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Ansgar Haakon
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-01-19 01:11 AM
It's a decent character.

A +15 lance given to him by a close friend... (snip) ...and a small bag containing everything he needs.

I assume that +15 isn't a D and D statistic! That would be a CLOSE friend, indeed!

Where can I get ahold of one of those bags? Go to Comment
Xoct's Sauce
Items  (Other)   (Non-Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-03-06 11:55 AM
"You're gonna eat that Xoct's Sauce on your chow and like it, soldier!"

"But, Sarge! That spicy stuff gives me the winds somethin' fierce! All the other guys in the unit refuse to let me in their tents!" Go to Comment
Jin Kalib's Boots of Shadow Walking
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-08-31 09:24 PM
These could use some revision. They're another example of a worthwhile discussion triggered by an unimpressive item.

We start with boots that give the wearer the power to travel through shadows and the ability to walk on walls or ceilings, somehow tied to someone named Jin Kalib. We're going to need a lot more before these items are worth putting into a game.

The name suggests something "Arabian Nights" to me: Perhaps these are the legendary curly-toed boots of the Djinn Khalib, perpetrator of 1,000 irritating pranks and roguish deceits. They are instantly recognized by dozens of Djinni and Ifriti, creatures whose grudges are legendary and whose power can be immense. When one of them sees the boots, they instantly suspect that their ancient nemesis has come to torment them again, this time disquised as a lowly adventurer.

Perhaps the embroidery of red silk is not meant to resemble a fishnet pattern at all: It is a web, for the brightly-dyed silk of these boots was taken from the legendary Spiders of Shadow, strange beings that haunt the Shadow Realm, eager to devour those who intrude upon their domains. Their strange call can draw even the purest soul into a realm where nightmares seem real and reality is a distant dream.

A potent item, those boots. I wonder what happened to that Jinn Kalib guy.... Go to Comment
The Hellcoat
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-23 10:44 PM
One of the Captain's many interestingly nasty items. I could see this becoming part of a nasty murder mystery if the cloak waited for the right moment to make its kill. Go to Comment
Bra of Holding
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-08 08:50 PM
As others have noted, the brassiere is a relatively recent development among women's undergarments; the more historically common item was a corset. As I have been quite an enthusiast of well fitted corsets for some years now, I would recommend the widespread adoption of such a magic item.

Of course, the comparable male item would be the codpiece: Codpieces have been used for a similar purpose. A legal case from England in the late 16th Century involved a man who hid a roast chicken in his. Men's trunkhose were more commonly used to carry items securely; one journal recounts how a man carried a full set of dishes, cups and tableware for six in his "sloppes", padded by the tablecloth. Go to Comment
Bra of Holding
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-11-01 05:08 PM
"Pardon, Sire, be that a capon in thy coddepiece or art thou most heartened to see me?"

I doubt that it was a very large chicken. Go to Comment
The Prince of the Endless Corridor
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-05-15 12:47 AM
He's not as detailed as some, but I really like this guy. Go to Comment
Culbert's Wedding Band
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-07-03 02:17 PM
This one gets you thinking. I prefer the explanation of a lonely mage that wanted a wife, even if she was only an illusion... Go to Comment
Cauldron of Hatred
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-04-25 04:07 PM
This is soooo different from the CP subs that we have seen more recently. I imagine that if you were to write a similar item today, it would only vaguely resemble this. Go to Comment
The Dhole
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Combative)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-09-23 10:46 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Lisa deHansen
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-03-06 12:02 PM
I suspect that a female Robin Hood could be an amusing addition to a game, especially once the rumor mill went to work:

