Flanaess & Hepmonaland 598 CY Atlas - 2022 Edition - JPG Preview Maps

2022-11-26
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Fantasy Mapping Show and New Rig!

2022-11-18

Tonight's FMS will be a very special one, Forgotten Realms geography, cartography and more with Ed Greenwood!

Join Alyssa Faden, Jay Scott and me for Episode 17 of the Fantasy Mapping Show: Cartography of The Realms, with Ed Greenwood! Ed has been kind enough to share some of his mapping works that go back to the early 70s (one to 1969!); over a decade before Forgotten Realms was even published! These are so awesome and rare, that I am not even teasing them in the post! Frog God Games Sponsor Giveaways for 2 - $25 Gift Certificates! Join us Friday, November 18th, 8:00 PM EST for this truly memorable show and discussion! twitch.tv/lordgosumba

New Computer

I've bought a new computer that will be delivered this weekend. It is a fully decked out Intel 13th Gen I9 with 24 cores, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe SSD's, 32TB HDD. I'll install my RTX3080Ti in it for while, until the issues with the latest gen GPU's have been solved.

It was an expensive investment, and only possible thanks to your support. With this hardware I will be much better equipped for big renders and touch GIS tasks ahead. It will take a few days of reorganizing my office, untangle all the wires, rearrange my computers and set it all up again. So no Shield Lands Game this weekend, that is when I will be at Micro Center in Tustin picking up my new rig.

Thank you again for making this possible!! 🙂

Shield Lands 576CY Province Map - Source Files

2022-11-13
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Fauna of MeyerHawk - The Auroch

2022-11-13
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The Good and the Bad of old Great Kingdom

2022-11-04

Time for a heraldic historic deep-dive. Together with Gary Holian I'm proud to present a look at the heraldry some of the best and worst of the Great Kingdom, the Saints and the Death Knights.

Saint Benedor

A flaming trident forged from the strength of Pelor himself used by the patron saint of the Knight Protectors Sir Benedor Monlath of Chathold. 

Saint Ceril "The Relentless"

The patron of the Pale and a legendary Pholtian.

Saint Eleador the Survivor

Andromansis

Monduiz Dephaar

This is an old shield that might need updating, but I include it now to make the list complete.

Kargoth

Lady Kath

Also an old design included for completion.

Luren the Boar

Oslan Knarren

Sir Maeril of Naelax

St Carmichael

Urkar Grasz

Myrhal


Minar Syrric

Rezinar of Haxx

and last but not least Thyrian of Naelax

a HUGE thanks to Gary Holian for helping me on this!

You can find more about the characters behind these crests here:

- Bennie, Scott. "Setting Saintly Standards." Dragon #79. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1983.

- Bonny, Ed, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter. Monster Manual II. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2002.

- Cordell, Bruce R. Bastion of Faith. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1999.

- Holian, Gary. "The Death Knights of Oerth." Dragon' #290. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2001.

- "Demogorgon's Champions: The Death Knights of Oerth, part 2." Dragon #291. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2002.

- Holian, Gary, Erik Mona, Sean K. Reynolds, and Frederick Weining. Living Greyhawk Gazetteer. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2000.

- Reynolds, Sean K. "The Lost Temple of Demogorgon." Dungeon #120. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2005.

- Sennert, Matthew. "Ecology of the Death Knight." Dragon #360. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2007.

and more in various issues of Oerth Journal.

Shield Lands - Pre War Province Map

2022-10-26

Her comes a look at the provinces of the Shield Lands before the Horned Society and later Iuzian invasion and the Greyhawk Wars.

There have been serval takes on how many provinces Shield Lands used to have, 21 or 23. Now in hindsight of both Living Greyhawk and the PaizoHawk development of Alhaster I have come down on 25, including the Principality of Alhaster.

Lets first look at the titles used and what that can tell us, they are with one exception Counties or Earldoms whish are for I take it seen as equal, but one step lower that a Principality in status. I can see that most of the Shield Lands was settled by adventurous people and nobles of lesser rank from the Great Kingdom in its early days and even a bit before. The Walworth's settled the strategic island in the Nyr Dyv and therefore laid the foundation for the future nation and a strong claim to its leadership held to this day.

