Posted in D&D

Dungeons, but no dragons

When dice have a mind of their own,

though the possibility is known,

still last weekend was absurd

and with death did we flirt.

The wench, courageous and undaunted,

with her fiery flail she flaunted.

Only to be put in place,

her cleric level back to base.

When monster gazed into eyes, 

his will empowered through the dice, 

in cowering fright on floor she crawled

and shivering with eyes red, she bawled,

until her siblings saved her ass

and brought her back to mighty class.

Then from the corner a new beast stirs

and yet another fight is hers.

A hellish spider from the abyss

bit her straight back into paralysis.

A second rescue attempt was made,

lucky for her the fiend took bait.

The wizard, fighter and the scout

dragged her, found a safe way out.

And from the dungeon they fled in shame

just in case a dragon came.


Another great Dungeons & Dragons weekend has passed. And though my part in the game was a failure challenge, it was awesome! Thanks so much, my Xaniqos siblings and great DM. I can’t wait until next time.

You can read all about our adventures on my website Dungeon DuTchess.

Posted in Six Word Saturday, Stories, Writing

Dark Elves

My Saturday in six words:



This weekend we continue our Dungeons & Dragons adventures in the Underdark of Faerûn:. Here are the stories of last session, published at Dungeon DuTchess:

Plus we have our friend’s birthday to celebrate!

Have a peaceful Saturday 😉

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About dwarves, fiends and fireballs

Watch out, geeky stuff coming in 😉


  1. Death to the Delver
  2. An old ‘F(r)iend’
  3. The Bounty

Next weekend we’re heading straight back into the Underdark for another Dungeons & Dragons session  \o/


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About Evil Dwarves and Delvers

YES, I made it in time before our next session. In one week the Dungeons & Dragons madness will continue. If you want to follow us on our adventures, you are more than welcome to travel along. There are five episodes in the last session:

  1. Road to Dunspeirrin
  2. Spider Silk
  3. Even more spiders
  4. Dunspeirrin
  5. The Delver

It is hard to find fitting images, so I created one myself

And those two round things are spiders! Yes, they are! See, eight legs 😉

I hope you will have fun reading about our crazy actions in the land of the Underdark.

Posted in D&D, Personal

Role Playing Weekend

Yes, another Dungeons & Dragons weekend coming up.

If you want to see what our last weekend (in July) was like, you can read the posts on my blog Dungeon DuTchess. Just click on the four images:


And would you please excuse me now? I have to get some sleep in advance 😉

Posted in D&D, Six Word Saturday

A weekend filled with D&D

The upcoming weekend will be one with dungeons and dragons. With chaotic dark elves and other evil creatures. Spells and fights. With good food and laughter. That’s right, another D&D session is going to unfold.

If you want to follow us on our adventures, you can read the posts I wrote about our last weekend, in Creepy Creeps – where we battle more vermin, followed by The Lizard Rider – with a leading role for our brave fighter Alvra, straight into The Hall of Shadows – where mime and demon ‘play’ together, and last but most certainly not least Charicide – a Bard of grande allure. What will happen to her?

Go ahead. Read, and be drawn into the dark world of the Drow…

Posted in D&D, Six Word Saturday

Dragon Fire

Six Word Saturday. Want to play along? All that’s necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.


Dragon Fire Panacea Against Exam Stress

This is an early ‘Saturday’ post. Still three more hours to go ’till midnight, but by then I will probably have passed out on the couch. Or halfway up the stairs, in a desperate attempt to reach my bed. The first exam week of the second period is over, and it was exhausting. Students can relax for two days, and so can we. Next week, two more written exams and then back to lessons for eight weeks. After which the whole circus starts anew.

No matter how well everything has been organized, there will always be unexpected events. PC tests that decide to block all students, profiles that are corrupt and suddenly crash, traffic jams causing students to be late, uncertainty about the right location. With me running back and forth to try and solve the problems. And all of this under the highest stress, since so much depends on the results. The management has forbidden me to ever take a day off, let alone plan a holiday, during the exam periods. And I’m dreaming of nothing else.

But for now the stress is gone. And the excitement of the weekend is building up. I won’t be able to post much, because I’ll be cruising the Dutch roads to the north. A road trip that will take me to the dark caverns and uncanny places of the Underdark. Another weekend of fooling around with imaginary Dungeons & Dragons. In D&D: Drow of the Underdark I have explained a bit about this wonderful Role Playing Game (RPG). And if you are not geeked out after reading it, you can follow our Underdark adventures in my D&D blog Dungeon Dutchess.

