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Our First Quest
Locations  (Establishment)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-27 03:15 PM
#2 Lord Ilyich's Manse
Reply #2 on: July 31, 2004, 10:57:58 AM

Lord Ilyich raised for himself a great keep, situated on one of the tower islands located in the river Narmouth. Some of the tower islands were little more than spires, while others could be as large as several acres square. Ilyich chose a middling size island, both for ease of defence, and for reduced cost of walling in the island.

The keep was completed in under seven years, complete with massive walls grounded out into the bedrock of the island iself. The walls added another twenty feet of height to the island, the better to repell river bandits, and the bold shipbound barbarians who would at times sail up the great rivers to burn and pillage and steal. There were a number of towers, a great hall, as well as a spacious don jon, and space for nearly 500 men and women to live in comfort.

The interior of the tower island was honeycombed with passages, and chambers. Stables, middens, and the forges and smithies were buried in the island where they would be out of sight, and not pollute the many gardens, and small parks scattered about within the upper walls. Some of the passages were used daily, others were restricted, or secret.

Lord Ilyich preferred the gentlemanly comfort of the carriage to the loping gait of a horse, and had an expansive collection of carriages. These too, were kept in the space under the island. It soon became a problem that it was too difficult to ferry the carriages to and from the island. After some deliberation, the lord with the aid of the dwarven mastermason Ar-Trovvel, came upon a novel solution.

A causeway was built between the island, and the shore. The bridge would lead into a rampway where the carriage could be maneuvered easily into the carriage stalls, and the horses could also be moved with a minimum of fuss from the carriage area to the stables. Ilyich was pleased when a further use was found for the causeway. Supplies came easier than by ship, and it was a better way to turn the horses out of the stalls to a pasture, and certainly safer than having to embark on a ship twice a day to do so.

The matter of defence was also paramount in the minds of the two designers. Ar-Trovvel designed several sets of granite slab doors, reinforced from behind with oak and iron banding. An elaborate system of counterweights balanced the door and made it's operation swift and easy. One door seperated the causeway from the carriage barn, another seperated the carriage barn from the interior of the keep. The walls in the areas vulnerable to the causeway were heavily reinforced, and arrowholes were added both in the ceiling from the floor above, but in several walls as well.

As a finishing touch, Ilyich had the bridge roofed in the popular earthen tile glazed against the weather. The causeway became both functional, and artistic. Fellow lords would come to see the wealth of Ilyich's carriages, and the cunning nature of his keep, and would be pleased with the vibrant colors and many tiles, the first of which seen were those of the causeway. Dwarves would come to see the great works of Ar-Trovvel, and Lord Ilyich, and marvel at the wonders created when man and dwarf cooperate, Go to Comment
Biran
NPCs  (Extras)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-26 09:34 AM
Sparse. We know next to nothing about this man other than him being the token foreign guy. Go to Comment
Gallius
NPCs  (Major)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-26 09:31 AM
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
Gallius
NPCs  (Major)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-26 09:32 AM
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
Adventurers Guild Contract
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-26 09:15 AM
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
Sleigh of the Storm
Items  (Transports)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-12-26 09:21 AM
Wonderful. Go to Comment
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
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