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Heraldry of the Underworld
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-08-05 11:23 PM
One of the ideas that fed into this was the symbolism and whatnot that is used in gang tattoos. Thusly, various gang members have tattoos on their body that demonstrate the sort of things that they have done, from crimes to jail time, and so forth. There was an article on a prison inmate who was actually found guilty of an initially unrelated crime, but was incriminated by his own tattoos because he basically bragged in permanent ink about how he killed another man, on his chest. To the average person, the meanings behind the symbols are unknown, or only the most rudimentary are known. It takes professionals to break down the internal language of symbols used, and the symbols and iconography change from gang to gang, from prison to prison, and from country to country. In contemporary fantasy, thieves guilds are the norm, functioning like the Mafia or the Yakuza, and being large and established, they would have their own sets of symbols and such to use for many purposes.

The fun part could be using the internally consistent symbol set, but not telling the players and letting them map it out. Go to Comment
The Black Leviathans
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-06-30 08:49 PM
The evil shark people link is broken, but I like this idea, but I just happen to like the idea of whales as being more powerful and a threat to humanity, rather than it's victim. I can see the black leviathans coexisting in varying states of peace and war with things like Cheka's krakens.

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The connected
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-07-03 07:01 PM
I like this idea, and while most of the information wasn't new (zombies are zombies are zombies) but the notion of them growing as a group mind, gaining skills as they amass greater and greater numbers. The less important members, the mental patients and whatnot are going to gravitate to the outside of the herd, while the more important members are going to be pulled to the center, like an organism protecting it's more valuable organs at the expense of the less valuable.

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Derran Thurswrat
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-06-26 02:58 PM
Solid character, good backstory and explanation for what could otherwise be an easily overlooked character. Instead of a fence, or a plot point, Derran can end up with his own agenda, especially when passing on jobs and information through the tavern.

Nicely done. Go to Comment
500 Word Submission
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-06-19 11:35 PM
Somehow this one slipped under my less than vigilant radar. I like this. Go to Comment
Inns to remember
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-23 12:48 PM
Excellent submission, and I like that the inns themselves are presented not as destinations, but as places you pass through going somewhere. It is fairly common that we write up and present inns and taverns as end points, rather than as the cliche presents, starting points, or as they appear in stories and games, points between those two.

I liked reading this, and Eastern Spices made me think of mixing a tea house, a spice shop, and my favorite indian restaurant.

I'll have a chai, and has the dragonblood come in yet? I hate having to use the old dry bark when there is fresh to be had. Go to Comment
RoboSports
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-12 12:42 PM
Also a huge secondary market for surplus military hardware, and a market to move obsolete equipment. Why just toss the obsolete skeletron models when you can get a few tens of thousands of credits each, rather than the few hundred credits they might be worth in scrap and recycled parts.

And on the human side, once someone is too old to work in the military, they go into the robo leagues, and start training the kids, the up and comers, and whatnot. Go to Comment
Burly Bill's Beautiful Beverages
Locations  (Other)   (Other)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-04 11:25 PM
Feels like two submissions welded together here, the first half being Burly Bills, and the second half being the Humanity First AC. The two feel like oil and water, and I have trouble getting them to mix. I can appreciate the two separate halves, and I like the first half, an anachronism sitting in the middle of a shiny metal future, with wood tables. I can see the biggest crimes being committed here being the trade of contraband goods, aka honest to god tobacco products, rather than the serums peddled for the eCigs, and the presence of small batch and hand crafted beers in a setting where you could very easily have 99% of all of one product being produced by a monopoly. We have plenty to choose from, Bud, Bud Lite, Bud Black Crown, Bud Select, Bud Amber Wheat, Bud Special Batch, etc.

The second half I would need to see more developed, more explained, because as it sits, I don't know. I have a hard time reconciling the SCA Green Dragon Inn Burly Bill with a racist/bigot cyber terrorist luddite. Personally I would make a split into two characters, such as with Adolf and Alois Hitler. One was a tyrant and a genocidal maniac, and the other was his half brother who ran a bar/restaurant for the SS. Burly Bill could be the genial anachronism embracing the idealistic view of the past, with hand poured stouts and hand rolled cigars, while Bastard Bill seethes with anti-metahuman hostility and resentment, but the bond between brothers keeps the place going, with Burly overlooking, or covering what Bastard is doing, to keep him out of trouble as long as he can, and partially agreeing with some of the things Bastard believes, especially the luddite anti-modding, anti-cybernetic things. Go to Comment
New Personal Best
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-04 11:30 PM
Engaging read, and a solid look at how we are going to be exposed to human modification, through the cutting edge of sports medicine (the military angle is well enough covered in fiction) as well as how we are going to likely react to it.

Well done sir. Go to Comment
Evolutionary Theology
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-03-24 12:46 PM
Updated: Added Note on Sacrifice, and Assumptions, rewrite of the Messianic Faith section, expansion of the Monotheistic Faith. Will expand on the Eastern Religions and philophies at a latter date. Go to Comment
Evolutionary Theology
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-29 08:35 AM
I put it back in the In work folder because I wasn't happy with where the submission ended up going. It wasn't intended to be a treatise on the religion of Earth, but rather an exposition on theology in my fantasy setting, and how rather than being made of absolutes, it is organic, grows, changes, and so forth so that pantheons rise, super-deities fall, and it all keeps rolling.

