Mmm... pools of blood come to life! While it's a relatively simple backstory so far, the idea of the creature itself interests me. instead of cold, I would imagine that fire or intense heat would be the best thing to dispatch one of these - 'cauterising' the threat by drying the blood. No liquid would say to me that there's no fluid motion which would allow the creature to move. In fact, I could imagine that the blood beasts chemical makeup is quite delicate, and it could be very susceptible to any changes in temperature. Thus, you wouldn't find these in deserts or arctic environments, and when winter comes, they may have to "hibernate" in a warmer area... say an attic of a house in a nearby town?
Actually, that poses an interesting thought:
A blood beast has been terrorising a town, and the adventurers finally slay the beast by throwing a flammable oil into it then tossing a torch at it. All that remained was a gruesome dried patch of blood on the ground. The Adventurers leave the town, victorious. But then the mayor orders the cleaning crew to remove the stain. Seconds after a bucket of water is splashed on the patch, the liquid begins to churn and bubble, and the pool of blood-soaked water abruptly slithers away into the darkness, in the same direction that the adventurers left town...
A blood beast may be able to lie dormant for decades in its dried state, until someone spills some water on it.
Corpsefall is great, and I love the additional ideas on it. I'm thinking the safest place to live would be underground, in a tunnel/mine system supported by bones and with several entrances (guarded?) giving several miles, in case a corpse drops over one of the entrances A massive undertaking perhaps, especially surf limited tools, but useful. And then fungi and edible moss may be cultivated beneath it. Go to Comment
It's a nifty little puzzle to throw at your players. I like Psykie's additional thought of adding a cultist humming the chords, though. Other clues could be spread around the place if need be - old sheet music; the pipes that carry the correct chords could be less rusty; cultists could be interrogated and so on. Go to Comment
Yeah, my first thoughts were Flubber, too.
This can be converted into a modern/futuristic game by substituting the magical trigger with electrical.
It's a object of many uses - I like the mining idea. I'm sure a gun-like object could be crafted out of this somehow, using a metal barrel, some shrapnel and the gum building up pressure... anyways.
Particularly insidious if it were to be snuck in someone's food and then somehow activated, exploding their stomachs. Go to Comment
This is cool, and actually has some positive uses as opposed to negative. Perhaps a rogue could steal into an enemies war camp and attach this to their maps and war tactic plans. Taking the maps would be difficult, but just sitting one of these plain old charms on it and walking away will be simple! And when the general wants to refer to the plans... Gone! Someone has stolen it! Chaos ensues in the camp as I everyone hunts down the traitor with the map! But in reality it has just blinked away onto the ground behind the chest in the tent.
Hrm. It's probably best to try and steer away from rules/system based properties (such as a +1 weapon); I find it best to write it as you would read it in a book. For example, if you write something along the lines of "The sword was of exceptional craftmanship, and the point and edge far superior to that of a normal rapier." The DMs will understand that this is not supposed to be an average rapier, and they shall appoint appropriate bonuses to it when they use it in their campaign.
I'd like to see the scenario of the assassination attempt that promted the need for the Danamax Rapier expanded on. While this weapon has a backstory about it, it's only a +1 sword, so the only way to make it more interesting to us is to have a very in-depth history to it.
Here are some questions which may be worth expanding on:
- Why were the old weapons inferior? Did they break in combat during the assassination? Were they slow and cumbersome? Were the assassins perhaps part of the royal guard, and the reason all swords look different is to identify the owner?
- Why the falcon? Is it the royal symbol of Danamax? Was the king inspired by a falcon in flight, to make these swords? Perhaps the weaponsmith was an eccentric and wouldn't make the sword unless it was made in homage to his favourite animal!
- What was involved in finding the "best weaponsmith in the land"? Did he stroll across the main marketplace and browse the shops? What if it involved an epic quest to find a small ramshackle in the middle of a forest where a dottering old bespectacled man was hammering away on the most exquisite weapons the king had seen!
