Wondrous places (Sunday roundup)

Well another week has passed and I have gotten little done. I have been on vacation (we call it leave in the Army) since Tuesday and generally been just spending it with my family. I did manage to put out LC-06 on Wednesday, and I ran a game of Warrior, Rogue & Mage on Thursday, but other than that, very little on the gaming front beyond checking out my favorite blogs here and there.

  • I have an idea for the next issue of LC and some thoughts on the race of sylari for the reimagineering of my homebrew world sylnae (thanks to Harald for showing me his awesome site).
  • I settled on my ideal of what the sylari will look like in sylnae (right).
  • No movement on Dungeon Delvers! yet, sent this out to a few readers of the blog/friends and gotten some feedback that I plan to incorporate into the next version, but not worked on it at all this week.
  • Found out I will be leaving for the desert early to mid November, thus my blog will have little to no updates until most likely late November. Course, hopefully when I get there I will have ample time to pursue my hobby and BS ever evening away writing stuff for my blog. 🙂
  • Yesterday we stained our deck, taking it from the grayed out sun dried wood to a rich yellow/orange tone of rich, healthy wood. You can see it (still drying) below.

So today while perusing the web I did one of my favorite things on the net: searching for inspiration from this amazing world we live in. I started doing this a few years ago when searching Google for images became useful and when I am just stuck I have found this helpful for inspiration, especially when it comes to worldbuilding.

I have an unnatural love of, and draw to, the fjords and mountains of Scandinavia:

Of course, the highlands of Scotland are a huge favorite of mine as well. My family can be traced back to Clan Graham so I am partial to this area of the world and would love to some day visit and tour the old castles and manors that dot the highlands.

Not sure where this is, but I can see a tribe of sylari taking a break here as they trek across the woodlands of Earalon trying to escape a Goth horde hunting them.

Another possible sylari (guess I am on a sylari kick lately) location. I can see this being a stronghold of the sylari people, perhaps that rocky mountain ahead is actually a plateau with one of the sylari’s greet trees. The area surround the plateau is covered with the vast forests the sylari haunt, laying out on the high branches to sun themselves and feed off the warm rays of the sun.

Having lived in Colorado and in the mountains in northern Iraq, I am a sucker for mountains and snow. Below we can see the mountains that run the eastern border of Agincoor in the depths of winter. The sylari would hate coming here, the cold causing their plant based bodies to cool and be resistant to movement. Hmmm, do sylari hibernate in cold climes?

I recently watched a show on the National Geographic channel where they explored this cave with giant crystals, this looks straight out of a movie or fantasy novel. Click here to see more images from inside these caves (courtesy of Google!)

That’s all I have for now, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Wondrous places (Sunday roundup)

  1. Ooh, those are good locations.

    I’m really glad I picked up your blog, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll come up with once you get back up.

    Thanks for the kind words, and I’ll try to repay you if I can get my notes sorted enough to make a post out of it… I must admit I’m still hoping that the players will derail themselves, and that I can get some more time.

    Btw, that kind of fjords are in abundance up here 🙂

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