The lantern was the physical form of a curse from above...or below. The radius of 100 feet seems quite good to me, and I like the ambiance of this post, and this item. Echo has a good question...what if instead of a hook, it was placed on a pedistal, some other holding device (Perhaps one not so easily toppled)
Now for a word on nuclear weapons. The biggest nuke ever made was the Soviet SA-2, a 52 megaton single warhead nuke that was designed to burrow into the ground and detonate in a shaped charge that would force the awesome power of such a blast downward into the upper mantle of the Earth. The resultant disruption of the crust would cause earthquakes, destromost anything underground for hundreds, or more miles around, and possible produce new volcanic activity where it struck. This weapon was never tested for fear of the irrepairable damage it could cause to the Earth. 10 miles for a modern nuclear weapon is nothing...those are the people who die in the flash. Go to Comment
Ah, the sublime pleasure of a fresh, crisp drafted beer, pouring into a properly chilled glass mug is enough to bring a tear to this old gamers eye. The attention to the details down to the impressions in the crystal mugs is wonderful. Kudos to you good sir!
After a second look several hours later, I must agree with EchoMirage. She is too similar to Redgar, but MoonHunter had several good suggestions which I have taken into accounted and edited Mialee. She is now an illusionist and the bulk of her talent is in that realm of magic. She uses a pair of magic items, the diadem and the ring, to bring the rest of her spell casting up to snuff and be seen as a real mage and not a conjurer of fake tricks. So, she is more intelligent than Redgar, but is still a self-absorbed and vain spell caster. Go to Comment
1. - Why is are the mountains called Silverrock when there is no mention of silver being discovered there?
2. - Bronze is an alloy, not a naturally occuring metal, it has to be mined in its two component elements (copper and zinc?) and the two have to be smelted together to create Bronze. Brass is created in a similar fashion. Okay, not a question, more of a statement...sue me.
Recently watched the iChronicles of Riddick/i in which a comet is the harbinger of the world killing Necromongers. There is some nice work done as the necromongers become a dominating topic among street speakers and conversationalists. The name is spoken with trepidation, disbelief and fear.
A question to anyone else who saw the movie, why were the necromongers the only people with capital ships? Go to Comment
on one hand, they could in theory be better prepared each time the comet comes round. On the other, each passage could be a horribly disruptive event. Records are destroyed, oral traditions disrupted and so forth. THe only way that the the regular timing of the comet of ill omen could be found would be through the examination of gaps in historical record.
IE - the Kingdom of Tammuz existed for 150 years, followed by 50 years of Ghazi occupation. Then, the records cease to exist for thrity to fifty years. Following that, the Arbela dynasty rose and lasted 200 some odd years before vanishing, leaving behind sketchy recounts of an omen in the sky and panic and confusion.
It has been nearly 250 years since the fall of the Arbela Dynasty. Do the PCs get nervous? Go to Comment
The Arch-Dukes were the 7 most powerful nobles in the peninsula, and each of the Arch-Dukes was given one of these rings, while their appearances may vary, their powers are the same. They created a ruling council to protect their lands and subjects from the violence and indifference that had come from the hand of a distant and inhuman king. Go to Comment
A signet ring is a metal band, generally of a precious metal. Where a normal ring would perhaps have a mounted stone, a signet ring has a reverse image of the owner's family crest. The crest is done in reverse relief so that when the ring is placed against a drop of hot wax, it creates a likeness of the family crest. This is done in sealing important documents, secret messages, and the like. Two aspects of medieval larceny included lifting wax seals off of sealed documents to read their contents without breaking the seal, and the creation of fake signets or forgery crests.
Each of the seven rings of the Peninsulari is unique in appearance, as each bears the crest of an old royal blooded family. Each is known as the Ring of insert 1 of the 7 provinces or as Lord Last name's Ring. Thus, if Robert the Wise was one of the seven, which he was not, and he lived in the Baldur duchy, his ring would be The Ring of Baldur, or the Ring of Robert the Wise. All names given are fictitious, you can come up with your own first lords and their arch-dukedomes. Go to Comment
An interesting interpretation of both Little Red Riding Hood, and a peculiar spin on a magic item. The first thing i thought of was magical beer goggles, the sort that would make even the crustiest old crone appear a fair and lovely maiden.
I dont share the captains sentiment of Ho-Hum over a wizard making the glasses. Magic items are going to be made aby magic users, and I think it is interesting that the mage in question made them to help his failing eyesight see his wife as she was when she was young.
As for confusion over the power, it is a phantasm drawn from the mind of the wearer. If the wearer had never seen Riding Hood, the spectacles would never show him Riding Hood because he has no image of her in his mind.
I think this is an interesing and feasible concept. Most popular political leaders have stand-ins and body doubles, including the president of the US. During WWII Stalin and Churchhill had stand-ins and Hitler was rumored to have many more. Most of the ranking SS officers also had their own stand-ins. For perspective and a decent piece of literature, read iSpandau Phoenix, Greg Iles/iGo to Comment
Until someone comes up with an original application, or exceptional delivery of an assassin, I dont think there is much need for them. Despite all variation thus far, all assassins are invariably ibilly-bad-asses/i who have one goal, and that is to be as brutaly effective at killing sentient beings as possible. They invariably have the same backgrounds of harsh upbringings, slaughtered families, or the passe ino memory of their childhood/i. Unitl there is a way to effectively break this mold and create a new aspect of the assassin, we are better off without the same old character dressed in black with a bad attitude, loner mentality, and cliche name.
As for the Drow...I think the world of fantasy would be much less mentally inbred if it were not for the Drow. It is the fantasy of the ulitmate evil black elf that has been bred back into itself so frequently that there is nothing left to build upon, and the entire product has become decayed with overuse and turned into an idiot child for lack of fresh perspective and ideas. It is time to lay the Drow Assassin in his grave, lay a rose on the tomb stone, and get on with our lives...er...games. Go to Comment