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Shababa the Orcish Dancing Girl
NPCs  (Minor)   (Artistic/Performance)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-21 09:23 PM
I think the plot hooks could be fleshed out a bit more. Surely she could be more than just a passing NPC the players interact with before going on their merry way. Perhaps she could turn into a barmaid of some sort, simply to survive, and then dance by herself after the bar closes for the night? THAT might be an encounter to spice up your game.

"You walk downstairs to find a glass of water. As you walk around the corner, you see the orc barmaid up on the stage, dancing away with her eyes closed, looking more content than a cat on a lap. She's not half bad at the dancing either. What do you do?"

In all, I like this character, and think she's got some good potential, but how to use her could be added to just a bit more. Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-21 05:14 PM
Seems to me that most adventuring parties get avoided as insane and dangerous anyway... Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-21 09:17 PM
I have the feeling this was intended to be a hidden sub that didn't get set as hidden. Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-22 02:36 PM
The silly freetext might then be appropriate. Not necessarily, but as a thought. Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-22 04:55 PM
Such would appear to be the case.

As for uses for these rather strange anomalies, there are a number of them:
  • Use it as a random passage from your world's version of the Necronomicon
  • Everyone's heard the rumors of really strange, wacky things happening/existing. Let your players hear these as rumors from the townfolk.
  • Actually have them exist, perhaps as an experiment gone wrong, or even as a natural occurrence. Nature has shown some very very strange things before.
What other uses can you put these to? Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-02-19 11:57 PM
I would say it very much depends on how the magic carpet produces it's flying effect. Planes use speed and wing-shape to produce upward pressure. Once it overcomes gravity, the plane lifts off. If the magic carpet is simply negating gravity for itself and anything on top of it, and then imparting velocity, there's no real reason it wouldn't work underwater. Moving down might prove slightly challenging for an object used to fighting against a downward pull instead of an upward push. Perhaps 'flying' lower underwater requires the carpet to be upside down? Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-02-22 01:41 PM
This can be defended against by noting the direction that the banished object will return from, and placing a sturdy object in the way. Alternately, a spell of protection should accomplish the same thing. Unfortunately, it is entirely likely that someone who miscasts the spell will have their target bungee back to them from their inside, resulting in an explosion of gore and the death of the caster. Go to Comment
The Vénat
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (City/ Ruin)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-19 12:56 AM
These remind me of nothing other than the fae of old. Vengeful little tricksters that one needs to be careful of. I'm honestly unsure about the eyeball thing; I'm not sure whether it adds a bit of reality to them, or detracts with its almost random nature. I'll have to leave that determination to others. Go to Comment
Glacial Cairn
Dungeons  (Tundra/ Arctic)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-16 09:54 PM
Cries in the Night
As the PCs wander through the pyramid's maze, they hear the echoing cry of a hungry baby. Upon tracking it down, they find it originating in a medium sized room with a pile of dead goblins in the center. The crying sound is coming from inside the mound of bodies; examination reveals an arctic goblin baby in a papoose, hungry and cold. It would seem that the party of goblins got lost inside the pyramid and piled themselves on the baby in a forlorn attempt to preserve its life against the murderous cold.

What will they do? Leave the baby to its death, or take up the burden of caring for it in a dark and dangerous dungeon? Go to Comment
Glacial Cairn
Dungeons  (Tundra/ Arctic)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-16 10:04 PM
Death from above!
Scattered around the maze are a number of traps to remove intruders from this existence. One of these is a soaking, freezing death. Above sections of the ceiling are pyres designed to melt the ice that comprises the ceiling and bring it down on top of intruders. The result varies: cuts from sharp edges of ice, bruises from chunks of the ceiling, and most dangerously, a soaking wet party, absolutely lethal in the pyramid's freezing interior. Go to Comment
Glacial Cairn
Dungeons  (Tundra/ Arctic)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-16 10:51 PM
Down the rabbit hole
A dungeon staple, this one is particularly at home within the pyramid's maze, because the icy surface makes sliding down into a hole very easy and hard to stop. Care should be taken whenever the floor begins to tilt. A single misstep could send someone sliding to their death, whether it be from the fall or the icy spikes at the end. Go to Comment
Glacial Cairn
Dungeons  (Tundra/ Arctic)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-17 12:31 AM
Updated: I think that just about does it. This should be ready for public consumption. Thanks goes out to Muro, Pieh, and everyone else who helped me flesh this place out properly. Go to Comment
Glacial Cairn
Dungeons  (Tundra/ Arctic)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-18 07:24 PM
Updated slightly to accommodate comments and advice. Go to Comment
Glacial Cairn
Dungeons  (Tundra/ Arctic)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-20 02:49 PM
Which was indeed the point. It's more useful for the majority of submissions to be lower to middle strength adventure locations, but occasionally, you just have to have a high level place. Not everywhere in the world is a safe place for your PCs to be, even when they're known heroes. Besides, would you really expect something less than this for a phoenix's prison? Go to Comment
30 Systems of Justice
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-14 05:09 PM
You can't forget the classic Monty Python system, where completely arbitrary lines of (un)reason hold sway. Useful only in silly campaigns, however.

