Dragon Egg Gazette, Issue 3

The Dragon Egg Gazette

Issue 3: June 19, 2020

A student newspaper that is part of the “Enchanted Forest” D&D campaign. 


From the Editor’s Desk

It has been more than three months since we published an outer planes issue of The Dragon Egg Gazette.  This paper originally came about from a conversation I had with Ann Wycoff, my human friend and frequent visitor to Dragon Egg from the outer planes.  She sometimes plays a sort of storytelling game with her friends called Dungeons & Dragons, which is one part board game and another part acting where the players take on the role of a hero or adventurer. Ann is usually the facilitator or “dungeon master” of the game.

The most interesting part of Ann’s game, in my mind, is she uses our real world as the setting or backdrop, but all of her players think it is a fantastic realm of make believe because their reality doesn’t have any dragonborn, elves or even goblins!

Apparently there have been a lot of big, important things going on that has put Ann’s D&D game on hold for awhile now.  So she hasn’t been around to help us with the outer planes stuff.  Fortunately, Ann visited Dragon Egg recently to procure some ingredients for a magic wand, and to “check out the Haunted Bridge for myself.”  (Scary!  I wish my parents would let me go see it.)  She also stopped by our offices and made arrangements to publish this issue you are reading now for the humans back home.  Thanks, Ann!

If you have an article you’d like to see published in The Dragon Egg Gazette, let me know in the comments or email me (c/o Ann if you are a human from the outer planes) via the email address on her Greetings page.

Wondermist

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The Haunted Bridge

by Staff Writer

“The keen-eyed traveler will notice a stone block here, poking up through the verdant carpet of the forest floor, perhaps another nestled under a fern before coming upon the crumbling, masonry pilings that are all that remains of the site once called Blood Drinker’s Bridge,” Forcrath Silverspur wrote in Points of Interest in the Enchanted Forest: An Adventure Tourism Guide, which introduces his article about the Haunted Bridge.

Haunted Bridge area as seen through Darkvision

Area near Haunted Bridge site as seen via darkvision.**

The ruins are located some distance south along the road a little over half way from Dragon Egg to East Egg.*  Here are five facts you may not know about the Haunted Bridge from Doctor Forcrath’s 1972 book.

  1. The now non-existent stream, which the Haunted Bridge used to cross, was magically dried up in 1605 when a vampire named Torsten the Fierce and other unknown casters completed a powerful series of spells that evaporated all of the streams, pools and other natural, standing bodies of water within the Enchanted Forest.  This took place during the Vampire War and was done because it is well known that most vampires cannot cross such bodies of water.  Torsten’s actions were a prelude to a general invasion.  Such was the power of Torsten’s magic that the stream has never come back in the more than four hundred years since.
  2. The site is not believed to be intrinsically dangerous, but it is thought that select dark spells and the creation of forbidden items can be facilitated by ingredients available on the site, such as certain powdered minerals and odd salts.  As such, the Haunted Bridge is sometimes frequented by dangerous individuals it is better not to meet.  Be careful if you visit!
  3. No one knows who built the bridge.  Scholars agree that it dates back to the 12th or 13th Century and facilitated trade with the human inhabitants on what was then the edge of the Enchanted Forest, which was much further south then than it is now.
  4. While plant life flourishes in the environs around the Haunted Bridge, magically-inclined or sensitive people report feelings of “general unease,” nightmares, and so forth when they stay in the area for more than a few hours.  Some also report bouts of bad luck after prolonged contact with the ruin.
  5. Mindless undead are attracted to the area.  The Dragon Egg Special Arbor Service conducts regular patrols to deal with the skeletons, zombies and so on before they build up to a level that becomes a problem.

* See Issue One for a map of the Enchanted Forest containing among other things, the location of the Haunted Bridge (Ed).

** Photo credit:  Thoolmar.  I’d love to learn that spell she used to make a picture while she was looking at the Haunted Bridge once I get far enough along at school and learn to cast high enough level spells.  Perhaps in a year or two you’d like to trade, Thoolmar? (Ed.)

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A Short Interview with the Introverted Hermit

by Biri Blackwing

We have been following the exploits, for quite some time now, of the human artist from the outer planes known as The Introverted Hermit.  She is best known in Dragon Egg for her Monday Mandala feature, where each week she shares a new mandala of her own creation.  The Hermit is up to #47, as this paper goes to press, so she has been doing this for awhile.

