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Soul Stone - Part Three Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 4 years 7 months ago

"We follow him, by the six heads of my half-sister!" Kalamaar rumbled.

"Your family sounds quite... 'exotic', Kal." Ruien stated.

"Not quite as exotic as an elf impaled on a bloody stick, long-legs!" Kalamaar blurted in eager retort, "I've been listenin' to you elves for too long - I says we follow Arinar!"

Journey of A Lifetime - The Journey Begins (Chapter One) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 4 years 6 months ago

Aljanon sat near the warm hearth of his room in Warhammer Hall. The flames danced within the ancient fireplace, casting strange shadows on the walls about him. He was busy writing down his latest adventures in his journal when a knock on his door brought him from his work.

First Stand Migrate Wizard 2015-09-26 4 years 6 months ago

From a hillock across the river Mirar, Kellan Truit peered at the growing army through his spyglass. The city of Luskan was emptying. He shook his head in dismay. There was very little his small force could do to slow down the Luskan onslaught. Fifty men would be brushed aside with no more thought than a dragon might give to a mosquito. Still, Lord Nasher's orders were clear: delay the Luskans for as long as possible, to give the Lords' Alliance time to gather its strength. At the very least, the river was unfordable and the ice-ridden coastline was too dangerous for Luskan ships, so the stone bridge across the Mirar was the only place that they would be able to cross Kellan offered his spyglass to his lieutenant, Ainar, but she shook her head.

Markshire Storyteller - A Missed Adventure Migrate Wizard 2015-09-22 4 years 6 months ago

This is a short story based on real events that take place in Markshire :: Kingdom of Ice.

Something I Have to Tell (Part One) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-16 4 years 6 months ago

The ramblings of a man losing his sanity? Will you ever find out?

Whatever It Takes Migrate Wizard 2015-10-10 4 years 6 months ago

Just something that entered my mind and demanded to be written. Bishop, because I just love to play with him.
This actually is my first fanfic, so please be gentle. I took a lot of liberties with the OC storyline, please don't sue me. Also, english is not my native language, so some things may sound funny.

Hero's Song - Chapter Nine Migrate Wizard 2015-10-07 4 years 6 months ago

Harper isn't exactly hero material...she's a bard, a damn good one, and has spent most of her life blandishing tales about other people. And when her life is thrust onto a pinwheel track of death, danger, magic, and adventure, she finds more and more people look to her for answers. And more than a few are looking to her for something more...

Gurt - Entertainment Tonight! Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 4 years 6 months ago

"You can't take that in here", Gurt stooped to peer at the man behind the counter at the entrance to the Black Hog Inn "No weapons allowed! Leave it here like everyone else and you'll get it back when you leave." Gurt hesitated, he hadn't planed on this, he hadn't planed at all.

The Land of Caern - Dreams End, Dreams Begin (Chapter Three) Migrate Wizard 2015-09-28 4 years 6 months ago

Yenti Joncet stood dumbfounded, not able to comprehend how such animalistic shrieks were coming from the young princess. His left hand still pulled on the alarm cordon in the corner of Prince Arrinn's living quarters. Yenti wondered if he might still be dreaming; he could swear just a few seconds before he had been in the royal bakery with Lola, the chef's apprentice-

Any thoughts Yenti Joncet had of dreaming came to an end when Drona Twoblade came charging into the room.

The Party Did Not Move Forward Migrate Wizard 2015-09-29 4 years 6 months ago

The dwarven warrior looked over suspiciously at the grinning half-elf as they entered the foreboding caverns. HE was positively dancing as he walked! Apparently the troop of ogres they had just slain hadn't shaken him a bit. The dwarf determined to keep his eye on this one.

The party moved forward.

Wilderness: Book One - The Forest (Chapter Twelve - Distant Signs) Migrate Wizard 2015-09-25 4 years 6 months ago

Carek parted the undergrowth confidently before him as he stepped carefully over the soft forest floor. The evening sun had dropped below the trees ahead, and its gentle warmth was fading fast. For the first time in many years, he didn't care that it was growing dark; the dancing shadows no longer worried him. He had a new confidence that seemed unwarranted, almost foolhardy. Wandering onwards, he boldly stepped out into a small clearing, in the centre of which stood a wooden fort surrounded by a crude, stagnant moat.

Caer Chan Carega #6 Migrate Wizard 2015-10-13 4 years 6 months ago

This is an unpolished (but finished) story that takes place somewhere in the world that I created. It was written as a means of showing off the actions and abilities of Magic, in this case the Elemental Magic of Earth. There will be 6 of these stories, for the 6 forms of magic: The four Elements (Air, Earth, Water, Fire), Spirit, and Nature magic. The four elements, are, as usual for elemental magic, tied together somewhat, although in a slightly different manner: Air opposes Fire, and Earth opposes Water. Spirit and Nature magic are entirely different, one based on the existence of the spirit world (think Greek Hades, as a general guide), and Nature magic, which is very totemic in nature. This story will be published in 15 installments.

