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Portal to the Elemental Plane of Water

The portal is under water—a deep cave surrounded by stones and gorgeous coral older than most...
Planes

Arrival to the Elemental Plane of Water

There is no greater reminder of the origin of life than where you are suspended. Water...
Vehicles

Rowboat

Less bulky than a raft, less maneuverable than a canoe, the boat is homey and small....
Vehicles

Longship

The prow’s curve is the neck of a dragon, carved in knotted patterns to the intimidating...
Monsters

Gelatinoum City

In the deep dark of the under realm, colonies of tentacled, undulating beings formed. They light...
Vehicles

Keelboat

On the river, rough and sluggish, the flat rectangle of the keelboat hauls its cargo. Five...
Places

Lumberjack’s Cottage

A timber forest will survive for generations if one finds a cottage at the work site...
Monsters

Babau

The odor strikes first: rotten, foul, with the bite of corrosion amid the reek of death....
Planes

Plane of Salt

Low dunes of a dust made of a strange substance like salt, gypsum, white carbon, sand,...
Characters

Rastafield

Although hunched and slow, he doesn’t lean on his walking stick so much as lead with...
Places

Tree Atop a Mountain

A goat path begins on a foothill against the mountain. The climb looks rough, perilous, winding...
Planes

Great Old One Dream Visit

The dream begins with the faint scrape of chains across a floor. A clank follows, then...
Spells

Hex

You carefully form the secret sign of your Patron, reciting the malediction; rock back and forth...
Places

Miner’s Cottage

This place was obviously built by someone who does a job right the first time—and who...
Wildlife

Quipper

That underbite is comical, really. So is the orange button eye like a puppet, or the...
Wildlife

Polar Bear

The bear ripples with muscle under its soft white fur. Its black nose is like a...
Wildlife

Poisonous Snake

In a coil on the ground, sleepy and silent, the snake feels a change in heat....
Wildlife

Panther

The panther has mystique. A climber and swimmer, a runner and watcher ghost, this creature is...
Wildlife

Lizard

That face is a bumpy sculpture of stern humor. The long, dead gaze. The sudden flick...
Wildlife

Lion

A great lazy patriarch, proud of the wind in his mane and the thunder of his...
Wildlife

Jackal

Sharp snouted and big-eared, jackals love to work in pairs and are fiercely loyal to their...
Wildlife

Hyena

Don’t mistake the insane giggle for stupidity. This gnollish dog can count, escape from cage traps,...
Characters

Axel Blaze-Breaker

One midnight at the College of Eloquence, Axel (originally Dewdrop, but don’t tell) wrote a song...
Places

Wolfguard Grove

The forest has pulled back to form a perfect circular clearing, the trees gazing into its...
Characters

Laemlis Caerdonal, Crusader of Conquest

Some know him as arrogant and ruthless, the pompous twin to Myrill driven by his will...
Items

Military Saddle

The saddle is not comfortable. Its wooden frame is leather bound but encased in cold metal,...
Items

Saddle Pack

Few things spark one’s curiosity like a canvas bag with a cord clasp, or a leather...
Items

Riding Saddle

Soft leather over a light frame, this is designed for comfort. Every good saddle eventually conforms...
Vehicles

Galley

Its signature is the rank of sixteen oar ports on each side of a one-hundred-and-twenty-foot hull....
Vehicles

Sailing Ship

The first things you can see are the blank canvas sails—mizzen, main, and fore—and the long...
Vehicles

Warship

Too massive to dock, the ship waits anchored in the bay. It sits broadside to the...
Wildlife

Donkey

The donkey stands comfortably in the shade, blinking and staring out. Her comfortable size, her soft...
Wildlife

Mule

The sterile offspring of a male horse and a female donkey, the mule is bred to...
Items

Vial of Burnt Othur Fumes

[Perceived.] Wisps of bitter orange gas snake around in little coils inside a thick glass vial,...
Items

Vial of Drow Poison

[Perceived.] The vial’s smoky glass is filled with an indigo ichor heavy enough to move like...
Items

Tin of Malice

[Perceived.] On the lid of a flat round tin, the face of a jester winks, cheeks...
Items

Vial of Oil of Taggit

[Perceived.] The vial is dull brass, the stopper an amber resin with a cork seal. Around...
Items

Vial of Purple Worm Poison

[Perceived.] Nestled in a velvet-lined leather case, the vial is green glass, flared wide at the...
Places

House Infested with Zombies

The house smells far more putrid than it looks. Nothing breathes inside, yet there are sounds...
Places

Boarded-Up Manor

This is a home no longer. Once, its three floors, its adornments, and the garden welcomed...
Places

Simple Church

The sincerity of this place can be found in its simple yet sturdy workmanship. Two rooms,...
Spells

Casting Astral Projection with Foresight

The components are expensive for a reason. You are leaving the flesh behind, with only the...
Items

Gnome Clockwork Toy

The toy is about the size of a rat and stands on squat copper bow-legs. One...
Monsters

Lich Apprentice with Book

The apprentice’s heavily wrinkled face and cloud-like mass of white hair remind you that he is...
Characters

Binli Oskar, Hill Dwarf Necromancer

Her face seems shaped from the clay she digs. Behind her, a scrawny mule shakes his...
Places

Gnomic Forge

Stones surround a coal pit of unusual design, shaped like a five-pointed star. Chainworks hang above...
Places

Underground Dwarven Lava Lake City

The lava runs in slow rivulets of coal-fire red and orange. At the volcano’s base, an...
Planes

Portal to the Faerie Plane

A cheerful door, thick-wreathed in bright green ivy and white lily. Oval, flat and without a...
Spells

Vitriolic Sphere

Your skin stings with the drop of slug bile you balance on your fingertip, and the...
Wildlife

