C2 Ep. 39 Shifting Tales Chapter Two

Things heat up with Detective Spade and Reynard…but how will the rest of the party respond to Reynard’s secret being exposed?

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C2 Ep. 38 Shifting Tales Chapter One

The party’s role in the clan is beginning to grow, but with that growth comes bigger jobs. But this time the party is joined by a new face. Will this new ally be a help or a hindrance?

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C2 Ep 37. Eberron Reviewed 7

Come hang out as we take a look at the last arc and answer your questions!

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C2 Ep. 36 Eberron Reduced Kibble Quibble

The crew is asked by the Boromars to go deal with an escalating situation nearby, but will recent events distract them from the job?

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C2 Ep. 35 Bountiful Search Chapter Three

The crew meets up with someone who can help with their friend’s arrest. But what strings will come attached with the deal?

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C2 Ep. 34 Bountiful Search Chapter Two

The crew is desperate to track down their friend, but will Sana and Sigil be able to come through or will the party have to start back at square one?

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C2 Ep. 33 Bountiful Search Chapter One

Someone’s been arrested! The crew must move quickly as they try to figure out how to get one of their own out of jail, without bringing too much heat onto the clan.

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C2 Ep. 32 Eberron Reviewed 6

This week it is time for another Eberron Reviewed as the group looks back on one of the most chaotic arcs to date in this campaign! You won’t want to miss this one!

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C2 Ep. 31 Eberron Reduced “Market Research”

An ally of the crew comes to them for help with a mounting problem. But can the party help in the way their ally needs? Or will the ally find themself in greater danger of losing everything?

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C2 Ep. 30 Accounting for the Fallen Chapter Three

The party finds themselves face to face with their quarry in the conclusion of the arc, but not everyone is who they claim to be. And what will the party find inside the book?

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C2 Ep. 29 Accounting for the Fallen Chapter Two

The party finds themselves face to face with one of the many groups the city of Sharn has forgotten about. But will the party be able to survive such a dangerous encounter in an unfamiliar place?

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C2 Ep. 28 Accounting for the Fallen Chapter One

The crew finds themselves on edge this week as they get their first job since “the incident”. But are their concerns founded, or is this just another day in the life of career criminals?

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C2 Ep. 27 Eberron Reviewed 5

Come join us for another Reviewed as Jeff takes the gang through the latest arc and answer questions from all of our wonderful patrons!

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C2 Ep. 26 Eberron Reduced “Retribution”

The crew receives an ominous invitation for a meeting with Saidan Boromar. Has Viggo poisoned Saidan against the party? Will Hob and Erys have to answer for their actions?

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C2 Ep. 25 Night at the Gala Chapter Four

Reynard finds himself in a disastrous situation, Milo and Erys try to make a break for it, and Sigil just wants to start a magical car. But can each of them finish their part of the job before Primofit discovers them?

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C2 Ep. 24 Night at the Gala Chapter Three

This week Erys and Milo find themselves face to face with an old foe, Hob is facing down relentless warforged guards, and Reynard tries to not drink too much. Will they each succeed in their goals?

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C2 Ep. 23 Night at the Gala Chapter Two

The crew is arriving at the party, but things quickly change as some unexpected guests arrive at the gala!

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C2 Ep 22. Night at the Gala Chapter One

The party gets their next job directly from the Clan, but will this new dynamic prove to be too much of a change for some?

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C2 Ep. 21 Eberron Reviewed 4

Come join the crew as they sit down to talk about the latest arc and downtime episode!

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C2 Ep. 20 Eberron Reduced “Ignite the Forges”

The crew sees things continue to heat up in the district. But when Reynard spots a familar face in the crowd, things escalate more than anyone could imagine.

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C2 Ep. 19 Goliath at Large Chapter Three

The crew is in imminent danger! What will they do and can they finish the job?

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Manifest Zone Special “Mind Under Mountain” Chapter Three FINALE!

Welcome to the end. Find out what is waiting for our intrepid band down in the depths of Sol Udar, and whether or not they can survive to get another payday.

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C2 Ep. 18 Goliath at Large Chapter Two

The crew finds themselves standing face to face with these two mysterious women. But what do they want with Hob? And what will it take to finish the job?

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Manifest Zone Special “Mind Under the Mountain” Chapter Two

Time for our intrepid band of adventurers to venture beneath the mountains into the remains of Sol Udar, but what will be waiting for them? And will they be wearing purple?

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C2 Ep. 17 Goliath at Large Chapter One

The crew gets validation that they are impressing the Clan, but is it the kind of attention they want? They take on their most daunting job to date, but a member of the crew’s past threatens to jeopardize everything!

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History Check 4: Constance Markievicz

29 April, 1916

The soldier kneels in the muddy ground, resting a rifle on the parapet of the trench and looking across no man’s land toward the enemy with the white flag. For days, shells have fallen continuously, their deep booms punctuating the sharp crack of rifle fire and the stutter of machine guns. They have lost contact with other positions and have been forced to hold out with little understanding of what is going on in the larger battle.

The soldier watches, covering Commandant Mallin as he talks with the man with the white flag. A breeze stirs the sheet doing service as a flag of truce, as well as the pale green of their own flag hovering over the trench. The man gives Mallin a paper and he walks back to the trench line. The soldiers rise and gather round as Mallin reads the paper. It is an order from their commander, an order to surrender.

Far away men are fighting and dying in the muddy fields of France, the plains of Russia, the Mountains of the Balkans and the riverlands of Mesopotamia. But here in Dublin, the Easter Rising has come to an end. They are rebels – traitors in British eyes – and they know what surrender will likely mean, especially for officers like the soldier.

The soldier, Lt. Constance Markievicz, brushes mud from her dark green uniform and settles her plumed cap over her tangled hair. She joins the line of men walking toward the British soldiers to stack their arms. As she reaches the pile of rifles, she raises her weapon to her lips, kisses it reverently and lays it on the stack. She looks up at the British officer, a Captain who she recognizes; he’s married to her cousin. She nods to him and says, “I am ready.”

 

Markievicz in History

Markievicz the Socialite

Constance Georgine Gore-Booth made an unlikely rebel, let alone an Irish nationalist or a socialist. For one thing, her family was not native to the island. They were descended from English aristocracy who immigrated to Ireland during one of England’s attempts to colonize restive island. For another, they were wealthy. Markievicz had attended her first meeting of the nationalist party Sinn Fein still wearing her gown from the ball she had just attended at Dublin Castle – the heart of English power in the city. But Constance grew to see the British Empire as inherently oppressive: to workers, to women, to its colonies, and specifically to Ireland. Her childhood friendship with the future nationalist poet W.B. Yeats (who would dedicate a poem to her and her sister after their deaths) no doubt played a role, but so also did her father’s social conscience. Sir Henry Gore-Booth was a landlord in northwest Ireland,  but unlike much of the Victorian aristocracy,  he saw his wealth as an obligation to do something for others. During the famine of 1879, Sir Henry fed his tenants out of his own funds. Both Constance and her sister Eva would grow up to become involved in activism for labor rights and women’s suffrage, but Constance felt a deeper loyalty to Ireland, and it would lead her down a radical path.

