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Murometz's comment on 2015-06-18 10:17 PM

Let me once again address the differences between these often and sometimes tragically confused names, so that needless bloodshed can be avoided by the confused adventurer.

I will just say if forced to pick between the two as adversaries, I would have to think on it for a half-minute but probably take my chances with the big dumb birds.


A gigantic but rather harmless bird. Well, mostly harmless. The truth is it is rather dangerous. It is after all a gigantic bird so caution should be used during encounters. Literally the size of oxen these creatures act in every way as their mundane tiny cousins. Why they exist is anyone's guess. We can only hope this was not yet another one of those "wizard's experiment gone awry", or worse, a "practical joke of the gods." If every one of these (thankfully rare), dive-bombing, cottage-crushing behemoths were exterminated, the world would be a safer place for adventurers.

Unlike their (much) lesser cousins who utilize speed and quick strikes to hunt insects, Ox-swallows seem to rely on their obnoxious strength and brute force to hunt, well, anything that looks edible to their fist-sized soulless, shining-black eyes!


Fearsome chieftain and war-leader of the Tribe of the Great Boast, Swallow-Ox earned her name, and should never be confused with an Ox-Swallow.

This giant of a woman was said to have swallowed an entire roasted ox in a single gulp. The truth of the matter is that she probably ate a whole haunch of ox quickly, or perhaps a huge portion of ox in one sitting, but we will never know for sure. Regardless, this earned her name and eventually her position. Well that and the fact that her ferocity in battle is unmatched, as her skill with the long-axe unrivaled. Swallow-Ox commands four hundred mustached (the women as well), axe and shield wielding berserkers, and should be avoided at all costs. Unless your are planning a war, in which case know that the tribe of the Great Boast are willing mercenaries. Swallow-Ox always demands payment in gold.

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A Dwindling Fortune
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2013-11-25 10:24 PM
Oh oh, private drafts showing up on 'recent citadel activity'. Is that supposed to happen? Go to Comment
Agency 17: Illegal Search and Seizure
Plots  (Hired)   (Campaign)
Murometz's comment on 2015-01-21 12:51 PM
Love a modern game with a truly "real" feel, as in this case with Los Zetas, etc Could see this used and/or expanded upon in many different ways. First thought was a high-speed convoy attack/chase. My second thought was detailing a bad-ass eccentric head honcho npc for Los Zetas. Go to Comment
The Azul Deck of Shadows
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2013-11-19 12:00 PM
I echo val's first two sentences, and will add that this deck would be a helluva lot of fun to use in a game! The options on what could happen on any given "cast", are many and delicious! Go to Comment
The Azul Deck of Shadows
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2013-11-20 11:23 AM

Re-reading over the effects, side-effects, boons, and penalties, and the many possible outcomes, I can safely say that I can't wait to see what rolls lead to what mayhem when these are used in a game setting! Also re-voting with a .5 bump. This deck's awesomeness is growing on me! :D

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The Azul Deck of Shadows
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2013-11-20 11:28 AM
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Fort Hard
Locations  (Fortification)   (Other)
Murometz's comment on 2013-11-19 12:02 PM

The name sounds like a military-themed porn movie from the 80's, but the idea is a cool one! I'd expand a bit on the "contents" and "inhabitants" of the fort, if I used this in a game, to make it a little mini-dungeon.

Nice one.

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Locations  (Country/ State)   (Plains)
Murometz's comment on 2013-12-03 12:13 PM
Good solid location rife with interesting tid-bits to branch off from... Go to Comment
The Swamp Wraith
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Swamp)
Murometz's comment on 2013-11-13 12:03 PM

The image is splendid, as is the write-up! Imagine seeing this horror from across your campfire, deep in the bog, while standing guard!

I thought that maybe the lead-in tale was just a tad long, but it does convey the horror well. Love everything about this creature otherwise, including its insidious mental assault! To me it feels like this thing has always existed in the deepest swamps, since time immemorial, but finally we have an eye-witness account and learn something of its nature.


