This very well might get used in an upcoming session. I find this to be a very original form of undead, which will certainly blow minds and freak people out (because that's how it works). People tend to get scared of something they find to be unnatural, but that loses its edge after you see so many zombies, vampires, and general undead. Something like this is fresh, original, and definitely NOT the kind of 'natural' that the players are expecting! Good job, and keep up the posting! These are gems! Go to Comment
I agree with it being vulnerable to fire, and not able to 'bounce off' charging cavalry. It would certainly shred them good though, and it'd take one heck of a rider to get his horse to charge into a mass of this stuff. So, it still provides solid defense, but if you get enough fanatics together (or undead, or elementals, or...), it probably won't hold for exceptionally long.
A simple folding fan
Small hand fans have been used for centuries. When the fan is composed of a sturdy material such as wood or bamboo, a warrior is never unarmed, even when he leaves his sword at the gate. The fan (folded, of course) can be used to strike an opponent in a variety of ways:
Sidestepping a rushing opponent and swinging the fan at their face. The opponent jerks their head back while their feet keep moving, resulting in them on the floor. Actually impacting the fan causes the same result, just with more pain for the attacker.
Alternately, the fan can simply be held point-first at a rushing attacker. The same result can be attained, or at minimum put the attacker off-guard enough to let you close for a grapple of some sort.
If trained and skilled enough, the fan can be used to strike various nerve centers in the arms, neck, and other places. Don't forget the eyes either.
Not all weapons need be made of steel or be bladed to be dangerous in the hands of someone competent. Go to Comment
The thing about the Monkey's Paw wish is that it honestly wasn't evil, per se. It was just a very literal interpretation of the wish, much like this amulet would do. In that case, though, the paw wasn't at fault, the man was, for his ambiguous wish of, "I want my son back." He forgot that his son had been run through a meat-grinder, but the monkey's paw certainly gave him his wish. This could certainly be adapted for this plot, spawning a subplot of minor horror, depending on how you interpret things, and what wishes were made. Go to Comment
Perhaps pantarbe has a resonance effect, and transfers some of the sunlight energy to nearby pantarbe, even through rock and stone and soil. However, if you want to actually USE it, you have to dig it up.
This would actually make things nice for airships, because they don't have to truly 'dock' at night. They can just keep themselves really close to an island (rope-attached to something to keep from drifting, of course), and the ship will just float on the island's stored up sunlight. Of course, then you've gotta worry about staging points for the Navies sucking all the sunlight from surrounding islands... Go to Comment
Not realistic? You obviously haven't looked around at the insane things Evolution has produced on our world. Electric eels? Uranium-enriching bacteria? Nylon-eating Flavobacterium? Given a metal-rich environment, this tree makes perfect sense. Go to Comment