Tuesday 8 May 2018

Sanctum Secorum Episode #12 Companion: Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman

The Sanctum Secorum Episode #12 Companion: Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman was written by Jen Brinkman, David Baity, Bob Brinkman, and Diogo Nogueira. Art is by Alessandro Cassini, Alfred Khamidullin, Ben Holmes, Enric Juan, iiSunsh1ne93x, Illogical-lynx, Mandaart73, Najmul Osmani, Shadow696, and Toadstone. The publisher is Sanctum Media. This product is produced in association with the Sanctum Secorum podcast.

This Episode Companion is based on Sanctum Secorum Episode 12: Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman, which discussed the novel by Gardner F. Fox. The featured adventure was The Emerald Enchanter by Joseph Goodman.

Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman was also discussed on the Appendix N Bookclub podcast here.

Disclosure: An adventure I wrote, The Imperishable Sorceress, was discussed in this episode.

Within you will find:

Character Classes

Barbarian #1: This character class, written by Diogo Nogueira, appears to be the same as submitted to The Gong Farmer's Almanac 2016 Vol 1. I noted only minor formatting differences.

Barbarian: This is another Barbarian class, this time by David Baity.

For yet another take on the Barbarian, see D.A.M.N. Magazine #1 - Winter 2017.

Gods of the Eternal Struggle

Bob Brinkman provided game information for various deities and powers of Kothar's world. These are not only given alignments, as occurs in Dungeon Crawl Classics, but are given domains and favored weapons, as in 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons. These may help aspiring DCC judges to better depict these beings in their campaign milieus.

Astrol: "Astrol is a powerful being from the abyss, known for his defense and protection of other creatures that serve dark powers."

Dwallka of the War Hammer: "Dwallka of the War Hammer is the ancient Cumberian god of warfare and subjugation."

Eldrak of the Seven Hells: "Eldrak of the Seven Hells, Lord of Decay and Master of Un-death, is the ancient Cumberian god devoted to evil in many of its forms."

Elwys the Golden: "Elwys of the golden breasts is depicted as a beautiful woman with flawless, honey-colored, skin and lustrous blonde hair."

Omorphon: "Omorphon is a serpent-god out of the ancient legends of the planet Yarth."

Magic Items

Frostfire: Author Bob Brinkman provides game statistics for Kothar's signature weapon.


Azdorian Spider: "The Azdorian spider is a fearsome hybrid of a giant spider crossed with that of an equally as large scorpion." By David Baity.

Ink Wraith: "The ink wraith usually finds itself in the service of some dark lord, or sorcerer, as its ability to channel dark energies into permanent painted marks, or tattoos, make it highly sought after." By David Baity.

Iormungar, Sea Dragon: An enormous sea serpent, given game statistics by Bob Brinkman.

Lich: The Dungeons & Dragons lich was probably inspired by Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman, and Bob Brinkman puts the original depiction into Dungeon Crawl Classics game statistics. Specific statistics for Afgorkon, who acts as a sort of patron to Kothar, are also given.

Minokar: This bull-man is given statistics by Bob Brinkman.


Phlogiston Storm: "Through the machinations of this spell, the wizard may initiate a spell duel with any caster known to them, wherever they may be. Space and time warp, forming a channel betwixt the two, allowing for direct line of sight between the casters and negating any spell range restrictions other than touch." This is a 5th level wizard spell, penned by Bob Brinkman.

Wizard Cage: "This spell will temporarily imprison casters and render their magic powers/items inert. It was created with chaotic wizards in mind—specifically those who are too powerful to be killed. No magic used within the cage – spells or items – will prove effective." This is a 5th level wizard spell, penned by Jen Brinkman.

As with previous Companions, this volume can help the discerning Dungeon Crawl Classics judge determine how to stat up creatures from whatever movie or literature he likes.

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