The Introverted Hermit also recently started an Etsy shop.  She is currently selling black & white downloads of some of her mandalas suitable for coloring.  Seems like coloring one of those with crayons or colored pencils or maybe even using some water colors might be fun.

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Q:  Why did you start making art?

Hermit: I’ve always had a need to be doing something creative – whether it was painting, dancing, writing, or drawing.  It speaks to and calms my soul in a way nothing else does.

Q: ‘Mandala 25’ is very attractive, especially with your colorization.  I have talked to several elves, who speak very favorably of your use of geometric patterns.  I read in your article, “Progress,” your reference to “Native American” and “Nazca art.”  What inspired you to create this piece, in addition to evoking themes from the aforementioned traditions?

Hermit: I think every artist is inspired by something.  I’ve always been fascinated with geometric, abstract patterns as well as by the art of the Nazca people.  I’ve also always had an interest in the art of Native Americans, since that is part of my own heritage.  The feelings those patterns and themes evoke allows me to explore my own thoughts and feelings during the process of creation.

Q: Is there an element of Art you enjoy the most?  What do you find the most challenging?  Why?

I think the most joy I get out of creating is in the process itself – allowing my own thoughts and feelings out onto the paper without worry or fear.  The most challenging part for me is to quiet my inner critic and to allow the joy and wonder of the process to just flow.  I think we all subject ourselves negative self-talk and overcoming that criticism, that fear of failure, can be very difficult.

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Mandala 25 created and colorized by the Introverted Hermit

Q: I read some of your thoughts concerning being an artist, “imposter syndrome,” and so on, here and here.  (We think you’re a great artist by the way.)  How would you define what it means to be an artist?  Do you think there is a distinction between an Artist versus ” a creative” versus someone who simply “does art?”

Thank you! I think everyone is an artist – it’s just that we sometimes don’t recognize it.  Working with numbers is an art.  Working with words is an art.  Cooking is an art (one I certainly haven’t mastered!).  We all show our creativity in different ways, but everyone – from the tallest to the smallest, from the richest to the poorest, is an artist in some way.  And everything overlaps.  A painter is an artist, sure, but there are many other things they have to know – color theory, composition, lighting, musculature, how bodies move, ratios for color mixing, etc.  Art, and artists, are everywhere, if you just look.

Q: One elvish reader asks, “I see from reading your work that you sometimes encounter challenges moving forward with your work and getting things done.  I have started having this problem more and more myself, especially after I passed into my fourth century.  Do you have any tips or tricks to recommend that I could use to continue to move forward with my projects?  Thank you.”

I think as we age, it’s easy to become jaded and bored with things we want or need to do.  One thing I find that helps me is to have several projects going at once.  That way if I get bored or frustrated with one, I can move to another one and give myself a bit of break.  Once you’re concentrating on something else, your subconscious will often work out a solution to a problem and you’ll be able to see it when you return to the work.  And sometimes, we all just need a break – a rest, to recharge those artistic impulses.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’m flattered to be asked about my work.  One of the best things about creating something is to see how other people interpret what you’ve done.  Often, they will have a reaction that you weren’t expecting, and for me, that’s one of the biggest joys.  It’s like watching that creative spark jump from my work into someone else and that’s an amazing thing.

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Shopping in Dragon’s Egg

by Thulunil Ummair

Everyone knows that adventurers love nothing better than to go shopping after getting back to town following their latest successful quest.  Smart adventurers know that some of the best shopping around can be had at the businesses in our own town of Dragon’s Egg.  Even people from the outer planes sometimes come here for their magical and mundane needs!  Here are five well-known establishments.

