This is one of those items that are not epic, nor overly special, but a solid functional thing that someone in a game world would create (and create a couple of them). Like the generic +2 weapon, the hidden weapon, would be in mages portfolio of possible enchantments.
Actually a weapon that would work for this is a longbow. If unstrung, it can function as a walking staff. Once strung, it still can work as one, but just not as well. Go to Comment
Ah. Technomagical, mysticpunk, world background. Escoflone rocks, as does this background.
Each golem should have a "key", an item that activates and deactivates the golem (a safety device). Each adventure would follow this pattern, finding the key... following it to the golem (homing spell)... subduing the golem, inserting key... all the while dealing with the subplots heaped upon the players by the other players and GM. (A variation would be find a golem being a problem, fight it in an attempt to stop it, search for the key, retreive it, subdue golem, then insert key).
If they Key gives you control over the golem (instead of it following its own needs/ demands/ dementia), then local bad guys are either using the golem or searching for the key as well.
Or maybe the Golems have mystic powercells. You have to subdue the golem and remove its powercell (or make a spectacular aimed attack and break it).
This is more of a world setting, campaign description rather than a single plot. You could not just drop this into a world, you would have to backweave the golem war, the ramifications of the golem war, and so on. Go to Comment
There is a nice plotline, but it really does not have a "dramatic ending". Here is one I thought of.
As the group travels, it will have its share of encounters...
Old men thinking they are being invaded, the 15 year old wannabee hero, wanting to slay them with his rusty old sword, local militia ready for attack, plus a few other strangers on the road. One thing that should occur is having ghostly or even undead humans attack the tribe. These ghosts/ undead died in the great orc wars centuries previously.
The undead occurances should happen with more and more frequency as the tribe moves on. One of the Tribal elders, who is advocating peaceful co-existance and wanting to move, is having awful dreams.
Towards the end of the Journey, the tribe reaches a wide open space. Centuries ago, there was a great battle there. As the Tribe approaches, the sky goes dark, the world gets evil, and the undead army rises. They attack as ghosts, spectres, and zombies. Eventually some undead/ ghostly orcs will come back. A great war will occur, with you and your poor tribe in the middle.
Oh, the peaceful Orc Elder is specifically being targetted by his ancestor, the blood encrusted Orc Warlord who invaded this land with his horde.
How to resolve this... it all depends on the Orc Elder really, how he responds to his ancestor and the army against them. If he opts for peace, eventually peace from the Orcs will come. If he talks to the undead humans, they might listen. If he says we must attack, then it will be a fight to the finish. Go to Comment
This post should be rated a bit higher than it was. It was the first "NPC of the "Extra Horde" variety on the Citadel. At the time there was no "category" for such things and it was competing against stellar single person posts. Nobody really knew what to make of it. So it has languished in the bowels of the database. Now in Strolen's V2.0 it has found a place and hopefully a better score. Go to Comment