Not exactly. It was a random, unintended effect of casting a spell that was somewhat beyond the capability of the amethyst stones that he had. In order to get all the energy it needed, the spell leached away some of his own life energy. Hence the grey hide and rotting odour. The story has been updated to reflect this fact. Go to Comment
I have to agree with Echo with reagrd to his comments touching on their relations with non hivers and their technology use. Their amusing inability to recognize individuals and their awesome ability to process complex information with the aid of complex machinery, give them an interesting touch. As for interstellar travel, I suppose they could alter a the soldier caste and ''program'' them with the instincts that they'd need to pilot the spacecraft and complete mission. Their ability to exist as an individual independently of the hive if possible, would undermine the ability of the gestalt mind to function effectively. Go to Comment
Hogwarts for grown ups. This institution certainly takes the fun out of learning magic. What is the criteria for selection into the academy? Is it purely based on merit alone? Or is it possible for the well connected and powerful to ensure that their kids get a place regardless of their magical ability? One thing I'd love to see for sure is this academy take in a students like Daymen Scarb. The results of such a decision would be hillarious. Go to Comment
I imagine it would make a nice vacation spot for wealthy nobles or merchants that want to take a well deserved break from big city life. Public duels and rumours of shadowy assassins would probably add to the appeal of the place for potential tourists. Go to Comment
It is a rather charming idea. Adorable even, if you choose to disregard the fact that it could incinerate you with a well placed strike. I can imagine the PCs being contracted by some exasperated academy of magic to get rid of this absurd menace. Go to Comment
It's funny that sverigesson mentioned Rincewind, because that was exactly the famous fantasy wizard that came to my mind when I started reading this sub. As the others have said, this a great comic NPC. I bet though that in a fight where nothing but the strength of your pure magical ability mattered, Daymen would easily be able to overpower and vanquish most highly skilled mages.
P.S:Is Daymen a master of controlling organic elements? Many of his abilities seem to involve summoning various body fluids or different types of food. Go to Comment
It's certainly well-written and very useful indeed. I would certainly be thrilled to lead a party of adventurers in storming this lab.The rewards in term of obtaining texts of great intellectual value would be incentive enough. And as for facing a vast, re-animated dragon within the narrow confines of a moving arena, that would be a challenge that I'd love to see PC's new to the adventuring bussiness face up to. Well done!
P.S:Is there any way that the lab could sense the presence of oncoming adventurers and then react by fleeing? And will it obey anyone other than its creator? Go to Comment
Like all your Thirties, this is entertaining and detailed. There are a few errors though, in terms of sentance construction. These somewhat muddy the meaning of a few of your sentences. Moroever, I feel that the Riddler could have done with a little more detail. Apart from that however, these are all believable and useful minor NPCs. Go to Comment
I have to agree with Cheka. This is a quirky little item that might have some very unexpected but potentially comic results, should it ever fall into the hands of some naive hero or king who's under th delusion that this is a fearsome uber weapon that will allow him to single-handedly destroy a foe. Also, this is probably the only sub here that has ever depicted goblins in a noble and heroic light, which is something I like. Nicely done. Go to Comment
Interesting little creatures. Their biology while unusual, is certainly plausible. Do small predators of the nature that you described, avoid eating bonded suicide flies due to the lethal consequences that might follow? Go to Comment
I like it. As Cheka said, it has a suitably mythic origin. And as much as a curse as blessing since it cannot be removed, by either physical or magical means, making it an item that I would not want to be saddled with. It is however, an excellent way of allowing a mere mortal to challenge a powerful mage to a duel and to live to tell his tale. Certainly a must have for any warrior that specalises in ridding his masters of dangerours magic users. All in all, excellent work! Go to Comment