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Space Combat - Weapons
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Dozus's comment on 2006-07-13 11:04 PM
Chemical Agent µ-5793R, a.k.a. "Demon's Blood"

The most corrosive substance known to humanity, Demon's Blood was first discovered in crystalized form. It was found in the burnt out hyperdrive core of a ghost ship, apparently formed when the core suffered a meltdown. The crystals melt at a mere 400°F, making a liquid corrosive which no known substance can stop. Researchers were able to recreate the conditions the crystals formed, and the military quickly found application. Demon's Blood crystals can be carried by troops into enemy territory. A crystal is attached to a thermal grenade and thrown. Upon detenation, the crystal melts and the chemical is splattered, burning through anything in its path. Demon's Blood is also useful for space combat, burning holes through an enemy hull and causing vacuum leaks. While no material substance known can stop Demon's Blood, a magnetic or energy shield repels it fairly easily. Go to Comment
Space Combat - Weapons
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Dozus's comment on 2006-07-18 12:31 AM
VTT-666 "Hell Tank"

A ground vehicle designed for the various volcanic worlds in the Human Empire, the aptly-named Hell Tank can go where few other armored vehicles can. Half meter thick duranium armor protects the tank from lava, magma, even low-grade plasma. Like most tanks, the VTT-666 is propelled by hover treads, but these can be retracted and four duranium treads - two dorsal, two ventral - extend, allowing the tank to crawl over the harshest terrain. A plasma drill allows the tank to even burrow beneath molten rock if necessary.

The Hell Tank is powered by a Mk. IX "Envy" fusion engine. Armaments vary by field usage, but the standard VTT-666 is equipped with an M-79 "Wrath" repeater turret, two forward-mounted TS-49 "Pride" plasma cannons, and an LR-987h "Avarice" artillery system. The pressurized cabin houses up to two pilots and one gunner; all crew are required to wear heat-resistant pressure suits while operating in volcanic terrain.

Inspired by a FlashChat, I believe between Scrasamax and myself. Go to Comment
The Silenced Ones
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Dozus's comment on 2006-07-12 03:03 PM
Very good, and very creepy. I get a great visual of a Silenced One over a terrified traveller, its eyes expressing its desparation and unholy need to tell their tale as it tears off his ears. I love it. Go to Comment
The Mad Prophet Aldiel
NPCs  (Minor)   (Religious)
Dozus's comment on 2006-07-09 11:16 PM
A good color character. Go to Comment
Cestus Etherium
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2006-07-03 11:28 PM
The cestus is all too often overlooked as a weapon. This is a nice, practical use of one. Go to Comment
Knight Templar of Alaithor
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (Country/ State)
Dozus's comment on 2006-07-03 11:19 PM
Good background, interesting details. A nice modification of the classic paladinic order. Go to Comment
The Stories of Sama
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)
Dozus's comment on 2006-07-03 11:22 PM
A very authentic-sounding creation story. Go to Comment
Sekkitan blood diamonds
Items  (Jewelry)   (Cursed)
Dozus's comment on 2006-06-29 08:05 PM
Thanks for the format advice, Muro. It has been implemented.

Glad you like the Last Wish hook. If you or anyone else can think of more hooks, feel free to share. ;) Go to Comment
Caern of the Steam Bringers
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Style)
Dozus's comment on 2006-06-29 06:35 PM
A unique little dungeon. Perhaps as another hook, a paladin or cleric in the party senses dark, cursed presence and attempts to find and purify the source. This leads the party to the cleft, and the paladin insits they go and cleanse the darkness. Go to Comment
Dragon Crossbow
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Dozus's comment on 2006-06-28 10:59 AM
Pretty detailed, for essentially being a really big crossbow. Now that you mention it, why aren't there more elephants in fantasy? Go to Comment
The Noil Ruins
Dungeons  (Plains)   (Style)
Dozus's comment on 2006-08-01 07:19 AM
Excellent. It has a very subtle, creepy feel to it. Great details, good variety. Could have possibly used more combat, but I'll excuse that in favor of the amount of details and uniqueness. Job well done. Go to Comment
Jul-Ghose the Prophet
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Plains)
Dozus's comment on 2006-06-13 11:25 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Coward's Lot, the Bow of Caldwell
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Dozus's comment on 2014-04-02 08:29 AM
Love the accompanying ballad. This is a good reinvention of the old idea. Go to Comment
Red Herrings
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
Dozus's comment on 2014-02-04 06:29 AM
Great codex/scroll! HoH for usefulness and future additions. Go to Comment
News from the Real World
Articles  (Scenario)   (Game Mastering)
Dozus's comment on 2006-06-13 08:52 PM
Not quite a plot, but something that could make for an interesting item in a bronze age or medieval setting:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/07/antikythera_mechanism/