Mob: "Burn the witch!"
Knight: "Wait, wait. How do you know she's a witch?"
Mob: "..Well, we don't. We just think she's a witch."
Knight: "Well, everyone knows that witches sink in water, right? What doesn't sink in water?"
Mob: "A duck!"
Knight: "Weigh her against a duck. If she's heavier than a duck, she's a witch."
*they weigh her, she's obviously heavier than a duck*
Accused witch: "Well, I can't deny the logic of that."
Mob: "Burn the witch!" Go to Comment
30 Systems of Justice
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-14 05:13 PM
I wasn't entirely sure how you'd pull out thirty full systems of justice, but you did. Variations are to be expected, but that's what makes the systems different from each other anyway. I think this could be a useful reference for world designers, to help them pick the right feel for their countries. Good work. Go to Comment
Demonforged Ice
Items  (Materials)   (Villanous)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-16 10:22 PM
{Siren no Orakio} 10:20 pm: Needs a little note on how it gets out of Hell on occasion, though
{Chaosmark} 10:21 pm: Someone gets lucky and kills a demon wearing such armor, or makes a dark pact for it.
{Chaosmark} 10:21 pm: Same as with just about any demon-tainted item. Go to Comment
An Ordinary Flashbulb Camera
Items  (Other)   (Villanous)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-14 01:48 PM
No, for two reasons. The first, it's an old-type camera. You know, the huge box kind, with honest to heaven picture plates? I suppose someone could come up with a telephoto lens for one, but it'd be difficult. Second, the enchantment on the camera and plates don't extend far enough. Perhaps it might work if someone could make a telephoto lens to focus and enhance the power and effect of the camera's enchantment, but otherwise, no. Personal range only. (my conception was also single-person only, but I don't think that's essential to the sub) Go to Comment
An Ordinary Flashbulb Camera
Items  (Other)   (Villanous)
Chaosmark's comment on 2009-01-14 02:19 PM
{Cheka Man} 2:04 pm: if the pic is developed, what happens then?
{Chaosmark} 2:07 pm: I left it mostly up the GM, but I envisioned either the picture looking entirely normal, or perhaps you get one of those animated ones like they had in the Harry Potter movies,
with the pictured person going absolutely nuts inside the picture.
{Cheka Man} 2:08 pm: trying to escape?
{Chaosmark} 2:08 pm: Partially, but mostly to get attention.
{Chaosmark} 2:08 pm: No sound can escape, but lips could be read.
{Cheka Man} 2:09 pm: if you bury the picture, would that drive the soul insane?
{Chaosmark} 2:10 pm: I had also thought about what it might be like for the soul so captured, their experience inside the picture, but I definitely wanted that left up to a GM. Depending on how you
wanted to handle it, they could be fully aware and trapped within the room they were in when the picture was taken, or they go blank until reunited with a body, put into stasis.
{Chaosmark} 2:11 pm: Which is what determines the answer to your question.
{Cheka Man} 2:11 pm: if they went mad you could set them free close to the body and the person would then go mad
{Chaosmark} 2:12 pm: Mhmm.
{Chaosmark} 2:12 pm: Crafty political cultists could discredit rivals in such a fashion.
{Cheka Man} 2:12 pm: and could then be put in a loony bin Go to Comment
An Ordinary Flashbulb Camera
Items  (Other)   (Villanous)
Chaosmark's comment on 2011-07-31 01:59 PM
That was indeed my original inspiration. Go to Comment
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