Foxfolk – A Vulpine Race for D&D 5th Edition

So my good friend, Doctor Necrotic, and I went about to make our own Foxfolk race for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. We’d love to see some people playing these vulpine tricksters and let us know what you like (or dislike) about these guys. Might just roll one of these guys up….

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Author’s Notes: This is based off a request for 5e Kitsune, here’s my take on the race! Just letting you guys know, this one was more of a challenge for me than I expected. Oddly enough, the hardest part was making it NOT like an elf.

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Fair Folk Tricksters

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This race of fox-like creatures descended from the creations of the true fae themselves, the Arcadeans.  This realm of mischief and wonder is the perfect point of origin for these vulpine tricksters.  For the fae progenitors, they see these beings as the perfect mixture of faerie magicks and the fox’s natural cunning.  However, the foxfolk themselves had become discontent with their faerie-realm utopia.  Against the wishes of their creators, they began to explore the multiverse.  While some clans sought out all reality had to offer, others took after their creators and observed the planes beyond through the veil of…

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Lolth-Touched: A Cosplay Construction Post, Part 1

Dark elves, also known as drow, are really messed up. If you’ve bothered to look into their history and psychological mindset, you would agree with me on that.

From the 5th Edition Monster Manual:

The Drow worship Lolth, a deity who resides in the Abyss. Known as the Spider Queen or the Demon Queen of Spiders, she is the figure around which the dark elves have built their subterranean civilization. Whatever she demands, the drow do.

How does this relate to costumes?

Tlolth_s_chosen_daughter_by_flamingchibi-d8cwtbkhe latest project I am tackling stems from tabletop roleplaying’s most feared elf subtype with a twist. This costume is of my original character Minma ee’Loth, a faun raised by the dark elves in their noble courts.

Minma had been bitten by a poisonous spider that normally kills anyone it injects venom into but instead, she was put into a death-like coma. Her tribe thought her to be a corpse and tossed her into a ceremonial death pit. It led into the bowls of the Underdark, where a drow raiding party had come across her. Her fur had started to become black with spiderweb-like patterns on it, and instead of killing her they raised her as one of their own.

Her picture is to the left hand side there. Her class is a Druid, by the way, and she is fabulous.

I am making this character come to life for the upcoming convention season around where I live, and over winter I’ve managed to get a good portion of it done. And you are all going to see it done in steps.

Step 1: Planning10849882_631798140280642_1373888473416299304_n

I don’t just go head-first into a project because I need a solid idea for something that has no basis in real life. How many faun-dark elf hybrids do you see walking around on the streets?

A good sketch of what  I want is made, and this has gone under numerous changes as I went along. Here, I plan that I definitely want some kind of head piece, her trademark odd legs, and some very elaborate leather armor on her torso. Later on, I re-drew this to include some shoulder armor pieces made of “deep dragon scales”. The armor will be dyed black with silver or white designs on it.

10848064_633867436740379_4033647818769038978_nStep 2: Belt piece

It was the first part of this that I really tackled since it was the easiest. I took a spare wooden Christmas ornament that was undercoated and painted the smiling face of Lolth upon it. This is going to go on a belt-like piece around my waist. Lots of testing with purple shades to get the right color that worked the best was done. I still have yet to coat it in a sealant that keeps it from being damaged from both water and sun but that can be done at a much later point in time.

Awww, she’s smiling! I don’t think that’s a good thing at all.

Step 3: Dragon Scale Armor10882375_636236593170130_4943497666470733591_n

This process took me to places that I have not gone with my crafting before. Using an old 5 dollar yoga mat. I hacked that up and with a hair dryer on high, formed it to the shape of each of my shoulders. Yoga mats are made of EVA foam, a material that bends with heat and is great for bases on cosplay. It may take you a couple of times to heat it up correctly, because you need to heat it on the inside side of what you are forming: the smooth side with no texture is going to be the part you want facing outwards to the world.

