Both vibrant and down-trodden, growing in prosperity while the empire has collapsed. Very much a dynamic location, and one destined to carry the torch f the old power by virtue of it's economic status and its easily defensable location. Plenty of opportunity as the nobility has yet to cement into place, and the old power structures of the Sohar dissolve. Yes, plenty of room for intrigue and adventure. Go to Comment
An interesting organization, but I tend to think that any vampire worth his fangs isn't going to delegate control of his blood supply to another vampire. Among the undead, blood is power, and giving that power to another would roughly be selecting who you want to betray you. Go to Comment
Explained well with a suitable background. I can see enterprising players trying to figure out how to recall the spear, and the effects that it can be put to when they do succede. An all round solid item that isn't a blazing sword of slaying. Go to Comment
I don't like the 'you can't use this without permission or nasty people will come and beat you up' aspect of the armor. AS for the Kyters, I coudl see there being kind of a goldrush on their natural supply of ivory, millionares spending a thousand gold pieces for a dozen eggs sort of rush. Go to Comment
Updated: I've had this in the Works Hidden section for a while now. It is a generic take on vampires and uses elements of my home campaign. I must admit that the text wanders about and to me lacks cohesion. Tired of working on it and it's time to toss it out to see it if floats or sinks. Go to Comment
theoretically an Ash Child could never become stronger than a regular vampire. They at the very most can only be half-vampire, as there has to be a balance between the human and undead sides of their essence. Adding blood of a vampire to an existant Ash Child would not make them any stronger, other than the usually ghouling powers of the blood. This wouldnt be passed on.
Why wound't they breed a large population? Because the basic power of the blood looses potency every generation, and even with the most careful of tending the blood will thin to the point where it is non-existant. Ash Children also have several enemies to limit their powers.
Vampires hate them and will kill them if it all possible. Why shouldn't they, the ash children are immune to their powers. They must also fight their bestial urges, to lair in the dark and feed on blood. They succumb to the dark taint in their blood and become monsters and cannibals to be put down by their vampire hunting brethern or by other powers that be. Go to Comment
A mercenary liason, quite a wonderful idea Ria, and well done. I especially like the excerpts of dialog placed through the posting, gives a feeling of authenticity and the impression that Arkath is rather a busy man. One idea I had was that he could have the worry of threats on his life, should a contract go sour. The offending party (employer or merc) might not like the idea of a permanent record of their ill-dealings. Go to Comment
I encountered the term Sippenhaft while reading Greg Isles(?) Spandau Phoenix, and it is a germanic term that goes back to the more brutal norse times. Sippenhaft is the practice of eliminating not only one person by assassination, but the complete and total eradication of his or her blood family. This includes all of the elders, the women, and the children. The practice was 'revived' (not 100% sure on that) during the Nazi era of WWII, where some germans who tried to assassinate Hitler were imprisoned and only executed after their entire family was killed first.
It is her working name, one adopted for the brutal definition of the term. In a sense it is a demonstration of her methodical and vindictive work ethic. As for the local tongue, I would assume that the name means nothing in particular, and generally accorded it as a term of an archaic language. Go to Comment
An absolutely stunning story wrapped in a bad name. I liked the presentation format of an oral tradition that reveals a dichotomy of the perceived story, and the real story. Kudos to you Wildcorn for the dark version of Le Morte de Arthur
If the name didn't make me think of a shard of the storm laundry tool, I would rate this higher, but as it is, 4 is all I can grant. Go to Comment