Turning Tropes Upside Down: Feral Elves and other thoughts.

When I was writing “Priest-King” a few years back, I ended up locating the module in SW Agyra and started fleshing out the geographic area. The land to the immediate south was Chaal-chu and in Terry’s description (Master Atlas p.34) was this fascinating tidbit: In an (apparently) unique and frightening aberration, there are Half-elven Eritari … Continue reading “Turning Tropes Upside Down: Feral Elves and other thoughts.”

Elves, Elves, Everywhere! Elves in Shadow World and fiction.

RMU has established a tool kit that balances out race, class and creature creation by assigning DP values to skills, abilities and attributes. It’s very detailed and typical RM!  A currently running thread on the RM Forums is about Race balance, and more specifically Elves. We discussed Elves here on the RolemasterBlog, and it’s also … Continue reading “Elves, Elves, Everywhere! Elves in Shadow World and fiction.”

Musings on High Elves in Shadow World

I’m not a fan of Elves, but I am a fan of Shadow World. Can those two feelings co-exist? Fiction has exposed us to many portrayals of Elves but one constant is that Elves are very long lived or immortal. In a past RMU discussion, the immortal “trait” was discussed: how do you subscribe a … Continue reading “Musings on High Elves in Shadow World”

How Drow Elves compare to other elven races

In the Forgotten Realms there are five races of elf, High, Grey (or Moon), Green (or Wood), Sea and Drow Elves. For most people I guess the High, Grey and Green equate pretty much with Moldar, Sindar and Silvan. For the purposes of this discussion I am going to ignore the Sea Elves as they … Continue reading “How Drow Elves compare to other elven races”

The “Rings of Power” and “The Court of Ardor”.

I am no Tolkien scholar, but I’ve been reading a bit about the new Amazon show Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power. A summary that I think is from the Silmarillion: Morgoth was the most powerful of a race of beings known as the Ainur, which were immortal spirits who existed before Creation Previously … Continue reading “The “Rings of Power” and “The Court of Ardor”.”

A look at Kulthea’s “other” continents: Folenn and Falias.

I’ve been meaning to follow up on a comment Terry had made in my interview with him a few years back: BH: Are there any other continents besides Emer and Jaiman that you’ve written notes/materials that you’d like to tackle? TKA: A couple (Folenn and Falias) are kind of taken-care of. I would like to … Continue reading “A look at Kulthea’s “other” continents: Folenn and Falias.”

Shadow World “Droloi”: Race or Monster?

Welcome to the 4th Rolemaster Blog entry of “Race or Monster” where I raise the question of certain races in Shadow World and their suitability for being PCs. You can find the other posts here: Hirazi, Krylite and Neng. To be honest, I generally forget about Droloi even though they are listed in the various … Continue reading “Shadow World “Droloi”: Race or Monster?”

Gunpowder in Shadow World

It’s no secret that Shadow Worlds history encompasses a vast range of civilizations with “technological levels” ranging from Stone Age tribes to advanced post-physical societies. Terry often stressed that magic and high technology could often be indistinguishable and most of his SW books contain high tech items. In between those two extremes are a spectrum … Continue reading “Gunpowder in Shadow World”

Shadow World: Dawn of the Xiosians.

I had a few messages regarding my most recent post on Earthwardens & Dragonlords, so I thought I would revisit another of my SW topics: the Xiosians. I’m reposting this from a Feb 2018 entry with some changes. One of the more dense and information rich sections of the Shadow World Master Atlas is the … Continue reading “Shadow World: Dawn of the Xiosians.”

Earthwardens & Dragonlords

Two of my favorite elements of Shadow World are the Earthwardens and the Dragonlords. Both groups represent incredibly mysterious but powerful influences in Shadow Worlds history. Until the Xa’ar supplement, which delved into the origins of the Earthwardens in more depth, we only knew that both groups sprung up in the early Interregnum without further … Continue reading “Earthwardens & Dragonlords”