 

Markievicz became involved in politics around 1908, joining Sinn Fein that year. She performed in nationalist plays at the Abbey Theatre and worked to defeat Winston Churchill’s election to Parliament. She helped found Fianna Eireann, an Irish nationalist equivalent to the British and American Boy Scouts. Her first trip to jail came in 1911 when she spoke at a mass demonstration for the Irish Republican Brotherhood and threw stones at pictures of King George. It was here that she discovered that her social rank made the justice system reluctant to punish her, often punishing others in her stead – even when she testified to her own guilt in court. She used her own money to feed striking workers – selling her jewelry and taking out loans when that failed her. Speaking to other female activists she advised, “Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank, and buy a revolver.” One observer marked her penchant for showing up to parades heavily armed by saying “that the casual onlooker might be readily pardoned for mistaking her for the representative of an enterprising firm of small arms manufacturers.”

 

Markievicz the Rebel

The failed Easter Rising of 1916 would eventually lead to the Irish War for Independence, and the subsequent Irish Civil War. Markieviscz was in the midst of it all. She helped as a surgeon and a sniper during the Rising, an act not even the British legal system could ignore. When the court reduced her death sentence due to her being a woman, she replied to the court, “I do wish your lot had the decency to shoot me.” She was sentenced to life in prison, but was released a year later in a general amnesty in response to international pressure over the excessive harshness of Britain’s dealings with Ireland after the Rising.

Markievicz was jailed again in 1918 when she protested conscription. While there, she became the first woman elected to the UK House of Commons, though she refused to take her seat in solidarity with Sinn Fein’s boycott of the British government. Instead, she returned to the nationalist struggle, using her social connections to help the rebel government find safehouses. She used her notoriety to force factory owners to compromise on negotiations with workers (the longer they stayed in a meeting with her, the more likely that the police would raid the building). She worked as a spy since being a woman made the police less observant of her. On one memorable occasion she stashed a briefcase full of incriminating documents in the front window of a thrift store – trusting her hand-made tag with its outrageous price to protect it. The papers sat in the window for weeks before Markievicz sent someone around with enough money to buy it back.

After Ireland won Home Rule and the Independence movement fell into Civil War, Markievicz seems to have lost her passion for the conflict. Fighting the British was one thing, but her fellow Irish was another. When the war ended, she returned to her roots as a philanthropist – though without the wealth she’d started life with. Instead she used her hands, fixing trucks and using them to deliver goods to the needy. She died at the age of 59 in 1927. In 2018, the centenary of her election, the government of Ireland cheekily donated a portrait of the famous and unrepentant rebel to the House of Commons. It was displayed as part of a celebration of women’s suffrage. One supposes that with Ireland independent at last, it was now acceptable for Constant Markievicz to take her place in the chamber.

 

Markievicz on the Tabetop

Strong Boots and a Revolver are a girl’s true best friends.

Makievicz makes for a nice character inspiration in part due to her complexity. Is she a terrorist or a freedom fighter? Do we remember her stand for the disenfranchised, or for the often vicious violence that characterized certain phases of the Irish Independence movement? As an historian, I must say both – we should recall our historical figures ‘warts and all.’ As a Tabletop RPG player, this kind of nuance works best in a ‘shades of gray’ campaign, but can have its place even in a more classic fantasy setting. Markievicz might make an excellent NPC; part of an organization the PCs are allied with or a part of, forcing them to deal with the ethical questions of armed rebellion. As a PC her life makes for great inspiration for any sort of character whose story is about rising up against oppression. In fact, her ‘riches to rebel’ story puts one in mind of Princess Leia from the Star Wars saga. An entire campaign could even be based around this sort of rebel movement. The Pathfinder adventure path Hell’s Rebels is just such a story.

So what are the essential notes we need to hit to build this character? Markievicz was clearly skilled in deception and stealth. She also had a strong personality, implying a level of charisma. We know she was educated, so intelligence would probably be a strong attribute as well. We know she was competent with firearms, but have no reason to believe she was a remarkable marksman, so we need not worry too much about specific combat skills.

 

Building Constance Markievicz

Background

Markievicz was definitely upper class, and used her position to the benefit of causes she believed in. I think the Noble background is the obvious choice. The “Position of Privilege” feature is a fantastic representation of Markievicz’s ability to move through the upper echelons of society smoothly, and is one that a clever player might put to some very fun uses during adventures that requires infiltration.

 

Species

Like many historical figures, there is no special reason to pick one species over another for Markievicz. To make the choice, I would look at whether the campaign setting has a species that makes up the aristocracy of the nation our game is set in, and use that for the build. Game set in an elvish kingdom? Then she’s an elf or half-elf. In the kingdom of Darguun in the Eberron setting? Then she’s a hobgoblin. Whatever species you land on, the important feature is that this character is no longer willing to benefit from a system she sees as oppressive, and is now actively fighting against it.

 

Class

Stealth and Deception obviously speak of Rogues to most people, and Markievicz would definitely make an outstanding rogue. A Bard would also go far to represent her charismatic abilities as well as her penchant for a dramatic gesture. I think these two probably do the best job of representing Markievicz’s skill set as she displayed it, and there is no real way to pick between them. In such cases, it all comes down to preference. My inclination is bard because Markievicz was not primarily a combatant and bard seems to represent her ability to transition from socialite to rebel to politician to spy to philanthropist. But since there is no specific reason to choose bard over rogue, I’ll offer some insights on both. For bard, I’d pick the College of Whispers. Markievicz wasn’t shy about being sharp-tongued and would absolutely have hit British troops with Vicious Mockery given the opportunity. Mantel of Whispers is a great (if dark) ability for a spy and would have served her well. If going the Rogue route, I would be torn between having her be a Thief or a Mastermind, but would lean toward Mastermind. Its 3rd level Tactics and Intrigue abilities could easily be keyed to actual exploits of the historical Markievicz!

 

Markievicz in Eberron

To place Markievicz in Eberron, we need to find a place where a scrappy insurgency is fighting for freedom against oppression. There’s plenty of oppression to be found in Eberron, especially if we broaden the idea beyond political oppression to discuss corruption or the influence of the Houses. So Markievicz could be placed nearly anywhere – the mean streets of Sharn, the troubled city of Thaliost, or the jungles of Qbarra with their humanoid invaders pushing in on the lands of the Scales. If I’m building her, I think I would select the Eldeen Reaches. The relationship between Aundair and the Reaches can easily relate to that of Britain and Ireland. The Eldeen rebels broke away from Aundair during the Last War, much as the Easter Rising tried to during the Great War, and Aundair has designs on recovering its lost western territories. This would especially be great in a campaign set during the war itself. In such a campaign, Markievicz is the daughter of an Aundairian aristocrat and landholder in the Eldeen lands. Fed up with the treatment of the Reachers, she abandons her life of luxury and joins the rebels, helping gather information and supplies for the insurgency by slipping across the lines and moving through the cities of Aundair as a spy.

