The Stormbringer Saga

The following is a summary of the Stormbringer/Elric Saga of stories as published in Chaosium’s 5th Edition of the Stormbringer roleplaying game. Rather than rewriting this excellent overview it is presented here with only minor changes.

An Overview

The Elric Novels and short stories encompass approximately seven years of the albino emperor’s life. In order of events, the books are Elric of Melniboné, The Fortress of the Pearl, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, The Weird of the White Wolf, The Vanishing Tower, The Revenge of the Rose, The Bane of the Black Sword, and Stormbringer.

A ninth book, Elric at the End of Time, contains two Elric tales among the works collected in it, but need not be considered a vital part of the saga. Of these, one takes place after The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, and the other fits between the last two stories in The Bane of the Black Sword.

A tenth (and similarly extraneous) book is Tales of the White Wolf, an anthology of Elric stories by various authors. It includes Moorcock’s short story “The White Wolf’s Song,” which takes place at an undefined time between the end of Elric of Melniboné and the beginning of The Sailor on the Seas of Fate. Finally, the Elric novel The Dreamthief’s Daughter was published in April 2001. This tale is not dealt with here.

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A History of Stormbringer in Spanish

A Guest Article on the History of Stormbringer in Spanish by Jose J. Rodriguez

“¡Sangre y almas para mi señor Arioco!” Blood and souls for my Lord Arioch!

In the late 70s some Spanish gamers started to play role playing games thanks to some English and French editions. RPG’s popularity grew in the next years, and in 1985 Dalmau published the first RPG Spanish edition – Dungeons and Dragons. It’s said they were overambitious and printed too much red boxes (around 20,000), and therefore they lost money.

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Site Update 2017

Hi All,

Just a note to say that there has been a bit of a tidy-up on the site, including a new website template (called ‘Lovecraft’ after one of my favourite authors, nonetheless!). This has also meant cleaning up some of the background code that was a result of formatting for the old template, and I’m sure, especially in the older posts, etc. that I’ve not caught it all.

In regards to new content, there isn’t much on the horizon at moment, but what I have rolling around in my head is:

  • An interview with Jean Luc over at Sombresprojects (the French publishers of Mournblade).
  • An old adventure Stormbringer 5th edition adventure I’ve toyed with for years
  • More detail in the catalogue area (not to mention rebuilding the wiki!)

As to when these will eventuate, I’m not so sure, but never fear SB is never too far from my mind…

– Stormbringer!

 

Interview with Malcolm Wolter

As with many such creative endeavours it is often those behind the scenes that make the biggest difference to a project. So it was with Malcolm Wolter, editor, graphic designer and writer of Stormbringer’s one and only fanzine – Herald of Doom.

A while ago, Stormbringer! had the opportunity to chat with Malcolm about his efforts in producing this well-received, but short-lived zine, and his other contributions the game line and other Chaosium RPGs (the result of which sees him today, once more working with Chaosium’s founder, Greg Stafford).

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A Dead God’s Dream by Dean Paolillo

A Scenario for Elric of Melniboné ruleset

Set in the years prior to Prince Yyrkoon’s rebellion, A Dead God’s Dream throws veteran characters into intrigue and adventure in the twin capitals of Oin and Yu – Dhoz-Kam. Written by Dean Paolillo, this Elric of Melniboné adventure is easily converted into the Stormbringer ruleset.

A Dead God’s Dream is an Elric of Melniboné scenario for 4-5 Veteran characters or equivalent, one of which must be a sorcerer. This story assumes that Yyrkoon still dwells in Melniboné plotting Elric’s demise. He has not fled Imrryr, acquired the Mirror of Memory and conquered Dhoz-Kam. Games Masters who wish set this story after Yyrkoon flees through the Shade Gate can do so with ease.

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