Saturday, 5 April 2014

Stonewood Icons

One of the cornerstones of the 13th Age gameset are its Icons, the key NPCs whose will will shape events in the world. For our new campaign set in the Stonewood we are creating our own Icons and here they are. For updates as we refine them, check the Icons page on our campaign site.

01 Heroic | Sir Garren
  Commander of the Long Blade - drives for peace through strength of arms
  The Fortress is a huge tower complex now surrounded by the streets of Flagsmarch
  Head of the main protectorate in the Stone Woods, Rangers, Soldiers and Guards.
02 Heroic | Dromb Runefire
  Elderly Dwarf King in the mountain stronghold of Rimdor
  He is the personal guardian of gate lore and the runes of Sealing
  His largely dwarven citizens have many golems and constructs.
  New passion to build a vast engine to drill down to the site of the Sealing.
03 Heroic | Lady Cale
  Voyant Priestess of the White Tower (also known as Seers Tower)
  The tower is full of seers divining the future through multiple methods
  They are well protected by the Seer Guard, who all can see
  She acts on the visions, dispatching her guard or calling upon assistance from others
  Her seers can be found throughout the Stonewood, feeling, seeing, acting
04 Heroic | High Councillor Tanis
  Elected leader of Flagsmarch, loves order and civilisation
  He is a marvelous politician, always guiding events and personalities
  Fears beasts and all threats to the city and the lands
  His rule has influence everywhere, even as far as Tearhold
  He has a smaller personal private force called the Banner Watch
05 Ambiguous | Jean-Tresor Endul
  Warden of the great Whispering Tower - largest population after Flagsmarch
  Head of the Whisperers - pervasive if cult-like religion
  They believe that the gods can be heard whispering through a sealed gate in the tower
  Rumours of Therian sanity issues
06 Ambiguous | Thaelyn StarMyst Elf Princess
  Stunning HighElf who married the Drow Illusionist Thraex
  Reclaimed the Elven Spire (Induil) and wants to reunite the Elves
  Striving to have the elves working together as one

07 Ambiguous | The Cat
  Respected figure in the Underworld - many would follow them if called
  Burglar, bounty hunter, collector, thief - has a passion for artifacts
  Very little is known about them so far
  Takes all manner of magical artifacts (leaving similar items in their place with the mark of the Cat)
  They seem to be looking for something, collecting key elements for ...

08 Ambiguous | Qan
  Possible uniter of the Scattered - the many tribes, wildfolk and gypsies
  The Scattered are vast in number living out beyond the Stonewood (many races)
  The bands are always on the move, migrating based on the will of their tattooed weapons
  All of The Scattered love tattoos of various types, Qan leads through his powerful magical ones, writhing over his body.
09 Ambiguous | Libra the Merchant
  Powerful trader with a large network of legal and other commercial links
  Drug lord - controls the supply of Moonseed
  Much of the illegal activity in all of the Stonewood can be traced back to Libra
  He can be found in many parts of Flagsmarch, stayig safe through bribes, threats and misdirection
10 Villainous | Sesk Queen of Scale
  Mistress of snakes, reptiles and dragons
  Dislikes Theria, calls the towers splinters
  A powerful Naga-like sorceress who is rumoured to ride a huge black dragon
  She feels compelled to bring about the Rule of Scale

11 Villainous | The Fallen
  Ancient Undead catalyst in the Swamp
  There is constant fear that the unquiet dead which dwell in the vast eastern swampland will rise up
  Are the undead just waiting for some evil will to unleash them on the living.
  This figure known as The Fallen is said to have been vanquished many times...
12 Villainous | Valandir Thornheart
  Wood Elf Druid who loves The Elf Princess - heartbroken, betrayed and spurned
  Feels the Elves are corrupted and need to be punished, hates himself as well
  He feels he can use demonic power to unite all the elven forms and their demon cousins.
  This master race he calls the Valan, he would see all other races eliminated or enslaved.
13 Villainous | Malsain 'The Maker'
  Masterful Mage drawing on great currents of magic to fashion new spells and creatures
  Sees himself as the master of magics and a creator of remarkable new things
  The current world is merely a playpen waiting to be shaped into whatever he desires
  All life and matter are just materials to be exploited for his next grand experiment
  He loves to unleash his creations on the world, reveling in the chaos
  Human name was Malsain Barksmith (most common surname in the Stonewood)
  How he gained such power and took on the title of the Maker isnt known

Friday, 4 April 2014


As our band of heroes starts to take form for our 13th Age campaign in the Stonewood, there is now a junior ranger to keep them company. After the recent loss of the Veteran Ranger, the Warden of Tearhold has assigned little Lithia 'blinks' Elinduith to the party's care. She is a young elf who exhibits great skill wielding her grandmother's bow. She has grown skilled at finding herbs and the special toadstool spores she needs to keep herself alive. The spores now writhe within her, you can see them swirling around in her eyes which makes them sensitive to light and the irritation causes her to blink continuously which is where she got her nickname.

