The Naga: A Serpentine Race for 5th Edition

Long time no see, pixies and sprites! The world is in a hectic state right now, so let’s try to keep our chins up at this point.

I’ve seen a lot of people take on the idea of what I’m presenting here, but figured to take a shot, too. One of my favorite creatures from world mythology are Naga, also called Lamia from time to time. And while this may seem like blatant pandering to those of you who enjoy manga like Monster  Masume, I swear it isn’t (okay, maybe just a pinch but not too much).

Naga, Naga or Lamia?

There is a source of great confusion in naming new playable races in 5th Edition, especially when they share their namesake with creatures that would otherwise be called Monsters or monstrous beings. In the case of the playable Naga, this has to do with how there are two pre-existing monsters who have the names of what these beings, in classical mythology, would be properly addressed by.

For the sake of this species, Naga comes from the real-world being in Earth mythology as does an alternate term, Lamia. However, in the world that a player takes on the role of a Naga or that the DM makes this race a part of, the names are always prone to change and adaptation.

However, this species does take insult to being associated with another creature called a Naga (the monster with a serpentine body and face of a humanoid) as well as the Yuan-Ti. They do not associate themselves with the second, and see them as a cruel mockery of reptilian grace and prowess.



“Please, I’m not that terrifying, am I? If so, why can’t you stop staring?”
– Anak’tu, male Naga courtesan

Alien in appearance and cunning, the Naga gives new meaning to the term ‘a snake in the grass’. Often met with the same fear as Tiefling and Yuan-Ti,they are seldom encountered in large cities and towns for obvious reasons once explored.

A Naga is a cross between the torso of a humanoid with a serpentine lower body. Usually, they stand between five to six feet tall and up to eight feet in length. Some discoveries have even tagged some specimens that grow to a massive twelve foot length. The coils of their tails are equipped with powerful muscles they use to constrict and kill hostiles with, as well as a mouth filled with fangs.

A lot of people don’t think that Nagas are capable of climbing, and to that they are often horrified when learning they can do this quite well. By tightening their muscles, they can wrap themselves around verticle objects such as trees, cave structures and of course, an upright-standing creature.

Proud of Fear and Mystique. One of the downfalls of a Naga is their pride, specifically in how others seem to be both drawn and terrified of them. It is a source of amusement for most, even if the individual is not terribly egotistical.

Naga Racials

As a Naga, you share these traits with others of your species.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2, to a maximum of 20.
  • Size. You are considered a size Large creature, due to the elongated tail you possess.
  • Move Speed. You can move 30 feet.
  • Languages. You can read, write and speak Common and one other language of your choice. You can also speak to reptiles as if you shares a language.
  • Darkvision. You can see in shades of grey while in the dark for up to 60 ft.
  • Snake Sense. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks made with smell. Flicking your tongue out from your mouth, you taste the air around you for differences in its scent.
  • Silver Tongued. You have proficiency in one of the following skills: Persuasion, Performance, Intimidation.
  • Constrict. You can use your tail to choke and ensnare unlucky creatures that are smaller then you. A target must make a Dexterity saving throw against you (you have proficiency and advantage with this ability) equal to 8 + your Proficiency score + your Strength or Dexterity modifier (your choice(. On a failure, they take 2d4 bludgeoning damage each round they are in your coils and are restrained. They must use their action to roll a Strength check to break out. On a success, they do so and if they do not, they can try again on each subsequent turn.

The damage increases to 3d4 at 6th level, 4d4 at 11th and 5d4 at 16th.


Naga Subspecies

When you create your Naga character, you have a number of choices to choose from for your subspecies, which will give you additional benefits.


Commonly found in regions where water is aplenty, these Naga have adapted themselves for such regions. Aqualisks can be located in temperate and tropical forests that use the water as a means of hiding.

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  • Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity increases by one, to a maximum of 20.
  • Partially Amphibious. You can hold your breath for 1 hour, and gain a swim speed equal to your base move speed.
  • Watery Stealth. You have advantage on Stealth checks made in water.


Adept at ambush tactics, Venomfang Naga produce a natural toxin that is injected through fangs that retract to the upper side of their mouths.

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by one, to a maximum of 20.
  • Poisonous Bite. You gain a natural Bite attack that does 1d4 piercing damage and 1d4 poison. A creature bitten by you must make a Constitution saving throw equal to 8+your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus, or inflicted with the poisoned condition. You have two uses and regain expended uses on a long rest.
  • Venomfang Resilience. You gain resistance to poison damage.


Want the prettier version/all the information in a handy document? I’m happy to provide it!  Naga PDF

All homebrew content is the original work of Faith D’Ambrosio, author of Pitfalls and Pixies/Phoenix and Faerie Crafts. Any  resemblance to pre-existing content is happenstance. 

4-13-2020: A Note from SkaiaNet


Imagine this:  you are sitting in your room on your thirteenth birthday. You’re waiting for a package to come in the mail, of a video game that you and your friends managed to get into the beta for. Feels fancy, don’t it! SBURB isn’t just offered out to anyone, so the fact that you guys got in at all is a huge honor! Until you start to actually play. That’s when the meteors begin to fall….


Hello, pixies, sprites, Carapaceans and Trolls!

Today’s update is a bit different then the normal content that’s usually posted up here, as the blog is celebrating a fan-created holiday.

In 2009, a man by the name of Andrew Hussie began to pen what came to be known as a comic series whose fans would spread across the globe and still does so today. You’re probably aware of its name but didn’t bother reading it: Homestuck, the story of four friends and an adventure unlike anything they had been on before.

