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Articles  (Fiction)   (Game Mastering)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-05-04 01:44 AM
Déjà vu

One of the PCs had been dreaming of a strange decorating knot that is half red and half blue, an item he had never seen before that nevertheless is giving him a strong sense of déjà vu. What could it be- suppressed memories, visions, remembrances of previous reincarnations or something else?
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Ice Ghoul
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-05-18 01:53 AM
The origin of these Ghouls are interesting and quite reasonable but you need to be careful with the write-up so that there's no mis-interpretation. At one point, I thought there's some logic conflict in what you wrote. In particular, you've said earlier that a Ice Ghoul is basically mad and tell its killer apart from an innocent person but then in the ways to lay them to rest section, you said you can present them with their killers and that will appease them and send them to the after-life, which I initially thought was two pieces of conflicting info. But then I paused to think abt it and I think you mean that you make them come to reason first with a fire spell and then you go find and bring their killers to them for them to settle the debt. Nothing majorly wrong with this sub overall, just thought I would point this particular bit out that's affecting the quality of the sub.
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Ice Ghoul
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-05-18 01:59 AM
I find the underlying concept of how these ghouls arise interesting and logical but I just want to point out one point in your write-up which is prone to misinterpretation. At one point, I thought you provided conflicting info. b/c you said earlier that Ice Ghouls cannot tell their killers apart from innocent ppl but when you describe ways of laying them to rest, you say one of the ways is to bring their killers so that they can 'settle their debt'. Upon a re-think, I get it that you mean to say that they have to hit them with a fireball spell first to make them come to reason and then go off in pursuit of the murderer. Just need to be clear on this pt, otherwise, there's nothing majorly wrong with it. I personally have no quibbles with the power of these ghouls b/c I think their rarity compensates for their seemingly high powers.
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The Four Magi: A Children's Folk Tale of the North
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2011-02-22 11:21 PM


A nice folk tale with good metaphor use that can be inserted into any world.


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The Hundred Journeys of Lai-Xeng
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2009-06-21 06:23 PM
Definitely my kind of sub. Go to Comment
The Hundred Journeys of Lai-Xeng
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2009-06-23 12:26 AM
Lai-Xeng and the two Shy Students

One day, as Lai-Xeng was walking pass a school, he overheard a conversation between two students.
“Should we ask the Master about that question?”
“But everyone else seems to understand perfectly. If we ask the Master, he will think we are dimwitted.”

Lai-Xeng cleared his throat at this point and said, “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”

And the two students bowed their heads, and left to seek out their Master.
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The Hundred Journeys of Lai-Xeng
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-05-04 01:39 AM
Lai-Xeng and the Frustrated Scholar


One day, as Lai-Xeng was travelling on the road to the Imperial City, he met a *frustrated scholar who was coming from the opposite direction. Recognising Lai-Xeng, he asked, “O Lai-Xeng, O wise Sage, how is it that those of far less worth than myself have all advanced in life while I am still just a commoner? Is there no justice in the world?”


To this, Lai-Xeng replied: “A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials. 


And the scholar bowed his head, and left Lai-Xeng feeling wiser than before.


*frustrated scholar: In ancient China, scholars from all over China would travel to the Imperial City to attend the Imperial Examination. This is often a prerequisite to entering into civil service, with high scoring individuals being awarded various court positions. Individuals who fail the exams could often become very frustrated as they could be very talented but still fail repeatedly while those far less talented had all succeeded because they had the right connections.


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Crawling Ghosts
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-29 10:00 PM
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Luzori Mushroom
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Mountains)
Moonlake's comment on 2011-02-17 04:53 PM


A nice fantasy mushroom


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Moonlake's comment on 2010-12-19 11:21 PM


Voting 4 and the accompanying statements says it all for me.


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Funeral Gold and Grave Silver
Items  (Jewelry)   (Cursed)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-22 02:14 AM
A nice class of items to throw in a world of loot and plunder. Go to Comment
Godkiss Butterfly
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Desert)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-02 06:24 AM
One of the subs that I would describe as 'short and sweet'. Like Spark, loved the "never ask for a kiss from a god" bit 
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Grey District
Locations  (Neighborhoods)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-28 05:42 AM
A quite refreshing semi-slum area. Go to Comment
The Foolish Mage and Drunked Wizard Tavern
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-18 09:38 PM
A likeable place and sub but personally, I found it the section abt how Rolan founded the tavern a bit abrupt. And I like the half-mage concept too.
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Artisan District
Locations  (Neighborhoods)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2013-07-02 12:12 AM
I agree with KendraHeart, nothing more to add. Go to Comment
Tree-of-Blades
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Moonlake's comment on 2009-03-15 08:26 PM
Good description of item Go to Comment
Interesting Weapons- Non-Magic
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Moonlake's comment on 2009-02-03 04:29 PM
Re: difference b/w Green Dragon Cresecent Moon blade and GuanDao, my understanding as a Chinese is that the GDCM blade is a unique blade rumored to the weapon of Guan Yu, a general in the era of the Three Kingdoms belonging to a class of blades by the name of GuanDao. So if you want a picture of the GDCM sword, type Guan Yu into Google and you should find a pic of him holding the GDCM blade. Go to Comment
Winter Adventures
Plots  (Nature)   (Encounter)
Moonlake's comment on 2009-04-20 07:11 PM
21. Rare herb
An important figure is poisoned and the antidote requires the flower of a particular type of plant that only blooms in the middle of winter in a particularly inhospitable region eg. cliffside, ice cave etc., possibly infested with monsters. A further catch is that the flower must be brought back before the onset of spring else it will lose its potentcy. Can the PCs brave the weather conditions, the monster encounters and the agents sent by the poisoner and bring back the flower in time? Go to Comment
Winter Adventures
Plots  (Nature)   (Encounter)
Moonlake's comment on 2009-05-28 08:02 PM
22. “Winter Hunt”
The PCs come to an out-of-the-way village during winter and are pleaded to go on a winter hunt to try and kill the cave bear (or other appropriate beast that hibernates in winter) that have been menacing the village. A simple enough mission on the surface but is everything it seems? Maybe it’s not a cave bear but something far more dangerous or maybe the cave bear is an unusual one…
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Winter Adventures
Plots  (Nature)   (Encounter)
Moonlake's comment on 2009-05-28 08:21 PM
23. "Winter hunt #2
PCs encounter a blizzard on a pass and fortunately, a trapper shows up right at that moment and offer to shelter them. Later, though, he asks for a return favour- get him the hide of an arctic fox (or another animal whose hide is highly prized). Go to Comment
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