Realizing what kind of stories you want to tell is crucial to do it well. I got a sense of what I wanted early but only now taken the time to actually define it, so this is a work in progress. What exactly is a dark heroic fantasy story? Continue reading “Dark Heroic Fantasy World Building”
Good stories need conflicts and rivaling factions, so you want to create a solid roster of factions for your fantasy world. Protagonists, antagonists, heroes, antiheroes, alliances, and organizations. Continue reading “Fantasy World Factions”
Magic is unpredictable and will eventually cause problems and backlash even if the practitioner takes the uttermost care. Chaos magic, shadow taint, dreams gone awry, miscast teleports and planar breaches may all hound your characters. Continue reading “Malicious and Unstable Magic: Chaos Taint, Nightmares, Planar Breaches, and Other Afflictions”
The Faithful of the gods walk a challenging path, as a successful cleric must battle heresy, delve into church politics, smite evil and reclaim lost relics. This post presents hooks for your next story or roleplaying adventure for Dungeons and Dragons and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
The Faithful serve something greater than themselves, a higher purpose, a deeper meaning, the divine. The path is unclear, and the dangers are many. The clergy deciphers truths from sign and portents, old relics, musty old tomes and voices in their head. The tasks at hand are daunting, the answers are few, but fortunately, there is strength in faith.
What can go wrong?
“One must always keep the tools of statecraft sharp and ready. Power and fear – sharp and ready.”
– Frank Herbert, Dune
Struggling noble houses are a fantasy trope, so you want to create a few for your fantasy story. Who wouldn’t?