"Why, everyone knows that the Lady DeHansen ran off into the forest to be with that dashing bandit, the Scourge of Witherwood! I've seen her myself, giving his loot back to the villagers! I wonder how much longer old Olbzan can hide the truth?" Go to Comment
Regal and Leon
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-02-05 05:24 PM
While good, this isn't up to the standards that we have come to expect from the puissant Strolen. The basic ideas rock, but the execution is careless. Time for an update! Go to Comment
The Family Cohrron
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Wulfhere's comment on 2006-10-12 01:11 PM
A dangerous, fey bunch. I suspect that I would want to introduce them to the PCs as allies at first, give them a reason to like the trio, then have them hired by the opposition the next time the party encounters them. Go to Comment
The handy small shield
Items  (Armor)   (Cursed)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-02-02 04:15 PM
An item like this one would be hard to detect as cursed, as the wielder gets bonuses from it. I like the "sneaky" nature of the shield: Someone trying to detect its magic would be likely to discover that it is powerfully enchanted without understanding the full nature of its curse.

Of course, if the shield's owner DID figure out the curse, he could arrange for one of his enemies to get it, and "hose" the guy's whole group.

The item should have a limited range of effect, perhaps 15' radius, otherwise, the effect could be awfully potent: "The 1,200 men in your legion have a -2 to their saves, but you're not sure why...." Go to Comment
The handy small shield
Items  (Armor)   (Cursed)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-09-06 12:48 PM
I noticed the stats as well, but didn't see them as a serious issue in this case. The shield's description is comprehensible, even if you aren't familiar with those systems that scale in the +1 (minor bonus) to +5 (major bonus) range.

The subs that I have trouble with are those that don't suggest what they mean before they start slinging out obscure spell references and numbers. (E.g.: "This +5 Sling of Seduction gives targetting bonusses equal to the Randy's Smarmy Slingboy spell, but also gives a +5 bonus to Occupation: Courtesan rolls when worn as swimwear...") Go to Comment
Crown of Morality
Items  (Jewelry)   (Cursed)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-02-08 06:42 PM
The perfect item for games where you have a couple of bystanders that want to kibitz... "OK... You're the Voice of Order, and you're the Voice of Freedom! Drive him nuts!" Go to Comment
Laughter is a Serious Buisiness
Plots  (Duty)   (Single-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2011-05-19 12:13 PM

I really like the idea, but the typos and spelling errors are a bit distracting.  Can you give it a once-over to clean them up?  Then I can give it the high score it deserves.

Go to Comment
Mail of the Dead
Items  (Armor)   (Magical)
Wulfhere's comment on 2009-01-06 12:22 PM
For several reasons, this one deserves the "bad example" freetext:

1.) Careless spelling and grammar.

2.) Great power without clear drawbacks.

3.) Its history lacks detail.

The abbreviated tale of Vadus has some potential, but it hasn't been developed enough to make it useful to GMs who might want to use the item in their games. The tale could be interesting: An exiled warrior returns to claim revenge against the man who banished him, counting on his hell-forged armor to preserve him. His hubris is repaid with death when the king's guardians banish his magical protection back to the hell in which it was forged. Go to Comment
The Daedalus Factor
Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-02-02 03:29 PM
The queen may have plan several uses for her shiny new "death test": It would be a convenient place to "dump" all sorts of unwanted people, secure treasures she doesn't need much, or hold secret mettings or ceremonies. After all, she will know its secrets; they will hold little danger for her.

While the labyrinth is being constructed, the PCs may also be approached by shady characters seeking information about it, or otherwise trying to compromise the queen's scheme. They may be legitimate, or they may be agents of the queen "testing" their integrity. The information they gather may come back to haunt the PCs, or this may be a way to gain a powerful patron (or enemy!). Go to Comment
Plots  (Hired)   (Mini-Campaign)
Wulfhere's comment on 2007-04-20 12:51 AM
When I was young, I had a parrot. A monstrously noisy parrot. While I loved my pet a great deal, some of our neighbors thought that we had an autistic child shut up in our house. I can imagine that situation in a fantasy game:

GM: "You hear a sound like someone screaming, "Help, helllp!"

Adventurer: "I kick open the door!" Go to Comment
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A culture believes that souls are recycled. One child gets half of a soul, another child gets the other half. However, this means that with each passing generation, the amount of soul in the child will become less and less (Through division)until their culture will die in the future because of their soulless offspring.

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