This is part six of the story of Earth. This takes place in a more defined setting, the city of Tri-Hauwcerton, more easily called the city of Earth. It lies in the North and West, cupped by the valley of a great mountain range.

I ended up choosing an image that represented Chloddio's love of the high mountains

The Way of the Hunter - You Can't Run From Your Own Shadow (Chapter Three) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-09 4 years 6 months ago

As the dust settles after the battle with the King of Shadows, the people of Neverwinter wait in anticipation for the triumphant return of their heroes...but they never came back. What became of their champions? Where is the Knight-Captain? Will she finally return victorious, or will she forever live on only in tavern stories?

(A what-might-have-been story post-NWN2, with some flashbacks to the OC. Be gentle, this is my first attempt!)

Soul Stone - Part Eleven Migrate Wizard 2015-10-06 4 years 7 months ago

"Perhaps," Ruien said, "but this seems to be the obvious choice. Stand back, all of you."

Erana, Edele, and a staggering Kalamaar moved back a few feet from the intrigued mage.

"Et Al," Ruien yelled at the door. Suddenly, the runes etched upon its metallic surface began to shimmer and glisten. Light emanated from their creases in brilliant hues of yellow and white.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter One (Assault on Achim) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 4 years 6 months ago

Galen stood at attention.

"This is it men," Commander Reece Relken shouted to the assembled soldiers, beginning to pace back and forth on his review stand, overlooking the thousands of knights lined up. His voice echoed across the parade grounds to every knight. "Our target is Achim, capital of the Valarian Province. Right now, many other units along the Outlaw's Boarders are being given the same speech I am giving you now. We have drilled for this moment for many a years. I will not tolerate failure at this point. I will expect every single one of you to willingly give your life for the mission. Achim must fall. Your country depends on you all. Take no prisoners, and fight to the death. When we win, you all will be honored among the Western Alliances.

A Neverwinter Nights Fantasy - Chapter Three Migrate Wizard 2015-09-26 4 years 6 months ago

The brave adventurers faced their first adversaries, a group of eight skeletons.

Vanguarde did not hesitate, the barbarian leaping forward with another inarticulate warcry. With a mighty two-handed swing he slammed his waraxe into the body of the leading skeleton, shattering its body into a thousand pieces.

The Undead Slayer Migrate Wizard 2015-09-22 4 years 6 months ago

"Then, will you give me your word?"

The central tower's doors would not open without it, and if they did, it would be only for one of the pair. Standing outside of the imposing stone circle, the man dressed in robes made his reply. He was clearly a priest, judged by both his speech and visage, for only a priest would be holding his hands in steel gauntlets when outside of them his only protection was that of a thick, black woolen cape overbearing plain linen robes. Once the vow was declared, it took only a flip of his complement's wrists to feel that, indeed, he had no evil intent. The paladin himself was certain before, but felt the need, as dictated in his scriptures, more important than his most sound judgement.

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Two (Beyond Kara-Tur - Part Four: Into The Unknown) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-02 4 years 6 months ago

The bright moon overhead shone down on the group as they set up camp within the ruins of Calledor Nujaal. The firelight from the campfire dimly lit their surroundings. They had carefully picked their way into the ruins, finally setting up camp in what might have once been a marketplace. Now it was entirely bare, the remnants of a fountain lying in the center of it all.

The Messenger (Chapter Three) Migrate Wizard 2015-09-28 4 years 6 months ago

We were not too far from the gutte folks of Nuestead when I became aware of him. He was woodwise, patient, and very quiet. But not for nothing am I NFR. I was not worried; Old Boy was near and in no way distressed, and I just knew I had nothing to fear. Finally tired of the quiet pacing I turned to the rhododendron on the switchback above and behind me and said, "So, how goes it today friend?" I paused in my hike to look directly at where he was.

Tales of A Planeswalker - Time Mends All Wounds (Chapter Five) Migrate Wizard 2015-09-22 4 years 6 months ago

Chrono knew not where he was when he opened his eyes but he had the distinct impression that he was safe, at least for the moment. He was lying in a soft bed within a richly furnished room. The song of a nightingale drifted through a nearby open window and Chrono looked over to see Sunlight flooding through the window. Where was he? What happened?

