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Dark-Thaumatech Battery
Items  (Jewelry)   (Cursed)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-11 10:33 AM
I must agree with Plox there: it doesn't seem to really be steampunk, save that it works as a battery for thaumatech.

As an idea, however, it combines the old and the new: it's a soul-sucking item, and it's a magical battery. A nice combination, imo. Go to Comment
Dr. Farthing's Fabulous Engine
Items  (Tools)   (Non-Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-09 06:53 PM
You, sir, are a genius.

Nuclear steampunk, for a better global future. Ha! This would probably work better in more modern steampunk worlds, but could definitely be adapted to just about any world. Go to Comment
Hexahedron Virtuoso
Items  (Art and Music)   (Non-Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-09 05:50 PM
There are nowhere near enough music-related submissions on Strolen's. This is a steampunk contemporary to the Arune Spheres, and I loved both of them. Very nice work Pieh; this is the sort of background fleshing out that makes a world truly come alive. Go to Comment
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-09 05:46 PM
Wow. Simple and brutal. I'm not sure how effective a partially hollowed blade would be though. Seems to me it would lose a bit of structural integrity after a number of hits, but meh. Easily solved with some strengthening glyphs or something similar. Go to Comment
Ruddly and Simon Pneumatic Clockwork Rifle
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-09 07:03 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The C-47 Thaumatech Rifle
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-09 06:45 PM
The guns, they be everywhere! I like the switch from traditional projectiles to a raw lightning attack. Go to Comment
Emergency Steam Injector
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-09 07:00 PM
A simple, common item within steampunk settings. Go to Comment
Daemonbone Mail
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-10 11:15 AM
The thing to remember, not just with thaumatech, is that any innately magical being is going to have some sort of natural anti-magic defenses, to say nothing of knowing counter-magic of their own. Rare is the daemon that doesn't know at least a bit of the magical arts, and most would tend to be able to take a full wizard in a fight. There's a good reason daemon summoning is frowned upon. Thaumatech weaponry would take a bit for them to get used to, but I wouldn't say it'd make fighting daemons a field day. Go to Comment
Daemonbone Mail
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-10 11:18 AM
Bone armor in general seems to get glossed over when adventurers wear it. I would think that even though it's a show of power to some people, wearing such armor would simply frighten the general populace. "Look at that one; see those bones he wears? Only daemon-sworn wear armor like that." Heaven knows the common people like to tell stories, and how hard is it to move from daemon-slayer to daemon-collaborator? Go to Comment
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-10 11:08 AM
Once again: standard thaumatech (or even sorcery) gear. The small items like this are truly what makes a world real. Go to Comment
The Quiet
Locations  (Area)   (Space)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-07 06:52 PM
Ah, the Bermuda Triangle of space. This is the perfect place to have a side-adventure ghost story. Maybe something involving critters in the darkness after lights go out, picking up ghost transmissions (bonus points for ships lost long before to The Quiet, with appropriate authentication codes), or navigation going completely screwy ("What do you mean the stars don't match those on the chart? This is The Quiet, they specifically map the sky for this place!"). All sorts of fun can be had here. Go to Comment
Cog Devils
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (City/ Ruin)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-07 07:17 PM
"{...} small, vaguely flame-like smears of ghostly luminescent smoke entwining and enmeshing themselves endlessly through the rotating transmission shafts, pumping pistons and spinning cogs of their machine nest, basking in the various, delicious energies emanated by the enchanted mechanisms."

Oh my gosh, I just got a visual of Fern Gully.

Horrifying revelations and scarred memories aside, I love this submission. The Cog Devils are very much usable and interesting, and they make a very good excuse to get more description of Locastrian thaumatech. :D Go to Comment
Aetheric Goggles
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-07 02:56 PM
Standard thaumatech gear. This needs to go into the Tools of the Trade freetext. I'm also fairly sure there's a scroll or codex for the same sort of thing, but I can't find it for the life of me. I'm sure Moon will know exactly where, and most likely have the number memorized for ease of insertion. Go to Comment
Aetheric Goggles
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-11 10:38 AM
It can be the manifestation of three things, only one of which is bad.

Post whoring, for pure xp and sub recognition, is the bad, and should be discouraged with brutal mockery. However, it could also be simply a major enthusiasm for the flow of ideas, as well as the simply outpouring of ideas in an attempt to stimulate more, both amongst the author and the commenters. As I said, only the first is bad. The second two are commendable. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-07 02:20 PM
I like it. The creep factor could probably be turned up a bit more for extra effect when actually used. I also like the explicit inclusion of, "These are not undead, they merely have similarities." Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-15 04:24 PM
Make sure to have a wonderfully spooky buildup with it. This thing is custom-built for freaking your PCs out. :D Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-07 11:25 AM
I agree with Ouro on this one. It's a good idea, and as-is could be used without too much trouble, but I can't shake the feeling that you could eek a bit more out of this. Go to Comment
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-06 10:11 AM
Does it pass through like a current of electricity, or does an object have to be in direct contact with it? (i.e. does it need to be moved through magic, or can you just use a pair of gloves/tongs?) Go to Comment
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-06 07:12 PM
"Applied string theory"

HA! Go to Comment
The Hermit of Wither Tor
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Mystical)
Chaosmark's comment on 2008-11-05 10:56 AM
I'm imagining a very Samson-like ending...The parallels one can draw are quite notable. Go to Comment
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