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The Kumbra
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Desert)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-06-01 06:36 PM
Without a doubt one of the neatest races I've seen, and incidentally, the one I chose to make an npc out of. ( ) It's nice to see a non humanoid race that's not inherently evil or all powerful and can fit in to any fantasy setting with a little effort. 5/5 Go to Comment
Adventurous Plants
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Any)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-04-29 08:40 PM
Pod bombs.

Milkweed like plants that produce pods filled with razor sharp seeds. The pods are also filled with a chemical that violently explodes upon contact with air. Sending the seed out like shrapnel.

When an animal bites the pod, it detonates, usually blinding the animal or rendering it incapable of eating, if not killing it outright. The dead carcass then provides fertilizer for the seeds to grow in. when picked and carefully dried, the pods shell becomes much harder but still retains its explosive capability. They are then capable of being fired through modified slingshots or Co2 powered weapons then also work well as anti personnel land mines. Also when ripe the plants are capable of sensing the heat of living objects, and detonate one or more pods when a warm blooded creature wanders too close. Go to Comment
Adventurous Plants
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Any)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-04-29 08:46 PM
Blood Grass

This thin dark green grass grows only a couple inches high and is often mistaken for normal grass by the unwary; although a careful eye will notice the grass sways softly even in the absence of any breeze.

When a animal or person makes skin contact with the grass it often compact much like regular grass, providing no immediate harm or effect. It is when the unlucky creature lays upon the grass for an extended duration that the grass slowly burrows into it;s flesh, the needle like points easily piercing thin clothing and a mild anesthetic preventing victims from even feeling the attack.

Once so entrenched within a victim the grass slowly siphons off their vital fluids, draining the victim of their very life. Victims who awake in time may be able to free themselves form the blood grasses entanglement, however most awaken too weak from blood loss to move; and even more never wake up at all. Go to Comment
Urn Beast
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (City/ Ruin)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-20 12:30 AM

I remember seeing this way back in the day, thought for sure I commented on it.

It's hard to top what others have said,  except to add that this is one of the more unique enemies I've seen for populating crypts and other treasure troves PCs enjoy looting at every opportunity.

The links to the others subs is an especially nice touch, and helps with further populating the catacombs with points of interest.

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Theater of Confused Arts
Locations  (Establishment)   (Other)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-29 07:31 PM

An interesting location to toss into a bland partially developed city in a publiched setting, and added a bit of uniquity. (With it being dug donwards I would guess there's a capable drainage system running underneath the theatre as well to prevent flooding, which could have a few points of interest all its own, especially after/during a hard rain.)

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My First Character
Articles  (Character)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-19 04:10 PM
My first char was back when I was around 13 (I'm 28 now btw) and the only gal at the after school D&D game held in the library. (a friend convinced me to join him) She was a fighter wizard called Crystal that the gm made sure wound up getting a cape of living bat wings that enabled her to fly but required her to wear only the most minimal clothing necessary to limit weight penalties for some bizarre reason.

I never developed her personalty much given the rest of the playing group was more interested in killing things then talking to npc's. (or each other for that matter)

She met her ignoble end when she flew over the town one evening and got holed by the town guards arrow volley. They were convinced she was a succubus with a little help of the another players rogue Timli screaming about the "winged devil woman." (The rogues player just didn't like me for some reason) Go to Comment
My First Character
Articles  (Character)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-20 12:26 AM
Fun sub, a good trip down memory lane. It's fun to see how similar most of our first gaming experiences were. Go to Comment
Voting Practices
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - Genre)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-22 09:26 PM

While while a little outdated compared to the current 1-5 voting text, the basic principle still applies solidly.

Perhaps if everyone had such a sub explaining their voting preferences people would be less likely to be confused/upset when someone votes low on a sub others voted high on?

Either way, an enlightening glimpse into the inner workings of Mourns voting method, and well worth the read.

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Voting Practices
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - Genre)
Silveressa's comment on 2012-06-15 09:05 PM
Aye it'd be handy if more Strolenites had such a sub, knowing how and why people vote rating X on a sub would be extremely helpful in understanding what they look for in a "excellent" sub, and make the Law of the Hammer largely obsolete.

I wrote one of these ages back, wasn't quite as well received however, likely due to the timing of the presentation. Go to Comment
Eye Of Enhancing Degeneration
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-19 07:23 PM
Perhaps placing this back into your "in work" area and giving it an over haul grammar/wording wise would be good. (btw is English not your primary language? if not that explains some of the problem)

It has promise but needs a serious over haul. Nice try so far though, give it an edit and I'll happily re-vote Go to Comment
The Leviathan Pool
Locations  (Area)   (Water)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-20 09:38 PM

A much more somber and thoughtful piece then I was expecting, and certainly memorable. I'm not sure it's a place most typical greedy/ goal driven PC's would be satisfied with finally finding. (given there's no treasure or other tangible rewards to be gained from the place and no great "villain" to overcome.)  

