Friday, July 20, 2012

Schools of the Earthlight Academy

The name of this blog is taken from a few places. Earthlight is the title of a collection of poetry by Andre Breton, the founder of Surrealism. The Earthlight Academy is also an actual location in my homebrew world that I am in the process of reconstructing. I say reconstructing because a few years ago, when I moved to attend college, I threw everything away and gave my D&D books away. I don't know what I was thinking.

To represent this loss, I've jumped my homebrew world forward an entire age. The present day is set one hundred years after a cataclysmic flood that destroyed most of the Old World and buried the vast majority of accrued knowledge. The Earthlight Academy is a school of Wizards, Sorcerers, and Scribes who seek to reclaim the lost arcane secrets. Essentially, they are archaeologists of magic.
DCC hints at specialist Wizards, but does not have any real concrete rules to differentiate an Enchanter from a Conjurer. The book recommends designing mercurial effects for each school of magic, but I'm going to do one better. I'm going to design specialist Wizards for each major school of magic. These are not going to be entirely new classes, like my Orc, but minor tweaks that coincide with the flavor of each specialty. The first one will be the Necromancer, who is about 50% done.

In addition, expect to see some new patrons pop up on this blog. The ones in the DCC RPG core book are great, but we need a few more options. I plan to create at least one to coincide with the specialist Wizards. The first is going to be Golgomoth, a lich who has accrued vast knowledge about the secrets of life and death. Of course, there is always some fool willing to barter his soul away for such knowledge, and Golgomoth is always willing to oblige.

I don't have any sort of timeline for these projects, but I can promise the wait will be worth it. 

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