Now this is truly nasty. Seems to be something to inflict on a careless mage, or why there are so few archmagi. Or why an ancient civilazation fell in the first place. Do they attack all creatures equally or do they have a preference? Go to Comment
Sounds like an interesting setting, and genetic engeneering is very likely to get a complex creature right on the first go. Many octopi are solitary predators/scavengers, so it is understandable if any uplifted species do not turn out very sociable. Tough someone has to have him teached some cursewords.... Any more on that setting? Go to Comment
Doh! I wanted to say "wrong", not right. So hard thinking about the one I wrote the opposite... If the genengineers wanted a social cephalopod, they might have been better off with a cuttlefish. Go to Comment
Is this like some "reverse rust", a material only usefull in oxydized form, useless otherwise? It is easy to see how terrestial civilazations mighy have overseen such an material; trying to melt it like other metals woult only produce a worthless dust. Though maybe deserts that were once seas might have deposits of it in dust-form. It seems like the ideal material for submarine life, but if your campaign does not take to the seas... Go to Comment
A pity, while not a great post, it has potential. I like the notions of no prophesies and the different factions which are at odds, both are big departures from the standard fantasy scenario for falling empires. Go to Comment
Good description, though the backstory of why the staff is not as strongly linked to the other items as these are, might use an expansion. In a campaign to re-unite the Seven Treasures, the intelligence of the staff (where does that come from, btw?) Would be an inside-job enemy.
Meanwhile, I hope you compile all the lore parts to one storyline, it sounds like a great story. Go to Comment
Beautiful description, with lot of juicy details, with many possibilities. In other settings, Ar'ael would be the big gun, highest possible summon, or most powerfull angel of a Deity. I do not know how that arcanatech works, but if she strictly spoken a golem is, then a occult conspiracy might have created her to discredit religion. Of course, just as with the veterans, inadvertently a religion might be created.....
A question, does Ar'ael have any intelligence or sentience? All that believe might create one, one that probably will try to confirm to the believers' expectations. Her creators might have created a bigger problem than the one Ar'ael had to solve. Go to Comment
Another fun idea that makes me wish I had thought of it. While in function no different from existing items like a portable hole or folding house, the thematic link with the sparrow-familliar raises it above the fold. I would just like to have some twist or drawback added, to prevent it from begin too good.
Maybe after exiting, one must make a willsave or one believes to be a bird for an hour? Or cats are attracted to the birdhouse, and can attack trough the hole?
Well, it seems Verrin was hard on the path towards blackguard, so that might be a suitable curse on future users. This horn seems to be ideal for defending armies, not for conquerors, unless the Horn can be convinced the landgrab is justified. Maybe it sticks to the borders at the moment of its crafting. A Leonidas might use it justly, but an Alexander not.
Which leads me to the following question: was Verrin the only one of the brothers to misuse his item, or just the first? Go to Comment
Of all the magic items on this site, definately the first I would like to own right now. So far, all the items of the seven list are good, but this one is just making me salivate. Though that own sentience might be a spoiler.
I am imagining a campaign/story, where the bastard child of a poor nobleman get as only inheritance this old hat. The hat finds the orphan's heart pure, and guides him/her to find other items and other worthy heirs, and then together the New Seven revive the kingdom. Of course, other people will want to have the items too, or do not want to have the kingdom refounded.... Go to Comment
While its powers are quite subtle and at first low-powered, its wielded would be impelled to keep the users of the other seven items together, and with the growing powers of the ring, that might become quite easy. The ring-wielder better make sure that the cause they all pledge to is very favorable for him!
Still, these items and their backstory are simply fantastic. Go to Comment