Battle of the Winds and the Sands Migrate Wizard 2015-10-16 4 years 6 months ago

There are six short stories, ranging in length from only two pages to thirteen. The middle three are set within the Four Part Land, the Battle of the Winds and the Sands taking place on the trade route between Tri-Hauwcerton and Bhreac Veryan as it winds through the desert, Yathol's Revenge occurring in an unspecified location along the great peninsula that sticks out into the ocean, while Caer Chan Carega is situated in the city of Tri-Hauwcerton. The first story, The March of the Dead, is set in none of these places, but simply within its own setting, created only for the short story. Ar Goll Filwr also resides in its own little world, created for the story. The Desert of Souls sits athwart the same trade route as the Battle of the Winds and the Sands and is in many ways a successor story, or at least interlinked.

In terms of the order in which they were written, Yathol's Revenge is the first, being over a year old, with The March of the Dead second, a short story written on a whim in the middle of work on Caer Chan Carega, which was completed afterwards, near the beginning of this year. Battle of the Winds and the Sands is not a brand new piece, but it is under a month old, written as a break from the Tale of the Apprentice, the first in a series of ongoing serialized stories that will eventually be turned into a novel, if all goes well.

The Way of the Hunter - Facing the Past (Chapter Thirty-Eight) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-10 4 years 6 months ago

As the dust settles after the battle with the King of Shadows, the people of Neverwinter wait in anticipation for the triumphant return of their heroes...but they never came back. What became of their champions? Where is the Knight-Captain? Will she finally return victorious, or will she forever live on only in tavern stories?

(A what-might-have-been story post-NWN2, with some flashbacks to the OC. Be gentle, this is my first attempt!)

Hero's Song - Chapter Sixteen Migrate Wizard 2015-10-08 4 years 6 months ago

Harper isn't exactly hero material...she's a bard, a damn good one, and has spent most of her life blandishing tales about other people. And when her life is thrust onto a pinwheel track of death, danger, magic, and adventure, she finds more and more people look to her for answers. And more than a few are looking to her for something more...

Prophecy of the Talisman - Chapter One (Page Seven) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-04 4 years 6 months ago

Jeran was looked down at the man who had just stated in a threatening manner, that he blamed the man who had last fought beside Lysana for her death. Unfortunately that man was Jeran himself! He knew he had committed no wrong, and was prepared to refute the accusation.

Embers of Black - Chapter Eight Migrate Wizard 2015-09-29 4 years 6 months ago

The sounds a scuffle woke Talomanes from his dozing slumber. An unknown feminine voice swore loudly, which caused a stir in the dozing woman beside the paladin. Something cold and metal brushed past his arm, causing him to recoil. A blade? His hazy mind was still trying to anchor itself firmly back in reality.

Celestial Fire - Page One Migrate Wizard 2015-09-30 4 years 6 months ago

The fluid landscape shimmered in the cold darkness of night. This surreal planes surface glowed under the unnatural mauve sky, its crystalline rock formations towering upward scraping the sky with their jagged edges. This realm of existence was devoid of life in all its multitude of forms yet on its livid surface walked a figure, garbed in long flowing robes that glistened from the starlight above. The figure stalked warily across the alien landscape.

Wilderness: Book One - The Forest (Chapter Twenty-One - Into the Deep) Migrate Wizard 2015-09-25 4 years 6 months ago

The brave group of warriors proceeded carefully along the narrow mountain path, their weapons drawn and ready. Somewhere in the distance lay the entrance to Rakrath's caves, and within the depths of those dark caverns stood the foul necromancer himself, plotting the downfall of the dwarf empire and his own ascent to power.

Valen Accidently in Love Migrate Wizard 2015-10-18 4 years 6 months ago

Things did go to well after Valen's grand adventure, he now nothing but a cold and bitter husk of what he was, but can this girl from a whole other plane of existence show him what real love is? and it can be his?

Caer Chan Carega #15 Migrate Wizard 2015-10-13 4 years 6 months ago

This is an unpolished (but finished) story that takes place somewhere in the world that I created. It was written as a means of showing off the actions and abilities of Magic, in this case the Elemental Magic of Earth. There will be 6 of these stories, for the 6 forms of magic: The four Elements (Air, Earth, Water, Fire), Spirit, and Nature magic. The four elements, are, as usual for elemental magic, tied together somewhat, although in a slightly different manner: Air opposes Fire, and Earth opposes Water. Spirit and Nature magic are entirely different, one based on the existence of the spirit world (think Greek Hades, as a general guide), and Nature magic, which is very totemic in nature. This story will be published in 15 installments.

This is part fifteen of the story of Earth. This takes place in a more defined setting, the city of Tri-Hauwcerton, more easily called the city of Earth. It lies in the North and West, cupped by the valley of a great mountain range.

