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The Bramble QueenD&D Insider Article
Court of Stars
by Ari Marmell

The Bramble Queen is a creature of hatred and malice. Her most intensive loathing is reserved for mortals, and specifically males, but she despises all creatures to a greater or lesser extent. Her only joy comes in tormenting others. While she no longer possesses any ability to charm or dominate—such powers were washed away in the flood of rage that made her what she is—she enjoys watching while her followers who do possess those abilities turn friends, families, and lovers against each other.

I you are truly unfortunate, if the moon and the stars and the wind are just right, if the doors between worlds gape wide, you may find yourself in the demesne of the Bramble Queen, in the shadow of her so-called Grieving Palace. There, the rustling of the leaves is contemptuous laughter, the howling of the wind the echoing cries of those who have come before you. And like them, oh my friend, you will most assuredly never leave.

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    About the Author

    Ari Marmell was born in New York, moved to Houston when he was a year old, moved to Austin when he was 27, but has spent most of his life living in other worlds through a combination of writing and roleplaying games. He has been writing more or less constantly for the last dozen years, though he has only been paid for it the past five. He is the author of multiple roleplaying game supplements including work on Dungeons & Dragons. Ari lives in Austin with his wife George and two cats. Visit him online at his Dungeons & Dragons blog page, at his website, on Twitter, or at his Facebook fan page.

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