I, too, have a softspot for dragons. This is a nice and simple sub that is adaptable to pretty much any situation. An excellent first sub, DD. :)
You might could complicate things by throwing in a monk of the Tagma Drakontas. The monk might assist the PCs, or walk in at just the wrong moment: when Bellissa breathes her last and the PCs are standing over her. The zealous monk jumps to conclusions and a standoff is made. Go to Comment
I really wanted to cast them as a religion dedicated to order of all kinds: natural, social, personal, etc. Law logically followed order, hence it is somewhat legacentric (my own coined term). But their real aim is to bring the universe to order, not govern it through red tape. Go to Comment
The Sisters care little for the affairs of land-dwelling men. Smuggling and piracy only bother them in that it troubles the waters of their goddess. If troublemakers get too close, the Sisters will make swift work of them as with any other vessel, eliminating the men and taking in the women.
Most pirates are superstitious and avoid the women, thinking them a bed omen. A few enterprising smugglers have learned the routes their floating cloisters wander, which even naval forces steer clear of. They follow far enough (they hope) to avoid detection by the Sisters, but using paths they know are under-guarded. Go to Comment
The soul of the new Paragon's host will remain in that body until death. They will have no autonomy and be completely subject to the Paragon's will, but for the rest of their (probably brief) life they have the honor of sharing a body with the original Paragon. Go to Comment
In a way, the Paragon chooses its own successor; free will for the Paragon's assassin is somewhat doubtful. There is a hint of infernal intervention.
It's a bit like the Chinese Mandate of Heaven concept. If the Paragon's host becomes weak, another will arise and take its place. And the Paragon's soul, being effectively immortal until Vautu arises, takes precedence over other life. Go to Comment
Very nice. The details are what really make this. It also feels like an authentic progression of history and Western military somehow. Can't quite put my finger on it... Maybe that the ships are named after admirals? Dunno, but I definately like it. Go to Comment
A world based not on light and dark in conflict, but light and dark in balance. A world governed by a giver and a taker, rather than a creator and a destroyer. A world where evil is as much a corruption of light as it is darkness. Conflict arises out of a will to upset the balance.