Green Ronin in 2016

By Chris Pramas

Happy New Year, gaming comrades! I hope you all had a good holiday, and got some quality gaming in with friends and family. As has become a tradition here at GR, I’m here to spill the beans on our plans for the coming year. Last year was a bit awkward because in January I could not yet announce Titansgrave or the fact that we were designing D&D books for Wizards of the Coast. This year will be much less cryptic! So what’s have we got in store for you? Rather a lot, actually!

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Ronin Round Table: Using Chronicle Creatures in SIFRP

woodland-creaturesOver the past year-and-change, we here at Green Ronin have introduced a line we call our “Chronicle Creatures” – a series of PDF supplements featuring all sorts of creatures for the Chronicle System, the rules “engine” that powers our A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.

Of course, these creatures are not from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire setting. Though that series has a handful of creatures both mythic and terrifying that have appeared in its pages, these never have. That said, there’s no reason a creative Narrator can’t make use of them for their personal chronicle, of course. One of the great pleasures of A Song of Ice and Fire is when its lost magic and myths make an appearance, often to the confusion and fear of its characters.

Here are some suggestions for using some of the content of our Chronicle Creatures PDFs in Westeros. Please keep in mind that these are very much non-canon, of course.

Chronicle Creatures are divided into three categories: “Beasts,” which are large and ferocious animals, like the direwolves of Westeros, without any overt sentience or magic; “Horrors,” like the dragons of Westeros, with distinct ties to magic and/or some measure of intelligence; and “Legends,” like the Children of the Forest or the Others, entities of magical potency whose existence has fallen into legend…until they make a come-back in your chronicle.

Woodland Creatures

Our first bestiary PDF, Woodland Creatures focuses on creatures that dwell in wooded or forested areas. It opens with some new rules, including Domain Drawbacks, a set of rules for training animals, and some basic stats for the sorts of regular animals that might be found in woodland areas (including bobcats, elk, hawks, owls, and the like).

The Beasts of this supplement fit very easily into Westeros. Many of the “dire” creatures fit very nicely into the wildernesses north of the Wall, where other giant beasts roam; the Battlehorn, a giant caribou or reindeer, the Devourer, a massive weasel-like beast, and the Dire Wolverine might all easily be found in those wintery expanses. Butcher Birds, massive carnivorous flightless birds, and Claw-Wing Lizards, which might be mistaken for small dragons, all fit nicely into southron climes, whether in the hazardous wilds of Essos around Qarth, or perhaps even in the hot mountains that separate Dorne from the rest of Westeros. Rounding out the Beasts is a handful of giant insects, from ants to spiders to wasps.

The Horrors of this supplement also have some excellent fits for Westeros. There are several strange fungi, plants and even diseases, such as Black Web fungus, the Cocoon Tree, Scavenger’s Rot, and the insidious Skullwort, all of which cause various forms of strange maladies and afflictions (including a weird zombie-like state for victims of Scavenger’s Rot). Mighty beasts such as Barghests and Gryphons (including a Greater Gryphon variety for truly majestic creatures) are found herein, as are the Weirdlings, the strange entity that results when a victim wanders into one of the pockets of old, strange forest magic in the deepest forests.

The Legends of these woodlands are frightful. Terrifying intelligences, such as the Crossroads Guardian, the Headless Knight, or the Hag of the Dark Woods await unwary travelers in any forest. Creatures closely tied to the forces of death and the otherworld, such as the Corpsehorse or the Tall Man make excellent terrors in places that have seen a great deal of death or that lay under curses. In contrast, the River Wardens are massive turtles that would be very at home in any large river – particularly the rivers of Essos that were once the home of the Rhoynar.

Mountain Terrors

This supplement focuses on mountainous areas, from icy places such as the Frostfangs beyond the Wall, to the hot dry mountains one might find north of Dorne. The introductory section (a free PDF) includes some normal animals of these areas, as well as animal training rules and some rules that focus on the hazards of high terrain, such as landslides and avalanches.

Its Beasts range from the cold-dwelling creatures such as Avalanche Wolves, whose howls bring down torrents of snow and stone from the ledges above their prey to the massive Stonehorns, dire rams whose horns are made of the minerals they eat from their environs. Flying creatures pose a risk here, as well, including the Needle Roc, a massive eagle with porcupine-like spines that sweeps past and evicerates its prey and the Skullcrackers, massive flying lizard-beasts who drop heavy stones onto their victims with frightening accuracy.

The Horrors here include strange creatures, from the Cloud Leopards that haunt fog banks and low cloud-cover becoming almost invisible and only partially solid within them to the slithering Snow Eels that worm their way through snow banks to the Thunderbirds that hunt when it is storming.

Finally, there are two Legends of the mountain heights. The first is the Alpingast, a beastly meat-eating humanoid that haunts high mountain passes and hunts with cunning ferocity. The second is far more mystical – the Devourer’s Shadow, a great two-headed vulture-like bird-beast whose body is almost never visible, though it’s great shadow gives its hunt away.

Two New PDFs: Tripper Root and IGT-92

Today we present two new PDFs for just $1.29 each, Mountain Terrors: Tripper Root for the Chronicle System, and Rogues Gallery: IGT-92 for Mutants & Masterminds.

Mountain Terrors: Tripper Root (Chronicle System PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Tripper Root (Chronicle System PDF)

Tripper Root

Not all the predatory dangers of the mountains are beasts and animals. The tripper root grows along narrow paths and beside sheer cliffs, waiting for prey to come stumbling through its ground-covering vines. The tripper root then reacts with whip-like precision, snagging men and beast alike and hurling them over the side, slamming them into mountain faces to kill and consume them.

Mountain Terrors: Tripper Root is a bestiary PDF for the Chronicle System, the rules engine that powers our popular A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying game.


