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Zigerot
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Swamp)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-29 03:05 PM
Even *with* the Myth Busters line it feels like looking at a cartoon 'spooky' tree. Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-21 11:46 PM
The Quest is bugged. It did the same thing with my Sanguine Daggers. Go to Comment
Sanguine Dagger
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Villanous)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-14 10:56 PM
The dagger hides itself; the way it augments the destructive and malignant impulses of the bearer ensures it never lacks for wielders, and a bloody-handed murderer just becomes one more death the dagger is responsible for, in a roundabout way. Go to Comment
Sanguine Dagger
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Villanous)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-14 07:50 AM
Could someone remove the Quest tag from this? I did not check the Quest entry box, but somehow this got added anyhow. Go to Comment
Sanguine Dagger
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Villanous)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-14 02:49 PM
Just a random streak of subs is all; I rarely do the self-challenge things because the universe dearly loves to cause havoc with any plans I make.

And I agree; these blades aren't a unique stand-out wow-that's-cool item; they just came wandering out of my mind at one point while playing Oblivion and trying to figure out who I can off to get access to the Dark Brotherhood quests. It's a minor flavor item more than anything else. Go to Comment
Sanguine Dagger
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Villanous)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-14 02:51 PM
And find a very good reason to be wearing them at all times when someplace they might be seen. Nothing to raise questions like having freshly gore-streaked hands... Go to Comment
The Gloom
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-14 03:38 AM
I'll take the variety suggestion into consideration when I update this next; I do like the idea of some caverns belching foul steam or the like; perhaps one of the bogs was too warm to freeze, and now the fetid vapors belch from a cavern, or a field of vaporous geysers belching noxious fumes skyward.

I am intending to write up the Freithors, which, as you surmise, are the native demons of the Gloom; cold-aspected, but far more demon than elemental, which makes it harder for them to understand their Lord's wishes. I'll include a line depicting them, perhaps with some other native fauna.

And there is a definite similarity, yes. It's harder to describe, but I pretty much see this particular cosmology as a kind of boiling kettle, and each realm is a lump in the pot - small or large as it may be. I didn't describe the Nether aspect well, I think; it isn't so much that Celestial = Good and Nether = Evil the way the Great Wheel cosmology works, but that the Nether realms are concerned with direct, concrete, and selfish goals, while the Celestial Realms tend to be more concerned with nebulous concepts. Soreen wants to crush the world under ice, simply because he feels that this is the way the world should be. If he wanted to share the beauty of winter with the myriad worlds, the Gloom would be more likely to 'rise' toward the Celestial level. It already tends to 'float' higher, so to speak, due to Soreen's artistic tendencies, but the Realm reflects the Master, and in the end Soreen wants to leave everything gripped in the deadly grip of eternal winter. Go to Comment
The Gloom
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-14 04:20 AM
Updated: Fiddled with it a bit after reading the suggestions and comments; specifically clarified the nature of the Nether Realm, added a fauna section, and a few more spots that are less pure ice. Go to Comment
Stormbringer's Pipes
Items  (Art and Music)   (Cursed)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-13 06:47 AM
Thank you.

It's a far cry from the idea that I had as a seed, truthfully, but I like this, and it works well with Soreen, I think. Go to Comment
Stormbringer's Pipes
Items  (Art and Music)   (Cursed)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-14 05:05 AM
I considered that, actually. I decided it works as-is, simply because Soreen - and his two rivals - have a tendency to bite off more than they can chew. Soreen makes the pipes, and they invariably have the wielder killed after a few towns; after a few cycles of this, some local elemental is going to start asking questions about the disruption, or some celestial is going to be annoyed about whatever cause it follows being overturned, and the pipes will go missing forever, probably smashed to bits.

Also, the magical part of the storm need not be that big; just large enough to encompass a village a few miles across. That the storms tend to get much larger is a natural effect; as long as the conditions are right the the heart of it, the surrounding area will tend to develop similar weather. It'd be somewhat milder, as it doesn't have the magical energy of a demon-elemental lashing it to a fury. The exception to this is when the minstrel gets killed; in essence, the pipes serve as a direct conduit for the minstrel's soul, peeling away the bits that don't get used in making a Freithor and burning them off into magical power. It'd likely have a magical 'signature' of some mortal doing something really stupid involving a demon, rather than a minor demon lord jumping around making a mess. Go to Comment
Iceman's Lantern
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-12 01:38 PM
I've been batting the idea around in my head for a while, really. I think it's a fairly common and fairly simple concept... Go to Comment
Iceman's Lantern
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-12 04:02 PM
Indeed it does. For a couple years, anyhow, and by then you'd better have a replacement or some more conventional ice on hand to keep things cold. Go to Comment
Iceman's Lantern
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-13 03:08 PM
I expect it'd take a short time to work; kind of like an A/C unit. It'd work best in an enclosed space when warm air can't mingle with the air in the zone of effect. Go to Comment
Icevein Ring
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-12 01:37 PM
Or in areas where the terms 'hard freeze', 'lake effect snow', and the like have meaning and can last for extensive periods. Go to Comment
Icevein Ring
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-12 04:04 PM
Thank you.

Yeah, it's kind of a take on the old 'ring of cold resistance' that doesn't just go 'Voom! You no longer feel the cold. You win!' Go to Comment
Icevein Ring
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-13 04:49 PM
It also works reasonably well with the Iceman's Lantern for those who have to make stops at wayhouses; the lantern's effect could keep an area cool enough for the ring-wearer to survive, although likely feeling overheated, or a series of them could serve as something akin to decompression for diver, with the transition being moderated across the heat zones. Go to Comment
The Shalgiel
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-12 02:56 PM
The description of these things was somewhat what I had in mind when I was referring to the Patient One in the Glacier's Fist. Thank you, Cap'n, for providing a fitting way to describe the nightmare-thing slithering in my mind beyond a serpent of ice. Go to Comment
30 Cheeses
Items  (Other)   (Non-Magical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-12 06:35 AM
I have to second Siren's comment, I think. Go to Comment
Soreen the Frostfell
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-09 04:05 PM
Unless the fire elemental had some kind of near-divine power or was something like the 'father of flame', it wouldn't stand much of a chance, I expect - Soreen is essentially a near-divine entity as the ruler and master of his own plane.

Although... I should note that the 'Lady of Ash' is a kind of outcast fire elemental/spirit of relentless Summer, so a battle between those two could be very nasty. Go to Comment
Soreen the Frostfell
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-10 06:56 AM
Glad to be of service. Soreen was easier than the Glacier's Fist, since he doesn't 'belong' to the Kuramen cosmology. Go to Comment
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