5E D&D Race: Ilmar

The ILMAR (plural) or Ilmarin (singular, descriptive) go by many names: savages, barbarians, wild humans. Though few true Ilmar exist, they are viewed by most civilized people as more animal than human. This view is perpetuated by the little that is known of their culture. Due to fear and misconceptions regarding their humanity, Ilmar are often... Continue Reading →

The Witcher 3 vs. D&D

A while back, I wrote a post regarding my preference for tabletop role playing games to video games, and the ten reasons I feel D&D is the real deal. Today, I'd like to address the flaws I find in electronic RPGs like Dragon Age and Skyrim. Don't get me wrong. I've loved video games since the NES days. But when... Continue Reading →

D&D and the Fantasy Author

Roleplaying games, and by that I mean "real" roleplaying games, the kind with dice and paper, can be a powerful resource for any writer of fantasy, a great source of ideas and inspiration. My most recent novel, The Princess of Aenya, was inspired by a one-day 4th edition D&D campaign. In the game, my wife... Continue Reading →

People of Aenya: Thelana

Thelana is born in the river valley of Ilmarinen, the middle child in a family of twelve. Her eldest brother, Borz, is sold into slavery when she is very young. As the dark hemisphere creeps eastward, famine forces Thelana into the wild. Her life is spent on the edge of survival, hunting for prey and... Continue Reading →

Thelana Character Sheet

CLASS/RACE: Ilmarin LEVEL: 1 MAX HEALTH: 9 ARMOR: 11 (nude) Bow Sword: 3 Longbow: 3 / 6 range AGILITY +2 STRENGTH +1 WISDOM +3 ENDURANCE +4 Skills: Athleticism—+1 initiative (if lightly armored), Move 4 Armor of Flesh*—You endure suffering better than most. *As a racial bonus, add Wisdom bonus to Armor. Clothing and armor negates... Continue Reading →

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