Above all though, this weekend will be filled with friendship, hanging out with four wonderful people whom I have know for ten years now. And though we live ‘far’ apart – what is ‘far’ in a tiny country like Holland? – and are far apart in age (twenty years), we still meet every two months to roll the dice, to make up creative adventures, have dinner together, watch movies and talk about past, present and future. Friends through thick and thin.

Cheers. To friendship.


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D&D: Drow of the Underdark

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D)

If the only thing that comes to mind is a deep dark cave with a nasty dragon caught in it, then I might make the safe assumption that you do not know this role playing game. When you guess it is just another fantasy computer game, you probably have not heard about the “real” thing.

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG). D&D assigns each player of the group a specific character, who embark together upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. A Dungeon Master (DM) serves as the game’s referee and storyteller, while also maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur. The characters form a party that interacts with the setting’s inhabitants (and each other). Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles and gather treasure and knowledge. In the process the characters earn experience points to become increasingly powerful over a series of sessions.

No computers, though no real swords or capes either. Only the imagination of the DM and his players, handbooks, little figurines and pen & paper.

I wrote about it on Figments of a Dutchess before, when we were still roaming The Old Empires. The chilling end fight has not found its way to the blog world of the Dungeon Dutchess… yet! The writing is somewhat delayed by the necessity of reporting about the new campaign: The Underdark first.

This new adventure takes place underground! Yep, under the ground! There is a vast subterranean network of interconnected tunnels and caverns, stretching beneath entire continents. The Underdark is inhabited by lots of strange and sinister creatures. Believe me, you would not want to go there on a Sunday stroll!

Living in the dark, apart from an occasional phosphorescent fungus, does not bring out trust and confidence. Nearly all of the creatures and races are of a hostile nature. There is hardly any natural food, since most of the vegetation is poisonous.

Welcome to the empire of the Drow!

In ages past, the elves were torn by discord and warfare, driving out from their surface lands their selfish and cruel members, who sought safety in the underworld. These creatures, later known as the “dark elvenfolk” or drow, grew strong in the arcane arts over the centuries and content with their gloomy fairyland beneath the earth, though they still bear enmity towards and seek revenge against their distant kin, the elves and faeries who drove them down.

They are described as chaotic evil in alignment, and highly intelligent. They are described as black-skinned and pale haired in appearance, around 5-feet tall and slight of build with somewhat sharp features, with large eyes and large pointed ears. Their equipment (magical boots and cloaks, and fine mesh armor similar to chainmail) is black in color and described as being empowered by exposure to the strange radiations of the Drow homeland, losing this power and eventually falling apart when exposed to direct sunlight and kept from the radiation for too long.

Females are inherently more powerful than males, and only females may be clerics or fighter/clerics; male drow are commonly fighters, magic-users, or both classes at once. Drow move silently and with a graceful quickness, even when wearing their armor, and blend into shadows with ease. They carry long daggers and short swords of an adamantite alloy and small one-handed crossbows which shoot darts carrying a poison that causes unconsciousness.

Drow are difficult to surprise as they are able to see very well in the dark, have an intuitive sense about their underground world similar to that of dwarves, and can detect hidden or secret doors as easily as other elves do. Drow are highly resistant to magic, while all drow have the ability to use some inherent magical abilities even if they are not strictly spellcasters.

There are rumors of vast caverns housing whole cities of drow which exist somewhere deep beneath the earth, and now that the drow have dwelled in these dark labyrinthe places they dislike daylight and other forms of bright light as it hampers their abilities. They are able to communicate using a silent language composed of hand movements, and when coupled with facial and body expression, movement, and posture, this form of communication is the equal of any spoken language.

Source: Wikipedia

Do you know what the fun – and yet extremely difficult – part is? I am playing a drow cleric, named Lilith Xaniqos. A female! Drow consider themselves superior to other races. Furthermore drow women, especially clerics, are superior to males! How about that? Arrogant and suspicious, all is about power and dominance. While role playing, I expect males to simply obey. And if not, I punish them or worse. Of course others can not stand me and will plot against me if I carry it too far.

Me! Playing a bitch! While I always play the balancing part, holding people, nature and animals in high reverence. Druid, paladin. Goodie good characters. Can you now understand what is the difficult part? If someone is attacked, a slave, I can not run to the rescue noooo, I just ignore the poor bastard. Or even help him to the other side! How cruel and awful. Horror! LOL. Only acts that help my House or the Spider Queen Lolth are worthy.

Ah well, too much to tell in this post. Perhaps you would like to read about this new adventure? Then you can take a look at The Calling and Nyttoris Arms & Armor on my blog Dungeon Dutchess.