Alhaster I imagine being settled by a Aerdian princeling looking for opportunity and better prospects away from the rigors and stale power structures back east. He, because I assume it was a male ancestor to the current Prince Zeech, settled the strategic coastline connecting the old lands of Urnst with the new lands of Ferrond in the west.

I' don't know if the early details are available, I might have missed something in my theories here. I marked this as version one so I can go back and update it as it gets scrutinized by all you knowledgeable Greyhawk nerds! 🙂

I've added the heraldry I've done so far to the map as well. I will try and fill in more and more of it as my campaign goes on and we get deeper into the Shields Lands.

Thank you again for all the support!!   

Twitch Shows Tomorrow Wednesday Oct 19th

2022-10-19

I'll be on BlueBox's Loremaster's Arcanum  and as usual we have a Legends & Lore Show on Lordgosumba .

Loremaster's Arcaneum starts at 5:30pm CDT and I will talk Goats and More with John and the others on the BlueBox team, always fun to be on their channel!

Tomorrow's L&L will be a bout Scaly and Slime folk in Greyhawk which can be interesting, and it starts right after BlueBox at 8pm EDT. So it will be a busy day tomorrow.

MeyerHawk - Iuzian Zombie Goat Horde

2022-10-13

The new Iuzian small menace are individually but a mere nuisance for brave adventures, but they often come in numbers, and that changes things.

Iuzian Zombie Goat Horde

Size: Large to Huge  Type: Undead

AC: 9
Speed: 40 feet
HP: 75  Bloodied: 37
Hit Dice: 10d6+40
STR: 10 (+0), DEX: 14 (+2), CON: 12 (+1), INT: 3 (-4), WIS: 6 (-2), CHA: 4 (-3)

Maneuver DC: 11
Damage Resistance: Cold
Damage Immunities: Poison
Damage Vulnerabilities: Bludgeoning
Condition Immunities: Fatigue, Poisoned

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 8

Languages: none, but can respond to simple commands given by priests of Iuz.

CR: 9
Proficiency Bonus: 2

Undead Nature, A zombie goat doesn’t require air sustenance or sleep.

Horde, The horde is composed of 5 or more zombie goats. If it is subjected to a spell, attack, or other effect that affects only one target, it takes any damage but ignores other effects. It can share its space with Medium or smaller creatures or objects. The horde can move through any opening large enough for one small creature without squeezing.

Area Vulnerability, The horde takes double damage from any effect that targets an area.

Horde Dispersal, When the horde is reduced to 0 hit points, it turns into 2 (1d4) goats.

Climb, zombie goats can climb near impossible obstacles like walls rocks and anything that isn't smooth and vertical.

Unturnable, zombie goats that fail their save will turn stiff and roll over and stay stiff for a minute or until revived by an Iuzian priest.

Vile Discharge, The zombie goat dumps its discharge when killed, leaving a slippery poisoned mess of slippery difficult terrain. Once the horde takes damage creatures standing next to it must make a Dexterity saving throw DC 14 or fall prone, then having to make a Constitution save DC 12 taking 5 (2d4) poison damage on a failure.

Multiattack, the horde can attack all creatures within 5 feet of it.

Gore, Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit reach 5 ft. one target. Hit 1d6 + 1 piercing damage.

Painful Stare, Ranged Spell Attack +4 to hit, range 10 feet, one target. Hit: 5 (1d10) psychic damage.

MeyerHawk - More Iuzian Zombie Goats

2022-10-11

Old Eye

A while after the creation of the first zombie goats some soft of mishap led to the creation of a the "Old Eye" variant of zombie goat family. Maybe it was the will of Iuz himself, a freak accident involving Iuzian clergy using their power around innocent goats, or devious plotting zombie goats learning new tricks from their surroundings.

Some of the zombie goats acquired the ability to inflict pain by staring at person wit their enlarged eyes that looks like lenses focusing the dark red almost bloody stare of Iuz himself. Again the effect is not devastating for hardened adventurers but can be terrifying for common hapless locals, the common target for these goats.

