Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jeff Dee Kickstart Project

I just wanted to pass along, for anyone who hasn't already heard, news of Jeff Dee's kickstart project to recreate the art from his TSR projects, eventually to be compiled in an art book.  He plans to start with the Egyptian chapter from Deities and Demigods, and progress to the other chapters, including missing illustrations that were never completed for the original book.  According to Dee, all of his original art work was thrown out by TSR, so he has to recreate all of the illustrations from scratch.

This would be a pretty neat project, as Dee's artwork graced a lot of AD&D books and adventure modules and, along with Sutherland and Trampier helped create the iconography of the game.

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