Turjan's Tome Of Beauty and Horror
by Robin D Laws with Ian Thomson
"The palace loomed before him, every window and balcony aglow with light. Among the lords of the city, there was feasting and revelry. If Kandive were flushed with drink and unwary, reflected Turjan, the task should not be too difficult. Yet, entering boldly, he might be recognized for he was known to many in Kaiin. So, uttering Phandaal’s Mantle of Stealth, he faded from the sight of all men…" Turjan of Miir
If you are more interested in dark fantasy than humorous escapades, or collecting the last 100 Spells rather than conning a stall holder of his terces, then this is the tome for you. The first volume of Jack Vance's Dying Earth has a very different tone to the later books. It has elements of horror, powerful sorcery, and even genuine heroics. This supplements lets you roleplay these puissant magicians, questers and driven heroes. You can
- Develop powerful warrior magician characters, and get advice playing Turjan-level campaigns
- Encompass new, esoteric spells, scribbled by madmen and fraught with danger in their use,
- Face untold peril as you follow adventure hooks set on the Dying Earth and beyond,
- Uncover arcane items from the ruins, or guarded by otherworld beings,
- Gain new powers (Tweaks) such as "Occult Horrors too Numerous to Detail"
- Discover contacts and potential enemies of cruelty and renown, Create Vat creatures as retainers, bodyguards or even companions.
"You won't find another list of elven spells or dwarven artifacts, but you will find strange vistas, dark and aloof magicians, and a taste of something that isn't lembas"
A Sample chapter from Turjan's Tome - "Running Turjan-level Games"