 

Well, that’s all for today, hopefully this complex character can enhance your gaming experience in some way, whether PC or NPC. Markievicz was not one to allow society to put her in a box, and we should celebrate her independent spirit.

Manifest Zone Special “Mind Under the Mountain” Chapter One

We have a special treat for all of you: An extra episode for the next three weeks! GM Eric took Wayne, Imogen, and Keith from the Manifest Zone podcast on a journey to Sol Udar! Check out the first episode now.

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C2 Ep. 16 Eberron Reviewed 3

This week Philip takes the crew through the Dragon’s First Breath arc and the Family Dinner Reduced. Come hear Eric explain his GM decisions and insights from the players on the game.

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C2 Ep. 15 Eberron Reduced “Family Dinner”

This week Sana gets the gang together for her family’s Unity Dinner, but customs dictate that everyone needs to bring something. Will the party members find everything they need, and will they make it through dinner without embarrassing themselves.

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Ep. 43 Narrating Combat

One trap that fighters, rogues, barbarians, and many other martial characters fall into is the “I hit” description. Philip and Eric spend this episode of the Knowledge Check explaining how they keep martial and magical attacks interesting through their descriptions, and also tips for DMs on encouraging the behavior at your table.

Then they answer YOUR questions varying from how to keep the party on track campaign-wise and keeping combat from bogging down too much.

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C2 Ep. 14 Dragon’s First Breath Chapter Three

Things have quickly gone bad at Milhatch Research HQ. Will Reynard and Erys be able to clear a path out of the facility, or will their rising nemesis finally get the best of them?

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C2 Ep. 13 Dragon’s First Breath Chapter Two

The crew is staking out the Milhatch Research HQ to try and figure out what Norson is up to and finally figure out what Dragon’s Breath is.

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Ep. 42 Exploring Eberron “Planes of Existence” Discussion with Keith Baker

This week Eric and Philip continue where they left off in the Patron-exclusive review of Exploring Eberron with Chapter 5, “Planes of Existence”. However, they realized they could use some help wading through the dense knowledge of this book so they enlist the help of the creator of Eberron himself, Keith Baker!

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C2 Ep. 12 Dragon’s First Breath Chapter One

This episode Erys gathers half of the crew together for a favor. But will this job be too much?

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C2 Ep.11 Eberron Reviewed 2

The week the full crew sits down to discuss Thinking Inside the Box and The Least Dangerous Game episodes. We also dive deep into some listener questions that you won’t want to miss!

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Ep. 41 Mythic Odysseys of Theros Review

This time on The Knowledge Check Philip and Eric discuss the latest offering from Wizards of the Coast: Mythic Odysseys of Theros! Come listen in and find out if the guys think the book is worth the pick up.

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C2 Ep. 10 Eberron Reduced “The Least Dangerous Game”

It’s time for another downtime episode. This time Reynard finds himself roped into a dangerous game amongst thieves. Can he convince the crew to come help him, or will he have to figure it out himself?

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C2 Ep. 9 Thinking Inside the Box Chapter Three

This week the crew finds themselves in Dragoneyes attempting to figure out what comes next. Do they meet with Chance? Do they continue down to the Cogs? Find out as they continue to wonder, what’s in the box?

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History Check 3: Christine de Pizan

Convent of Poissy, July 1429

https://i1.wp.com/www.biography.com/.image/ar_1:1%2Cc_fill%2Ccs_srgb%2Cg_face%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_300/MTE5NTU2MzE2MTg0MDg2MDI3/christine-de-pisan-9247589-1-402.jpg?resize=200%2C200&ssl=1    A grey-haired woman in the simple garb of a nun sits at a writing table in a plain cell, quill in hand. On the page are the final lines of an epic, unusual not only for its author, but for its hero, who is not only a woman, but still alive. Christine de Pizan smiles. The verses are the culmination of a literary career spent very much in the arena defending and demonstrating the intellectual capabilities of women. It is also the culmination of a life lived in the very center of a tempestuous time. In fact her very presence here in the convent is testimony to that, for she is only here, having fled Paris ahead of the invading English armies. As her mind goes to the senselessness of the seemingly endless war, her quill follows these thoughts:

I pray to God that He will put it in your hearts to act this way,
so the cruel tempest of these wars will be obliterated,
and that you can spend your lives in peace, under your supreme ruler,
and that you may never offend him, and that he may be a good lord to you. Amen.

She pauses, considering.. It is a good ending. But this may well be her literary last word. And she cannot let that pass without stepping once more into the thick of the debate that has so long occupied her career.

This poem was finished by Christine in the above-mentioned year 1429,
on the day that ends July.
But I understand that some people will not be satisfied with its contents,
for if one’s head is lowered and one’s eyes are heavy one cannot look at the light.

Christine sets down the pen, and turns to the beautifully illustrated title page, smiling as she reads. The Tale of Jeanne d’Arc

Christine in History

“Well-behaved women…”

American history Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has famously said that “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” This indictment of history’s all-too-frequent blindness to women is sadly true. And in many ways Christine de Pizan (1364-1430) is a perfect demonstration of this truth. On the one hand, she was a woman who understood what medieval society expected of her and successfully navigated those waters, and in so doing may be called ‘well-behaved’ – especially in comparison to her contemporary Jeanne. On the other, she used her ability to navigate the complex social strata of her world to free herself to pursue an intellectual and literary career in a world that expected women to remain silent.

Christine left behind no fewer than eighteen surviving works. This is a remarkable survival rate for the works of any author before the invention of the printing press made copying easy. As remarkable is her own survival. She moved to Paris from Italy at the age of four. During her lifetime, France was invaded by England three times, fell into civil war, and was ravaged by the Black Death, which killed Christine’s father and her husband, leaving her to care for her three children.

It was this need to provide for herself and her family that drove Christine onto the historical record. Her father had been Court Astrologer to the King of France and her husband a royal secretary. Christine’s first foray onto the historical record is by way of a lawsuit, through which she secured pay owed her husband. Her success in this endeavour is testament to the outstanding education she had received, secured by her father and to which she had taken with gusto in a time when the prevailing belief was that too much education would corrupt a woman’s virtue.

Her literary career began shortly thereafter. Christine began with love ballads, a crowded genre in France during the heyday of Courtly Love. But the quality of her works drew the attention of patrons within the royal family, ensuring that Christine’s work garnered her not only praise, but income. So far as we know, she was the first woman to make a career out of writing. This patronage also gave Christine the security from which to criticize other writers of her day, especially in their portrayal of women – generally as either helpless damsels or treacherous seducers.

