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Bag of beholding
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Altheon's comment on 2013-12-10 02:19 PM
In a game I had run for my home group, I also created an item called a Bag of Beholding. Instead of it being used for a scrying spell, it was actually a specially enchanted Spectator beholderkin that had been turned inside out to form an especially leathery Bag of Holding. It was special in that if the Bag of Beholding was turned inside out, it would revert to beholderkin form, and would make an ally for the party. Especially useful in that items placed inside the Bag of Beholding weren't expelled when it was turned inside out; instead the Spectator could retrieve these items at-will for the players, and could add new items into it's bag space by seemingly eating them.

However, my players never got that far, they suspected it was dangerous, and turned it over to a rival team of adventurers. When they heard the exploits of this other team, and their new Bag of Beholding, they launched a crusade to slaughter the other team and take back the Bag.

Needless to say, they were quite evil. Go to Comment
Bag of beholding
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Altheon's comment on 2013-12-10 02:22 PM
Sorry, new poster here. :P I added this bit in as a comment, but it works better as a new idea. So I will repost it here, hope you enjoy it.

"In a game I had run for my home group, I also created an item called a Bag of Beholding. Instead of it being used for a scrying spell, it was actually a specially enchanted Spectator beholderkin that had been turned inside out to form an especially leathery Bag of Holding. It was special in that if the Bag of Beholding was turned inside out, it would revert to beholderkin form, and would make an ally for the party. Especially useful in that items placed inside the Bag of Beholding weren't expelled when it was turned inside out; instead the Spectator could retrieve these items at-will for the players, and could add new items into it's bag space by seemingly eating them.

However, my players never got that far, they suspected it was dangerous, and turned it over to a rival team of adventurers. When they heard the exploits of this other team, and their new Bag of Beholding, they launched a crusade to slaughter the other team and take back the Bag.

Needless to say, they were quite evil." Go to Comment
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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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