Now, I originally wasn’t into the series. Quite the opposite, honestly: of you told me four years ago that I’d read this, I would have thrown a book at your head and laughed in hysterics. And yet today here I am, writing this on 4/13.

The ‘SBURB Player’s Guide’ is a project that I’ve worked very hard on for this year’s Homestuck Day. And even if no real celebrations happen in person or online, nevertheless I wanted to still challenge myself. Could the game SBURB be converted into an actual tabletop game system? What monsters would come up, what sick loot could you alchemize and find dropped from bad guys? And better yet: how could I get those super comfy outfits the main characters wear?

Okay so I don’t have an answer to that last one because that’s story driven with character development

But other then that, I present to you, the completed SBURB Player’s Guide, for free!

SBURB Player’s Guide


Update 4/28/2020: I decided to make an additional race for this, the Consort! 

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The inhabitants of a player’s starting world in the Medium, Consorts are not the most book-smart creatures. Small and relatively fragile, Consorts take on the form of reptiles and amphibians. Largely they take on an NPC roll in most sessions of SBURB, but some have made their names as notable heroes in their own rights.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity increases by 2 and Wisdom by 1, to a maximum of 20. 

Move Speed: you have a move speed of 30. Despite being small, your skittishness has evolved to a faster movement then others your size. 

Size. you are Small sized. As such, you can move in and out of creature’s spaces without incurring opportunity attacks and fit with one other creature thats at least Medium sized. 

Languages You know how to read, write and speak Common and Consort. 

Darkvision. You have darkvision up to 60 feet, seeing in shades of grey. 

Hero Worship: you are trained in the Religion skill. Consorts, despite not being the most book-smart, are highly in tune with religious matters. 

Bubble Spit: you are armed with a natural attack, taking the form of a glob of blue slimy liquid. It has a range of 15 feet, based on your Dexterity to hit. On a hit, the target takes 2d4 acid damage and must make a Wisdom saving throw equal to 8+ your Wisdom modifier + your proficiency bonus. On a failed save, they are stunned for 1d4+1 rounds or until a creature takes their action to wipe the Bubble Spit off. 

You regain use of this on a short or long rest.

Credit for characters, names, Aspects, Classes, monsters and items belong to Andrew Hussie, What!Pumpkin and VIZ Media. Any resemblances to any pre-existing people or characters is happenstance. 

Artwork in banner belongs to Narikoh at (“Homestuck Beta Kids”)

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RPG Blog Carnival, March 2020: Alchemy

Hello, pixies and sprites!

As we are all pretty much  self-contained and the world is shut down, this is the time where we writers bottle ourselves in our inspirational dens and workshops (because frankly it’s the only thing to do in this day and age). But I’m not here to talk about the state of our real world, I’m here to contribute to this months Blog Carnival, held so kindly by DREAD (Dangerously Rare Elixirs and Decorations).  If you can’t guess the theme of the March Blog Carnival, perhaps you need glasses.

In a game that’s so damned focused on how magic permeates life, alchemy in a sense can be considered the poor man’s magic: after all, alchemists are claimed to have turned lead into gold, transform materials into others that are in no way related to the original one, and potentially unlock the secret of eternal youth. In my own home setting in Faustus Kil, that’s at least how it’s seen to be.

A wonderful hunger-inducing book, ‘The Alchemaster’s Apprentice’ uses many historical alchemy recipes as a main part of it’s story. 

Alchemical concoctions are simple enough to purchase, as every major city and town and even backwater villages have someone specializing in such remedies. Snake bites, the common cold, even chicken pocks have found a cure in some way, shape or form. Be it liquid or pill, if it can cause harm, then someone’s got a recipe being made.

A general rule of thumb though in my own setting is that if someone wants to replicate the effect of a spell through alchemical tinkerings, they at least need to have something resembling a material component for the spell being dissected. For example, let’s say the spell Dragons Breath is being bottled; you would need hot peppers, and one for each level of the spell you want to use. By that margin, a 9th level Dragons Breath would use nine hot peppers.

More exotic effects that may not be based on spells would most likely have a wider variety of components. For example, in my home game, any sort of spell that has a charm effect typically use the bile, tears or blood of a female dryad or satyr as part of it (though in my own game I run, this has been remedied by a male dryad who grows antlers that produces an aphrodisiac-like effect when consumed).

Common ingredients in alchemy that I’ve utilized in my games include:

  • Sage, rosemary and thyme. These plants are common spell components in many real-world religions and magikal practices, after all
  • Snake blood. In spells that restore hit points, like Cure Wounds, for example, the snake blood is there to replicate them shedding their skin and symbolically restoring life force.
  • Tears, for spells such as Calm Emotions.

As a witch, when I use alchemy in campaigns I use a lot of real world folklore and practices that I’ve seen used and that I have also used myself. Nothing as drastic as snake blood, obviously.  This even goes to symbology used in medieval alchemy, including that of the green lion devouring the sun. 


Last but not least, I couldn’t do a post on alchemy without including some of my own concoctions in my own games!

Potion of Temporary/ Ancient Frost

Potion, rare

A frigid blue and black bottle filled with clear liquid, injesting this potion causes a creature to be immune to the effects of cold iron for 1d6 rounds.

potion of temporary frost can also be used as a weapon, where you designate is as a potion of ancient frost. Exposing a creature who is vulnerable to cold damage will take 2d6 from the potion that it cannot halve or make an attempt to ignore.

