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New Setting Guide!

January 6, 2011

Its been a while since I last wrote anything here, and I think its about time that I did! I mean… its not like Mor Aldenn is dead or anything, in fact, the setting may be more alive now than ever before!

And what do I mean by that?

Well, just this;

At the moment, a bunch of awesome designers are currently working on fleshing out and expanding the setting further, and adding a bunch of very cool rules for the Pathfinder RPG. You will see new monsters, lots of NPCs, feats, spells and yes, even a new base class!

Also, you’ll see a couple of minor adventures in the near future, staged in and around Mor Aldenn, of course!

To kickstart the new year, I have decided to open the bag a bit (just a bit!). Every thursday, from now and the next few months, I will try to reveal a little something from the City of Mages. Since this is a city setting, why not start by showing you a location?

Green Elixirs

This small shop is nestled between larger buildings in the southern part of Mor Aldenn. A small sign above the door display a couple of potions in varying greens.

Type shop (average), residence; Size small (1 floor, cellar)

Owner Vastian Breth (male human wizard 5, CG); Staff none

Typical Visitors adventurers, mages, wizards; Famous Visitors Lord Balsadarus

 

This small shop is owned and run by a guild mage named Vastian Breth, who (deep within his heart) is more alchemist than wizard. Vastian is well-known and liked around the mage guild, yet choose to live here, away from his friends. He does this, mostly because of his many experiments. Lots of amazing potions grace the windows of Green Elixirs, but none of them are real potions. Vastian makes potions on request, but only to other guild mages and his closest friends.

Looking for alchemical items? Well, Vastian has lots of strange concoctions and weird items on display in his shop. If you are ready to take a chance, you might even buy one of his more experimental items, but remember, all of these come with a severe warning!

Items bought at half price have a 75% chance of working, while items that are even cheaper have a 10% chance of exploding, causing 1d8 points of damage to the user.

This is a pretty typical site within the City of Mages. The location is supposed to be useful, to the GMs and to the PCs, and bring tiny rules that are unique to each site.

What kind of locations would you like to see in a City of Mages?

Also, because I want everyone to experience Mor Aldenn, I’ve decided to create a big bundle of goodies, available for almost… nothing.

You can find it here, at RPGNow.com

And what do you get? Well, both the Player’s and GM’s guide, the Mor Aldenn cartography, an adventure, a very cool map pack of the Barrowdelve, an inn named the Ugly Harpy and lastly, insight into one of three gods that exist in the City of Mages!

I truly hope that you’ll enjoy these, and dont worry, we are not altering much of the information here, we are basically adding new material in the upcoming Expanded Setting Guide, so all this wonderful material will be useful even then!

Welcome to the City of Mages, hopefully you’ll enjoy your stay!

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Know Direction spotlight!

July 18, 2010

I should really take the time to cruise other sites more often, especially those containing Pathfinder news and podcasts.

I remember giving Ryan Costello (of 3.5 Private Sanctuary) a review copy of the Player’s Guide to Mor Aldenn and A Trail of Poison, but I hadn’t visited his podcast for some time (I’m speaking, of course, about Know Direction). It turns out… that I should have!

In Know Direction 011, Ryan gives Headless Hydra Games and Mor Aldenn approximately 5 minutes worth of his time! 5 wonderful minutes, btw!

He reviews the basics of the Mor Aldenn setting, but also finds the time to criticize my first adventure, a critique, btw, that I totally understand. I may have added a few rather boring rules to the beginning of the game, but as I remember it, I did it to add realism to the “journey through the dark woods” scene.  If I ever do an update, and I probably will, I will definitely look into this and crunch it up a bit.

If you want to check it out, along with the other wonderful Pathfinder news that Ryan delivers, please follow the link below;

Know Direction 011 – Mor Aldenn spotlight

In case you want to fastforward to the good stuff, err, I mean the Mor Aldenn stuff, go to 1.42.00, approximately.

I hope you enjoy!

First adventure… finally done!

February 28, 2010

Ah, I just finished (and uploaded) the very first Mor Aldenn adventure! It’s a nice feeling to finally be able to say that 🙂 It could have been published two months back, if my computer hadn’t crashed .

Oh well, it’s out there now!

As always, comments are welcome! Perhaps you have an idea of how I can make this adventure even better!

Oh yeah, and I plan on making a free pdf with all the creatures from the adventure, but until that happens, you are just gonna have to use the Bestiary.

You can find the adventure here; http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=79157

Mor Aldenn FAQ

January 16, 2010

I’ve just added a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to this Design Blog, a place to gather extra information from the questions that people ask me.

However, to call them “frequently asked questions” is something of an overstatement, afterall, the City of Mages isn’t that famous… yet!

Barrowdelve, Area 1

January 15, 2010

I’ve actually had this writeup of Area 1 of the Barrowdelve for some time (meaning at least a few months). The idea is to present the area without any specific storyline. Later on, I will be able to add specific encounters. Some areas, though, will have specific encounters not associated with a specific storyline.

Those of you familiar with Monte Cook’s Dungeon-a-day project will recognize the area layout. For more information about Monte’s project, please follow this link; http://www.dungeonaday.com (and yeah, I’ve become a fan of this megadungeon).

 

Area 1: Entrance Hall 

Summary: This ancient hallway leads to the fabled Hall of Bones and offers a visitor insight into the history of Mor Aldenn, the City of Mages.

