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
Well, I was reading another post somewhere and the poster mispelled sands of time in several differnt places as snads of time and I had this goofy idea, just what does a snad look like. If I have given you an idea with my post, I am greatly pleased. Go to Comment
If there was a critters category, I would place the snads there without a second thought. I placed them in items, rather than characters as they dont have the depth, or motivation to be a character. They felt like a fun idea, and as for the voting, the site says I have already voted for them also. Go to Comment
I know, the page said I already voted also. Weird.
Bear with me on this, as I have not read of the Drizzt books, nor do I have any intention of doing so. If Drow society is as incestuously violent, and filed with assassination and seemingly endless bloodshed, they really should not have much of a society at all.
Up to a point, warfare does encourage the growth of technology. We went from fairly primitive radial engines to the jet engine in a span of about 5 years. That is a hell of a leap.
On the other hand, constant warfare is devastating. Afghanistan might be a good point. The constant warfare in the country over the last three decades has destroyed the national infrastructure, their economy, and most Afghan cities that I have seen or read about are graded on how much of the city remains, and how much is rubble.
Either A. The stereotypical drow are only the most visible element of the drow society, with the violence retained at the upper echelons of power similar to the samurai fueds of medieval Japan or B. Drow activities are exaggered. Not all drow are murderous assassins, not all orcs are slavering monsters (some are baby slavering monsters) etc Go to Comment
I would like to see someone create some democratic, mercantile Drow, and maybe some Southern Baptist elves, but isnt that the point of this place? Take the same old tired crap, toss it out the door and mix up something new? Go to Comment
The important thing to remember in matters like this is that as much as we play elves, and dragons and whatnot, we realize that they are not real. This character is only given two flames and the appelation of boring because it is cliche, it has been done to death.
"Some people just do not appreciate that there are evil creatures for all the different races of the Fantasy Role-play world."
I acknowledge that the potential to become evil is inherent in all races, just as it is inherent in all people. But, being evil doesnt make you a seperate race. Villians are an important part of the gaming experience, and using the same old villian recycled from a book, or TV show that is bit for bit the same is diluting the experience.
Now this is what I am talking about. I would have to agree with MoonHunter that I dont like most magical weapons, and certainly uber-weapons, but this one is good. It is also in the presentation. Kudos Saemond.
Only flaw I could find is that the sword weighs 43 pounds. (1 stone=20 pounds) Being an uber-weapon this could be an intential flaw.
If you say mile, dont be surprised when everyone assumes 5280 feet.
When you say stone, dont be surprised when everyone assumes 20 pounds. We dont know the specifics of your game, and when you use the name of a real world measurement dont be surprised when we use it rather than what value you have added to it. Go to Comment
I wouldnt call a Ring of Water Breathing power overwhelming, but the point remains valid that in the end, all of Dans wealth, and the power of his magic ring did not avail him when death came to his door. Go to Comment