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The Arrow That Always Killed
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-30 12:35 PM
I do not see any apparent flaws with this item. It has great story potential, a dark past, dark present and dark future. Such a tragic item - a person may actually shake incontrollably even if required to but hold it. While cursed, there sure are and will be times warranting its use, and people willing to use it. Does the gain outweigh the cost? You will not know until it is too late. Btw., I sure like Celenia with the ever-shifting eyes. Perhaps Manfred could post her, slightly changed (so that she still is around)? after long contemplation: 5/5 Go to Comment
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-30 12:31 PM
While well-written, it is but another variation on the classical 'incompetent superior' plot. If there was some added twist, as why the prince is incompetent, a choice of successors for him, or the very same choice of successors strictly ruling out a removal of the prince (talking about lesser evils here). They could be even hired teachers for the prince, trying to bring him to at least average level. So: 3/5 Go to Comment
Raign the Kyton
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-29 05:34 PM
Actually a creative way to punish someone ... how did the demon lord know this was so bad? Perhaps he had a soul once before himself?
Anyway, this sure is not bad. Have to decide whether to give 3 or 4. Go to Comment
A Scarlet Thirst
Plots  (Mystical)   (Campaign)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-11-25 04:39 AM
That comes from telling you players about a page you frequently visit. "Whatcha lookin at, man?" "Strolen's, an RPG discussion forum." "Ey, dat's neat, I wanna too." Here you go. Now I can't post anything I intend to use :( Go to Comment
A Scarlet Thirst
Plots  (Mystical)   (Campaign)
EchoMirage's comment on 2006-04-02 02:57 PM
Updated: re-cathegorized Go to Comment
A Scarlet Thirst
Plots  (Mystical)   (Campaign)
EchoMirage's comment on 2011-09-20 05:12 PM
I very much prefer antagonists which have a reason for doing what they do. One of my players once told me: "I find it hillarious that your bad guys are more reasonable than our supposed allies."
Which had of course nothing to do with the fact that the party were morally gray, with white and black blotches. Go to Comment
A Hero's Journey
Plots  (Nature)   (Single-Storyline)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-26 06:58 AM
I am overjoyed that you could elaborate the idea of a prince lost into something this large, and complete. Certainly, the players will twitch in their sleep for weeks.
I just wonder - what would happen if the players started hoarding the riches, or squabbling about stuff? The same fate that befell the nobles?
And what will happen if the players try to discover the source of the curse?

one point for each page, and two because its cool, minus one because it does not have enough were-pigeons gives a nice 5. Sure will try to use it. Go to Comment
The Staff of Random Magic
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-26 02:34 AM
Iron. It reads iron. Well - I am not at all intrigued by this item. Just another Wand of Wonder. One plus point because it was not INTENDED to be random, but still. If you KNEW which spell you got when you pushed a button, just could not decide before caating, then it would be a nice and useful item - you could target the lightning bolt, but would HAVE to cast it. If you got a healing spell, you might choose the one to heal - of little use when nobody is wounded...
Why cannot cast a mage a spell when he is swearing? Example "Bloody Ignishphaero Frikkin' Fireball you dorks!" It actually could burn HOTTER.
As it is written, nobody will ever use it. 3/5 Go to Comment
Princess Flora Tamerlaine
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
EchoMirage's comment on 2006-04-02 03:00 PM
Updated: re-cathegorized Go to Comment
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-30 10:48 AM
"Even as their youthful souls were fleeing to the stars above, she gathered them and spun a greater mind of the matter, wiping all memories, but giving the potential for growth, learning and development." that is what I wrote. Break them down, merge the stuff, forge a new being. No memories, new personality. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-05-25 06:54 AM
I was thinking about this. What other backstory would you prefer, Capt'n? Perhaps you can write a sentient stone circle too... perhaps for your Taurzehin? Go to Comment
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-06-09 01:45 PM
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2006-04-02 03:01 PM
Updated: re-cathegorized Go to Comment
The Sword of Fear
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-21 01:37 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 01:39 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 05:34 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
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-13 04:39 PM
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-26 07:01 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 05:07 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 04:07 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
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A nation of crossdressers

       By: Moonlake

This really comes from an ancient Chinese novel. Imagine during the PCs' travels, they come to a place where the gender roles are completely reversed. What adventures will the PCs encounter in such a place?

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