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:

Something Appears!

Hey, pixies and sprites of the Internet!

First, happy New Year to those of you who are in 2017 already. And to those who will be celebrating the end of 2016, I hope you have a good evening and party (responsibly, of course)!

Second, I just completed a major project of mine. There is a website called Dungeon Master’s Guild, run by Wizards of the Coast. Here, you can post your homebrew content and sell it to people who want to use it for their own games.

While I do love my little piece of the World Wide Web here, I made an attempt to publish something on the DMG (not the Dungeon Master’s Guide, but the Guild). In tune with much of my other content I produce on Pitfalls and Pixies, it revolves around the Fae.

I present to you, the Night Market! http://www.dmsguild.com/product/196052/The-Night-Market-An-Adventure-for-Dungeons-and-Dragons-5e

The Night Market was a random occurrence that I produced for my current 5th Edition game, ‘Masks of the Archfey’. I have run similar sessions like the Night Market on different occasions, and each have been called my player’s favorite game nights of the many they participated on. That made me think, that this might be something  I can sell.

Based on stories such as ‘Neverwhere’ and movies like ‘Labyrinth’, the Night Market is a monthly bazaar of the bizarre (see what I did there?). It sells everything from the mundane to the macabre: spices, shrunken heads, cursed items and bent spoons. And each time the Market comes into town, the merchant are all different. It leads to repeated visits and all of them are different.

In the Night Market document, there are two new playable races: Dryad and Selkie. One is a displaced spirit of the forest, while the other are shapeshifting seal-beings hailing from Irish and Scottish folklore. There are also NPC ideas, plot hooks, inspiration points to run a Night Market as well as traps to foil your players! All priced at just a single dollar.

If you purchase The Night Market, please let me know what you think! I’d love feedback of the content inside of it!

Everyone, have a good New Year! Stay magical!






Onto New Horizons

The silver bells wound in your hair shows that magic is indeed afoot but fleeting. You time with the fae folk has ended as quickly as it began, and you vaguely remember that they laughed and waved as you took your seperate paths.

I wasn’t expecting the turnout of content I had for my theme, since the fae are kind of an odd thing to hold as theme for the month. But that’s what happens when it’s the main theme of my blog on any given day. From Star Trek aliens to fiery elemental forces, these participants have managed to capture the true heart of soul of the fair folk all in words and d20’s.

Below is the complete master list of content for the June RPG Blog Carnival. Thanks to everyone who created content!

The Wandering Alchemist’s The Archfey and Q…You

Doctor Necrotic’s Cheerful Stalker

Doctor Necrotic’s Penumbra, Lord of Nightmares

Tales of a Gm’s Summer Fae

CrossPlane’s Savage World Tommyknockers

The Other Side’s Faerie Witch

The Other Side’s Fire Faeries

Anarcarnivale’s State of Fae in RPG’s

Doomride’s Good Neighbors

Tribality’s Archfey Patrons (check out the other Fae content done in this particular person’s series!)

Sea of Star’s RPG’s Pyroead

Möbius Adventures’ Fae of the Future

Codex Anathema’s Now You See Me

6d6′ War Faeries

Cold Iron and Pixie Dust: Step Into The Faerie Realm

The pre-summer evening is balmy, the croaking of bullfrogs heard in the distance. Far beyond your line of sight, where trees tower above and around you like silhouetted giants. You curse at yourself for foolishly not bringing your lantern with you or one of your companions who can see in the night-time with relative ease. But you are lost all alone, with merely star and moon light to dimly illuminate your path.

The howls of wolves echoe loud and clear, as if sensing your growing ease and nervous nature. A single wolf you could outsmart. A pack was another thing completely, and you hoped that it was not a group of Death Dogs.

Fumbling with the ring around your left middle finger, you leap over a sapling which seems to have been ripped up and its roots exposed to the world. Something might have made it it’s home, or a grave for that matter.

A foot snags on a root, and you fall forwards. Your lips kiss the ground, dirt streaking your face. With all of this, you realize that it might have been better to just have stayed in that night but a wanderlust nature in you was screaming that evening, calling you to explore these wildernesses.

When you stand once more, you can see that a fine pink mist has started to blow inwards. There there used to be scattered fireflies are larger orbs of light which wink out and shift between purple, blue and yellow: they seem to become more numerous, and one moves right through your chest without is movement slowing down.

“Hullo, wayfarer?” A voice, not quite male nor female, somewhere in between, calls. “Yes yes, do watch your step. The stones do make traversing difficult.” But there was no one before you, and you make the decision to keep going onward.

Soon, the trees part for you, almost as if sentient. Finding yourself in a clearing where a great stone circle has been constructed, a monument even. A cacophony of people are gathered here, excitedly talking to one another or being mindful of their coin purses. One by one, they are ushered into the stone ring by a jovial Tiefling man (at least physically that is what he resembles. Curious, you wait amongst the people. Some have elven ears, others cloven hooves, and even multiple sets of wings. The dancing lights move in closer to you now.

Finally it is your turn, the half-demon eying you up in a vaguely sexual manner. “Come to see the Night Market, eh? Right this way, of course ser.”

Night Market? There is no market within five miles of this place. But before you have a split second to consider what he had just said, you and ten others are hassled into the dead center of the stone circle. The pink must thickens to the consistency of soup as your head becomes woozy. “And please don’t harass the vendors. The last thing you want is an angry Minotaur charging at you.”

A moment later, the sky above you is not black but stuck in shades of twilight. A sprawling city of tents and buildings give off a carnival atmosphere only enhanced by the scent of fried food. Those you were grouped with rush forth, making room for the next arrival. As you begin to walk as well, a pink-haired pixie whizzed past your face. 

This place was betwixt realms, and the Fae were wily things. You internally made it your job to keep alert.

Even though it’s not a stretch for
what is usually my chosen to write for, it is something that there is a stark lack of for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. The Monster Manual is plagued by abberants and monstrosities, with fey creatures being few and far between. That, or they are of a low Challenge Rating (a maximum of 3, in the case of the Green Hag) or creatures described as fey according to history are given different typings (both Banshee and Will-O-Wisp are classified as Undead).

As the carnival rolls into town for the month of June for the RPG Blog Carnival, it brings the strange beauty and dark delight of Faerie with it. What races shall adventurers see for themselves? Who will be willing to give quests? And a better question yet, what treasures are up for the taking should said quests be accepted? Oh, and don’t forget obsticles and traps to overcome: the fey are mischievous, after all.

What Exactly Is Going On?

It’s quite simple. For June, my blog is hosting the monthly RPG Blog Carnival, where participants write homebrew content in line with that month’s theme. You post a link up to the page where you have it uploaded to, and at the end of the month I create a master list of everything people have contributed. This month, it’s all about the Fae.