When my friend Lauren came to me saying that her boyfriend Marcus was wanting to run a Dungeons and Dragons adventure, I found myself more excited that I ever had been about a game in my life. I was at a point in college where I wasn’t really excited about the video games I played anymore (unless they were co-op), and found that time with my friends was really what mattered to me. Lauren really sold it to me, talking about how her dad had played and GMed for years, and Marcus told me exciting times with his friends in Germany about it. I honestly was giddier than I ever imagined, even though I tried to play it cool.
“Towering over the small middle-aged priest, the Goliath man held out the unmoving body of the direwolf. He asked with a tenderness unusual from the mouth of a half-giant for the priest to heal the dying beast. The priest kneeled down as his hands began to glow, calling upon the magic of Pelor unto himself. The Goliath was ever present throughout the process, his tension almost palpable on the priests neck. Finally, the wolf’s breathing grew less labored, and the priest heard the Goliath let out a sigh of relief.”
“Shaumur Kung excitedly invited the Goliath man into his inn, having never had a chance to converse with the famed denizens of the Mountains of the Sun. The people shied away from the hulking goliath, but Shaumur’s wife Imzel, ever the angel, welcomed the man warmly, asking about his needs. After enjoying the atmosphere of the inn, Harbard inquired about any rumours of giants. Shaumur knew of no giants, but felt that the clerics in the temple of Pelor centered at the heart of the Mountains of the Sun would know. Harbard thanked the man and decided to head back into the mountains. Shaumur sounded a warning to him as he stepped out to beware the lone black direwolf that stalks the mountains with its red eyes and its smell of magic. Harbard only grunted back, worried only about continuing his journey.”
The Conqueror’s Continent is the main setting of the campaign I’m currently running. I built the Conqueror’s Continent because I wanted to build my own living and breathing world. I had run a campaign in the Sword Coast previously, and most DND games I had played in myself were set in the Forgotten Realms as well. I think I was most fascinated by the one DND game where our DM created the world, because I couldn’t just discover things about the world online. It was fresh, it was new, and but also frustrating in the fact that I didn’t know everything. That just sparked hunger in my character and myself’s need to explore, so I wanted to create the same feeling.
“The heavy journey started lightly for Harbard. His trek south carried him through the beauty of the mountains he knew so well. Hunting daily, he met some kind travelers who directed him to his destination, the town of Gilrest. His journey was interrupted by some bushes come to life, which he ferociously cut down with his axe. Harbard’s trail deviated from the town, leading him to a cave. A small fire glowed from inside, and led him to a modest homestead. A hooded woman knelt by the flames, beckoning him in.”
“Harbard Stonehand was a Goliath known in his home mountains as a fierce fighter. He fought ferociously in single combat, but could also be a kind and gentle soul. Losing his wife in childbirth, he took care of his two still unnamed children, waiting for their name day. A shadow from Harbard’s past, however, took what remained. An Ice Giant named Lothrok, whom Harbard had defeated in battle years ago, sent his pet bear to kill Harbard’s children. Nothing left to lose, Harbard slew the bear and began preparations to hunt down the ice giant, whose whereabouts Harbard would have to track.”
My name’s Carl, and I just mainly wanted to talk to you guys about Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve got my own little campaign going currently with my friends which I’ve been running a good while now, with some hiatuses in between, but I’ve absolutely loved writing the world and taking my friends on adventures.
The main thing about this blog is to share this with you all. I love the campaign and shenanigans of my time with my friends, and so I just wanted to “tell my story” to the world. Well, it’s not really just my story anymore I guess, it’s a story of a bunch of people, and how they made my life better by going on adventures with me throughout fantasy worlds thought up by famous authors, other friends, and of course, me. No real series posts are in mind except for The Campaign Stonehand, in which I’ll chronicle the current campaign I’m dungeon mastering, other than that it’ll be little tidbits about how I started in DND, behaviors I love or hate at the table, and, of course, other little things about DND and its community that I love.
I want this blog to have lots of communication, because that’s what I’m making it for. I want to let my thoughts out, but I want to know if your thoughts are the same, different, or why you think stuff is fun or boring. Roll for iniative, cause I’m about to take you guys on an adventure.