Using a few images including the beautiful render by 3DXcentric I made a quick vision of how the young elf looks...

Lithia 'blinks' Elinduith
Elven Junior Ranger
Skinny little Wood Elf

Her eyes are pools of swirling spores.
She doesn’t like the light and blinks all the time.
Junior Ranger who loves her bow.
The moment before an arrow flies you can see a stillness come over her eyes as well
She has deadly allergies kept at bay with ongoing treatments using toadstool spores.
OneUniqueThing: Living spore-symbiot to keep her lethal allergies at bay.

Growing up she was often sick and and her parents became specialists at concocting remedies from ingredients collected from all around Tearhold Tower. They tried moving elsewhere in the Stonewood, but that actually made things worse and Lithia was bedridden for weeks at a time. Returning to Tearhold they began to experiment with Toadstool spores and the improvement was remarkable. Lithia could be seen climbing the outside the tower piercing fruit far below with astonishing accuracy using her beloved grandmothers bow. The treatment's effects waned though and she was needing more and more infusions of stronger spores to keep her going and they were changing her.
Soon Lithia was still fit and agile, but her bones were weak, her eyes swam with spores making it hard to see and she would spend hours in the dark woods seeking out rare toadstools.
The Tearhold Warden could see a future Ranger in her, but needed to give her some guidance, a group of comrades who seemed just as misplaced as she. So he assigned her to the group recently under the wing of the Veteran Ranger Kaloras - lets see what they can make of her.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Table Titans

As we gear up to actually start our 13th Age campaign (set in our Stonewood) and my first shot at GMing since the dawn of time - I felt a real affinity with the mighty Table Titans. Not only do I like fantasy comics of this type, but it was an (admittedly flimsy) excuse to finally sort myself out on Kickstarter. I am mighty impressed with the logic of kickstarter and how easy it makes things for us to get onboard with people and their ideas. Wonderful model.

Anyhow, I am looking forward to Scot Kurtz and his gang sending me the goodies later in the year - helping them do what they love and giving us cool loot at the same time. It would be very cool if we get to $75K so we can get the GM screen. I dont think I need it, but I am sure it would be awesome. If I was rolling in $$, pledging higher would be amazing - look at all the cool stuff. Anyhow, here are a few nice bits from Table Titans so you can see what this is all about. Check the Table Titans Vol 1 Kickstarter for more.

Monday, 31 March 2014

eVolo Skyscraper Competition

There is something impressive still about the architectural statement a grand tower can make. The eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners for 2014 have been announced and they all make impressive statements on the skyline as well as social or environmental issues. Check the site for more information and more entries, but here are a few images for designs that I like which explore transport, the environment and construction innovation. Apart from the design work, I like the visualisation techniques and skill brought to bear by the winners - fun stuff all round.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Stonewood Concept

Ok, following yesterdays lightning sketch and the inspiration, I really needed a better sketch that brought together some of these aspects so I could load it up on the campaign site for us.

So I grabbed a wonderful forest concept sketch by Matt Gasser (I hope he is flattered rather than horrified) and made a few adjustments while sketching and blending in all the tall standing stones. I thought about adding a mysterious figure in the background - maybe that can come later. Our fantasy Stonewood is meant to be a vast area of the continent dominated by the tall trees of the forest standing amongst the rocky outcrops that lend the woodland its name. Next will come some ideas for the towers, the other main feature of the area.

Hmm, it looks strangely lighter and happier than I am seeing in Photoshop - might need to experiment with some more settings... It looks right on the site and in all my other applications, is Blogger doing something odd? When I download from Blogger I get a different result as well.

Let me 'include' the file from over on the Google sites page here - see what that does...

There, all dark and creepy as it should be!!