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Holding the forbidden Stone. Credits: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. Copyright: Hiroshi Onogi, Studio Bones, Madman Entertainment 2009-2010

Philosopher’s Stone

Legendary item, requires attunement

This stone is anywhere from the size of a marble to that of a river rock, but the coloration is always nearly the same: a bright sanguine red with flecks of black and gold deep inside of it. To the untrained eye, this appears as a mere garnet or ruby but to those knowledable in the arcane, it is something so much more.

A Philosopher’s Stone is a +3 magical item, granting the bonus to attacks, damage and saving throws caused by the one who is attuned to it. When a Philosopher’s Stone is created, it gives the attuned individual to cast the following spells once per day each: fabricate, creation, raise dead, speak with dead and lesser and greater restoration. The Philosopher’s can also be used as a spellcasting focus.

In addition, if a person while attuned destroys the Philosopher’s Stone, roll a d20+5. The amount rolled is how many years that person’s age and naturally occuring health is halted.

Creating a Philosopher’s Stone In order for a Philosopher’s Stone to be created, your DM would have you collect rare and exotic materials in order to do so. Once a character has this, the process to create it takes a total of 1d4+1 moon cycles and the DM may require a Medicine skill check for each day you actively work on it. This can be done as a down time activity or on a long rest.


– Abney Park, ‘Two Elixers’, October 10 2014, YouTube

– Odd Salon, ‘Further Reading: Secret’. 2014 

–, product listing ‘The Alchemaster’s Apprentice’.


Animal Tricksters and Folklore for 5th Edition

I apologize to you pixies and sprites for the egregious lack of updates. Sometimes I frankly forget that the blog exists with how many projects I am undertaking at once: making stock for two conventions, as well as *deep breath* three campaigns I run plus three that I play in. Needless to say, self-imposed stress is not good and I should learn from this.

REGARDLESS, in my own campaigns I’ve run, one group encountered a party of strange anthropomorphic beasts calling themselves the Troubadour Tricksters. Led by a Red Fox, the whole encounter was based on real-life folk stories of Reynard the Fox: stories from north France about a creature and his myriad escapades.  Since this leg of the journey takes place in a similar region to where the original stories were penned, I thought it may be fun to utilize them!

I’ll be (hopefully) making better-looking stat blocks via GMBinder as well. For now, enjoy some tricksters!

Note: Any semblance to the character by the name of Reynard the Fox in the series ‘The Magicians’ or any other fictional work is coincidence. 

Reynard the Trickster- small beast, chaotic good 

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“He hunted my brothers and sisters, and now he’s going to be the hunted!”- Reynard the Trickster

AC 16 (studded leather armor)

HP: 35 (4d8+8)

Move Speed 45 ft


Str 13 (+1) 

Dex 19 (+4

Con 15 (+2)

Int 10 (+0)

Wis 12 (+1)

Cha 18 (+4)


Saving Throws: Str +3, Dex +6, Con +4, Wis +3, Cha +6

Skills: Acrobatics +8, Athletics +3, Deception +6, Insight +3, Perception +3, Performance +6, Persuasion +6, Sleight of Hand +6, Stealth +6

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft, passive Perception 13

Languages: Common, Beast-Speech

CR: 4 (1100 XP)

Keen Senses. Reynard the Trickster has advantage on scent based Perception checks. 

Innate Spellcasting. Reynard can cast the following spells innately, requiring no material components. 

@ Will: mind sliver (Unearthed Arcana), true strike

2/day: earth tremor, Tascha’s hideous laughter

1/day: blindness/deafness

Sneaky. If Reynard the Trickster leaves a creatures threatened space, the creature does not gain an opportunity attack. He also has double Proficiency in Acrobatics. 

Pack Tactics. Reynard the Trickster has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of his allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.


Multiattack. Reynard the Trickster makes three attacks, rotating between his Bite and Shortsword. 

Bite. melee weapon attack, +6 to hit, range 5  ft, one target. Hit: 1d4+4 piercing damage.

Shortsword. Melee weapon attack, +6 to hit, range 5 ft, one target. Hit 1d6+4 slashing damage.


Parry. When Reynard the Trickster is targeted by a melee or ranged weapon attack he can see, he can add +2 to his Armor Class against that attack. 

Trickster’s Luck. Reynard can spend a reaction to roll a Acrobatics check. If he rolls higher then the incoming attack, he takes no damage on a success and half damage on a failure.

*very loud drunken animal noises*- Tybalt, partying with Reynard

Tybalt, King of Cats-small beast, chaotic good

AC 15 (natural armor)

HP: 25 (4d6+6)

Move Speed 35 ft

Str 12 (+1) 

Dex 17(+3)

Con 15 (+2)

Int 10 (+0)

Wis 12 (+1)

Cha 16 (+3)


Saving Throws: Str +3, Dex +6, Con +5, Wis +5, Cha +5

Skills: Acrobatics +7, Perception +3, Persuasion +5, Survival +3

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft, passive Perception 13

Languages: Common, Beast-Speech

CR: 3 (700 XP)

Sneaky. If Tybalt leaves a creatures threatened space, the creature does not gain an opportunity attack. 

Feeties. If Tybalt ould be damaged due to falling, he instead takes no damage and lands on his paws. 


Multiattack. Tybalt makes two attacks, one Bite and one Claw.

Bite. melee weapon attack, +6 to hit, range 5  ft, one target. Hit: 1d4+4 piercing damage.

Claw. Melee weapon attack, +6 to hit, range 5 ft, one target. Hit 2d4+4 slashing damage.

