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A Holy Book - 1
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Villanous)
Dozus's comment on 2014-03-20 07:16 AM
Clever. I feel like this would be better as a stub than a full sub, since it's just sort of a single twist of an idea, but I still like it. Go to Comment
Books
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2006-05-25 08:14 AM
The Diadache of the Acolytes of Dalraaen
An ancient book that describes the earliest practices and teachings of the Order of Dalraaen. The book dates back to the Order's founding and is said to have been written by The Hearer, the prophet who first heard Dalraaen's call. It explains who Dalraaen is and his purpose; namely, he is the embodiment of justice and he brings order to the fallen world. The first half of the book is pure theology, while the second half regards rules and practices. The book describes how to set up a court (the Order's version of a church), how to seek priests for the Order, the proper way to run a trial. This book would be of interest to clerics or monks, perhaps historians, and followers of Dalraaen; a religiously unaffiliated warrior would find the theology too heady and the rules too repetitive. Go to Comment
Books
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2009-03-26 09:30 PM
#109

On the Customs & Rituals of the Otara River Valley Peoples, by Prof. Zevid Schraef

This is a dense, heavy book with thick paper bound in hard, cheap leather. The pages have wide margins, on which many are scrawled detailed notes and underlined passages. Many pages are dogeared, some with stains, though the cover seems to have taken the brunt of wear with ring stains from mugs and various scratched and mars.

The legendary humanist Zevid Schraef was an expert in his field for decades. In his early years, he studied many foreign cultures by living among them for years at a time. The corpus of his works form the backbone of anthropological academia today. His work on the culture he termed the "Otara River Valley People," known better as the K'Otara'an today, is considered a cornerstone text and essential for any student of humanism. It covers in great detail the lifestyle of the K'Otara'an: family structures, linguistics, religious rituals, daily habits, diet, cultural norms, etc. Academy professors commonly refer to the book as "The Old Standard," calling it the best example of making another culture accessible through science.

Most academy students would disagree: Prof. Schraef's style is extremely clinical, covering minutia at length and seeming to gloss over in a few complex words subjects which the K'Otara'an held in great importance. Students prefer to call it "The Old Snoozer" because of its exhaustive boringness. Some teachers at mage schools, however, are now seeking the book as a primer on legendary K'Otara'an magic, citing Schraef's detailed notes on the natives rituals as valuable source material. Go to Comment
Books
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2011-05-09 10:07 AM


HoHing this with the suggestion that RGTraynor's "30 Books from the Forgotten Library" be added.


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Books
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2012-11-06 12:59 PM

Br. Orloas the Venerable

The Visions of the Heavenly Spheres according to the Visionary, Brother Orloas



Purported to be a divine revelation from the gods to a (now defunct) monk. In it, he describes seeing the far-off spheres: the moons, the "moving starres", the stars of the firmament. Strange worlds are described: here a world where ice issues forth from geysers, there a place where the day brings fire and the night freezing death. The descriptions are vivid, if at times fevered and disjointed:



The god, whom I know only as "Star-Strider", has again came to me in the night. This evening we were brought to what he called a star, but I saw not the firmament as our astrologers have promised, but a blazing fire ever-burning, vast and vast beyond my knowledge and beyond understanding. Star-Strider said many stars are like this, ours included; others are smaller, and some thousands of times larger. Thousands! It is beyond me, and I lose hope at the knowledge, for how can I ever understand these things that are so far beyond? Star-Strider tells me our people will one day see all these things and beyond. We must trust the gods in their wisdom, or we have no hope otherwise!



After publishing his visions, Orloas was expelled from his order. His small fringe cult didn't last beyond his lifetime, but scholars still occasionally read his literature, some as a study in madness, others a theological survey, still others for some hidden truth behind the mad monk's writings.

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Gison
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Mountains)
Dozus's comment on 2006-02-01 03:27 PM
Stony dwarves. I like 'em. I would have given it a 3.5, but the added history bumped it up a half point. Good job. Go to Comment
DogBounds
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2008-03-04 05:34 PM
The Alternative Philosopher

A gazette popular with the rebellious, young, and uninformed, The Alternative Philosopher is filled with the rantings of various second-rate historians, theologians, and thinkers. The editor-in-chief and publisher is a certain "Doctor" Dorus Hechliemer, a former professor at a major university whose credentials were revoked after he published some particularly odious and unorthodox papers. Hechliemer started the publication as a soapbox for his myriad paranoid "research projects," but eventually it attracted other writers of his ilk. It now features an introductary "From the Editor" piece by Hechliemer, followed by various conspiracy theories, alternatives histories, outright slander, and other things kept out of more scholarly pieces. Much of it is ahistorical gibberish written to please the egos of their authors, but some say there are kernels of truth peppered throughout each publication.

