Imagine finding a piece at the lairs of your most debased enemies, getting used to it...and them, by accident, stumbling upon one in the private rooms of your employer, betrothed or close f(r)iend. Muhaha, I guess. Nice! Go to Comment
but remember ... fear leads to anger ... and anger leads to the dark side.. *laughs* I guess the other shamen will become even more evil as their attempts at removing Irad continue to fail... Go to Comment
Now, the Academy would be a purrrfect employer for a band of itinerant thugs... eh, adventurers. Fetch me a pink cockatrice, some dragon menstrual blood and the left eye of Vecna, will you?
Wizardly intrigue, magical accidents (Resident Evil! ... or Half-Life) could take place here, as well as being the ideal place to send that kid you got from the liaison with the black dragon a while ago.
Also the ideal place to find a few rarer items, and rarer people. One of the few places where a 'weird' PC (half-unicorn half-treant half-whatever) could really find a home.
Though: what does set it apart from all the OTHER magic academies? Go to Comment
This is a very believable character that can be included in numerous plots, not epic but still great.
A stylish villaing can have an unstylish Granitbiten to take the punches for him; given Granitbiten's irksome nature, PCs are bound to run into conflict with him sooner or later.
This thing is DANGEROUS! You noticed? While Corvus surely would have created such a thing/person out of convenience, the item is ill-suited for most campaigns due to the danger it poses in any but molten-to-a-puddle state. Some things are locked for a reason, and some things MUST be free. Imagine someone locking one of the wheels of time... *shivers* a 4. Go to Comment
Much alike it happenes too often in the real world: a band of people who will not be content with minding their own business go out there and restrict your right to make your own choice, imposing their morality upon you, their way, their views. All that matters is that they have popolar support.
Stamping out anything that is different (or aberrant, as they would say) they extinguish individulaism and ingenuity for the sake of stiftling conformity.
Like it was once forbidden to worship anyone but God, like a woman was forbidden to vote, like being homosexual was punishbe by death.
Foiling the plans of the self-righteous, holier-than-thou Civic Whizzards could make for a satisfying campaign! Let us kick some bigot arse! Go to Comment
Okay, a psionic japanese ninja/thief who is described as dishonored, heartless, blah. Why a japanese name? Because, though it might not fit, it is kawaii, right?
All in all, I can say for sure that I will not use this chap in any of my campaigns. He ain't got no real goals, and seems pretty bland. Coupled with the pretty excessive martial arts, and, to add munchkinism, psionic, he earns a 2 on my scale. Go to Comment
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
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
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
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
In a city where the justice system features judicial dueling, plaintiffs and defendants are permitted to request a champion to take their place in the duel: Someone chosen by lot from among the foreigners in the city. When anyone first arrives, they are given an enchanted ceramic pendant that marks them as a candidate for "court duty".
Wealthy folk entering the city are often escorted by burly guards, paid to carry pendants on their behalf: They elude court duty in that way.
Adventurers may seek work as a rich man's proxy or may find themselves magically summoned to serve as a champion.