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Frog God Games reveals the next Lost Lands piece with The Blight, for Pathfinder, Swords & Wizardry, (and now!) 5e.
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Rats, Races and Regal Houses…

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They say the rats in the city have a queen, who they worship and honor as a living god. The queen, they say, is linked to her eight crooked sisters—all of whom have sadly passed away and now do little but giggle and hunger and bite—by her grotesque, sinewy tail. The Rat Queen, some say, has a palace deep below the city, and there she constantly plots to overthrow the true monarch and her children. Some say she can be seen staggering by night around the Skew, others swear to have sighted her lurking about the mires of the Footings whilst sailing across to the pleasure island of Festival aboard the Pleasure Ferry. Still others say she is just a story put about by the ruling halfing families on the isle to frighten gangs away. 

The word family just won’t go away when Festival is mentioned, it’s said the Family of Festival regard themselves as brothers and sisters, although even the closest families have their squabbles. There are actually many families, but the most powerful are said to be the Scathels, Grast and Frynn. Many point out that they cannot truly be a family, since they all seem to hate each other so much, others make exactly the same point in reverse.

One uncomfortable truth in the city is that you’re never more than six feet away from a rat, and in a city the size of the Blight, that’s a force to be reckoned with…

High above, glowering across and down at Festival through the Canker, are the mountainous ramparts of the Capitol, home to the true families of power—or at least that is the accepted view. Here are a handful of them, high and low; at least in their lofty reckoning, with a few words to sum up each.

The Borxias – the Terrible Family

Family Capprico – the Ancient Witches

Family Culmus – the Religious Zealots

Clan Goitre – the Lustful Artists “As profligate as a Goitre.”

The Clan Nightshade – the Family Silver

Family Perfida – the Uber Aristocrats

Clan Shibboleth – the Dashing Duelists “As quick-tempered as a Shibboleth.”

Clan Sullage – the Modern Artists

Family Tredici – Beauty and Danger

Family Wether – the Estranged Foreigners

The Wryes – Master Spies and Blackmailers

Oh yes, and finally for today here’s the complete list of additional races from the Blight Guide…

DWARVES

…Toilers, SprawlMason and Salt-o-the-Earth

ELVES

…Forsaken, Travelers and Primitives

GNOMES

…Alchymysts, Shortstones and Tradelords

HALF-ELVES

…Charmwells, Hidelings and Sorrowful

HALFLINGS

…Gypsy-Blood and Boatmen

HALF-ORCS

… Savages and Shadowlamps

HUMANS

…Capitolers, Commoners and Criminals

NEW RACES

BRINY

FESTERING BRETHREN

SWYNE

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      Rob Silk on

      Rats...I like rats...so does my dog...

    2. Ryan Blackstock
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      I am totally digging this!

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      Robert Manley on

      The "royal" sisters who have passed away, but still giggle and bite, conjure up a disturbing mental image. I'll bet the discovery of a cluster of tail-bound ordinary rats would be seen as a dire omen by many people in Castorhage.