I made a list of 3 GM advice subreddits called RefAdvice.
Incorporate that idea of destroying something and remaking it stronger into every aspect of the world you can.
When healers give healing, have them talk about bones re-knitting stronger.
When someone dies, instead of rest in peace, have folks say something about them returning, better made in a better world.
When blessing a new building, have the priest say something about building it better next time should it fall.
Have that theme of rebuilding first and foremost in your mind when you are making the world. When you think about the lore of a city – what was on that spot BEFORE the city – how is the city a better version of that…
GM: You’ve got some time before things heat up again. What do you get done in that month?
Player: I’d like to fix the fighter’s broken magical sword with that magic orchid we got from that time in that place with the thing.
GM: Cool, sounds like you have everything you need. Whose forge do you use?
Player: My brother is a smith in the city, remember? I’ll use his forge.
GM: Right! I had forgotten. Y’know, there’s no skill for making things in 5e. But you have plenty of time and space. Let’s just say you do it, yeah?
Player: Sounds good.
GM: Let’s have some role-play with you, your brother and the fighter as you finish…
- Establish what they want to do.
- Decide how to do it – rolls necessary? Anything need to be gathered?
- Role-play a short scene to make it real and let the moment breathe.
Hope that helps! Good luck.
Don’t feel like you have to write out a beginning, middle and end. You don’t have to make a publishable product (and honestly, many published products aren’t that useful at the table in play). You have to get started.
Ask the players to make characters to deal with Astral Elves coming to the Realms with an eye towards taking over. Diplomats, spies, monarch’s agents – people who will be asked to deal with this shit.
Start with a cold war, with the Astral Elves making allies and winning people over with promises that colonizers always start with. Get some ideas for a first adventure, a minor tussle or a conflict in Cormyr as the Astral Empire try to win over the Purple Dragons.
Have fun! Good luck.
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