  • Bamira’s Stones (Gems and common magical components).  Owner:  Bamira Burntree (dragonborn).  While her public shop is quite small and features mainly mundane items, a much more extensive collection of wares can be had if you are one of her “preferred customers.”
  • Feather Fall Archery.  Proprietor: Oram Brightspear (elf).  A wide selection of long and short bows as well as a sideline of thrown weapons.  There is a sign prominently visible as one enters the shop that reads, “Crossbowmen not welcome.”  Even mentioning the word “crossbow” is enough to receive a permanent ban from the shop!
  • Kobold Or Go Home (General Merchandise).  Owner: Queequeg (kobold); Proprietor:  Gree (kobold).  Does a lot of business with goblins, which is ironic because Queequeg is well known to dislike goblins.  Yet he has a reputation for scrupulously fair dealing, and some of the people who sing his praises the highest are the aforementioned goblins.
  • Temple of the Green Dragon.  First Priest F’Rhogar Goldleaf (dragonborn).  The religious center of Dragon Egg dedicated to our god, Great Dragon.  Aspects currently emphasized are The Warrior, The Guardian, and The Healer.  A green dragon magician, Chrysophylax, lairs on the premises.  There is also a shrine within the outer gardens dedicated to all of the other gods, both draconic and otherwise.
  • Twelve Hammers (Metalwork).  “Dragon Egg’s Finest Smith Shop.”  Owner:  Falasar Moonclaw (dragonborn).  Large staff  of artisans fabricating everything smithing-related from basic tools to highly ornamented weapons, gatework, etc.  Can also contract for precious metals work, and so on.  Has a reputation for high prices and excellent quality.  Can have long waits if you are not a regular customer.

Corrections & Clarifications

The Temple of the Great Dragon contacted us concerning our story, “Raising the Dead:  Did You Know?” from the previous issue.  They pointed out that Great Dragon commonly gifts clergy with the spell Revivify, “making it possible to return an individual to life, who has just died.  This dweomercraft is effective even in the absence of a great vow, and has saved many lives on the battlefield, during parturition and so on.”

The temple representative went on to say, “Spells like Revivify are common magics but gods can gift us in many marvelous and unusual ways too.  Their will and power sometimes transcends system and category.  Remember First Priest Goldleaf’s words:  “Those who think that magic or magical beings follow universal laws or some system of Causality or Necessity are gravely mistaken.'”


Staff

Biri “Wondermist” Blackwing, Editor-in-Chief
Thulunil Ummair, Assistant Editor
Ann Wycoff, Contributing Editor/Outer Planes Correspondent
Your Name Could Be Here!

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First Painting Challenge Dwarf Done!

Finished the first of four Etsy dwarves for my painting challenge a few days ago.  He is pictured here with my newest star of the moment lurking the ever-blurry background — the dreaded rust turtle from my last post.  The last day of the challenge is April 3rd so while I’ll be cutting it close getting my other three dwarves finished, I think I’ll make it.

I’d watch out if I were that dwarf.

I want all four of my dwarves to have different colored hair.  This guy got the same color as Roboute Guilliman, so my husband’s favorite primarch is in good company.  A pretty easy recipe and I liked how it turned out, compared to my dreadful and mercifully uncatalogued attempts some years ago with Averland Sunset.  I primed white, based with Zandri Dust, applied a Seraphim Sepia wash, and highlighted with Ushabti Bone.

The gold beard cap is an old five-step gold recipe.  Base with Balthasar Gold, layer with Gehenna’s Gold and then Auric Armor Gold.  Step four is Agrax Earthshade and finally a drybrush of Golden Griffon.

Is Turtle getting closer?  I can’t tell.

One thing I learned was that I like the Games Workshop contrast paints for edging and defining grooves.  I used Basilicanum Grey Contrast to pick out the design on his axe and line the inside edges on his shoulder pads, and Skeletal Horde Contrast in the grooves on his leather armbands.*  The armband effect is kind of subtle but I like how it looks in person.

I might try something similar but different and maybe fancier on the next dwarf, the ginger-haired one, who has the same type of armbands.  Maybe he’ll get magical, fire armbands or something.

“Wot’s that behind me?”

The base was just a simple dark gray and then wash with Nuln Oil, making sure I got the wash into the gaps in the stone pattern.  I put couple of smidgens of Astrogranite Debris onto the base, mainly because I have a pot of it kicking around, and then drybrushed with various lighter shades of gray with a little off-white at the end.

Wizard’s Familiar Cat hates Turtle getting all of the attention!

So much for painting challenge dwarves.  Sir John, if you happen to see this and are having your morning or high tea and crumpets, biscuits, cookies, etc. I’m giving you a Minor Class W (for work-in-progress) Nurgle Alert to put your cup down before proceeding further.

