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A Dash of Salt
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-04-22 05:42 PM
I'm going to have to take a special trip to the liquor store for this one! Go to Comment
A Dash of Salt
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-04-22 06:01 PM
Baked Courge with Parmesan

1 ripe courge
1/2 cup of butter
1 clove garlic
3 tbsp of chopped fresh herbs
1 shallot, chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper


1. Cut courge in half and remove seeds. Place halves face down in a roasting tin add a touch of water and bake for 40 minutes at medium heat, until tender.

2. Meanwhile puree and blend the butter, herbs, garlic, shallot, and lemon juice until thoroughly blended and creamy, season with salt and pepper.

3. Remove cooked courges and cut slice from the bottom so the squash will sit level on a warmed serving plate.

4. Add dollop of butter herb mixture and sprinkle with grated cheese, serve remaining butter and cheese as sides as the courge is eaten.

common vegetarian and peasant dish served in Falhath Go to Comment
Ice Ghoul
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-01-27 09:03 AM
The concept is interesting, but at times feels confused. Is the Ice ghoul a corporeal form of undead, that can consume flesh and strike phyiscal blows in combat, or is it a shade, someinthg lacking substance but's passage can leave frost burns? The story could use some work, and the powers seem rather on the high side. Go to Comment
Prince's End and The Memorial of Pinezano
Locations  (City)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-20 05:08 PM
Feels very Italian to me, with the backstabbing medieval politics and the seemingly lacksidasical lifestyle of the new town. The addition of a harsh local insult and drunkard past times are good stuff, along with the haggard informant tortured by his past deeds. Go to Comment
Prince's End and The Memorial of Pinezano
Locations  (City)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-26 09:42 AM
I don't think there is anything wrong with using a historical template. If the players are somewhat familiar with the template in question it reduces the number off oddball questions that invariably come up. Creating an entire new setting, complete with it's own history, customs and etc carries the secondary difficulty of passing this plethora of information onto the gamers. If they know there is a general medieval Italian setting to the game, they will know that it isn't alright to try and play a sweaty bare-chested Assyrian-esque barbarian with a penchant for shouting out his loyalty to steel and killing. It gives a better idea of what the locals are like, and what there is going to be to eat. Go to Comment
Autumndale Trees
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-20 05:04 PM
The first thought I had was to create the inanimae/dryads that might come from these trees, followed by some sort of hybrid changeling tree. Who knows, maybe they could cross-pollinate with local trees of very close relation. Go to Comment
Faerie Talisman of Concealing Mists
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Sentient)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-26 09:17 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Lynnia HarpCrafter
NPCs  (Minor)   (Artistic/Performance)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-20 04:59 PM
This is good stuff. The character is believable and has a suitable amount of background without being difficult to add to an existing campaign. I can see this resigned yet diginified old lady playing her harp and sniping at the other musicians who favor lyres and other portable instruments. Great for local color as well as possibly being a great plot hook or information source. Go to Comment
The Balm of Synsyia
Items  (Potion)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-20 04:56 PM
Well, by itself I think this is really a brilliant post. The difficulty of creating the mixture, along with the aforementioned maladies from excess or even moderate use definately outweight the massive bonuses granted by the potion.

On the other hand, as a quest item, it isn't very Shardy, and I may be wrong here but I think that the shards would be metallic in nature. But, being the weapons of the gods, I think that distinction would be up to SnO Go to Comment
Egoyo
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Mountains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-01-10 11:54 PM
I think this is an interesting, if difficult to incorporate idea. It relies on the existance of old technology, which I will refer to as machina. It also requires the addition of another race, albeit a very odd looking one.

Some ideas I might add would be making the Egoyo more of a spirit based race, much like a family of elementals or other such group of entities. They have a strong affinity for machina, and being spirits of machines, they would be certainly animistic in outlook.

