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Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-06 12:33 PM
Curse of Endless Breath

A favorite of court jesters and anybody else who wishes the kings latest rambling speech would get over with already. This curse is another that might seem like a benefit at first, rendering the recipient unable to drown, suffocate, or be affected by any inhaled vapors by removing from them the ability (or need) to draw breath. The side effect of this, besides being rendered completely mute, is the continual problem of being mistaken for dead when asleep or otherwise not moving.

Despite it's favored use as a punishment for careless or unruly wizards, this curse is also often cast upon the town gossip mongers and rumor mills. And more recently upon soldiers who can't shut up on watch, and those absent minded people who have given away the wrong persons vital secrets by a slip of the tongue. Go to Comment
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-06 12:45 PM
Curse of Reversed Aging

Though it's effects are not immediately apparent, (especially for old elves and dwarves) the aging process of this person begins to run backwards at a slow, but ever accelerating rate. At first they grow younger slowly by a week for every 3-4 days, then gradually increasing to a month every day, quickly leaving them a mewling helpless babe over the course of a short year or two.

This curse was first created by a angry god who grew weary of hearing the numerous prayers for youth from the old and wizened, and wished to remind them the pains of growing old are nothing compared to the pain of growing young again.

While one may consider this curse to indeed be a boon, as their frail aging bodies quickly regain a measure of lost youth and virility. However the jealousy of their closest friends and family members turns this from a joy to horror, as they realize they will likely outlive their lovers and perhaps even children, not to mention being hunted by those who are eager to learn their "secret" of youth.

Perhaps the most painful part of this curse onsets at the age of 18 (for humans anyway) as the body begins to undevelop and actually shrink in what is an unnatural and hideously painful process, often snapping what little of their sanity remains. Go to Comment
play: Bad Example Dissection
Items  (Armor)   (Heroic)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-02-08 10:09 AM

A useful guide for new members, nice to see it getting some sort of worthwhile use :)


(On a side note I do believe the armor is from the video game Final Fantasy VI, known as FF III in America for a long time.)

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play: Bad Example Dissection
Items  (Armor)   (Heroic)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-02-08 10:10 AM
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A Dash of Salt
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-28 12:30 AM

Fun stuff, it promises to be even more special when they all stop to eat at the next inn and I serve my players what their chars ordered. (They 99% of the time, without fail, order the "house special" usually without even asking what it is first.) 

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A Dash of Salt
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-28 12:31 AM

Forgot to vote.

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Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2012-08-08 06:33 PM

Rim world Settler Sweetbread

Originally created by rim world colonists in the 'verse as a nutritious, but easy to make dessert, often served with sweet butter cream and caramel nut sauce, this bread quickly became a favorite of of both Firefly ship captains and companions alike.


2 cups warm water (heat to 110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

1/4 cup of clover honey (or alternatively 2tbsp of honey, 2tbsp cup of real maple syrup)

1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 cup virgin olive oil

6 cups unbleached bread flour


In a large bowl, dissolve the honey/maple syrup in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam. (approximately 5-10 minutes)

Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. (Rubber gloves or well floured hands is recommended to prevent sticking.)

Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.

Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds along the tops

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.

Recipe Variations

For a more meaty and filling bread that goes well with Stews and rich meats, reduce the amount of honey to 4 tablespoons and substitute 1/4 cup of bacon grease in place of olive oil.

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Silveressa's comment on 2014-04-09 01:12 AM

Grimlock's Garlic Butter

A famed recipe of Grilock, Dwarven cook of the Icebeard army. He Successfully used this recipe to not only provide flavor to otherwise bland meals, but also improve the breath of some of his less hygienic battle companions.

Ingredients: 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic 1 & 1/4 stick of salted butter 1/4 cup of cream cheese 1 tsp of pepper (optional) 1/4 tsp- 1 tsp of salt (depends on how salty you want the garlic butter less if you're cooking with it, more if you plan to put it on Italian bread or as a dipping sauce for pizza.)


Preheat oven to 375 F

Slice the tops of the garlic cloves off about 1/6th of the way down so the tops of each individual garlic piece inside the clove is visible

Place cloves in small baking dish and cover the top of each one with a small pat of butter (this is where the quarter stick comes in although you prolly won't use that much)

Set out the stick of butter and cheese to soften while the garlic cooks.

Cover and bake @ 375f for approximately 40-50 minutes (until the butter has caramelized the garlic and is a light golden brown.)

Warning! The smell of roasting garlic will give you a major case of the munchies so do it right before dinner.

Remove from oven and allow to cool, then remove the individual pieces of garlic from the clove with a fork, tweezers, or tooth pick (they should slide out easily, I prefer to wear rubber gloves and remove them by hand, it's quicker.)

Mash garlic into a paste with a fork, add salt, pepper, butter and cream cheese, mix with a spoon until fully blended.

Refrigerate and enjoy! It should keep for around 3-4 weeks + without any issue, although it will get stronger after the 3rd week.

