#Faction Friday: Quinder and the Crystal Ball
Bit of a pun today: Quinder, a halfling, sells ice, and once a year he throws a party in an ice cave, his "Crystal Ball." He needs ice-themed artifacts for the party, but there may be nefarious goings-on.
Read more here, along with plot hooks: http://geekarchaeology.com/blog/2018-01-05_0900-rpg-faction-crystal-ball
#monstermonday: Frost lizards don't challenge the PCs so much for their raw combat ability than for their ability to freeze their environment. They magically store cold in their body and release it on demand.
More details plus a D&D 5E stat block here: https://geekarchaeology.com/blog/2017-12-11.0900-rpg-monster-monday-frost-lizard
Inspired by Xanathar's Guide to Everything, today's #factionfriday is inspired by the barbarian Path of the Zealot.
The towns along the Scarred Coast are buzzing with rumors of great deeds being done in the name of a new god. Travelers speak of what initially appears to be a rag-tag team of half a dozen. But when faced with monsters, they say a prayer in unison to a god named Trask and proceed to tear through their enemies in righteous fury....
# Satoris #
HP 40, AC 14, Speed 30, Init +2
* Cultist's Cane: +5, 5 (1d6+2) bludgeoning damage plus 3 (1d6) psychic damage.
* Guttural Rambling: All enemies within 50 feet must make a DC 12 Wisdom save or be stunned 1 round.
* I'm On Fire!: Satoris is vulnerable to fire damage but his movement and other abilities are not affected if he's set on fire.
My 1,200-word review of "Xanathar's Guide to Everything": http://www.geekarchaeology.com/blog/2017-11-22.0900-rpg-xanathars-guide-review
Quick review: #Xanathar's Guide to Everything is a very useful set of tools for players and GMs, including background ideas ("What was your mentor like?"), tables of encounters by terrain, lists of names, etc. The new class options are generally fun, exciting, and fit well.
It's definitely useful for non #DnD players, too, though you should flip through it first to be sure it has stuff you don't already have.
I'll be happy to answer questions!