11 – The Lords of Dust

Keith, Wayne, and Kristian discuss the Lords of Dust and their complex schemes.

Outline

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:52 – Readings
  • 00:04:25 – Why Rakshasa; “Overlords” vs. “Rajahs”
  • 00:08:20 – Overlords embody a concept of evil
  • 00:11:47 – Exposing the PCs to The Lords of Dust’s plans without spoilers
  • 00:17:10 – The Lords of Dust feeling “too big”
  • 00:25:37 – Only use on one or two grand-scale villains
  • 00:27:41 – Threats for specific genres
  • 00:29:14 – Focus on a specific objective, not the epic scheme
  • 00:29:42 – The essence of the Overlords and the Lords of Dust
  • 00:33:05 – Why the rakshasas don’t just rule the world
  • 00:37:30 – Complex manipulations of the prophecy
  • 00:44:47 – Make your own Overlord
  • 00:45:37 – The Overlords are not allies
  • 00:47:04 – The world knows very little about the Overlords
  • 00:48:44 – Overlord names, titles, and themes
  • 00:52:25 – For Players
  • 00:52:57 – Progressively scaling up the enemies
  • 01:02:04 – Using the story to shape your character’s perspective
  • 01:02:45 – Warlocks and Overlord patrons
  • 01:04:45 – Trappings for class abilities
  • 01:06:39 – Wrap up

10 – Dragons

Scott, Keith, and Kristian explore the role of dragons in the world of Eberron.

Outline

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:10 – Readings
  • 00:02:55 – The impact of dragons
  • 00:08:14 – Not XP fodder
  • 00:10:05 – Almost living gods
  • 00:12:20 – The dragons of Argonnessen and the Chamber
  • 00:14:27 – The Draconic Prophecy
  • 00:18:17 – Colors not bound by alignment
  • 00:18:52 – Mastering shape changing for ‘espionage’
  • 00:22:49 – How and when dragons choose to interfere
  • 00:27:18 – Rogue dragons
  • 00:30:42 – Bringing Argonnessen into your campaign
  • 00:36:06 – Dragon-themed archetypes for players
  • 00:41:28 – Playing a Seren
  • 00:42:06 – Playing a dragonborn
  • 00:42:51 – ‘But I want to play a half-dragon sorcerer’
  • 00:44:16 – Dragon worshippers
  • 00:47:52 – The role and place of dragonborn
  • 00:51:37 – Original dragonborn in Races of the Dragon
  • 00:54:17 – Final thoughts
  • 00:55:46 – How to Play a Red Dragon Like and Evil Genius
  • 00:57:22 – Wrap up

09 – Kalashtar

Kristian and Keith “dream” about kalashtar.

Outline

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:00:57 – Gearing up for Eberron: Mind Games in Eberron
  • 00:01:18 – Races of Eberron
  • 00:01:33 – Dragonshards Articles
  • 00:01:48 – Design Intent
  • 00:05:54 – Oneiromancy in Occult Lore by Atlas Games
  • 00:07:04 – Dragon Magazine #324: Living Nightmares
  • 00:07:17 – Sarlona as a Separate Campaign Setting
  • 00:07:37 – The Effects of Psionics on Civilization
  • 00:13:09 – Core Concepts of Kalashtar
  • 00:21:32 – Not the Same Quori as During the Age of Giants
  • 00:23:54 – Psychology and Culture
  • 00:26:25 – Personality Shaped by Type of Quori spirit
  • 00:29:52 – Psicrystal as a Manifestation of the Quori Spirit
  • 00:31:10 – Kalashtar Warlock Pact with Quori Spirit
  • 00:32:50 – Three Main Approaches with Kalashtar
  • 00:35:59 – Path of Light
  • 00:43:15 – Alignment Restrictions Be Damned
  • 00:45:51 – Communities across Eberron
  • 00:47:32 – Think about Your Quori Spirit
  • 00:48:46 – Why Not Advertise the Shadow War?
  • 00:50:09 – How DMs Can Use the Shadow War
  • 00:53:14 – The Dreaming Dark Has Two Fronts
  • 00:56:56 – Inception [Film] as Inspiration (no pun intended)
  • 00:59:26 – Dreaming Dark Playing Chess
  • 01:05:21 – Wrapping Up
  • 01:07:23 – Next Topic?

Changeling Classes – Scott

Keftiu writes in:

I love changelings a lot, but it feels like they’re always forced into the role of the sneaky, deceptive Rogue. Do you have any other clever or unexpected classes you think fit the race well?

