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Where the Road May Take You
Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-06 12:28 AM
just used this again. the naked man came up (no pun) still love this thread Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-06 02:58 AM
Old Man stuck on roof

The PCs come across a tall smokehouse with a ladder laying broken across a rocky out cropping next to it. On the roof of the barn is an old man sitting slumped beneath a large straw hat. He calls for the PCs to "please help a foolish great grand father get down. He was patching the roof to his smokehouse when his ladder slipped and broke against the rocks. He lives alone in the forest, and has been stuck up there for almost a day.

The man is extremely old and would have trouble with any climbing device other than a ladder, and even that isn't easy for him. His ladder is broken beyond convential repair. If the PCs get him down he will reward them with some hams from his smokehouse. If they ask him if he needs anything else (or even if they don't he will mention that he lost his bucket down his well, and has been living off rain water since. Plus, "it was a very nice bucket that his late brother made 9 years ago." If the PCs help him with bucket he will mention that one of his pigs got across the river and won't come back. Assuming they help him with that he will continue to mention little problems he has.

A tree feel across his grain field and he hasn't been able to move it.

The wind blew some of his washing up in tree.

The bottom hinge on his pantry door is loose and it is in "a real dark corner" in the cellar, and he can't see well enough to mend it.

He is supposed to take a couple of hams to a nearby temple as an offering, but his hand cart has "gone n walked off somewhere" and he could really use a hand.

He has trouble finding the nearby temple.

If the PC don't eventually call it quits the sweet old man will eventually grow tired and grumpy and leave the PC without so much as a goodbye or a thank you. Go to Comment
Where the Road May Take You
Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-06 07:46 PM

A Hole in the Ground

The PCs come across a deep black hole in the ground. The whole is about a meter in diameter and if the PCs have a rope or understand the gravity constant and the speed of sound they can measure that it is about 107.23 meters from the holes opening to the bottom. The whole stinks of death and burnt flesh.

The whole is the entrance to a beautiful cave full of crystals and interesting stalagtight and stalagmight formations. Depending on the rain there is either an underground river or stream moving through the cavern. The hole has been used by a local ranger as a disposal for burnt cow carcasses following a recent blight of foot and mouth disease. (So if you must have to have a monster in the cave you can stick some carrion eating beast in it or undead half burnt cow.) Once you get past the pile of dead diseased beef it is lovely place. Strangest thing is the cave is just a pretty cave, no kobold miners, no lost temple, no entrance to the drow undercity and no precious metals or gems.

I wager most PCs will be completely baffled by this.

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30 Sailors
NPCs  (Extras)   (Travelers)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-04-17 11:16 PM
A lot of one notes here, but a useful list, thanks for putting it together Go to Comment
Samahhi; Sama's Word
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Campaign Defining)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-13 11:59 AM
This is awesome, this all a cleric type character needs. And by reading these short blurbs an image of a culture begins to form. This is great work. Go to Comment
Blossom of Rage
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-03-02 05:15 PM

"And every cowboy sings a sad sad song"

Two things really got me excited here, one was the post, I am not going to dissect it cause it hits the mark perfectly. Yes you could build on all this, write up the culture associate with the plant, and all that but I like that you hit the mark so well.  The second thing that geeked me was that there is a Sybiotic Plant free text.  

This was/is great thanks.

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Blossom of Rage
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-03-02 05:16 PM

Symbiotic Plant Free Text



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Anodyne Sword
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-23 07:27 AM

This is a lot like Gideon's Mercy, with the snake on the hilt and similar powers.  These swords could be fun items and you put some cultural weight behind them which is very nice. 

Some Edits


IN POST “the Duke though the man to have given him a playful jab to the midsection before he moved on the market.”


I think “though” should be “thought”


IN POST “Gnoccio was such a boisterous, and often touching of others type of person.”