10888743_642497445877378_2654233737352773878_nOnce they both were bent, I then went and, very slowly, cut out individual scales to glue on them out of normal crafting foam. Be careful when doing this, because hot glue will not work perfectly or you will have to apply A LOT. Super glue works better but you need to hold it down in place longer to make it stay. It’s a long process to put them all down by hand but the effect looks really nice at the end.

Sometimes glue is going to leak out from the edges. Try to not overflow the pieces with too much of it otherwise its going to make some ugly portions. I made that mistake on the one to the right as you can see. After that process, sand the pieces down to get a more smooth surface for painting. 10429359_643388479121608_6821598061110849827_n

Painting at times can be just as frustrating as the construction process as well! With trial and error, I mixed up paint that was similar to the color I used on my belt piece but with slightly more grey in it. After applying that over a base of black for maybe 5 or 6 different layers, I took varying shades of the same color and dry brushed it over only to top it off very quickly with dry brushing silver. Deep, or pit dragons as Underdark inhabitants call them, are dark purple with a faint silver sheen but they’re complexity unknown to surface races. Because in the darkness, they’re confused with chromatic Black Dragons. There’s a difference, people! Not shown is me punching four holes in each, two on each side, where leather will be threaded through so I can tie  them around my arms.

Step 4: Head Piece

The hardest part so far that I have had to do was the head piece of the same deep dragon. I used a high quality cosplay10924668_643613639099092_3755021981698404082_n   10398026_643823449078111_3501953097830383075_n  material called Worbla, which is a thermoplastic that one can mold with lots of heat and pressure. For this I had a base already from a project that never saw completion: a bird face shaped mask served to get the general form of the piece and for the longest time I struggled with getting the right shape down.

After I had done that, I made fins for the side of the head since it felt like something was missing. That was made of crafting foam sandwiched between Worbla and attached by molding it onto the form while both pieces were still hot.

10533891_645369372256852_6896088821379650176_nDid I mention that a medium sized sheet of Worbla is close to 40 dollars?! The great part is that you can heat up scraps and re-form them into pieces to use, meaning there’s little to no wasted product. It can be hard to work with at times but I can see why more skilled craftspeople use it so much.

Once that’s all done with, I heat up each side of the piece and punch holes in it. This is where my leather cording will go in so I can actually wear it. After some adjusting, I find where the best placement is and take it for a test-wear. I don’t want it to cover up all of my face, and just lightly obscure it. It’s not supposed to be a mask but more like the trophy from a tribal hunt. If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m going more druid and less Underdark-drow by this stage, as you will soon see in the next picture.

Speaking of which! With a long, arduous process of paint, I finally begin to make it more and more like some kind of scary skull. Layers of white, cream and red-browns help make it look aged and weather-worn. With some spare foam I have, I make some kind of symbol, glue it onto the forehead and paint that as well. It’s complete! 10425023_648063488654107_3394263207716353343_nThere’s more to this then is currently listed but that will be done in Part 2! Stay tuned for more updates!

Eldritch Blast ALL the Things!: The Warlock (5th Edition)

WarlockPHBFirst thing about tabletop games: proficiency in Perception is always a good thing.

Second thing: Eldritch Blast is a LEVEL ZERO CANTRIP YOU CAN SPAM AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE.

At least if you’re playing a Warlock. Warlock is what I am currently playing as in a campaign and boy oh boy, do I love this class!

Nyxtari the way-too-pretty Tiefling is the character, a level 4 Archfey pact Warlock with a itty bitty pseudodragon familiar just one level behind her. She’s sassy, tells-off the Wizard for being terrible at his job (in real life) and likes to flirt to get her way. And maybe do some less-then-smiled-upon things for spellbooks. Pursuit of knowledge! I also think she’s the most sane person in the party despite owing her powers to higher forces.

This video makes me laugh, since they talk about the Warlock. Watch for much amusement, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41ogRG3m7Ok

So, what do I think about the class?