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I have made a little progress on WIP Poxwalker #18 while I was putting the finishing touches on our dwarf friend.  I had completely forgotten, but about a year ago I dropped my poxwalker on the floor and broke off the tip of its largest dorsal tentacle.  I noticed (and hence remembered) last night when I was messing around with some contrast paints.

I rooted around in my Chaos bin until I found a likely looking pointy bit at the end of a plastic chain from a Chaos Biker sprue.  After a bit of cutting, filing, squinting, fighting with my bottle of Model Master Liquid Cement for Plastic Models, etc. I ended up with the result you see here.  Will be a mighty weapon to go along with the mechanical arm and its various diseases both offensive and defensive as well as those of an informative nature.**

Just hope I don’t drop the stupid thing again.

Time is flying by and I plan on getting my second dwarf completed soon.  He’s about 80% done so this shouldn’t be too hard.  That will leave only two of the little rotters and my painting challenge dwarves will be complete.  If all goes spectacularly well, I might even finish my poxwalker too.

The poxwalker gives me an (obvious) idea for an April painting challenge:  “Finish Something April.”  As the title suggests, finish up a model or group of models that you started work on but remains incomplete.  It can be something you just bought or a neglected model that has been gathering dust for untold centuries while the stars die and galaxies laugh.

Perhaps I could finally realize my dark dream of completing all 20 of my poxwalkers?

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* That Skeletal Horde paint will end up becoming distractingly ubiquitous in my painting efforts if I’m not careful.  I was going to try and make a joke that was a Skeletal Horde-based variation on the old saw about how if all you got is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail, but I couldn’t think of a good one.  Any suggestions?

** The poxwalkers will need the added tentacle-based weaponry because I’ve been told you need to pay points to bring your poxwalkers over their starting numbers now with the latest disturbances from the FAQ Warp.

I know we peers of Chaos Undivided are supposed to “embrace change” (yes, even when painting Nurgle stuff!) and venerate that ethereally tentacled technosorceror from olden days, Heraclitus of Ephesus, son of Bloson, etc. etc., but I would much rather it be change that benefits me and bonus flux points for it hurting my enemies in the bargain!   Iä! Iä! Thultzeentch fhtagn! Ph’nglui mglw’nfah Thultzeentch R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

Enter the Rust Turtle!

As is often my practice, I inserted another miniature into my current painting project, thus helping to ensure that I either fail deadlines or have to scramble last minute to meet them.  Since the current painting challenge I’m working on is my own and the first one I’ve ever done, I think it is best that I continue with my traditional best practices.  So enter the Rust Turtle!

Yep, it’s coming after your rusty spoons!

Dungeons & Dragons veterans will surely recognize this little bug as a rust monster.  I showed these pictures to a friend, who said, “Huh, it looks like a tortoise,” and so I decided that forevermore this beastie would be henceforth known as the Rust Turtle.*

Painting the miniature was pretty simple.  I slathered on some Vallejo Rust wash (76.506) and a couple of layers of Agrax Earthshade, to damp down the orange effect a bit.**  I also applied a layer of undiluted Skeletal Horde Contrast paint, much like a wash.  I probably wouldn’t bother with that next time, but I wanted to experiment and it didn’t seem to add much either way.

Note the propeller-like tail.

I busted out all of my various shades of orange and just started drybrushing until I liked how the turtle looked.  I tried various mottling and speckling effects on the propeller tail and dorsal area, didn’t like any of them so overbrushed with various light shades of orange and covered up the mess.

I used Ungor Flesh and Kislev Flesh sparingly as a final highlight.  The base was just gray, wash with black ink, then drybrush various shades of gray and finish off with some off-white.

I remember getting quite a laugh from this cartoon as a kid.  Funny because it was true!

I originally wanted the eyes to be silver so that is how I painted them.  I ended up going with white though, which I think looks better.  I thought about making pupils and all of those fiddly ocular bits, but decided to stick with simple and not mess with all of that.  Also toyed with the idea of trying some OSL effects, but again, opted for simple.

While I think there is more I could have done with my rust turtle, I’m happy where I stopped.  It will make a fun monster to throw into one of my D&D games, and a good pet to hang out with my slumbering Nurgle forces along with skeletal snake thingie and others.