An excerpt:
"...And thus we come to the recent destruction of Demosthene Abbey. The official report of the tyrant is that it was an 'accidental fire' began by poor Brother Procus, an ally of our causes. Accidental indeed! All who know Br. Procus agree that he was (or is, since there is no proof he is actually dead) the most upstanding and alert person of the whole monastery. What could cause him bring an exposed lantern into the hay barn? Even the abbot has betrayed the True Citizens of this kingdom by saying Procus was, and I must quote, 'habitually intaking wine and other liquors forbidden by our order.' Lest we forget, Abbot Zaran was once our greatest ally and a provider of funds for our cause! It was only the last months, since our publication on the Trvth of the 'religion' that he revoked our funds and stopped speaking to us. Clearly, he has been replaced (much like Senator Gharthus) by a doppelganger, some fiend working for the quasi-governmental demonic league. Now, the question on all your hearts I'm sure is this: how do the wizard guilds fit into this? That, friends, is obvious..."
- Professor-Comrade Thariel Zorst, "Demons, Wizards & Merfolk: What We Know, Who They Control, & What You Can Do" Go to Comment
DogBounds
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2012-11-07 01:57 PM
Don't think I ever voted on this. But I love the idea of cheap and popular texts. An HoH bump for this one. Go to Comment
The Hostel of the Silent Brotherhood
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Dozus's comment on 2012-11-15 01:13 PM
I like the sewn-lips habit and their hostel as a form of income. I quibble at them being warrior monks, as it seems every group of habited men in fantasy worlds are secret Shaolin warriors, but that is but a quibble. Go to Comment
War is coming!
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
Dozus's comment on 2007-03-21 10:58 PM
Very useful! Go to Comment
Mediaeval Style Mythical Beasts
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)
Dozus's comment on 2013-02-19 01:42 PM
If anything, this is a great reminder to think outside of the box. The medievals were so creative with imagining their foreign creatures: http://bestiary.ca/ Go to Comment
The Stuck Chimney
Locations  (Establishment)   (Other)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-04 10:41 PM
A cigar bar for the fantasy realm.

I always like more detailed elements, but this sub doesn't scream for them. The setting speaks for itself for the most part, and I like the place. Go to Comment
The Candles of God
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Country/ State)
Dozus's comment on 2006-06-15 04:29 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Watch Out for that... ouch...
Dungeons  (Any)   (Traps)
Dozus's comment on 2012-10-26 08:48 AM
Neat as a stub, but it would be nice to see it built into a larger submission. Go to Comment
Frieze Door Trap
Dungeons  (Other)   (Doors)
Dozus's comment on 2012-10-29 01:19 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Red Hand
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (Country/ State)
Dozus's comment on 2012-11-05 01:54 PM
A start, but I'd love to see more of it. Go to Comment
Guild of Messengers aka Red Caps
Society/ Organizations  (Travelers)   (World Wide)
Dozus's comment on 2012-11-01 02:26 PM
I like it. But I don't get why they're forbidden to be literate in any other tongue. If it's to keep messages secret, why allow them to memorize messages? Furthermore, how does one enforce illiteracy? That aside, I like these postmen and their hats. Go to Comment
The Brotherhood of Larfu
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Regional)
Dozus's comment on 2012-12-12 06:40 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
An ecological dungeon
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Ecology)
Dozus's comment on 2012-10-31 01:47 PM
A noteworthy and useful scroll/codex. Anything that makes you really think about your worlds and how they operate is valuable, and this one does a great job as spurring that discussion. Go to Comment
Culture and Food
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Dozus's comment on 2006-10-13 02:10 PM
In Chinese culture, there is a concept of wok hei, which literally translated is "breath of the wok." Hei is another form of the word ki, which is that classic Oriental monk spiritual source of power. Foods that have good wok hei are said to be better for one's spirit (and of course better in taste) than those that lack it. Perhaps a whole school of magic could exist that deals with the preparation and consumption of food. Go to Comment
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