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30 Maggots
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-11 09:42 AM


This is quite well done and far more creative than I would have thought possible given the narrowness of the topic. The wyrm worm is my favorite, definitely a nasty surprise for a dragon hunting party.


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Casa de Vulva
Locations  (Establishment)   (Mountains)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-09 07:50 PM
Update: Warning! This is *highly* silly. Go to Comment
Casa de Vulva
Locations  (Establishment)   (Mountains)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-10 04:57 AM
Quite juvenile, I would say, and intentionally so. It was done as a bet, to see if it was possible to write a sub with that exact title. I took it as a challenge.

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Casa de Vulva
Locations  (Establishment)   (Mountains)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-15 09:35 PM
Make it a donation to the site :). The bet was too fun of a challenge on its own. (I mean, how could I pass up an opportunity to show just how mature I really am?)

And I'll practice putting on airs, saying that I took a paying job to publish to an *international* audience. Hmm, does a scarf go with a beret? I need to start practicing for my photo shoots. I hear that thoughtful fist on chin pose is quite nice. Go to Comment
Casa de Vulva
Locations  (Establishment)   (Mountains)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-31 09:28 AM
I wish I could take credit for being the first to post Shadowrun content but at least 2 others beat me to it: http://strolen.com/viewing/Miektella_Sharwan and http://strolen.com/viewing/Francesca_Vento

This could be fun with the right group. Mr Johnson calls the runners to set up a meet with a contact.

Mr Johnson: "She'll be at the Casa de **mumble**."

Runner: "Casa de What?"

Mr Johnson: more mumbling.

Runner: "Volvos? They sell cars? I thought you said it was a restaurant." Go to Comment
Casa de Vulva
Locations  (Establishment)   (Mountains)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-31 09:33 AM
Works for me.

Besides, poor Harold never quite grew up to the point where he questioned his mother's views on the world. He has his restaurant and he can afford plenty of comics, so why would he need to learn about any of *that* kind of stuff? Go to Comment
Casa de Vulva
Locations  (Establishment)   (Mountains)
MysticMoon's comment on 2013-09-16 12:50 PM

You kids these days and your need for logic...

The restaurant has a fancy name but that doesn't mean they serve any of those fancy French dishes. Besides, I'm sure the cooks preferred to tell Harold they weren't up to the task rather than tell him the truth about the name (they've all tried it, of course, and they're all big fans, but the ingredients are too exotic, the preparation is too much, etc.) Still, he wanted it to have a fancy name and everyone was too skittish to tell him otherwise. Of course it doesn't make sense to everyone else. But it does make sense to Harold.

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Generating Fear: Disappearing Pursuit
Articles  (At Table)   (Gaming - Genre)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-08 11:27 AM


This looks to be a good tool in the evil GM's kit. I'll have to try it out sometime.



I must ask: How can you use the names "Alice" and "Bob" without a single reference to passing secret messages? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_and_bob)


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Wipp
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-07 11:40 PM


Golems



Many a curious mage and alchemist has pounded fruitlessly upon the door to Wipp’s abode. He ignores all such attempts at first. Most go away after a time. If they catch him while he is out tending his garden or if they are especially persistent, he will respond in exasperation by shaking his head and pointing toward the town. As a last resort, he will sick his hounds upon the interloper. The hounds first work to intimidate and will only attack if pressed.



Few test the mettle of Wipp’s hounds, for they are the size of bulls and made of animated crystal. One is of dark amethyst, the other formed of rose quartz. Both are well armored, with abnormally hard crystalline hides, and well armed, with teeth and claws like unbreakable glass daggers. They are always on guard and cannot be fooled.



These hounds are a type of golem created from the larger of Wipp’s sculptures. With the proper powers and incantations, these finely detailed sculptures can be brought to animated life. A passing wizard managed to broker a deal through the town merchants, giving him a statue of his own in exchange for animating the hounds, one of the very few trades of this sort that Wipp has ever done.



Crystal golems are of low intelligence and will follow only the simplest of commands. They are, however, completely loyal and immune to any enchantments which affect the living. Once animated, their finely sculpted forms come to fully to life. They are perfectly mobile and display no jerkiness in their motions.

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Wipp
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-07 11:46 PM


Origins



Though none know of Wipp’s origins, there has been no end of speculation among the townsfolk.



Some believe him to be a man cursed by the gods to understand only his craft and nothing else. Such folk believe that that is why the gods took his speech; one does not need to speak in order to work. Many a fanciful tale has been spun to fit this idea. Perhaps, they say, he was a craftsman who became too proud of his own skill and tempted the wrath of the gods by comparing himself to them. What better punishment than to make him incapable of anything else? One variation on this theory is that he was once a minor god who showed disrespect to the greater gods and was banished to the mortal world for his hubris.



