The Ring of Protection has been around since magic rings began with GG. However, I like the extra backstory and description. It creates a reason for the ring rather than just MinMaxing your PC. The idea that each ring has very little effect but can be stacked with other rings is a clever variation. The concept is very transferrable. Well done!
The Ladies Adara & Adalia
The voluptuous twin sisters, Lady Adara and Lady Adalia, daughters of Count Adamount the II, pride of the Devonshire nobility, and envy of women. The twin sisters are beautiful and they love to show it by taking any dinner party as an opportunity to flirt and drive the gentlemen crazy. Wearing expensive, revealing, low-cut dresses and sporting a more than adequate figures, the Adamount twins always stoke the other noble ladies to anger and the noble lords to addoration. The twins prefer to sit across the table from each other (to see how well the other is doing) with a studly gentleman on either side. Be sure that they aren't placed next to a married gentleman or someone who will bore them too much with dull stories.
This no-nonsense duke hates dinner parties attending them only to quell the incessant pleas that he make himself more sociable. He is hum-drum and logical, hard-headed and proud. His duchy exports the highest quality silks and wool used across the kingdom. He would much rather talk business and make a few prosperous transactions than attend a dinner party. He hates having to listen to social gossip. He should be seated next to other wealthy and successful businessmen as he has known to leave unacceptably early if he feels he is wasting too much time.
Senias, the Mystic
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Senias is a druidic shaman and leader of the tributary Norlands. Senias is a kind-hearted old man who is very easy to please. He doesn't ask for much, and he doesn't impose his beliefs that Mother nature is the supreme force of the Earth and should be worshipped as such. Senias never cares who he sits next to, but pious religious nobles are usually offended by his presence and prefer to be seated away from him. He usually smells strongly of herbs, so those with a sensitive nose might find his musk a little overpowering and should not be seated close to him.
When I read the title, I was instantly taken back to my old logic puzzles where you'd have to figure out the seating arrangement. When I openned the post, there it was. I'm glad this puzzle made it's way to Strolen's.
Thank you for taking the "forum" approach. I appreciate the opportunity to see the community contributions.
The existence, history, and perpetuation of Abydos are simply outstanding. Well done Zailtais! The stage is set for a great many adventures, and it is so soundly developed that I'm getting excited about it.
We know from the story that Abydos That Was met its fate it the sandstorms brought on by the war of the gods. However, the gods who watch over the priests must still be well and active. It's not much of a stretch to think that there are still the antagonistic gods who wish to see every last shrine and treasure desecrated and stolen from the tomb city. Perhaps a good plot hook is that the Ptubastis family secretly worships those corrupting gods. In this way, the war of the gods still secretly rages on as thieves and raiders from across the world seek are manipulated through greed into wearing down the gods and priests of Abydos That Was. This would tempt good adventures to raid the tomb like everyone else, but perhaps they would find a tome or undead priest that describes who the real evil is and turns the adventures against the Ptubastis family instead.
Clever concept. I was thinking that these could be used to grow crops in the vacuum of space. Basically infinite farmland. But it looks like you're shooting at a source of O2 and sugar (and possibly energy). That's actually a really cool idea, but why can't we have both? Green Sleeves seem more than capable vessles to accomplish food, oxygen, and energy.