Cat’s Call (Recharge 6). Tybalt can invigorate his allies to battle. Friendly creatures to Tybalt gain advantage on attacks, skill checks and saving throws until his next turn. 


Nine Lives Lucky. Tybalt can spend a reaction to roll a Acrobatics check. If he rolls higher then the incoming attack, he takes no damage on a success and half damage on a failure.

Isengrimm the Black Dog-medium  beast, chaotic neutral

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“Why did you let the boy live, Reynard? His kind can’t be trusted, they say one thing and think another; you know that more then anyone else”- Isengrimm to Reynard

AC 16 (natural armor)

HP: 45 (5d8+10)

Move Speed 40 ft


Str 18 (+4) 

Dex 15 (+2)

Con 20 (+5)

Int 10 (+0)

Wis 12 (+1)

Cha 14 (+2)


Saving Throws: Str +6, Dex +4, Con +7, Wis +3, Cha +4

Skills: Athletics +4, Intimidation +2, Perception +1, Survival +1, Stealth +2

Damage Resistances: cold

Condition Immunities: charmed

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft, passive Perception 11

Languages: Common, Beast-Speech

CR: 4 (700 XP)

Keen Senses. Isengrimm has advantage on scent-based Perception checks.

Moorish Appearance. Isengrimm has advantage on Stealth checks

Pack Tactics. Isengrimm has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of his allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.



Multiattack. Isengrimm can make two Bite attacks. 

Bite. melee weapon, +4 to hit, reach 5 ft, one target. Hit: 1d8+4 piercing damage.

Howl of the Moors (recharge 6). Isengrimm lets out a terrifying bray which chills to the bone. Hostile creatures must make a Charisma saving throw (DC 13). On a failure, the creature is frightened for 1 minute. It can make the saving throw at the end of its turn. 


Hound. Isengrimm can make a Bite attack when targeted by a melee weapon attack.


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“If I’m going to agree with any of you, I’ll be proven to be an idiot”- Hirsent

Hirsent the She Wolf- medium beast, chaotic neutral

AC 15 (natural armor)

HP: 35 (4d8+6)

Move Speed 35 feet


Str 16 (+3) 

Dex 15 (+2)

Con 17 (+3)

Int 10 (+0)

Wis 12 (+1)

Cha 14 (+2)


Saving Throws: Str +5, Dex +4, Con +5 Wis +3, Cha +4

Skills: Acrobatics +2,  Athletics +3, Perception +2, Stealth +2, Survival +2

Damage Resistances: cold

Condition Immunities: charmed

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft, passive Perception 13

Languages: Common, Beast-Speech

CR: 3  (700 XP)

Keen Senses. Hirsent has advantage on scent-based Perception checks.

Moorish Appearance.  Hirsent has advantage on Stealth checks

Pack Tactics. Hirsent has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of his allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.

Bloodbath. When Hirsent reduces a creature to half their hit points, she gains an additional Bite or Claw attack. Said attack also does one extra damage dice. 


Multiattack. Hirsent can make ta Bite and Claw attack

Bite. melee weapon, +2 to hit, reach 5 ft, one target. Hit: 1d8+2 piercing damage.

Claw. melee weapon attack, +2 to hit, reach 5 ft, one target. Hit: 1d6+2


Hound. Hirsent can make a Bite attack when targeted by a melee weapon attack.


Oh The Places You’ll Go: RPG Blog Carnival, August

Hey hey hey, all you mischievous Fair Folk out there! August is here, and it brings it’s oppressive Summer Court temperatures with it, so there’s no way then to cool off with some creative writing exercises.

Codex Anathema is running this month’s installation of the RPG Blog Carnival, with theme of ‘Location, Location, Location’.  With how much time I’ve been spending on working on my homebrew world in my campaigns, this seems like something naturally I could write about- maybe not at full length that it would fill up an entire book, but at least the gist of it.

Let’s dive in then, shall we? I suppose for now, we’ll go into detail about a prominent focal point in the last two games I’ve run in said world: the Avehi Arcana Magitorium, located in eastern Chervaux, Faustus Kil.

Those Are Quite the Mouthfuls

To begin with, Faustus Kil is a world that’s been several games in the making: one campaign where I was a player and two as the Dungeon Master. The latter duo of games has it in it’s present, which is a strange magipunk society. Here, technology and the arcane develop side-by-side, and oftentimes merge with one another for advancements that should not be possible.

In this world, there are several primary countries. Smaller ones are being added but they are negligible in size:

  • Chervaux, the rich and militaristic country who has a majority of the most advanced tech and magic
  • Saum,  to the south of Chervaux. They largely believe in magical advancement rather then technnological but this has not slowed their progress down. Currently in a stalemate with Chervaux.
  • Petra, decidedly neutral to most conflicts in Faustus Kil. It’s kind of like the in-world equivalent of Austrailia, where most things want to kill you.
  • The Dreadfangs, a relatively new republic consisting of mostly aquatic and semi-aquatic creatures.  There are many small islands here as well which fall under their rulership.
  • Aggithil, known as the Giant’s Land, is the  home of the goliath and does not get along at all with Chervaux. This is territory where those who are hunted by the Chervaux military come to lead safe lives.
  • Zoraiv are the southern brothers to Aggithil, and is a country steeped in centuries old mysteries. This is where kitsunes originally hail from, and some of the most notable alchemists and druids call this their ancestral homeland.
  • Criyith, the actual place on the map that says ‘Here Be Dragons’. Four primary deities rule over this land, and most species with scales can trace their bloodlines back here.

