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Tomais Reives
NPCs  (Campaign)   (Criminal/Espionage)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-31 03:38 AM
No, I am not too harsh...too often a stupid pseudo-character like this has popped up in a game I happened to GM or play in, and has spoiled all attempts at roleplaying...why talk to the NPC when I can kill it, right? And if the other players/characters tried to reason with their 'party member' (would you keep someone like that around?), they got ignored or attacked - and if the rabid dog was finally put down (doesn't happen all too often, as the psycho invests all his resouces into combat skills, right?) it was the reasonable players' fault, for 'spoiling that kid's right to play his character'...yeah.
But as to be kind, a few tips:
*Motivation: why do I exist? What drives me?
*Associates: my relatives, friends and loves constitute a large part of who I am. That charcter has NONE. How empty and lonely...
*History: does the fact that I was beaten as a child somehow correlate with the anger that wells up wiothin me regularly?
*Future: what the hell are my plans?

Think about it.

P.S.: when making an assassin character, learn to write the word first. Just put in as much ASS as you can into a single word :D Go to Comment
Senthia Khlack, Duchess of Gears
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-27 08:03 AM
Hah, nice!
I myself have used a wizard who constructed a hollow golem to transport his failing body around - sort of power armour. He had a voice amplifier, as to transform his trembling whisper into a thundering roar, and life-support functions - the golem helped him breathe, and its energy kept his weak heart intact. Only his head was visible, and that too could be concealed by a mask as to hide the fact that the towering golem of 8' height houses but a feeble old man. Likewise, his daughter, who was myasthenic as well, rode her own golem already. Go to Comment
Senthia Khlack, Duchess of Gears
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-11-23 03:47 AM
Why, a Mecha villain is quite easy to fit in - any old fort in the mountains can house his steel army, and he's more fun than a barrel of monkeys. See that ranger shoot the 'evil knight' into the eye, see the mage cast a terror spell on the advancing metal horde. Be sure to play Metallica's Master of Puppets when the villain approaches. Go to Comment
The Witness
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-22 09:00 AM
A nice side effect would be that someone who was holding the eye could see the owner *grins* Go to Comment
The See-through Assassin
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-22 09:10 AM
Very nice - no motivation for the murders, and the assassin does not have any quirks, behavior patterns etc. that could give him away - he does not steal, does not leave any scribbled notes/playing cards/stuffed animals behind. It has no fears, no body heat, no needs. It does not have a smell...

I guess the only weaknes is that glass is HEAVY ... almost like stone, remind you. But, in bright sunlight or particularly dusty areas (or if the ground is soft ... imagine a set of tracks appearing, progressing towards you!) the golem will be detected.

But: 5/5 Go to Comment
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Natural)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-27 08:19 AM
Okay, this is one most enjoyable character! Larger than life, and tragic, bearing a dark secret... the story has all - love, eit, treachery and repentance, tragedy and an uncertain future
Imagine the PCs taking a fleeing woman in, tattered and hungry, who begs them to let her back into the wilderness, trying to spare the unwitting adventurers the fate her betrother would surely bring them. Go to Comment
Items  (Other)   (Campaign Defining)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-25 05:08 AM
Wonderful ... I've always wanted to play God :D not as a PC, you know but, ... you get the idea ;)
I certainly grant 5/5, two thumbs up, and will write a starseed-themed poem if Kassil wishes so (just mail me :)
My current campaign is taking place in an old world on the brink of an apocalypse, and I first wanted the solution to be an escape like Raymond E. Feist's 'golden bridge', but this sure can be an alternative... Go to Comment
Longbow of Light
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Heroic)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-11-29 01:34 PM
Makes changing equipment a little difficult.
There is a cost to everything. Make sure you are willing to pay. 5/5 Go to Comment
One-Thousand Groans for A Laugh
Items  (Armor)   (Cursed)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-04-15 01:24 PM
The last plot is a work of genius... "To save my people I will kill them..." -the drama! For each invade r who falls to the helmet's malice, the life of one citizen is sealed. *shudders*
Now imagine that in his fury, the king killsall of the enemies with the magic, but... the invaders outnumbered the citizens considerably - and as the defenders of the last castle die, the dark power makes them rise and sally forth to claim lives from what is now known as the Blighted Land... Go to Comment
NPCs  (Minor)   (Religious)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-05-25 09:56 AM
When I read posts such as this, I rejoice. But: when i think of series like... Charmed, for example, it makes me wonder. For those writing the script, it would be far easier to browse an RPG forum and gather ideas, that to put their unelaborated creations into the series. Go to Comment
Hippomenes the Fearful
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-15 01:14 AM
Liked that series too...
The character is good - believable, and useable as an NPC - no super-villain, but dangerous enough, and I can imagine him right out without having to try much.
And yes, the players hate nothing more than an opponent who FORCES fear upon them... Go to Comment
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2008-10-06 03:54 AM
Short, interesting, useful. Go to Comment
Gray The Waunderer
NPCs  (Major)   (Travelers)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-15 01:55 PM
Two thumbs up! Mainly for the 'risen demon, fallen angel part' - how often does such a couple meet? I sure look forward to using her, or someone similar... Go to Comment
University of Linnarson
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-18 11:23 AM
Wonderful. The university of Vienna could have become something like this if the Habsburg Reich had lasted longer! I happen to be studying there, and truly, many strange figures creep along the corridors, and who knows what happens in the forgotten cellars and laboratories... 5/5 Go to Comment
Band of the Revenant
Items  (Jewelry)   (Cursed)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-05-25 05:00 AM
Sweet, the classical "at what cost power?" item, letting the wízard ascend to a great height before being toppled from it into the deepest abyss of oblivion...some players might not even object, seeing how powerful their 'mere 3rd level whizzard' has become in the end :D
I wonder - if the wrait's host body is killed, will he return into the ring? Or once having possessed the victim, is he free again?
Could the ring be taken of and re-set to the original 'intant' effect after a period of waiting, thus letting it gain power, reset, put on again? Go to Comment
Riley Lyn
NPCs  (Extras)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2007-06-16 09:29 AM
Oh my oh my.

Dibs on Riley for a re-write. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2004-06-13 10:46 AM
"Ah, heroes, I am cursed, and need your help to remove a spell from me..." heh heh. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-03-14 12:57 PM
This is actually much in tune with the Staff of Mozrak Maggot posted today...
Be what you hate, experience what you deny...

How nice would it be if those white supremacists had to be black for a few months, warmongers forced to live the life of a peasant in a war-torn country, misogynists had to give birth an the like. Go to Comment
The Ice Cave
Locations  (Other)   (Other)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-04-26 06:14 AM
Now this post is more interesting for its social effects than the consequences for combat...
A detective plot could be about someone finding an alternative entrance and stealing food, while a troll lumbering into the cave and threatening the supplies could be a challenging encounter, especially if you have to watch out where exactly you throw that fireball.

The tribe politics about the Cave of Eternal Food could be quite enjoyable as well. Go to Comment
Ranisha Mikacado
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
EchoMirage's comment on 2005-01-28 09:12 AM
The story, if indeed it is one, is difficult to follow, and lacks a true climax. The characters should be explained better... there are great holes in their description.

'Tis a post I cannot take liking to.
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