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Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Murometz's comment on 2013-11-11 10:08 AM
Like SE, I particularly like the nascent take on a new sea god! Also a nice touch is that Bahamoot doesn't "devour" everything it surveys randomly, but rather feeds on energy while simply breathing.

just a note, because i can't help myself... final fantasy didn't turn Bahamut into a dragon, that was Gary Gygax. The lawful-good, platinum dragon foil for Tiamat. :) Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Murometz's comment on 2013-11-07 09:49 PM

Nice. These just appeared in my world, but rather than as 'stools' they will become...'shrinking violets'!! I like the monsters attracted part, reminiscent of 'shriekers'. I'd also make a secondary die-roll (with a secondary table) to determine the size one shrinks to.

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Altar of Vazzaz
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2014-02-09 12:04 PM
It's a scenario with a nice twist. Blood is not what she wants! These type of scenarios usually stick with players long after they end. "Remember that time we doused and slathered that mosquito-queen altar with blood? Oh boy!" Go to Comment
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Murometz's comment on 2013-10-31 10:59 AM
Nice! This brought to mind the old MoonHunter series of articles on Mage "tools" of the trade like the Solomontic Rugs and Shadow Shrines. The thought that seers and mystics have such hidden chambers secreted away in large cities is also an inspiring thought...

The library wall-shelf pivots and opens up into an eerie chamber of mirrored walls, floors, and ceilings. "Yes", says the Baron, "This was my great-aunt's secret room. We still do not know what she did inside, or what the room was used for..."

The imagery of a mage in a mirrored room, communicating with reflections of spirits and gods know what else, is a great one. And of course an obvious plothook, but i have to mention it, because I immediately pictured it...PCs get trapped somehow in the mirror-maze of dimensions (even though it is a communicating chamber I know). the mage has to help them get out, while they encounter countless spirits and obstacles in this multi-dimensional world. Go to Comment
Civitas Caeli
Locations  (City)   (Space)
Murometz's comment on 2013-10-29 02:26 PM
As Holmes might say, "there are several points of interest to this case, Watson."

Quite an interesting take on the "Eternal City" trope. Great visual, with some unique perspectives. Scras and Renlim ask good questions. As for me though, I would say that less is more, and I don't necessarily need every mystery of this city spelled out. The vagueness adds that certain je nais se quois.

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The Bibliorynth of Zhao Zweh
Dungeons  (Other)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Murometz's comment on 2013-10-31 11:03 AM
Ah, an Oekaki. well, I guess in that case, i can't say, "This needs more!" (But it does).

Nice setting though for adventure. I always wondered if we'd ever get that Bibliorynth sub after Dozus coined the term. :)

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School Of Banewrights
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Mystical)
Murometz's comment on 2013-10-31 11:08 AM
Instant Dungeon: a long-lost "foundry" or "lair" of Banewrights has been discovered. The entire place is awash with ancient, cursed and bizarre magic items for the unwary to find. Go to Comment
Ratwood Tree
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Murometz's comment on 2013-10-25 11:37 AM

Odd and flavorful piece of flora! I like the fact that it has "weed-like" properties, ravaging the terrain, to ensure its own proliferation. Perfect trait for these, "vermin of the plant world" to have.

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The Midwich Horror
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Murometz's comment on 2013-10-24 11:20 AM
Just incredible really! I'd give a 4.5 to just the Houri (perfectly named!) alone! The whole thing is a mad-house of mind-bending horror. This was my first read of the day, and blew me away. Tagline for this as a module, should be..."Welcome to Midwich. Do NOT go to Midwich"

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Agency 17: It's a Diplomatic Thing
Plots  (Hired)   (Campaign)
Murometz's comment on 2013-10-21 12:22 PM
Oooh, spies--CIA, KGB, mole-lists. Fun scenario, I like it! And a nice easy-to-follow format too. Go to Comment
Drowner Lice
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Water)
Murometz's comment on 2013-10-17 12:18 PM
I would imagine that their "bloated bellies" are only bloated after feeding? Just a thought...

I despise ticks, mites, and lice with a hatred bordering on lunacy. So therefore, I naturally approve of a sea-borne 10 lb version of these disgusting things for game-play.

Not sure what to suggest as far as what else to add here. They work. If using these, I would probably enjoy the sinking ship infested with lice plothook.

I also get vague visions of a mighty, lice-ridden sperm whale carcass floating in the sea... Go to Comment
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