Mike Myler is a freelancing RPG goblin (or goblin that freelances for RPGs?) and the editor for the excellent EN5ider Patreon. You can also find his marks in the N.O.W. book for the What's Old Is New RPG and on www.mikemyler.com (which has the neatest collection of free content around).
We all know those players—the second the party has slain the unimaginable horror from beyond, they've jumped onto the corpse and are working at it with a blade to pry away some teeth, a horn, or another grisly trophy. Over at EN5ider we think these folks need something to work for with all that amateur taxidermy...something like enchanted hunter totems!
We’ve already seen her counterpart in crime but you may not recognize this pirate anyway—most people didn’t and she spent an absurd amount of her life disguised as a man. It couldn’t be anyone other than the one, the only, the inimitable Mary Read!
EN5ider's first issue of the year expands the lore and rules for a new type of creature introduced in a Monstrous Menagerie article late last year, providing rules for playing them as a new character race: sentient illusions! Lately on EN5ider: #310. New Race: Sentient Illusions. A few weeks ago we introduced the sapient magical life forms wrought by the Order of Sentience as...
“A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” Which is the precarious proposition at the heart of the man, the portrait, the monster: Dorian Gray.
EN5ider is closing out 2019 with a bang! To celebrate the holiday season a minister in training and theologian takes a look at prayerbooks that bring a studious aspect to playing clerics, and a bonus 6th article for the month of December finally answers the question of why there are so many half-orcs, half-elves, tieflings, and other half-breeds roving about—and introduces a particularly irresponsible fellow who sired many of them.
Remember that fellow so often shown using a sling to throw a stone into Goliath’s eye, killing him despite his opponent’s far greater size? Me too! Apparently there’s much more to this character however, so click onward and let’s dive into David.
In Ancient Egypt there once was a commoner who rose to the heights of mortal authority, acting as counsel to personages no less than pharaohs. So great were his deeds and esteem that he rose higher still after his demise, ultimately getting deified. You probably know him from The Mummy but to many throughout history he was the god of medicine and healing: I’m talking about Imhotep!
Adventurers love a good deal and will be hard-pressed to pass up improved and discounted healing potions. Today's EN5ider article is all about exploiting a weakness for curatives, luring the party in with a generous offer that all too soon becomes an untenable necessity—will they become addicted or can they break the cycle?
This cunning pirate championed the seas around Ireland and even stood up directly to (in the same room as and in front of) Queen Elizabeth I, taking word (and sword) to power whenever the need called for it: Grace O’Malley!
We’ve already seen her in the Mythological Figures side of this column but ENWorlder Rafael Martin pointed out that since her body went missing after her burial that surely she must be a terrifying undead. I’m inclined to agree! So it is that today’s entry in Epic Monsters features another version of the Blood Countess, one twisted by evil into something even more monstrous than the woman was as the mortal Elizabeth Báthory!