Kurtulmak the Cunning

May 28, 2011

Sorry for the long delay between releases. I’ve been really busy, and I had a major computer hardware failure that has been taking up a lot of my time.  I’ve also been working out some publishing ideas for these deity entries. For these reasons, new entries will be rather sparse for the near future.

Kobolds have always been one of my favorite humanoid races. As such, I really liked working on Kurtulmak. I also wrote this from the point of second edition canon, so you will not find any mentions of Tiamat in this document; nor will you find anything explicitly stating they’re reptiles. I personally do not endorse either of those views, but I wrote this entry to be relatively neutral toward either view. It should be easy enough to use this write-up with either viewpoint.

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Let’s Play! “Pool of Radiance”

May 3, 2011

I should probably post this here, since it is somewhat related, being an AD&D blog and all.  :) I started doing a Let’s Play (recorded commentary of a playthrough of a game, basically) of the first SSI Gold Box 1st Ed AD&D Game, Pool of Radiance. I’ll probably be playing through all the Gold Box games at some point, including the Buck Rogers games. Anyway, for those who are interested, you can access the playlist on Youtube. I try to upload a few episodes each day, so keep checking channel or the playlist for updates. I hope you enjoy it!


Fionnghuala the Mistress of Swans

April 26, 2011

This was a really interesting deity to work on, in part because there were multiple sources of information to draw upon.  For one thing, Fionnghuala (pronounced Finella), is just about the only deity in Monster Mythology drawn from real-world mythology (Titania and Oberon are literary creations, perhaps based on mythological characters, but not in and of themselves from mythology). I slipped in some other literary mythology as well that seemed fitting. I also decided it made sense to allow half-elves to become swanmays in addition to humans, and I modeled a lot of the game stats on Mielikki.

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Adding More Deities to My Project

April 21, 2011

I was looking through The Night Below for information on Juiblex, I remembered that The Blood Queen and Ilxendren were included in Monster Mythology format, so I’m thinking I’ll add them to my project.

Other possible additions I could make, although none have:
Krocaa (aarakocra, Dragon #124)
Anguileusis (anguilians, Sea of Blood)
Klikral (insectare, Spelljammer)
Dakarnok (kobold, Dragon #63)
Tapann (korred, can’t recall the dragon mag number)
Refnara (gnoll, Dungeon #48 IIRC)

There’s also the Neogi pantheon, the expanded Dragon pantheon, the archomental cults, and the centaur pantheon, but I think I may save them for individual blocks.

Thoughts?


Yeenoghu the Demon Prince of Gnolls

April 19, 2011

Gnolls have always been one of my favorite races, so it was very interesting to work on Yeenoghu, although I’m a bigger fan of Gorellik. I drew upon a lot of sources for this, including Dragon #63, so I’ve updated the Shoosuva to 2nd Edition. I’ll have to make a Monstrous Compendium sheet for it at some point.

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Tiamat the Chromatic Dragon

April 10, 2011

This was an interesting project, considering that Tiamat is included in the FR Powers & Pantheons book. However, as that was specifically to the FR/Unther Human version rather than the generic/multisphere Draconic version, it wasn’t possible to do a straight cut and paste. Also, this features my version of draconic specialty priests, which I think work a LOT better than the version in Cult of the Dragon. Also, watch for me slip in some hints at what I’m going to do with my revised real-world pantheons.  :D

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Second Edition Race Spreadsheet

April 10, 2011

Another long-term project that’s been backburnered is a spreadsheet of AD&D Second Edition races, both PC and NPC. The goal is get full details on every race that has the capability of taking a class, even if it is rather odd, like dolphins. Since OD&D and 1st Ed are basically the same as 2nd ed., if I found relevant information in them, I added them in. Also, I’ve been planning to add in appropriate information from 3e if it is relevant (height, weight, etc.), but I haven’t gotten around to it. Anyway, one day I’ll get back to this.

Race Database (Excel 2007 Format)

If you know of any missing information, please let me know.


Quick note to myself

April 4, 2011

Just so I don’t forget, the font used for headers in the Faiths & Avatars line was Galahad.


Jazirian the Eternal Serpent

April 3, 2011

Update Feb. 1, 2017: I’ve made a revision of the Jazirian entry to include a humanoid shaman class and clergy details, as well as some unique spells for both couatl and shamans.

This entry is a little different. Jazirian has no priesthood, so there is no specialty priest information; I also decided (s)he wouldn’t be the time to grant spells to non-couatl followers, either. However, I took the opportunity to write up some additional cultural details on couatl. Hopefully it will prove interesting. I’ll probably treat Shekinester, Parrafaire, and Stillsong the same way. Also, I suppose I should note that I did not incorporate the information from A Guide To Hell for the simple reason that I did not like it; I also felt it did not keep to the earlier canon.

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Legends & Lore: A Few Thoughts

March 28, 2011

I’ve been looking over Legends & Lore (2nd Edition) to get some ideas in my head for what I will eventually do with the deities presented in it, and I must say, the gameplay information is pretty lackluster. The avatars are fairly statistically unimaginitive and unvaried, the specialty priest abilities and requirements are both very basic and at times rather overpowered (quite a few get a daily Raise Dead, and I can’t really see why; another priesthood immediately advances to 11th level upon gaining 10th). And the circles gained by priests (especially in the Native American mythos) are abysmal! (Priests of Sun have major access to All, Sun, and minor access to two others. *That’s it.*) Anyway, I’ll probably revamp them almost entirely when I get around to working on them.