I like how you would get eyebrows raised if you wandered around in public with this, as a nobody.
And I like the history to it; i'd just love to hear more about it to make this weapon more catchy to me than just a 'mere +1 rapier'. Go to Comment
This rather plainly carved set of thirty keys was once owned by a rather unassuming stage illusionist, who drowned when trying to use them to unlock a set of shackles while suspended in a tank of water. this impressive set of keys is able to lock any keylock known to man; magical or otherwise - although oddly it cannot unlock anything at all.
Unfortunately however, after using one of these keys the tip will always snap off and be caught in the lock indefinitely. The snapped end will cause the lock to be unusable by the original key. While this may at first seem to be a rather worthless keyset, one may find it somewhat useful in foiling pursuers, or keeping a hostage in a room.
Currently there are only six usable keys left on this unique set. Go to Comment
I think this item is pretty cool, but then I don't really roleplay - i just like the fact that the first thing that popped in my head from reading this is John Travolta strutting along the street to the Beegees, Zombies rising from the ground behind him. Go to Comment
Love the name, first of all. The submission could have ended up being just a sack of rotten apples, but I still would have known that the apples were just terrible! I love things which play on fear and mental trauma rather than brute strength, so I enjoy this. I also like how simple the item is - just a bag of bones - yet it holds a purpose which any unsuspecting person would not imagine; until they opened the sack. Go to Comment
This is worth a bump, I think, plus it will aid me in my Acolyte quest! I love the mythic backstory as to why the holy necromancers are able to access powers of the realm of shadow due to Alabrin piercing a hole through Kronath's Veil. I also like that the Necromancers are the servants of light as opposed to darkness. Go to Comment
Course, there are probably things to work out. Why would the books want to find out why these events happened?
How do they open doors, climb stairs, and simply do pretty much any action if they can only open and close? How the spork are a couple of books gonna stop a human plot to destroy a museum?
A small side-thought - perhaps one of the books the thief had was the index to the library. Which could mean that whoever plays the index will have a good knowledge of all the other books. Perhaps knowing weaknesses and such. I can see the index bieng very 'high class', thinking it is better than the others :D
First players running around as mice in the Kingdom of Mus, and now we have them inch-worming along as books! Brilliant! Go to Comment
"Even if you don't use this idea as a game in itself, you could use then entire theme in a normal game and location."
- The characters walk into the library. The black magic section is alive with activity! Dumbfounded, our heroes look on as five books cross their paths, crawling along as though on a divine mission! Go to Comment
A small note: Mummification wasn't solely performed by egyptians!
Though this creature would most commonly be found in the desert, it could easily be adapted into... say, an ancient ruin deep within a rainforest, for example. Go to Comment
Phew - I just ran the spell checker, and realized how bad it really was, Moon! :D I wrote it up at 5am in notepad and copied it over when I got home from work tonight, so I didn't give it another look over :p I'll check & modify grammar in a moment.
Anyway, all that aside, about your other comments!
Black bandages: Aesthetic (Plus a psuedo-reason as to why it's fireproof)
Amber eyes: Aesthetic. Make it without any discernable eyes if you wish. I just always thought any creature with a line of sight should have an indication of where its sight is. 'Amber pinpricks' is as good as any :)
Bunch of humanoid bandages: Because the form of the corpse/human was humanoid. It latches onto its past life by trying to make itself look and act human.
As for magical wards/attacks: By all means. I intentionally left out magical remedies, simply because to be honest, I don't know what is the norm for attacking 'spirits', since I don't roleplay. I let it be assumed that magical attacks will work as per normal against a ghost/wraith/spirit.
Anyways... Grammar check!
As a side-thought: While I was writing this up, I wanted it to kind of have a feel of a very powerful bieng, but with a very exploitable weakness. I wanted the feeling that in a low-magic world, if you don't have any water... RUN! Go to Comment