A nifty little organisation you have here. I can imagine a bunch of stuffy nobles sitting around onleather chairs;, smoking cigars; "i say, lestor! Be a good fellow and have your zombie fetch some brandy will you?" Go to Comment
Actually, you're right Mourn - I was making them both at the same time as hidden subs and linked them because I had originally meant to make Rasp create the Corpsemaker, too - but the story didn't end up going that way. I'll get rid of the links now! Go to Comment
a Dwarven subway; how fun :p I enjoyed the background of the tunnels more than the subsystem itself - and though the Glenbeard Tunnels were used to the Dwarves advantage, it could now very easily be part of their demise, as an invading army can breach the walls at any point in the tunnels and set an invading army, and the dwarves would be equally surprised as the human cities were when they invaded! Perhaps a rival dwarf clan set on taking the spoils which Cagen Blackblade originally earned for himself.
Anywho - plenty of practical use; so much can happen within tunnels and cave systems, and it can be used in minor or major applications in a game; whether just a convenient way of travelling from town to town, or as the catalyst of an all-out subterrainean war between rival clans.
I was gonna give you a 3.5, but in writing this comment out, I talked myself up to 4.5 :p Go to Comment
This is cool; I love dinosaurs! It would possibly be a good way to split a party up in the jungle, too - if they don't know to knock themselves out. When half the party fails to disbelieve in the dinos, they will find themselves running for their lives, getting lost in the thick jungle overgrowth; whilst the rest of the party stand, scratching their heads as to what has gotten into their companions. Rawr! Go to Comment
Scable is not meant to be a creature of particular physical strength, although he would be a tad stronger than humans. He is meant more to add a psycological element into a scenario. It would take more effort to kill him than it would a normal human, but by no means is he meant to be an invincible monster - his best defence is going undected by the general populace.
As for holy places and clerical powers and such - I hadn't actually considered it. But I would say that Scable's human side would provide him with a high resistance to typical holy powers and sanctuaries, however he may naturally avoid those places because the undead part of him would make him feel wrong for being there. I'd like to think priests,necromancers and such would still not be able to notice Scable - or perhaps only detect a faint sense of wrongness around - because Scable's existence is still as an enigma to the holy or unholy, and their brains would still reject the idea of it.
He would have to eat perhaps every several months to keep his living flesh regenerating, lest he will rot away. It's not in Scable's nature to go caveman on a bloke and start eating, even though his being undetected would aid him in that - his instinct is to make the situation as safe for him as possible - so to break the mind of his prey so they don't fight back, plus isolate themselves would be ideal for him.
Although I wouldn't say that he is beyond Flights of fury that will go against his instincts and judgement; especially if it's a female involved and he is feeling particularly... amorous.
Good questions, Scras! There's a lot I hadn't considered in this - i'm still a bit rusty, I fear. Go to Comment
An example of a culture using what is found naturally in their environment to create something suitable for consumption.
Yes, the process of this sounds somewhat stomach-churning, but it's definitely something that could be concieved of in the real world.
As Dozus said; there are plenty of gross things already around. For example, there's a cheese in Sicily(From memory) called Casu Marzu, in which a particular wheel of cheese is intentionally infested with maggots and allowed to rot, then served with the maggots.
Actually, here's a list: http://www.cracked.com/article_14979_the-6-most-terrifying-foods-in-world.html
Anyway, back to the camel wine! This is not a magical item. It's not a fancy sword or jewelled amulet. It's a perfectly believable cultural beverage which could be used in any minor may one would like, and I find it enjoyable! Go to Comment
A very powerful weapon with deadly potential if used smartly. If the malady is transferrable to animals, it would be easy to overrun an entire city by collecting a horde of rats or other small animal, stabbing them all and then letting them loose spread throughout the streets.
Additionally, I like the expanded background - A magic item is just an object, but a compelling backstory brings it to life. Go to Comment
Humanity evolved to a point where we managed to create something to do our thinking for us! And better than we can too!
I can see a plot/campaign device in this where a mysterious figure sends missions to the PCs through e-mails and virtual communication, which eventuate into them infiltrating a massive corporation and shutting down an AISC (Or maybe LAISC).
Once all is said and done, the PC's are invited to meet with their employer. It turns out the employer is an old-gen AI who exists within the internet. The AI had been hiding behind proxies and such, but the AISC that it had the PC's destroy was closing in on it.
Reading on, I see another plotling in that a Mech with a LAI has obtained a rogue personality; the PC's must hunt down and destroy the Mech.
And a plot again, Viral intelligence! A plague of a pacifism form of Viral intelligence has taken over a MechaDrome, and none of the LAI mechs and machines within want to fight. This is a understandably a massive problem! The PC's must discover a way to eradicate the Viral thought, and find where it came from - perhaps guerrilla forces who infiltrated the MechaDrome.
This sub makes AI believable and explainable in the Cosmic Era and is the perfect springboard for multiple plotlines. A perfect and almost essential addition to the Cosmic Era encyclopedia. Go to Comment
One of my most enjoyed themes is 'Infernal', and this is right up that alley!
It would be interesting if a new settlement was made somewhere over (or perhaps dwarven, deep underground)a rich formation of one of these gems (perhaps Adamas). Then, over the course of the next several months, the townsfolk begin to become violent and more bloodthirsty. After a year or two, they turn on each other and a bloodbath ensues. The town and area are deemed cursed, the area known to cause great rage and granduer in a person.
As the others mentioned - this is a sub which definitely focusses on the backstory more than the item itself. This isn't a bad thing, so long as the item doesn't suffer, and in this case I think it did; it's a little vague - I'd love to know why the hand was given it's abilities and how they are used. Why his hand? Would the criminal family go back and lop off other appendages to see if they had powers as well? Do the fingers curl up as the powers are used in a manner like the Monkey's Paw wishes?
i'm all for this Judge being so commited to his work and law that his very hand retained the essence of his beliefs - perhaps that is what happened? Maybe the power concentrated in his hand because of the way he swung his gavel with such conviction at sentencing of his own son.
Anyway; a handy (haha, punny!) item, but some more depth would be nice. Go to Comment
Scary animal! I can easily see a group of them overwhelming a party; at first, just one or two Moadi Birds swoop down to attack with it's razor-wings, but are beaten away with maces and projectiles. But soon, another two, then four then six appear, their serrated edges flickering too and fro, and the party soon becomes a shambles, not knowing where to strike in the flurry of wings. Go to Comment
Nearly every primitive culture has had rituals and celebrations to guarantee the proper passage of the seasons and to ensure the fertility of crops and animals. Oversight of these ceremonies was generally the provenance of local kings or priests.
Suppose that the adventurers dispatch one of these fellows. The local peasants may become hysterical, fearing famine and death will stalk the land. Alternatively, they may want one of the new heroes to become king. For a while, this can be a good thing, but the first time that the crops fail, the superstitious locals will want to sacrifice their new leader.