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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
Definately an interesting idea but wouldn't the time and energy that goes into plating and magically enhancing the skeleton defeat the primary value of the shambling skeleton, their sheer abundance and the low cost of creating them? I might suggest a drone skeleton that works the anvil and forge for the plating of these bad boys. Also, how does a Claw with 8 inch claws use a bow? Go to Comment
A golden skull contains the spirit of a person who has been magically entrapped in an ethereal undead status by an ancient ritual. The person was boiled alive in a golden mixture until nothing remained of him except the bones, now covered by a golden layer. Whoever has these golden bones, controls the spirit and can command it. It can assault the living with wind and storm. Manipulate objects and communicate with the living. (Inspired by Anne Rice, Servant of the Bones)