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Vegan Pot Pie

Posted in Writing on October 11, 2017 by darkjade68

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Earlier this week we rounded up some vegetarian and vegan comfort food recipesfrom the Kitchn archive. Here’s a brand new recipe for a warm and savory vegan tofu and vegetable pot pie with a super buttery, flaky crust. Its appeal isn’t limited to vegans, either. My partner, a bacon and barbecue loving omnivore, confessed that he liked this pot pie even better than the meat versions he’s had!

To give this pot pie a deep, savory flavor, I adapted my favorite umami-packed vegetarian gravy recipe from AllRecipes.com. It contains nutritional yeast, which has a nutty, somewhat cheesy flavor. The crust is adapted from Savvy Vegetarian and uses Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks for a surprisingly buttery flavor and texture. I highly recommend it but feel free to substitute any other favorite pie crust recipe or even ready-made puff pastry.

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Grimmur Backstory

Posted in Writing on October 4, 2017 by darkjade68

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

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So our weekly Dungeons & Dragons Sessions have been put on hold, due to two of our Members being unavailable for a while, and so we’re creating a Starfinder Campaign to play with those who can still make it

Here’s my Backstory for my Vesk Mercenary, Grimmur.

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Backstory

Grimmer comes from a long line of Fighters for the Vesk Empire.

And though he is loyal to his people, he was intrigued when the Races combined to ward off the Swarm.

A Mercenary by trade, Grimmur gets the job done no matter what Race his client may be.

Grimmur has always worked alone, the way he liked it, no complications, get in, get out…

…but has found lately a desire to be part of something more.

He’s looking for a Team of individuals who will earn his trust…

…or die trying.

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The Journal Of Thorin Ryo – Lost In Time

Posted in Writing on September 30, 2017 by darkjade68

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

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THE JOURNAL OF THORIN RYO

by Doragon Kishu

Chap I – Paladin

Chap II – 200 Years Of Peace

Chapter III – Nekana Agnimitra

Chapter IV – The Spider

Chapter V – Thugs (Part 1)

DORAGONS DOMAIN Episode 1

DORAGONS DOMAIN Episode 5

DORAGONS DOMAIN Episode 7

Chapter IX – The Magic Grows

Chapter X – Challenging Times

Chapter XI – The Blightlands

Chapter XII – Gnome Tossing

Chapter XIII – Gnoll Warfare

CHAPTER XIV – The Oath Of Devotion

CHAPTER XV – Home Bound

CHAPTER XVI – A Scarab For Your Thoughts

CHAPTER XVII – River Of Ghouls

In Our Last Session, The League Of Unity visited a town in Thorin’s (My 5e Paladin) homeland of Mt. Marshal

The Town didn’t have a very good reputation, but it ended up being a good place to buy goods

Sadly our Eldritch Knight, and newly accompanying us Rogue, got into a…

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Welcome To THAY (General Info.)

Posted in Writing on September 27, 2017 by darkjade68

A New Land

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

IMG_1847THAY AREAS;

FLYNN (Eastern Port) – Human Ran/Largely Populated Port & City* **

*Thieves Guild

**Officials (NPC’s)

SPEAHR TORN (North East) – High Elf City

YORK (North West Port) – Rock Gnome Ran/Cliff Port*

*Gnomes go up and down in Baskets and ropes from top of cliff, down to Port

KRIEG (Western Island/Land Mass) – Large Island/Land Mass to the West of the main Continent of Thay, but still considered part of Thay* ** ***

*OTO’RA (Southern Port of Krieg) Ran by Dragonborn

**Dragonborn Scouts may be hired at the Port’s Tavern, The Blue Eye, to take Adventurers ETc. through Krieg

***PIRUS (Northern Part of Krieg) – A Drow City

THE STEM (Island East of Krieg) – And UCHARTED Forest Island, East of Krieg

BRIM STOE (Large Island South of Thay) – South of the Main Continent of Thay, is the Volcanic Island, Brim Stoe. Still considered part of Thay…

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Qued Foros, Underground Temple Of Zarnack

Posted in Writing on September 27, 2017 by darkjade68

‘Qued Foros’ The Underground Temple Of Zarnack!