Her most famous work on this topic was titled The Book of the City of Ladies. In it, Christine depicts herself as outraged upon reading the way women are treated in the works of the day, and then finds herself visited by Lady Reason, who directs Christine to catalogue the great deeds of women throughout history. Importantly, Chrstine presents education as the common thread in her tapestry, arguing that there is no sense in preventing the education of women. Quite pointedly saying, “It is not all men… who agree with the view that it is a bad idea to educate women. However, it’s true that those who are not very clever come out with this opinion because they don’t want women to know more than they do….”

Christine followed this controversial argument with the Treasure of the City of Ladies – not simply an argument for women’s education, but a manual for all education – and dedicated it to Princess Margaret of France.

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Christine building the City of Ladies

Far from finding herself in trouble, Christine became the tutor for the royal children, and turned her writing to political theory, seizing the opportunity to shape the next generation of French royalty.

Ultimately Christine’s time at the center of power came to an end when the English took Paris in 1420. She spent her last years penning a great epic poem celebrating the deeds of Jeanne d’Arc, using the poem as  a sort of “told you so” to the poets she had criticized throughout her life. Being in her sixties by this point, she did not mince her words:

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Christine late in life

Therefore, in preference to all the brave men of times
past, this woman must wear the crown, for her deeds
show clearly enough already that God bestows more
courage upon her than upon all those men about whom
people speak. And she has not yet accomplished her
whole mission! I believe that God bestows her here
below so that peace may be brought about through her
Deeds.

Christine did not live to see Jeanne’s tragic end. She died in 1430 at the age of 66, content in the fact that her beloved France was regaining the momentum from the English, and that her own students would be at the center of its politics for years to come.

Christine on the Tabletop

Christine is not a conventional adventurer. She was not a great traveler, spending her entire life after the age of four in France, and mostly in the vicinity of Paris. Neither was she a warrior. But she was a world-class mind, and someone who pursued her beliefs unrelentingly. She was also clever enough to buck intellectual and social orthodoxy without ending up imprisoned or dead – no small feat in the Medieval world. However, as much as she deserves a wider reputation, she is far less obvious a choice for character inspiration than our previous subjects. This is particularly true in D&D, whose rules focus on combat more than most things. Still, I believe we can make a go of it.

Character Species

There is no special reason to make Chrstine any species over another. I would go with whatever culture in your world values courtliness and formality most. In most traditional fantasy settings, that’s going to be an elf, but it might not in yours. For my build, I’ll be following that convention and making Christine a High Elf.

Background

There are a number of good backgrounds for Christine. Really any that deals with academics or life at court will do well. Cloistered Scholar, Courtier, Noble, and Sage all work well. I’m choosing Courtier for mine, because while Christine was influential in France, she was never a part of its official nobility. The Court Functionary feature also feels very fitting with Christine’s obvious understanding of how power in France worked in her day.

Class

Here we come to one of the more difficult parts of the build. D&D classes generally tell us how a character is going to approach combat, so we have little guidance other than that we can rule out things like Fighter and Ranger. What we are looking for is someone who is good with people, and who uses their intelligence and cunning to their advantage, but is going to prefer to avoid direct physical confrontation.

As a poet and writer, Christine could make an excellent Bard. The College of Lore seems an obvious choice, though the new College of Eloquence could also be a good option considering Chrstine’s final days chronicling the deeds of a great hero.

A less obvious, but still plausible option would be a Mastermind Rogue. The Mastermind’s ability to fill a support role and manipulate others might seem more sinister than the real Christine, but would still be a good example of her obvious cunning.

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A lavishly illustrated page from the Book of the Queen, by Christine de Pizan (or a page from her spellbook)

My choice though is Wizard. This was mostly driven by the new Unearthed Arcana option for the Wizard’s Order of Scribes. An enchanted Quill, use of a book as a spell focus, and expertise in crafting Spell Scrolls is right up the alley of an author like Christine. In building her, I’d focus my spell choices on divination spells to gain more knowledge and when in combat I’d focus her spell usage on enhancing the other party members rather than direct damaging spells. I’d want the skills of a diplomat as well as many knowledge skills as I could manage. I’d go for making Christine the ‘face’ of her adventuring party, as well as their information expert.

If desired, a multiclass into Bard would also work well, and give an expanded selection of support and inspiration options for combat situations.

We are fortunate indeed that so much of Christine’s writings have survived, and many of her works are available online. She is a voice that deserves a wider audience, and not just because of how few female voices we have from this time period. Set that aside and Christine de Pizan would still be a first rate poet, historian, and educator; sharp, witty, and incisive. And in my humble opinion she is deserving not only of a place in our memory, but in our adventuring parties.

Ep. 40 The Fear of Failure

This time around Philip and Eric sit down to talk about all things failure. Whether it is failed checks, failed sessions, or failure of characters, Eric and Philip break it all down to see how we can deal with failure at the table.

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C2 Ep. 8 Thinking Inside the Box Chapter Two

The party is reeling after the events on the job thus far, but they still have some important decisions to make before this night is over.

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C2 Ep. 7 Thinking Inside the Box Chapter One

This week the party is hired by the mysterious Halden to transport a valuable box to the darkest depths of the city known as the Cogs. But what seems like a straightforward job soon leaves everyone asking the question: What’s in the box?

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C2 Ep. 6 Eberron Reviewed 1

Join us this week as we take a look at the first arc of the campaign. Side Note: We had some audio issues that we had to edit around this week. Apologies and we hope you enjoy the episode.

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History Check 2: Yasuke

https://i1.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/-dClD4Du3gY0/XM_0KfDDbtI/AAAAAAAATNw/juIJaqQUbn0N-GuN3MLWaDU69noZfMv8gCLcBGAs/s640/b452e9405dcea85434ca649733d3e003.jpg?resize=382%2C278&ssl=1    Kyoto, 1582. The serenity of the Temple of Honno-ji belies the chaos outside, where countless soldiers stand, besieging the compound. An older man, balding with sparse hair at the back of his head and a thin mustache, Oda Nobunaga kneels in the center of the room. He has put aside his outer garments and holds a bare knife in his hand. Next to him stands a teenaged page with a drawn sword. “Ran,” the older man says to the page. “Don’t let them in.” Then he takes a last look at the assembled servants and retainers who are here to watch this final act. Against a wall, an extremely tall man stands, watching his lord’s death. A brief smile flickers between the two as they remember the day they met a year ago, when Lord Oda demanded this man scrub his face with soap before him to wash off what he thought was dark paint. Yasuke is thousands of miles from his native land, and for the last year he has loyally served the Oda clan. For this service he has been treated with honors never before bestowed upon a foreigner. Now as he watches his lord die, he makes plans. He will live, and escape, and find his lord’s heir, and continue the fight.