Short of it is that Chervaux is scary, hungry for materials and is always expanding, much to the horror of their Saumian neighbors who do not get along with them in the slightest. It is in Chervaux that the crux of this blog takes place: at the aforementioned Magitorium.


Not Your Grandparent’s Wizard College

Hogwarts by Obsession-Overload


I can guarantee you that you’re probably thinking to yourself that this is a blatant Hogwarts rip-off. I promise you, its not!

The Avehi Arcana Magitorioum, or just called the Magitorium for a bit shorter, is located in the Terebin Mountains in western Chervaux. The land was chosen for its distance from most major cities (because having tons of magical students could lead to some possible disasters) as well as it being cheap, according to the Headmaster (we’ll get to him in a bit). It has off-site dorms in the capital city of Je’taime, accessed through a portal system installed in each location for ease.

The grounds of the Magitorium have your typical stuff: deep ancient forests, a lake that houses merfolk in it (students are told they really should not swim with them, but adventurous folk do it anyway), and the mountains themselves which are an important part of the terrain. It keeps anyone who would want to run and take over the school away, as well as provide many resources for the school’s staff and student body. Though things still need to be purchased from Je’taime, of course.

Education here is for seven years, though  by no means do you need to take them one year after another, nor is there a maximum age you need to be to attend. The minimum you need to be to enroll, however, is ten years old, as prodigies often happen and in a chaotic world of warring goverment factions, a Wild Magic Sorcerer who cant control their abilities is going to cause a liability for anyone not trained to deal with it.

The most dangerous year, by far, is third year.

Third year is where students are divided into groups of four to six, depending on the class size, and given a semester’s long research project. Sounds boring, yes? Not in the slightest, as each group is presented a series of books to serve as the basis of their projects. These topics can range from: finding what happened to the dwarven civilization, a lost druidic culture, documenting different apocalypse mythos across the realm. Needless to say, these are quite dangerous and the staff is willing to admit this themselves.

A Tree and His Dragon



The ever-esteemed Headmaster of the Avehi Arcana Magitorium, Professor Hemlock Evetide is a dryad of peculiarities. For one, one does not often see a male of his species and two, for a dryad to be seen away from their soul-tree (Dryads are bound to a tree that, if they survive the trauma of having it destroyed, are able to wander in the world away from it). This leads to a man of great resolution and pride in his scholarly works.

Evetide is also a rare type of spellcaster in Faustus Kil, a Summoner: a person who dabbles in making pacts with creatures, sort of like a Warlock in reverse. These Pacts are ever-binding and always  can be edited by the creature in question and the Summoner, as agreements are always changed depending on the situation one is facing. At least, that’s what Hemlock teaches.

Note: in order to even be considered to attend his courses in Summoning, you need to be at least a Third Year student, as its extremly risky:

“Why do you come to begin your research into this topic, if you know that you will be shunned for it?- not as much as Necromancy, perchance, but still. The life of a Summoner is one of scrutiny and constant clarification: see it less like a normal spellcaster and more like a newspaper journalist.

“We are not soul-binders, devil-worshippers and cultists. That is derogatory to our craft en large. A Summoner is all about consent; I teach that those who you make a Pact with are in a way, in your guardianship when you bring them forth. Equal treatment is  the name of the game, and those who do not respect the wishes of the Pact-creatures are not a sort I want to see in my classroom. Ever.”

–   Hemlock Evetide, on the premise of Summoning to his  Year Three students

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“Wouldn’t you like to know how the two of us met. It’s not as interesting as you would think.”  Hemlock Evetide, reminescing on the bond he shares with Minerva


And then there’s Minerva, Hemlock’s trusted Shadow-Touched Wyvern companion. Not a familiar but she might as well be considered one, as she’s pretty much never seen without her at his side. ‘Miss Shadow’ as students have gone to calling her, since she has a rather vain personality, need to watch out for her silhouette against the sky: she enjoys dropping things from great heights, including cinder blocks, bricks and deer corpses.  She is also affectionately addressed by Evetide and some brave students as Minervikins.

Fun fact: Minerva was named as such due to there being a character in Fire Emblem: Awakening who was a Wyvern Rider. Cherche’s name for her mount was Minerva. In part, she was also named this in honor of Professor McGonnagal from the Harry Potter series.

She has a roost somewhere in the nearby mountains, which she lets no one save her master enter. Even moreso is that the only one who may ride on her back is also the Headmaster.

You’re a Wizard, Harry (But Not Everyone Is)

As a magic school, the arcane and divine studies are the cornerstone features. But what most fail to understand is that the Magitorium serves as a normal college as well (magic is just what it focuses on).

There are classes for just about any subject, along with topics that are covered either in the classroom or in student run activities

  • Artificing and magical crafting with technology
  • Clergy studies for those akin to Paladins and Clerics
  • History classes on all the major countries in the world
  • Scientific labs for potions making
  • Performance trick-shots with guns. This one’s a favorite of students.
  • Theater, and you can bet those with Bardic tendencies will eat this one up.
  • Biology on both mundane and magical creatures. Hemlock has a soft spot for the latter, due to his profession
  • Necrobotany, which walks the fine line between conservationism and Necromancy. TLDR; using plantlife to manipulate corpses but not actually raising the dead. This is a Year Three mastery course that very few are approved to do.

There are even trips during the school year as well. One of the most anticipated is exclusively for Hemlock’s Summoning class, and that is the great migration of the Sky Mantas.  Yes, they have giant flying stingrays in Faustus Kil. You’re welcome.


