I can see it as a de-weaponer as well. As you move through it, the ice only allows the form of a living being, any extra stuff could be stripped and left at the entrance. Either ripped or it seems like the ice has enough finesse to remove it without breaking it.
My vote is for the first two paragraphs and the hope for more. You totally lost me on the last one and the post is better without it. That said, I really think it is a great idea. Especially leaving the horror till last. Great! I do have questions like how would you know they have these things? Some tell tale sign, rings on the neck, anything? Is there any way to get rid of them? But I can come up with that. I just love that core idea but I want more about it!
I like it. Especially so for a 100. For some reason I had pictured the jewelry worn in some extravagant outside ball of sorts...in the rain. Not sure where to go from that or what affect I think the metal should have but I like the visual. Any rain event has added flair of these kind of weapons are broke out for battle. Stored in tanks and pulled out in proper conditions. England, Washington State/Oregon, rain forests?
That is a super neat idea. I read a few of them, like the idea, but then didn't know what to do with them because I was thinking a vote of 3 but no comment really. Glad you are thinking the same way on it. I absolutely love the idea getting down to the brass tacks!
Think of the children. LOL I think they will be able to determine direction by the damage path. Height of the throw by the depth of the initial impact. Then it just leaves using elementary trigonometry and some minor calculus taking into account the coriolus affect, pull of the moon, wind, nearby asteroids, barometric pressure, dew point and atmospheric pressure on a sliding scale of medium averaged density to find the arc, trajectory and origin. So not very hard to find. ;)
I tried to graze the other subs to see how they connected but didn't hit on a key. Is there something the owner does to activate these different powers? Quests or judgements he has to do for them to light up? I also didn't know what other items were meant "the others" as far as knowing when they were betrayed and losing powers. Seems that would be a good spot to itemize the items that were connected...or explain how the king links items with the ring if that is how it works.
Great description with an excellent background. I can see the Red Duke working his selfless act wishing to all that he could take the misery of all those upon himself. The knife, joining his mission and answering his call, slowly being inbued with the power. Its permanance then solidified in cloud of shadow wrapping the knife at the same time the Red Duke uttered a final agonized scream of triumph for the good he did.