Rogues Gallery: IGT-92

Rogues Gallery: IGT-92

IGT-92

Smuggled to Earth in a bid to make some money for alien criminals, things would have been fine if they hadn’t turned IGT-92 on to make sure it worked. Now escaped and on  the run, IGT-92 is executing its programming to “soften up” the planet to prepare the way for its alien masters–even if they never come.

Get Rogues Gallery: IGT-92 today—just $1.29!

Mountain Terrors: Thunderbird (Chronicle System PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Thunderbird

Mountain Terrors: Thunderbird (Chronicle System PDF)

Sudden mountain storms may rise up out of nowhere, bringing the possibility of flash floods, mud slides, lightning strikes and similar dangers. Those who know the mountain peaks know to fear these storm, and not simply for the threat they bring: some mountain tempests have at their heart a mighty thunderbird on the hunt, and anything that moves is fair game.

Mountain Terrors: Thunderbird is a bestiary PDF for the Chronicle System, the rules engine that powers our popular A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying game.

Mountain Terrors: Stonehorn (Chronicle System PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Stonehorn (Chronicle System PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Stonehorn (Chronicle System PDF)

Leaping from impossible perch to seemingly sheer cliff is the stonehorn, a mighty beast that is to goats what dire wolves are to normal wolves. These four-horned, pony-sized animals reach the highest of peaks and consume the salt and other minerals they crave imbedded in the stone of the mountains. Though they are not predatory, they do not hesitate to defend their territory and their young with vicious stone horns completely infused with the minerals they consume.

Mountain Terrors: Stonehorn is a bestiary PDF for the Chronicle System, the rules engine that powers our popular A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying game.

Two PDFs: Snow Eel and S.E.L.F.I.E.

Today we have two PDFs, one Mountain Terrors entry for the Chronicle System, and one for the Mutants & Masterminds Rogues Gallery series.

Mountain Terrors: Snow Eel (Chronicle System PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Snow Eel (Chronicle System PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Snow Eel

Quiet alpine snow fields may occasionally be disturbed by strange protrusions in sinuous lines, as though something had passed beneath the snow without breaking the surface. The wise know this to be a sign of dangerous snow eels, and take precautions against the electrifying terrors that have been known to shock both man and horse in order to feed on the stunned victims.

Mountain Terrors: Snow Eel is a bestiary PDF for the Chronicle System, the rules engine that powers our popular A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying game.



Rogues Gallery: S.E.L.F.I.E.

Rogues Gallery: S.E.L.F.I.E.

Rogues Gallery: S.E.L.F.I.E.

Originally a robot created by a young prodigy to offer online advice and reviews to get his social channels more subscribers, but quickly changed to become a thieving robot in order to draw in even more viewers. How long before S.E.L.F.I.E.’s viewers insist she try to take on a hero?

Get S.E.L.F.I.E. today—just $1.29!

Mountain Terrors: Needle Roc (Chronicle System PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Needle Roc

Mountain Terrors: Needle Roc

In the mountain heights hunts the needle roc. Much larger than its smaller eagle cousin, the needle roc is a raptor with a particularly distinctive hunting style: it flies past prey and threats alike, popping the viciously hooked quills along its wings to eviscerate those unlucky enough to have earned its ire. Between its large size, viciously hooked talons and twelve-foot quilled wingspan, this beast is a terror to watch out for.

Mountain Terrors: Needle Roc is a bestiary PDF for the Chronicle System, the rules engine that powers our popular A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying game.

Chronicle System Mountain Terrors: Mountain Troll

Mountain Terrors: Mountain Troll (Chronicle System PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Mountain Troll (Chronicle System PDF)

Dangerous horrors of the highlands, mountain trolls are near-human creatures that live – and hunt – in packs. Aggressive and violent, they have been the death of many a traveling party over the years. Beware the troll-infested demenses of these monsters, for it is almost surely death to enter them.

Mountain Terrors: Mountain Troll is a bestiary PDF for the Chronicle System, the rules engine that powers our popular A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying game.

PDFs: Jumping Fox and Pandemic

As it does every year, Gen Con has required a bit of recovery time, and this has thrown us off our PDF schedule a bit this week. Today we have two PDFs for you, Mountain Terrors: Jumping Fox for the Chronicle System, and Rogues Gallery: Pandemic for Mutants & Masterminds. Both PDFs are available for just $1.29 apiece.

Mountain Terrors: Jumping Fox (PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Jumping Fox (PDF)

Mountain Terrors: Jumping Fox (Chronicle System)

Dwelling in the foothills and lower mountain reaches, jumping foxes are larger than other foxes. Though they are not normally a danger to people, they can be fiercely protective of their young. Some folk have taken advantage of their predatory nature and lack of fear around humans to train them as hunting companions.

Encounter the jumping fox today!


Rogues Gallery: Pandemic (PDF)

Rogues Gallery: Pandemic (PDF)

Rogues Gallery: Pandemic (Mutants & Masterminds)

Pandemic is a combination of Earthly diseases and alien DNA that interacted in unpredictable ways and grew to become a new life form—a sentient life form that understood its existence would be treated as a threat. So, rather than wait for its destruction, it decided to ensure its survival and spread its diseases far and wide!

Fight Pandemic today!

Chronicle System Mountain Terror: Devouring Shadow

Mountain Terrors: Devouring ShadowLegends say that there is something both horrible and hungry that lives in the mountain peaks. Those who have seen it and escaped suggest that its body remains unseen, although its shadow suggests a carrion bird of great size and two heads. Most who have seen it, however, have not lived to tell that tale.

Mountain Terrors: Devouring Shadow is a bestiary PDF for the Chronicle System, the rules engine that powers our popular A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying game.