Posts Tagged ‘D&D’

Motivation Monday Mixer

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Apr 08 2013

Please forgive the digital dust–things have been busy and I actually still don’t have time to bring the site back up to date as I’ve been meaning to. Eventually things will be cleaned up and a regular update schedule will resume, but for now I can’t even hazard a guess when that will be.

However, while I have a Monday free I will take advantage of it to submit an entry to Monday Mixer & Motivation Monday–hopefully they don’t mind the double submission, but even if they do it was a good exercise and fit in the time I had available.

 

OLD HEROES

If I could erase one memory it would be the caldera battle—a story carved clearly into my flesh. They say we glorious few stemmed the tide of destruction and saved the world, at terrible personal cost. I didn’t just lose my hand, my eye, or my friends. What you actually lose in a sweltering hopeless slaughter like that is an esoteric essence known only to old heroes.

Coming to the brasserie for frosty ale was a mistake. I put in public appearances when I can. I’m a symbol to the people—I remind them of those things they cherish in themselves, even though most days I have none for myself.

The raging burn of my right stump makes me truculent and ill inclined toward pleasantries. It’s time to return to my demesne, soak my keloids and imagine asking the smith to forge a sheath that didn’t rub so much.

 

150 words

@DavidALudwig

Artless Halloween

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Oct 31 2012

So I’d like to open by saying that I’d intended to include art with this entry, but it appears that the bizarre failure of my laptop over a month ago now is going to plague me for the rest of the life of the computer. Had to get a new user profile because the old one will no longer log in, and apparently my tablet doesn’t work with the new profile. So no drawings from me anymore.

It’s probably fixable, but I’ve already exhausted the options I know how to do and have other things to spend my time on–which is where this update was going after the art anyway.

Two of my stories have been published in Super Flash Fiction, and I encourage you to head on over and check that out if you haven’t already. Subscribe for future issues or even submit your own dynamic stories or artwork.

The bigger news is that I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month starting tomorrow (November 1)! I’m officially in this year, and I’m going to finally finish a novel! Sign up if it interests you, or just cheer me on/pester me about my progress! The goal is 50,000 words by the end of the month.

It’s likely to consume my free time in November, though I’ll try to keep updating this site–though you can expect most if not all of my posts to be NaNoWriMo related.

And that’s it from me for now! Happy Halloween, and sorry about the lack of artwork… Wait… Maybe I can fake something even without my tablet…

Haha! How’s that for drawing with a mouse in Paint?

 

Happy Halloween!

Forecasting Fantasy

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
May 04 2012

Well, unless there’s a massive surge of last minute votes for Kerri it looks like Leona’s story will be the next. With that settled I will, in time, be able to start giving you some real sneak-peaks here on Forecast Fridays. More immediately than writing Leona’s story though, I’m definitely taking a shot at this Fantasy Writing Contest. They aim to be THE definitive annual fantasy anthology of new and established authors–and falling under the ‘new’ or at least ‘unpublished’ author heading myself that sounds like a good fit.

Anticipating Leona’s win in the poll though, I will give you a peek at her party. After all, what is a fantasy adventure without a party? I do sorta follow the role-playing game formula a bit, but there are reasons for that beyond the fact that it’s a good structure and I like RPGs.

Leona Banisher = daughter of the Last Demon Hunter, and following in her father’s footsteps. She wields his massive Fullblade in battle and exhibits exceptional power from years spent mastering the blade. To date her interactions with other people have been limited to what was necessary and no more.

Lysander Devonwilde = a traveling bard, lover of stories and jack-of-all-trades. He comes from a prestigious family of Sword Dancers whose technique transcends the physical to achieve effects equivalent to magic.

Catherine “Kitty” Moon = street urchin turned cat-burglar, she considers herself the best in the city–though has been kicked out of larger cities with more established Thieves Guilds. Her experience is that everyone looks out for themselves, and only a fool gives when they have the ability to take.

Zelis Aasiarn = in spite of her relative youth, Zelis is the Chief Druid and religious authority for her besieged people, isolated by the cataclysm of the last century and slowly dying. She is rumored to have powers beyond those of all but, perhaps, the High Priest of the Stellan Temple himself.