I ended up choosing an image that represented Chloddio's love of the high mountains

Demon Eye - Part Two Migrate Wizard 2015-10-09 4 years 6 months ago

Erin’s story was impressive, to say the least. It began with a nameless adventurer stealing a ruby the size of a melon from an evil shrine in a dark, southern land. Evil shrines were as common as flies down south, so that wasn’t much of a stretch, but this was a particularly nasty place and the theft was a thing of legend. I could attest to that since I’d actually heard the story myself. It was a much coloured tale by the time it reached my ears of course; full of supernatural monsters, human sacrifices, and all sorts of nasty business.

More surprising was: she proposed that the tale was largely true.

A Paladin's Life Migrate Wizard 2015-10-06 4 years 6 months ago

An epic poem of swords, magic, love and loss. Told from the eyes of a Paladin of Tyr, this epic poem speaks of life and death, love and hate, and honor.

The Way of the Hunter - What Lies Within (Chapter Eighteen) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-09 4 years 6 months ago

As the dust settles after the battle with the King of Shadows, the people of Neverwinter wait in anticipation for the triumphant return of their heroes...but they never came back. What became of their champions? Where is the Knight-Captain? Will she finally return victorious, or will she forever live on only in tavern stories?

(A what-might-have-been story post-NWN2, with some flashbacks to the OC. Be gentle, this is my first attempt!)

A Fighter's Tale Migrate Wizard 2015-10-07 4 years 6 months ago

Card Daelin, a young warrior hailing from Neverwinter's Beggar's Nest, must save the city from certain doom.

A work in progress

The Tale of Thunder - Chapter Three (Uprising of the Shadows - Part Five: The Living Dead) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-03 4 years 6 months ago

The tunnel began to grow darker, making it harder to navigate as the sunlight spilling in from the cave entrance grew farther away. The air suddenly began to grow stale and damp. It was when Thunder could barely see the unevenly formed cave walls that Kessa acted. Thunder could not see what all she did in the dark, but he heard her crack something sharply against the wall, promptly lighting up the tunnel. The object she held in her hand was a stick with a red stone attached to the top of it. The stone flared brightly, lighting the tunnel up to a eerie red tint.

Neverwinter Nights Anticipation Migrate Wizard 2015-09-28 4 years 6 months ago

Never Winter Nights Anticipation

A poem by MMZ>TimeLord

Making what I can with the toolset beta, I'd keep creating content, but I'm out of data.

Insurrection - A Tale of Amphibiana Migrate Wizard 2015-09-24 4 years 6 months ago

The aroma of fried grubs caused Hermit to awaken from his peaceful slumber. Still disoriented from his state of unconsciousness, Hermit stumbled to his feet and hopped out of his bedroom and into the kitchen. Upon entering the kitchen, he was greeted by his lovely mother, Phyllis, and his various younger siblings that were eagerly waiting for some breakfast.

No Conflicts Migrate Wizard 2015-10-17 4 years 6 months ago

This is a scene that doesn’t happen, but it felt like it should. No offence to anyone with a different idea of Casavir’s conflict and leaving of Neverwinter, but I felt like this was the reason they insinuated in the game. It takes place during the investigation of the slaughter of Ember. There are a few lines in here directly from the game. I don’t, for a second, claim to have written these lines, and if this offends anyone, please let me know and I’ll do some editing. I intentionally was very vague with the female PC, so it could be ANY good or neutral female PC having this talk with her favorite paladin, not just one of mine. I’d love to hear your opinions!

The Way of the Hunter - Those Who Cannot Survive (Chapter Forty) Migrate Wizard 2015-10-12 4 years 6 months ago

As the dust settles after the battle with the King of Shadows, the people of Neverwinter wait in anticipation for the triumphant return of their heroes...but they never came back. What became of their champions? Where is the Knight-Captain? Will she finally return victorious, or will she forever live on only in tavern stories?

(A what-might-have-been story post-NWN2, with some flashbacks to the OC. Be gentle, this is my first attempt!)

Editorial
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Character Design Migrate Wizard 2015-11-12 4 years 6 months ago

In previous articles I’ve talked a lot about plot, the use of realism, and started some discussion on the use of puzzles in games (which I intend to come back to with a synthesis of the discussion) but let’s get to the front of writing an RPG – characters.

A Pen & Paper Perspective Migrate Wizard 2015-11-09 4 years 6 months ago

Or: Things a mod designer might wish to think about before opening the toolset...

