Yea I knew this idea wasn't as solid as some others which is why I wanted to practice presentation on it. I've been noticing with my other submissions that a good presentation is what was lacking so I wanted to get some practice in with this one before I moved on to another idea. Go to Comment
Backfire might not have been the proper word there. Basically the demon failed his craft check and the item didn't turn out as planned. Think of it as a car manufacturer. Sometimes things just don't always work right. In this case it worked really wrong. Also the item is part of a much bigger thing I'm working on right now called Hell's Caravan. So the item might be a little less corny after you see the rest of the story which I hope to have up in the next couple days. Go to Comment
The magic/not magic thing: The encasement itself isn't magic. Its basically like a cement mixture she spreads over the victims. Magic is sustaining them, however, since you obviously wouldn't live long encased in cement without food or water... or air for that matter. She can use magic, and will to capture them and hold them for a pose but the encasement is entirely natural. It becomes very hard when dry so flexing a couple muscles won't be able to break out of it. Thanks for the comments so far. Go to Comment
The Menagerie Society/ Organizations (Criminal/Espionage)
Nearly every primitive culture has had rituals and celebrations to guarantee the proper passage of the seasons and to ensure the fertility of crops and animals. Oversight of these ceremonies was generally the provenance of local kings or priests.
Suppose that the adventurers dispatch one of these fellows. The local peasants may become hysterical, fearing famine and death will stalk the land. Alternatively, they may want one of the new heroes to become king. For a while, this can be a good thing, but the first time that the crops fail, the superstitious locals will want to sacrifice their new leader.