I got it!!
Podvadom(s). Sounds like podvodoy which means underwater and has it as a prefix. Plus it has dom, house. But it's shortened and also sounds like a word meaning something akin to a deep dark cellar, so becomes slightly more modern and dark humor Russian-y. The Federation just calls them "podvods" and uses numbers for naming the few(?) they know of...
I could see them actually being called Podvadoms if they existed. Back me up on this, Alaknog! ;)
This is a very clever idea for an article, comparing and contrasting their predictions with your own world and vision. And providing much linkage. Nicely done! Also shows just how rich the Cosmic Era has become through your efforts that you can do this sort of them/me thing in the first place.
Silva seems just a tad overly optimistic in general to me. Still torn on my thoughts regarding the Singularity. I've been to a Kaku lecture (on YouTube :p) and imho he's slightly coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs.Go to Comment
Kou Qianzhi is good at his job, that job being the Southern Song Emperor's chosen "fixer" and captain of his liege's Blood Guard. Naturally, when the entire realm is in peril, the Emperor will send his trusted Kou Qianzhi to settle or handle matters.
Unbeknownst to the his Resplendant Radiance the Emperor, Kou harbors greater ambitions, yet awaits his opportunity patiently, doing the Emperors bidding slavishly, while simmering inside.
His opportunity comes in the form of the Emperor sending him on a secret mission. He is to travel to the XXX Temple, hidden amidst the mist-choked hinterland between two Song provinces.
Kou Qianzhi is informed by his master that a threat far greater than the recently defeated Jin rears its head in the north. The people of the "Khan", (the future Yuan Empire) pony-riding madmen from the northern steppes, were preparing to descend upon the Southern Song's empire's lands. The Mongols combined forces outnumber the (by then) lethargic Song's Empire forces ten to one.
The Emperor is desperate. Kou is tasked with finding a way to deal with this upcoming crisis by consulting with the grandmaster of the XXX Temple, one Sun Bu'er, the "Six-Fisted White Goose".
Along the way to the temple Kou plots his own scheme and agenda, finally sensing his chance at uplifting his own destiny. From the information gathered by the Emperor's many spies, it becomes quickly evident that the Mongol forces will inevitably crush the Song. Kou comes to realize this and at last hatches his own plot, to avoid being on the losing side when all was said and done.Go to Comment
Actually with Strolens 3 paragraphs of additional juicy info (sick deluded brainstorming), this may just be done. Screw those pesky PCs. The whore-spider, like the honey badger, don't care.
LORE: somewhere out there, legends whisper, is the great "Pimp-Spider". Don't get me started on it.
Out with ye, begone from my in-work pile!Go to Comment
An unliving tree, very nice. I've read plenty of undead trees, but this is a novel take. The visual image of these trees is quite evocative to begin, with great details, and that's followed by a grab-bag of interesting uses and magical properties.
With so many options (despite the difficulties in extraction), I can see parties being hired (and outfitted with the necessary "tools"), just to go find and "mine" these copses of phantom woods..trunk, limbs, roots and all.
I assume that whichever "people" live in the sub-artic lands where the trees grow, would have great reverence for the phantom wood, with all kinds of superstitious lore about the trees.Go to Comment