Using the black arts for good . . .ah that old hat box.
Looking at this old post, makes me think that one could link posts on troupes or themes not just content. I think this post is the simplest form of a classic idea of morality explored with very little detail or packaging. Let say you want to put a message in you campaign about the corrupting influence of evil no matter the context, well this group of "Black Robes" could the carrier of the cliche. I am sure their are other items and society with similarly common and often used messages; the dangers of being a presumptive messiah, the dangers of being taken by the glory of success, the cost of trying to play angles rather than trusting people and so on.
I don't see anything really wrong with this, a lot people critique things as "unrealistic" because they think it won't be as effective as another weapon or concept. These sort of argument ignore that technology is both human and aligned over time. Yeah this may be a crappy weapon, and its use may be a poor tactic, but that doesn't mean it would n't be used. Rather all it means is that the forces of natural selection that drive warfare and invention would eventually phase this out. I also don't think it would be over complicated for fantasy race to make large metal hinge with handles. Go to Comment
A little over brief for a full sub, but I really like the idea. Is that true about Pear wood in chinese mythology, have you seen the Mr. Vampire movies and TV show in which the master uses a peach wood (I believe) sword to fight the undead. Go to Comment
Is her name a play on the word Cornia?
As part of the city, I could see where she'd be useful as part of a noir type campaign, but their just isn't much here. The write up gives you idea of how she might be useful to a person, but almost nothing of the nuances or surprises that interactions with here might bring. A usable but flavorless character. Go to Comment
Came across this via a random link. It is hard to make these side notes stand out, sometimes you just need a write up of a simple place. But this whole thread seems to written with deliberately esoteric tone, which I don't much care for and as far detailed imagery, I know the author has done much more in the past. Go to Comment
These ideas has a lot of promise but it does not build to anything. You have several ideas running through this, but none are that developed.
1)Old city: Great, most cities have an old town, sometimes they are run down sometimes they are the seat of power. So by telling us, "Old City is practically a town unto itself. It has its own little market area, its own water, and its own marshal. The families that live there have lived there for several lifetimes, if not centuries." You tell us nothing we couldn't have extrapolated on our own.
2)The Mayor's office, cute little side note about it. But without a great description of things again it comes to little meaning.
3) The temple, this could be a whole submission. Is the temple still important to people, does it hold a "Pope or Bishop", is the whole Temple used or have sections become forgotten, do the gargoyles live there?
4)The gargoyles: okay the real story here is the link between the Grey Priest, the Mayor and the gargoyles. Maybe if you start with the Grey Priest as insitution, and make the center peice of your old city concept. You could get at the role of the church and the mayor in society, by examining the role of the Grey Prince. You could flesh out the day to day life in Old City and could hint at the views of the gargoyles on the city and humanity. Go to Comment
I would really like to read a good history that reflects day to day life in a medieval city. Please let me know which books you found the most accessible and most helpful, and pass them on to me. As far non-fiction I would say I base most my ideas about medieval life style on three books. Most recently and relevantly, I read "The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople" last year, but that detailed Constantinople and to a lesser extent Venice. However, I got that you are shooting for a more a Northern European feel here. (I could be wrong again) And as far my refn books for Northern Europe go they are limited I have read GG Coulton's "The Medieval Village", and "The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium : An Englishman's World", but both of those reflect a more rural view. So if these books do not equip me with enough knowledge to grasp your scene here than by all means; be a friend, help a brother out and recommend some knowledge.
But back to your post:
So there is a plot set-up here. You could set up a well meaning Mayor who wants to fight the corruption of the town council, and upon taking office he learns of the Grey Priest and the Gargoyles. With this Commisoner Gordon type position he could then begin to spoon feed the Gargoyles info. about wrong doings in the city. But while the Mayor's location and office size does support this conflict it could be seen in other respects depending on the role of the Mayor in the community. What if the Mayor is a Zaphod type position who's role is not to wield power, but rather to draw attention away from it? What if the Mayor is ceremonial position reserved for members of a certain social cast, while the council is made up of members of another cast and as a result they don't mingle? But I felt that you had a Mayor in mind, a leader who is "doing what is best for the city, despite what the Town Council might think".
As to the temple, well I wasn't sure if you envisioned the temple proper as like a spiritual mall or university. The halls are always filled with people running errands, praying, seeking spiritual advice from the pro's, and pursuing religious careers. In general a scene that would seem chaotic too outsiders but with a very public feel. Or is the temple more mysterious and less cosmopolitan, with dark hallway, quit pray processions, forgotten libraries and in general more somber.
As for the "Gargoyles!!!" I will read you other post directly, but aren't they near immortal? Haven't they been watching humans for longer than the Grey Priest? Wouldn't they become the "encyclopedia of fleshling ways" for a cloistered young man? Or are there things about humanity that the Gargoyles are not capable of understanding, and will always be confused about no matter how long they live? And if so what are these things, and how does this perspective translate into the gargoyles discission making process? Go to Comment
PCs would be drawn to this like moths, and it is full of possible and reusable plot hooks. I could even see a plot with some former Witchhunter guard who grew sick of the injustice of Azure city and left to be a merc somewhere else. But then a assignment comes along, that seems simple at first, but soon becomes diluted with intrigue and misdirection. Eventually all the pieces point in one direction: Azure City (ya Chinatown). Go to Comment
It sounds to me that there is more than a memory in the book. There is personality and a drive. In fact calling it a memory may be a poor choice. Indeed why call it a memory at all. It is an imprint of a person's state of mind at a certain point in time isn't it.
But I haven't read Harry Potter so I can't speak to any of that, but maybe if I do I will have a better understanding of this post.
Here is a plot idea
The book is predatory and needy item. A mage or scribe keeps a journal in it for a few years when they are young and in the throws of passion regarding a lover, a war or political cause. The journal is lost, but the book still longs for the its original author. So the book seeks the author again using people as MH or JKR may have described. At any rate the author has changed their views on things since they were younger. It could have been when they were younger they were racist or in love with somebody else, and have since abandoned those previous passions. But because of the book they are unable to escape their old selves. The books then tries to bring about the goals they had long since abandoned. This could be interesting if the book had belonged to a powerful or respected leader. The leader who is now an agent for peace and wisdom was once violent and dogmatic. The books brings that leader and the PCs in direct conflict with the leader's past. If you could plan ahead this far in campaign it could even be the former journal of a PC that went through an alignment change or went from money grubbing merc to rebel general. Go to Comment
This certainly has a place in the old morality plays and in the film noir world. This could turn any character into femme fatale. It is unclear if the author is suggesting if the lipstick has some mind control effect on the women or if the author's opinion of woman is that will want to wear anything that will make them attractive and desriable. The fact that it makes other women catty or jealous may also offend some roleplayers. But all this is par for the course with any item that plays to old "dangerous temptress" troupe with in fanatsy.
As for plot ideas, I could see this used to drain the power of an urban spell caster so he or she can be captured. The woman wearing the lipstick may not know how or what she is being used for.
Overall this doesn't cover new ground, but it doesn't cover the old ground badly. The use of the lipstick to induce this dangerous sexuality for some reason turns my stomach.
One minor edit: you write "a point/ pawn/ unit or so their personal power are drained"
maybe it should say "a point/ pawn/ unit or so OF their personal power IS drained" Go to Comment