Revamping the Pantheon

So after working on the first full length story, set in Aerthigin, and the death of a dear friend, I am reworking my pantheon.  Not doing a complete restructure, but am changing up some things:

  1. Removing lesser powers, and replacing them with “Avatars” – I don’t feel there is a need for intermediate powers.  My initial thought was intermediate powers could represent aspects of a major power in a more personal way, and as representatives for the non-core races (Giants, Lycanthropes, etc.)  I now believe that Avatars can provide the personal touch needed (by me).  The smaller fantasy communities don’t need a lesser diety, and can just worship the major power.  Example:  I had planned to have Giants worship a lesser power, underneath the domain of Villam (Neutral god of nature, animals, hunters, growth (agriculture), and storms).  I will now just have them be followers of Villam.  I am toying with the idea of having different cultural groups have different names for their deities, but am leaning against it.  The gods themselves would prefer that their followers call them by their true names (unlike dragons).
  2. With the death of my friend, I am going to rework one of the major powers to be a dedication to my departed friend.  Not going to give more details about that here – to avoid spoilers.

Current Pantheon (Sphere’s of Influence – Names and general alignment withheld)

  1. Justice, Duty, Honor, Guardians, Dwarves
  2. Music, Arts, Poetry, Dreams, Elves, Bards
  3. Love, Marriage, Family
  4. Wisdom, Knowledge, Inventions
  5. Magic, Gnomes
  6. Healing
  7. The Elements, Consistency
  8. Death and Judgement (Spirit Sorting), Time
  9. Luck, Gambling, Chaos, Thieves
  10. Nature, Animals, Hunters, Growth (Agriculture), Storms
  11. Greed, Strife, Murder, Corruption
  12. Disease, Suffering, Torment, Torture
  13. War, Hatred, Destruction, Vengeance, Orcs, Goblins
  14. Lust, Betrayal, Infidelity, Dishonesty
  15. Dark Places (Underdark), Dungeons

HELP!!! I need a time stop spell.

My eldest child will be leaving home to attend college, 6.5 hours away, at the end of this week.  While I am doing a decent enough job of being cool in her presence, inside I am rolling like a gelatinous cube (complete with acidic build up).  Although it is hard to let her go out into the world, and really would love to get my hands on a spell to stop time (at least for a bit), I know what is best for her is to follow her dreams.

She finished up High School with a strong performance, and despite having knee surgery her junior year, and not playing school soccer (she was on the golf team), she was offered scholarships from multiple schools (for both soccer and golf), and will be playing soccer.  She is excited, and a bit nervous.  Her mother and I are very proud of her.

Her plans are to study English and Marketing, and work in the publishing industry and write.  The girl has a good head on her shoulders, even if she has a small addiction to buying dice (which I may be partly responsible for having started.)

Good luck in college kid.  You will be missed at home.  Go out and make your mark!

The 5e Paladin

Ok, small rant time.  This probably won’t be a very popular post, based on the feedback I see from players in D&D 5e, but I have to say this anyway.  The idea that paladins aren’t required to be LG, to me at least, is idiotic.  The Paladin!  The symbol of of all that is both good and mighty, and now players can be any alignment, and don’t even need to have a diety.  You might as well allow fighters to have an archetype that makes a pact with some greater being for more power as a warlock/warrior hybrid.  (BTW, I am not a huge fan of warlocks and sorcerers either, but that is another conversation.)

A whole generation of kids that grew up getting participation trophies is just now hitting adulthood, and we start to strip away the things that make our archetypal classes so that they can play them without having to do so in a way that makes sense.  I get the concept of RPG, is to role-play the way you want, but there has to be some type of framework in place that makes sense.  What’s next?  “This is my dragon.  She looks like a dwarf, has dwarf parents, can’t fly, no breath weapon, no spells, but she is a dragon – because I say so.”

Fucking Stupid!

You want to play a class that has ability to wear plate, gets spells granted from a higher power, but not be LG?  Ok, make your alignment LE and call it a Death Knight, or whatever.  But calling it a Paladin is terrible.  Use a little creativity before starting/joining this game and own that bitch!

I promised this to be a short rant, so I will stop there.

No I don’t need to find MY voice!

I know a lot of, not all, writers do so because they have something to say.  They want their voices to be heard.  Well, let me start with two points that may initially contradict themselves –

  1. Yes, I believe that, maybe all, writers feel as though they have something to say through their work.
  2. No, I don’t believe that what we have to say requires it to be done from OUR voice.

Now, I can see where you would read this and immediately think that “this guy is completely mental”, and you may be 100% accurate on this.  However, if we are going to question my mental state, it shouldn’t be based on this.

Almost all writing takes a piece of the author with it into the work.  (If you are willing to do the leg work to prove me wrong on this, please let me know via social media that I am stupid and you plan to provide evidence to support this.)  However, most stories that have stuck with me throughout my life haven’t been those of those writing their autobiographical tales, but have found a way to step outside of themselves and represent their thoughts, long held traditions, reasons for breaking others’ long held traditions, or what ever social situation that is motivating them to act through their writing.  I am not against those that write up their life stories and share them with the rest of the world, and I concede the point that some are quiet motivational and inspiring.

The point I am making here is that probably the worst advice I ever received about writing was – “Find your voice.”  I think this entire phrase puts a lot of pressure on a writer to feel the need to represent something in their writing.  I am going to change that phrase up to say, “Find A voice (or don’t.)”  In other words, just write.  Those things that are important to you as an individual will come out in your writing, without you putting pressure and focus on them.

Waiting for that perfect way to present your message can prevent your message from getting out.  Just write.  Your message will be found by those that need to hear it and are looking for it, unless of course you don’t ever share it with anyone.  Just write.

Goodbye Old Friend

Got a text message this morning from the brother of a friend of mine, easily one of my best friends, using my friends phone. My friend, Eddie Ebarb, passed away on Thursday and his family wasn’t able to access his phone until today to notify his friends.
Eddie was an amazing person with strong beliefs, stronger sense of ethics, and duty to his family. He was a real life tinker gnome who couldn’t help himself when it came to figuring out new things. He was a trusted sounding board, that I could count on when doing anything creative. The world will never know the impact he was going to make, but the few of us that knew of him will forever be aware of how close we came to witnessing something great.
You absence will be felt, and you will be missed Eddie.

Here we go!

First off, thanks for taking the time to read a blog written by little ol’ me.  I can’t promise I will ever say anything that will be earth changing, or even worth your time reading it.  Hopefully, I can do that here and more so in the works I publish.

Hopefully I can get a blog post out once per month, more if able, but my focus when writing is currently directed towards story development and creation.