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Dead Silk
Items  (Clothes)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-05-21 04:35 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Sodin's Stone
Plots  (Duty)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-03-09 04:18 PM
For some odd reason this felt like a Super-powered soap opera. It does have merit, but it did not hold my interest. Power level is almost tailor made for munchkins, IMHO.

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Jenny Green (maladous alertus)
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-03-09 04:20 PM
sounds like the cocoa plant, but with a nicely done fantasy spin away from all of that nasty real world cocaine and crack vibe.

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Dareth Norune
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-03-09 04:28 PM
Well, on the whole, I am not impressed. To be painfully honest, there is nothing about this character to set him apart from the rest of the prodigal sons who populate fantasy. Is it a requirement that a wizard/hero must come from a broken home or razed village (preemtive rant strike)

.....

better now.
On the other hand, apart from being rather lack luster, there is nothing at all wring with him.

3/5 Go to Comment
The Subtle Knife
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-05-23 11:48 PM
1.0 since it is an obvious plagiarism

Moving out of the main Citadel for obvious reason
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Disque Esprit
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-03-07 11:31 AM
I was playing a new game, Shadow Hearts II, and in the background of most of the rooms in one location had these neat looking stone discs hanging from rods, kind of like a cauldron would hang in a fire, save that there was no fire and each room had a central fire-pit. I sat back and wondered to myself, just what in the heck these little knick-knacks could be, and this was the idea I came up with. Just FYI, the discs are only background decoration in the game and have no value, nor any part of the story. Go to Comment
Return To Me
Plots  (Duty)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-03-04 03:10 PM
Shall I read another jaunt to save the world, or fell the enemy of all mankind, or to sieze the ultimate dingus? Nay.

This is one of the things that I truely enjoy about Strolen's. Coming across a little jewel like this. A tip of the hat.

5/5 Go to Comment
Talezhwar's Bundle
Items  (Other)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-02-28 10:39 AM
Two points for the item, and two points for the creppy little girl casting off the facade of frost.

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The Sword of Souls
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-02-28 10:40 AM
And the names from Final Fantasy Tactics? Go to Comment
Grond, Hammer of the Underworld
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-24 03:40 PM
Grond - the great mace of Morgoth, with which he fought Fingolfin; called the Hammer of the Underworld. The battering ram used against the Gate of Minas Tirith was named after it. (The Return of the King V4). 185

Quite right you are, such things were my primary inspiration. The chanting of the orcs in unison was a very powerful image, one that was a major inspiration to this post. However, dear nameless one who lacked the courage to put a name with their accusation, the powers of Grond, the great mace of Morgoth are not named. If you look closer, and happen to know your Arthurian mythology, which obviously you dont, you will see that the powers of Grond parallel the powers of Excaliber/Caliburn.

No one save Morgoth weilds Grond, which is never seen again in the Silmarillion. BTW, there are no E's in Silmarillion. If you intend to attack me I INSIST that you properly spell anything you use as ammunition.

And last but not least, the orcs of Morgoth were slaves. Their very nature was perverted into fear and bondage to Morgoth. The weapon above is a symbol of orcish power, not of Morgoth, or the Lidless Eye, or any of the other elements of the Tolkien mythos. It is a symbol of racial power and their manifest destiny to pillage and destroy.

So there. Go to Comment
Grond, Hammer of the Underworld
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-24 03:42 PM
Updated: In response to some complaints, I also submit that Tolkien was a major inspiration. I thought this to be obvious enough to not warrant comment. I was wrong. Go to Comment
Grond, Hammer of the Underworld
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2007-10-15 12:18 AM
I think if a non-orc came up with Grond, it would be about like what the human nations would do if Excaliber showed up in the treasure trove of an orcish warlord. Somewhere between a quasi-religious crusade and attempted genocide. Go to Comment
Grond, Hammer of the Underworld
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2009-01-06 10:42 PM
The Barbarian Horde is anonymous users who comment on the site, either unregistered members, or on rare occasion members who are for various reasons not signed in. The site is quite open in it's access. Go to Comment
Grond, Hammer of the Underworld
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2009-01-07 10:40 PM
you are half correct, the great wolf-headed battering ram that broke the main gate was indeed named GRond. If you read the Silmarillion, Morgoth had a personal weapon, a great morning star named Grond. The ram would later be named after Morgoth's hammer. Go to Comment
The Devils Luck
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-02-25 03:13 PM
it is a little disturbing what comes up in ShadowEagles pockets. I enjoyed reading the story, and the portrayal of occult creatures s being slightly more neutral, or if not neutral, more devious than most are portrayed.

4/5 Go to Comment
The Crystal City
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-02-20 12:48 PM
imagine a city full of emotionally truncated people, kind of like the Vulcans. Logic and learning are inifinly more important that ultimately dangerous and uncontrollable emotional reactions.
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Spring of Enlightenment
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-05-31 10:04 AM
Excellent detailing, and the NPCs are well written without being tedious. I like the idea of an isolated bronze age culture, but in my own game I doubt that I would use neaderthals. Good work Dragon Lord. Go to Comment
John Chard
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-03-29 01:17 PM
Nice character Cheka, though he has a hint of the Incredible Hulk - you don't want to see me hassled! Go to Comment
Master Simonus
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-23 03:43 PM
interesting and well done. An improvement on the Bumbling Goody Noble.

5/5

I wonder how many people know who McDowel was without looking him up on the 'net. Go to Comment
Sanguine Widowmaker
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Heroic)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-13 03:27 PM
First let me voice my one, and only criticism. I dont like the physcial description of the blade, in that it is purple steel with glowing runes that writh about, and emitting the wail of tortured infants. This is a masterful post, but the description lacks the subtly deserving of such a weapon.

When drawn, young children will find themselves wailing. Their mothers will not be able to sooth them so long as the blade is drawn within their immediate vicinity (say 100 to 200 feet). Shadows cast by fires will take on the form of macabre plays of silent violence, massacres and slaughterings seen only in shade and shadow. Fires pop and hiss more vigorously when the blade is drawn. This way, it is the enviroment reacting to the drawn blade, rather than a moaning sword with wiggling squiggles.

Now for the praise. I was enthralled by this piece. I generally despize magical weapons as so few are done well, rather being Sword of +X superpower. I love the story, and read it twice just to make sure I didnt miss anything really good in it. Well done! Kudos. Go to Comment
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