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Cement Soup

“This soup is delicious,” the gorgon said as she ate a third spoonful. “That… that is mortar,” the brick layer said in exasperation. “I’ll mix up a few bowls for you.” “Thank you! And what do I owe you for the crunchy red biscuits?”
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Survey of Dragons

A survey of dragons around the Netherworld has just been completed, the joyous results ranging from “they are SO BIG” to “I love them!” The dragons surveyed are immensely pleased by the attention. Please offer a hug to your local dragon in celebration of their monstrousness.
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Moonlight in Darkness

Moonlight, precious to all the monsters of the Netherworld, is brought into darkened caves and caverns by bats, who pass it to kobolds and other underground grims. Similarly, mermaids capture moonlight in pearls and bring it into the depths, where haunts and swirling horrors swim‬.
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The knight’s horse-turned-goat bucked and sent her sprawling. Her armor, already cracked and rusting, disintegrated upon contact. Rolling over with a cough, “Wish to revise my order and request a potion of GOOD luck. My apologies for not specifying.” The witch smiled and winked.
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The rogue was dying. “You do not have to wait for me,” she smiled as she stroked the ghost’s semi-corporeal face. “I do not know if this will work.” “I will wait for you until the end of time if I must,” the ghost smiled, clutching the thief’s hands in theirs. “I love you.”
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Ancient Literary Friends & Fiends

The library was closed for the night, the cleaning crew had come and gone, and the undead librarian was alone. Skeletal fingers were run along book spines and the library responded with papery giggles as the two ancient friends settled in for a long night of quiet reading.
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The Ghost & The Witch

The ghost looked up and saw a face for the first time in a thousand years. With a voice creaking with spiderwebs and curses and darkness, “My friend… I am so glad to see you” “We know each other?” the witch started at the greeting, at the ghost’s presence. “I have long wished for a […]
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The Vampire’s Portrait

For three excruciating hours at the art show, I answered questions about where the bathroom was located, yes it was an open bar, and no I could not introduce you to “one of the better artists.” And, of course, “Yes I am supposed to be here.”
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Picnic on the Moon

The lich made a vague gesture in the sign language of the arcane and the fabric of reality bent as a gorgon teleported into the bubble. Stretching to her full height on her long, thick serpentine tail, the gorgon turned towered over the undead monster. She leaned down and kissed her husband. “Hello my ghost heart.”
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The Forest Eats Well

The cries for help rang through the forest and the heroes ran towards them. “Trolls!” the voice called, “we are under attack!” and “Please help!” The distress calls repeated over and over.
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The Texture of Magic

The Netherworld is full of magical energies. Most of the time, they balance in a comfortable harmony — land and sky blended by water, doom and fire blended by rock, and so forth. When the flow of magic is disrupted, storms and backlashes strike out and return the balance in local systems. Such storms are […]
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Chimera Sandwiches

Chimera Sandwich Forge, a cooperative between a behemoth butcher, a cheesemonger monster, and a beastly baker, can be found on Unseen Shadow Lane in Peyroux.
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The Reef Grocery Store

Shelves in the Reef reach immense heights. Using the Above’s measurement scale, the cereal isle alone is five stories tall.
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The Carpenter Knocks

"You are new in town, yah? Breakfast is on me, and if you have the time, I can give you a tour of the village!” the mayor offered. Softly, “I have the time,” the silver-haired gentleman replied.
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The dryad snuggled close to the mermaid, who sang softly, who wove moonlight into a blanket with her voice. Together, the pair drifted along the sea’s waves, the pair drifted to sleep.
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Witch’s Curse & Blessing

Did you break the witch’s curse? Or did you two fall in love and now it is a witch’s blessing?‬
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Depressed Mountain Dwarf

“Brain forge ain’ firing today,” the mountain dwarf grumbled into his beard as he poured two mugs of tea. “Do you want to talk about it?” the gnome asked softly, tilting his head. “Nope.” “Do you want to sit together for awhile?” Frowning in comfort, the dwarf quietly, gently, “Yep.”
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Dragoncoin

With barely held anger, the dragon asked, “But how does one roll around and bask in cryptocurrency? How does one hoard it in piles to sleep in? What happens when the power goes out?”
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The Holy Knight’s Sword of Cleansing Flame

“So your sword is a holy artifact?” “Yes.” “It burns eternally with the light of righteousness?” “Yes. Please stop asking —” “So it is a literal flaming sword?” “Yes. Stop asking questions. Please return to your cell—” “Can we make s’mores on it?”
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Dreams of Fire in the Forest

Red Kelp dreamt of fires raging through her home, eating it like candy. She dreamt of desperately trying to summon magic that would extinguish the flames — failing, making it worse by breaking up the fires into smaller chunks that quickly grew.
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Mermaid’s Foot Rub

