Very nice - extremely powerful in the imaginative hands, but obviously this wasnt meant to be carried around by just anyone.
I can imagine an item coming from it - Made by a dark lord who was skilled in the art of poetry. A transparent crystal, tinged with a black essence swirling within - this is a poem of dispair caught within. Since the poet has already seen it, he would be immune to its effects, but if this is used on an enemy, the enemy may drop their weapons and wail in distress of the dispair on which they hear, leaving them entirely at the users mercy.
This item is both detailed and yet vague, as we know what it is capable of, but yet there are so many capabilities yet to imagine. 5/5 for a good story :) Go to Comment
Not a bad item, powerful, but not uber-powerful, and one must be in need to reshape the armor, so there IS a catch of sorts. A curious background that, though could be expanded and explained in more detail, is sound, and works fairly well.
I think this, though perhaps not as good as it could be, is not a bad item.
Your typical maddened slughterer :)
Ok, usability: 3/5 - He can be used as a section in a quest for adventurers, or perhaps if you were campaigning as thieves and assassins, he could be part of the party, but mind he doesnt kill you first.
Background: 2/5 - Not bad, but a bit bland.
Appearance: 1/5 - Very basic appearance. The appearance should include personality traits, likes and dislikes, hair colour basic habits and the like.
All in all, I'll give it a 2/5. It does show some promise. Go to Comment
I like the idea behind it, but more emphasis on the background would be very good.
Is there, perhaps, a particular incident which made the harper king have need of this cup? Maybe he was almost assassinated by someone he thought his friend, so now he gets all who are close to him to drink from the goblet while 'rue' is in effect.
"Yes, I plan to kill you, king." (Three minutes up) "Uh... hm? Sorry, I must have blanked out there for a moment.."
"No problem" Smiled the king, "Let me refill that cup for you" The king takes the goblet, refilling it with wine and pressing on the emerald. "Har!"
"Oh, nothing, sorry. Here is your wine"
Whilst the assassin is laughing uncontrollably, the king simply slides a dagger through his ribs.
even if the past is supposed to be hidden, or if nobody knows of the past, you should still fill in the background, because DMs should have a right to know what they are dealing with. Plus if people who know this character don't know the past, they won't be able to roleplay him properly, based on his life. :)
Either way, think on your posts and keep up the good work ;) Go to Comment
Hmm, I dont think that would work. But an idea stemming from THAT idea is, perhaps someone holding the eye gets the vision from the owners OTHER eye! So if the holder recognises the surroundings, he could know where that person is. :) Nice. Go to Comment
Mmm. Such a thing would be a worthwhile expense in any party, as it saves time and trouble looking for firewood.
If someone wrenched it from the owners hands in attempts to steal it, the victim would merely have to utter the word, and the thief would find their very skin of their hands sizzling and popping.
Deviating from basic campfire uses:
A weapon. Ever wondered what a flaming discus would do to somebody? If the edges of these stones were sharpened it would make a particuarly dangerous weapon. The heat and the weight aiding with the penetration - if thrown hard enough it may be capable of penetrating completely through someones stomach.
As the more evil part of me takes over, I think of a torturing device. Tie someone up and place a hearthstone on their stomach. If they dont tell you what you want to know, activate the stone for a second or two. repeat until information is gathered. Then if you dont want them to talk, just keep the hearthstone active afterwards, melting through their midsection. Gruesome, yes, but effective.
Morse code - activate and deactivate periodically, say at the middle of night, and someone may see the pattern of light flickerings.
Adding surprise in battle. A harmless piece of stone that someone is holding, but suddenly, FLASH! Bright light, temporarily blinding the foes. Also good for confusing and frightening wolves, bears and the like.
A perfectly menial item with absolutely extraordinary potential :) 5/5. Go to Comment
Aah, I missed that bit about done for a specific region :) Perhaps the elves could make a modification of hearthstones, however, which have no boundaries. Either way - I like the trap idea :D Take out entire armies by saying a single word :O Go to Comment
Aah, how irritated the ironspirit clan must be - to be in hold of such a magnificent weapon, capable of destroying all their foes, and yet none of them are strong enough to wield it! A sound item, with great power but a good halter on the power.
I'm imagining a rogue hill giant sneaking into the ironspirit encampment and stealing valuables - amongst these valuables is the weapon.
A few months later, outside the walls of the Thunderforge clan - reknowned for their skill in hunting and slaying giants - a single hill giant stands, wielding a large sword. Of course, from the parapets and walls the guards laugh - let it TRY to make its way in!
