Scras, this is excellent. I could just take your comment and paste it straight into the sub...:-) I love, repeat LOVE the idea of Sigils polluting the Aether, and the one that many Sigils in one place would compete over available energy. Now I´ll have to go back and muck about with the sub to add this in some way. I might go as far as adding a "Sigil Ecology" subheading. Thanks a lot, friend. A comment like yours sums up why you need to kick your ideas around with other people.
Thinking about it, I may change the raw material problem as well... And , yes, i actually got the idea from Feng Shui. Always liked that idea..
Val, here´s the link to the gun I drew my inspiration from, a firing pin-mechanism that used paper cartridges: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Needle_gun Check it out! But now I got this great idea about Breech-Loader users having "powder tattoos" on hands and forearms because hot soot from the breech has burned itself into their skin....The spare firing pins is a good idea, too...gotta add that, Thanks!
Siren - When I was doing a bit of research I came across something called a needle gun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Needle_gun) that i´ve used as a template for the breech-loader. In the cartridge of a needle-gun, the primer is located not at the base of the cartridge, but directly beneath the slug itself, so the firing pin must penetrate the entire propellant charge to reach the primer. I think it has something to do with slow-burning gunpowder - if you ignite it from behind, most of it will shoot out of the barrel, adding no gas expansion to the bullet´s velocity. If its set alight front to back, it stays in the weapon. I thought that was a neat idea..:-) /David Go to Comment
I like the idea and its a very well-written sub, short and to the point. A spymaster communicating through pie deliveries is one of those ideas tah readers and players will remember. Good job! Go to Comment
Crap. I´ll find an alternative. Plagiarizing Jordan is a bad idea... Hang on... Mutter, mutter...
Edit: After a bit of research it turns out Jordan named a part of Tear...wait for it..."The Maule". Whoa, off the copyright hook... Still not happy with the similarity, though. Will think on it and see if I have a good alternative. /D Go to Comment
Spot on, Captain... I blatantly stole the name from Howard. It´s such a good name, but he never really expands on it.
I´m glad you all seemed to like it. There´s still some work to be done on this sub, but I hope to have everything done by tomorrow. /david Go to Comment
A wild species, vinus homophagus, more akin to sea-grape rather than the terrestrial variety, is not a monster despite its fanciful name. The grapes, a deep purple color when in bloom, and oozing dewdrops of perspiration, like the most prized and delectable of drinking wine grapes, do however deserve their moniker. Wine made from this fruit, is deadly to most humanoids, as is the raw berry, if plucked and eaten from the vine. It is the unnatural chemical concoction found within the fruit’s tart skin, which gives the man-eating grape its name. The chemical stew found inside each berry, functions as a necrotic agent, the same as found in some species of venomous snakes. The grapes literally eat the victim from the inside out, via cell death, dissolving organs and flesh in quick succession.
The tribes of Pra-Oohk Crater, from the jungles of Ghlush are known to sell the fermented “wine” of this grape to merchants of distant lands. Sadly, the taste of the concoction is divine when first quaffed, and even worse, the man-eating grape wine will never detect as poisonous via mundane means, its horrid natures somehow masking all attempts. Luckily the man-eating grapes are extremely rare, and endemic to humid jungles.