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The Sword of Fear
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-21 12:37 PM
It is an item! I thought people stopped posting, so dead was it around here... actually not that bad, this one - if there was not that trick with the user being scared too, I'd give it but an unfriendly glance, so it gets 3 pts., buit well-deserved ones. 3,5, but rounded down, due to the fact that so many items rated 4 are so much better.

Ack! I got scared of the typing sound ... must ... rate. Aaaa! The click of the mouse is scary too! Go to Comment
The Sword of Fear
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-21 12:39 PM
huh? the page does not allow me to vote. weird Go to Comment
Child-Eyed Fluffy
Items  (Other)   (Cursed)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-14 04:34 PM
I was reminded of this when reading the previous item ... my players were freaked out quite a bit! They finally got the demon, but in another campaign, it could be the stuff of legend, still around, spreading fluff. Go to Comment
Candlegouger
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-13 03:39 PM
Candlegouger
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-26 06:01 AM
*sigh* the item is bleak, without purpose, and lacks ... glamour. 'Tis as an explanation of my former *sigh* Go to Comment
Shadows Revenge
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-11 04:07 PM
'cause the name is 'kewl' I guess - why aint there any "Full Plate of Standing out Slightly Less"? why is always a cloak good for hiding?
In Baldur's Gate, there were 3 cloaks of Various Degree of Hiding. And they too were no that original.

And yes, I strongly dislike DnD - not that it affects my rating of this item the least...
but according to 3rd ed, it is TERRIBLY overpowered. Go to Comment
Siegfried Phalmont
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-13 03:07 AM
Captain, what about you posting another character of a quality closer to Cynithia Khlack, the Duchess of Gears? This one is not TOO bad, but...

Btw., a diamond rapier sounds nice, but any crystal will be brittle ... have you slept in chesmistry? Materials with a cristalline structure cannot resist sudden impact well due to being made of ions or a delicate network of atoms like diamond - but anything that disturbs this will destroy it. A crystal is not flexible, but a rapier needs to be!
Anyway, a rapier could never achieve enough force to punch through plate - just imagine the typical french fencer against a guy with a large shield and heavy armor - all the vital spots covered, and the heavy blade of a broadsword CANNOT be stopped by a rapier - KCHING! - there goes your pretty needle. The main reason the rapier was popular was that even nobls who did not do any training except screwing ze madmoiselles could use it without breaking their wrists - a KNIGHT could use a broadsword with the same elegance a french sybarite would weild the rapier, but with a wholly different class of effect (oi, you slashed my face vs. oi, you cleaved me in two). Try fighting the undead or a hydra with a *chuckles* rapier. I dare you! Go to Comment
Siegfried Phalmont
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-14 03:22 PM
Blind the skeleton! I dare you! Blind the zombie whose eyes have rotted out! Blind the hydra who regenerates!

Deflect the strike of the massive bastard sword. I know that the swords used to crush more than cut, but this is fantasy RP, and comfortably wearable full plate (mithril, adamantine, or the plain "Lighten" Spell) is quite often to be had...as well as 'swords with a blade that will never dull'...yep, there DO cut. Fching! Both rapier and fencer. Go to Comment
Siegfried Phalmont
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-15 12:21 AM
well, GURPS martial arts tends to be pretty cinematic at times, so I did not know what to thing true and what not...but the same GURPS rules tell quite a bit about rapiers breaking...
Okay, I am biased towards heavy armor, though I personally could not wear it - tried chain-mail once, quite heavy, and don't want even think of wearing plate.

As for the Hydra - I do use GURPS, and they do regenerate all injuries - limbs, eyes... lots of undead likewise.

How skilled is skilled enough? Still, I find a quarterstaff a more believable excellent parrying weapon than the rapier, don't ask me why. Or the japanese longsword, though it is profanized by western cinema and many many roll-players... Go to Comment
Siegfried Phalmont
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-15 12:25 AM
well, GURPS martial arts tends to be pretty cinematic at times, so I did not know what to thing true and what not...but the same GURPS rules tell quite a bit about rapiers breaking...
Okay, I am biased towards heavy armor, though I personally could not wear it - tried chain-mail once, quite heavy, and don't want even think of wearing plate.

As for the Hydra - I do use GURPS, and they do regenerate all injuries - limbs, eyes... lots of undead likewise.

How skilled is skilled enough? Still, I find a quarterstaff a more believable excellent parrying weapon than the rapier, don't ask me why. Or the japanese longsword, though it is profanized by western cinema and many many roll-players...