The hill giant swings the mighty sword, fueled with the hatred of the people who slaughtered his bretheren, and the walls come crashing down.
lol, very amusing, Silas. It was more inspired by some conversations I'd had about glass the last week or so :P
The See-through assassin has no blood, so I dont really know how you would get the Graf Malin to fight it, but if you could, I would say that it would win fairly easily. Once someone knows the golem is there, all it would take is one good mace-swing to shatter it, as compared to say, the thirty or more swings against a well-crafted stone golem. Its weak, but its weapons are sharp and it is extremely difficult to see, which are its high points. Thanks for the comment Go to Comment
Ok, ever since reading the post about bows, with the glass bow-tips, plus brainstorming ideas with Moonhunter and Agar about the Kalazars Skiffs thread, I've been obsessed with glass, what it could do, and what properties it has.
This setting was my way of venting that :P hope you liked Go to Comment
The king only wished to see that later on, he would be on the throne - If he saw that in 5 minutes time, something was going to attack him, he could leave, or make countermeasures. This item tells what the future will be in 5 minutes if one had no foresight. And though 5 minutes may seem little, if you knew, for example, taht in 5 minutes time, a hacker was going to use a loophole you know about in your site to destroy it, you would work to close that loophole, wouldnt you? Such a small amount of time means that if acted quickly, the result could be changed. Also, if it were much further ahead of time, the item would be starting to get a bit too powerful, in my opinion. Wheres the fun if you know everything thats going to happen to you in 30 minutes time? You can stop everything from happening at leisure!
5 minutes gives a frantic quality to the item - the king thought that he was going to die in 5 minutes, so he paniced. causing a heart attack, or what-not.
On the topic of the dragon - You must remember the item shows you also what you WANT to see, not what will happen, so, though it may not show you standing atop the corpse of a dragon, it might show you stabbing a sword into a dragon, or winning the fight. Something to boost foolish confidences.
Erm, 20 minutes staring into it isnt what I meant to say, sorry ^_^ I mean, after 20 minutes in total.
This item is not supposed to be a campaign starter, nor any major, RPG revolving item, but just a bit of a curse that can be thrown onto unsuspecting PCs, who find a 'beautiful mirror which shows them doing things they were planning on doing, anyway'.
This is a mirror that is designed to break down the arrogant optimist, who thinks that every bauble is a treasure, and thinks that things are what they seem. Its designed to be a tweak in the RP.
"But I think the king would have taken this TRUE seer and made him make something a little more useful."
In response to this, I want to stress that I find Time travel and future-sense as extremely powerful, not something that any two-bit mage can do. In my mind, 5 minutes into the future IS a HUGE accomplishment (I mean, can YOU do it? :P). If time travel were something even great powerful mages could perform, wouldnt there be many incidences of it?
(I also like the idea of having a small party sitting around, when suddenly a slit in reality appears, and a hand slides through, grabs a shard of glass sitting on the table, then slips back through the slit, which promptly seals up again. The group would be stunned ^_^)
Well, I hope thats explained a thing or two for you, Strolen :) Though the item itself may not be to your taste, anyway, and thats no problem. To each their own.
To conclude, I'd like to stress that this is NOT a device which is supposed to be looking into the future, and nothing more. Its something which is supposed to decieve people.
A wild species, vinus homophagus, more akin to sea-grape rather than the terrestrial variety, is not a monster despite its fanciful name. The grapes, a deep purple color when in bloom, and oozing dewdrops of perspiration, like the most prized and delectable of drinking wine grapes, do however deserve their moniker. Wine made from this fruit, is deadly to most humanoids, as is the raw berry, if plucked and eaten from the vine. It is the unnatural chemical concoction found within the fruit’s tart skin, which gives the man-eating grape its name. The chemical stew found inside each berry, functions as a necrotic agent, the same as found in some species of venomous snakes. The grapes literally eat the victim from the inside out, via cell death, dissolving organs and flesh in quick succession.
The tribes of Pra-Oohk Crater, from the jungles of Ghlush are known to sell the fermented “wine” of this grape to merchants of distant lands. Sadly, the taste of the concoction is divine when first quaffed, and even worse, the man-eating grape wine will never detect as poisonous via mundane means, its horrid natures somehow masking all attempts. Luckily the man-eating grapes are extremely rare, and endemic to humid jungles.