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Menalippe’s Bestiary – Nymphs

Note: This post contains photos of nude miniatures.  They aren't Barbie doll naked, they are naked naked. Nymphs are female nature deities found throughout the wilds of Talomir.  They are often the daughters of gods and mortals, but some were formed from nature herself.  Nymphs live in places of wonder: springs, caves, forest groves, and ocean… Continue reading Menalippe’s Bestiary – Nymphs

Colonial Era / Pulp

Preparing for Texicon – Part 1

Texicon is 105 days away. I'm confident that I will be able to put together a good game in that time. I will run the game once a day each of the three days of the con. Each gaming session will last 4 hours. As I assemble the cast and scenery for the scenario, I… Continue reading Preparing for Texicon – Part 1

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Revolt of the Ant People

According to legend, the ant people, or Mrymidons, are descended from one of the old gods who had taken the form of an ant to enter the bed chamber of a princess. They originally inhabited the southern plain of Nycenae. Two hundred years ago, the Valkae Amazons had subjugated the Mrymidons. The Mrymidons left the… Continue reading Revolt of the Ant People

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Slip, Slip, Slidin’ Away

The winters on Valkae were mild compared to the northern lands that lay across the Kimean Sea. Yet, the blizzards in far Mirholme paled in comparison to the sheet of ice that had developed between Hippothoe and Brisia. The comradery among the eight gladiatrices from Asteria was in many ways broken. In late November, a… Continue reading Slip, Slip, Slidin’ Away

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Recruiting Day – Part One

It was a cold winter morning as two young women hurried down the road. The frost crunched under their footsteps. Their breaths were clouds of steam quickly dissipating into the frigid air. A thin sliver of light appeared behind them heralding the rising sun in his chariot. Ahead of them, perhaps over the next rise,… Continue reading Recruiting Day – Part One

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Recruiting Day – Encounter Behind the Scenes

Here is a behind the scenes look at the actual game played that later becomes part of the story. A story idea percolates in the back of my head somewhere. Sometimes it percolates for a long time. The quest that Menalippe is embarking on started years ago when I first discovered a game called "Chain… Continue reading Recruiting Day – Encounter Behind the Scenes

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Campaigning on Valkae – Part 1, Geography

Campaigning on Valkae (Elaine's Version) INTRODUCTION "Menalippe of Asteria here presents her research so that all that has happened to the Valkae might not fade from memory. May the great and wonderful deeds of the Amazons and the barbarian nations of men be sung, as well as the causes that led them to make war… Continue reading Campaigning on Valkae – Part 1, Geography

Colonial Era / Pulp

Froggy come a courtin’

"Chief Tonkawei received word from his king that the neighboring Zulus desired to take a number of young women as brides. As this would further relations between the Zulus and Nobelongga, the king urged Chief Tonkawei not to resist too much. This news incensed the chief's daughter, Isawannayu. The very idea that the Zulus would… Continue reading Froggy come a courtin’

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Hippothoe – Part 3

Brisia was stunned. She sat staring into the arena with disbelief. "Hey, Brisia, she called your name." said Ingrid. "Why Brisia?" someone whispered. Brisia stood up and picked up her shield. "It doesn't matter." she replied. "I am a gladiatrix. I fight whenever I am called. It doesn't matter who the opponent is." The words… Continue reading Hippothoe – Part 3

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Hippothoe – Part 2

The sun was setting when the women returned to the arena. Brisia had kitchen duty so she went to the kitchen to help prepare the evening meal. The cooks were also slaves. This made Brisia think about what Calliope had said. She realized that out of the seventy people who worked or lived at the… Continue reading Hippothoe – Part 2