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.

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