Novel Forecast

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Apr 20 2012

Okay, so the poll came out tied between Scripts to the site or a Novel–so I’m making an executive tie-break in favor of the novel. The next question is what should the novel be about–I’ve got two ideas I think are about ready to be developed and so today I give you some info on them and a new poll for which you would most like to see (or think has the best market potential). It’s funny, I think they both would end up being classified as “Young Adult” Novels–which is funny because I’ve got some personal beef with that term that I won’t go into now but will surely come up again another of these Forecast Friday.

You can use the search bar at the top of the right hand column to find more information about the first Novel concept; Kerri’s Creatures. She’s received some flash-fiction attention over the last year but isn’t satisfied with that and is demanding a larger work dedicated to her and her struggles.

Kerri Wynter

Age: 13
Race: Human
Class: Sorceress

Kerri is a sorceress in training who was left to fend for herself after the untimely disappearance of her mother. Of course, before she vanished Kerri’s mother left her daughter with a considerable inheritance that includes a creepy old mansion and a menagerie of monsters no sane person would be jealous of.

Torn between desires for a normal teenage life and to be the most powerful sorceress the world has ever known, Kerri’s life is a balancing act made more complicated by her unconventional inheritance. Her best friends end up being similarly distanced from society as herself, but together they help each other toward their goals.

Appropriately to Kerri’s desires, the story is an Urban Fantasy with a balance between the magical and the mundane–though set in an alternate world and erring pretty strongly toward magical.

 

The other Novel possibility I’m considering would actually expand on the events of the next generation in the world of Niar–with of course appearances from some of the cast of this site’s original serial, Niar Saga. Though the story really is about the next generation and will stand alone just fine.

Leona Banisher

Age: 16
Race: Human
Class: Demon Hunter

Leona Banisher is the daughter of the legendary Andrew Banisher, the Last Demon Hunter. Trained from birth to take over her father’s legacy, she goes into battle wielding his sacred implements–the fullblade Banisher from which the family takes its name, and the amulet Oracle. Her demeanor is serious and her dedication to Demon Hunting is single-minded like her father–but unlike him it was never a path she chose for herself.

No sooner had Leona’s training been completed than she was sent to travel the world, eradicating the evil that had risen since her father’s death. She works alone and frequently surprises those she meets with her ability to wield her massive sword, and unflinching battle-readiness. Her world is turned on end after meeting the teenage bard, Lysander Devonwilde, as she begins to discover the joy of friendship and risks opening her heart to another person for the first time.

Leona’s story is a classic Fantasy Adventure set in the world of Niar, and spanning much of the world (though not always the same locations as Niar Saga).

 

So, which story are YOU interested in? Feel free to ask clarifying questions in order to figure it out, and of course if you know someone who might read either story once its finished tell them to swing by too.

March Madness 4

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Mar 27 2012

Mammon: March 27

“Momma!” Little Dearna protested as Selena led her out of the palace.

“Shush, sweetie,” Selena knelt to comfort her daughter, “We have to be quiet.”

How long had she been in Hell? Dearna was getting bigger. It wouldn’t be long before her father noticed. Selena wouldn’t let Belial corrupt their daughter. The time had come to see if the crystal could get them out safely.

It worked better than Selena had hoped! Dearna was so brave, at least as brave as Selena herself, and soon they were on the straightaway to the Gates. Freedom. A brightly frocked demon pushing a cart laden with gold and jewels entered through the Gates, too late to hide. Selena stopped short, squeezing Dearna’s hand and daring a glance at the crystal. The fiend before them was a powerful one.

He set his cart down with a sigh and appraised mother and daughter, “Going up?”

Selena nodded.

“You were a singer before, weren’t you?” he leaned wearily on his cart. “I can set you up with a nice fame-and-fortune package when you get back. A little something to ease the transition.”

Selena shook her head.

His eyes narrowed, “I can’t twist your arm?”

 

 

 

My final entry for ‘Timony Souler’s March Madness blog challenge. Since Wednesday is a Flash Fiction day for Lost Girls’ Society and I still haven’t managed to get out and read the other entries you’ll have to come back on Friday for my post-challenge wrap-up. Feel free to swing by the others’ sites and reading their work ahead of me, or use the March Madness tag at the bottom of this post to find the rest of Selena’s story–which in fact is more of a prequel for the actual story I have planned for her.

