Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy After Thanksgiving!

Had a great Thanksgiving here at Casa XRP and looking forward to leftovers. In particular, the Crusader Lentils (a recipe taken from Olde Hansa in Tallinn, Estonia) are always better on the second day. I'm now listening to some Gregorian Chants and working on Tome of Tomes.

Lots to be thankful for!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

XRP is Moving to Seattle

Well, it's official. Suzi and I will be moving to the lovely Seattle, WA area early next year. Either Seattle proper or Mercer Island or Bellevue - haven't got that far yet.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Being able to identify the headwear of that Kalbryian band heading towards you could prove efficacious...

Headwear of the Kalabryrians
Author: Coudie Bauld
Race: Human
Dimensions: 14x12x2.5
Weight: 7 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: Law & customs, sociology
Value: 45 gp

Another of Bauld’s works on the Kalabryrians, this thick work is the result of a lifetime of traveling the vast sub-continent. Lavishly illustrated with over 250 different examples, Bauld explains the careful nuances in color, twist, fabric, and ornamentation that broadcasts social standing in the multilayered society of the 1,000 Kalabryrian tribes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tome of Tomes

A genealogy of a prominent clan of dwarves - history or fabrication?

The Genealogy of Stonesplitter
Author: Earl Nimik Stonesplitter
Race: Dwarf
Dimensions: 8x10x1.5
Weight: 6 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, stoneboard, parchment, iron clasp and lock
Rarity: Rare
Fields of Study: Demi-humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History, politics & genealogy
Value: 200 gp

This tome traces the lineage of the Stonesplitter Clan from the legendary Durok Stonesplitter to the current Earl of Westdeep and author, Nimik Stonesplitter. Nimik has distributed dozens of copies of his work throughout the dwarven lands and several have found their way into human, and even elven hands. The dwarves claim it to be accurate, but human and elvish scholors believe it a whitewashed portrayal of the Stonesplitter Clan.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Tome of Tomes

A new tome for the Tome of Tomes, and one that contains a new spell. Again, I'd like to thank my Patreons for their support of this series.

Our Burrowing Friends
Author: Flerl Clevehame
Race: Human
Dimensions: 14x12x2.5
Weight: 7 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Very Rare
Fields of Study: Fauna
Special Knowledge Categories: Mammals
Value: 5,000 gp

This exhaustive work records the behaviors of burrowing mammals, and is heartily sought by magic-users throughout the lands. It contains rigorous scholarship and artful illustration of over 30 different types of burrowing mammals common to the northern hemisphere. Near the middle of the text, Clevehame secreted a personally-researched spell, Clevehame’s Mapping Eye. He used the spell to map out the burrows of his subjects, but magic-users since have used it for more practical reasons.
Clevehame’s Mapping Eye
Level: Magic User 5
Range: 0
Duration: 1 round/level
Area of Effect: Special
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 turn
Saving Throw: None

This spell is similar to wizard eye, excepting the eye passes through holes of only half an inch diameter. At the end of the spell, the eye instantly returns to the caster’s hand and transforms into an accurate parchment map of the area witnessed.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Sir Bedwin and the Azure Dragon
Author: Demstrine Ufwithle
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x8x1
Weight: 8 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Common
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: Legends & folklore
Value: 15 gp

Recounts of the adventures of Sir Bedwin, Knight of the Yellow Rose, are common minstrel fair, but this collection is an elegant affair suitable for the landed class. This book contains all 2,564 trochaic tetrameter stanzas of Bedwin’s encounter with the Azure Dragon, the powerful lord of the Berwint valley, in which Bedwin’s faithfulness is tested through a series of challenges. Bedwin is found lacking, but the mighty Azure Dragon takes pity upon him for he is but a frail human, sending him back to the grand table of King Niall with the mighty Blue Shield of Camonbret as a reminder that forgiveness is a high virtue.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Frontier - Donald Fagan (Music)

There are few songs that I consider perfect. This is one of them. It is what it is so beautifully. Worth a listen if you've never heard it, and another run if you have.
Well I can't wait 'til I move to the city
'Til I finally make up my mind
To learn design and study overseas

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Advanced Adventures #33: The Halls of Lidless Shabbath

Glad to say I've started the lay out for AA#33. This one's a real challenging module for characters of 12th-15th level. I should get to the commisioning art phase soon. I'm really looking forward to this one coming out. The top levels were written by none other than Stuart Marshall, and I rounded out the module with the bottom levels. Some really, really PC-unfriendly stuff here.... :-)

Rolled into a yard-tall, ivory scroll tube, the worn charcoal rubbing of a giant map etched into an ancient monolith hints that travel between worlds was once easy. More enticingly, the map pinpoints the entrance to the eldritch pathway. The crude rubbing shows nothing but the location of the ancient and legendary dungeon known as the Halls of Lidless Shabbath!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tome of Tomes

What do you get when an elf puts the soul of a dwarven master smith into a book?

