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Murometz's comment on 2006-12-30 10:48 PM

The Riddlemasters Three

The three former prophets, originators and purveyors of the age-old riddle contest are as follows:

Torn Rope, ‘The Frayed One’

Torn Rope got his moniker from the noose and torn rope-end, which he always wears about his neck. No one knows his original name, but it is said he was once, long ago, a common thief who was about to be hanged for his crimes, when the rope he was suspended from, suddenly frayed and shredded, allowing him to escape the gallows. It is further said that at that moment when he tumbled to his freedom, Torn Rope was siezed by a sudden, unexplained bolt of wisdom and enlightenment, which allowed him to become what he is today, an encyclopdeic fountain of knowledge. Yet his mind is as frayed as the rope on his neck.

Ischta Gorbinsaw

Originally a university scholar, hailing from the cloying and scholarly kingdom of Hedwyg, Ischta was old when the moutains were young. At least that is what they say about him, "they" being theose who don't know. In fact nothing is known about Ischta, except that he is wise and he is mad. When not engaged in riddle-asking, Ischta can be found slurping salt-water at the shoreline, on all fours, or engaging rocks in conversation.

Tortle the Multiplyer of Unwit

A man sporting the head of a rabbit, due to some long-forgotten curse, Tortle hails from the Drying Lands, a country of cracked earth, and some say, a cracked populace. Quite thoroughly, but subtly mad, like his peers, Tortle suffers from indescribable psychoses and quirks, his mental faculties "alien" at best. Originally hailed as a lone prophet, Tortle traveled far from his own lands in search of wisdom, and thus came upon the pair, who became his lifelong friends and companions. Tortle's greatest fear is witnessing sunsets and sunrises. He avoids both events at all costs.


Note: If anyone can think of appropriate riddles, riddles that omniscient madmen might ask during an ultimate riddle contest, please do post them as scrolls!



A humble homage to "The End is Nigh" Forum thread by Strolen

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Murometz's comment on 2012-09-22 04:15 PM
I think i remember Shadoweagle had a riddle thread going in the forums of yesteryore. I shall endeavor to find it. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2012-09-22 04:31 PM
the answer is 7 Go to Comment
Moonology Manuscript
Plots  (Campaign)   (Gaming - In General)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-22 11:34 AM
30 Wacky Wedding Customs
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-21 03:44 PM
Some funny ones,some weird ones, and quite a few original twists! I approve wholeheartedly!

Much likey #'s 28 (fascinating),25 (iiintersting), 24 (rocks!), 22 (brilliant), 21 (cool concept), 20 (iiinteresting), 16 (twisty!), 13 (weird but cool), 12 (egads!) 10 (isn't that a regular wedding?) 3 (wow) Go to Comment
Cold Iron
Items  (Materials)   (Non-Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-21 12:59 PM
Good one. One of life's mysteries demysterized (that's my new word) Go to Comment
A Guide to Metals and Their Properties
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-21 12:51 PM
Oh, when I saw the title, i was hoping for an all-out, super-scroll expose on all metals as they relate to fantasy gaming, but now I see these are metals are endemic to your world. Nothing wrong with that. A good treatise with some interesting, original bits. Good work. Go to Comment
Bow of the Astormen
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-21 01:21 PM

Interestingly, the plot hooks bring this all together for me. And I for one, prefer the mysteries of the Astormen, their trees and their bows, to remain just that, mysteries. Adds a certain je ne sai quoi to their tale.

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Bow of the Astormen
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-21 01:24 PM
no vote, Mourn? you're single-handedly preventing fearless leader from joining the Strolenati :-) Go to Comment
Yethamerands Stonecloak
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-20 11:24 AM

Very flavorful item with a cool twist! A perfect gift for one of my campaign-recurring npcs. The Poppy-Seed King's incredible hubris and unmatched vanity has led to literally *thousands* of statues to be built in his likeness across the vast kingdom. It is said, one cannot walk a hundred paces in any direction, without bumping into one of the king's many statues. Now, i can add this cloak to his repertoire and Voila! Love it. Also, "Not Alone" is a good hook!

(change wear to wearer in the tagline)

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Locations  (Area)   (Water)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-15 11:47 AM

Interesting. Every major body of water needs one or more such mysterious spots. I'm a little confused by this line though... "The Bloodmaw's purpose is the add decoration, strategic depth, etc. to a map, not to provide a quest, though" Aside from that, if one goes with the twin giant sharks option, maybe the "red sea" around the maelstrom is not from the dirt at the sea's bottom, but from the various sea-creatures the sharks herd and devour, while chasing each other in circles. A sort of frenzied feeding. "Aye, Jimbo, the seas be red around the maelstrom. The Sons-of-the-Seagod be feeding again!"

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Adam Smith
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-21 05:46 PM
Wow, so he's not the Father of Modern Economics I was expecting :-)

Do expand the tale at some point. Somewhat reminiscent of that Kevin Spacey character in "Se7en" Go to Comment
Adam Smith
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-22 01:54 AM
Its axle. He doesn't just comment, he comments with commitment :) Go to Comment
Avian Crossbow
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-15 11:49 AM
What Forganthus said. The arrows are a lot of fun. Go to Comment
7 Things to Run or Hide From
Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)
Murometz's comment on 2012-06-26 09:10 PM

19. Bad GMs 20. Bad Players 21. 1st & 2nd e Tarrasques 22. Nuclear reactors during earthquakes

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7 Things to Run or Hide From
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Murometz's comment on 2012-09-14 12:06 PM

Love the scroll, many of the entries, and the fact that it is a strolenati collab, but one nagging thought on the linked subs... draconian parasites (love that sub btw!), hellgate prison, the black spear, Ma-O?? These seem just like random adds, in which case, you can attach 90% of the site's subs to this, since you can technically run away from many, many, many things. Love the sub and concept, don't get me wrong, but the linkage seems arbitrary and cheapens the sub somehow, not to mention the semantics involved. Can you technically "run away" or "hide" from a prison? a spear? a god? To me, run away and hide implies that there is some kind of pursuit involved, for example.

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Ko Girls
Society/ Organizations  (Artistic/Performance)   (Area)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-12 08:51 PM

Gangster fashionistas. Very Japanese of you. And sexy! Love the skirt/stocking rank structure. The Ko Girls strike a nice balance between the banal and the "dangerous". I assume they are underestimated by other/rival gangs, much to those other gangs later regret at doing so.

Is there any meaning or significance behind the word "Ko"?

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Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-12 08:31 PM
Terrific idea! Fun to read, witty and clever. Wish I thought of it and can't wait to use this somehow. The what happens when they breed comment by val sent me down a whole new wormhole of thought, and I wasn't even done thinking about the initial concept yet. This is a fascinating sub! Go to Comment
Anophelite, Male
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Swamp)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-14 08:44 PM
I've always had a perverse fascination with mansquitos. Juicy info! Thank you. Go to Comment
The Electric Chapel
Locations  (Establishment)   (CyberSpace)
Murometz's comment on 2012-09-15 12:46 PM

I see the Gibson, but I also get a "Strange Days" flavor and an aroma of Pynchon. I don't even think of this as "futuristic", as much as a mirror on the "current" (yet post-modern)

"Readers who think that SF is 'about' the future are naive," Gibson reminds us. "I don't think science fiction has a lot of predictive capacity, but it's an interesting tool for looking at the world you live in." Go to Comment
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