The Kobold Quarterly website has posted up an interview with Aeryn Rudel, staff writer for Goodman Games with whom I’ve worked on a few books now. He’s also Editor-in-Chief of Level Up, the new 4E magazine which is out in the stores now so go get it hurry what are you waiting for it’s only $1.99!
In the interview, Aeryn says a few nice things about me. Thanks, Aeryn!
He also mentions "Deities of Áereth," the rolling series of articles I’m writing for "Level Up," wherein each issue I describe in considerable detail one of the gods of the campaign world Áereth. Originally, all these gods appeared in the Gazetteer of the Known Realms, a 3rd Edition boxed set. This Deities series allows me to update each god, one at a time, in the 4th Edition version of the game and provide a lot more detail around their faith. Each article includes information about:
- Titles, tenets, and culture of the faith.
- The clergy (including the difference between regular priests, clerics, paladins, and monks)
- The laity (non-clergymen of the faith).
- Symbols and icons.
- Alternate aspects of the god (i.e. different portrayals, names, or ideas).
- Holy texts.
- Famous relics.
- Alliances, rivalries, and enemies.
- Roleplaying suggestions.
- A new Channel Divinity feat.
- A new magic item produced by the church.
- A new paragon path available to a worshipper.
In issue #1, I describe Gorhan, the Healmed Vengeance, a god of war, valor, and chivalry. The challenge (and fun) about this was that I needed to take a fairly generic war god (who first appeared in DCC#12: The Blackguard's Revenge, by Wesley Schneider) and find a way to give him real flavor and a unique spin on the otherwise traditional "god of war." Ultimately, he's what you get if you take a powerful, yet lawfully good and honest executioner or assassin.
Anyway, I hope people will enjoy it and maybe some will put Gorhan into their campaigns. My goal is to convince players that this god would be an awesome choice for their character's devotion, whether he or she is playing a cleric or not. If you're gung-ho against evil, you might want Gorhan at your back.