Interesting, the position of the seneschal has long been present in my own games but seemingly absent from the game world in general. There are always plenty of servants, valets, and butlers about but never their supervisor. Also a nice description of the quiet power wielded by the bony old goat. He reminds me of what a Lasombra would be before being turned into a vampire (for those of you who happen to dabble in that game system) Go to Comment
The presence of a superior, possibly big brother-esque adventurers guild that demands it's pound of flesh from the Heroe's loot? I like the idea. Sign the contract, pay the 10% of the loot and gain all the benefits of the guild.
Legal representation in grave-robbing trials, interdiction by the guild when an adventure strays to close to theft and vandalism. Angry nobles foiled by the guild. Not bad as long as you pay your dues and don't forget that the guild always gets its share Go to Comment
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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