 

Yasuke in History

Some time around 1581, an African man called Yasuke was given a sword by Oda Nobunaga, elevating him to the samurai class in feudal Japan. This alone is enough to draw the interest of anyone with an imagination. My own curiosity is even more piqued by the difficulty of tracing his exact path to this strange moment. Yasuke has been the subject of carefully researched biography, anime, manga, children’s books, and will soon be the subject of a film starring Chadwick Boseman. Our sources for Yasuke are limited to a few letters from the Jesuit missionaries who brought him to Japan, and the Shincho Koki, a chronicle of Oda Nobunaga’s deeds written by one of his retainers.

 

A Foreign Samurai

Yasuke was brought to Japan by the Jesuit priest Alessandro Valignano in 1579. His exact position is never stated clearly, but it seems most likely that he was a slave acting as a valet to Valignano. Japanese sources refer to him as a ‘page.’

His origins remain a mystery. The only clue we have is the name Yasuke, which some historians have linked to names from Mozambique and Ethiopia, presuming it to be a Japanese cognate of his given name. This seems likely, but it does not give us much help in determining Yasuke’s birthplace, nor do we know his age when he arrived in Japan. So the period of life prior to 1579 will have to remain a mystery to be filled in by imagination and guesswork.

While Valignaro was visiting the Oda court, Nobunaga took an interest in the extremely tall (Japanese sources say 6’2”) and dark skinned servant. Nobunaga apparently believed the Jesuit priest had painted his servant, and would not believe that this was Yasuke’s actual skin until he’d had him strip to the waist and scrub his skin to prove it. Sometime after, though the date is not clear, Yasuke left the service of Valignano and entered that of Nobunaga, who gave him a sword and made him his spear-bearer. We know that he was given his own residence and often dined with Oda. One fascinating thing we can infer from this is that Yasuke must have managed to learn Japanese in the few years he had been in the country, an impressive feat considering how unlike any language he already spoke it would have been. It is likely that Yasuke fought in the Battle of Tenmokuzan, the last stand of the Takeda Clan and the victory which brought Nobunaga to the height of his power.

Sadly, Yasuke’s service to Nobunaga was short-lived. He was present with Nobunaga was betrayed by his vassal Akechi Mitsuhide and at Nobunaga’s suicide. However, he himself was not captured or killed. Instead, Yasuke fled to Nobunaga’s heir, Oda Nobutada, and fought on against the usurper. Sometime after 1582, Yasuke was captured by Akechi. Japanese sources say that he was not killed, but rather taken to the Christian church the Jesuits had been allowed to build in Kyoto. Presumably this would be a form of house arrest. From this point, Yasuke vanishes from the historical record. This is somewhat strange considering that Oda loyalists defeated Akechi shortly thereafter. That Yasuke does not reappear in service to Nobunaga’s successor has led some historians to suggest that he was actually killed by Akechi’s forces, but we will never truly know.

 

Yasuke on the Tabletop

Yasuke’s story definitely works best as inspiration for a player character and is a great solution if you have a player who wants to play a character who would have no real business being geographically present in your campaign. It can also be a great way to introduce a character mid campaign.

https://i1.wp.com/montrealcommunitycontact.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/samurai-02.jpg?w=750   As an NPC, Yasuke could serve a couple of useful purposes. If your player characters are from a distant land or are visiting a culture they have no knowledge of – a Fey court perhaps, or the stronghold of a Goblinoid Empire – a character like Yasuke could serve to bridge the cultural and linguistic barriers or serve as a means to provide the players with useful lore that an ‘insider’ NPC would have no reason to offer them.

It is somewhat harder to theme a campaign around him, unless you’re playing one-on-one (in which case he’s a fantastic inspiration). But it would be possible to put all of the PCs in Yasuke’s position, a group of outsiders serving a lord in a distant realm. Any campaign based on his life is going to be high on court intrigue and have a somewhat Song of Ice and Fire feel to it.

“But I don’t want slavery in my game…”

This is a fair concern for some tables. Yasuke’s likely background as a slave requires some delicacy to handle it maturely, and some GMs or player groups won’t want to play in a world where slavery is accepted. After all, we tend to play in fantasy worlds and we might want to escape into a world somewhat less troubled than our own (or at least troubled my monsters we can more easily slay). In that case it’s not hard to adjust Yasuke’s backstory a little. Medieval concepts like Serfdom and Indentured Servitude were forms of bonded service in which the Master/Lord did not actually own the servant, but was owed their service for a number of years. This was common in feudal societies, or sometimes as a means to repay a debt. Another option would be to have the Yasuke character simply be a hired bodyguard, far and away the simplest solution to this issue if you are uncomfortable with it.

Building Yasuke

Background

If we’re building something based on the historical Yasuke, background is our first stumbling block.There is neither a slave nor servant background in any published material. So the better option is to work on the ‘outsider’ status of the character for the background. Outlander and Far Traveler make the most sense for this, and of the two Far Traveler is probably the more narratively appropriate choice (even if it was my pick for Harald in our last article). “All Eyes On You” is such a perfect feature for Yasuke since his distinctive appearance draws much comment in Japanese sources of the time.

 

Species

There is really no reason to pick one species over another. The most straightforward way to pick this is to look for a species that is not found in the main region where your game is taking place, and see if your GM is ok with you playing that. If we wanted to narrow it down, sources usually comment on Yasuke’s height and strength. So any species that would tend to be taller would work – Dragonborn, Minotaurs, Goliaths – as would any species that grants a Strength bonus. Since they are rare in nearly every setting, a Gith would also work well for our purposes. Because the Gith have very distinct lore, I’m not going to use them for my build. I used Dragonborn in our last article so I will forego that as well. Ultimately my pick is the Goliath. Playing a goliath means you’re probably going to be the tallest one in any room, which is Yasuke’s most commented on trait in Japanese sources.

Class

The most obvious choice here is to build a fighter and use the Samurai archetype. Personally I really like this archetype in both flavor and mechanics, and I rarely have an opportunity to build one, so I’m going to pick this. The Fighting Spirit ability to bolster oneself in combat has a great flavor for a dedicated warrior and the Elegant Courtier ability would reflect his time in close proximity to a great lord of his adopted land.

There are other good choices though. A Paladin with the Oath of the Crown is a good choice representing Yasuke’s dedication to the Oda family. A monk with the Way of the Kensei would also strongly fit the samurai theme and monks get some very fun toys, so in my opinion it’s usually worth playing one.

A thing to note as you consider classes is that, while Yasuke is described as strong, his stature could easily be represented with proficiency in the Athletics skill, freeing you up to make your version of Yasuke a dexterity-based fighter, a charismatic Paladin, or any other combination.

