Empirical Gnollage

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Murderous bands of gnolls slaughter and vanish! Demons conspire with mortals! The restless dead walk the land of the living! Who can save the Monarchy of Casusia?

Some stories of heroic adventure are noble works of literary art, some are trashy stories of violence and looting, but all of them gloss over a lot of the practical realities of the profession. Our protagonists (a traditional, if "unoptimized", ensemble of characters) realize this, but they take up the profession anyway.

Empirical Gnollage by Epicanis (pseud.) is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Okay, are they gone? TTRPG Players and DMs: this is a simulated "sandbox" campaign, and the "system" is the well-known Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition SRD. My challenge here is to create a coherent, logically-consistent, and entertaining story within the constraints of the rules as I would want to run them in a "live" game. I'll be exploring how to interpret the rules of the official SRD in ways that make a good story while avoiding "exploits" and the rules intruding into the narrative. Our protagonists are starting as level 1 characters of classes defined in the Creative-Commons licensed SRD. The setting will try to stick to the same tropes, themes, and interpretations that are common to the commercial materials as much as it can without trespassing on anyone's Intellectual Precious. Brief explanations of where the "system" fits into the narrative will be provided as subtle "hovertext" tooltips, with more details to be posted separately elsewhere. Everything I publish around "Empirical Gnollage" is offered under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license, including custom subclasses, spells, items, locations, characters, creatures, and plothooks that show up in the story, and in supplemental material. This story will not be "stubbed" and put behind a paywall anywhere. And, if you don't care about any of that, you can still enjoy the story all by itself. Thanks for reading!

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Latest release - ch. 66.0
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Empirical Gnollage 66 0066 - Bloodsucking Parasites, Hunger, and Fatigue
Empirical Gnollage 65 0065 - The...Tavern
Empirical Gnollage 64 0064 - Heading Out through the Swamp
Empirical Gnollage 63 0063 - Onward to Cleanliness
Empirical Gnollage 62 0062 - One Last Tribute RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 61 0061 - Angry Mud RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 60 0060 - Inanimate Friends RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 59 0059 - Where Do Gnolls Go When They Die? RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 58 0058 - Someone is Dying at the End of This Installment RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 57 0057 - Violent Salad RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 56 0056 - Magic Dagger and Other Treasures RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 55 0055 - Loot the Bodies RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 54 0054 - The Temple and its Dangers RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 53 0053 - Looking for the Dead RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 52 0052 - Willingly Entombed RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 51 0051 - Goblins in the Way RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 50 0050 - Morning in Turnipseed RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 49 0049 - Advance Payment RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 48 0048 - Rustic Accomodations RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 47 0047 - The Root of the Quest RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 46 0046 - The Road to Turnipseed RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 45 0045 - Eats Bears and Leaves RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 44 0044 - Visit the Chicken RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 43 0043 - Research and Recreation RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 42 0042 - Drunken Revelry RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 41 0041 - Don't Fight the Donkey RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 40 0040 - The Game is Won RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 39 0039 - The Baron's Game RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 38 0038 - The Rightful Baron RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 37 0037 - Contents RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 36 0036 - Mom RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 35 0035 - First Quest - Complete! RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 34 0034 - Demon, interrupted RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 33 0033 - The Deal is Done RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 32 0032 - The Beast's Lair RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 31 0031 - Portrait of the Former Residents RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 30 0030 - Down in the Cellar RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 29 0029 - Peace for the Dead RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 28 0028 - The Beast's Guards RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 27 0027 - Tonight, We Kill the Beast! RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 26 0026 - We Leave at Dusk RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 25 0025 - Close Encounter of the Bestial Kind RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 24 0024 - The Beast is Found RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 23 0023 - What Preys on Henhaven? RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 22 0022 - The Rest of the Road to Henhaven RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 21 0021 - The Road to Henhaven RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 20 0020 - Adventurers Need Rest RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 19 00019 - The Tavern Awaits RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 18 0018 - Gerhardt's Apothecary RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 17 0017 - Shopping for Supplies RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 16 0016 - Tavern Travails RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 15 0015 - Return to Silveroak RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 14 0014 - Preparation for Departure RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 13 0013 - Preparations RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 12 0012 - Decision RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 11 0011 - Belated Realization RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 10 0010 - The Strangest Clan RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 9 0009 - The Smart One RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 8 0008 - Plan of Attack RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 7 0007 - Origins RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 6 0006 - Brunchtime with the Beast RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 5 0005 - The Helpless Gnomish Maiden RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 4 0004 - Dramatic Victim of the Creature's Jaws RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 3 0003 - What's Inside? RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 2 0002 - Notamimic Manor RoyalRoadL
Empirical Gnollage 1 0001 - Starting the Story in a Tavern, as is Tradition RoyalRoadL