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Endless Blue – Week 72 – Underwater Familiars   Leave a comment

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Underwater Familiars

In all the ways life in the Endless Blue differs from a standard fantasy world, some things stay the same.  One of those constants is the old wizard’s staple of possessing an animal magically linked to them — a familiar.  A familiar is a magical beast that aids a spellcaster in their practice of magic.  The animal and the mage form a powerful bond between them that grants special abilities, most notably the ability to communicate with each other.  This bond is by mutual agreement, and the intimacy of the master/familiar relationship is too vivid and personal to be shared with anything less than total consent.

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Endless Blue – Week 65 – Peel Eels: Passive Traps   Leave a comment

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Peel Eels — Passive Traps

Evolution is a marvelous process, systematically creating diversity in species so they can flourish in niches that would otherwise remain unused.  The peel eel is such an example.  A predator by descent, yet it lures the unsuspecting to it more like an opportunistic scavenger.

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Endless Blue – Week 64 – Sky Lancers: Death from Above   1 comment

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Sky Lancers – Death from Above

The most notable danger lurking in the Vastness are the ever-present sky lancers.  These vicious creatures vigilantly fly over the water, bidding their time until some unwitting sea creature swims too closely to the surface.  Spotting its prey, the sky lancer then dives downward at plummeting speed.  It juts out its specially evolved horn and using the built up inertia of its dive to break through the surface of the waves and impale its victim.

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Endless Blue – Week 63 – Elqua’s Blue Dragon   1 comment

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Elqua’s Blue Dragon

NOTE: The blue dragon is based on a real sea creature called the Glaucus atlanticus.  When this animal was brought to my attention, the deep blue coloring and the six appendaged shape instantly exemplified my concept of what native Elquan life would look like.  Its incredibly alien morphology gives it the perfect form for life in the Endless Blue, and I knew immediately I had to adapt it for the campaign setting.  With only slight modifications — and a little stat creation — I’ve adapted for 3E use.  The use of the Wikipedia image falls under the Wikimedia Creative Commons License and it does not qualify as Open Game Content as per the OGC document.  Photo by Taro Taylor from Sydney, Australia.  Used without permission.

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Endless Blue – Week 51 – Cattle of the Fluid Nations: Barnard’s Swallower   1 comment

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Cattle of the Fluid Nations: Barnard’s Swallower

NOTE: The images and ideas presented here are copyright Alex Ries and based on his Barnard’s Swordswallower concept, except for material previously posted in the Endless Blue campaign setting blog.  The use Alex’s work here is not meant as an infringement of those rights, and is used without permission.  It does not qualify as Open Game Content as per the OGC document.  If you enjoyed what you have read/seen here, please visit Alex’s website at http://www.alexries.com, his blog at http://exozoo.blogspot.com, and his DeviantArt page at http://abiogenisis.deviantart.com.

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Endless Blue – Week 37.5 – The Kraken: Ancient Wyrms from Below the Waves   5 comments

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The Kraken:  Ancient Wyrms from Below the Wave

Nothing strikes utter terror into the hearts of the Known World as the mere mention of the world kraken.  Centuries of their ruthless occupation have made their name a terrifying sound, perhaps more feared than even the Vastness.  But the history of their brutality go back further than the existence of the Fluid Nation, as the depraved leviathans are far more ancient than any piscean could imagine.

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Endless Blue – Week 37.3 – Creatures of the Endless Blue   Leave a comment

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Creatures of the Endless Blue

To say animals carved out a niche in the ecosystem is an understatement.  They have systematically spread across the seas, and everywhere they have gone they have evolved to excel in those conditions.  The expansive space of the oceans of Elqua have provided ample opportunity for nature to do what it does best — diversify.

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