So, although you could broaden the options a great deal with this inspiration, my build for Yasuke is going to be a Goliath fighter with the Samurai background. I would do my best to bump Intelligence and perhaps take feats like Linguist to represent what was obviously a gift of his. I would want Athletics, Intimidation, Insight, and Persuasion as skill proficiencies, and might also pick up the Blademaster feat for its flavor to represent the excellence in swordsmanship emphasized by Samurai training.

 

Yasuke in Eberron

This is a more tricky placement than Harald. I’m going to propose two options, one dealing with his background as a slave, and the other choosing a different interpretation.

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The next step is to decide into what culture to insert him. This really depends on your game, and if you present his tribe as isolated, then it will not be hard to present him as a fish out of water. Ideally, we want this culture to have a strong martial tradition.

The best option among the predominantly Human nations is Karrnath. In this scenario we would have a Darguul embassy present in Karrnath, and one of the Karrn Warlords is impressed with the size and strength of Yasuke. Yasuke’s owner presents him as a gift. Under the laws of Karrnath, Yasuke would then be a free man, but could stay on as a retainer to the warlord, perhaps being sent out on missions that lead him to become an adventurer. Or perhaps his new lord is betrayed like Nobunaga and he is out on a quest for vengeance.

For a more exotic feel, we could present an embassy visiting Darguun from the island nation of Aerenal. Of the nations outside Khorvaire, Aerenal is the best combination of isolated but accessible. Yasuke could be purchased and then freed by a member of the elvish Embassy and travel to Aerenal with them. This is not as easy an option to make him an adventurer, but with creativity could work.

The most exotic option would be the Feyspires. Shae Joridal is a Fey Spire besieged by the goblins of Darguun. Perhaps in your Eberron a truce has been worked out, resulting in Yasuke becoming a gift to the Archfey Lord or Lady of the Spire. This would be an especially fitting way to have a version of Yasuke that is a Feypact Warlock.

If you want to use Yasuke without using slavery, it’s quite an easy fix. We simply change him into the hired bodyguard of a lord of any of the Five Nations and see him transfer (as part of negotiations) into the service of a new lord from Darguun, Aerenal, or even distant Sarlona. For an additional level of intrigue, perhaps the lord who takes such an interest in Yasuke is actually a disguised Dragon from Argonessen affiliated with the Chamber. The lord believes Yasuke to be essential to some element of the Draconic Prophecy, and takes him into his service to ensure the prophecy falls out the way he desires!

Any of these can make a great backstory to bring the Outsider Samurai to your gaming table!

History Check 1: Harald Hardrada

Welcome to History Check. This will be an ongoing series of blogs where I’ll introduce you to some of the real life adventurers throughout history,  and discuss how their story can serve as inspiration for your RPG as a character or NPC background, or even inspiration for an adventure or campaign. In each article, I’ll take a look at a new figure or event from history, then discuss how I might use it in a campaign. Finally, I’ll wrap up each article by presenting an idea for a character build based on the topic of the article. I’ve always loved history and found inspiration in it for fiction. Since I started playing tabletop RPGs I’ve frequently used historical events to inspire characters and adventures. My intention is to find figures from many time periods, cultures, and social classes to inspire you, though I will obviously be limited by available source material. I’ll also try to provide you with information about my sources in case you want to explore more. Now, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to our first historical adventurer: Harald Hardrada.

 

Harald in History

https://i0.wp.com/st3.ancientfacts.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Harald_Byzant.jpg?resize=287%2C360&ssl=1The wind sighs across the rolling hills. In the distance you hear the crashing of waves in the fjord beyond the dark forest surrounding the tiny village of Stiklestad. A young man is bleeding and weeping over the body of his half-brother, Olaf. Only fifteen, Harald came here to make a king today, but it is not to be. Their outnumbered forces have been scattered by the loyalists to the tyrant Canute who sits on a throne that should rightly have been Olaf’s, and now – as Harald slowly realizes – rightfully belongs to him.

One of his thanes puts a hand on his shoulder, pulling urgently. Soldiers of the enemy are near, and if Harald is to survive, they must make for the ships. Weeping bitter tears, the young man allows himself to be pulled away and rushed to the ship. As he watches the dark shore recede into the mists, he swears to the old gods and the new that he will return to take what is his, and then turns his eyes to the east as the ship knifes through the choppy waters, to the far away lands where he will make his name.

 

Most kings do not make great RPG character inspiration – unless you happen to be playing a kingdom management game. Kings usually have armies of servants and minions to execute their bidding. Harald’s life is an exception to that rule. Exiled young, Harald literally became a wandering adventurer for hire, working as a mercenary and travelling throughout Russia and the Byzantine Empire before returning to take his throne. As King of Norway, Harald’s life would end on the battlefield during his failed invasion of England. His own failed invasion paved the way for the more successful and famous one by William of Normandy. For our purposes though, we will focus on Harald’s years in exile to find inspiration.

 

Our main source for Harald life is the Saga of King Harald by Snorri Sturlusson, an Icelandic poet and historian – and himself a worthy figure for a later article – who compiled many of the works and oral traditions of earlier Scandinavian artists, and to whom we owe much of what we know about the Viking Age and Norse myth. In the saga, Snorri even claims one of Harald’s followers as an ancestor.

 

A King in Exile

Harald was born around 1015 to a petty king in upland Norway. When he was 15, he joined the army of his half-brother Olaf in an attempt to seize back the throne of Norway from the Danish king Cnut the Great. Olaf was killed in the battle, and Harald was forced to flee into exile.

 

He fled to the court of Yaroslav the Wise, Grand Prince of the Kievan Rus. While serving as a mercenary, Harald seems to have fallen for Yaroslav’s daughter Elisiv. In chapter 15 of Harald’s saga, Sturlusson even preserves a few stanzas of Harald’s pining love poetry about Elisiv and her refusal to accept his love suit.

 

“Past Sicily’s wide plains we flew,
A dauntless, never-wearied crew;
Our viking steed rushed through the sea,
As viking-like fast, fast sailed we.
Never, I think, along this shore
Did Norsemen ever sail before;
Yet to the Russian queen, I fear,
My gold-adorned, I am not dear.”

 

After a few years in Russia, Harald and his followers traveled south to Constantinople. There, Harald apparently hid his royal identity and entered the service of the Byzantine Empress Zoe, rising to become a commander in the elite Varangian Guard. As a mercenary, Harald battled Arab pirates in the Aegean and Mediterranean and on Sicily, and led men against the Buyid dynasty in modern day Iraq and Iran.

 

During the course of his military career, Harald showed a knack for deception in warfare. On one occasion when he became severely ill during a siege, Harald ordered his men to claim he had died, and to get permission from the city to bury him in the churchyard. When the well-meaning priests agreened, Harald’s men processed into the city bearing an empty coffin. Once they were inside, they dropped the coffin and seized the gates and pillaged the castle. On another, when lots were being drawn to see which mercenary company got first pick of campsites, Harald used sleight of hand to cheat the process and ensure his lot was drawn.

