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The Celestial Gavel
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
MysticMoon's comment on 2013-09-21 08:43 PM
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Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Cursed)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-08-20 11:24 AM
I really like this. Modern but still rooted in a historical context, unbalanced creator, item with a personality. It all comes together perfectly. I find myself really wanting to throw this into a game... Go to Comment
Spirit of the Steel
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-02-23 10:39 PM

I agree with Valadaar on all points.

I like the Weapon of Two Worlds bit and was hoping for the same kind of descriptions for the rest of it. I can't use it as-is for my own game, since the system I'm using doesn't quite translate, but it does have enough for me to start from.

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The Altar Of R'gu
Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Rooms/ Halls)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-25 11:01 AM

Most excellent. And very Lovecraftian, as has been said already.

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Solace Worms
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
MysticMoon's comment on 2013-03-16 02:16 AM
Not much to add that hasn't already been said. Horrible creatures. Also a good way show how unfeeling Edrea Solon is. Go to Comment
Muscle Flies
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Swamp)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-02 09:21 AM

Imagine adventurers stumbling across a village where all the farmers have been hit by a swarm of these things and are now unable to make a living. Do our brave heros fight beasts which can leave them weak as children? Or will they turn tail and run, with the guilt of a village starving gnawing at their very souls? (Or something like that)

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Muscle Flies
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Swamp)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-02 11:45 AM

A Cure

The well-known, and highly quirky, alchemist Rennixx once cured the renowned warrior Talsmosh of a Muscle Fly bite; partly from professional curiosity, but mostly because of the hefty sum of gold the warrior pushed his way.

This cure required some of the squishier parts of the bug (some glands, a peculiar organ that heals the victims, and a few other odds and ends), ground up bone ridge (also from the fly), milk of a mountain goat, powders produced from earthworm castings in a valley of the Grannesti Mountains, and 7 specific herbs gathered in the Fallanks Wood.

Only the bug which had originally bitten Talsmosh could be used for this cure. The party which Talsmosh hired to bring back the beast decided it would be simpler to bring back the corpses of all six from the nest. Fortunately, the correct one was found after only two failed guesses.

Talsmosh was quite relieved once his strength had been returned to him, although he spent the next week in a tavern trying to drink away the taste of the cure…

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The Strange Ship
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-15 08:37 PM

A very intriguing set of ideas. In the second scenario it would be interesting to have the spectres appear solid. Imagine agreeing to a job and showing up the next day to a ghost ship.

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Cauldron of the Cold Camp
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-11-24 03:09 PM
This does make more sense for a high magic world but I do like the quirks. They make a utilitarian item into something more. Go to Comment
The Bloated Moon
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-26 08:48 PM

Excellent. Wonderful language that paints a thoroughly engaging picture.

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The Parasiticon
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Villanous)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-02-20 05:54 PM

Wonderfully disgusting. Definitely useful for a memorable villain.

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20 Fantasy Prosthetics
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-19 05:35 PM

My first instinct was to label these as fantasy cybernetics, but I think that description falls short as cybernetics are impersonal and fabricated, while these are unique and have all the flavor that fantasy enables.

Very good.

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20 Fantasy Prosthetics
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-23 12:08 PM

23.)  Chitonous Skin Grafts

The alchemist Rahnklauhm was a strange sort with an intense interest in all things insectoid. He was fascinated by their abilities to do such things as fly, carry heavy loads, weave cocoons, and make stunning transformations. He spent the bulk of his time searching to understand these things on an alchemical level and became well known for producing concoctions of great power. After his death, his library was much sought after.

One of his strangest discoveries was a way to grow skin grafts out of insect carapaces. A graft was created by rubbing a thick, black cream over the affected area (such as severe burns or injuries.) The cream would harden over the course of a week into a dark grey substance similar in composition to exoskeletons. The new skin provides hardened protection and increased healing. The grafts, while effective, are rarely desired due to their bizarre appearance, something which Rahnklaum was oblivious to.

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Oaken Shambler
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-07-19 07:31 PM

Angry goddess yields angry tree stump. :)

This is one of those subs that just begs to be used in a game. It is a simple, straightforward idea but it tickles the evil side of me as a GM.

I can't seem to get to The Queen of the Dark Wood sub, though. I get eaten by a Grue when I try to go there. :(

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Oaken Shambler
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-07-20 12:41 PM
It's alive! Go to Comment
Mendeleevian Elementals
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Any)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-25 08:55 PM

A very creative concept with good examples.

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The Cursed Keep Of The Wastelands
Locations  (Fortification)   (Desert)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-25 10:58 AM

This is very well written, very dark and gruesome, and seems to me to be a prime example of the 5 Room Dungeon. The only departure from the formula appears to be room 3, which is focused solely on combat and doesn't seem to be much of a setback. Perhaps if Xaggarng released some spores during the battle that weakened any characters unable to resist, making it more difficult to face the final battle, it would fit the mold.

The language is excellent and successfully paints a picture of ghastly horror. I mean, how much cooler can you get than fighting a monster that uses its own intestines for extra attacks?

And the prize at the end seems like such an opportunity to further abuse the heroes by giving them land already inhabited by some other horror.

This is the first CaptainPenguin sub I've read, and now I think I'll go find more.

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Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
MysticMoon's comment on 2013-09-09 08:26 AM
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The Treasure of Alaxsxaq
Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-29 01:06 PM

This was one of the first subs I read when I was checking out the site. It really drove home the collaborative nature of the citadel and I think it did a good job of tying together a number of different subs.

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The Broken-Winged Ambassadors
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-23 05:32 AM

This is a great beginning and I am intrigued. I know it's been a few years, but any chance it will be finished?

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