Nonetheless, for those looking for a memorable legend, and a equally memorable location, they would be hard pressed to find one more so.

A bit more detail about the rumor of "You will not live to see the New Moon after witnessing its beauty." might be a worthy enhancement. I can feel there is potential for a surprising climax here with the PC's being attacked by whales, or some type of water elemental near the beginning of the new moon, seeking to return them to the watery grave as well.

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Buzzards Bay
Locations  (City)   (Any)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-31 04:23 PM

Wow, tons of info in the sub and all the links make this an easy plug and play addition to nearly any fantasy campaign. Snagged and in my GM folder for later use!

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Changing faces
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-12 11:40 PM

A nice effort put into the rewrite, and over all much improved from its original incarnation. (Read way back and never voted on it.) A few paragraph breaks in the initial  plot description would be a nice finishing touch and make the a touch piece easier to read ;)

Other then that it's an interesting sub plot, and worth tossing into an otherwise slow overland travel session.

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Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-12 03:00 PM

A nice addition to any campaign needing a touch of shadow magic among the nobility.

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Torture Devices and Techniques
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-10-01 07:01 PM
actually some species will most certainly eat living flesh, such as the blow fly larve Go to Comment
Torture Devices and Techniques
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-11 03:40 PM
A minor Infestation

This one is relatively simple, one simply straps the patient to the operating table and drug the them into immobility then proceeds to take "creative liberties" with a scalpel upon the more fleshy parts of the body. (or if one wishes fore horrific shock factor the genitals)

The key here is to carve shallow wounds the size and diameter of a nickel (about 1/2" across), then place your preferred strain of flesh eating maggot eggs in to the wound.

As long as you set up a mirror to provide the victim with a decent view of the afflicted area, (Cutting off the eye lids may be necessary at this point.) they will likely tell you anything and everything you want to know as soon as they realize what will happen when the eggs hatch into larvae and go to work on their vulnerable body parts. Go to Comment
Torture Devices and Techniques
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-11 03:53 PM
Nasty and sick stuff, good things to threat the pc's with, or have them rescue people from. Go to Comment
Torture Devices and Techniques
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-11 03:54 PM
Slow Roasting

Using a heating element attached inside a hollow metal spike of desired length and thickness one then inserts this probe into the subjects delicate bodily orifice of their choice and slowly turns up the heat. Depending on the amount of heat applied the tissue surrounding the probe will cook over a manner of minutes, hours, or perhaps longer inflicting horrible agony and eventual sterility. (providing the victim with a proper view of the process will help speed interrogation along of course along with the scent of their own body slow roasting)

For variety one can also apply electric shock therapy through this probe instead of, or during the cooking process, although this will hasten the heat build up and onset of sterility. Go to Comment
Torture Devices and Techniques
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-11 04:10 PM
Fake Out

This one can be applied with minimal difficulty after the subject has been subjected to any number of other interrogation techniques. (It works especially well on spies, and other covert operatives)

The subject after being rendered unconsciouses then has their head bandaged (providing their eyes are still intact) and brought into a room made up to be a mockery of a hospital. (A small speaker connecting to a device that beeps regularly and another one that "hisses" for the hospital sounds and a pan of disinfectant on the floor for that "hospital smell." Providing someone to feel their wrist as if checking their pulse adds to this deception.

The subject is then awoken by someone impersonating a doctor and fed the simple story their body was "dumped" in a river or whatever and then found by an innocent passer by who called an ambulance.

From there the victim (if a spy or covert operative) can be "be briefed" by someone posing as a superior and the unwitting person will usually divulge their mission, what they found out, and what, if anything, they told their captors while under the strain of torture.

(one can also interpose a "qualified psychiatrist" during the debriefing to speak the person about their captivity and the effect it had upon them. Provided one can find a actual psychiatrist to conduct these sessions all manner of mental problems can be caused and/or taken advantage of.)

For added deception one can provide the victim with a secure untraceable line to the outside and allow them to call their "family" and let them know their okay and recovering in whatever out of the way medical area the interrogators have provided. (Usually in a third world country to prevent them from readily paying them a visit)

After this technique has been used whether effective or not, and the victim has recovered a modicum of health. The psychological impact of having the bandages removed or otherwise finding out they are still in the confinement of their torturers will usually break all but the strongest willed victims. Go to Comment
Torture Devices and Techniques
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-11 03:47 PM
Friction Burn

After the victim is suitably restrained one applies a sand paper covered belaying pin to various parts of the body with a brisk rubbing motion. The damage caused from this abrasion will be relatively minor (at first) but the pain would be excruciating. (Topical application of salt/alcohol to the wounds will speed the interrogation process without causing excessive harm to the victim.

For variation one can change the grade of sand paper to more or less coarse as they desire or substitute a cheese grater or metal/wood file. Go to Comment
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