The Lyonesse Trilogy is a group of three fantasy novels by Jack Vance, set in the European .. but which contains significant elements of fantasy and magic lends itself to use as setting for role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Aug 9, The good people at the Design Mechanism have shared this draft of their map of the ‘Elder Isles’ for their forthcoming Lyonesse RPG (based. Apr 13, Sorry if this is a derail of your thread but as someone who has not read Lyonesse: what’s so great about it? In other words, why is it a good rpg.

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Shimrod and Aillas ride to Tamurello’s mansion but arrive too late; Carfilhiot and the wagon are gone.

In Tanjecterly Kul follows the orders implanted in him to return Glyneth to their original starting point, which is the location of the other portal. However, it’s an ambush, set up by Carfilhiot’s enemies working together. Prg Sep 25, Messages Likes The name “Joald” is mentioned already in the lyonessse part as that of a mysterious being inspiring hush and fear.

The following errors occurred with your submission. I added it to The Arthurian hypothesis can perhaps be countered by strong indications that the author has delivered a very conscious melding of various other medieval folkloric and more formal story telling themes, characters and plot devices. With no word from Tanjecterly, Aillas resumes his campaign against the Ska.

I shared this on the DM forum as well, but if you want to learn more about this setting and how it might be turned to an RPG, give this a listen – it’s well worth your time, IMO: Aillas pursues and captures her, declaring she is now his slave. The pearl changes hands a number of times, impelling each new owner to strange excesses of conduct, until the final owner offends a minor magician, who takes him deep into the forest and casts a spell of paralysis on him.

While many objects described in the Trilogy have considerable magical powers, the Grail does not seem to have such; lyonesss only use contemplated for the Grail was King Casmir’s idea of increasing pilgrimage to his capital and thus the Royal revenues.

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Aillas’ program gains credibility when he sends a force to destroy the mountain keep of the first baron to openly defy him. Since the route back to Doun Darric was likely to be swarming with Ska troops responding to the attack on Castle Sank, Aillas decides to travel north along the high moors into North Ulfland, to arrive at Xounges where he can take a ship home. Joined Apr 29, Messages 2, Likes 3, Dhrun, a cheerful happy baby, is raised in Thripsey Shee by Twisk, Madouc’s mother, who stole him from the old nurse’s family, leaving Madouc, her willful and cranky child by an unknown vagabond.

Raleel Not actually a Mythras sales bot Apr 21, Beautiful setting, amazing system. One Page Adventures 4. Similarly, the Ska are repeatedly described as pre- Vikingand indeed pre- Neanderthalgiving them a far richer presence than “cruel Viking raiders”.

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Both Shimrod and Tamurello arrive, prompted by the opening of the interworld portal. Oh yeah sold on this! Ignoring the advice of his more experienced advisors and overeager to prove himself, the wounded Cassander orders his scouts to embark on a pointless search that gives the Dahaut army time to regroup and escape. Aillas had, and Shimrod tells him that Faude Carfilhiot has kidnapped two children that were travelling with him.

Nick J Members Only Apr 14, Aillas, Dhrun, Glyneth and Shimrod journey to Watershade for a banquet, while in Lyonesse, Casmir awaits news from Visbhume that will never come, and ponders the mystery of Suldrun’s son. The character creation rules reflect the fascinating, anachronistic world of Hybrasil, while the magic systems provide every-thing from simple cantrips through to the Sandestin-powered sorcery of Murgen, Shimrod and Tamurello.

Dahaut is conquered, but this triggers an attack on Casmir by Aillas. The Elder Islands are clearly not Atlantiswhich was an ancient myth already in the time of Plato — still, the overtones of a land doomed to eventually sink beneath the waves influence the story.

Faude Carfilhiot, wanting to be a powerful magician but lacking the patience to learn the necessary skills, schemes with his lover Tamurello. Murgen, disguised as a peasant, quickly seals the weasel and pearl in a glass jar.

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Glyneth, at Watershade, ponders her future. Ron – Monday, 16th April, Visbhume promises to return her to Earth if she tells him the circumstances of Dhrun’s birth, but his obvious designs on her person inform her that she will be killed once he has the information.


Prince Cassander is wounded trying to kill the fleeing king Audrey. Madouc’s response is to seek the Grail herself, since that seems the best method of lyonesze herself.

The Ska lay siege to Carfilhiot’s castle Tintzin Fyral, and Aillas gets a good look at the castle’s defenses. Unfortunately, Casmir reneges on his promise. Shimrod can not act directly against Carfilhiot to rescue Glyneth and Dhrun, because that would constitute taking Aillas’ side in a political matter and violate Murgen’s edict. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Joined Aug 28, Messages 1, Likes 1, I was reading the lyonesee one and was something like rpt pages in and yawning waiting for something to happen.

While in port, Trewan learns that his father has died and that the line of royal succession now passes from King Granice to his youngest brother Ospero and then to Ospero’s son Aillas, bypassing Trewan. By the Design Mechanism using Mythras. Shimrod the wizard, at Murgen’s request, investigates mysterious demonic attentions in Ys, which appear to involve Melancthe. He lands a force of troops in South Ulfland, proclaims his kingship, and demands a show of fealty from Carfilhiot as Carfilhiot’s rightful liege lord.

Friday, 13th April, Rughalt is practically destitute; his knees are so bad he can no longer burgle houses and his only income comes from robbing the guests of a mean little inn. After this aside, Casmir is arrested and spends the rest of his days in a cell ruminating over his defeat. She and Pimfet travel to the castle where the Grail is, and through cunning manage to kill the Ogre Throop and retrieve the grail, a task that hundreds of knights had tried and failed.

The Ska wish King Gax to appoint a Ska successor to his throne, in return for which the Ska promise amnesty for the inhabitants of Xounges.

In a fishing village in South Ulfland, a fisherman catches a flounder and discovers the green pearl inside.