Rhinoceros

The animal is a cylinder covered in gray armor, as immovable as a foothill, as quiet...
Items

Barding

With magnificent patience, the warhorse stands for its barding, being strapped on by the groom, piece...
Wildlife

Reef Shark

Everything about this animal seems designed to cut flesh. He glides like a bird above the...
Wildlife

Raven

The raven is among the smartest of birds. Its beak is like a black anvil, its...
Wildlife

Rats

The only thing more chilling than one rat baring its teeth is a pile of them....
Monsters

Phase Spider

The size of a horse, this pale blue spider is sheathed in the residue of the...
Wildlife

Owl

Nocturnal brutality is better than wisdom. They have silent flight. They haunt before they strike. Their...
Wildlife

Killer Whale

Old sailors call them “whale killers.” Each one’s black-and-white pattern is as unique as a human...
Planes

Arrival to Hell

Passing through the portal felt like the hopeless voice of a jail cell door opening, and...
Planes

Arrival to the Under Plane

The portal was quicksand, suffocation, and panic, bringing you through the root-dripping ceiling of a black...
Wildlife

Hunter Shark

A perfect killer nearly twenty feet long, hypersensitive to blood, this shark’s deep water territory is...
Wildlife

Hawk

That eye is awake, dauntless, the guide for the sharp tools of beak and talon. The...
Places

Clocktower of the Underground City

Below our surface is another, inverted, aimed toward the center of the world. It has mountains...
Characters

Dragonborn Sailor Staring Across the Waves

The forbidding scales, horns, and fins of the sailor’s head are softened by a plumed hat...
Characters

Halfling Saboteur

It’s a move of one square from kindly mischief to dangerous threat. Under that innocent, ruddy-faced...
Items

Journal of a Young Geomancer

The cover is two tiles of slate with a iron coil spine. The pages carry entries...
Spells

Goodberry, A Little Harvest

The goodberry spell is so satisfying to cast. A little snack to close a cut and...
Monsters

Hell Minotaur with Blazing Eyes

Tormentor and tormented, the muscled and hooved guardian of the maze stands sharp-horned with axe in...
Monsters

Pirate Raid on a Corporate Office

The complicated guild structure of the city is more twisted and polluted than the river outside...
Characters

Joseph Pessimal Whitebread

His existence is difficult to keep in your mind for more than a moment. Were someone...
Items

Curious Key

Where one detail seems reliably dwarvish, or elvish, or dragonborn in design, another contradicts. The key...
Natural Phenomena

Tornado Approaches

The sky turns green, and the choir of winds wails a funeral chord. Muscular clouds gather...
Traps

Spike Pit

[Perceived] A master thief is rumored to have said, “There are the clean traps of the...
Characters

Claire Devereux

The decisions are so difficult: Black or white evening gown for a dark plane? Take the...
Places

Zombie Outbreak at a Research Outpost

Even with its field laboratory the compound certainly looks like an outpost—buttressed tower, spiked barricades—but there...
Characters

Kiala

In the tradition of the Wood Elves, Kiala favors the longbow. She follows the daily routine...
Social Events

Royal Parade with Escort

They say a busy city is a living organism. If so, this organism is dangerously drunk....
Traps

Swinging Log Trap

[Perceived.] A false opal that loves torchlight nestles in some debris. Opal to thread, thread to...
Afflictions

Curse of Deformities

The curse passes from a hard, swollen eye into any normal eye that meets it. The...
Places

Gambling Den

Lost hope pours from every opening in this long, low maze of a building, carried on...
Places

Sandsea

Above the sunset colors of the great expanse, dunes and plateaus changing shapes in whispers, the...
Monsters

Malformed Giant

The tall and beautiful creature this used to be is almost visible under skin cursed to...
Monsters

Steel Dragon

The plating is formed organically but resembles thousands of overlapping shields. Each plate reflects a silvery...
Places

Lumberjack’s Shack

Workers' homes reflect the workers themselves. The careless and bitter build warp-sided shacks with leaky roofs....
Planes

Arrival to the Faerie Plane

Soft and distant music is as palpable as the soft, spongy grass of this rolling meadow....
Natural Phenomena

Earthquake

At this moment it is easy to imagine when the world began, untwisting from death to...
Natural Phenomena

Hurricane Approaches

Siblings, ocean and sky, fight each other. Who will be first to shore? Waves throw whitecap...
Items

Paladin’s Suit of Plate Armor

The simple wooden stand bearing this armor becomes a shrine. Every piece is crafted to chastise...
Items

Orc Battle Axe

Black as pig iron and just as roughly hammered, the axe hardly seems forged at all....
Monsters

Dying Ogre

He lies flat in the wheatfield, surrounded by wounded and dead farmers and the chaos of...
Places

River Rapids

The river’s braided currents jump and dive over rocks and around snags. A great boulder stands...
Wildlife

Wolf in the Snow

You heard the howl on the frozen wind not long ago. Now, on a white ridgeline...
Places

Glacial Pass

At a swing bridge anchored in granite, a blue-white squall screams over the crevasse. Ice is...
Places

Abattoir

Livestock waiting in the pens look away and low, smelling death just as the workers smell...
Spells

Cure Wounds by Cauterizing

Purification by fire is as old as the original forge. This laying on of hands is...
Places

Cavern of Flesh

Not far into the cave the floor softens. The walls feel less gritty, then less adamant,...
Places

Town Stables

The barn doors open to reveal several stalls—two with horses sticking their heads over the half-doors—a...
Spells

Wilt and Wither

The little piece of sponge you hold looks just like all of them now, especially the...
Traps

Setting a Swinging Log Trap

First you saw the log to the proper size, its tree rings forming a bullseye. Then...