Lunaria and Mangus

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Mar 21 2012

Lunaria and Mangus – Terra

The council chamber stood an empty shell. All the great fey whose presence normally caused the very air of the chamber to crackle with their power had gone to rest—except for the broad muscled and black maned leprechaun, Mangus. With the world back in balance the Primal Council would have less on its agenda for the next century or so.

Mangus sat cross-legged in the center of the floor rather than up in his Council Chair. Rolling and massaging his muscles he scowled deeply as he often did. While other fey celebrated the return to balance, Mangus contemplated the cost of the return and future strife.

“Will you not celebrate with the others?” Lunaria’s voice filled the silence like a chime.

Mangus smiled, closing his good eye, “We never do. Do we?”

The succubus Head of the Primal Council glided gently down to Mangus’ side—sitting where he could see her if he opened the eye not covered by a patch. Purple and blue twisted through her coifed hair and skulls adorned her form-fitting leotard. Though at least as ancient as her companion, Lunaria’s flawless figure bore no scars of the tribulations they had both lived through.

“What troubles you this time, old friend?” Lunaria placed her arms around the leprechaun’s shoulders.

“What we put that poor girl and her friends through…” Mangus shook his head and opened his eye, “Was it really necessary? It seems with every generation of Champions I feel more and more that the burden we place upon them is an unfair one.”

Lunaria nodded, “Change is what sustains the world. Without change, the world would die and not be reborn. Yet mortals struggle with change, often lacking the foresight to follow gracefully with change. They fight change, but cannot conquer it and suffering is the result. Long ago we decided it was better for a few individuals to bear this suffering for the good of all and it was within our power to make it so. Are you now thinking we should revisit the Champion system?”

“I wouldn’t mind taking the suffering of the world on myself, but asking another to do it… Doesn’t sit well with me. Especially asking an innocent, which so many of the Life Champions are. Why do the Champions have to be mortal?”

“Because mortals are the ones in whose hands the fate of the world lays. For all our power and connection to the world, in the end we can influence only how events unfold—not what those events are to begin with.”

 

 

LGS

March Madness 3

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Mar 20 2012

Astaroth: March 20

Selena no longer remembered how long she had been in Belial’s harem. In whatever time it may have been, she had borne him six sons and each was taken from her. Her daughter she had been allowed to keep. Observing her master’s other wives, Selena knew what fate awaited her young Dearna when she came of age.

The other wives didn’t care what became of their progeny. They existed only to serve Belial. Somehow Asmodeus’ crystal helped Selena to remember who she was. Over time she had also learned that lights within the crystal revealed the power and proximity of fiends. Her master had a powerful guest today.

“Come, Astaroth! Let us be free of this cesspit! You could render my sons undetectable thanks to their mortal blood. Once they had conquered the material world we could divide it between the two of us!” Belial’s voice.

“You would betray me,” his guest, reclined on a dragon, waved her master off.

“If that were the case, you would know it and I would gain nothing. There is no profit in betraying you.”

“I know it, Belial. This venture is doomed to fail.”

“And yet you are here.”

“And yet I am…”

 

 

More in Selena’s story for ‘Timony’s March Madness Blog Challenge. You can find links to the other challengers on ‘Timony’s site, or the rest of Selena’s story by clicking the March Madness tag at the bottom of the post. Now things have settled down a bit I’ll be making the rounds to see the other entries myself.

Elise 2nd

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Mar 15 2012

Elise 2nd – Fantasia

The force cage provided firm support for Elise’s head, totally without temperature. Its hum numbed her mind, causing her to smile subconsciously. The sorceress’s actions came from her heart, so it really was just pleasant to have less on her mind. She’d been beaten. Decisively.

Audrey Prince, the young girl from another world, definitely deserved the Mantle of the Silver Moon. In a single season she had reached the level of arcane power casters like Andromalus or Elise herself. In a way it was nice to have things back out of her hands, though Elise hoped Audrey had a plan for what she was going to do with Fantasia now that she had the power.

