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Campaign: Fawn the Midwife of Barleytown

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Character: Fawn, the Midwife of Barleytown
Game: Fall of Magic
Episodes: 1
Theme Song: Breath of Life by Florence and the Machine
Quote: "Human beings are not born once and for all the day their mothers give birth to them, but life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."

Yes. I'm playing more Fall of Magic. Stop asking.

Two of my friends hadn't play FoM. So naturally I offered to facilitate a game for them. But I had played almost all the roles available. We had five players, a hefty group, and I let everyone else choose first. So that when Barleytown was the only option left, I had already played a Hero and a Swine-Herd (best one btw). So it was midwife.

But I didn't want Fawn to be a traditional maternal guiding midwife. I'm a doula, so in real life I deal with midwives a fair bit. Instead I wanted someone who was somewhat masculine and intimidating, even though the rest of the party are all men. I didn't want the only woman to be a w…

Campaign: Erusiniel

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Character: Erusiniel Larentansel
Game: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Episodes: 0
Theme song: Belly of the Beast by Gazette Twin
Quote: "Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back."

So a long time ago I played in a one-episode D&D game, and I played an elf warlock pirate who hated mages and wanted to fuck the world if it meant she got her cure. When one of my besties was going to start running 5th ed, I jumped at the chance to play that elf again. I delighted in a rum-drunk, cursing-like-a-sailor, grumbling elf who hated most things, loved being flirtatious, and got angry for no reason.

She wasn't going to be stoic at all. She was going to be all the emotions, anger, and riotous joy that elves never were. Eire was an elf from a shit village called Stonewall who got captured by some mages who imbued her with a great old thing and thus turned her into a warlock. She woke up, killed some mag…

Campaign: Cara Harrt

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Character: Cara Harrt
Game: Urban Shadows
Episodes: 1
Theme Song: Pack of Nobodies by Emily Wells
Quote: "Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like."

When I got the opportunity to play an online game of Urban Shadows with an all star cast, I jumped at it. When asked what I would play, I was somewhere between Wolf and Oracle. I finally settled on oracle, after playing around with the idea of being a religious oracle loosely inspired by the Warrens of the 70's.

In the 70's, there were a lot more paranormal hunters and their exploits were talked about in news papers. It was treated almost like a real phenomenon. I watched a few docs on people who claimed to have grown up in haunted houses the Warrens helped cleanse.

While I was watching this doc, one of the women in it mentioned how much PTSD her mother had from the haunting and how she never really recovered. I tried to ima…

One Shot: Caspian the Hero of Barleytown

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Character: Caspian, the Hero of Barleytown
Game: Fall of Magic
Episodes: 2
Theme Song: Drink the Water by Justin Cross
Keywords: Roguish, Compassionate, Rebellious

I've never played a Caspian before. Nor a hero of Barely Town. And so I made Caspian, a brash young man who was charming, sincere, and a bit of as schemer for the greater good. Barley Town is generally a congenial place every time I play Fall of Magic. So I tried to set up a different atmosphere than any other time I had played.

In Caspian's view, the Barley Lord was a tyrant who was oppressing the people. I didn't have much sketched out for this, but I knew Barleytown would have hanging people by the gates, an angry and oppressive Barely Lord, and people afraid to whisper of the rebellion that had been started, I also knew that Caspian had gone with the Magus to try to get help for Barelytown.

Caspian was a determined man who was a nobody up until recently, when he chose to stand up to the Barely Lord when someone …

Campaign: River the Fugitive of Stormguard

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Character: River, fugitive of Stormguard
Game: Fall of Magic
Episodes: 1
Theme Song: Eivør - Trøllabundin
Keywords: Cautious, fierce, cunning

Recently I started ANOTHER Fall of Magic game, and in this one, it's a one on one game. I've done this before, but this will be the first time I finish it. I love one on one games because you really get to explore each little area a lot more with your characters. I initially was going to make another Ellamura, but in the end, ended up with the name River once more. I don't know why. I like the name River because of the connotation to flowing and change and movement. When you have a Fall of Magic character, you have something in your hands that's about to dramatically change.

I wondered what a fugitive from Stormguard would be like. I knew Stormguard had a Stormqueen. And I will say, one of the neat things about playing the game over again is that you know there are certain prompts and that let's you have a character from a place …

One Shot: Maddi

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Character: Madison aka Maddi
Game: The Forgotten
Episodes: 1
Theme Song: The Classics by Owl and Mouse
Keywords: Optimistic, emotional, hopeful

When I was at the cottage, we decided to use the freezing cold bunkie (One little one-room cottage that had a bunk bed in it and that's it) to play the Forgotten, a game about living in a war torn city. It was freezing. It was so cold. We all had blankets. And one light. Did I mention it was cold?

We pulled our characters and our relationships randomly. I was playing an art student who was in love with a lawyer (who was partner at his firm, dude wasn't young) and the daughter of a smuggler. She worked at a local art store to pay her way through art school and was mostly into sculpture. Maddi wanted to work with her hands, and to make beautiful things for the world.

That was, until the war broke out. It had been two years of living with her mom, her cousin, her potential brother in law, and her boyfriend. Two. Years. She had been nineteen wh…

Campaign: Ellamura the Scholar of Istallia

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Character: Ellamura, Scholar of Istallia
Game: Fall of Magic
Episodes: 1
Theme Song: Blood I Bled by The Staves
Keywords: Impatient, Skilled, Antisocial

Magic is dying. There are so many magical creatures in the world, and they too, are dying. They draw their last breaths and no one bears witness. They seek refuge in the few small magical places left in the world. They hide. They need protection and safety.

Ellamura is a scholar from the prestigious school in Istallia. She has no magic of her own, but is a kind of zoologist of magical creatures. Despite appearing as a proper scholar, she's the first to get her hands dirty, to know how to camp, and to seek out magic nearby. She travels with a swineherd, a giant, and a fox. None of them are especially talented or useful.

Of all of them, Ella seems to be the only one who understands what it means that magic will die. The others, lost in their own daydreams of life and death, scare her. She knows magic will die and there is nothing they c…