Aggrylia had time to calm down over the next few days, and while nobody could have expected her to bounce back to her jovial self that everyone knew prior to Hilde and Oskar’s arrival at the manor, she was at least able to rally herself to be actively engaged in what needed to be done. … Continue reading An Applewood Gallows; Chapter 15
Perhaps the most ill-named monster in all of the D&D lexicon is the demilich. Even a cursory glance at the Monstrous Compendium entry for this fiend is flaccid. It basically says a ton about liches themselves and then concludes with "Oh, by the way, there is this thing called a demilich that is way worse. … Continue reading And you thought “Demi-” meant “Lesser”… Ha!
The longest surviving aspect of the vast cultural, economic, and spiritual powerhouse that had been the Third Imperium was the military and political influence it gave to the myriad small nations that rose out of its ashes. Gone was the concept of elected officials who oversaw the Imperium on both large and small scales, but … Continue reading The Decline and Fall of the Third Imperium; Part 3
Hilde had been correct. The Judicial Corps detachment of the 6th Army wasn’t about to hurt Grundoon in any way if it could be at all avoided. Now that he was in their custody, they did what they could to make him comfortable. His new accommodations were rather more austere than the aged former general … Continue reading An Applewood Gallows; Chapter 14
One of the causes of the collapse of the Third Imperium is surprisingly also one of the reasons it lingered on longer than it should have. The Holy Imperium Church was under the governance of the supreme patriarch Callidus Magna. It was he that gave the tacit approval to the nobility for the assassination of … Continue reading The Decline and Fall of the Third Imperium; Part 2
There was no more prominent or influential political, cultural, and military power on the current state of affairs in Domum than that of the Third Imperium. A massive empire that spanned virtually all of the continent of Partum as well as great swaths of two other continents (Tantam to the east and Arcanum to the … Continue reading The Decline and Fall of the Third Imperium; Part 1
Hilde and her brother waited for over an hour before their father had calmed their stepmother enough that he could get back on his feet, and deal with what needed to be done. Grundoon took the paper that he had been writing on off of his desk and folded it neatly. Using some sealing wax … Continue reading An Applewood Gallows; Chapter 13
A long, awkward silence followed, and finally Grundoon took a deep breath, and said, “Alright, let’s get this going. Hilde, bring in this attorney. Oskar, do me a favor and go get my wife. Tell her to join us, please.” As Hilde got up from her chair, she made a mental note of how far … Continue reading An Applewood Gallows; Chapter 12