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Hyrizi Dragon
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-24 11:20 PM
Interesting, but there is only one problem that I can see and that is that scavengers are typically not aggressive, considering that their primary source of food is already dead.

A second question, why is the toxin so corrosive? If it is a regular part of their digestive system, it would be stomach acid and not horribly hard to produce, while if it is a defensive weapon, that might be more apt. Go to Comment
Flowing Death
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-24 04:59 PM
Certainly an interesting idea, one that plays upon the common fear of pollution and the mistrust of industry. Such accidents, or 'accidents' could and certainly should appear in games after one fashion or another. While the spill need not be the direct effect of a magical potion factory, the effects could be the same.

What would happen if a town's water well was tainted with a Speak with animals potion? Would the locals make the connection of would there be a fad of Dr Doolittleism? Polymorphing potion? Fear potion to reduce the courage of obstinate villagers? The potential is endless!!!!

Now back the Flowing Death, the creature is certainly novel, what was it before being mutated? What happens if the PCs decide to use countermagic/antimagic against the beastie? Can wild magic spells or spells that contain wild magic be used against it? Go to Comment
The Twins
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Sentient)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-24 04:51 PM
Not bad, not at all. I like how the items were presented, and they are certainly novel, if difficult to use. i think that the story of Xiphi and Acer could be one that is told among magi to remind themselves of the dangerous powers that they wield and how quickly a seemingly loyal creation can turn against it's master.

The duality is nice and though some more information on the swords powers could be useful though not 100% necessary. Some other quest ideas could be encountering Acer in his quest to recover Xiphi, the two having been seperated by some mischance or maleficum. Go to Comment
Medieval Music
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-24 04:54 PM
Short but certainly useful, the lute is by far too common and smacks entirely of the animated Robin Hood. (Dont get me wrong, I love the movie, but in terms of gaming, its campy fun!) Go to Comment
Dougilus Magicus
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-23 04:54 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Inn Ye' Go
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-23 04:51 PM
A notch above the often painfully stereotypical Red Dragon Inn Go to Comment
Language Aquisition
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-22 05:08 PM
This is certainly a good post, something that I would tend to take for granted. The one thing missing is the entry for the mongrel language that was created as a synthesis of different languages from different linguistic families.

IE

English. It is a difficult language to learn since it has its roots in Welsh, infused with Anglic, Saxon, and after 1022 (i think) strong elements of Latin and French. It spans the germanic and romantic families, but belongs to neither, and it is one of the more difficult languages to learn, regardless of what others may be known Go to Comment
Polar Horror
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-21 09:42 PM
Kinda reminds me of a arctic form of the Tremors grabboid. Presentation is good, and the idea of the horror molting out of it's fur to escape flame like a snake shedding its skin was interesting. Go to Comment
Knuckle Sweets
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Local)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-21 04:42 PM
I like the concept and the presentation were good. I like the amount of personal detail that went into the founder of the guild/gang that explains alot of what the guild is about. Nicely done. Go to Comment
Cloak of Horripilation
Items  (Clothes)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-20 04:33 PM
Interesting, a cloak of danger sense that is always sensing danger. A defective charm to say the least. This isn't a bad idea and it could be used in the realm of other items, such as Boots of Leaping that make every step a bounding leap... Go to Comment
The Silvani
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-20 04:30 PM
I agree with Mourngrymn, this idea has alot of promise, but really needs some detailing to make it really shine, as it is, it shows definate promise. What makes them different from a dryad, or an elf, how are they so tied to the forest, but are able to leaf it? (ha!) Go to Comment
The Amulet of Truth
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-19 01:15 PM
Certainly a useful item to have, and one that the local authorities would very much like to have in their possession. There could be plans for similar items to be created in lieu of the missing amulets. this could also be something that the more liberal seek to destroy as by distrust of magic. Go to Comment
The Black Feathers
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (Regional)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-19 01:19 PM
What a splendid band of knife biting hooligans and miscreants. I can image very easily a tough a dirty Robert Conrad/Pappy Boyington leading them into sleazy battles and dirty ambushes Go to Comment
Saintmaker
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-18 09:15 AM
What Iain said... Go to Comment
Materians- Mages' Orbs
Items  (Other)   (Non-Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-17 03:48 PM
I dont know, the idea of prepackaged magic supplies seems awful modern to me. This is just my opinion, but i always imagined magic to be unique to each magician, IE no two mages can the Fireball spell in the same manner. It might be similar, but there is always a difference. Perhaps Bulgor the Embermage likes his a little hotter than most and uses two pinches of sulfer rather than one, or Randolphina the Petite prefers her blasts to be less gassy, and omits the sulfer completely.

Plus I was afflicted by the voice of one of my old players, he say's it's always best to kick a mage in his orbs. Go to Comment
Legal Codes
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-22 05:28 PM
This is a valid point Druid, many countries have radically different laws from one another. Another thing to consider is the allowance of weapons from one country to the next, and things like the sumptuary laws that allowed only people of certain station to wear certain fabrics or colors and people of lower station attempting to wear or display these were punished for their transgression.

Another thing to consider is that long term incarceration for 'mundane' crimes is a rather new innovation. In ye olden times, rehabilitation was non-existant. Exile or execution were prime punishments for major crimes and the rest were handled with public beatings, shaming, and other things, or acts of penance by teh criminal. Other countries marked criminals, branding or cutting off the hands of a thief.

Rape, however, is a touchy matter. it should only be brought up in a game context if the playing group is mature enough to handle it with the severity it deserves. Careless handling of this topic can quickly alienate many people, especially those of the female persuasion. Go to Comment
Vephelot's Milk
Items  (Potion)   (Villanous)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-14 04:52 PM
I like this submission, both as an organization of religious fundamentalists and their unifying agent, the harvested essence of a minor demon. It is a mistake to try and rationize the thoughts and actions of a zealot, as by their very nature they will defy common logic and 'your' basic beliefs. Why would they go to such extremes to kill an infant? Because giving an expectant mother a dose of poison six months before birth isn't murder, it's just a religious devotion. Six months later the child is born and quickly dies, no one knows how, or even when the poison was delivered. It also goes to say that killing an infant is an evil act, but by use of the poison, the evil act is the work of the demon's milk, not the hand of a Follower. Go to Comment
Qacha's Neck
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-16 09:12 PM
I like this post quite alot. The One True Faith doesnt need much detail IMHO, it is simply another incarnation of the massive and faceless Religious Bureaucracy. I like the way the town has its processions and would be martyrs and such. Very nice touches. Go to Comment
manacles of fury
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-22 05:22 PM
Looks like this submission was overlooked...

I think the Desert of Storms could be more fleshed out, as well as the Storm Cultists who seem to live there. What sort of homes and such do they have that survive the storm, or are they nomadic wanderers? Why has the Storm Queen favored them over other folk? Are all children 7 years old 'given' to the Storm Queen?

It seems that the SQ has no respect for the Storm Cultists, since she lashes them with storms and withdraws her protection, and allows for her shards to be made into a tool for non-believers, otherwise I dont think that the chain and manacle idea would have come up. The idea feels like having a chained tracking dog... Go to Comment
Francesca Vento
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-11 08:02 AM
Scrambled brains or no, I'll put down my vote. In a magic heavy world I would expect this sort of lingering summons to be more common than would be expected, the magical equivalent of a haunting. Summoner X regularly summons the same spirits time after time and after he bites the big one, they start poking around to see why he hasnt called. Of course this works with the basic idea that the summoner was a decent enough fellow who didnt send his charges to quick deaths or other mistreatment. Nice and well written. Go to Comment
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