Love it, eternal stone watchers who predate dragons and gods. This is the sort of Easter Island Egg I would run through the games I run. Imagine the players feelings when their shadowrun job takes them to a museum where one of the nameless relics recovered from the Pacific sits, when in the previous game they know the Zaid to be immensely powerful from dealing with dragons. Go to Comment
Interesting item, well balanced and I like the fact that the side effects of the ring are easily counteracted by mundane rites and rituals that are no longer known. It gives it a sort of power through the ignorance of those who wear it. Go to Comment
I'm sure you are aware of pink slime and mechanically separated meat, I had the same food horror vibe in mind with the noxious flesh of the kaiju being rendered and chemically treated to render it safe for human consumption. Add in the whole process of the Japanese whaling with with harvesting and processing ship, or the other ships that catch and tin fish while at sea, and it all just came together.
Once properly treated with a bleach wash (which creates its own toxic fumes combining with chemical agents in the kaiju flesh) the meat is then heat sterilized and given a second treatment of gassing to kill any thermophilic bacteria still in the product. Large grinders and chippers then reduce the muscle fibers into smaller pieces where it is treated to a 24 stint in a MRSA fermenter where flesh eating bacteria break down the tough tissue. A blast of radiation to kill the microbes, then another trip through the grinders and it is ready to be tinned and distributed to the food manufacturers who use the lowest grade meat products, ala fast food joints, cafeterias in poor slums, and emergency food rations. Go to Comment
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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