I did not say I'm a pro, in fact I am not, and so will believe your experience, though I WOULD like to see you fighting that armored knight with his bastard sword, ten pounds of steel. With a video camera at hand :D Go to Comment
Siegfried Phalmont
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-16 11:20 AM
Yeah, that's what the Cool and Lighten spells are for - GURPS provides us with those. But as for the real world - I had enough of the idea of wearing armor after a friend explained extensively and colourfully how it was running around in armor on a summer day when they were LARPing...
But then, I'm no knight. Go to Comment
Spellshaper
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-09 01:54 PM
Other contesting creatures could include: a wyvern, a (secretly) undead mummified unicorn (hey, man, why is your steed wearing barding in a race? -to give the other's a chance, lad!) or a nightmare with hooves of fire (though the last one could easily become enamoured with Spellshaper! Go to Comment
Carried on the back of a dove
Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-04 04:10 AM
Well, she's no fairy, but a were-pigeon, her powers triggered by Luna in here flawless, round shape...full moon does that to many a were. Others, like were-bears, shift shapes upon berserking, while some might change when scared, or upon contact with some substance or place...
It's reassuring that you like it - I haven't used it myself yet...
Feel free to change it and let me know how it turned out... Go to Comment
Carried on the back of a dove
Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-05 10:19 AM
If a swanmay is more to your taste - suit yourself. Go to Comment
Twigs of Rot
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-31 08:39 AM
Does this stuff work on treants? Shambling mounds? Giant venus mantraps? The brain-sucking tree-aliens of Omikron Beta 5? Go to Comment
Loster
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Political)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-31 02:07 PM
This is a walking time-bomb, fellows...heroes are dangerous, and if this one awakens, woe to the mages and sorcerers!
A wonderful character, with rich history, and a booby trap for the players - a low key adversary who keeps popping up, unimportant NPC to be kicked or pushed around, a somewhat befuddled old fellow... :D If he is immune to sorcery, is he also resistant to magical weapons? Because if so, a higher level party would have a hard time harming him at all, having enchanted everything including their fists...

And then, there is the possibilty that someone finds a dusty tome somwhere, and there is a portrait of guess whom...and then, Loster crosses his way, and hilarity ensues... Go to Comment
Cantor Thread
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-31 01:57 PM
Well, 'cantare' is 'to sing' in latin, cantus is a song, and a cantor is a singer. A thread is to a rope what an M&M is to a chocolate bar - it is no actual rope, as it is so slim - but with enough inertia to be swung, as the metal tends to be heavier than a rope.
I did not want to call it a 'Singing Skipping Rope' because that would be like calling Scrabble a "Make-words-of-letters-game' or a submarine a 'go-under-water-safely-device'. The same happened to my Mnemnon Spire - while the name has to do with memory (In Greek, if I'm right) it was little understood.
If you consider the play of lights just a visual song, and the emotion-swaying spell just a lullaby for the spirit, the origin of the name becomes evident ... sort of :D

One friend of mine told me that I'm so often misunderstood because I communicate on too abstract of a level, or something. Is this another manifestation of that? Go to Comment
Cantor Thread
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-01 01:07 AM
Thank you Capt'n for resetting my ego to a more appropriate level.

The item, it's just a nice gift, and I personally would like a hand-made gift better than 'I went into one of the Nine Dungeons of Infinite Nastiness to retrieve the Emerald Bumblebee that was created when the essence of the plane of Suburbia clashed with Slumdur in the Lawnmower War'. For example, for a friend's birthday, I painted her a magnolia with an abstract sun behind it as contrast - sure beats 'I bought you perfume, gal' Go to Comment
Phoenix Feed
Items  (Other)   (Non-Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-01 05:05 AM
Throw a single seed into a flock of pigeons - you get one fiery pigeon and two dozen roasted ones. Umm! Tasty! Go to Comment
Weaves of Caging
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-28 02:56 AM
This kind of goes well thematically with the Prism of the Adamant Magistrate and my Prison Lens - couldn't an entire prison system be erected around these items?
The Prism of the Adamant magistrate lets the person live and learn, as he is provided books and other input - it could be used for re-education and brainwashing.
The Prison Lens is more unreliable and gruesome, being truly hard to control and horrible if it decides to act on its own.
This here item is reliable like clockwork, and ... just another rug when not in use :D
BUT it is the third such item in succession, therefore I will think of which is better before rating this...

Still, the 'hurt the image, hurt the person inside' factor could be put to use...think of publick savoury beatings or executions even a child can attend, as just an image of the victim is decapitated/beaten! Then, the prisoner is released to suffer his pain or to be buried.

Ewwwww. Go to Comment
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