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Altar of Grilling
Items  (Tools)   (Villanous)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-03-04 10:28 AM


This is the perfect Garage Sale From Hell item. It captures the ideals of the codex perfectly, and is itself a unique and useable item.



Well done.


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A Treatise on the Styles of Casting
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-25 09:49 PM


I'd like to note that, while not required, it should be extremely hard, if not impossible, for a mage to use more than one style at once. Otherwise it opens the field to powergaming of a nasty type. Perhaps the shape of the energy used in each style interferes with that of the others, or some similar reason.


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A Treatise on the Styles of Casting
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-03-06 11:17 PM
I laughed pretty hard at #4. Go to Comment
St. Cled's Path
Locations  (Other)   (Any)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-25 09:46 PM


Ooo, pilgrimages! I like the vibe of this one. The little story snippets are a good touch, for when your PCs are wondering, "Why the heck do we have to stop here on this pilgrimage?" And in each, there's something still there that can be involved in a subplot.


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A Field Guide to Werewolves
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-25 09:36 PM


Frame story! I like it and the distinction between blood-born and bitten lycanthropes.


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David Branch, Cult Leader
NPCs  (Major)   (Religious)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-25 09:56 AM


I like how this one turned out. The character makes good, solid sense. His capabilities match his backstory, and so do his flaws. I especially appreciate that he's not an idiot, and recognizes the treachery of Azoxul.



Overall, a rather effective cult leader.


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Emotional Program Break or EPB
Items  (Computers)   (Sentient)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-24 07:00 PM


Of note is the careful distinction between 'feelings' and 'emotions'. This is the former, not the latter. Took me a moment to catch that.


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Abydos
Locations  (City)   (Desert)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-05-03 07:48 PM
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30 Steampunk Books
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-04 12:45 PM
Update: Out with ye!

Thanks to Dragonlordmax, Mourngrymm and Roack for their assistance finishing off the list. Go to Comment
30 Steampunk Books
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-08 07:55 PM
Number 27 was one that I had to fight to avoid fleshing out more; it's one of my favorites, but the site is PG, so I can't really flesh it out any more than I did. Go to Comment
Ruby Heart
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-05 07:40 AM
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Chakram of the New Moon
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-05 07:39 AM


I think this has just the right amount of backstory to justify it's existence. The origin myth is always a major part of any magic weapon, and as far as those go, this one is pretty good.


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Chakram of the New Moon
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-05 02:04 PM
Funny you should mention Excalibur, since it was one of my considerations when making that comment. "Historia Regum Britanniae" (predating d'Arthur by ~3 centuries, and one of Malory's sources) does give some origin to Excalibur (it was forged in Avalon).

More importantly, every single mythic weapon I've read of has SOME backstory to it. A weapon found inside an 8-headed snake demon, a deity's weapon on-loan, the weapon of a famous hero that acquired similar characteristics, etc. The backstory gives it a place in the world, and in a number of cases explains the weapon itself. Nothing exists in a vacuum, and magic weapons are no different. Even if the players don't ever learn of the backstory, it still gives you ways to link it to your world.

Generic items of obvious utility do not require a backstory; one presumes that healing potions first came from some alchemist, and so on for items that see common use. But more unique items, those with truly special characteristics, such as anti-shapechanger chakram, require some sort of explanation for where their abilities came from.

If they don't, it feels too arbitrary, and harkens back to the old D&D magic item tables. I never much liked those, because they made the magic items feel detached from the surrounding setting. An origins myth of some kind negates that, and also gives extra tidbits to add to a world. "Oh, those are the Sacred Chakram of the New Moon, blessed by the Moon Goddess herself! You must be holy warriors, to be graced with such a divine weapon." Go to Comment
Bodach the Straw Man
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Mystical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-05 07:34 AM


The purposeful-yet-aimless drifting makes this the perfect recurring villain. PCs won't be able to take him down the first few times they encounter him, and by the later ones they'll start to realize that he's got much more up his sleeve than they bargained for.


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Bucky Batteries
Items  (Other)   (Non-Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-03-02 01:07 PM
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The Hemangini Flying Squirrel
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Mountains)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-05 07:27 AM


Yes Virginia, speculative biology goes beyond flora. I do wonder whether the ecosystem could truly support a metal creature as active as a squirrel, however. They'd almost certainly be restricted to groves of Hemangini trees.


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Hemangini Tree
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Any)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-05 07:20 AM


I believe the submission you were thinking of is this: http://strolen.com/viewing/Goldleaf

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Hemangini Tree
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Any)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-02-05 07:22 AM


I liked the interesting quirks of Goldleaf trees, and for the same reasons do I like this. An interesting piece of world-fluff.


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Sivvers
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Space)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-01-22 12:58 PM


Sci-fi p-zombies. The interview log really added to this, taking an already well-thought-out idea and giving it an even more interesting "face of the enemy" as it were.


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Unit/Mission Network
Items  (Computers)   (Combat)
Chaosmark's comment on 2012-01-22 12:39 PM


Minor flavor. Definitely usable, since communication is essential for any group of soldiers.


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