A Song of Devastation – The College of Ruin

Hello, everyone! First I must apologize for the late article today – I’ve had a miserable cold for the past week, which has thrown my update schedule even further out of whack. Thankfully this update isn’t as late as the articles following my trip last month, so I hope to get my┬áregular Monday/Friday schedule going next week. To start off your weekend, here’s a new subclass for the Bard, the College of Ruin.

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Bringers of Cataclysm – Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant

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It’s long overdue, but this weekend’s article finally offers an explicit stat block for one of the Primordials – Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant.

The Armored Tyrant

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Those Who Would Follow – Emperor Cicadas

Hello, everyone! Today’s article introduces a new monster, the Emperor Cicada. The Emperor Cicada isn’t much of a threat on its own, but its ability to disrupt spellcasters’ concentration can prove dangerous even to high-level parties, and if influenced by a certain Primordial, the Emperor Cicada may react violently and dangerously to its magical energies, though that’ll be the subject of a future article!

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Those Who Would Follow – Mercury Elementals

Hello, everyone, and Happy Friday! Today’s article provides a stat block for a new type of Elemental, the Mercury Elemental. This creature was interesting to design as, much like the Primordial Cultist, I wound up needing to design a creature with spellcasting abilities. Typically I try to avoid designing such creatures in my campaigns, as the ability to cast spells has a much harder measured effect on a monster’s Challenge Rating and adds difficulty for the Storyteller who has to cross-reference spells with their monster’s stat blocks. Despite these considerations, though, I felt that the ability to cast spells was important thematically to these creatures, and hope that you’ll find that you agree that without spells these enemy stat blocks would not accurately reflect their concepts in combat. Continue reading “Those Who Would Follow – Mercury Elementals”

Primordial In Profile – Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant

Hello, everyone! As I’d hinted in the article for the Primordial Cultist stat block, today I’m revealing another Primordial profile for you to use in conjunction with the Primordial Cultist stat block or the Primordial Shard background. This time, I’d like to introduce you to Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant. Like most Primordials, Zyagi’s┬ámanifestation would result in catastrophe for the mortal plane. However, unlike other Primordials, Zyagi dreams of conquest – It dreams of a mortal plane ruled by its literal iron fist, populated by inhabitants who fear or actively resist it. Zyagi savors the challenge of conquering a land, and will readily demonstrate its fearsome powers towards that goal.

To further detail what sort of foes a party may face if they were at ends with a cult of Zyagi, expect a future article on the leadership of such a cult and a stat block for Zyagi itself.

Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant

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