Scott shares his experiences and suggestions.

Additionally, Keith presented some ideas in a blog post on Changelings, Shifters and Lycanthropes as a follow up to our previous episode.

08 – Changelings and Shifters

Kristian and Keith have a “freeform” discussion about changelings and shifters.

Outline

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:00:24 – Why Changelings and Shifters Seem Underused
  • 00:04:50 – Shifter Communities
  • 00:08:00 – Shifter Culture, Classes, and Lineage
  • 00:13:20 – Inspiration for Creating Shifters
  • 00:20:33 – Lycanthropic Purge
  • 00:35:44 – Changeling Identity
  • 00:55:09 – Complete Guide to Doppelgangers
  • 01:00:31 – More on Changeling Identities
  • 01:06:54 – Dragonmarks Article: Changelings
  • 01:07:22 – Think about what the character’s ability means to you?
  • 01:07:59 – Consider That Everyone Knows Changelings Exist
  • 01:09:25 – Oooh! A Changeling Pretending to Be a Shifter
  • 01:09:50 – Wrap up

Warforged Warlock – Kristian

Jeremiah asks:

I listened to the most recent episode on warforged. Warforged are probably my favorite D&D race ever, and I pretty much play one whenever the DM lets me. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on warforged wizards and sorcerers. I was wondering, in particular, what types of entities would a warforged warlock likely make a pact with.

Kristian answers with some additional contributions from Keith and Wayne.

Also, DND Beyond coincidentally posted a video of Mike Mearls discussing the Warlock’s relationship to their patrons.

07 – Warforged

Keith, Wayne, and Kristian discuss warforged (and how they’re not robots).

Outline

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:01:07 – Articles
  • 00:02:09 – What Are Warforged?
  • 00:12:30 – Culture (Dungeon Magazine #115: ‘Steel Shadows’)
  • 00:20:16 – Psychology
  • 00:30:51 – Alignment
  • 00:38:52 – For GMs
  • 00:39:05 – Living Reminders and Really Dangerous
  • 00:41:44 – Extremist Lord of Blades Followers
  • 00:43:07 – Players against Warforged
  • 00:46:38 – Interactions with Local Communities
  • 00:49:42 – Non-distinctive Appearance
  • 00:54:06 – Religion and Purpose of Self
  • 00:55:27 – Warforged Variants
  • 01:01:42 – Ideas Regarding Warforged Souls
  • 01:06:24 – Consider Character Origins
  • 01:09:08 – For Players
  • 01:10:06 – Self Exploration
  • 01:11:50 – Classes Other Than Fighter
  • 01:14:14 – What Do You Want As a Warforged?
  • 01:15:38 – How Do You View Death?
  • 01:17:55 – Do You Identify with Other Warforged?
  • 01:19:12 – Wrapping Up

06 – Elves

Keith and Kristian discuss the Aereni, Tairnadal, and Valenar elves of Eberron.

Outline

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • Articles
  • 00:01:59 – Aging, Experiences, and Culture
  • 00:06:21 – Aereni and the Undying Court
  • 00:07:53 – Line of Vol and Necromancy
  • 00:10:26 – The Tairnadal and the Ancestor Spirits
  • 00:13:56 – Culture is Their Flavor
  • 00:15:03 – Starting Age and Training to Perfection
  • 00:29:07 – Elven Dragonmarked Families
  • 00:31:53 – For GMs
  • 00:32:11 – Age and ‘Recent’ Experiences
  • 00:35:09 – Emphasizing a Sense of Elvish Tradition
  • 00:37:38 – Elvish Heirlooms and Legacy Items
  • 00:41:39 – Elven Dragonmarked Houses
  • 00:46:39 – Long-term Story Elements
  • 00:50:01 – For Players
  • 00:50:41 – Perfected Skill
  • 00:52:18 – Outlook toward Physical Beauty
  • 00:55:18 – Passing on Relics as Legacy
  • 00:57:53 – Custom Spells As a Speciality
  • 00:59:45 – Tairnadal and Valenar
  • 01:01:52 – Who is Your Tairnadal Patron Ancestor?
  • 01:09:35 – Aereni Lines
  • 01:12:12 – Lines Associated with Undying Court
  • 01:14:47 – Interacting with Non-elven Magic Users
  • 01:16:03 – Outro

Dragon Con 2017 – Running Eberron for a Con Game

Keith and Kristian catch up at Dragon Con and discuss Keith’s panels and running Eberron for a con game or as one-shots in general.