Iuzian Zombie Goat Old Eye

Size: Small  Type: Undead

AC: 9
Speed: 40 feet
HP: 10  Bloodied: 5
Hit Dice: 2d6+4
STR: 10 (+0), DEX: 14 (+2), CON: 12 (+1), INT: 3 (-4), WIS: 6 (-2), CHA: 10 (-3)

Maneuver DC: 11
Damage Resistance: Cold
Damage Immunities: Poison
Damage Vulnerabilities: Bludgeoning
Condition Immunities: Fatigue, Poisoned

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 8

Languages: none, but can respond to simple commands given by priests of Iuz.

CR: 1
Proficiency Bonus: 2

Undead Nature, A zombie goat doesn’t require air sustenance or sleep.

Undead Fortitude (1/Day), If the zombie goat is reduced to 0 hit points by damage that isn’t radiant or from a critical hit it’s instead reduced to 1 hit point falls prone and is stunned until the end of its next turn appearing to be dead.

Climb, zombie goats can climb near impossible obstacles like walls rocks and anything that isn't smooth and vertical.

Unturnable, zombie goats that fail their save will turn stiff and roll over and stay stiff for a minute or until revived by an Iuzian priest.

Vile Discharge (on destruction), The zombie goat dumps its discharge when killed leaving a slippery poisoned mess in a 10 feet square of slippery difficult terrain. Creatures entering the area must make a Dexterity saving throw DC 14 or fall prone then having to make a Constitution save DC 12 taking 2d4 poison damage on a failure.

Gore, Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit reach 5 ft. one target. Hit 1d6 + 1 piercing damage.

Painful Stare, Ranged Spell Attack +4 to hit, range 10 feet, one target. Hit: 5 (1d10) psychic damage.

Mortis Jump (bonus), The zombie goat can make a 10 feet jump as a bonus action.

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Correction: The Old Eye is a CR1 and the standard Zombie Goat is only CR 1/2, I've changed the earlier post to show the correct statblock. Movement is also added.

Here is the Iuzian spell that are the likely source for the zombie goats Painful Stare attack:

Pain of the Old One

Level: 1
School: Necromancy
Casting Time: 1 Action
Range: Touch
Target: One creature
Components: S
Duration: Concentration (1 minute)
Saving Throw: Charisma halves (special)

Your patron is giving you fell energies that torment the target. You need to succeed on a melee spell attack that deals 1d10 ongoing psychic damage. And it turns the targets eyes red and bloody.

The target can make a saving throw each round and only suffer half damage when successful. The bloody eyes persists until the spell ends or the target takes a life. On a round the target kills someone (or something) no save needed and the pain goes away.

The spell can also be ended using a Remove Curse spell.

Cast at Higher Levels

Increase the duration by 1 minute per level above 1.

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Conduit: Divine   Strain: Fiendish  Taint: Evil

This spell is presented using my format, which is standard D&D5E except the terms Conduit, Strain and Taint.  

Conduit are the way a spellcaster can learn to cast a spell, or use a magic ability. I currently have three conduits in my campaign. This spell are Divine which means it is given to the caster from a powerful being of some sort, like a deity, Abyssal Lord or someone (or something) else the caster serves or sworn a pact with.

Strain are the source for the spells power, in this case it is Fiendish power. This might enhance or reduce the effect of the spell depending on the circumstances when it is being cast.  

Taint is a note on what type of residue (if any) a spell leaves on the caster and the surroundings. In this case the spell is evil and can be detected as such and will leave a taint on the caster.

Zombie Goat Ram

Not all zombie goats are created from female goats, there are of course the occasional male one too, and they are much tougher, retaining and even enhancing some of their natural ferocity. The ram can also charge for extra damage.

 Zombie Goat Ram

Size: Small Type: Undead

AC: 12
Speed: 40 feet
HP: 26  Bloodied: 5
Hit Dice: 4d8+8
STR: 14 (+2), DEX: 14 (+2), CON: 16 (+3), INT: 3 (-4), WIS: 6 (-2), CHA: 4 (-3)

Maneuver DC: 11
Damage Resistance: Cold, Piercing
Damage Immunities: Poison
Damage Vulnerabilities: Bludgeoning
Condition Immunities: Fatigue, Poisoned

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 8

Languages: none, but can respond to simple commands given by priests of Iuz.

CR: 2
Proficiency Bonus: 2

Undead Nature, A zombie goat doesn’t require air sustenance or sleep.

