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Plagues and Great Disease
Systems  (Ecological)   (General)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2005-11-27 12:42 AM

Orcs are known for their love of war, but not for caring for their wounds. This is normally fine, as their blood contains numerous anti-bacterial agents to protect them from infection. However, these same agents are what cause Orcrot.

Orcrot is a brownish mold-like fungus that lives off of blood. Orcrot starts when the first spore touches the wound. That spore is fertilized by the agents in the orc's blood, and soon the wound begins to grow a large brown patch. This patch emits hundreds of spores, making nearby orcs particularly susceptible. Also, although the spores can only grow on orcs, if the blood of another species touches the fungus, that creature can also become afflicted.

A single patch of orcrot is not fatal, but additional patches will rapidly drain the host of its strength. In game terms, a creature of average health should be drained in about 20 weeks, minus 1 week per additional patch.

Finally, restoration. Orcrot needs lots of blood to survive, so if a patch is on an appendage, merely tying a rope or tourniquet around the appendage to give the victim "Pins and Needles" (i.e. put the limb "to sleep") will kill the parasite. On the body or head, however, it must burned off. This is relatively easy for a talented healer, but can be dangerous to an untrained one. Go to Comment
Plagues and Great Disease
Systems  (Ecological)   (General)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2005-11-27 12:42 AM
Burning Death

The Burning Death is a plague which affects almost every race, primarily elves. Sages speculate thet this is due to the Elves' having so much of the "Fires of Life."

The Burning Death is caused by bacteria which inhabit the blood stream, so blood is how the disease is transmitted. Any open wound which touches infected blood has an 85% chance of recieving the disease.

The symptoms of the Burning Death are few, but they are deadly. The disease causes the person's body temperature (normally 37 degrees Celsius) to rise by two degrees every day. This is initially not so bad, but eventually causes the victim's skin to burn from the inside, which is, of course, excrutiatingly painful. Eventually, after slightly over a month, the victim's blood begins to boil, which rapidly kills the afflicted.

As the cause of Burning Death is a bacteria, medicines have been made to deal with this plague, but is mutates frequently, thus new medicines are always needed. Also, the extreme heat will kill the bacteria as well, so the corpse of a person who dies from Burning Death is not contagious. Also, if, somehow, the afflicted can be given protection from the heat, the bacteria will die before the death of the victim. Go to Comment
World Building 102: Environment building the MoonHunter way
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2008-10-12 07:53 PM
This is a good 'un. I'm going to have to go back and remake all of my worlds with this now. Go to Comment
Emhyr's Puzzle
Items  (Other)   (Cursed)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2005-08-10 10:35 PM
Two Questions:

1. What happens if a genius begins the puzzle, and is later joined by an idiot. Is the idiot fascinated as well? Does the puzzle get easier?

2. At the beginning you say: "This is more satisfying after a mage has failed to complete the puzzle, to watch a peasant child complete it in minutes." How is it possible to fail to complete the puzzle? You can't stop. If you've failed, aren't you dead? (or physically incapable of completing it?)

Thanks for the excuse to try to construct a puzzle upside-down. (The puzzle, that is.) Go to Comment
Bugger Leaf
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Plains)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2005-08-01 12:44 PM
Two Sites about skin:

If I read these sites correctly:

Your skin has three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous tissue.

The subcutaneous tissue is the layer which contains the large blood vessels and is thus responsible for maintaining body temperature.

The dermis contains the nerves, and the smaller blood vessels. It also grows more transparent as a person grows older, causing the blood vessels to become more visible.

The epidermis consists of five layers, the bottom of which is responsible for making new cells. These cells push to the top layer. By the time they get there, they're almost dead. They're then shed. Thus, if you were to lose all five layers of the epidermis, you wouldn't get a new one.

Apparently, it takes about two weeks for your body to completely replace its upper layer.

Hope that helped. (For reference, I'm NOT a skin expert, I'm relying on above-mentioned websites.) Go to Comment
The Smiter
Items  (Armor)   (Heroic)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2005-06-24 09:27 AM
There's more than one way to hurt an animal. Deforestation could be considered hurting these animals, as could overhunting/overfishing any of their food sources. Also, perhaps a better requirement is that the wielder is required to act in the animal's best interest. For instance, he must stop and aid a wounded porcupine/eage/cobra, even if he's in a hurry. However, it seems a bit powerful to be given to anybody. It automatically kills anything its shot at? (except things shielded by magic). And it has an unlimited number of shots? I think it should be a bit less potent. Wearing these on one's chest doesn't seem very safe. And finally, I don't think that cobras, porcupines, and eagles live in the same regions. Go to Comment
Sadis Keck
NPCs  (Minor)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2005-05-10 09:28 PM
Okay, I've finally edited it. Sorry that it took me so long. Please tell me what you think. Go to Comment
Gator Hunt
Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2012-01-01 01:59 AM

I actually used this one at one point, so here I am, finally commenting on it.

It went great. I was running a pretty hack-n-slash AD&D game at the time, and this was a great plot to run, as it was fairly quick, easy to drop in, and highlighted a lot of character that doesn't normally come through. After running a bunch of adventures that took place in unpleasant places, it was fun to run one that focused on the unpleasantness.

Two thumbs up.

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NPCs  (Major)   (Natural)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2008-01-13 05:53 PM
I never actually voted on this guy, but he's always been one of my favorites.

Anyways, here's my vote. Go to Comment
Felice D'Wynn
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2013-09-23 08:05 PM
Oh man, I remember when you couldn't turn around in the Citadel without characters like this all over the place. Y'know, in some ways, I miss those days.... Go to Comment
Destruction of Strolen
Plots  (Crisis)   (Side-Quest)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2007-10-03 11:33 PM
Ah, I recall writing a story about a demon invading the citadel once while in chat.

Good times, Gooooood times. Go to Comment
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