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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Just don't put it on the 'To Do' list.

Geeze, I just thought of something... if Sage was Santa on some world, those poor bastards wouldn't get their toys until WAAAAAY into their afterlife.

"Now is this my Naughty List, or my To-Do list? Or is it my 'Naughty to-do' list?"

Narnra's already wise to my exploits in this regard. She laughingly calls it "Daddy's Forgetful Time."

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Wooly Rupert
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Bumping this up again, and I'm going to sticky it for a few days, I think.

And interestingly, I'm doing this exactly three years after I originally started this thread! Gotta say, a lot has changed for me in those three years!

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And it's time for the annual bumping of this thread! Much to my surprise, all of these links continue to be good!


quote:
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So earlier today, I recommended the wonderful third-party book Faeries to someone... I recalled, after doing so, that one of the NPCs detailed in there is the Holly King, who has many other names -- among them, Kris Kringle.

This made me recall something WotC did for the holidays in 2001 and 2002: They presented us with a D&D Santa Claus, Nicholas the Gift-Giver. I tracked down the links, and I'm putting them all here, to make things simple for DMs wanting to do a holiday session.

Nicholas the Gift-Giver
Nicholas the Gift-Giver's Northern Palace
Gnome Toymakers
Gnome Cooks


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I downloaded them when they were new but have no idea where those files are now, so it's cool that the links still work.

I was going to point out that the High Ice only became what it is today at the fall of Netheril, and Nicholas' workshop should definitely predate Netheril... but now that I think about it, I'm not so sure. Reading the description of the Karsus Enclave, with its Elemental Store and QM III, it seems that Netheril is exactly the sort of culture that Nicholas would be from. I'm thinking late-Silver to mid-Golden Age. A "genius before his time" kind of arcanist, who probably had access to a mythallar, but chose not to make an enclave. If you accept NWN's storyline of rediscovering a functional mythallar following the Fall, he could even still be getting some use from it.

With this origin in mind, I also favor the High Ice. Well, technically on the Reghed Glacier, above the High Ice. I suggest a broad peak directly north of the Taglorlar, beyond the latitude of Hartsvale and the Taurax Mountains. Wyrm Rift and the Rift of Stars were once glacial lakes at the High Ice's southern edge, so he would have picked a location further into the ice to avoid accidental discovery/bother by enclaves and wanderers such as the Terraseer. Plus, modern explorers have penetrated the High Ice far enough, and regularly enough, that Wyrm Rift and the Rift of Stars appear on maps. Nicholas' workshop doesn't appear on maps, so it needs to be harder to get to.

And wow, apparently I felt like rambling.
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Wooly Rupert
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Not all mythallars were used on flying cities, so it's entirely possible that the workshop contains a mythallar. The mythallar could be used to maintain some weather-controlling magic, much as some mythals make their area more livable by moderating extreme temperatures. And the gnomes could use quasi-magical items in their construction of goodies.

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quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Heh. I'll have to dig out the PLANESCAPE interpretation I had for Father Christmas as a Ring-Giver in a one-shot campaign I ran a couple of years ago.



I guess we are still waiting?



And still waiting, 4 years on!

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

And now Sage has yet-another year to give us his interpretation.
Hey, I have a reputation to maintain.

Wooly has his mischievous ways, and I, my unreliability. We play to our strengths.



Ah, but the difference is, I put mine in my title. You should be Procrastinator Most High.



I'd forgotten that this title originated here.

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The Sage
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Posted - 16 Dec 2012 :  08:34:43  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Heh. I'll have to dig out the PLANESCAPE interpretation I had for Father Christmas as a Ring-Giver in a one-shot campaign I ran a couple of years ago.



I guess we are still waiting?



And still waiting, 4 years on!

I'll offer a partial defence in the fact that I can't even remember where this notebook is any more.

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Markustay
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One of these days I will have to 'publish' my holiday adventure somewhere. I lost the original outline, but I still remember how it goes (it was a dark and twisted homage to some of our favorite Yuletide classics).

"Beware the Toyman..."

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


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Just a note because I received it today. I play everquest 2 off and on, so when the frostfell festivities started, I had to log in. They've got a goblin named Santa Glug who gives out daily presents. Today, I got his "avatar" that I can use in dungeon designing (because about a year back they put in the ability to make your own dungeon in EQ2).

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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Wooly Rupert
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A bit early, this year: my annual holiday thread necromancy!

I have checked the below links, and much to my surprise, they are still valid.

So here is, courtesy of WotC, a D&D version of Santa Claus. Enjoy!