Undead Fortitude (1/Day), If the zombie goat is reduced to 0 hit points by damage that isn’t radiant or from a critical hit it’s instead reduced to 1 hit point falls prone and is stunned until the end of its next turn appearing to be dead.

Climb, zombie goats can climb near impossible obstacles like walls rocks and anything that isn't smooth and vertical.

Unturnable, zombie goats that fail their save will turn stiff and roll over and stay stiff for a minute or until revived by an Iuzian priest.

Vile Discharge (on destruction), The zombie goat dumps its discharge when killed leaving a slippery poisoned mess in a 10 feet square of slippery difficult terrain. Creatures entering the area must make a Dexterity saving throw DC 14 or fall prone then having to make a Constitution save DC 12 taking 2d4 poison damage on a failure.

Gore, Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit reach 5 ft. one target. Hit 2d6+4 piercing damage.

Charged Gore, Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit reach 5 ft. one target. Hit 3d6+4 piercing damage and the target must succeed on a DC 12 Strength or fall prone

Mortis Jump (bonus), The zombie goat can make a 10 feet jump as a bonus action.

MeyerHawk - Iuzian Zombie Goats

2022-10-05

In this spooky season lest look into a some appropriate monsters, and first out are the Iuzian Zombie Goat.

Background

Zombie goats, or more accurately Iuzian undead goats, are the result of a combination of sad and terrible factors creating a scourge of lands under the Old One and beyond. It started with minor priests of Iuz lacking the ability to control and manage their quickly growing holdings they where set to dominate. Their greedy master demanded both tribute in the form of meat to feed his troops and that all forms of resistance in conquered lands where brought down. 

Lack of manpower were soon a big problem, people where either sent to the front to fight worked to death under appalling conditions and then tuned undead to serve on with menial tasks. When priest of the Old One found themselves without people to give the gift of Orcus, they turned to an still ample resource in these half barren lands, goats. the little hardy critters where everywhere in, large numbers, and could be bread much faster and easier than people. 

Thus some inventive clergy of Iuz killed a goat, stripped it of most of its meat and animated it. Giving it instruction to guard, chase down any humans hiding in the area and similar tasks, the undead goats became a simple solution to both supporting the war effort and controlling the lands. The practice spread and now there are probably many thousands of Iuzian Zombie goats roaming the lands of Empire of Iuz.  

A single sheep is not a more than a nuisance for hardened adventurers, but for the few common folks still struggling in the Empire of Iuz they are a deadly resource of the priests keeping the population in check.

There are rumors' of more deadly variants of these critters either being created by innovative priests, maybe Iuz himself, or by the malign nature of the land.  

Iuzian Zombie Goat

Size: Small Type: Undead

AC: 9
Speed: 40 feet
HP: 10  Bloodied: 5
Hit Dice: 2d6+4
STR: 10 (+0), DEX: 14 (+2), CON: 12 (+1), INT: 3 (-4), WIS: 6 (-2), CHA: 4 (-3)

Maneuver DC: 11
Damage Resistance: Cold
Damage Immunities: Poison
Damage Vulnerabilities: Bludgeoning
Condition Immunities: Fatigue, Poisoned

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 8

Languages: none, but can respond to simple commands given by priests of Iuz.

CR: 1/2
Proficiency Bonus: 2

Undead Nature, A zombie goat doesn’t require air sustenance or sleep.

Undead Fortitude (1/Day), If the zombie goat is reduced to 0 hit points by damage that isn’t radiant or from a critical hit it’s instead reduced to 1 hit point falls prone and is stunned until the end of its next turn appearing to be dead.

Climb, zombie goats can climb near impossible obstacles like walls rocks and anything that isn't smooth and vertical.

Unturnable, zombie goats that fail their save will turn stiff and roll over and stay stiff for a minute or until revived by an Iuzian priest.

Vile Discharge (on destruction), The zombie goat dumps its discharge when killed leaving a slippery poisoned mess in a 10 feet square of slippery difficult terrain. Creatures entering the area must make a Dexterity saving throw DC 14 or fall prone then having to make a Constitution save DC 12 taking 2d4 poison damage on a failure.

Gore, Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit reach 5 ft. one target. Hit 1d6 + 1 piercing damage.

Mortis Jump (bonus), The zombie goat can make a 10 feet jump as a bonus action.

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