400688Very much the beginning of a Robin Hood story set in a medieval fantasy world very akin to Britain and Ireland.

Lucian is the younger son of a lord under the reign of an evil king.  When some spoiled aristocrats come calling and kill his best friend, Lucian thumbs his nose at his noble blood and takes to the open road where he meets up with an outrageous halfling highwayman and starts his unintentional criminal career.

Human and halfling travel together, battling malicious cyclopes and liberating merchants of the goods, distributing their goods among the poor in creative fashion.  They’re abducted by a wizard who tasks them will stealing magic items from a dragon’s hoard in which the Crimson Shadow’s cape and bow and stashed and Lucian unintentionally picks up.  Bunkering down in a major city for the winter, Lucian gets his first taste of how corrupt and unfair life in the kingdom he calls home really is through the action of the local corrupt wizard lord, and decides he doesn’t like it very much.

With wizards good and bad, dwarves, elves, dragons, demons, necromancers and killer whales, the unlikely crusading companions have their hands quite full.

So. Evil king? Check. Corrupt and unjust ‘sheriff’ of a local town? Check. Robs from the rich? Check.  Give to the poor?  Not in the form of gold, but check-a-rino.  Awesome cape? Check.  Protagonist an archer with swordsmanship capablities?  Check and double check.  Hellooooooo Crimson Cape *koff koff ROBIN HOOD koff*

Anyways, while I was able to connect to the character and enjoyed the story, I think my favorite part was Lucian’s island home.  It reminds me so much of Ireland from the language to the geography and the lore.  Loved the halfling Oliver though, he’s hilarious and I can’t help but wonder if he handed inspiration to the author of the Realms halfling character Olive Teakettle.  There seem to be a lot of similarities…hmm…

Ah well.  Moving on, we’re going to let all the nerd hang out here.  I actually, legitimately read Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master’s Guide for 5th Edition from cover to cover.  So how could I not list it here?

22219679The Dungeon Master’s Guide provides the inspiration and the guidance you need to spark your imagination and create worlds of adventure for your players to explore and enjoy.

Inside you’ll find world-building tools, tips and tricks for creating memorable dungeons and adventures, optional game rules, hundreds of classic D&D magic items, and much more!