One of the founders of our hobby and one of the most unsung contributors to Dungeons & Dragons, Len Lakofka has passed away at the age of 76.
Along with the many adventures, classes, spells, and rules he created, Len was also father of the Suel in Greyhawk, designer of their gods, and namesake of the Lendore Isles.
The value of his work goes without saying, but his presence will be sorely missed. The adventures of Leomund go on.
I just took a look at PHB II, which includes the optional Duskblade class which mixes fighter and sorcerer skills. Their origin supposed to be the guardians of a now fallen Elvish empire.
Celene-Ulek-Welkwood-Gnarley? Highfolk-Vesve? There really isn't anything like that fits that in the Flaneass. I don't know much about western Oerik, but maybe Ravilla? Not exactly "fallen" yet, but well in decline. OTOH, you could ignore the quasi-jedi knight mumbo jumbo and interpret the Duskbalde as and update of the good old Fighter-Magic User combo.
That's reasonable, but, thinking about it more, it must have become generalized. Duskblades are essentially Fighter-Sorcerers, with the same flavor as AD&D1 and AD&D2 fighter/magic users and the old D&D elves (without the spell books).
Since it goes back far enough, the guardians could have been early specimens of the class...
OMG!! How in the WORLD did I miss this thread!!
Absolutely! *YES*! Personally, James, I think that the Duskblade would fit in rather well in Ravilla!
Granted, Ravilla still "technically" exists, but the Dragon Empire of Ravilla as it once was, is totally gone. The grey elves once ruled the majority of the continent, akin to the Mongolian Horde at it's height, and now they have nothing but the small area surrounding their cities and the Abyssal Gates they protect. Even their original mountain cities have been sealed and warded, and may be lost for all time.
Frankly, I'm a little shocked that there weren't any multi-classed Chainmail miniatures in the Ravillan faction. There's such a tradition of them. And while I wouldn't expect a game like Chainmail to delve too deep into the D&D rules set, I think that a Duskblade *totally* would be used to fantastic benefit, especially considering their lore.
Player's Handbook II, 3rd Edition wrote:
... they were charged with preserving the elf race in the face of a tide of darkness and evil."
There's no canonical connection, but you could certainly say that Ravilla was founded by refugees from the City of the Summer Stars after its fall if you wanted to. I think it would make a lot of sense, as long as Aquaria isn't blocking the way in your campaign.
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