Primed rust monster, with Neglected WIP Poxwalker #18 for scale.

My first dwarf is done.  I’m going to take some pictures of him today, so he will feature prominently in my next post.  His orange-bearded axe and shield brother is about 75% done and the other two around 50%.  A good thing because this month is going by quickly, as months always do when you have a self-imposed deadline.  Fortunately my painting challenge ends after April 3rd so I have high hopes of finishing all four dwarves.  Maybe I’ll be able to include Neglected WIP Poxwalker #18 as a stretch goal.  Probably won’t but wouldn’t it be grand?

I’m wondering if I should do another painting challenge for April?  I very well might, since the March challenge is keeping me working steadily on my dwarves.  Any ideas about what kind of challenge might be of interest?

Another model has made its fully painted appearance for the March Might and Magic Painting Challenge.  Argentbadger from The Bovine Overlord presents his painted Kharybdis, for the Cryx faction of the Warmachine range.  Argentbadger reports that this lovely, betentacled monstrosity is “focused on melee” and has an “amusing ink spray.”  I bet it is … and does!  Thank you, Argent!

Kharybdis by Argentbadger from The Bovine Overlord.


* The miniature is listed on the Etsy site, where I purchased it, as a Dire Oxidation Monster.  Perhaps that is the official, scientific name?  It certainly qualifies for the “might” portion of my painting challenge.  I remember few monsters from my old days of D&D that could cause the gnashing of player teeth quite like a rust monster!

** I started out with Dark Rust (76.507) but decided it was too dark before I got very far into things.

Organic Ink 2 … and Dwarves

I was quite pleased to receive my author copies of Organic Ink, Volume 2, a poetry anthology from Dragon Soul Press.  I’m happy that the editors decided to include a bunch of my poems, including a longish one that I was hoping would find a home: “The War of the Jar.”

Yep, it’s February and the Christmas stuff is still up.

I read some of Hesiod’s work as a child and that was the second place I had heard the Pandora’s Box myth.  (I think the first place might have been Rocky & Bullwinkle.)  A few months ago, I happened to be in the middle of re-reading the bit about Hesiod’s five ages of Man in his Works and Days when I decided that it would be fun to write a longish poem set in the third or “bronze” age, and work in a somewhat different version of Pandora than the one I read/heard about growing up.

I’m thinking of doing some other Ages poems.  There is going to be an Organic Ink Volume 3, so if I’m happy with whatever I come up with then I’ll give them first shot at it since they were kind enough to print the first one.  That, and it would be fun (if I can pull it off!) to have all my Ages of Men poems appear in the same series of anthologies.

Thinking the one on the left is a wizard who casts spells from his enchanted blunderbuss!

I haven’t been playing Warhammer 40K, so I haven’t really felt much of an urge to paint more miniatures for that game in awhile.  I have been playing Dungeons & Dragons lately, so I decided to try some of those and ended up with these dwarves off of Etsy.

I wanted miniatures that were inexpensive and had some detail, but were still pretty basic and not hard to paint.  They had to not be fragile, which means being resin they can’t have thin bits that easily break.  (Especially since other people would be handling them.)  These guys at $9.99, including shipping, for a pack of six met all of my expectations.

The dwarf with the beer says, “Hey, you did say this was an adventuring PARTY!”

I’m not sure if these guys would fit into anyone’s upcoming painting challenge, but I am going to try and get the top four dwarves done this month or during March at the latest.  I am thinking of running a one session D&D game where a bunch of dwarves explore a dungeon, and the characters will be based off of these miniatures.

I also bought some goblins, bugbears and some other stuff from (I think) the same seller on Etsy.  I’ve primed the dwarves since I took these pictures and will prime a rust monster when I get home later today.

Next time I plan on getting the third issue of The Dragon Egg Gazette out.  After that, perhaps I’ll have some painted miniatures to show off.

The Dragon Egg Gazette, Issue 2

The Dragon Egg Gazette

Issue 2: February 5, 2020

A student newspaper that is part of my “Enchanted Forest” D&D campaign. 