Others find it more likely that he is but a strange alchemist whose forays into the understanding of his crystal art led to a mutation of his physical form. Perhaps, these say, he was always so devoted to his craft that the compounds he constantly works with destroyed his ability to speak and then twisted his mind so that he can no longer connect with other men.



There are those who believe he is a bastard child of some giant race mixed with human blood. The theory goes that a bizarre combination of human curiosity and giant affinity for stone gave him a unique perspective on mineral life but no way to understand either his giant or human sides. Others say that rather than being a mix of giant and human, he is actually a demigod, and they spout off half-a-dozen gods whose essence could mix with humanity to produce such a creature.



Speculation remains limited to Ulanta, as few in the outside world have any notion of Wipp. The local merchants are well aware of what a goldmine they have in him. When they carry his wares to trade with the wider world, they make up tales of exotic merchants from far away and bemoan the high cost of purchasing these phenomenal works of art.


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Wipp
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-07 11:48 PM


Sample Pieces



Enchanted




  • Earrings in the form of doves which have been magicked to make the wearer more appealing to others.


  • A small rose which clears the air of foul odors while filling the room with the subtle scent of spring flowers.


  • Scrying stones of numerous shapes and sizes.


  • A lyre that is fully functional. It provides no more magical effect than the fact that strings of crystal make beautiful sounds when strummed.


  • A ring which adds to the power of any mage when worn.


  • A pendant which protects the wearer from ethereal attacks.


  • A chalice which neutralizes poisons.


  • A staff cap which will illuminate items of magic within a small radius. It is a fantastic thing to walk into a dark room with such a staff and watch a few items here and there begin to glow as if a lamp shone upon them whilst everything else remains in darkness.



Artistic




  • Full sized statues detailing all the gods, heroes, and monsters of the Shallantean Epic.


  • A set of small statues exactly matching that of a royal family living hundreds of miles away that Wipp could not possibly have met.


  • A miniature village, complete with buildings, people, and animals.


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Wipp
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-08 12:04 AM


Hopefully the added ideas will help answer some questions. (Well, except for race :P )


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Common
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-06 11:20 PM


Very informative. While I've had a vague notion of what some of those terms meant, it is nice to have it spelled out for me with good examples that really make it easy to grasp.



Having Common in games has always been a useful device for sidestepping problems that could overly complicate things, but it's always seemed a little too generic. But looking at this, I can see how there could be a common language that is based around the dominant political power and give more flavor in the process.


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Castle Kaukenn
Dungeons  (Other)   (Rooms/ Halls)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-31 09:39 AM
I've been mulling your comment over and perhaps this would be better split out into different subs (Haukagaron, Abyssal Realms, and Kaukenn.) This was supposed to be about the castle but I got lost in the peripheral details. Time to put it "in work."

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Paravella, The Builder
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Domestic/ Craft)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-07 04:40 AM
Thanks for the plot hooks! I often get so caught up in telling the tale that I forget that part.

This sub probably isn't very useful as-is, but my long term goal is to use Paravella as glue to tie together various castle subs that I'm mulling over. Go to Comment
Altar of Grilling
Items  (Tools)   (Villanous)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-03 09:24 PM


Thanks to Muro for helping me round out the powers on this one.


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The Festival of Prataan
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-01 08:52 PM


Quite brutal. It paints a pretty strong picture of the overall culture. I imagine a particularly paranoid ruler might get a little overzealous in defining what makes a criminal in order to be sure enough deaths occur. I wonder if these executions actually make a difference? The first success against the dragon was done through subterfuge but perhaps these executions have already been accounted for.


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The Festival of Prataan
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-02 09:55 AM


This would be excellent cover for someone trying to raise a demon through violent sacrifice.


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The Legend of Jaroth, The Dragon's Shadow
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Travelers)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-01 08:05 PM


Count me among those intrigued. The core idea grabbed my attention right away. There are a lot of ways this can be developed and I am particularly fond of subs that get my wheels turning.



The second-to-last paragraph just confused me, though (not that that's a difficult task) and would probably be better replaced with more concrete examples added as idea scrolls.


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St. Cled's Path
Locations  (Other)   (Any)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-07 01:20 PM


Let's see: a few thousand highly religious followers of the "one true god" reaffirming their faith, cross paths with a party of arrogant, irreverrent adventurers. Hmm, there couldn't possibly be a plot point to be found, could there? :P


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