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I am prepping for my monthly +13th Age game at my FLGS this morning. Once again I am grateful to +Aaron and his patreon. He has an archive of great pdfs of monsters, adventures, and more. My game today will feature monsters heavily drawn from his horror supplements.

I have said it before, and I will say it again, if you love 13th Age, check out this patreon.
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A little 13th Age with Zane this afternoon.
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We're excited to announce that we've launched a Patreon for the show! We have some great ideas for how we could improve the show and give more 13th Age resources to the 13th Age community, but we can't do it alone.

If you are a fan of the Iconic Podcast and would like to benefit from things like early access to outlines and episodes or voting on show topics or even being a guest, consider being a patron of the show!
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Recap of Previous Events
The year 758 of the 7th Age, the continent of Sentali, the Last Redoubt
It has been 25 years since the fall of the Dragon Emperor, Zenhir, on the isles in the midst of the Shattered Bay. A quarter century since the Starlight Cabal and the last great mustering of the Imperial might of Kardane brought an end to the machinations of the dracolich. Historians, in the intervening years, have also declared that battle the end of the so called “Dark Wars”, a poetic contrivance they use to describe Zenhir’s multiple attempts to destabilize Kardane, which began with the Qualith Rebellion decades before. In the intervening years the empire has enjoyed a well-earned peace.

The southern province of Druthin officially entered the empire. Lord Tor established Clan Bennalanx to the west of Shadows Reach, as a haven for minotaurs. Additionally, he recovered two more of the myair crystals which hold the essence of dwarven gods, expanding the growing minotaur pantheon to four before disappearing into the tunnels beneath the clan hold. It is said he is still search for the great banes beneath the earth, ending threats to the clan before they can arise. Elder Grond sits beneath the dragon banner in Bennalanx, a seneschal who rules in Tor’s name.

Rannick turned the Last Redoubt into a city-state for the outcast, the abandoned, and the unwanted. This includes members of the Crandroc Hold in the east. The younger dhwarvs seek to reclaim the ancient glory of their kind and have come to learn at the feet of Rannick, the last dwarf on Ta’nar. Arlana Firstborn, daughter of the High Father and ward of Rannick and Artalava, has established her home in the Last Redoubt as well. While it is clear she is Immortal, Arlana has yet to step onto the path of the Celestial.

Between the empire in the west, and the imperial aligned kingdoms of Bennalanx and the Last Redoubt, the freehold of Shadows Reach has remained quiescent for the last two decades. No hint of revolt against Imperial authority has been seen. The Reach continues along, the slow rot of the Perversions festering in its walls. Rumor has it that the temples of the Perversions are engaged in a shadow war against each other. Hystal, the chosen and high priest of Ganagal, is said to be responsible for the deaths of three other high priests.

Session 1
On the 16th day of Vatra in the year 758, a group of young adventurers found themselves in the Sapphire Hatchling, an inn built on the foundations of the Blue Behir. They are in the Last Redoubt for a variety of reasons:

Dubroc Artalavason (+Benjamin Feehan) A monk from the Qeovana monastery. He travelled to the Last Redoubt because after seven years of intense training, he feels he is ready to see the world and aid his sister Arlana in her endeavors.

Tokalo (+Nick Johnson) Son of the great Jalmari, Tokalo the Auxen has spent many years acting as a mercenary scout for hire. His trails have lead him here to the Redoubt.

Trajan Galt (+Byron Bose) A human alchemist from Kardane, Trajan was present during the siege of the Last Redoubt. He witnessed the fury of the alchemical charges which Fist, one of the Starlight Cabal, unleashed on invaders (and Wer the Minotaur cleric) and became obsessed. Having finished a tour with the Imperial Legions as a sapper, Trajan came to the Redoubt to find new purpose.

Raksha (+Rebecca Lauffenburger) A wolfan, Raksha has travelled to the Redoubt in her wanderings. Although small for a wolfan, her inquisitive nature and fingers have often landed her in trouble.

Hadrion, son of Celloth (+Richard Rohlin) An elf out of time. Hadrion is the son of Celloth, a hero of the Starlight Cabal, and the Illir-Senti, Estiel, 150 years from now. He has been tracking the chronophagic monster which slew his father, but the trial unwittingly slipped back into the past. Much like his father, who was never seen without his companion Wuelren, Hadrion’s leopard Aeglos is never far from his side.