Their gods could actually be exceptionally powerful members of their race, perhaps associated with very potent machina or some completely forgotten one. Go to Comment
The Four Magi: A Children's Folk Tale of the North
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-01-10 11:49 PM
The story is nice in a quaint fashion, but I was intrigued by the use of Winterkiss. I don't know if it would be used as a children's tale, but I can see it being bandied about by would be magi, or common folk (IE non-magical) using it as a frame of reference for their understanding of magic. Go to Comment
The Hundred Journeys of Lai-Xeng
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-03-29 12:31 PM
The Conceited Daughter is my favorite of the collection. I am glad that this did not escape my attention. Very nice work. Go to Comment
The Hundred Journeys of Lai-Xeng
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-04-04 05:31 PM
Lai-Xeng and the Fishmonger
As it happened under the sun, Lai-Xeng sat upon the bank of the Kui-Pon river. his fishing pole was left against the tree as he rested on the bank. A man who made a living by the selling of fish came upon the sage's supine form.

"Here now, the great and wise sage Lai-Xeng. How is it that you are so lacking in ambition? Are you lazy?" The Fishmonger asked.

"Then you are not lacking in ambition, you are not lazy?" Lai-Xeng asked.

"Of course not. what have you done all day?" The Fishmonger asked again.

"I have sat by this river, and took a nap, and fished a little." The Sage answered. "What would you do?"

"Me, I would fish hard, catch as many fish as possible." He said.

"Why?" The sage asked.

"So that I could sell them, make money." The Fishmonger said.

"Why?" Lai-Xeng asked.

"So I could hire men to fish for me, to make me more money. Then I could buy boats to fish further from the shore, and carts to carry the fish to market." He said with pride, for this was what he had done himself and had become wealthy.

"And what after that?" the Sage asked.

"After that I will retire." The Fishmonger said, thinking upon his retirement and his sons taking over his business.

"When you retire, what will you do then?" Lai-Xeng asked.

"Well, I will live by the river, take naps whenever I like, maybe fish a little." The fishmonger said. Lai-Xeng picked up his fishing pole and cast the line back into the water. The Merchant stood up and walked away, leaving Lai-Xeng feeling wiser than before. Go to Comment
Ur-Kanesh Rhyme of the Shievren
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-19 05:40 PM
Trick or Treat! Go to Comment
The Tale of Tear and Shastalar
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-19 05:40 PM
both mythic, poetic and suitable tragic Go to Comment
Rumors and Tales
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-17 06:45 PM
The line between agressive archeology and looting is a tihn one, and one I unfortunately break on a regular basis. Thats why I bring lots of mooks, and carry a gun. Go to Comment
Baldamont Castle
Locations  (Fortification)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-06-22 12:31 PM
a gentleman's prison, certainly interesting and a far more positive spin on the political based prison, the only other onw I can think of in literature being the Chatuea D'elf from the Count of Monte Cristo. This is certainly a better place to end up than a black gaol or filthy prison, but to the ambitious men and occassional woman, who find their way here, I imagine any prison, no matter how nice, is going to be a hell. For being nice, it could be twice the since it plays at being civil. Go to Comment
Shelandra Batwind
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-14 04:25 PM
I love this character, the misunderstood goth-girl who did well by herself by studying under the stereotypical evil necromancer. In my opinion a true 5, because I cant wait to unleash this Lady into my game. Go to Comment
The Crown of the Storm
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-14 04:19 PM
Good submission Cheka. Go to Comment
Lynnengaard
Locations  (City)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-06-07 04:23 PM
The land is well suited to farming, and the raising of sheep, it is easily accessible by land, by river, and by the sea. You also state that it is a good trading center. What I wonder is why is it still a small trading community. Major cities are created by confluences of trade routes, especially port and river river trade. From what I read, it seems that it should by a key part of the regional economy, a major port, and possibly one of the larger cities on the continent. Why is it still rural? What is special about this city, what seperates it from the other small villages scattered throughout popular fantasy? Go to Comment
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