After languishing in work for over a year, I accepted the fact that I'm not going to give it the time and energy to bring it back to where I want it, so I #CultofDone 'ed it and put it back out. Rather surprised it ended up on the front page again, I've done this before and the submission will generally go back to obscurity. Go to Comment
RL-8 Class Space Station
Locations  (Fortification)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-26 01:49 AM


Military Station (MS) Five



Codename: Ramiel



MS-5 'Ramiel' is an automated military station in geosynchronous orbit above Kinshasa, Africa. This large type II station houses 150 heavy drone aerospace fighters, and a mercenary contingent of seibertronians (secretly in detention/thrall to the station L/AISC) with aerospace fighter bodies. The L/AISC controller of Ramiel (aka Ramiel) has become sentient and self aware, but is enormously prideful of it's perfect defense strategy for holding the line between Federation Africa and SAUR Africa.



As Ramiel has a 100cm heavy particle projector cannon and the ability to hit things on the surface of the earth within a 7 foot circle of accuracy, it has seen to it that it's defensive lines have never broken.



(re: Neon Genesis Evangelion, the 5th Angel)

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RL-8 Class Space Station
Locations  (Fortification)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-26 02:00 AM


Federation Scientific 66



Codenamed Leviathan



Leviathan was built as a Class III habitat in the orbit of Saturn. Easily hidden in the radio noise and static of the rings and the moons, Leviathan, and its AISC Lucifer, were given free reign to work on bleeding edge arcanotechnology, dimensional science, and other projects that were considered too risky to work on at the Phobos Research Center. The AISC Alcubierre was involved in questionable research and was contaminated by an unknown biological agent. The station vanished with all hands presumed lost. The gap in Saturn's ring lasted a year and a half before filling back in.



Leviathan has a dimensional gate drive, and the station attempted a dimensional jump, killing most of the crew, and turning those that survived into insane bubbling monsters that were as much the suits they were wearing as they were viscous alien slime. The station is an unholy amalgam of metal turned to flesh, plastic turned to skin, and former human crew members turned to slumping cybernetic zombies.



The station is heavily armed with arcanotech weapons, prototype equipment, and it's defensive components, space mecha and aerospace fighters, have all been corrupted and turned into squadrons of hekatonkheires.



Inspiration: 2/3rds Event Horizon, 1/3rd Leviathan from the Hellraiser Franchise.

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18 Gifts from Elder Gods, Outer Gods, and Cosmic Horrors
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-25 10:29 PM
Sure, I'll even add you as a contributor. Go to Comment
Kolburn Pierre
NPCs  (Character Sheet)   (Travelers)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-04 11:35 PM
Feels very Firefly, and that's shiny. It very much has the feel of a starting character because there is a lot of potential and enough history to give some motivation, but as a starting char, it's not really done anything and is a starting point.

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Yarnuks
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-04 11:48 PM
You can eat that

As long as yarnuk expeditions to the surface are rare, and the only members of their race encountered are the defective cast offs, people are probably going to do with them what they already do with lobsters. I don't see this being a problem, since defective or not, if there are more than enough of them in an area, they are going to breed, and there aren't many ocean creatures in shallow water that are going to be able to kill a one ton lobster with basic intelligence.

I can imagine the horror when a deep snailship surfaces near a coastal village, and the yarnuk explorers discover that the exiles have been captured, and are being bred, and worst of all, they are being eaten. Their boiled shells are polished into jewelry, and the undesirable innards are dumped into the water for scavengers to consume. Juveniles feeding on the discarded viscera of their own kin? Cannibalism, and murder?

This cannot go unchallenged... Go to Comment
Flirting dress
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-16 10:27 AM
Interesting, and something that I could see the elite and wealthy coming up with in a fantasy environment. I just have one question, what do I do with this as a Dungeon Master?

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My Taalkastin Boatman
NPCs  (Minor)   (Natural)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-02 11:22 PM
The story, interwoven with the vartanadel expressions, and the salient points from the dating NPC outline made for a solid submission.

I was caught unprepared for Lyle being Lila, and while I knew the woman was going to die, I was impressed with the execution. As they say in the bayou, you can eat dat Go to Comment
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-02 11:33 PM
An interesting character, and while he could be described as one dimensional, there are certainly people in real life who are one dimensional. I like the fact that Igor is a man of god out of fear, rather than any sort of real religious calling, and that many of his motivations, aside from divine fear, are based in real world materialism. Igor feels like a real person, with interests in caring for his family and his legacy, as well as having a level head about things like war.

This is a good character, and I could see using him not just in his given setting, but as a man of importance dealing with adventurers-upon-return, and doing the duties of the non-present King, such as making deal with mercenaries, settling disputes, endorsing or condemning actions such as hunting down people without any sort of oversight, or pardoning certain other people. Go to Comment
Orbs of Wendlehook
Dungeons  (Any)   (Doors)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-02 11:38 PM
A bit large and complicated, but I like it, old school dungeoneering. Plus the fun part is that if you happen to have a Mastermind game you can make this an interactive trap for the players. Go to Comment
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