This reminds me of character that might be central to a children's book. Indeed, I think this post would be much improved if it was written as lyrical poem. Additionally, I know sticking the gaming stats in is faux pas around here, but I don't see why it would be a problem if the it as an afterwards, and you could also reflect several game systems.
The main use I can see for this character is as somebody who would really annoy the PCs. As much as the roleplaying world should be made up of Nerds who know better, there is an awful lot of hazing that goes on in RPG communities. As an NPC this would be a character that had never been hazed, certainly in some of my campaigns the PCs would have despised him simply for his nonchalant use of magic. This NPC and his absurd nature would be an upfront mocking of PC's self-importance and seriousness. Go to Comment
I think everyone says the same thing about this, it is a fine story, that in the right context could be useful or interesting. I guess whether you like it or not depends whether or not you find that context interesting. As it is, I found little novel in this story, although it was a nice read and an easy diversion. Go to Comment
I tried this with my group, only instead of bandits they were a bunch of religious fanatics from a Church the PCs hate, and they were roughing up a local priestess from a church the PCs love. Despite the presence of one really Blood thirsty PC, the managed to back to down in exchange for the map to treasure.
The main result of this has been however the question "Who carries a fake map?" has be come a catch phrase of one of the PCs. Anytime somebody asks about the likely hood of an event, "What is the odds of the assassins tracking us to here?" The thief will proclaim "Who carries a fake map?". Go to Comment
First I want to note that Strolen is a time traveller, and updated this piece on the very last day of the 60s.
I like the ideas behind this, and the sub a story and gives us a setting, I enjoyed reading it and thanks for writing it. This has the feeling of a prologue for an epic quest, one I would like to be part of. I think this a great prolog and I would like to know more (and I suppose that is how many RPGs were born).
A lot of fantasy writing, at least fan writing, I find is full of phrases like "legend has it" or "there are rumored to be". These phrase leave details of the story open to the reader and suggest that what we are looking at larger world. I however find this tone incongruous with the third party omnipotent perspective that is common in RPG writing. This piece has a very conversational tone and a camp fire story type style. Yet when a piece gets more specific, more detailed, I believe it actually becomes more accessible because it creates a more complete picture of the subject or the world. But then at the same time, it also becomes limited in scope and appeal. I think this piece could be re-worked just slightly to give a more vivid picture of the setting, by perhaps giving some first person narratives or just a few more details and author opinions, but retain its broad scope and open ended nature. Go to Comment
yeah reminds me of my mother, she always called me "a thick headed life ruining mistake from which the greatest gifts she could ever except would be silence and never using her family name." But the way she said it was so casual and non-judgemental that you couldn't be offended. Go to Comment
Fantastic, it is an epic sized story that can be dropped into any setting. I like Scras's idea of having the mystic try this again, and then the PCs have to travel to Akibara to learn of the true nature of the mystic. Or (to reach deeper into the bag of cliche') what if one of the PCs or an important NPC is the long lost child of the King. As the blood of the king he bares some responisibility for the the deeds of his father, and he may wish to reclaim his legacy. Go to Comment
Something else I really like about this sword the more I think about it, is that it has a code of honor. It will keep promises, and make sacrifices, but how much honor does it have? Does it have a loyality to the last army it commanded, does it lust for fair battles or just to see its enemies driven before it? Go to Comment
thank you for answering most of my questions. But just one more question, but it requires some unpacking.
Talking about these fantasy things are something I enjoy, and in asking question I more wanted to see your vision for the object not my vision of what the object could be.
"If it can't it will arrange for you to be drafted/ conscripted into the army. If it can't, it will arrange for your neighbors in the inn to be noisey all night so you can't sleep, so you will be sloppy in your next fight. And remember, it controls those gifts. So if it doesn't need you, you don't get any of those magical benefits. (Or it will given them to you, then take them away when it needs you to die)."
This answered my question very well, but you started the answer with
"This is simple logic. If you had read the powers, you would of seen the ability to manipulate the minds around it."
You suggested that I failed a test of simple logic and then that I had not read the description, characterizing the person you were talking to as irrational and ignorant.
So here is my next question.
Why do you enjoy or feel it necessary to make such prefaces to the answer?
But again on the whole I enjoyed the answer, and thanks. Go to Comment