Moon, this is one of my favorite of your submissions! I've been running a LOW-magic campaign for years now and wish I had more of such items to pepper my world with! So rich in detail & texture, yet not powerful (at all)!! The symbols, the imagery!! Nowadays when I think of "wizards" and "magic" THIS IS WHAT I HAVE IN MIND!! I LOVE IT!!!
at some point tonight I'll be getting another HoH thinga-ma-jiggy, and then off you go upstairs.
Pussycat Dolls doing Shakespeare! That says it all!
This adds a lot of color and realism to any world or campaign. No combat, no mystery (necessarily) as you mention, which is great! An additional plot hook might be a bard character trying to get Chardonne and Jonquille to agree to stage one of his or her original plays. Or how about one of the chracters falling in love with one the ladies or vice versa. Finally, the characters attend a play during some down time, only to be mocked when the Filles D'Rame put on a parody performance of the pc's last adventure (the ladies have heard of group's exploits through the grapevine), with some improvisational bawdry romance thrown in for laughs, or some inaccurate tragedy involving one of the characters which didn't really occur! Go to Comment
Scras, I like all your work as you know. This is not one of my favorites, but after linking over to Leviathan, I see what the point of this is. It makes for fun reading regardless whether I like the sword or not. I like the weaknesses section and Ma-O's Disciples might make a great sub of its own.
The Thrice-Drowned-Priest leads his flock to the storm-raging seashore, damp sea-weed falling from his hair and robes. "Listen to the ROAR of Ma-O my wet ones!! From the Ocean we crawled, and to the Ocean we shall all return!!" Go to Comment
The conversation is key to this sub I think! (everything in italics). It makes it come alive. This is hard for me to judge for some reason. Its a great story about a basic bank/loansharking outfit, but I guess that's the idea here. So let me just say I enjoyed reading it. The details, obvious effort, and connection with Kings Paupers put it over the top for the extra 1/2 sword
I like the Templar-esque, deposit money here, withdraw money someplace else angle. And I really like the name Tam Josgar. It just fits! Not crazy about the other names however. Go to Comment
"Thats the key. How do you describe how a fantasy financial bank/ extortion ring comes to existance?"
IMHO, thats NOT the key. A bank is a bank is a bank. The sub has the necessary verisimilitude and backstory. I think the *key* is adding nuance, idiosynchrasies, texture and detail, both applicable and tangential(!). Its fantasy. Add something fantastic that makes it unique, without ruining the original concept. Again, this is just IMHO. Go to Comment
The Knotworker is a retired guildmaster, who's true name once instilled fear in merchants and travellers far and wide. His infamous career ended when he was cursed by the priests of Tupu the Metal-Mind, after the Knotworker brazenly attempted to rob the treasury of the Smiths' god. Now, the Knotworker is a living pretzel. A man of misshapen and twisted limbs. Unable to work his trade, constantly in pain, and sadly, no longer able to command respect from subordinates, the Knotworker has found a new niche. He is the giver of advice and answerer of queries. His booth is empty and featureless. The Knotworker is the Dear Abby of the Black Market. Thieves from all walks of life, stop here to ask the Knotworker questions. Any question...from the best way to pick a particular lock, to shipping lanes schedules, to the whereabouts of some specific item, the Knotworker is well-respected and sought out often, for he has truly become a font of all information, treasured by thieves. The Knotworker will answer any question to your satisfaction, or he'll return your coin! But its a gold coin per question, so dont waste his time.
The PCs come across a town with a strange curse: Every morning, those who have grown up here wake up with the memories of someone else. They do not find this strange and have no idea it is happening. They calmly wake up and start these new lives as though they have always been that way.
The cause: A wizard who lived there was spurned by a maiden he was infatuated with. His attempt to manipulate her memories into believing they were already together and that she loved him went horribly awry.