Meh, I get really tired of large creatures as islands, no offense.
I loved the marshlands in Savannah and was amazed at how life can regain footing after a bad storm, a completely clear island is slowly taken over by plant life, even in those salty conditions, also love the sea-plants that are made hardier by the addition of salt, absorbed with the water through the roots.
I was thinking how frustrating those swamp loggers get swinging axes and working with chainsaws in the water, combined with something like the creature in the waste disposal on the Deathstar.
But I do like the idea of big creatures that have no discernible way to camouflage or hide, such as really low water, still being able to hunt in silence. Think giant water snake or really dexterous water dragon.
Jellyfish caught while the trees are revealed, still lashing out or grabbing prey, a really long tentacle from a beastie a mile away, a few ideas there.
Will try to develop more?! Go to Comment
Clearing the Way
PCs are conscripted or hired into a crew to sail out to the spit while it is somewhat revealed by the tide and proceed to cut it down. A good swath is taken out by the medium sized work crew before the water reclaims all but the canopy, but when not all of the workers are accounted for do the PCs question or search for the missing?
"I thought I felt something swim past my legs, but it was probably just some fishies"
I think if anything, he'd just send a letter and an exact map maybe a super amazing magical item within the scope of the GMs discretion, while getting the generals of whatever hellish army to take a millennium to cool out on cushions of infinite comfort, which I am writing up as an item Go to Comment
Evans Evercold Pint (Item)
This thick glass is built similar to an Evercold Mug, with the bottom formed from elemental ice. Much care was taken so that the molten glass did not shatter or explode when connected, but the contact between hot and cold created a strange sharpened image to form, that of crisp, snow capped mountains. When alcohol is poured, not only is it cooled to a nice temperature for imbibing but when it hits that perfect degree, the mountains turn a soft blue and sometimes glow if the drink inside is of a magical nature, as if in response to Zythumancy. Go to Comment
I really liked this entry and I love were-toads so well done on placement of a frog clan. The descriptions of the NPCs is also well done, the smile alone told me something was up, reminded of League of Gentlemen and the toad keeping relatives
Far off any regular route, a small, desert-like planetoid is the last stop of a massive freighter which appears torn to pieces. It has been scrapped and pieces of the aft appear burnt and exploded.
There are a number of shaded caves and people who come scrabbling into the light when the PCs touchdown.
"Thank God, we thought you'd never come"
The crew has been here for a long time, some are slightly mad from the heat, but are so thankful and see this as there way off and back to civilization.
The Captain of the Crew however doesn't want anyone to leave because he will lose control and loves having his own planet to rule.
The Tunis desert is an unforgiving place, large and flat, with the occasional sand dune, but absolutely no cover, no large plants, no rocky outcroppings, and no human habitation besides the last chance towns that lay on the borders. But traveling through the desert is often unavoidable because of how far it stretches. A solution to the harsh temperatures is the use of an ether-like liquid, a natural coolant that many desert travelers soak into their clothes to make their travel through slightly more bearable. It is no replacement for water, but in a place like the Tunis Desert, no liquid should ever be wasted.
The caps sold in the border towns are very unassuming, usually white or tan, cylindrical with no brim but from the back a long piece of fabric drapes down which can be wrapped around the face in case of sandstorms and to protect the skin from the harsh rays of the sun. Under the cap is sewn a pocket, which holds another piece of fabric. Folded and dipped in the coolant the fabric is slightly cooler and will remain so for at least a days journey, the liquid is also sold separately for emergency soakings. Go to Comment
This reminds me of the gray goo nightmare scenario that people think will happen with nanobots.
I like the flicker flash or sparkle idea and the way they burrow into a person.
Is there a cure to the infection or any other symptoms such as hardening of the skin, a sheen to the hair, sparkles in the eye?
Ooo, sparkly eyes as a symptom "Plink Eye"
Also, could that tune that you wrote of be reversed or a code could actually be the cure Go to Comment
Wow, how long did this take to write, love some of the descriptions and personalities, shame they haven't gotten more power or descended to greater positions of power, some of these would just make great enemies to go against even without a master. Go to Comment
There exists a prestigious academy with a history going back hundreds of years. Graduates are highly skilled and very much sought after for employment. For purely traditional reasons, the academy requires its students to become proficient in a skill or area of knowledge that has no use in the modern world. This could be Ancient Egyptian, an antiquated form of writing such as shorthand, knowledge of building or repairing antique steam engines, programming COBOL, etc. PCs who graduated from this academy must be sure to have this skill in their repertoire.