Mevoyia (+PJ The Magnificent) Not much is yet known about the young half-elven girl, save that she also was accompanied by an animal companion, a wolf named Haldon. She seems to have wandered into the inn to by strawberry wine.

The city of the Last Redoubt was preparing for the Day of Three Remembrances, where it celebrates the victory of the Starlight Cabal in the siege of the Last Redoubt, the High Holy Day of Mogandraal, and the feast day of Saint Wer. As the group enjoyed a meal and drink, planning their individual reasons for being in the Sapphire Hatchling, a great commotion drew the attention of the patrons. Lord Rannick, his Iron Guard, and the Lady Arlana were walking through the Great Plaza, inspecting the preparations for the celebration. As the crowds watch, two crossbow bolts dropped two of the Iron Guard at the same time that Hadrion and others heard a muffled scream from beneath the inn.
Tokalo and Dubroc forced their way through the crowd, making their way to Dubroc’s sister, who was attempting to shield the guard from further bolt. The bolts were enchanted in the fashion of Shadows Reach, as the two dhwarvs died vomiting up gold coins. Dubroc and his big sister Arlana exchanged words as Tokalo watched the automatons of the Last Redoubt catch one of the assassins, as the rest leapt from the walls. Rannick was displeased to see Dubroc, who was supposed to be training for longer than seven years and charged Tokalo to see that Dubroc awaited his mother, Artalava, in the inn. Arlana, heartened by Dubroc’s courage, promised to speak with him later. Rannick and Arlana, with the Iron Guard, retreated into the Tower of the Gift to deal with the prisoner.

Meanwhile, in the store room of the inn, Hadrion, Raksha, Mevoyia, and Trajan discovered that Stald, one of the innkeepers, had been brutally murdered. Something had eviscerated the large man in a single blow. Hadrion, Raksha, and Trajan discovered tracks, booze, and the markings of the Bloody Barbers, a street gang, in the cellar, while Mevoyia comforted Lucian, the other innkeeper and brother of Stald. The tracks and markings lead the group to a false barrel which opened up into the sewers of the city. As they descended the stairs, Hadrion notice alchemical charges which had been placed along the wall. They spotted a group of Varthen, spider-human hybrids, placing the charges along the main sewer line as well.

Mevoyia, running back upstairs, convinced Dubroc to go aid the group below, caused his monksitter Tokalo to join him. Having accomplished the forming of an expedition to explore the sewers, Mevoyia promptly sat down at the bar to enjoy a drink and to keep the crowd in the inn in order.
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Tonight I started a new campaign in the world of Ta'nar. It has been about a year since the last campaign ended what turned out to be a 10 year arc of campaigns. Time has partially veiled the melancholy of the wounds of the last stories, both in and out of the game, and it was time to start afresh.

It was a joy to return to the world with fellow Ta'nar travelers: +Richard Rohlin, +Benjamin Feehan, +Nick Johnson, as well as the co-creator of the world +Byron Bose. We are also joined by +PJ The Magnificent and +Rebecca Lauffenburger, who are new to the continent of Sentali.

I plan to do session write-ups for this campaign, chronicling the adventures of the yet unnamed group of characters starting their adventures in the Last Redoubt. But for now, I am just enjoying having returned to a world I love.

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Guest Post: On Dice Mechanics and Over the Edge
This is a guest post on  from Jonathan Tweet, who is in the last 24 hours of his Over the Edge Kickstarter  with Atlas Games. I didn't directly contribute to the design of Over the Edge , but it turns out that I contributed indirectly!  Rob’s first professi...
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Join +Chris Lites, +Cam Banks, and me live online Monday evening, 5 pm Pacific for an interactive discussion of Over the Edge. The Kickstarter ends Tuesday at 11 am Pacific.
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Well, it is official!
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Now is a great time to start supporting Aaron's +13th Age patreon!
A new month means a new project for my 13th Age Patreon! This month will probably have classic monsters and new playable species. Even a single dollar helps me continue making more and more content. If you've heard me on the most recent +Iconic Podcast, now is a great chance to jump on board.

https://www.patreon.com/wolfsamurai
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Took Zane hiking at Pulpit Rock. Made it to the top and caught a bit of a baseball game.
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