Sights and Sounds: Magical braziers along the walls provide plenty of light in the entrance hall. The braziers also provide dim lighting in area 1A and 1B. There are no sounds to be heard as the PCs walk down the corridor.

An ancient hallway displaying the history of Mor Aldenn stretches before you. Wizards, dragons, harpies, hags and sword-wielding adventurers fill beautiful landscapes seemingly carved from the very stone walls. You are witnessing more than 300 years of history in this very hallway.

Braziers set along the walls provide you with enough light to see all the astonishing details, revealing that even the ceiling is carved in intricate patterns. Not a speck of dust litter the floor, as if removed by magic.

Four tall statues rests in alcoves set along the walls. A large knight, two wizards and an elven sorceress. The statues are obviously carved from stone, yet the details are amazing and very vivid.

Background: Most moraldenns believe that the enormous stone relief here was created by magic, when it was actually created by elven artisans from Ossindil. It has changed over the years, and every year new details are added to complete the history of the city.

The city wishes not only to honour its dead, but also to remember them. The entrance hall was always meant to tell the history of the city and that is exactly what it does.

Statues: There are four tall stone statues in this hall, each displaying a famous hero of Mor Aldenn. Each description lists a Knowledge (history) DC that allows the PCs to identify the person depicted in the statues.

Sir Brennick Shieldworth: A tall muscular man wearing a full plate and wielding a fiery greatsword. Sir Brennick fought in the first Marsh War, alongside the elven wizards from Ossindil. He saved many lives by sacrificing his own. (DC 25)

Alendar Shadorash: A lean and proud wizard clad in a flowering robe wielding a quarterstaff with a head carved to look like a dragon skull. Alendar Shadorash was a child of the human and elven alliance, one of the first half-elves to live in Mor Aldenn. He is one of the few people to actually wound the night hag of the Spindlewood Marsh. (DC 27)

Hakael the Blind: An elderly man wearing a simple tattered robe and who carries a strange rod and an orb. The Blind Wizard was once a great diviner, the apprentice of Grey from the Lonely Tower. He helped the city by anticipating the attacks of the night hag. He vanished in the Spindlewood Marsh and his body has never been found. (DC 29)

Lady Liassara: A beautiful elven lady holding a flame in her right hand and a shard of ice in her left. Like most of the elves, Lady Liassara came from Ossindil more than 200 years ago. She was in love with a human wizard, an archmage, and joined him in the battle against the armies of the night hag. She was one of the greatest sorcerers who ever lived in Mor Aldenn. (DC 25)

1A: This small antechamber holds a wooden bench and a stone relief. The warrior depicted in the relief is actually Sir Brennick Shieldworth fighting four harpies and an army of hill giants. (DC 26)

1B: There is nothing in this antechamber, besides a stone relief depicting a gargantuan dragon surrounded by a horde of wyrmlings. This is Taraathalorm Wyrmmother, who once inhabited the site where Mor Aldenn is located today. (DC 23)

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If you want to know more about the Barrowdelve, you can find more information, and some pretty cool maps here; http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=65111&filters=0_0_0_0_0&manufacturers_id=2779

The Mor Aldenn Spell Compendium!

December 26, 2009

Headless Hydra Games’ is planning on making a pathfinder compatible Spell Compendium with all-new spells! It will be published by the end of 2010!

This will be a community project and everybody can participate! All you have to do is write at least 5 unique spells and send them to storyguide.axel@gmail.com

The pay is $.o2 per word which will be paid when the Spell Compendium is published (or before). You will also receive a free pdf copy of the final product.

5 is the minimum number of spells which will be accepted, but you should feel free to send in more than 5 spells if you so wish. The spells must be balanced and only the best spells are accepted. If you were inspired by another spell (already published), please write that in your submission as well.

Named spells are very welcome, and you should feel free to write small sidebar stories about the spell’s creation.

K. Axel Carlsson

Founder of Headless Hydra Games

More Adventure Hooks!

October 18, 2009

Looking through my notes, I found a few that was cut from the Ugly Harpy pdf. Instead of just tossing them away, I’ve decided to post them here. Maybe there’s something you like.

Gossip

A merchant has arrived in Mor Aldenn with one of the western caravans. No one has ever heard his name, and he is certainly willing to change that! Afterall, a good reputation is important to any merchant! He is willing to pay the PCs to spread a few rumors around town. However, maybe the merchant isn’t who he says he is??

The Rivaling Inns

Yargus Tem is involved in a small feud with Otho Theobold of the Gloating Giant. So far this feud is merely one of words, but then one of Otho’s horses is slain… who did it? Otho seems to believe that it was Yargus, or at the very least, one of his henchmen!

With this hook, you could also involve the other inns! Imagine asking the moraldenns to choose sides based on their favorite inn! This could turn out to be something a lot like “Gangs of New York”, only call it “Gangs of Mor Aldenn”! 🙂

The Poisoner

Jordrick Runsen, the local herbalist and poisoner is looking to acquire an assassin vine. Can the PCs help him?

Poison, anyone?

A strange tradition has come to the Ugly Harpy. The young and foolish challenge eachother to drink various poisons, all supplied (of course) by the local poisoner, Jordrick Runsen. This seems like a really stupid game, but maybe it could also be a lot of fun…

 

Does anyone have other adventure hooks that they’d like to share? If so, I’d love to hear them!