“They walk the floes, never stop.
They are cold meat, blood of ice.
They die, we eat.
Always less, herds never grow.”
– Geskarr, northern barbarian
This week’s article on KitN was communally created on the DCC RPG Facebook group (link here). It continues the frosty theme of recent weeks, as the north is covered in snow and it is easy to imagine great herds of frozen beasts walking in the soft blizzard.
Big thanks to bygrinstow for his contribution to this piece (check out his monstrous blog here and his Night Soil #0 zine here)!
DCC Monster – Ice Auroch
“Ha, well, someone ‘as to do it.
Shovel what you keep putting out.
They call us gongfarmers.
Us, we’re the heroes
Yous ju’s don’ know it.”
This is an absolutely shameless marketing post: If you haven’t already, do check out bygrinstow‘s Night Soil zine. It’s full of excellent stuff for all you DCC gongfarmers: magic, monsters and a ton of various discoveries. Bygrinstow is a friend of KitN, and we’ve collaborated on a number of DCC articles in the past year.
You’ll find the zine and the relevant blog though the below links.
Night Soil zine #1
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“Each winter, inevitably, the snow elves come. Descending from the freezing mountains like an insidious creeping avalanche, their raiders prey upon the rural settlers of the foothills, ravaging their towns and stealing what they can before disappearing into the cold snow.”
Continuing our series of articles to fit the local weather patterns, here are the snow elves, and it’s -30 Celsius outside. I’m very happily writing this while sitting next to a roaring fireplace, but the obvious downside is that I’m not leaving the house anytime soon.
Snow elves are actually the result of multiple unfortunate rolls: my Monday group fumbled a random encounter check while traveling in the winter, had to roll twice on the encounter table, both of these rolls resulting in the same notation of “Bandits!”. Weather and misfortune conspired to created the wretched elven race, and they’ve been a stable in my campaign world ever since. This article ties in nicely with the previous week’s description of Lady Wyel.
Finally, I’d like to welcome our new art contributor into the Lance! Justell’s illustration caught my eye recently, and she was kind enough to join the growing ranks of our creative family. Have a look at her bio entry for more information and links.
DCC Race – Snow Elves
DCC Race – Snow Elves
Illustration: Justell Vonk – “Festive”; ink on paper, A4.
“Formally under the Elfland court, Lady Wyel lives in the cold north of the Elflands.
Her touch is frozen, her hand is cold.”
The Cold Lady of the Elflands was a necessity for our campaign, and I’m absolutely joyful as Antti joins us as a writer on the blog.
There’s a civil war going on in the Elflands, the Old King is tired and harassed. And Lady Wyel wants her share.
AT & AMP
DCC Patron – Lady Wyel of the Cold
“Ho ho hoo!”
– Jolly Old St. Nicholas of Yule Mountain
Just too late for the holidays, it’s the patron we all remember growing up: jolly ole Saint Nicholas!
He is fairly unique in that none of his abilities can be used on the caster themselves and that he requires a character be generous to stay in his good graces. It should add some fun dynamics to any game that chooses to employ him.
This is the second patron I’ve written, and I hope to add a few more to the list before too long.
Season’s farewells and happy adventuring out there!
DCC Patron – Saint Nicholas
“Books, grimoires, fetishes… objects of lore, and power.
I sense them all, I know their power.
I must have it for my own.”
The arcane archivist is an alternative magic user class for DCC. I wrote it up based on popular demand, as my players have recently realised the value of utility wizards, Detect magic, Read magic and Comprehend languages.
The alternate mechanics are partially based on my own old home system, where arcane casting was largely tied to the power of a wizard’s spell book.
As usual, rules are below in the PDF. Enjoy!
DCC Class – Arcane Archivist
Illustrations by the absolutely magical Joni Kesti.
The inaugural post for the new year is another collaboration with the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Check out the space dwarf race in the companion volume, along with other excellent content!
The space dwarves are actually based on a really vivid dream I had a few months back. I’ll eventually work them out to a full story, but it was great fun to explore their culture and behaviour for this article. And Joni’s illustrations are damn great, the man is a wizard with inks!
Check out Sanctum Secorum ep. #42 – Arena and the episode companion zine though the links below!
Sanctum Secorum episode #42: Arena
Sanctum Secorum ep. #42 companion on DriveThruRPG
Illustration by the ever on-the-nose Joni Kesti.