Compared to other spellcasters (Sorcerer, Wizard, Druid, and Bard), I think they’re a great bunch of fun.

1) The flavor text. You, quite literally, sold part of yourself to gain your otherworldly powers. How cool is that?

2) Eldritch Blast. This is a cantrip that you can repeatedly throw at enemies as much as your tainted heart wants to, and it consistently does a decent amount of damage with a d10 dice roll. At least it’s consistent for Nyxtari. And if you dare to switch out to cast something else, you regain all expended spell slots on a short rest as opposed to a long snooze if you run out.

3) Armor. Unlike some casters, like Wizards, Warlocks can at least wear light armor, which is better then nothing. With a high enough Dexterity modifier, this can mean little to nothing and you can end up having a decent amount of armor on you. 5bdad569aa8470ba69ddd350078c6058

That being said, there’s a feeling from me that feels that the Warlock is not quite as finished or polished as the other casters. They are cool, yes, and their options are varied, but I think variant options for the Pacts may be a good idea. Say, like Nyxtari, you are doing a Archfey pact with a Chain familiar. You could possibly have the option to make it a hybrid of pseudodragon with a faerie dragon: there would not be too much of a difference except the being would get Euphoria Breath, which is a non-combative ability.

With their spells, though, I think that even though they have limited amount of spells they can cast, that their list is quite varied and not as disappointing as some critics like to make out. There are ways around their small list. Choosing a race that innately has spells to their names, like Dark Elves and Tieflings, helps a bit. And if you are still that spell-starved, there are feats at certain levels to choose from that give you extra cantrips and such.

Personally, I always choose Featherfall as a spell because you never know when a DM is going to open up a pit fall underneath you or when you critical fail a Dexterity save. Or you could also multi-class as something else to give you more options but I’m not discussing that now, am I? Perhaps another day.

My suggested spells for the Warlock are as follows and in no particular order:

1) Eldritch Blast. Why wouldn’t you?

2) Witch Bolt. If you are like my DM, then this would also do extra damage to an enemy in full metal armor. Extra ouch for the enemy means more damage done by me!

3)True Strike. Any spell that gives you an advantage on actions is always a good thing,

I can’t suggest any more spells  then that because, once again, I’m only level 4.

Eldritch Invocations give you some more power as well. Because you can now snipe enemies up to 300 feet away with Eldritch Spear, push them ten feet away from you off of a cliff and to their demise as well as all sorts of fun stuff.

Now if only they had a pact of the Orca. Because that is secretly the face of someone who wants to devour your soul.  be your best friend and grant you whale-related magic. orca_by_turntechno-d6gdrep

What’s That I Smell?

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There’s something in the air that doesn’t smell quite right. A bit ripe, but not overpowering.

It’s the smell of homebrew!

I admit I am not skilled in crafting home-made tabletop classes, and really only have done one or two races for the latest edition of Dungeons and Dragons. However, the attempt is going to be made and the class is in the works as we speak.

Why, I may even do several of these monsters over my time here on my blog. Heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, play them out in your next game and tell me what you think. I’m always up to improvements.

Obligatory Introduction Post

It’s kind of fun doing the impossible,”    – Walt Disney

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Let me begin saying this: it’s hard being a female tabletop player. I always see groups of college age guys partaking in the hobby of rolling a 20 sided die on the table but none of my same gender.

Thats partially why I started up this blog.

Okay, no more preachy feminist sounding words. Hello, Internet-dwellers!

I’m Faith, your lovely blog master of the page and general nerdy individul. I’m here to speak about tabletop games, Cosplay and costumes, sometimes a bit of Steampunk and a whole smattering of weird and wonderful awesomeness. You’re a likeminded person? Welcome! If not, pull up a chair, crack open a Mountain  Dew and get ready to learn.

I’m not quite sure how often I’ll be posting up on here, but you can bet that I’ll try to get something up as much as I can. Got an idea? Pitch it to me and you may just be inspiration for a post!

So guys, welcome to my page. Enjoy your time here.