Who invented Vasoline? Or who invented the Gas Sock. Or who invented the Philosopher Stone Process? Nobody really knows (except for those esoteric students of subject). It really does not impact anyone (except those that make wikipedia articles).
This isn't a "one time item", this is a liquid that any well stocked alchemist will have at least a dropper full of. (Made by some great alchemist somewhere else).
Any location with a Master Alchemist. Since those tend to be urbane types, it would be something in a large city. The guy who makes this would be the King's Alchemist or Guild Master of the Nations Alchemist Guild. Or he could be a master alchemical scholar who lives out in the sticks away from everyone.
Eledas, what plot are you reading? Originally there is no true plot, but only an outline of something that might resemble a scenario. Admittedly there is not enough room to convidently explain all the details of a scenario on the board, but this scenario is like saying The Lord of the Rings is about a guy who stops the bad guy by destroying a magic ring. Big brush strokes on a small canvas do not paint a pretty picture (unless you are into abstract art). Go to Comment
I don't know why black powder rules have caused so many issues. They are wimpy magik items (when compared to most of them), that any class can use, that requires an expensive material component. When you think of them in that way, they are not so scary.
However, they will have an impact upon the campaign world, unless the mages can monopolize the production of gun powder.
Other than that little tirade, very nice set up.
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Ah you are suffering from the difference in character skill than player knowledge. If they want to do that, then require them to know exactly how to take care of that blade or what the reasoning behind their spell components are, or why certain poisons are applied in different ways. These are all things their characters know, that their players don't (usually(.
As for making the grooves, it is for rifleing. It is like throwing a ball. If you put a longitudal spin on it, it actually goes farther and with a flatter trajectory and does not tumble, resulting in more accuracy. That is why many fletchers, twist the feathers on crossbow bolts. It creates a spin that makes the bolt go farther. This trick does not work for arrows because of the bow draw length. Go to Comment
WHEN SOMEONE FINDS THIS AFTER THE VERSION 2 MIGRATION, Copy it over to a System's Post. (Combative/ Historical) Then make all these comments, comments on that Post. Not really an item's post. Go to Comment
These are the kinds of items that those in power would want MUs to make, they are solid, basic, and useful.... nothing flashy and unique. You could build a powerful army with these shields... if you had enough mages.
Perhaps the shields should be from a bygone era, when The Legions protected the world for the intrusions of the Goblin races. Using these magics shields and slightly enhanced weapons, these brave men protected Civilization!
Such a connection would add a sense of history to such utilitarian enchantments. Go to Comment
Well so far the real diety has not smitten down the globe. maybe he likes what the Globe is doing, making the Druids a stronger faith. Maybe he is admused that his followers are so gullable that a magik item can fool them. Maybe he is so pissed that he has effectively abandoned them to their own devices.
In my mind, the world has Gods that are far removed from the tiny world or are nothing my semi-mystical constructs of belief... being nothing more than a foci for magik). so there is no God to be upset about it.
I like the can only read what is seen by their own light. That is a nice touch.
Mostly, the reason I had them become "useless" outside the library, is because if I was an immortal magik item who could not ambulate, I would not want to become "lost" and be at the mercy of my relatives to get new information or "horrors" have some human find a stupid way to break them. Besides, they would simply influence the person not to take them. THough notice, it is only influence, not control. If they really wanted to, a person could take one.
Also, by being harmless magik items, people ignore them. You are right. There are a lot of smart people out there.
As for the other libraries, perhaps they will influence the individual to donate their books when they die. The Orbs have all the time in the world. Eventually a copy of something or a comentary will come to them. If they are in a hurry, they could inspire someone to read the book in that other library, and either copy it or write a commentary.
Also remember that they are getting information from their relatives. Perhaps a few of them occasionally send things their way, as a favor for information imparted.
If the King ever vists the library, I am sure that the Library will become an "important treasure" to the country. I am sure the nobility will always invite visiting dignitaries to the library.. who might feel it important to send copies of their books here. This is just a thought.
Also, they might not see the value of other libraries or other lands. Just because they are intelligent and educated, it does not mean they are not snobs or capable of bias.
They are immortal. These books are transitory to them. The knowledge of man is also transitory. Only the knowledge that they have gained through time and debate is "true" and will stand the test of time.
There are dozens of ways to view the light balls and their view on things. It depends if you want to make them background items, plot devices, or patrons of the adventurers. Go to Comment
It can control dragons just about anywhere in the world, so it can be anywhere it wants. It actually finds dragons vain, egotistical, self centered, and predictable. They are annoying. It keeps them out of civilized lands and in the hinterlands. Civilization actually has been able to thrive because of the lack of dragons, all because of the orb.
It can simply scry upon them anywhere that it thinks about, and control from where it is. Yes, it is that powerful. But it is following its own council, it does not do anything the person wielding it would ask. However, since it grants its "wielder" immunity from Dragon magics and breath, it is still a sought after item. Go to Comment
This particular piece is a great one to set into a campaign. It's presence explains so many things for certain fantasy kingdoms. While I have written up only one, I wonder how many would be out there and if they are working together or against each other.
When the new settings area comes out, I may just list a place that becomes this Kingdom. Go to Comment
A large vertical cave has a constant, strong wind blowing out of it from the bowels of the earth. If one was to jump into the currents they would have a controlled ascent on the winds till they reached a height where their weight and the winds force reached equilibrium. Impossible to climb down naturally. What is it? Natural winds from the earth or a complex magical protection for an underground lair?