Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Gygax's Saga of Old City Ad From Pulp Magazine

Swamp Thing 1st Movie Ad From Comic

Adrienne Barbeau's main attractions are on display  in this ad but they couldnt save this movie. It is actually so bad it works as mild comic farce but you might need tohave followed the character for it to tickle you.

NPC - Kalman Laughingstaff

Kalman hails originally from Bissel but has crossed the length and breadth of the Flanaess many times in his life as an adventurer. Somewhere in his adventures he aquired his staff and his patronym. He is of middling height and middling age, a wizard of more power than most but still searching tombs and ruins for items of power. It is said he seeks a lost city hidden in the depths of some forest and protected by terrible guardians.

His staff is named Praytextatus and has a vile sense of humor, laughing in an evil cackle during the most inopportune and unfortunate moments. It finds death or maiming to be hilarious. The staff speaks and ancient form of Suel, as does Kalman, but has also learned the Common Tongue.

NPC - The Minotaur - Graxus

Minotaurs are magical ccreations but from a time so long ago that their origin is lost. Attempts to recreate them result in many near misses such as Hinchcliffe's Ram-Men but the original Man-Bull is elusive and perhaps god-protected. They breed true and even cross-breed true in that the product of a union of Minotaur and Human, Demi-Human or Humanoid is Minotaur.

They will  use weapons, and prefer them over bare hands.  They can even be trained to wear armor. Luckily they prefer seclusion and the dark. The males tend to be solitary though a family group will have several females and a continuous litter of ever present young. The young males will be pushed out at an early age and most dont survive, which helps to keep the number of minotaurs down. A strong leader might have a half-dozen followers (making an adult tribe of 30-40 with the females of the species). Female Minotaurs are slightly smaller than males but much more aggressive when protectin their young, more intelligent and have a social order amongst themselves.

Graxus is rather typical of his breed, large, immensely strong, not overly bright with a mean streak a mile wide. He is the bodyguard of Keller the Lender, a financeer to the Guildmasters of the City of Dyvers.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Adventure - The Mines of Sterich Part 1

The Mines of Sterich

Iron is in the hills of Sterich and war rages throughout the Flanaess. While Sterich has many smiths the great weapon and armorers of Greyhawk are the Dwarves of Ulek. The ore is smelted and the iron travels east to the Rushmoors and the branch of the Lort or south down the Javan till it fills the holds of merchant ships of the Sea Princes ending in Gryrax and the furnaces of the dwarven smiths. The journey is long and proven dangerous. 

Sterich is recruiting guards of  all sorts and advneturers of all types to watch over the great caravans and raft flotillas which leave their land each week. Inside Sterich companies of Halberders and Light Calvary protect the wagons but beyond the borders hired men are rewarded greatly to safeguard this bulky treasure.