(You can also freeze it for a few months if you see a need, but it tastes better when made fresh as needed)

You can also skip the cheese if you'd prefer and the garlic butter will be nearly as good.

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The Mogrolyth
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-24 11:09 PM
A nasty and useful piece of work, perfect to throw against any undead hunter that's getting "too big for their britches."

I also particularly like the plot line you provided in your later reply; I'm thinking of using it for a one shot advneture sometime soon.

All the praise aside I did notice one small technical error with the sub:

The mogrolyth cannot be dismembered, - any object is able to pierce through the flesh, but the bone cannot be shattered or cut.

The human skeleton is not actually held together by the bones themselves, but by the tendons and muscles surrounding them. (as anyone who has dislocated a shoulder or cut up a thanksgiving turkey can attest to)

Thus after killing it, a knowledgeable char (any char that's butchered an animal for food) could dismember it with a little gruesome work and a few minutes of effort.

Of course the chances of the heroes knowing dismemberment is the only way to destroy the creature are pretty slim. (although the second time they face it they'll likely decapitate it after death knowing most chars.)

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The Poison Eaters Tribe
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-29 02:14 AM

A useful and nasty addition to any jungle, given their non magical nature they work equally well in post apocalypse and sci-fi campaigns too, which is a nice plus.

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Campaigns are like Plants
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-23 03:51 PM

Did this get corrupted/cut off somewhere before the end?


The last sentence: "If you don't the scenario might be stale and the run go" seems to be left hanging and that paragraph unfinished. (with holding my vote and feedback until I can read the entire thing.).

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Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-22 07:49 AM

An interesting slice of land that fits smoothly into virtually any fantasy setting. However I find myself curious behind the reasons the humans and elves don't mix and the elves are so protective of their land to kill human travelers who are without escort.

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The Mad Queen and her Daughter
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-16 11:31 AM

An enjoyable short story that read much like like an anecdotal legend you'd hear around the fireside from a amateur bard. (which in this case is an excellent thing)

One could easily use this piece as a chunk of the worlds history, or even as a mini campaign for a single player.

I agree it's a bit rough in places, (especially compared to your latest works,) but over all the piece holds up well, and has a certain fairytale like charm to it that really appeals.

5/5 and a HOH, hopefully this will get some more votes and publicity.

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Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-12-04 07:35 AM


Makes a single object or five to ten foot swath of fabric completely waterproof for up to an hour, (d6x10 minutes) great for keeping one self dry when caught in an unexpected shower or keeping the contents of ones backpack dry while fording a deep stream.


Makes a small five foot area of ground fertile, allowing anything planted in the area to grow readily. If cast upon a living creature the chances of conception should it have intercourse within the next hour is dramatically increased.

Repel Insects-

Works like a top quality topical insect repellent, preventing the target from being fed upon by flea, ticks, mosquitoes etc, very popular among mages that live in swampy areas.

Attract Insects-

makes the object/person or area highly attractive to all varieties of insects (and arachnids) causing them to gather in the area. useful for annoying a group of people or making a market stall appear unattractive it can also prove handy to disrupt someones restful sleep and potentially even deadly if poisonous spiders happen to be in the vicinity.

It can also be used beneficially to concentrate a swarm of bees or other insects for easy capture or eradication or to generate a feeding ground for bats and birds to more easily collect their guano for alchemical purposes.

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Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-12-04 07:36 AM
Really handy list, great stuff for making a spell caster just a little more unique and useful. Go to Comment
A perfect gamer is
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-13 10:11 AM
Not to derail the thread but th comment of Spielberg reminded me or an interview I read with the actress who played Princess Leia. She likened Spielberg's directing style and ability to that of a porn star director. Nearly all he ever told any of the cast was "Harder! With more Emotion next time!" (Not a quality I'd want in a gm lol)

As for the piece itself, it's excellent. Short and easy to remember. It should be printed on the first page of every players handbook for every game ever written. Go to Comment
A perfect gamer is
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-13 10:14 AM
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Spectacles of All Seeing
Items  (Jewelry)   (Villanous)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-25 10:57 PM

A neat magic item, and with a back story that can make for a good piece of history to plug into a kingdom the characters frequent. 

How it ends, with the glasses sold to mere merchant makes for a nice plot hook, and can allow for these glasses to fall into a characters hands rather cheaply, only to cause unknown troubles opver time. Very nice and original.

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The Dunshar
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-02-05 01:24 AM

An interesting creature, and easily mistaken for a golem by those less educated or perceptive. Very unique and intriguing.

As for the sub itself, it has a few spelling errors, and could use some spacing between the paragraphs to break up the wall of text, but given it hasn't been updated since 2005, that's s a bit understandable.

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The Omen Plague
Systems  (Ecological)   (Specific)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-11-22 11:19 AM
Definitely a lot of game potential here, and also rather frightening to have affecting the chars beloved home, great motivation to shift those lazy high level characters off their backsides to ride out for one last adventure to literally save the world. Go to Comment
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