Friday, October 11, 2019

Hollowed Bones of Hope

Blackened with the toil of age the castle's walls blend with the towering cliffs she once held secure. Now her walls are grass covered mounds and her towers the hollowed bones of hope. But there lies the end of your road, and what wealth but time it offers, only you can say.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Summoning Warmth

The fire holds you. Its dancing lights ensorcell you like nothing in many long days. They draw you in, pulling you into a soothing radiance of calming warmth. But you know there is danger, for the light carries far in the crisp, cool air, summoning curious beasts who stalk the wild and hunt its darkened corridors.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Weathered Road


Weathered by time, eroded by the tread of countless heels, ground away to broken, shards of stone. The road lies before you, unfamiliar, yet strangely conversant. Castles & Crusades. 


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Bridge

The bridge spans shallow water. The road winds through the country beyond, even to the mountain, your objective. It seems odd, here in the wilds, this bridge, but maybe its best not to get your feet wet this late in the year.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Shelves of the Mist

Elves dwelt there. In their glory. But the cruel Winter brought war & death. Such tragic loss that the weight was as a stain. Now men call them the Shelves of the Mist, but still, they beckon, offering redemption and adventure. ~ The World of Aihrde

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Beware the Goblin Road

Goblins possess a great love of water in all its courses. But they are a clever people and you should be wary in their country, for oft times what seems a stream in the wilderness is in fact a goblin road. ~ The World of Aihrde

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fortifying the Hill

They set the castle upon the hill and fortified it with high walls and towers. Many barbicans were set upon the singular path that led to the berg, and these were made such that one could defend the other. The castle was thought impregnable, and for that reason, they set the store of their treasures within it.  ~ The World of Aihrde


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hard Journey

The rain came from the west, blanketing the Rhodope Mountains, before it continued on to the lower valleys of the Mistbane River. It promised a harder journey through a country already hard enough. ~ The World of Aihrde

 

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Aufstrag

Fire burns continuously in the Torture Gardens and the Pit of Woe. Thus, Aufstrag earns its name...hell.


Monday, July 01, 2019

Of Gods & Light

The land erupts in rage, tongues of flame rise, driving great columns of ash and soot before them. The wind coils the chaos into mighty columns that capture the light and cast it back to earth. All the world is lit in the darkness and you can see the road before you.


Darkening Skies

Slowly the blackening heavens blot out the sun, choking the light, casting undulating shadows across the ground over which you trod. Before you the gulch opens, dipping down into a broader valley. Now however, it is all cast in darkness...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Tombs of the Ethrum Kings

Few remember now the Kings of Ethrum, for they ruled long ago in a world raw with youth. But their tombs remain, lonely things, lost in the deep forests and undisturbed places. They are fearful places for the king's were laid to rest not only in stone, but in sorcery too. Only the foolhardy dare break the seals and unleash the ancient world... The World of Aihrde


Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The Mariner's Ship

Little remained of the mariner's ship. The surf and time had ground much of it away. But still, lying there in ruin, it captured the evening's light, cupping the stars in its cavity. It held a magic of the old world. ~ The World of Aihrde


Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Sun Bleached Towers

He built his tower upon a high cliff and fortified it with walls and bastions. There it stood,white stone set atop sun-bleached cliffs. A tower of some noble lord. But it was never so, for the wizard who dwelt there carved dungeons from the rock and peopled them with his wild experiments and machinations...


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Tabled Ruins

The land is dry, hard. Beyond the tree it is broken by gulches and small cliffs before it begins to climb into the ruins of a table of a mountain that rises from the rocks in disjointed slate-red cliffs. Atop the table lies the ruins of the old keep.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The House of Lamentation

They built their house upon a high ledge that looked over the valley. They fortified it and set a bell tower there as well. On holy days they rang the bell, a lonely sound, that rolled across the valley. They called to their dark god in song and poem, and these were the Lamentations of Ornduhl, the Red God. ~ The World of Aihrde


Monday, May 13, 2019

The Goblin's Hold

The jumbled steps are sunken and grass covered. The walls are little more than piles of rock, but the door to the goblin's hold remains in the wall of stone. It is freshly made, though closed. The area seems undisturbed...


Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Old Trolls

Trolls are evil creatures and their life's deeds weigh upon them. After long lives they grow tired and old and they cannot carry the weight of their evil. Eventually they stop wandering and stand beneath the burden. Unmoving, they become rooted to the ground. Dry. Gnarled. With little mind left they stand in the wind and weather for all the rest of their years. ~ The World of Aihrde


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Knights of Haven

The Knights of Haven settled upon the shores of the Inner Sea, protecting the pilgrims on their journies north. They built castles, simple and unadorned, to house the knights and their soldiery. ~ The World of Aihrde 

Monday, April 01, 2019

The Rimfelt

The branch of the Arc of Time flowed through the Void to his realm, and Ornduhl named it the Rimfelt. He set sorcery upon the Arc itself, so that many who were weak and evil became lost and fearful and drifted from the Arc and their path to the Endless Pools, and instead followed his path, the Rimfelt. He gathered the dead who drifted toward him and bound them to him as slaves to serve him in the Five Realms. ~ The World of Aihrde

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Lake of Ynul

The journey yields little until the end, when the Maelstrom opens up above you, the lights of her chaos casting a pale glow across the roof top mountains. Beyond lies the blue-black waters of the Lake of Ynul. ~ The World of Aihrde


Monday, March 25, 2019

The Land of Giants

The morning air clings to you, moist and cool. Somewhere to your left a crow caws; its lonely call unanswered. Otherwise, the quiet green of the forest lies undisturbed before you. But this is the Detmold, a land of giants. ~The World of Aihrde


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Bleeding Skies

Beyond the rocky escarpment the horizon is sharpley defined. A dull sky torn by the serrated edges of high climbing ridges. The sky itself bleeding off into the narrow valleys The sky itself bleeding off into the narrow valleys, leaving pools of blue in the deep country. A dangerous land, the Grundliche are old mountains, home to both giants and goblins.  ~ The World of Aihrde


Friday, February 22, 2019

Her Gossamer Threads

So she gathered many of her strands together and wove them into a form of her choosing, and she hung there in the heavens as a ball of silvery light. She was named Ea-Raena, that is "the beauty of youth,' who the dwarves called Dunareu, though in after days she was called Mailahm, the Maiden of Night. ~ The Codex of Aihrde


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Meadows for Borders

The forest gives way to an open meadow, perhaps a farmer's field. But there is little sign of furrows in the earth, only a fog settling over all. Somewhere in the distance a voice bellows, deep and mean, filled with a hunger that makes the coming night seem all the more dark. ~ The World of Aihrde


Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Like Old Trolls

The trees stood like old trolls, straight but gnarled. And it the truth that trolls become rooted to the ground over time, weighed down by the life's evil work. Entering the forest seems reckless, but it is the only way forward. ~ The World of Aihrde

Monday, February 04, 2019

Beyond the Valley

Steeped in mist and the shadows of the early evening the valley seems wide and the trees to yield no easy path. Beyond lie the western slopes of the Voralbergs. Somewhere in that wild country stands the Witch's Tower and the Ring of Athaile. ~ The World of Aihrde


Monday, January 28, 2019

Chambers in the Woods

You stumble on the door quite unexpectedly, hidden away in a moss-covered cleft beneath the tree line. No path or trail leads to it, nor any sign that any save a few wild beasts know of its existence. The door is stout however and little weathered by time . . ..

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Beneath the Cold, Cold Ground

His was an inhospitable soul, and the old dwarf left all behind and wandered into the high mountains where stood the lonely peak of Iseldrim. There he hid his treasure in a deep hold. There it lies, lost, in the valley that bears his name. ~The World of Aihrde

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Mad Tree

He dwells in a tree of a house, or a house of a tree, however you choose to look at it.  In quiet. The years have been unkind to him and he is mad. His speech is constant, like an overflowing cup. But it does not matter, for he possesses the knowledge you need. ~ The World of Aihrde


Friday, January 11, 2019

From the Dark Water

They are found south of Gurthop Falls, where the two rivers converge. There the land is forever flooding and bogs become small ponds and ponds become lakes. There the beast dwells, for it finds comfort in the cool waters. ~ The World of Aihrde