Random Encounters06/09/2003

Fharlanghn's Garden

As one travels through the world, one commonly sees shrines to Fharlanghn along even the most remote lanes and byways. As the god of travel and roads, it is just as important to thank Fharlanghn for dirt paths as it is to pay homage to the great high roads and caravan trails. Every avenue is a gift from the Dweller on the Horizon.

But Fharlanghn is also the god of distance, and not all of his gifts are found easily. In fact, his favorite spots remain unmarked on any map, and only those who wander the wild places of the world can find them. For the faithful, Fharlanghn has left some markers to point the way, but they are not seen easily and the trip is not for the faint of heart.

If you look very carefully and stay on the road ahead, you may eventually find yourself in Fharlanghn's Garden. But beware -- every trip has a price.

The Milestone and the Rod of Leagues

Take a look at two wondrous items favored by the god of roads. Individually they are powerful magic items, but together they can point the way to Fharlanghn's Garden.

The Eternal Pilgrimage

Worshipers of Fharlanghn spend years walking the highways and byways of the world on a pilgrimage that will never end. Their goal is not a place or to retrace a specific path -- what is important to them is the journey.

Guardian of the Road

The most dedicated of the Gray Pilgrims are blessed with extraordinary abilities by Fharlanghn. This prestige class is suitable for PCs and NPCs who believe that the journey is more important than the destination.

Journey's End

When the god of distance creates a hidden garden, it is more hidden than most. This oasis is among Fharlanghn's favorite spots in the world.

Fharlanghn's Veil

All travelers are welcome in Fharlanghn's Garden, but getting there cannot be an easy task. The Dweller on the Horizon desires his secret garden to always be a place of mystery and wonder, even to those who have visited it before.

About the Author

Stan! has been publishing fiction, cartoons, and games professionally since 1982. He has served as a graphic designer and line editor for West End Games, an editor and designer for TSR, Inc., and an author, senior designer, and creative director for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. In 2003, Stan! is currently doing freelance writing, game design, and illustration, plus he serves as the Creative Vice President for The Game Mechanics, Inc. (www.thegamemechanics.com). His recent projects include Urban Arcana, for Wizards of the Coast, and the Modern Player's Companion, volume 2, for The Game Mechanics.

Stan! lives in Renton, WA, where he eats nothing but meat and cheese. Visit him online at (www.stannex.com).

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