling City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities. As written, this trail is dedicated to the titular demigod and is set in a Dark Ages fantasy version of Greece and located within the company’s Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting.

This map by William T. Thrasher depicts Megalos Ellada, a large farm near Olympia that has become a popular stop on the Footsteps of Hercules pilgrimage trail with many of those travelling it. 

This beautiful illustration by fantasy artist Amanda Kahl, "Physicians Podaliro, Dimitri Asclepiades, and Panega discussing a case at the Asclepion of Lerna," is one of the custom pieces of art that appears in Skirmisher Publishing’s bestselling In the Footsteps of Hercules system-free sourcebook.