Quick Asides: The Larch

A new piece of mythic lore, for those facing the might of the Flambeau, or other wizards skilled in fire magic. In On Architecture, the author records that Julius Ceasar once tried to subdue a tribe who had a great wooden tower before their fortress.  He had his men rain down fiery arrows on it,…

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Quick aside: Haruspexes

I’m listening to the Librivox version of “On Architecture” by Marcus Virtuvius Pollio. I’ll note anything interesting (beyond, by the way, a very detailed guide on how to design Roman and Greek rooms, which are fun for people who like high-detail sagas.) I knew, and I presume we all knew, that Romans, before founding a…

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Ars Magica Note: Nettles

According to Mick on Time Team, nettles are attracted to potassium, which is found in some areas as a result of ancient dung heaps or toilet pits.  This means you can find a lost settlement in a forest by looking for nettles. For Hermetic magi, finding nettles is ridiculously easy: Hunt The Wild Herb, for example,…

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What Freebie Next?

Bar a little tidying up, I think Escape to the Tin Islands is done, and so its time for a new poll to see what new freebie people want. The winning option from last time (intro adventures for cons) has been taken out, because I don’t want ot write the same sort of stuff over…

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