Elise discovered she was able to reverse her transformation curse, and was glad to have her mother back. That had easily been the hardest part of her vision for Fantasia, being forced to battle her own mother in order to realize it. Andromalus was less exciting to have back among the speaking and spell-casting. He put a little too much emphasis on how it was HIS apprentice who had bested Elise. The fool even put the same abjurations on Elise’s prison as he’d used to guard his tower. Had he forgotten that Elise had penetrated the tower? Or did he think she was so weakened by the battle?

Running her hands over her arms, Elise felt her sorcerous blood burn away the last of her bruises and aches from the battle. Opening her eyes, Elise breathed out slowly. Audrey’s party would all be resting from their ordeal now. It was time for the denouement.

Her shadow split into the classical elements, creating four duplicates of Elise outside her prison. A few gestures and words of power later and her shadows had freed Elise from Andromalus’ cage.

 

 

 

 

 

LGS

March Madness 2

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Mar 13 2012

Asmodeus: March 13

The rest of hell wasn’t nearly as accommodating as Belial’s palace. Even clear of the influence of her new master’s harem Selena could only follow him meekly. In the palace she was disoriented by drugs and fumes, and outside it cowed by the many residents of the infernal realm less pleasant of aspect than her captor.

“Ah, Modo! I trust you’ve heard about my latest concubine!” Belial tugged Selena forward by her golden tether.

A lithe demon in a tailored suit stopped ahead of them. His serpent tail twitched before he glanced back over his shoulder with the face of a mighty bull. Leaning on an ebony cane, the demon turned fully to face Selena and Belial, revealing the additional faces of a sophisticated man and powerful ram.

“Bel, she is too good for you!” the gentleman bowed and pulled Selena’s hand to his center face for a reverent kiss. “Call me Asmodeus.”

Belial jerked Selena away with a snarl, “You won’t get any of this one!”

“I wouldn’t dream of it,” Asmodeus bowed graciously to Belial.

The elegant fiend winked at Selena before hobbling away. Behind Belial’s back, Selena examined the small crystal Asmodeus had slipped into her palm.

 

 

 

This continues from my first March Madness post. Make sure to check out the rest of the field at ‘Timony’s site and come back through the month for more of Selena’s time in Hell.

Learn Dogling!

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Mar 07 2012

Well as long as the main posts are being delayed I figured this is a good opportunity to share the Emotation System used by Horera when she’s speaking dogling. All the beastling tribes in Terra have an emotation system with a degree of mutual intelligability because of the simplicity of the system and commonalities in what is expressed–these systems fall short of complete languages and have no written form, though are occasionally transcribed phonetically into the Common language. The emotation system is primarily used to convey emotional states.

Dogling Emotations

Yip = most happy, correlates to Yippie in Common and thus yippie is often used as well
Yap = affirmative, correlates to yep in Common, and doubles as more moderate form of Yip
Yiff = strongest positive, has acquired more mature connotations over time which have limited its general use
Wan = very minor positive, generally expresses contentment
Browf = neutral  sound, modified by tone to achieve range of meaning often used for questions as well as for statements and exclamations without positive or negative value.
Woof = strong neutral sound, can gain positive or negative value by context. Used to emphasize presence, and often agreement with another’s positive or negative sentiment.
Growf = expresses need, usually hunger
Arf = very minor negative, often used as a warning.
Bark = negative, generally angry exclamation of moderate strength
Mmphh *snort* = negation or distaste, though not angry, also used for unhappy
Grrr *growling* = strong negative, hostility or anger. Strengthens Bark when used before.
mNnn *whining* = sad, strength varies by context, can also be confusion or sympathy

Also Marshintire has finalized the missing picture image, which in turn means Horera must be getting closer to finding the missing pictures! This improved version will go to all the pages currently without their own proper image, but with luck Marshintire will have the time to start filling in the missing images.

By the way, while I’m revealing information about the girls and their worlds; is there anything you (yes you) would like to know? So far I’ve touched on the fairies and dogling emotations of Horera’s world–is there anything anyone would like to know about Audrey or Nadine’s worlds? Or something else about Horera’s?