A student newspaper that was part of the “Enchanted Forest” D&D campaign.
From the Dragon Egg Public Library
by Biri Blackwing & Thulunil Ummair
- “No One Ever Fails in a Universe of Tables,” by Noah Burton. Published by Outlook Springs, Issue #1.
- An interesting, short poem. Although this runs counter to classical elfish aesthetics, we appreciate how the poet develops the idea of “tables” and packs a lot into eleven lines. Thulunil says that the poem would be even better if the theme was developed over a couple of hundred pages but I think it is perfect just the way it is!
- “Curiosity,” by Mingpei Li. Published by Outlook Springs, Issue #5.
- A science fiction poem that looks at the Curiosity rover from an angle of mortality. I liked this one too and think that outer planar human poetry is super keen. Thulunil said that he “didn’t get it at all,” but what do you expect from a guy who thinks that being “only” couple of centuries old is young?
- “3 Minutes” by Adam Walker. Published by Daily Science Fiction.
- We had to look up what an “app” was, among other words, but we both enjoyed this story. Both of us like studying magic, so we can appreciate the unintended consequences of one’s creations and spells. Just like Miss Huethea Elmoira said in her Practical Divination class, “Be careful when you look into the future. You might want to know … just not when you think you do!”
- Sharpe’s Prey by Bernard Cromwell.
- Jenn of The Tragic life and thoughts of an Inquisitor, wrote a book review of Sharpe’s Prey. The book is the fifth in a series by Bernard Cromwell, following the exploits of one Richard Sharpe during the Napoleonic Wars. I won’t say too much here except that I thought the book was a fun page turner and it was enjoyable seeing how Sharpe was both similar and different than the character in the television series. Check out Jenn’s review if you want to read an in depth treatment. This isn’t a book I would have naturally picked up but my dad enjoys viewing historical fiction in general and the Sharpe television series in particular in his scrying pool, which was how I learned about Cromwell’s work.
- The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
- A classic bit of short fiction that we both enjoyed as children. I recently picked it up again when Thulunil said he wanted “to write a reverse Gift of the Magi story.” I wasn’t sure what he meant by that, so I put in my request to the Outer Planar Extra-Library Loan Department and got my claws onto a copy of the original.
A Short Interview with Ranger Garinthor’el Starsinger
by Biri Blackwing
Q: Tell us a little about yourself. What is your full name and how long have you lived in Dragon Egg? I hear you’re a wizard!
Garin: My full name is Garinthor’el Starsinger, or that’s the translation of my familial name. I was born in the Elven city Halcyn’or. It’s several weeks journey from Dragon Egg. My talent in the arcane arts was apparent even as a young child, so my family brought me to the Enchanted Forest 80 years ago to learn from the mages here. The ingenuity with which they apply their art is most admirable. My stay was meant to be short, perhaps a decade. However, the stars foretold a powerful portent that I must remain in Dragon Egg.
Q: For how long?
Garin: The stars have yet to reveal that.
Q: What do think about being a magician helps you the most in your work as a ranger?
Garin: Well, of course the arcane arts are ideal for the position of ranger. While others have only the strength of their limbs, I wield the power all creation.
Q: Who has been your greatest, positive influence in life so far, that affects your work as a ranger?
Garin: The stars are the greatest influence in my life, young Biri. Also, the half-elf lieutenant, who heads the arcane branch of the rangers, has been very helpful. His expertise in wielding magic in the midst of combat is most impressive.
Q: What has been your greatest obstacle as a ranger?
Garin: Getting used to the rather short lifespans of the Dragonkin. Just about the time you get to know a fellow ranger, they retire from service.
Q: How do you like working with Special Squad Three? Some people have started calling them “Fafnir’s Rangers.” What do you think of that?
Garin: Hrrmmph … ‘Fafnir’s Rangers’ indeed. A reckless lot. The stars clearly foretold of dire outcomes, but they went on heedless of my warnings. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a delightful bunch, just too reckless with their short lives.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add on a final note?
Garin: If you have any pull with the merchants guild, ask them to import some superior vintages of Elven wine.
Q: Thank you for the interview, Sir.
Garin: You are welcome. I hope my insights will be enlightening for your readers.
Túbal, of Túbal Villar – Virakotxas, is interested in selling his nicely painted Dark Angels. He has listed them on Ebay and provided a link to the auction from his page. The auction ends during the day on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021.
Our own Ann Wycoff, of Ann’s Immaterium, is holding her second annual “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” Painting and Hobby Challenge. The idea is to paint a model that you already owned as of April 1, 2021. It can be something old or something pretty new. This is a hobby challenge so you don’t have to paint models. You can do other things too that have nothing to do with painting miniatures. The challenge ends on May 2, 2021 at midnight (your local time).
Biri “Wondermist” Blackwing, Editor-in-Chief
Thulunil Ummair, Assistant Editor
Ann Wycoff, Contributing Editor/Outer Planes Correspondent