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Legendary Chinese Bows
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-18 03:25 PM

The names of the bows are glorious! As far as use/utility, keep the names, change/adapt the lore how you see fit, and presto, the bows are transplanted to whatever your world/genre you like.

I do enjoy these compilations.

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Legendary Chinese Bows
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-18 03:27 PM
I also feel strangely compelled to write up the "Shadow Ox" and "Thorn-Elk" life forms. Go to Comment
Legendary Chinese Bows
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-19 02:03 AM
I managed to blurb both, shadow and swallow :D

But yeah, I think that quite a few of these bows, and harmless (or otherwise) creatures, and so on, that just have a few evocative sentence descriptors to them, beg to be expanded upon. Go to Comment
Universe 26
Plots  (Crisis)   (Campaign)
Murometz's comment on 2017-02-20 01:37 PM

Thanks manfred, for the bump and thoughts. Another great read here, Scras!

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The Electric Mind
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Murometz's comment on 2015-07-02 04:10 PM
Followed the Maw link to Cymeks here, to see what they are exactly, and i love the multiple meanings of the term, as well as the description. Could be an insult, could be mis-used, could be help for traumatized brains, not just straight-up "enhancers", etc Go to Comment
Han Yu (Cold Jade)
Items  (Art and Music)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-11 09:17 PM
I love the flavor text here as well. I can sort of "hear" it playing, based on hearing similar-looking instruments played in movies. The only thing that slightly bothers me (very very minor nit-pick) is the switching from "the author" to "Moonlake" to "I" throughout the piece. Love the lore and the peculiar side effect.

Question: if used in warm climate (tropical or sub-tropical) settings how would this side-effect work as far as the elementals? Would it be obsolete?

Love your Chinese-inspired subs!

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Shuang Gu Jian (Double Branched Sword)
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-11 09:25 PM
Quite familiar with the 3 Kingdoms lore (especially the bad rep of Cao Cao), so it's great to see this written up in an entertaining and concise manner. As mentioned the weapon seems secondary, but I see what you mean with fitting the Quest. Favorite part (aside from the tales!) is that the sword requires faith and belief. Go to Comment
Iron Muse
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Villanous)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-11 02:40 PM

What val said, plus love the "Ye olde complex sorcery" feel to the process and result.

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Ulysses Crane
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Murometz's comment on 2015-05-30 11:13 AM
I like him. Doesn't hurt that I keep picturing Andy Serkis as I read this. Good non-ultimate adversary. Just enough angst and issues, but nothing too unbelievable or over the top. Go to Comment
The Fleshspikes
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2015-05-28 01:57 AM

Interesting. I hate using that word but there you have it. So these are iron spikes on long thin chains? Or more "meteor hammers" or "death-birds" of Chinese inspiration? We learn nothing of the weapons really.

I enjoyed the tale however! Quite grr martin-ish, particularly with some of the phrasing and pace. The weapon itself seems secondary to the story. But as you said, to be continued, so I'll wait...

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Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (City/ Ruin)
Murometz's comment on 2015-05-26 11:55 AM

Nice! This really has the feel of an old-fashioned undead "monster" (and I mean that as a positive) and yet the "old man" thing is an original nuance. I take it you were inspired by some muttering curmudgeon you encountered in your travels? :)

Seamlessly fits into an "army" of various undead, sent against PCs, the white-haired, gray-skinned floating spectral head is a great visual.

Finally, knowing that the head was recently someone's grandpa is a macabre touch. "Noooo! Gramps!!"

What exactly does "ghost-flame" do?

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The Baitala of Palibantan
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Travelers)
Murometz's comment on 2015-05-22 04:09 PM
Well written tale. You know what's coming but the suspense is still effective. Big fan of Hindi mythology, so nice to see this spirit creature used in game.

Is Baran just hungry at the end, or...? :)

The GM note is a nice touch, neatly explaining how you used this, and how else it can be used. Go to Comment
A compendium of different Chinese ranking systems
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Murometz's comment on 2015-05-24 12:35 AM
So useful. Good! Go to Comment
Dead Zone
Locations  (City)   (Any)
Murometz's comment on 2015-05-03 03:25 PM
Mmm-hmm...Snake Pliskin to the rescue!!

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7 Things Wrong with Godzilla 2014
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2015-04-28 03:50 PM
1. I have to say the opening scenes of WWII era Bikini atoll bombing was pretty cool actually and drew me right into the mythos. But I see your logic.

2. Yes. OMG yes! The son was a wooden tool.

3. Yep. His job was to gravely whisper clich├ęs.

4. So agree!!!

5. He did seem a bit fat and bear-ish, which was weird.

6. Agreed. Stupid adversary. Though...there have been 40-50 foot tapeworms found inside whales, but yeah.

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A man becomes a bow, a bow a man.
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Murometz's comment on 2015-04-28 04:47 PM

Good questions. I should have written more here.

Actually, I think I gave the wrong impression with the "corpse rising" stuff. I meant that the body of Lyuk Bowen survived the battle (though he lost consciousness there for a while literally and figuratively) and lives on as a normal looking man (not a literal zombie nor undead in any way, his flesh is not slowly rotting or anything ). But he is brainless. That is to say his brain is the equivalent of a wooden bow. Lol.

So he's a bag of flesh the bow controls with its thoughts, but not literally, since the flesh bag is brainless. The bow meanwhile, possessing Lyuk's memories and thoughts merely nudges the living husk along through unexplained magic, and perhaps some sort of latent muscle memory on the husk's part.

If the husk is killed the bow would be rather screwed as it can't move around on its own. I'm guessing the bow would eventually go mad too, and I don't mean the angry variety of mad.

Which brings us to what would happen when the the inevitable occurs and a PC gets her hands on the bow. I would imagine the dynamic would be similar to an intelligent weapon and its owner with the bow having its own thoughts, goals, and desires. But not having an overly large "Ego" the bows influence wouldn't be of the corrupting variety on its wielder. After that, who knows. One thing it would definitely do is try to talk its new wielder into getting revenge against a certain Long Lord. Another thing it could do that just came to me, is actually teach it's new wielder archery and improve their ability with a bow.

Oh boy, I've typed too much and reading this back it doesn't quite make perfect sense to me lol

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Ezalim the Fallen
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
Murometz's comment on 2015-04-28 04:34 PM
Geez, this was a heavy and heady read for a warm, sunny afternoon :)

I'm left trying to wrap my mind around the concepts presented. "Cut a swathe through reality". What does cutting a swathe through reality actually look like, I wonder, etc...

Nicely written and tight. First sentence is downright poetic.

I can't help but imagine being a "PC" in this world, hiding in a corner meekly squeaking "meep" as these events unfold. Lol.

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Feather-Dusters of Dra'Solme Tsolyul
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2015-04-22 09:10 PM
tried uploading a pic inside the main sub. Failed. So here is sort of what they look like...

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Feather-Dusters of Dra'Solme Tsolyul
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2015-04-22 11:34 PM
I suppose :) Go to Comment
Skeleton Bow
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Cursed)
Murometz's comment on 2015-04-22 09:28 PM
Read the title and would have bet money the bows were crafted of Skeleton spinal columns. I stand corrected! Nice amount of detail with few words~ Go to Comment
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A kingdom where, if there are multiple princes (princesses can't rule unless they have no siblings), the princes fight to the death in the arena to decide who gets to rule. A simple way to make sure your brother cannot make a bid for the thrown, and keeps the royal blood in one line.

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