This is a great codex, because just how often does the average band of PCs end up on the wrong side of the law? Brings in a more interesting and modern aspect that falls between exile and execution. Go to Comment
This is why we need a CAPTCHA at minimum, or required registration, so the posters will read what we are and not just post random posts like this. I am just pointing this out for everyone else to see. Go to Comment
I can see an alternate use for it. Say evil cultist had this really awesome demon summoning, the sacrificial virgin was really smokin hot, and the demon bowed lower than any had before, a crowing achievement for our evil cultist. Well, since he can't take a picture of it, or commemorate a stamp or monument, he could place the memory in the book. I would assume he wouldn't loose the memory himself, but would be able tto 'vacation' or 'daydream' through the book, grandstanding through his greatest achievements. He could allow subordinants a chance at the book as a reward for services rendered, or other such things.
I think this post deserves a higher rating than it has recieved thus far because of the initial associate with Harry Potter. People like momentos of their accomplishments.
While the 'Live Forever' aspect does resemble the plot of the Chamber of Secrets, I don't think that is what Moon meant, since he does state that the soul of the Evil Cultist is in no way attached to the book, it is a memory. A weak-willed reader who happens to view the afore mentioned sacrifice and demon submission might be hooked on the emotions of euphoria and power associated with the memory and try to head down the path of evil to create their own exquisite memory. Go to Comment
Earth Shattering? I don't think it is earth shattering, I just felt it was worthy of the 5 because it hit that Wow, I wish I had thought of that, and I do plan on using it in my limited gaming format, such as it is. Go to Comment
I can see a warning sign in the way the children play with the tainted toys from the chest. Enacting murders with dolls, famous massacres with toy soldiers, the sort of play that one associates with mad generals and sociopaths, not the innocent play of childhood. Evil evil evil. Go to Comment
In a way, I could see a haughty noble buying these on purpose to hide a servant's passage, to keep those damn grubby commoners out of sight when he tries to eat. The dust is a nice touch. Go to Comment
Compiled by the adventurer turned sage, Anjet, this bestiary is a listing of the various beasts and monsters that Anjet encountered during her extensive travels through the jungles of the Wylden Coast. Weaknesses, and effective tactics to defeating some of the more dangerous monsters can be quite effective for begining to intermediate adventurers. Go to Comment
The Queens Codex is an old, and badly damaged spellbook. Many of its surviving pages have been taken up with the personal ramblings of the unknown mage who fell in love with the Queen of a great and powerful nation. There are even some well done sketches that depict a queen who ruled some 300 years ago. Some regard this work as an incomplete tragedy, others view it as a waste of a spellbook, and others wonder where the last third of the book has vanished to. Go to Comment
A collection of childrens stories that details the adventures of the Lady Hawke, an early adventurer who had the magical ability to turn into a hawk to escape traps, spy on foes, and occassionally be captured again. The work is well known and copies of this work range from newly made on block presses to copies that are dated to several hundred years old. The word is accredited to the Lady Hawke, though most sages agree that she is a fictitious creation of an author who wished to remain anonymous. Go to Comment
This 4000 page, 8 volume work hails from the arid wastes that were once civilized and occupied by men and women. The work is a historical epic of the nation as it was back during one of its golden ages, and given its size and quality it was the work of a literary master. Many of its elaborately detailed stories deal with couples in love overcoming many hardships including great distances, outside harassers, infidelity, and even love overcoming the bonds of death. Go to Comment
In the Temple of Aphrodite
This work is considered one of the most risque books that a collector can own that is not openly heretical/evil/magical. The book details the inner working of the Temple/lodge of Aphrodite, and is always illustrated with various nudes in varying explicit positions. The book is quite expensive to make and commands a high price on the market. Go to Comment
Unearthed from a long ruined dwarven hold, this book is immense, bound in thick leather and brass. There are well over 2,000 pages of then vellum, crisp and dry with the passage of time. The survivable condition of the book is accounted to the unnaturally dry nature of the chamber it was discovered in. Indeed, the bodies of the dwarves felled in battle with orcs were dessicated into withered mummies, still clutching at mortal wounds, and weapons. such is the tenacity of the dwarves.
The book itself has suffered several strikes from a bladed weapon that cut at least two inches into the five inch thick book. It is likely the dwarven scribe responcible for the book used it to parry attacks in the last few minutes of his life.
The contents of the book bely its estimated wealth. Written in carefully scripted dwarven runes, the book depicts the reclamation of the long abandoned dwarven hold by the dwarves following brave colonists and explorers from distant mountain holds. Most of the book involves the minutae of recolonization, and the restoration of the mine works at the hold as well as repairing damage inflicted by the ancient foes who destroyed the inhabitants of old.
The last chapter chronicles the fall of the hold once again. The dwarves fought the deep orcs for each inch of the ancient hold, grudging only surrendering each chamber and hallway over a pile of their own dead. Despair overcomes the scribe in the last few pages as he writings become less precise and legible. Claustrophobia and morale collapsed as the seeminly unlimited orcs drove them back into a last stronghold, the tomb of the Dwarven lord who lead the reclamation. In hastily scribbled low dwarven, his last words have resonated with every -person who has read them.
Often simply referred to as the Hundred, this is a dry and uninteresting book on the proper methods of warfare. The book has no interesting battles or illustrations, rather it deals with the precise operations of troop formations, the most effective methods to maintain a good camp with excellent sentry protection, and the like. It is standard issue to newly commisioned officers, though few read it during decadent times. Most good officers have read the book and understand its protocols and procedures, while those who havent are generally sloppy officers who can make crucial and expensive mistakes. Go to Comment
The Elven Identity This book, penned more than 300 years ago has been repeatedly attacked as nothing more than a hate motivated attack against the Elves. The book describes how the elders of the Elven race seek to dominate the world, and bring humanity to it's knees and serve the elves. The book details how the humans were once the slaves of the elves and how they escaped their bondage. It also draws correllations between the Elves and the Orcs, as well as the Elves and every single magical or enviromental disaster to afflict humanity. Oddly, the normally aloof Elves harbor a strong grudge against this book and hunt it quite vigorously. Go to Comment