February 17, 2019

The Lyonesse Trilogy is a group of three fantasy novels by Jack Vance, set in the European .. but which contains significant elements of fantasy and magic lends itself to use as setting for role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Aug 9, The good people at the Design Mechanism have shared this draft of their map of the ‘Elder Isles’ for their forthcoming Lyonesse RPG (based. Apr 13, Sorry if this is a derail of your thread but as someone who has not read Lyonesse: what’s so great about it? In other words, why is it a good rpg.

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Aillas leads another escape, and after a series of adventures finds himself on the southern outskirts of Avallon, the capital city of Dahaut. Mankcam Legendary Member Apr 15, Shimrod adopts the guise of Dr.

Aillas, for his part, discovers that the Tatzel of reality is nothing like the Tatzel of his daydreams, and the infatuation is broken. Breaking Down the Prism of Overlight: Ignoring the advice of his more experienced advisors and overeager to prove himself, the wounded Cassander orders his scouts to embark on a pointless search that gives the Dahaut army time to regroup and escape.

The Butcher Red Wizard Apr 13, Commentator David Williams, remarking on a “sense of loss” evident in much of Jack Vance’s writings, notes that “Vance exercised this sense of loss in high ironic form in the Lyonesse sequence: Joald manages to partially wrench free, and his presence in the Atlantic causes a massive tsunami that wipes out Ys instantly and the majority of Vale Evander shortly after.

The Perturbed Dragon 3.

Murgen keeps a simulacrum of Joald tightly bound, and he also devotes much of his time and effort to “guard Joald and soothe his monstrous hulk, and ward away ltonesse might disturb his long wet rest”. In a fishing village in South Ulfland, a fisherman catches a flounder and discovers the green pearl inside. Madouc having angered Casmir by refusing to be part of a marriage alliance he’s devised, the king punishes her and humors Queen Solace by making Madouc the prize in a quest for the Holy Grail a relic which would draw pilgrims to the cathedral being built under the instigation of the treacherous Brother Umphred, who has revealed to Casmir that Dhrun is Suldrun’s son.


She disdains him because he inhaled the green fume whereas she tasted it and spat it out. Visbhume promises to return her to Earth if she tells rgp the circumstances of Dhrun’s birth, but his obvious designs on her person inform her that she will be killed once he has the information.

Aillas and Dhrun divide their time between Watershade, Aillas’ placid castle on the island of Troicinet, and his new capital Doun Darric in South Ulfland. Aillas’ Ulfish army attacks and destroys one of these armies.

Lyonesse RPG (Jack Vance)

The next line of inquiry is obvious. Everything so far has been kind of a setting hand-picked to go well with baseline Mythras, the exception being Luther Arkwright which did need new psionics and firearms rules. After several battles, the Dahaut army is routed.

Casmir retrieves the baby and, none the wiser, takes her back to the castle. Is his language florid and perhaps even a touch baroque? Murgen is too busy watching over Joald, a trapped being of apocalyptic power, to do so himself.

Carfilhiot refuses, and Aillas’ Troice troops lay siege to his castle. What follows is a recounting of that game. His body decomposes and merges with the forest floor; in the Spring, beautiful flowers with strangely evocative odors sprout at the site.

June Learn how and when to remove this template message. But only in the end of Madouc is Joald revealed to be a giant underwater being — “a strange gray creature, human in general configuration, with glistening gray skin, short hairy neck, heavy head with smeared features and the filmy eyes of a dead fish” — who seeks to destroy the Elder Isles by breaking down the submarine pillars on which they rest.

Melancthe continues to fascinate and frustrate Shimrod, and he is unable to learn what her plans are. The Green is revealed to be a corrupting magical force and an element of a much larger inter dimensional war, which Murgen has been trying to keep from reaching Earth.

The weasel dissolves into a green transparency, like a skeleton in aspic. In a public ceremony, Gax transfers the crown to Aillas, much to the surprise and consternation of the Ska. Faude Carfilhiot leads a band of men out from Tintzin Fyral on a “hunting” expedition to capture one of the barons who oppose his rule. Lacking funds, he seeks out the bandit Rughalt of the sore knees, his accomplice, to provide him shelter and funds.


An Actual Play of Skyfarer. I just bought Mythic Constantinople, it looks really great, so hopefully that’s a good sign for Lyonesse. Dungeon of the Mad Mage Level I shared this on the DM forum as well, but if you want to learn more about this setting and how it might be turned to an RPG, give this a listen – lyoneesse well worth your time, IMO: Before they can cause the downfall of the entire island however, Tamurello is defeated and Torqual is beheaded.

Aillas, Dhrun, Glyneth and Shimrod journey lyoness Watershade for a banquet, while in Lyonesse, Casmir awaits news from Visbhume that will never come, and ponders the mystery of Suldrun’s son. That leads to the setting being sacrificed for the system, a prime lyonessse being Savage Rifts.

Akratic Wizardry: Lyonesse map draft

After many adventures they arrive at the portal and Visbhume opens the way, but causes the animal they have been riding to attack Kul, injuring him.

He says they should be lovers; who better, since they are the same person. Raleel Not actually a Mythras sales bot Apr 13, Those are supplements useful for any system.

Desmei’s physical form is destroyed, and an insane Tamurello tries to free Joald with the help of Torqual simply to spite Murgen, fully aware that it will mean the end of the Elder Isles. King Audrey is distraught to find his army, though still strong, is slowly growing fat and complacent from mismanagement, and begins trying to re-assert himself as a military power.

Members Registered members Current visitors New profile posts Search profile posts. Inside, Murgen himself is bound by demonic hands. Shimrod learns from a magic monitor that watches his house that the thieves who tortured his house servant and stole his goods were a handsome young aristocrat and an older robber who complained that years of climbing on rooftops had left him with sore knees. If so that’s even better news! I haven’t read a lot of Wolfe, but I find Vance way more playful.

Murgen, disguised as a peasant, quickly seals the weasel and pearl in a glass jar.