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Grond, Hammer of the Underworld
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-24 04:40 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 04:42 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 01:18 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 11:42 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 11:40 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 04:13 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 01:48 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.
5/5 Go to Comment
Spring of Enlightenment
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-05-31 11:04 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 02:17 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 04:43 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 04:27 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
Rurik the Necromancer
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-10 04:58 PM
Solid

4/5 Go to Comment
The Princess Tamer
Plots  (Duty)   (Single-Storyline)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-07 04:19 PM
This would make a better book than a game. Go to Comment
Becoming a druid
Plots  (Hired)   (Encounter)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-07 04:17 PM
I think that the congregation of the different nature religions for a great festival of nature has more potential than hunting down a defiler mage hidden in their midsts. See Echo's comment on the easy solution.

It would be more interesting to know why the festival has come into being, what occurs, why the people attend, and so forth.

1/5 Go to Comment
The Ruined City
Locations  (Any)   (City)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-05 04:29 PM
Added some more information for the feel of the city, mostly the description of how the buildings have aged.

Some other things to add without editing the post again.

Smells - the city reeks of old wood, mildew and rot. There are alot of dark, wet places for the stuff to grow. Remaining foodstocks rotted and offered ample sustainence to fungus and such. Some buildings could be eaten with corpseweed fungus, making them dangerous.

Sounds - creaks and groans, settling stone, and the occassional crash as a load bearing beam finally surrenders to the forces of erosion and entropy. Some places while have more severe damage, sections burned out, others washed away by occassional torrential rains, and other bad weather.

Texture - The ruined city should feel gritty, but with a slimy consistency underneath, like picking up a piece of wood that has lain in the forest for years and what was once hard enough to crack a mans skull is now soft enough to crumble in the palm of your hand. Go to Comment
The Ruined City
Locations  (Any)   (City)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-05 04:54 PM
Oddly enough, the site is thanking me for voting on my own setting...peculiar. Go to Comment
The Ruined City
Locations  (Any)   (City)
Scrasamax's comment on 2006-01-10 11:19 PM
Gratuitous Self-Bump Go to Comment
Binding Oath Ring
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-04 04:17 PM
Instead of a name that tells you exactly what the ring is, how about a more realistic name?

Steward's Ring
Ring of the Steward
Morway's Bane
Ring of Fealty

Great improvement.

3/5 Go to Comment
Staff of the Dark Anagog
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Villanous)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-03 04:43 PM
I liked the naming of the years, such as the year of the black pennet and such. It gives kind of a more medieval feel to it since most people would be less knowledgeable of numbers and wouldnt know 235 from 236 but would be well aware of the differences between the Year of the Laughing Skull, when the plague came through, or the Year of Sounding trumpets when the local lords held a great contest that came down to shouting matches between the hornblowers and heralds. Otherwise, a mediocre, but well historied item.

a generous 3/5 'cuz I liked reading it. Go to Comment
Ardos
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2005-01-03 04:52 PM
Hmmm...the Hermit King of Gondor...uh, Erma. The idea doesnt sit well with me. An absent monarch is a deposed monarch, no one rules in absentee unless A. they are so bad ass that no one has the guts enough to fill their shoes, or B. There are a lot of people keeping the seat warm as the expression goes.

The first option can be demonstrated in Transformers the Movie when Galvatron blasts Starscream into ash for the insubordiantion of trying to usurp his role after his presumed death. "Anyone else care to try filling his shoes?"

The second would be there being a power structure in place to prevent the Steward from usurping the throne, such as a chancellor, chamberlain, and Commander in Chief of equal, if different power to balance against one another.

Alot of the members here have a good deal of animosity towards the Dungeons and Dragons game. Some of it I share, but I have to look back fondly upon the game, for it was that game in the black box that brought me into the hobby so many years ago.

::raises a glass::
May your AC be low
May your THACO be high
My XP be plentiful
And HP never run dry. Go to Comment
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