The mermaid picked up her wife’s right leg with one hand and with slow, gentle circles, she washed. Its twin was given treatment next, the mermaid scrubbing the dryad’s left leg with tenderness and love.
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The Spell Failed and It Wasn’t the First

“I am fine.” Red shouted to a startled Strawberry, mermaid, her wife, her intensely magical wife, who had come to investigate the noise. Strawberry recoiled and said nothing. She turned around in the bubble of water holding her fish tail up and began to roll out of the room. “…Berry…” Red called out softly, her voice awash with deep regret.
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And, of Course, the Material Rewards

May loved the quiet solitude that came with a heist. Waiting for the wind to align clouds and moonlight, counting the steps of approaching and departing guards to assess their patterns. The challenge of finding then disarming traps, the thrill of successfully picking locks. And, of course, the material rewards.
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May the Best Slime Win

“Pumpkin Jaq,” Penny P. Post, vampire, said with a weighty finality. “And Anna Logarithm.” The crowd gasped in surprise as Penny announced the two semi-finalists of this month’s Simmering Slime Competition. Halloween magic versus Automation magic — and equally as dramatic — legendary rivals facing off at long last.
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Cat & Fish & Cream

“I like cream…” Strawberry, mermaid, mumbled, biting her lip in thought. “Do you… like cream? Do cats like cream? I saw that in a painting once I think.”
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Dwarven Rock Star

The mountain dwarf frowned in joy as the near molten mithril burned away its arcane coating, leaving behind an ingot preciously strong, mercifully light. When Topsoil finished, the metal would be harder than granite and as light as pumice.
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Socks are Creature Comforts

Socks are a common creature comfort comforting countless creatures. They are portable pieces of home to take with you on the road and comforting memories of travels to wear at home.
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Vampire’s Cookies

The vampire took the bloodsugar cookies from the cooling rack and put three on a plate decorated with jellyfish, three on a plate decorated with will-o-wisps, three to one with laughing skulls, and three to one with plump black cats. She licked a bit of sugar from her fingers as set about mixing up a […]
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Dragon’s Soup

“You have a COLD!” Atticus shouted, cupping his hands over his mouth to be heard over the crash of the dragon’s tail smashing rocks. “You are going to infect the region!” he yelped, barely ducking the onslaught.
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Got Humans in the Mines

“Why did you invite us, Tops?” Anna asked as she leaned back and puffed a bubble pipe. All eyes (except a few strands of Magma’s snake hair, who yawned and went to sleep) turned to the mountain dwarf hosting the gathering. “Got humans in me mines. Want help gettin’ them out.”
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The First of May

Anna Logarithm, villain, put her hands behind her back and glared at the map with her good eye, its twin hidden behind an eyepatch, a souvenir from a recent skirmish. “I want this castle destroyed, Ms. Dagon,” she said with a grim determination. “Then stop hesitating to use all of your resources, Ms. Logarithm,” Nixxi […]
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Healing Potions

Healing potions tend to remain effective for about two weeks after brewing, taste terrible, but can be freely shared by all of a campaign’s adventuring parties.
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Dryad in the Produce Department

The dryad rattled off ingredients as he browsed the pantry: bog water, banshee screams, blaqwort mushrooms, “And mermaid treats,” Strawberry said in a lowered voice, mimicking her wife. Flatly, Red Kelp repeated, “and mermaid treats.” Strawberry grinned.
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A Close Shave

Kevin M. Sourdough, the mayor of Peyroux, and as importantly the boyfriend of Oliver “Oil” Applegate, werewolf, gently pressed Oil down into the bath’s hot water. Oil had returned from a long day of carpentry that had transformed him into a living statue of sawdust and sweat. Sourdough massaged Oil’s head, drawing in and then […]
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Cloudstone

One of the most powerful sorcerers to ever live, Root Beer retired from adventuring centuries ago. With his stores of magical energy and a hoard of gold and artifacts that would make a dragon salivate with envy, Root Beer left the public eye in order to study his namesake and other soda pops. In the […]
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A Walk in the Night

“Are you lost, little bat?” Zelda K. Arcadia, witch, offered. It was difficult to make out the vampire in the night, so Zelda held up a helping hand.
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Medicinal Plants

Adventuring is a rewarding yet dangerous career. Even the strongest, stealthiest, most magical, and best equipped get harmed in the field, well after healing potion supplies have run dry. Medicinal herbs, weeds, and flowers of all manner grow throughout the wild spaces, in the gloom of caves, in the stark shadows of dungeons. While many […]
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April Fool’s Day