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

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One hundred and fifty years ago, in the Land of Thay, an extraordinary Water Elemental appeared, and by its’ command, called upon the ocean to flood the Southern Regions.

It then returned to the Water Plane.

A Necromancer by the name of Zarnack The Unyielding, so impressed by this show of power, built an underground Temple in its’ honor.

He, however, referred to the Elemental as a ‘God’, and demanded that he/it be praised.

Zarnack built this Temple underground, in case the ocean should rise again at the Elemental’s will…

Built under the remains of one of the many cities which it destroyed.

As the years went by, Zarnack had several hundreds of Cultists join his following, and demanded 20 virgin sacrifices each month.

The number was so taxing, that he often called upon his own Followers to sacrifice themselves, should they be unable to find the virgins.

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Learning About Panic Attacks

Posted in Life, Writing with tags , on September 21, 2017 by darkjade68

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I Came Across This Article, And Thought I’d Share This Excerpt 

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After months of suffering and pain, I decided to give up the fight against panic attacks. I was tired of running away from these panic attacks and their symptoms. I decided to try something different and unconventional, and surprisingly it worked. Instead of running from these panic attacks, I decided to embrace them. Instead of overreacting with fear to the symptoms of panic, I turned my attention towards understanding them. What surprised me was that this shift in perception and attitude came with a great deal of power and ease. I started feeling so much better. I was not overreacting anymore and my symptoms were disappearing at a faster rate.

I also started realizing that panic attacks are good for you. I say that because panic attacks are symptoms of stress and worrying. When you experience a panic attack, it’s the body’s way of telling you that it has reached its stress limit and that you need to take corrective action to reduce the stress that your body is going through. The bodily sensations that you experience before a panic attack are your body getting rid of excess energy that is caused by too much stress and worrying. And because many people don’t understand this, they think when they experience these bodily sensations they are having a heart attack or something bad is about to happen. And that’s not true.

Almost every panic attack is triggered by an unusual bodily sensation. The most common bodily sensations  include a pounding heart, tightness of chest or throat, light headedness, dizzy spells, sweating, or shortness of breath. If you don’t understand these sensations they can lead to intense confusion and fear. The key in stopping panic attacks is in how you respond to these bodily sensations when you first notice them. If you choose to overreact with fear to these sensations you feel, your body’s fight-or-flight response mechanism is switched on and that could eventually lead to a full-blown panic attack. If you do not overreact to these bodily sensations, then it’s not a panic attack, just adrenalin rushing through your body.

Scary, terrifying and uncomfortable as it is, a panic attack is not dangerous. A panic attack will not kill you. Panic attacks are just symptoms of stress and worrying. You have the power within you to stop them, and that power is your willingness to learn and grow from them. Your willingness to go through it, to move towards the feelings of panic and embrace them, will help you overcome the fear of panic attacks and fully recover. That’s the only way to get better and get your life back. You have to see the panic through. You have to let it show you its real nature. You have to stop avoiding these feelings because avoidance does not get you anywhere.

After having suffered with panic attacks myself, I know that this is not easy to do, but that’s the only way forward. Whatever you resists, persists and whatever you embrace get’s dissolved.

The Legend Of Oz The Caster – The White Tower

Posted in Writing on September 20, 2017 by darkjade68

Chapter III

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

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“The Legend Of Oz The Caster 

by Doragon

CHAPTER I

CHAPTER II – Departure

CHAPTER III – The White Mage Tower

Traveling to ‘The Key’, home to the Four Mage Towers of Thay, would be a three day journey.

Fortunately it would be Grasslands, so the traveling wouldn’t be too tough, but that doesn’t mean I won’t encounter creatures and/or travelers.

But it was just me and my snow tiger cub, Sherwood, and though I apparently have innate Magical abilities, I have not mastered, nor truly harnessed them…

…which is the reason I’m traveling to The Key, in hopes to become an Apprentice to one of the Four Mages, each in their own tower surrounding the giant lake.

Truth be known, I should probably hire a Mercenary to protect me for now, but I’d be very fortunate indeed to run into one along the way.

As I am not near…

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