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Nicholas the Gift-Giver
Nicholas the Gift-Giver's Northern Palace
Gnome Toymakers
Gnome Cooks


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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Heh. I'll have to dig out the PLANESCAPE interpretation I had for Father Christmas as a Ring-Giver in a one-shot campaign I ran a couple of years ago.



5 years and counting, O Procrastinator Most High!

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Alruane
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My first year experiencing this, tis a wonderful thing fellow sages! ^_^

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Drustan Dwnhaedan
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Posted - 03 Dec 2013 :  19:48:22  Show Profile Send Drustan Dwnhaedan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Agreed! This is my the first time I've experienced this, too, and seeing this link has brought a smile to my face at a time when I've had little, if anything, to smile about. (I've been having a lot of RW problems recently, but I won't bother any of you with details, since I'm pretty sure Wooly started this thread for the enjoyment of all who read it.)

Edited by - Drustan Dwnhaedan on 03 Dec 2013 19:50:19
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Alruane
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Well my fellow sage, this shall be a happy celebratory thread for all of us to enjoy! Regardless of what is going on, we can come together and become nostalgic/introduced to this concept for the realms!

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Steven Schend
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Heh. Either I'd never seen this thread or forgotten it. Thanks to Wooly of Holidays Past for plugging the old work Bryon Wischstadt & I did for Bastion Press on Faeries.

As I'd not seen a link for that product in which The Holly King (and our homage to Neil Gaiman's Dreamlord too!) exists in D20 stats, here 'tis.
http://www.bastionpress.com/Products/faeries.htm

Now I'm just astounded that that product is over 10 years old....sigh.....

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Heh. Either I'd never seen this thread or forgotten it. Thanks to Wooly of Holidays Past for plugging the old work Bryon Wischstadt & I did for Bastion Press on Faeries.

As I'd not seen a link for that product in which The Holly King (and our homage to Neil Gaiman's Dreamlord too!) exists in D20 stats, here 'tis.
http://www.bastionpress.com/Products/faeries.htm

Now I'm just astounded that that product is over 10 years old....sigh.....

Gaming Dinosaur



It's a great resource, and for me, it is the go-to source on all things fae.

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Thauranil
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I must have just missed this last year so thanks for sharing Wooly, brought a smile to my face.
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Just giving this thread a bump, to make sure people that may need it can see it.

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Resurrecting this thread a bit earlier than the norm, this year... They've finally relocated all the original links, but I was able to locate the new URLs with a bit of Google-fu.

Nicholas the Gift-Giver
Nicholas the Gift-Giver's Northern Palace
Gnome Toymakers
Gnome Cooks

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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Heh. I'll have to dig out the PLANESCAPE interpretation I had for Father Christmas as a Ring-Giver in a one-shot campaign I ran a couple of years ago.



The Procrastinator Most High continues to prove worthy of his title, six years on!

And I had, once more, forgotten that his title originated in this particular thread.

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Wooly Rupert
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Just bumping this thread back up, since there's only a few days left to use D&D Santa in a gaming session.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Resurrecting this thread a bit earlier than the norm, this year... They've finally relocated all the original links, but I was able to locate the new URLs with a bit of Google-fu.

Nicholas the Gift-Giver
Nicholas the Gift-Giver's Northern Palace
Gnome Toymakers
Gnome Cooks


I'm going to figure out how to work these into my game. Somehow.
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quote:
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Heh. I'll have to dig out the PLANESCAPE interpretation I had for Father Christmas as a Ring-Giver in a one-shot campaign I ran a couple of years ago.




St. Nick a.k.a. Annatar the Lord of Gifts a.k.a. Sauron

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I believe it has been mentioned in a couple other threads recently, I love the description of ole Saint Nick in the Dresden Files, Winter Knight, I believe. Found it. Twas Cold Days, actually...

"...this man was a bear. His shoulders were so broadly proportioned that he made Herne look positively slender by comparison. His forearms were nearly the size of his biceps and he had the kind of thick neck that you see only in power-lifters and professional thugs. There were scars all over his hands, and more on his face, all of them faded away to ancient white lines, like those you see on some life-long bikers. He wore a coat of mail of some kind - a creature of faerie couldn't abide the touch of iron, so it had to be something else. Over the mail he wore a long open robe of scarlet, trimmed in white fur. It was held in place with a wide black leather belt. He had such a barrel of a chest that even a modest bit of stomach was a considerable mass on his huge frame. His gloves were made of black leather trimmed with more white fur and they were tucked through the belt, right next to the very plain and functional hilt of an unadorned broadsword. His hair was short and shining clean and his white beard fell over his chest like the white breaker of a wave. His eyes were clean, winter sky-blue..." - Jim Butcher

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