Strawberry, mermaid, burst into raucous laughter when her wife, Red Kelp, dryad, dressed as her, sauntered into the room. Red wore a large paper mache fish tail and a thin wooden water cutout behind it for dimension. She looked like a theatrical version of her wife — especially with overly dramatic makeup and piles of […]
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Going My Way

Rather than accept the offered lollipop, Strawberry took the candy from Red Kelp’s mouth, kissed her, and popped into her own.
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The Old Orc & Hill Dwarf

The Old Orc & Hill Dwarf is a furiously dangerous tavern with a well earned reputation for bar fights. Run by Putrid and Potbelly, husbands, the aforementioned orc and hill dwarf the tavern is named after, the building is burned or torn down about once a month during a brawl.
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Skele-Pins Boo-a-Rama

Secluded in the Grumble & Rot Mountains, Skele-Pins is a huge, decrepit mansion long abandoned and turned into an arcade. The entire house has been gutted, with non-essential support structures removed, allowing roof-to-floor views.
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While the Witch is Away

Zelda K. Arcadia, witch, was away on an adventure, leaving her wife, Penny P. Post, vampire, and Soot, Zelda’s winged cat familiar. Penny and Soot are in an eternal battle for Zelda’s attention and affection -- so while the bat and cat are not enemies, they do not normally spend much time together socially.
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Laughsnort

The dryad roared with laughter, snorting like a boar charging through the forest and she struggled to keep the hammock from flipping them over as the mermaid thrashed and tickled wildly.
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Kobolds in the Stacks

The librarian pursed her lips as she reshelved the book for the third time in as many hours. The library’s kobolds giggled and waited for her to walk away before stealing the book again. The librarian turned sharply on her heel and shouted, “Ah ha!” and the kobolds quickly shhh-ed! her. Biting back a laugh, […]
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Mountain Nymph Bubble Bath

The mountain nymph, a towering behemoth of indeterminate weight and strength, a series of sentient boulders and gravel, giggled as the gnomes scrubbed it down with large, stiff brushes and washed it clean with a blue-violet bubble bath. Regular scrubs, usually in the spring, helped the giant nymph from mossing over.
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Some happy thoughts for your day

Mermaids splashing water witch girlfriends, pulling them into the sea for a smooch. Goblins rising up and overthrowing the local knighthood, conquering their fortress and kicking out the humans. Cryptids meeting in the forest for mushroom tea. You encounter them and, knowing you as a friend to monsters, knowing you can keep a secret, you […]
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After All These Years?

The knight pounced and this position and with his superior strength, Liquorice began to turn the tide. The two fought eye-to-eye, struggling to find advantage. Sotto voce, Atticus asked, “is this when we kiss?”
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Beside Her with Cider

A vampire pours poisoned apple cider into two cups, while her wife, a witch, arranges a platter of pumpkin shaped cookies. They meet in the middle of the room with a kiss then sit across from each other in front of a green fire, roaring in the cozy cottage’s hearth. The night, like so many, […]
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Be Aware of Ghosts

In the cold gloom, I breathed easier, in the haunted room, I felt at home. At last, at long last, I was home.
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Hello lovely

“Few things compare to bumping into someone you love as you skulk the local graveyard, trading breath and stories for energy and rainwater,” the necromancer thought to herself as she kissed the ghost hello.
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NetherworldTV: Shapeshifting Hijinks

Tonight on NetherworldTV: Popsicle, shapeshifter, gets ready for an evening on the town.
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Mermaid’s Massage

The sound of coral cracking, followed by a small, pleasant squeal. “Oh sweet tridents,” the mermaid gasped, eyes as wide as tides, bright as stars. The octopus masseuse eyed her curiously, and seeing her motion for it to continue, resumed its work in practically tying her in knots.
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Quiet Night

Eying the moon on this quiet night, I value the silence and solitude. Quiet nights are a gift A sanctuary from a harsh, Unforgiving world. I open a window to let the moon in. To smell the fragrance of night. To hear the rain. And raise my voice. To yell at the ghosts to stop […]
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A Great Way to End the Week

The dungeon's custodian deftly avoided trap triggers as he swept the floors.
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The Floral Stylist

The dryad combed the pixie’s hair, showing options as they discussed styles. She sprinkled rainwater onto her client’s head and massaged gently.
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Notes of Gloomberry

The dryad hummed softly, opening the fey channels of plant and faery, to better survey the gloomberry bush. She read private notes and public notices in the magical energies as she collected two pockets of berries. Some for pancakes, some for after dinner pie, some to eat now.
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With the fog

The ghosts arrived with the fog, excitedly exploring areas remembered and new. The local witches gathered, wearing their best hats, greeting friends old and new. Soon the tea house was overflowing with duos and trios and more, with laughter and song and stories.
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