 

Harald finally fell afoul of Byzantine politics, though how exactly is not agreed on by the sources. Luckily for him, he had become fabulously wealthy in the course of pillaging towns for the Byzantine Empress. So he decided to quit while he was ahead and go home. He returned to the Rus lands and married Elisiv, who seems to have softened to his suit now that he had made a name for himself. With his vast wealth, he bought enough support to reclaim the throne of Norway, and in 1066 he launched his fateful invasion of England and ended his adventures at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

 

Harald on the Tabletop

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Vikings make a great addition to any Fantasy World

So how does Harald fit into your campaign. Well if you’re building a character, the King in Exile archetype is rife with historical and fictional precedent. It also provides a long term goal for your character off the bat. If your GM is willing, the reclaiming of your throne might become a vital part of the campaign. If the GM has other plans, then perhaps these adventures are stepping stones to raise enough money for your return. The return to your kingdom might occur after your character has ‘retired’ from adventuring.

As an NPC Harald is quite versatile as well. You might design a campaign around your players being a mercenary company, with one of the players acting in Harald’s role and the goal of the entire team being a triumphant return to their homeland. He could also serve as an adversary, attacking the players home in search for treasure.

 

Building Harald

There are several approaches to Harald, so let’s consider what we know about him. For this, I’ll be using 5th Edition D&D terminology, but these concepts are universal enough that translation to other systems should not be too hard.

 

  • Harald is a Scandinavian warrior king from the end of the Viking Age. That means we’re going to need some martial proficiencies.
  • He has a dishonest streak and is not above cheating to win.
  • He’s a definite glory-hound.
  • Some parts of the saga present him as a lovestruck poet.
  • He’s a talented commander.

 

So how do we build this? I’ll present you a few options.

Character Species

Obviously Harald was a human, but we’re playing an RPG so what kind of RPG species fits Harald best? One option would be to make Herald a Half-elf. Harald is the half-brother of King Olaf. Olaf could be an elf king seeking to reclaim his lands from invaders, but his mother had once taken a human lover, the union of which produced Harald.

Another approach would be to make Harald a Dragonborn, playing into the martial spirit of that people. Like the half-elves, their bonus to charisma makes a great deal of sense with our warrior king.

 

Class

What class is Harald? Well, he’s a tactical warrior, so a Fighter with the Battlemaster or Purple Dragon Knight archetype makes sense. A Paladin with the Oath of Glory would also work well. Harald was definitely a front line leader, so the Paladin’s auras serve to represent his inspiring presence. You could even make an argument for building him as a Mastermind Rogue to play up his preference for stratagem over the direct approach.

My pick for class, however, is bard. If we take the College of Valor we get all the martial proficiencies a Norse warrior of the time would have. We can represent Bardic Inspiration as battlefield commands, and use the Bard’s roguish side to play with Harald’s oblique approach to conflict. Harald was forced to be self-reliant, and the Bard is a skill monkey without compare. And of course what other class is better suited for writing poetry to thaw the heart of a Russian princess? Spells like Heroism will further reinforce Harald’s bolstering effect on his allies.

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Harald as I’d play him

So if I’m building Harald I’m making him a dragonborn Bard of the College of Valor, focusing his skill proficiencies into Charisma-based ones and working with a shield and a longsword, axe, or spear. For a background I’d used “Far Traveler” from the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide as the flavor and the “All Eyes On You” feature play well into my exiled king seeking to earn enough fame, glory, and gold to return home and claim what is his! Useful feats for this build would be Inspiring Leader for that pre-battle speech that is a classic of all epic tales, and Diplomat and Silver-tongued to play up Harald’s ability to charm and deceive his way through the bad starting hand he was dealt in life.

 

Harald in Eberron

Considering our love of Eberron here, I cannot leave Harald without proposing a place for him in my favorite setting. Happily, this is not at all hard. We don’t even need to change the names. Harald and Olaf are the sons of Sigurd, the Prince of the Ice Dragon fleet in the Lhazaar Principalities . When the boys were young, Sigurd was killed in battle with a rival captain, perhaps the sinister Bloodsails. A few years ago, Harald and Olaf made a bid to reclaim their father’s Principality, but were ambushed by the Bloodsails before ever making landfall. Harald watched horror as Olaf’s ship went beneath the waves. A few months later he found himself disembarking in Stormreach, having evaded Bloodsail corsairs on the long voyage around Khorvaire. He’ll be hunted by the Bloodsails because they know as long as he lives, there is a claim to the Ice Dragon fleet. Harald will need allies, money, and fame before he can return to take what is his.

Until next time…

I hope you enjoyed this initial foray into history’s many famed adventures and that you’ll find this and future write-up’s useful. I’ll see you next week when I’ll bring you another History Check.

C2 Ep. 5 Eberron Reduced “Fight Night”

The crew enjoys a night at the Four Sails, but Hob gets a chance to fight in the Burning Ring. Will he come out on top? And can the rest of the crew make sure the fight remains fair?

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C2 Ep. 3 Destined Manifest Chapter Two

The crew has taken some bad hits so far, but can they finish up the rest of the guards and find the manifest before drawing too much attention?

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C2 Ep. 2 Destined Manifest Chapter One

The crew sets out to collect the manifest from House Cannith, a pretty standard job. But all things aren’t quite as they seem as the job begins to go sideways.

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C2 Ep.1 Session Zero!

The crew sits down to preview the new campaign!

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Dusters & Dragons Reviewed

Eric and Chris sit down to discuss the Dusters & Dragons one-shot, the Genesys role-playing game system, and also just good GMing tips!

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Dusters & Dragons Chapter Three

Come join us for the exciting finale of the Dusters & Dragons one-shot!

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Dusters & Dragons Chapter Two

The gang tends to Old Elijah and try to find answers as to what happened to him. But what did he want with the prospector? And what is going on with the creepy purple worm?

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Dusters & Dragons Chapter One

Join the crew as they are joined by GM Chris for a unique one-shot set in a western fantasy world known as Dusters & Dragons

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Kids on Bikes Reviewed

The whole gang sits down to discuss the Kids on Bikes one-shot, and talk about what’s next for Eberron Renewed!

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“Kids on Bikes” One-Shot Chapter Five

The end of the adventure is here! Join the gang as they try to save Brick!

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“Kids on Bikes” One-Shot Chapter Four

The group meets Franklin, and finally tries to formulate a plan to save Brick.

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“Kids on Bikes” One-Shot Chapter Three

The gang is still reeling from learning the potential truth about what is happening in Pineville, but just when things seem to be calming down a shocking new turn of events pushes the group into action! But how can they stand up against a supernatural entity?

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“Kids on Bikes” One-Shot Chapter Two

The tale of Pineville continues as the gang tries to find the woman on the hill, or at least the answers behind her disappearance.

