Heroines of the First Age Writing Portfolio


This page has a few little snippets of writing from Heroines of the First Age. They’re not necessarily in order, so take each section separately.

If you’re looking to hire my services for writing, please contact me and I’ll gladly send you any of my games to read as portfolio material.

Heroines of the First Age is set up differently from a lot of other RPG books, in that a lot of it helps the GM and the players construct the world together, instead of providing pre-generated content. Much of the writing involved creating evocative lists for people to pick from.

Creature Portfolios

Rising Villains

Looming Prophecies

Some prophecies are of vital importance. They can foresee the rise of great powers and the fall of nations.

Intervening Gods

The Heroines of the First Age are often beset by vengeful and angry gods. Drawing their powers from the Pools, these beings assert their power on the world. There may be other gods who do not cause such terrible violence, but they make poor Immediate Threats and are better suited to worship by the religions of the world. Also make sure to ask what exactly the god is interfering with, and how their actions can theoretically be mitigated by the characters.

GM Section


What lies beyond? Over the next hill, or over the one after that?

Fortune or death? Fame or obscurity?

How will I know if I wait for the sun to set on another wasted opportunity?

To the victor, the spoils.

There are many pitfalls along the way, but this section will guide you. Here you will learn the various ins and outs you need to make your way in the world.


Heroines of the First Age is a conversation. The GM presents the players with situations, environments, problems, characters, ene- mies, and challenges, and the players choose the paths that their characters take through the world.

The rules and the story support each other. Much of the game time may be taken up by activities that don’t even call for dice rolls, which is fine. Other times, the rules will be ambiguous. In these situations, go with what makes sense in the context of the story. You may also find situations where the rules allow something that doesn’t make sense in the fiction; go with what makes sense.

The story itself drives much of the rules in the game. The fiction determines whether the Aura tag on a Weapon is important in the scene. The fiction determines what the environment is like and whether it helps or hampers the characters. In matters of the Fic- tion outside the realm of the PCs, the GM is the final arbiter.

Danger-Limited, Not Time-Limited

Another important aspect of the game being fiction-driven is that actions are not time-limited the way they are in turn-based games. Turn-based games generally give the PCs a limited amount of stuff they can do in a given period. Heroines of the First Age is different. Instead, it limits the amount of stuff the PCs can do with danger and risk. If a PC asks how far they can run, the answer is likely to be as far as they want, so long as there’s nothing to stop them. But if there is something to stop them, they’ll be limited by that factor and their success or failure to overcome that obstacle.


Heroines of the First Age is not like many role-playing games that rely on turns, rounds, or units of time to determine who can act when. It is fluid and dynamic. It is a complex conversation between the PCs and the GM.

Usually, the game will flow as a series of exchanges between the GM and the players, with the GM presenting some challenge or problem and one or more of the PCs stepping up to propose an action. The actions are then resolved, either using Moves or simple agreement (in the case of simple or unopposed actions). The GM describes the effects and prompts the players again and the cycle repeats.

Creature Portfolio

The Benthic Ones

Motivation: Feed on the Abundance of the Land

Moves: Bring the Flood, Entangle a Foe

The Benthic Ones are creatures from the depths of the sea. They often have hard shells, pale forms, worm-like appendages, feelers, tentacles, and usually lack eyes.

Benthic Ones on the surface tend to gorge on anything they can be- fore returning to the depths; food here is far more abundant than it is in their watery homes. Their comings and goings often coincide with storms and hurricanes, and their arrival brings tidal waves and flooding.

Power Pool Creatures

The Ink

Portfolio: Writing, knowledge, communication, immortality.

Motivation: Cultivate thought and absorb knowledge

Moves: Force their Flaws to the Forefront, Hide Among Innocent Thoughts, Grant Great Mental Faculties

Creatures of the Ink are made from the thoughts and desires and crimes of civilized folk. They are curses, fears, and desires, given form. Their black and purple bodies are composed of inky charac- ters and forbidden words, and their powers are drawn from word. The Ink wants to absorb knowledge, and it’s more than smart enough to seduce even the most righteous priests and sorceresses. It can live easily inside anyone harboring great intellect.


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