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Of Domes
Locations  (Other)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-09 12:13 AM
I had to Google Paletes, and read up on the anime and manga from wiki. In the Cosmic Era, people on the Moon, or Mars, or any of the offworld colonies do not grow to extreme height because of the lack of gravity. They can and do alter their physical appearance, including height, weight, etc, but this is a function of genetic manipulation and deliberate augmentation. Go to Comment
Urooj
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-09 12:59 AM
I agree, all too often the basic motivation for the villains in the typical fantasy and Disney stories are entirely too simple or are evil for evil's sake, but considering the who the intended audience is, children, the villains exist only for the hero to face and overcome. Their motivations are unimportant so as long as it is in opposition to the hero. AS we get older, we see more and more into the villains, and we understand that there is more than black and white to the world. I like that Urooj is not the traditional villain, that he is simply a man forced into a position, forced to take up a burden that wasn't his and has been shaped to it.

I had a read it a couple of times, there are a lot of 'between the lines' things that aren't explicitly stated, but that makes it all the better, because a stoic pragmatic villain isn't monologing, isn't making grandiose plans and schemes, he's shuffling paperwork and balancing the books, but the values being subtracted and moved are lives.

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Phantom Paths
Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-03 10:03 AM
There is a definite lack of puzzles on the Citadel. This fills it in, and like Muro said, this is excellent and totally old school. Go to Comment
Urd-hel
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-03 10:14 AM
Nice.

Techno-Modrons! Go to Comment
Legendary Chinese Broadswords (Daos)
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-02 12:15 AM
Nice listing of swords, and the history and mythology behind them is delightful. I like how they in varying instances create themselves (left over liquid metal in the forge) or fall from the sky (Cold Moon could easily be it's own entire submission) and how the various swords are more instruments of heaven than the works of the hands of men. They appear, do their tasks or spread their torment and are lost, or in some cases, turn into birds and fly away. The colorful use of language is something that is also lost in western mythology. Thank you for sharing this. Go to Comment
The Electric Eye
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Campaign Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-06-26 05:17 PM
The world is much changed, but yes it is still relatively backwards in that part of the world. That is relevant of course, because in the more advanced parts of the world, the doctors and cyberneticists are going to look at things like liability and lawsuits, and they are just going to say no. Go to a backwater place, and give the doctors and cigarette smoking cyborg mechanics enough money and they'll shrug, say it's your funeral, and start hacking. The same general vibe from Elysium when the guys who fix the exoskeleton to Max's body, but are covered in tattoos, and they pass around a joint before picking up a bonesaw. Go to Comment
Magitech Space Opera
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-06-26 05:18 PM
There are formatting errors, and from the syntax I'm going to venture that English isn't your first language.

But I want to know more, space demons and long term civilization engineering, caste races and hypertechnology and magic meshed together? I'm in.

I want to read more. Go to Comment
Legendary Chinese Strings (guqin)
Items  (Art and Music)   (Non-Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-02 12:21 AM
Not the best of the Chinese lore entries, some of these instruments lack the detail and attention given to them, especially 9. The names are neat, and Pillar Circler really stands out. Go to Comment
Legendary Chinese Bows
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-06-16 12:30 AM
The bows are interesting, but there is a certain wikipedia feel to each entry. Being Chinese mythology, the names aren't familiar, and it took me two tries to read through the entire submission (the first being on a mobile device, damned tiny screens).

I do have one question and it's simple, what do we do with these? I know the basic plot hooks for kick-ass-weapons, but these are drawn from mythology and history, and that makes them a little different from the typical fantasy weapons. What is Hou Yi's Sun Sinker? Is it a relic, is it an artifact, a divine crafted (deifacted) weapon?

Can I answer these questions myself? Of course. I want your interpretation, because you had the insight and interest in writing this. Go to Comment
Han Yu (Cold Jade)
Items  (Art and Music)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-02 12:00 AM
I think the origin is beautiful, being an auspicious event caused by stone and snow spirits, rather than the works of a craftsman or mage. Chinese mythology has a much more natural and often times more beautiful underlying imagery to it compared to more sweat and toil western interpretations. Go to Comment
Shuang Gu Jian (Double Branched Sword)
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-02 12:06 AM
Quite a lot of history here, and much more of it revolves around Lie Bei rather than his swords. I think that the sword's power is a hoax makes them even better. Did the swords fly out of Cao Cao's hands from magic, or from the fact that Cao Cao thought them magic and the weapons of his mortal enemy surely would have sought out his blood.

Also, most unfortunate name ever: Cao Pi (Pronounce it Cow Pee or Cow Pie and it's a winner either way.)

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Plasmid Lifeforms
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-06-08 09:32 PM
Also whatever Odo was on Deep Space 9 Go to Comment
The Fleshspikes
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-06-16 12:40 AM
I get a half Old School Dungeons and Dragons and half grimdark Game of Thrones vibe from this item, it's suitably complicated to be a wondrous item, and it's use is gruesome enough to land it a place of honor in a bloody dark setting. Reading it, I think the real power of the item might not be the spikes, but in the chains. being used to bind, constrict, sever limbs, asphyxiate victims, decapitate victims, and other horrible things that can only come from a brutal and violent imagination. Go to Comment
Gigaschadel
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (City/ Ruin)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-05-26 12:16 PM
Seven Royal Rings
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-05-23 01:30 AM
I enjoy seeing things I've written being used. I like the rings and how they were created, with their flaw concealed.

Running with the Vallermore setting, I can see something like a tomb of queens, each wearing one of the rings, until some foolish upstart tries to use more than one and basically ends up turning herself into a ringwraith/nazgul. Go to Comment
The Imbrian Solar System
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-05-20 01:23 AM
The Imbrians are like Ozymandias, their empire was great and their accomplishments were far beyond what can be conceived. But like Ozymandias, their dominion is dust and ashes. They turned void and barren planets into resorts and farmland, and then back into rubble and ghosts. Go to Comment
Encounter 701
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-05-15 01:17 AM
Update: This one, this one grinds my gears.

I know what I want, I know what emotion I want to convey, but this. This is not it. Go to Comment
Encounter 701
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-05-16 12:53 AM
Blob and Thing totally, hadn't considered Invasion, but that works too. Go to Comment
30 Dead Zones
Locations  (Ruins)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-05-16 12:52 AM
That would be better as a map, just thinking about it. Go to Comment
A man becomes a bow, a bow a man.
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-04-28 12:46 AM
Love the old school vibe, the crazy names draw me in, the hubris of the Long Lords and the hoary magic of the Grey Heap. I long to play an uncivilized barbarian in this setting.

I do have questions, of course, what happens if the corpse is destroyed? Can the bow raise another body to serve it, what happens if the bow falls into the hands of a PC, and and and.

Good submission. Go to Comment
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