Script, Schmipt! Let's Concentrate on the Story Migrate Wizard 2015-11-11 4 years 7 months ago

It seems everyone is getting into the NWN script, hoping to be able to add that little tweak to the existing category of critters and items shipped with the initial release. Neverwinter Vault and others are offering scripting courses and people are lining up, from the cursory DM who's looking to make his world just a little different to the hardcore programmers hellbent on mastering the script to really knock down the barriers of the initial game.

Video Games, NWN, and the Free Market Migrate Wizard 2015-11-11 4 years 6 months ago

Standing in the shower one day, I kind of began to think about video games, and how they are, to put it mildly, excellent. I never realized it before, but not only are they fun, but they are also form an industry which would make Adam Smith very happy. As I see it (and remember as you read this that I am as far from an economist as one can be), the video game industry relies on the quality of products and infusions of new ideas to keep it an incredibly competitive one. On top of that, video games seem to be a major reason of the success and continued development of the home computer. I am writing to this site because I believe that Neverwinter Nights and its upcoming CRPG brethren are a perfect example of everything I am talking about.

Modules for the Masses - Headaches for the Designers Migrate Wizard 2015-11-11 4 years 6 months ago

After NWN hits the store shelves, there are going to be three basic types of adventures created by fans: modules for downloading and playing, campaigns designed by a DM for a specific group of players, and persistent online worlds. The purpose of the following summaries is to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of each type, as I see it.

Reference
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Creating A World - Part One ("Where do I begin?") Migrate Wizard 2015-11-09 4 years 7 months ago

The upcoming game NWN promises to offer experienced as well as novice DMs a never before available opportunity to share their creations with a broad audience across the world. It is important that we go about world creation in as structured and well thought out way as possible. Here are a few of my thoughts on the things to keep foremost in mind.

What I Learned When I Became a DM Migrate Wizard 2015-11-13 4 years 6 months ago

... and how it can work in Neverwinter Nights

Designer Reference Tables – Part One (Hit and be Hit) Migrate Wizard 2015-11-09 4 years 6 months ago

As suggested in a reply to my editorial “A Pen & Paper Perspective”, the following printable tables are intended to supply the module designer or DM with a quick “reality check” and an easy comparison on the mathematical probability (note: NOT some “challenge rating” but plain mathematical chances) for some generic character builds to handle melee enemies.

Note that the whole picture gets a LOT more complicated once magic and all kinds of special abilities enter the picture, but at the core the D&D system is a simple mathematical simulation based on 3 core stats: Armor Class (AC), Attack Bonus and hit points. A simulated fight is won by depleting an enemies hitpoints before he depletes yours. At the bottom, that’s all there is to it. The expected outcome of any given melee fight can be calculated by comparing the chances to hit, the average damage and the opponents’ hitpoints. If this mathematically expected outcome is against the player, the only way to “win” is either plain dumb luck (good die rolls – in other words: reloads) or gaining some other advantage.

And though there are lots of other possible edges to gain (some strategic, many by AI exploit, some by spending resources on short term boosts) they are hard to predict and there’s no way to know in advance what (if any) will be at the player’s disposal.

So as it seems that a huge percentage of community modules are made with melee characters in mind (and, way too often, badly balanced for most of those J) the following tables should serve as a quick reference for the pure simple maths behind it.

Overlooked Module List [Rough Copy] [NWN1] Migrate Wizard 2013-05-30 5 years 4 months ago

Top Picks, Master list of overlooked modules based on threads in the Old Bioware Modules-Players forum.

Tutorial
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Moder's Readme - Tips from Jesse for Module Builders Migrate Wizard 2014-08-22 5 years 4 months ago

Tales of the Unknown

The Bard’s Tale©

 

Sample Module Design - Critical Path (Part Three) Migrate Wizard 2015-11-13 4 years 7 months ago

This series of tutorials is an example for new DMs who want to create a setting for their modules. In Part I: The Setting, we described the creation of the kingdom of Heirokanth as the setting for our campaign. In Part II: The Synopsis, we put forth the basics of our story. Now we must take the next step by integrating our setting and story synopsis into a critical path map.

Review
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Three Hour Tour - Realms of Trinity Migrate Wizard 2015-11-12 4 years 7 months ago

I have asked the community of persistent world owners to take me on a short tour of their worlds, and to show me what sets them apart. The goal was to spend one hour or so in game in the world, and have them show what was under the hood, what they were about, and what they offered. This is the tale of my journey into the persistent realms of Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights 2.

The stories are true. The perspective is from experience. The fun was genuine. The following is largely representative of the hosts efforts and skills of hospitality. I took notes during my visits, and walked away for a short time. I revisited them after a bit and like meeting a stranger at a party, I let my memory and impressions of the visit guide this article.

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