"Shall I lead you through this haunted wood?"
- Line I've Had in My Head for a Story for Years Now...
Out of all the Dungeons and Dragons characters and story ideas that I've read, my favorite has to the be the Feywild. A magical, fairy-tale like reflection of our world, the Feywild is home to all sorts of magical, wondrous beings such as elves, satyrs, nymphs and pixies. The evils of fairy tales also exist within, such as hags, cyclopes, and witches. Things are not always as they seem within the Feywild, as many of the creatures can change shape to that of a more pleasing form.
About six months after I first got into the game, I subscribed to D&D's online magazine for the first time. As I scrolled through articles and looked through all the new content, one of the articles caught my eye. It was called Court of Stars: The Prince of Frost. Written by Keith Baker, it opened my eyes to the Feywild and the potential of the villains that could dwell within.
|The Prince of Frost. Art by Wayne Reynolds|
This article created such a crazy amount of inspiration for me. I sought to create a campaign based around the seasons, with the Prince of Frost as the final villain who was in charge of all the evils going on. Needless to say, that campaign never finished (the very beginning was more of an introductory game for a couple of new players), but the character (and his other fey brethren) have stayed with me and my entire D&D inspiration.
|Mini I would use for the Prince of Frost. A Lord of the Rings High Elf (painted by me!)|
|A setup I created for another dungeon that I realized could make a good throne room for the Prince of Frost. He needs more lackeys present though.|
|The Bramble Queen by Tyler Jacobson|
|Mini for the Bramble Queen, the Warden of the Wood|
|The mini I would use for Baba Yaga, a howling hag|
The last Court of Stars article to be released was written by myself. Court of Stars: The Trinket Lord went live a few weeks back. My goal was to create an unaligned/neutral fey that players could interact with in various ways, not just as an enemy.
|The Trinket Lord by Tony Foti|
As indicated in the summary paragraph of the Trinket Lord article (on the WotC website), the question of where lost things go plays a big question in the role of the Trinket Lord. I created a map of ways to possibly find entrance to the Trinket Lord's demesne from Dungeon Command tiles. My goal was to create a maze with lots of different options and ways to players to explore and be unsure of what lurks ahead.
|Made from 4 Dungeon Command sets|
On a side note, I really want a cool owlbear miniature, but I've yet to get myself one. Hopefully in a future Dungeon Command set.
In the article, I've also mentioned the Trinket Lord's golems, made from various scraps and broken items. I only have a clay golem miniature, which was unmentioned in the article, but I think it could work. Maybe it's a golem created from broken pottery, glass and other artistic things, held together by mud and other melted pottery.
For a miniature of the Trinket Lord himself, I've always thought to use Gnome Tinkerer. It's always been my favorite gnome miniature, and just seems to fit the Trinket Lord.
And that are all the Court of Stars articles to date. I highly recommend taking a look at those articles, or revisiting them, as they provide great inspiration for villains or Feywild adventures. They've greatly inspired me and my Dungeons and Dragons journey.
On a side note, I got this new miniature, and I really want to build a fighter or a knight just to use him. His shield is also inspiring me to create an entire new culture/continent with a lot of faces carved into buildings and everyday objects.
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