A very good replacement for the Drow, who otherwise are only good for "tragic" characters and cheesecake art. In my own campaign the only allowed drow are a desert-dwelling variant of the barbaric drow of the D&D Eberron setting, but these translucent elves deserve to get a place. The description of an underground stalinistic-communistic society reminds me of the Human Hive faction in Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri game, maybe the rise of a figure comparable to the leader of that faction explains why this unknow race is now letting itself know to the world. A methodical war of the underworld against the surface would be a bigger threat than the random raids of the old-style drows! Go to Comment
I wonder about that line of ingesting only small amounts of the jerky: what if one eats too much of it? Or an alchemist tries to make a more powerful version for more healing, lowering the threshold? Would this result in a troll-like chesburster?
Meanwhile, if alchemy can distill the essences of living being to emulate their characteristics, your standard fantasy ecology offers lots of (evil) possibilities: need darkvision? A potion with the distillate of some underground race Go to Comment
I say he needs indeed a bit more personality, or a familliar or apprentice , long suffering of course, who delivers sarcastic comments on his master. Knowing our party's luck, he is probably the only mage in town.... Go to Comment
Is it not the original backstory of Wonder Woman that she is a statue animated to become a defender of the Amazon Island? Maybe if Eliam and his loving neighbour were killed by an invading army, Petra would become an avenging warrior. For a twist, if you want her to be an opponent, it is Eliam's nation that is invading and the sculptor was conscripted, and killed by the PCs as defenders of their land. Time to move to the marshes... Go to Comment
Nice item, with lots of potential (ab)use..
I like how you turned a common feature of computer games into a magic item. Any general of an era before planes or equivalent would want one. As do wealthy perverts... Go to Comment
I play D&D so i understand what it does. Shouldn't be that difficult to make your own version: a very powerfull magic sword that weakens the mind of the user. Your story however is weak. Maybe combine it with the Hero's Blade also in this list? It is indeed a fitting cursed item, especially if the character trough circumstances is forced to use the item. On the other hand, i know enough "role"players who would use this sword even if they know the curse.... Go to Comment
Very nice, good backstory, and lot of possibilities.
The vagueness makes it more powerful, if the user is imaginitive. There are lots of +5 vorpal blades around, an item like this rewards clever thinking of my players in stead of just smashing anything. It is very un-munchkin-proof. Maybe if the artifact has a mind of its own, with its own agenda, it might be a little more limited in its use. I would give it a more poetic name however. 'The Loom of the Dreamer', 'the Somnamancer's Crystal', 'the Heirloom of the Dreamtime', whatever.
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