 


The Giant Statue

by Staff Writer

Everyone knows about the giant statue and I’m sure many of us have taken a field trip and seen it.  I measured it myself a few years ago using certain calculations based on the length of shadows and estimated it at over 150 feet tall!  Here are five facts you may not know about the giant statue.

  1. The first recorded instance of the artifact being called The Cursed Statue is during the Vampire War which lasted from the late-1500’s until 1607, when much of the Enchanted Forest and even Dragon Egg was destroyed.
  2. It is believed that the statue was constructed in the Dark Ages and served as a focus and temple for an unknown goddess.  She was believed to give good luck, wealth and happiness to her worshippers in return for their faith.  This faith involved torture, ritual mutilation of themselves and others, and ceremonial sacrifice.
  3. People are warned against going alone to the statue.  Even touching it can be dangerous!  This newspaper was not able to learn details, but there are said to be secretive guardians at the statue site, who “protect the interests of the Enchanted Forest.”  We are not sure what that means.
  4.  Many believe that if the statue is harmed in any way the unknown, evil goddess will live again and bring her doom upon us all.  An inscription from the statue (source unknown) reads, “Death to any who defiles this place.  Death to Him.  Death to Her.  Death gathered upon death stretching forth my hand into the future and the past.”
  5. In his 1972 book, Points of Interest in the Enchanted Forest: An Adventure Tourism Guide, Doctor Forcrath Silverspur, writes that no one knows when the statue was built or why it is so large, but in the late 1500’s a group of dwarves attempted to bury the statue.  They failed for some reason and today the statue remains buried up to its mid-shins.

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Raising the Dead: Did You Know?

by Thulunil Ummair

Did you know that being raised from the dead is not as easy at it seems, and there are good reasons why it doesn’t happen very often?  First Priest F’Rhogar Goldleaf said that “The biggest hurdle in bringing someone back to life is the person must have a compelling reason to return.”  Normal things like loving one’s family, enjoying life, and so on aren’t enough.  Fulfilling a mighty oath or vow, an all-consuming revenge, and so on are the sorts of situations where a person might be a candidate for the magic.  Thus, “We try and speak with the dead first, cast the runes and perform other divinations to see if a deceased individual will be a good candidate for revivication.  In my sixty-seven years as a priest, I have only seen four successful resurrections and performed only one myself.  Our temple receives several hundred requests from within and without the Forest each year.”

Then there is the question of whether or not the Great Dragon will approve the priest’s request.  This is a simple matter because if the answer is no, the spell request will not be granted.  Fortunately our god seldom denies the request.

Finally, many people believe that if you cut off someone’s head or burn their body, then that person cannot be raised from the dead.  First Priest Goldleaf says that this is not true but declined to go into specifics.  He also denied the efficacity of certain methods we won’t go into detail about here for fear of shocking some younger readers.  He pointed out that these apply more to vampires but even then the remedies are not “universally effective.”

The First Priest ended the interview with, “Those who think that magic or magical beings follow universal laws or procedures are mistaken.  The belief that it is possible to penetrate to the Why and How of things is dangerous thinking, and has caused much suffering throughout the ages.  We’d do better to content ourselves with What, Where, and When and leave Why and How to the gods.”

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Coming Attractions

  • A short interview with a ranger who has worked with the new special squad that was formed this year.  Also, other special squads from the present and past.
  • We learned about the Giant Statue this time.  What about some of the other points of interest in the Enchanted Forest?
  • Possibly some interesting art from a talented human artist from outside the forest!

Staff

Biri “Wondermist” Blackwing, Editor-in-Chief
Thulunil Ummair, Assistant Editor
Ann Wycoff, Contributing Editor
Your Name Could Be Here!