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“Kids on Bikes” One-Shot Chapter One

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“Kids on Bikes” One-Shot Prologue

This week the gang sits down to play a one-shot run by Jeff! Come join us as we build the small town for our adventure, and introduce our characters.

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Campaign Two Eberron Previewed

This week the gang sits down to discuss the future, and reveal some exciting news surrounding the next campaign!

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The Grand Reviewed is here! Join Eric, Philip, and Jeff as they answer all of your pressing questions now that the conclusion of the campaign has come!

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C1 Ep. 147 The Nightmare’s Dusking Chapter Three

The end has finally arrived, but can the heroes persevere in the mounting face of danger? Or will the quori forces be too much this time?

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C1 Ep. 146 The Nightmare’s Dusking Chapter Two

Hold the line! The party tries to stem the tide and buy themselves the time they need to stop the impending doom for the world.

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C1 Ep. 145 The Nightmare’s Dusking Chapter One

The end of the road rapidly approaches as Booyah, Beric, Dex, and Bhimaani find themselves in the heart of Dal Quor. Only one question remains, once they initiate the turning of Dal Quor will they be able to hold the line long enough?

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C1 Ep. 144 Waking of the Dreams Chapter Five

The party continues leaping through others dreams on their way to their final goal. But what new obstacles will they find around the next corner?

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C1 Ep. 143 Waking of the Dreams Chapter Four

The party has ventured where no physical creature has dared to tread in thousands of years: Dal Quor. They know what they must do, but what nightmares stand in their way?

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C1 Ep. 142 Waking of the Dreams Chapter Three

The time has come. Bhimaani opens the portal to the party’s destination, but none of them expected to find what’s waiting for them on the other side.

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C1 Ep. 141 Waking of the Dreams Chapter Two

Beric, Dex, Booyah, and Bhimaani recoil at the startling revelation they just witnessed. But before they have time to formulate a plan, Katesh reminds them of a vital step they missed along the way.

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C1 Ep. 140 Waking of the Dreams Chapter One

The gang continues to try and figure out the state of affairs in Stormreach under Riedran control. But things escalate quickly and the party must move fast before things get worse.

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This week Jeff, Philip, and Eric sit down for another Reviewed of the Storm’s Ashes arc.

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Ep. 39 Eberron: Rising from the Last War Overview

Eric and Philip get the band back together to take a look at the latest Eberron offering from WotC, Eberron: Rising from the Last War. Join them as they discuss the highlights and what they wish were included in the book.

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C1 Ep. 138 The Storm’s Ashes Chapter Six

The gang’s fight against their past continues. But can they find a way to walk away, or must they do the unthinkable to continue their quest?

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C1 Ep. 137 The Storm’s Ashes Chapter Five

An old ally returns face to face with the party. But this old friend’s intentions seem to be anything but helpful. What will happen to this old relationship amidst the wreckage of Stormreach?
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C1 Ep. 136 The Storm’s Ashes Chapter Four

The party is in Stormreach proper, but now they must find a way to make it to the Maul and continue on their jounrey. But what new threats wait around the corner in Stormreach?

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C1 Ep. 135 The Storm’s Ashes Chapter Three

The party finds themselves entering the city they left behind so long ago, but who can guess what awaits them? See for yourselves on this episode of Eberron Renewed.

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C1 Ep. 134 The Storm’s Ashes Chapter Two

The party begins moving forward once again, returning to the site of one of their greatest defeats. But how have things changed and what awaits them?

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C1 Ep. 133 The Storm’s Ashes Chapter One

The party reassesses the journey as they convene with the dragons once again. But the dragons bring ill tidings but also new possibilities.

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This week the gang gets together to discuss the Thrashing of Eras story arc and answers questions from the Patrons!

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C1 Ep. 131 Thrashing of Eras Chapter Eight

The party tries to wrap their heads around everything that has happen, and they need to begin making decisions on what they will ultimately do to finish this fight.

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C1 Ep. 130 Thrashing of Era Chapter Seven

The dust is settling, emotions are swelling, but where is Booyah? Find out on this episode of Eberron Renewed!

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C1 Ep. 129 Thrashing of Eras Chapter Six

The battle rages on around the party as they find themselves facing down the most powerful entities they have encountered yet. But will their allies stand by them, or will this time finally be the last stand for the group?

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C1 Ep. 128 Thrashing of Eras Chapter Five

The time has come! The part finds themselves face to face with the final Pact holder. But will Beric’s plan to speak reason and find a peaceful resolution work out, or have things gone too far already?

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C1 Ep. 127 Thrashing of Eras Chapter Four

The party finally has an audience with the governor of Pylas Talaer, but will the powerful elf prove to be an ally? And does she have the information the party needs to find the ancient dragon they seek?

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C1 Ep. 126 Thrashing of Eras Chapter Three

The team takes off for Aerenal finally. They have said their farewells, stocked up, and now is the time for action. Except, they learn early on they forgot one important piece. Find out on this episode of Eberron Renewed!

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C1 Ep. 125 Thrashing of Eras Chapter Two

The time has come for the party to say their farewells and sort their affairs. They decide what they must take with them for the journey ahead, and what they must leave behind.

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C1 Ep. 124 Thrashing of Eras Chapter One

The group finds out what exactly happened with Prince Adal, while beginning their preparations for the next battle.

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C1 Ep. 123 Eberron Reviewed 20

This week the gang gets together to discuss The Wings of a Prince story arc and answers questions from the Patrons!

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C1 Ep. 122 The Wings of a Prince Chapter Three

The time has come for the party to make good on their end of the bargain they struck, but will everything be as straightforward as they were told? Or are there more secrets to come?

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C1 Ep. 121 The Wings of a Prince Chapter Two

Now that the party is in Aundair, it is time to assess how to move forward. They make plans and search for allies to find a way to complete their mission.

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C1 Ep. 120 The Wings of a Prince Chapter One

The party heads north to deal with the unrest in Aundair. But first they have to prepare for the daunting task ahead of them, to ensure that they can continue on after the job is done.

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C1 Ep. 119 Eberron Reviewed 19

This week Eric, Jeff, and Philip sit down to discuss the Tales of the Ancients arc. We also address all of the questions from out Patrons!

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C1 Ep. 118 Tales of the Ancients Chapter Four

The time has come for the party to reckon with a truth that has been in front of them the whole time. What will they do? And what does their new visitor want with them?

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C1 Ep. 117 Tales of the Ancients Chapter Three

The party has now dealt with the guardians of the ancient pyramid they have come upon. But does this ancient structure have other dangerous hidden away? And will the party be able to figure out what Dex’s vision meant? Find out on Eberron Renewed!

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C1 Ep. 116 Tales of the Ancients Chapter Two

The party has reached a block in the road on their journey towards the weapons they need. Can the party overcome this obstacle, or will it be too much this time?

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