The Dwarven Smith
Author: High Lord Orgol Inglorion
Race: Elf
Dimensions: 6x5x1
Weight: 1 lbs.
Materials: Dwarf-skin-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Unique
Fields of Study: Physical universe, supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Chemistry, dweomercraeft
Value: 2,550 gp

This thoroughly evil book contains the spirit of the sacrificed dwarven master smith Telkar. Anyone reading and studying this tome for 1 month gains his smithing knowledge as long as the book is within 100 ft. Only a single creature can master the book at a time. The production of this work started the 4th Averine war between the elves and the dwarves, resulting in the fall of Orgol and house Inglorion. The Dwarven Smith, however, was not recovered and vanished into legend.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Another nautical-themed tome...

The Winds of Fortune
Author: Graif Inuasar
Race: Human
Dimensions: 14x12x1.5
Weight: 5 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Supernatural & unusual
Special Knowledge Categories: Dweomercraeft
Value: 650 gp

This ritual book is highly sought after by the many navies of the world, for it contains a method of crafting sails that increase speed 10% above normal. This year-long process blesses the sails of a single ship or boat for the life of the lead ritualist, a 7th-level cleric or druid. The lead must be accompanied by 3 1st-level assistants of the same class, and 250gp spent upon special fabrics and ritual materials.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Another in the series...

Celestial Navigation
Author: Durak Flegmore
Race: Human
Dimensions: 16x16x2
Weight: 19 lbs.
Materials: Black dragonskin-bound, woodboard, vellum, brass corners and clasps
Rarity: Rare
Fields of Study: Physical universe
Special Knowledge Categories: Topography & cartography
Value: 525 gp

The work that earned Flegmore his navigator’s role for Captain Galdroch’s grand exploration of the far Western Continent, Celestial Navigation is a thorough dissection on the art and science of navigation from star positions. It is a true masterwork that is still unsurpassed these long decades later.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tome of Tomes

 Continuing the series and thanks again to my generous Patreons!

Western Ways
Author: Durak Flegmore
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x10x1
Weight: 2 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Physical universe
Special Knowledge Categories: Topography & cartography
Value: 325 gp

Western Ways is the companion volume to Captain Dauk Galdroch’s grand exploration of the far Western Continent. Western Ways is composed of 24 fold-out maps prepared by his navigator Durak Flegmore. It maps much of the Great Western Ocean, detailing the seasonal winds and currents of the vast water. Additionally, each of the 14 islands visited by Captain Galdroch is accurately placed and loosely sketched.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Terry Snyder and the All Stars (music)

In 1959, a group 'o gents got together and produced Persuasive Percussion, what I consider to be the ultimate early 1960's suave gentleman's record. They followed with two more albums, all excellent, IMO. Take a listen, it's what's spinning here today at Casa XRP.

And for us young 'un's, this is totally Quagmire music... (giggity!)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Another in the series. Thanks again to my Patreons for their support!

Simpolo Swamp Paths
Author: Farin “Wetfoot”
Race: Dwarf
Dimensions: 6x5x1
Weight: 1 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, stoneboard, parchment
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Physical universe, fauna
Special Knowledge Categories: Topography & cartography, reptiles
Value: 50 gp

Simpolo Swamp Paths is the life’s work of the dwarf Farin, nicknamed “Wetfoot.” Unusual for one of his race, Farin spent his days exploring and mapping the great Simpolo Swamp, befriending its natives and learning of the dozens of differently venomous reptiles within its damp circumference. A dated reference now, many of the paths no longer exist, but the illustrations and information regarding the venomous reptiles still save many a traveler’s life.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Tome of Tomes

Another in the Tome of Tomes series...

Ohuluhahu Stick Charts
Author: Banood Bacharthog
Race: Human
Dimensions: 14x12x2.5
Weight: 7 lbs.
Materials: Fish-skin-bound, woodboard, vellum
Rarity: Rare
Fields of Study: Physical universe
Special Knowledge Categories: Topography & cartography
Value: 135 gp

This Rare work is composed of dozens of illustrations of the stick chart nagivational maps of the Ohuluhahu people of the Mokumao’eo Islands. These stick charts are the traditional maps of the islanders and they have been used for centuries to guide ships from far-flung island to far-flung island. This compilation work gathers the many different stick chart maps together, creating an invaluable aid for seafaring, provided one knows how to read them.

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