Classified Ads & Notices

  1. If you enjoy what you are reading and are in the Santa Cruz, California area and would enjoy a life of adventure in the Enchanted Forest, you may leave a note in the comments or send the DM an email to the address listed in the About page.
  2. Looking for help repairing a recently raised barn.  The people I hired got drunk and didn’t do a very good job.  Will provide food, and beverages will be non-alcoholic this time around.  Also, payment for work will be provided after the work is completed to our satisfaction.  No professional builders, please.
  3. Goblin family looking for situation in Dragon Egg and East Egg.  We are skilled at most farm tasks and have excellent references.  Ask for the Gloo Family in East Egg.  Please note that none of us can read.
  4. Our family would like to thank Burhe, Blase, and Fursel Moonspur, as well as unknown members of The Red Rose Society for rescuing our father from the Ogre Hills.  May the Great Dragon bless your lives forever!
  5. I represent a dwarven concern interested in the excavation of certain, forgotten burial sites.  Our latest project is the investigation of a site causing harm to the forest both by attracting undesirable elements and by the presence of certain energies or forces within the catacombs themselves.  Who knows what effect errant and misunderstood magic is having on the ecosystem?  Leave a message at Levar’s Eyeballs, West Egg or reply to the Gazette.  Sorry, dwarves and gnomes only.
  6. Editor’s Note:  There have been many ad requests concerning missing persons due to the recent attacks along East Egg Road.  The Dragon Egg Militia Office (DEMO) has asked that citizens direct all inquiries to them.  Also, we will not be publishing ads involving bounty hunters, vigilante groups, citizen committees, etc.  Thank you for understanding!

The Dragon Egg Gazette: Issue 1

The Dragon Egg Gazette

Issue 1: January 17, 2020

NB: To anyone wondering what by the Emperor’s left <redacted> this is all about:  Greetings, imperial scum.  I recently started running a D&D game and thought it might be fun to keep track of the public parts of the campaign and my inveterate world building with a sort of in-character “newspaper.”  So The Dragon Egg Gazette is born and now I turn over the reins to that precocious (and maybe a little precious) dragonborn and elf duo, Biri and Thulunil.  


From the Editor’s Desk

Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Dragon Egg Gazette!  My name is Biri of Dragon Egg … of course.  I prefer to be called Wondermist by my friends, and I’m the editor-in-chief.  This newspaper is my required Outside Project for school and I’m really excited about it.

If you would like to contribute an article, please let me know in the comments.  You can also contact us through the email on the About page.  If you contribute articles at least once in awhile, I’ll list you as a contributing editor!  You can leave your letters to the editor in the comments too, and we just might print yours.

To business.

This is a really awful map of The Enchanted Forest.  They should get a cartography teacher so someone can make some decent maps, but for now this will have to do.  Who even knows if it is accurate?  You can click on the map for a much larger version, but I’m not responsible for broken crystal balls!

Yep, here be dragons.

In the next issue we’ll learn a little more about some of the towns and places like The Giant Statue and The Haunted Bridge!


The Dungeonmaster’s Corner

by Ann Wycoff

I just started running a Dungeons & Dragons (5e) game after taking many years off from roleplaying.  So far I am enjoying reading through the new books.  I see they brought player character “backgrounds” back from earlier editions so your alter ego was a tinker, tailor, soldier or spy before he was a protagonist.  The player comes up with, or rolls for, a personality trait, and some other basic stuff like a flaw or an ideal they have.  In return the character gets in-game benefits.

At first I kind of wrinkled my nose a little at all of this.  After all, back when I played I walked to the game up hill both ways in the snow (remember, I’m from Maine and couldn’t cast Fly then) and wouldn’t dream of playing a character with less than ten pages of history and background.  I certainly didn’t need to be bribed with free skills.

Anyway, I thought about it some and had a change of heart.  Now I like the idea.  As a DM I really enjoy world building to the point where I make up stuff that the players never learn about and I know they never will when I make it up.  I also enjoy at least some of the players having ties to the world outside of just “the party.”  I’ve found that there are some players, who I cherish as kindred spirits, who also enjoy a similar style of play.  For the ones that don’t, I have learned over the years not to force things.  Enforcing your play style and preferences on people is bad enough when players do it, but worse still when the perpetrator is the DM.

So what I’m going to do is provide in-game benefits for belonging to certain groups.  If you don’t want the benefits, you can happily ignore the group.  The benefits aren’t so great that your character is completely gimped if he doesn’t have them, though he may be inconvenienced.  That’s cool.  Some people will probably sort of go along halfheartedly with my nonsense to get the benefits while others will find they can tolerate (or even acquire a taste for) a bit more of the kind of thing that keeps my DMing energy levels high.

With that in mind I present the following, which serves as the starting point of the games I’m currently planning on running.  I made no attempt to balance it with the Player’s Handbook backgrounds since everyone has the opportunity to start with this background.