Scientists probe 2,000-year-old Greek computer

A bronze Greek device constructed in around 80BC could be the world's oldest computer, joint British-Greek research seems to suggest.

The "Antikythera Mechanism" - consisting more than 30 bronze dials and wheels - was recovered from the wreck of a cargo ship off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900, the Scotsman reports. Its exact purpose was unknown, although a previous theory centred on it being used to calculate the movement of the planets then known to the Greeks: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

The researchers from the universities of Cardiff, Athens and Thessalonika now believe they are close to cracking the mystery, by bringing to bear very modern X-ray technology which has revealed a previously-hidden Greek inscriptions which may confirm the planetary hypothesis.

The imaging was done by the X-Tek Group using a "unique" and snappily-named "400kV microfocus Computed Tomography System". British team leader Mike Edmunds of Cardiff University enthused: "The outstanding results obtained from X-Tek's 3-D X-rays are allowing us to make a definitive investigation of the Mechanism. I do not believe it will ever be possible to do better."

The exact nature of the inscriptions is not reported, and while Athens university researcher Xenophon Moussas is reported as saying the "newly discovered text seems to confirm that the mechanism was used to track planetary bodies", Edmunds advised caution. Acknowledging there was one word identified which may give an indication of the device's purpose, he said lots of decipherment work remained. He told El Reg: "It's still up in the air, and there's plenty of work yet to be done."

If the Antikythera Mechanism is indeed what the investigators believe it is, then there are further suggestions that it may be based on a heliocentric view of the solar system - highly unusual at a time when most Greeks accepted Aristotle's view that the universe revolved around the Earth.

According to Michael Wright, the curator of mechanical engineering at the Science Museum in London - who in 2002 advanced the planetary calculator theory - the device may have been constructed in an academy "founded by the Stoic philosopher Poseidonios on the Greek island of Rhodes". Poseidonios's student Cicero later described a device with "similarities" to the Antikythera Mechanism.

Although the researchers seem close to discovering the device's purpose, one poser still remains, as Edmunds explained: "The real question is, 'What was the device actually for?' Was it a used to predict calendars? Was it simply a teaching tool? The new text we have discovered should help answer these questions".

According to Yanis Bitsakis of Athens University, the challenge is to "place this device into a scientific context, as it comes almost out of nowhere ... and flies in the face of established theory that considers the ancient Greeks were lacking in applied technical knowledge".

Edmunds agreed, saying: "I think it is a great testament to the sophistication of the Greeks and how far they advanced before the jackboot of the Romans came through." ® Go to Comment
Heart's Scorn
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2006-06-04 01:06 PM
Really like it... But is it Heart's Scorn or Scorn's Heart? The post gives the former, the title the latter. Good job, either way. Go to Comment
Volomain
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Dozus's comment on 2007-10-04 08:06 AM
Volomain sounds like a great guy, but I'm really more interested in this "Tower of Bones." Who built it? What does it do? Why is it made of bones? What's with the red armor? If I had background that covered that, being such an important aspect of the character, I think I could really dig him.

It's a great start with some interesting detail, but it needs some more background to be really accessible. I'd love to see how much further you can take this sub, Agony. Go to Comment
The Battle of Sahhur
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Historical)
Dozus's comment on 2012-11-05 01:53 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Marching Barnacles
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Water)
Dozus's comment on 2006-10-27 07:53 AM
Updated: Finally "finished" it more. :p Go to Comment
The Sculptress
NPCs  (Major)   (Artistic/Performance)
Dozus's comment on 2011-05-11 07:00 AM


The "evil witch/wizard who encases people in stone" is an oldie (I'm instantly reminded of both Medusa and the White Witch from Narnia), but this is well-written enough to be a classic homage rather than a cheap copy.


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