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Otherworldly Incantations River Worldbuilding

60+ River Features For Fantasy Worldbuilding

Springs and streams, rivers and rapids! Welcome back, Outlander, to the 4th entry in Mythic Ecology, my series on how learning real-world landscape features can enrich our fantasy worldbuilding and storytelling. In this post I return to my minimalist framework for Dungeon Masters, Game Masters, fiction writers, and similar worldbuilders to merge the realms of general myth and geomorphology. Last week we looked at lakes. As I resume my journey sketching a framework for designing Yridia, my unique D&D 5e fantasy world, let’s learn some river terms, with a visual guide!

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Otherworldly Incantations Lake Worldbuilding

30+ Lake Features For Fantasy Worldbuilding

Puddle and pond, lake and loch! Welcome back, Outlander, to the 3rd entry in Mythic Ecology, my series on how learning real-world landscape features can enrich our fantasy worldbuilding and storytelling. In this post I return to my minimalist framework for Dungeon Masters, Game Masters, fiction writers, and similar worldbuilders to merge the realms of general myth and geomorphology. Last week we looked at wetlands. As I resume my journey sketching a framework for designing Yridia, my unique D&D 5e fantasy world, let’s learn some lake terms, with a visual guide!

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Otherworldly Incantations Wetlands Worldbuilding

50+ Wetlands Features For Fantasy Worldbuilding

Bog and fen and marsh and swamp, oh my! Welcome back, Outlander, to the 2nd entry in Mythic Ecology, my series on how learning real-world landscape features can enrich our fantasy worldbuilding and storytelling. In this post I return to my minimalist framework for Dungeon Masters, Game Masters, fiction writers, and similar worldbuilders to merge the realms of general myth and geomorphology. Last week we looked at coasts. As I resume my journey sketching a framework for designing Yridia, my unique D&D 5e fantasy world, let’s learn some wetlands terms and processes, with a visual guide!

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Otherworldly Incantations Coastal Worldbuilding

70+ Coastal Features For Fantasy Worldbuilding

Legends writ in Sand, Shore, Sea, and Stone. Welcome, Outlander, to the first entry in Mythic Ecology, my series on how learning real-world landscape features can enrich our fantasy worldbuilding and storytelling. In this post I develop a simple framework for Dungeon Masters, Game Masters, fiction writers, and similar worldbuilders to merge the realms of general myth and geomorphology. As I resume my journey conjuring a unique D&D 5e fantasy world, let’s explore all about coastal and oceanic lands and waters!

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The Ancients: Tips on Mythic Worldbuilding For Past Ages

Concept Art From Disney's Atlantis the Lost Empire
Concept Art from Disney's "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"
Lost Worlds and Hidden Legacies. Ancient Ages and Entities. Prophecies and Relics. This week I want to delve into the mythology of “the Ancients”, an ancestral ur-myth common throughout cultures and fiction. A topic that fills the air with mystery and intrigue, wonder and excitement. So here’s a deep dive for all you worldbuilders, Dungeon Masters, and Game Masters developing fictional cultures. For all you players in tabletop RPGs like D&D and Pathfinder working on your character backstories. And for storytellers and mythology fans more generally too. Anyone building cultural backdrops and character backstories relating to an antique age, building either lore or plot. Check it out!

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30 Gnomish Industrial Weapons For D&D 5e

Otherworldly Incantations gnomes are redneck steampunk mages
Gnomish Industrial Weapons. One part steampunk, one part mage, and one part redneck, Gnomes have captured the imagination of many a worldbuilder. After my post on Evil Overlord Lairs I wanted to make some new weapons for Dungeons & Dragons, D&D 5e specifically, that fit with my homebrew world of Yridia, where reclusive mountain Gnomes hide a latent post-cataclysmic industrialism. Occasionally, their recon and expeditionary forces encounter adventuring parties! Not intended for normal vendors or perfect game balance, Dungeon Masters can use these items against D&D players, or let them access some as unique magic weapons.

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Top 20 Elements of Evil Overlord Lairs

Otherworldly Incantations Evil Overlord Lairs

Evil. Overlord. Lairs. Happy Spooktober everyone! Following my post on Gritty Gaming, I’ve brewed up a nice little recipe for Dungeon Masters and worldbuilders who want to design the most dastardly of dungeons: an Evil Overlord Lair! And I’ve included some simple notes on narrative exposition and encounter ideas for each element too. With this I plan to kick off a periodic series on Villainry. Enjoy!

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