Sadly, the Magitorium is not taking any submissions for its fall-winter semester, but hopefully the location itself caused you all some pleasure of enjoyment. You can listen to http://chapter one here, on the Flumph Cast channel under the campaign name ‘Many Eyes of the Magi’.

Support the monthly RPG Blog Carnival, run by Of Dice and Dragons! And make sure to hop on over to Codex Anathema, the hosts for this month’s traveling sideshow of clickity-clackity math rocks. 

Mover and Shakers of Faustus Kil

Hello, beloved pixies and sprites of the Internet!

You can’t have a good campaign without beings in the world who cause things to happen. Not necessarily good or bad, just prominent figures who hold some level of clout among  their peers.

These would be the movers and shakers of a world, which is the topic of the July RPG Blog Carnival held over at In My Campaign. Make sure to drop by, post a comment and participate in the carnival this month, if you’re so inclined.

I wanted to provide a list of some NPC’s that have appeared in my own home campaign, ‘The Many Eyes of the Magi’, which you can listen to the first episode of up here.

There are also just some important  figures from some character’s backstories as well. If you’d like to use any of them, ASK PERMISSION FIRST.

Ahri 1

Ahri: Ahri is a white fey fox, the familiar of the Warlock named Kaiyu Ashpaw in my Many Eyes of the Magi campaign. Sneaky and as full of snark as her master, she is currently roaming Faustus Kil looking for a way to return to her family in the Realm of Wonder after master Ashpaw met his death.

Ahri has two forms: one is her standard fox form, which she started the campaign as. However, due to silliness from Kaiyu and the events of the story, she had gained the ability to take on a kitsune-esque pixie form. Since she was an innately magical creature from Faerie-Land, she was able to shapeshift between each form at will. This allowed her to blend in even with mundane populations.

Ahri 2



Pine/Mandrake: Pine, also known as Mandrake by those who do not know the truth of his real identity, is an agent of the Winter Court and Aiosidhe (translating to Archfey in the Common language) and the lead assassin of Aiosidhe Nim the Permafrost Heart. He is a charismatic Dryad, bearing the Major Arcana mark of the Lovers and appropriately enough, the boyfriend of a fellow winter agent named Thistle.

He uses numerous fake names when interracting with people on the mundane world, including Mandrake (after all, Dryads often take their names from plantlife and animals). His favored dagger, Venomspite, is a gift from the Archfey herself.

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Pitch: a small Faerie Dragon of a unique shade, midnight black scales and purple-blue wings, Pitch is the familiar of a Kobold Summoner named Drisk. He shows little care for laws, and considers only the words of his scaled master as rules to  follow…but only more as guidelines.

Pitch will do things such as stealing platinum from gambling tables and lemons from food stalls, to harassing studying mages by turning invisible and causing them to hear kazoos ringing in the back of their heads. He does have Fey blood in him, after all.

Pitch stats



Jezzu: a Eladrin hailing from a desert nation, Jezzu serves as the purveyor of Triple Moon Mystic: a fortune telling shop and seller of magical implements. His pupilless golden eyes though betray a secret, along with the constant scent of patchouli and vanilla around him.

Jezzu, in actuality, is a Brass Dragon of the Adult variety. He finds that running a store and having people give/trade their magical items for his business is much easier then having to fly around and seek out a hoard. Whatever tickles his  fancy, he keeps for himself. Whatever he doesn’t have a need for, he simply sells.

Having to stat him out was a bitch, by the way, in that I had to make not one but TWO stat blocks. I really don’t want to think out Lair Actions as well.

Jezzu class 1

Jezzu class 2


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Danzen, the Lunar Tiger: a Zoraivian myth, the Lunar Tiger was once a mortal half-elf named Danzen. Through feats of great physical strength and bravery, he ascended to demi-godhood after punching the moon back into orbit (dont ask…).

Unfortunately for him though, he got stuck on the moon in the aftermath. But somehow he managed to survive, with deep meditation and unlocking cosmic abilities that were once locked away from him. He now is the literal Man on the Moon.

During a full moon though, the Lunar Tiger is able to send a physical manifestation of himself down from the heavens to find worthy opponents to fight. This either is in the form of a white Weretiger (his usual form) or that of his once-mortal appearance.


Lunar Tiger stats


Witch Hunters Amanda and Makao: hired assassins of the royal family of Chervaux, the notorious Fairglen family, Amanda and Makao are what are known as Witch Hunters: men and women who are sent to detail and (if necessary) kill ‘halfling spawn’. This includes: Dragonborn, Dracovecta, Half Elves, Half Orcs, Aasimar, Tieflings, Genasi (because actual Halflings do not exist in Faustus Kil).

Amanda is the stealthy leader of the duo, while Makao is the back-up with a full roster of summons at his beck and call. Makao also is a Charcardin (an anthropomorphic shark man).

Makao’s list of summons is as follows:

  • Barlgura (CR 5 demon, MM pg 56)
  • Swarm of Cranium Rays (Cr 5 tiny beast swarm, Volo’s pg 133)
  • Elder Quickling (modified Quickling). HP 40. Cant be charmed or put to sleep through magical means. Weapons are considered magical.
  • Owl Harpy (Tome of Foes, pg 246)
  • Hulking Whelp (Tome of Foes, pg 252). The large grey dog Rilith saw with Makao
  • Sandman (Tome of Foes, pg 333)
  • Lindwurm (Tome of Foes, pg 276)
  • Ratatosk (Tome of Foes, pg 319)
  • Shadow Beast (Tome of Foes, pg 345)

Witch Hunter Amanda

Witch Hunter Makao

This is the closest I could find to her actual appearance, because it’s impossible to find Faerie Dragonborn artwork (or at least anything that resembles such a concept).

