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The Family Cohrron
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-12 10:54 AM
Good NPCs and they likely have a long list of useful knowledge. Also if your party contains a famous fighter, then Damien and co. could seek them out so that he can finally go out the way he wants. But then various plot lines could pop up that would make the two parties work together. I think you see where that goes... Go to Comment
The Family Cohrron
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-12 12:58 PM
Another angle would be what would happen to Damien if you cured him. His personality has been built around his need for self destruction, could he cope with having a whole life to live. Or would he believe he was cured? What if he addicted to his treatments and refuses to accept that they are no longer necessary. Go to Comment
Magnus the Magnificent
NPCs  (Extras)   (Knowledge/Lore)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-12 08:30 PM
I think this would make a great villian, because he isn't really evil. He could swindle the PCs, trick the PCs and constantly hold things over the PCs' heads. For example he could have manipulated a whole county in believing there was plague arising from the disturbance of a haunted temple ruin nearby. The towns people are turning on each other, adventures and clerics are coming to investigate the temple and the town becomes a powder keg. And all this just to sell Elixir, and by the time the PC get to the bottom of it he is already gone. And then don't forget his trail of bastards or the fact that he bares a striking resemeblance to one of the younger PCs (an angle he might exploit). Go to Comment
Deck of Fate
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-06-11 11:04 PM
A well thought item, I enjoyed the write up and hope to use it. Go to Comment
Last Torch Standing
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-25 06:37 PM
This another fun and great magical item. Particularly for those PCs that keep super detailed inventories. They also tend to be the paranoid PCs. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Minor)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 12:20 PM
What happens when the atypical daughter of a nobleman renounces everything she was taught?

Female Moses? Go to Comment
NPCs  (Minor)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 01:10 PM
Groan, another rebellious vixen who believes in personal empowerment and sincerity over social obligation and family. You have flavors of this in Zorro, Gumi Bears, Aladdin, The Song of Fire and Ice Books, Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast. This woman's whole story is a series of cliches from the opening question, I pretty sure everyones answer was that she picks up rapier and puts on some knee high boots with a riding outfit. It is the classic American-media archetype of a female hero, high born but chooses the cause or the role of the commoner.

I think this character could really get interesting if you expanded on her life after leaving home. Instead you just list thing, pirate, tavern servant, circus performer. It was that period, and how she viewed her family through the lense of those experinces, that should really define her at the point in her life when you would have her introduced to the PCs.

Some questions are

The forces that drove her away are clear, but did she ever find what she was looking for?
I take it she find did not find sincerity in the commoners world, and that is why she remains so cynical.

Though what did that do to her moral code and sense of the world. She hated the rich but did she have belief that people could be better or that some people were better? What does she think now and how will that effect her decision making process?
I am not sure what lines she is unwilling to cross though, and those are the big questions for any character.

Is she happy away from her family?

Is she still principled?

Does she believe in romantic love?

Does she have political views? (i.e. An idea for how things should be)

Does she have lusts or desires like a normal person or is she some consumed by anger and distrust that she cant express them?

If she has no political views, why give her this noble backstory unless you wanted to use it to critique the exsisting political structure? Is it because money really does make the RPG world go round and to be interesting she has to be tied to it?

Would she be less interesting if she was a low born woman who didnt want to marry or live with her abusive family?

Does she really believe she will die as a tavern wench or sailor or does she still somewhere in her mind believe that she will one day return to her old life, but in different and more powerful position?

What does she enjoy?

This character is so shallow it is almost offensive. If the piece had taken a different tone, or she had been seen through eyes of some observer that wouldn't have had a reason to have this limited knowledge of her, then perhaps we would have reason to expect the gaps. She is little more than a neo-sterotype.

All that being said maybe a cliche neo-sterotype is exactly what one may want in his or her game. I don't want to bring you score down or upset the balance of things by voting low on old post which you have a high score for. So I will give you a 4.5 so I don't bring your score down. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Minor)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 01:22 PM
The Sleeping Mines of Elathon
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-07-01 02:17 PM

Strolen, thanks for digging this one out.  Long ago, when I was still a young man a I would visit this site to get ideas for my campaigns.  I hadn't yet joined, I didn't leave or read comments, I would only grab ideas.  This may have been the first thing I read on the site.  Indeed my four 5s dungeon is a direct expansion of this idea; an old dwarven mine filled with complex puzzles.  This vote is shaded by some personal affections and inflated by nostalgia.  I have been looking for this for years, NOW if only I could find the order of twilight is somewhere on the interenet.

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Tower's Return
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-09 09:13 PM
This isn't really a complaint, but at one point you say the tower was there 40 years ago and at another point you say 100.

This is another simple but worth while plot set up. I hope to use it. Go to Comment
Plots  (Duty)   (Campaign)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-09-20 04:25 PM
Nice simple plot. The write up was a little hard to follow. Go to Comment
Edikthon Sarblash
NPCs  (Major)   (Natural)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-23 11:15 AM
The dyed beard touched my soul.......I thought my gaming group and I were the only ones who's dwarves dyed their beards in protest. Go to Comment
Edikthon Sarblash
NPCs  (Major)   (Natural)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-03-17 11:41 AM
The Blue Books: Part I
Plots  (Discovery)   (Multi-Storyline)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-21 07:17 PM

I like this, it sounds like a video game, which is not a bad thing.  Some areas you could expand to make this even easier for lazy GMs would be to write these pages from the diary so they could be used as handouts.  You could also add some descriptions of the monsters.  Overall though a nice solid start for any adventure and a great first adventure for a new party. 

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Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Heroic)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-12 08:35 PM
Nice solid item that is more useful than most for pushing plots along. I just didn't like the back story of the druid and the wolf getting impaled on the same stick. But I do hope to use the item soon. Go to Comment
Dinner Time
Plots  (Hired)   (Side-Quest)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-26 06:55 AM
Over ten years old, and It has that old school DnD feel to it. As I said, we are at least 40% nostalgia round here.

Daily highlight 9/25/2012 Go to Comment
Grothar's Drinking Horn
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-06 02:00 PM
Finally a practical use for magic! Enough with the trapping somebody's soul in a golden crystal or the summoning of powerful demons: a man needs a drink. Of course with this horn you'd be counting your coppers for a block of salt instead a flagon of wine. Go to Comment
Armor of Huran
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-09 10:15 AM

After reading this, I wish I had read it years ago.  I had an item similar to this in campaign I ran in the 90s Imperial Nomar Bracers.  It was armor that stored spells for later use, and changed color when it was charged.  What I like about this post is that the description was much more direct and straight forward.  When I wrote up the item for this Citadel I really struggled with how to phrase things like


when a spell is cast at the wearer the armor sucks up the spells affects and stores them until the wearer directs them somewhere else.

Its metal takes on a silvery glow when it has an absorbed spell in it, 

This post re-enforces the importance of simple straight forward phrasing.

Except for the last sentence, which just feels like it was tacked on as after thought by somebody that wandered by the computer terminal. 

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Amulet of Ber
Items  (Jewelry)   (Cursed)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-04-16 09:11 PM
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Bronze Visions
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-01 03:41 PM

This is a solid idea, and a fun idea to work with, coming across empty jars or seeing unresponsive people gathered around evaporating water dishes.  


although the imagery of a man briskly rubbing a flask/jar with his hands causing it to shoot spouts into the air that then transport that person out of their just made me feel unclean.  Maybe that is just me

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