Unicursal hexagram 100 wide

 Dragon Egg Special Arbor Service (SAS) within the Militia

Skill Proficiencies: Perception, Survival.  If you gain these skills from another class, you may substitute one or two other skills.  Athletics, Animal Handling, and Nature are common ones.  If you want something else, make a reasonable justification/case of why your character might have that skill and I’ll say yes.

Tool Proficiencies:  Rudimentary to basic knowledge of Dragon Egg legal code.  General proficiency with riding and use of canoes and small rowboats.

Equipment: A good, green uniform cloak, wet and cold weather gear, two badges of office (a green dragon hatching out of an egg).  One is plain for the field, the other fancy for in town.

Notes for Active Members

  • Authority to enforce Dragon Egg town justice on or around the settled areas and roads claimed by Dragon Egg. Other groups within the Enchanted Forest may look upon you with favor or enmity based on being in the SAS.
  • Your pay is enough to live reasonably comfortably so that you don’t have to account for mundane expenses between adventures.
  • You will probably be allocated resources, such as healing potions and the like to help with your adventures. Unofficially, you can keep whatever you don’t use unless it is rare or valuable.
  • You are part of the militia chain of command, though the SAS is viewed as an elite force. Also, you are viewed as part of a “special force” within this elite force and command usually involves a light touch.
    • Episodic Game: You’ll be given missions to complete each session.
    • Sandbox Game: Instead of missions, you will have a lot more leeway with the assignments because you’ll do the jobs other people don’t want to. After all, there may be better warriors out there but how many of them are willing to do the stuff that PC’s do without flinching?  Think about it.

Enchanted Forest as seen via Fly spell.  Click for larger version.

Did You Know?

by Thulunil Ummair

That a dragonborn’s ability to exhale poison gas begins to develop around the age of 12 to 13, and boys and girls take part in secretive rituals to mark their passage from childhood to becoming adults?  During this time a boy’s comb grows larger and fuller while girls of course develop their adorable cheek spines.

Did you also know that dragonborn consider it insulting to call their children “spawn,” or “a brood?”  They also object to their eggs being called a “clutch” or compared to chicken or goose eggs.  We elves don’t mean anything bad by it and we keep saying stuff like that by accident because of the translation of certain elvish words that are part of the Dracosindarin language.  I think everyone should just get over it and not be so thin-skinned.

However, during a recent interview, Galadriel Ummair, Dragon Egg teacher and noted linguist and arcane archer, stated, “While it is true that many elves can sometimes be insensitive of our dragonborn friends’ oviparous sensibilities, we must try to do better, for as any wizard knows, ‘Words have power.’  After all, we elves don’t like dragonborn calling us ‘Ears,’ in reference to what they, and some humans, see as overly large ears with the characteristic sharp helices.  Indeed, dragonborn do not have visible ears at all.”

This writer would like to point out that his girlfriend and editor of this newspaper says that his ears are his “cutest feature,” and I say the same about her cheek spines.  I do agree that words have power and that it costs nothing to be kind to one another, but they should still get over it.  Thanks for the quote, Mom!

Coming Attractions

  • Feature article on a new group of constables in the Special Forest Service.  Hopefully we can get some quotes or maybe even an interview.
  • The Dungeonmaster promises to write about some of the points of interest in the Enchanted Forest.  Maybe even some of the ones marked on the map with little skulls!
  • Did you know in ancient times there was a vampire king to the south, who tried to invade the Enchanted Forest?
  • Possibly some interesting art from a talented human artist from another plane!

Staff

Biri “Wondermist” of Dragon Egg, Editor-in-Chief
Thulunil Ummair, Assistant Editor
Ann Wycoff, Contributing Editor
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An SAS Dress Badge

 

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  2. Looking for help raising barn.  You would need to provide team of horses.  I have good pelts, liquor, and a few low quality gems for trade.  Some might be arcane.
  3. I represent a dwarven concern interested in the excavation of certain, forgotten burial sites.  There is some question of the site causing harm to the forest both by attracting undesirable elements and by the presence of certain energies or forces within the catacombs themselves.  Who knows what effect errant and misunderstood magic is having on the ecosystem.  Leave a message at Levar’s Eyeballs, West Egg or reply to the Gazette.
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