Syrilith: a professor at the Avehi Arcana Magitorium, lady Syrilith is affectionately called ‘The Librarian from Hell’. She is a strict Faerie Dragonborn who teaches about dragons and their long history, as well as the School of Illusion.

Her sword she weields,  a Fey enchanted blade called the Glamorblade, matches her fickle nature in that it causes Syrilith to project phantasms of herself, allowing the woman to go in for the kill.

Syrilith stats

June RPG Blog Carnival Wrap-Up: The Third Fey March

As the official start of summer gets underway steadily, the Fair Folk pack their caravans and begin to slowly, quietly, drift into the tors and mounds which they call passageways to their home. They leave as quickly as they arrived, with passerby’s never the wiser.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Third Fey March! You guys astounded once again with the theme, and I wanted a moment to showcase all the entries for the month of July.

Here are those who put their creativity into the theme this month:

RPG Blog Carnival: Friends from the Faerie-Side

Welcome back, friends of the realm!

A apology from my end, for being stupidly lazy with posts. Life is hectic for the Lady of the Fae, so let’s hope that my sporadic posts make up for that.

To bring some variety to  the Fey we see presented in Dungeons and Dragons, here are some that are taken directly from faerie lore across the world as well as some custom things created for my own amusement and games. These are also a sampling of creatures from a larger project I am currently working on, and only really have had the time to make any sort of real headway with.



Related to friendly household spirits such as Brownies, the Bwca is the much more mean-spirited version of these diminutive, helpful Good Neighbors.

The Bwca, as a house faerie, will do chores while the inhabitants are not around or blissfully unaware of its physical presence. However, if it is not thanked en masse for its hard work, via an offering of alcohol or a saucer of cream, it will soon become destructive and wreck havoc across the property it works to maintain and live in.

Bwca 2


Deepwoods Guardian

Vaguely resembling bipedal tree-like forms, Deepwoods Guardians are aptly named: nomadic shaman-esque fey creatures who are skilled in pacifistic magic and guiding the lost.

Though they are capable of great destruction, violence is never their first reaction. Often, they would rather talk to someone and figure out the reasoning to their actions before choosing a proper course of action. And sometimes, if one is lucky, a wanderer would gain it’s s favor by doing such small things, like planting a flower.

Deepwoods Guardian

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One does not often think about giants as being Fey creatures, but such is the case in two beings: the kind-hearted Firbolgs and the much-less pleasant Jack-In-Irons.

Wandering lonely causeways and passages in the dead of night, the Jack-In-Irons is a malign thing. It does not take kindly to  those it crosses, especially humanoids who lack faerie blood.

Their most well-known attack is when they lob one of many heads at wanderers, which they seem to never have any less then five heads total of things which they have recently killed.

Jack In Irons

The Nualavae

A horror if there ever was one, the Nuckalavae is a chaotic beast even amongst the wild faeries.

The Nuckalavae is something which is unimpeded by water and terrain, the ocean proving just as easy for it to navigate as  the roaming hillsides it stalks. Sailors know to avoid the territory it claims as its own, and that the only way to keep away from it is by crossing a rather mundane threshold: a simple brook of running water will stop it dead in it’s tracks.

Nuckalavae stats


All artwork belongs to their respected artists. All creatures are either created from homebrew or are actual mythological figures: if they resemble anything previously created, this is by sheer chance. 

All content by Pitfalls and Pixies belongs to Faith D’Ambrosio ( 

The 2019 RPG Blog Carnival: The Third Fey March

Featured Art: ‘Faerie Boy’ by Evanira 

Ah, the warmer months of spring and summer. When life comes about, new and refreshed after the cold winter’s reign. It just makes you want to dance and flit about, doesn’t it?

Well, that sort of merriment comes to Pitfalls and Pixies for the month of June. Once more, you, adventurous homebrewers, set foot into the mysterious Realm of Wonder in this month’s installment titled The Third Fey March.

The Third Fey March is part of an expanding network (or should we say hivemind for some of the creatures) to provide the tabletop gaming community with more Faerie/Fey  themed content, as it seems to be drastically small in comparison to things like demons, dragons and the like. And certainly, lady Titania and lord Oberon are none too pleased by this.

What Qualifies For ‘The Third Fey March’? 

As the world of the Good Neighbors is stretched far and wide, and their mythology as varied as the cultures they come from, any sort of topic can be chosen, including but not limited to:

  • How do the Fae and other sylvan beings interact with your home world/personal setting?
  • Tricks and traps that faeries use to befuddle and trick mortals
  • Of course, new monsters inhabitants of the Faerie Realm. Everything from bwcas to the mightiest of Archfey, nothing is held off!
  • How you incorperate real-world mythos of the Faerie Folk into your games/stories
  • Sylvan-themed player options; races, backgrounds, feats and items (both normal and cursed: the Faerie Folk do love curses and tricks, after all!)
  • Fairies in popular culture  and media, and how this has influenced them across the media spectrum
  • Show off your fantastical art with a sylvan motif! Fine art, writing, cosplay? Everything and anything goes!
  • Re-branding existing content as fey themed
  • Taking characters from pop culture who have such faerie ties and statting them for actual play in games, as either hostile or friendly NPC’s


But Brynvalk, How Do I Sign My Soul to the Fae   Participate? 


All you need to do is create content befitting of June’s theme,  and post a link to this blog post in your contribution.

After this, you leave a link to said post in the comments of the hoster’s own page. At the end of the month, said hoster will compile all posts into one master post and show off this homage to the residents of the Realm of Wonder, hoping they will take kindly upon our offering to them.

Remember: if using someone’s art, always give credit where credit is due! ‘Tis just common courtesy.

Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again: I look forward to seeing what your creativity brings about!

The RPG Blog Carnival is hosted by ‘Of Dice and Dragons’. All past posts can be seen here, or if you would like to host the Carnival in the future,


The Art of the Character: April RPG Blog Carnival

Hello, pixies and sprites, to the warmer start of the year. The blog has been rather silent here, mostly because I run two campaigns in my free time (so I dont have much time in the slightest bit).

Codex Anathema is running the RPG Blog Carnival this month, and its topic is a bit different then most: this time around, it deals with DM’s/GM’s bending the rules a bit for thematics. And while I generally stick to RAW (Rules As Written), I do like to alter things to be more interesting from both a mechanical and story point of view.

Monsters: Variation is the Spice of Life

So when you have multiple friends who 1) have the Monster Manual and 2) are not so good at keeping meta information from blending in with the knowledge that their character would have, it can be a bit frustrating to plan encounters. I found that there are some relatively easy ways to keep those inquisitive sort on their toes, not aware of threats.

To better explain, I’ll use examples of how I’ve changed up the dynamics of how certain monsters work.

Shadows: Shadows are literally that. Hazy blackened figures (if you’ve seen Dementors in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, you know what a Shadow is). However, to a character who does not focus on Strength as a stat of importance, they can be generally shrugged off.

I have made my Shadows a bit worse. Seeing as how there are so many PC options that rely on Dexterity, I made my Shadows either drain a PC’s Strength or Dexterity. The chance of death, when either stat reaches 0, is still the same but it strikes fear into Rogues more then you could imagine.

Hag Covens: ask any of my players, and they’ll tell you that a monster I use somewhere in all of my games would be Hags. Now, I generally don’t use hag covens, mostly because that means more that I have to keep track of.

However, in a recent game that I am running for some in-person friends, I finally used the optional Hag Coven rules in the Monster Manual, but with a bit added. Instead of the standard spells the Coven would get, I swapped them out to be more thematic with each hag in the group. In this case, it was one Night Hag, Green Hag, and a Sea Hag (who should not be working together at all).

While the combat ended shortly, they were able to use some of their coven spells to throw them for a loop. Not to mention, with the variation of each Hag’s innate abilities, it was a fun combat to run for both me and the players.

In addition, each room in the complex of the group was themed after one of the Hags in the group, and the party was trying to figure out what was the deal with this eerie trio of women who were stealing selkie skins.

The Fey: I personally don’t like how 5e treats creatures with the Fey typing  as diminutive tree-hugging hippies, as actual faerie folk are actually terrifying in theory and abilities.

In my game worlds, I don’t go off of their Monster Manual/Guide to Monsters/ Tome of Foes listing, but the actual mythology behind the creature and the culture it comes from (if it has a real world equivalent).

Cold IronSomething I have added to any creature that has the Fey Ancestry trait or has any racial association to faerie is an actual downside to playing it: Cold Iron Vulnerability. In folklore, the Faerie Folk/Good Neighbors do not like iron, which keeps them from crossing thresholds, doing certain actions, etc. I utilize that in my games as the note I have on the side. As many races in my worlds do have some sort of ties to this mysterious, magical creature typing, this is an extra threat to these characters. I also have rules for making a weapon coated and made from the material.

Player Characters

Now this is going to most likely be a small section, as to how I have had a need to do this much, but to better fit the build or story of a PC, I have made minor changes to a race to better fit the theme.

Naiads, a homebrew race which I say are fey water spirits, were changed to minor elementals, as the player didn’t see their Naiad character as fey-associated. So, Keth was Related imagechanged to an elemental similar to how Genasi could technically be considered that. Instead of knowing Sylvan, Keth had Aquan as a racial language. 

Elves/half elves and Firbolgs, as well as Kitsunes, Dryads and Selkies, (the last three are all also homebrewed) were all given Cold Iron Vulnerability. This has led to a kitsune PC taking damage from touching dwarven made cold iron mining tools being harmed, and both a Dryad PC and NPC being terrified of cold iron bullets from fey who were immune to that most unholy of materials. The NPC also has still-visable scars from cold iron plated swords striking his skin. It is something that not even the Archfey can avoid. 

In a game I am sporadically playing, the DM has allowed all of a PC’s spells to largely do acid damage as they have become known as the Acid Wizard. This makes jokes in-game hysterical but his spells are going to be useless when we get to an enemy who’s immune to that….

Dragonborn have tails as well as Dark Vision. Stylistically I like the idea with tails a lot better then lacking, and why wouldn’t they have Dark Vision if their ancient, powerful ancestors do? Thematically, it doesn’t make sense (at least in my head it doesn’t).

Druids in my worlds can Wild Shape into Swarms and not just singular creatures. This is because like classic faeries, druidic type characters in folklore and mythology were able to do this sort of thing, including the Celtic goddess Morrigan, goddess of death, war and magic (overall, a complete bad-ass).


If you would like to join in on the fun with this month’s Blog Carnival topic, head on over to Codex Anathema’s post and participate for the month of April!