Slightly awkward transition here, so we must assume that Duke had this opinion of the Gnoccio.  May I suggest moving the order of information around like this

"The Duke was acquainted with Gnoccio and knew him to be a boisterous person and gregarious person; often roughly touching or slapping others in fun.  As Gnoccio departed the Duke thought the man to have given him a playful jab to the midsection the man, until the Duke staggered and was shocked to find his silk doublet soaked with blood, and a 14-inch gash starting just above his groin and stopping just short of his ribs.

Or change it all together so that we are clearer about the nature of the Duke and Gnoccio’s exchange.

IN POST “so sure was he of his own style, he though his foe incompetent until he himself stumbled.”

I think so should be capitalized and though should be thought. Also I think it would be help to put some transition in here to note that you are no longer talking about Tekene in general, but are now discussing the specific duel in which he died.


iN POST “He would then dispatch those he had contract to kill with a quick thrust into the heart, leaving the to simply die whilst still dreaming”

I think there should be an a before contract or “those he had been contracted to kill”


But again, nice item, useful and fun, the cultural weight behind it (weapon lore) makes the post much more intereting than the item alone.

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Anodyne Sword
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-23 09:59 AM
PM returned.
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Gloves of Emotion
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-27 06:59 AM
What happened to the dog?

This is an old one. But which of hasn't had an awkward moment in which the emotions of others seemed entirely inaccessible to us? A lot of fantasy genre stuff is wish fulfillment and this could really hit the mark for those players that have a hard time gauging others emotional state or subtle social things like sarcasim.

Roleplaying plot idea: In a modern fantasy setting if you dropped these gloves on a character with something like aspergers you could explore whether the character really wants to know everyone emotions or if they are happier not knowing the emotions of others.

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30 Criminals
NPCs  (Extras-Horde)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-04-17 11:10 PM
I agree with CP and moon, this is weak sauce, still useable, just not a very sophisticated tool. great for people that don't like to read and prefer just to scan text. Go to Comment
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Country/ State)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-09-14 05:31 PM
Damn good. It smacks of the Terror in france with the new intellectuals killing all the old intellectuals.

The Peasents: Not being educated in a secular fashion, the peasentary is unable to imagine a world with out religion. And with the science of the day not being able to give all the explainations that we take for granted the people again begin to see supernatural hands in things such as illnesses, bouts of insomnia, and the weather. But instead of praying to the old gods, they have begun to pray to the Wizard Frost. And indeed a less than chivilrac Bard has been traveling the rural settlements claiming to be a Disciple of the Wizard, and delivering seromns outlining his will. The PCs are charged by the Wizard himself not only with tracking done the Bard but dissmissing any claims of the Wizards divine status. Go to Comment
Hamako the Black
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 02:56 PM
This has a very nice fable quality to it, and would be an interesting minor subplot. Go to Comment
The Grinder
Dungeons  (Other)   (Rooms/ Halls)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-12 06:22 AM
Well I learned a little about the Kayeed. Go to Comment
30 Knights
NPCs  (Extras)   (Combative)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-17 03:59 PM
After just reading 30 firemen I was extremely underwhelmed by this one. Just few bits of flair could have made this a great resource, some heraldry , more talk of fighting styles, description of the mounts or family background.

I'd really like to see this redone. Go to Comment
The Sidereal Calendar
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Specific)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-11 04:45 PM

The mark of a truly great craftsmen is that they take something simple and mundane and make it look like a master piece. You are a truly great craftsman of the citadel post.

The idea that certain months or celestial alignments are superior for certain types of spells is as old as spell casting itself. The age of Aquarius versus the age of Ares has also been ascribed to explain certain global trends (at least as far my astrology minded former roommate claim). I am going to bet this idea came to in you a flash and was scribbled quickly into a note and then the formatting of this piece too longer than formation of the idea itself. Yet this is complete and well formatted piece. A nice bit of world building,

though the rarely is the pacing of a story or a campaign such that 22.5 years can be passed and then the relative bonuses or weakness of that period be appreciated.

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30+ Kings
NPCs  (Extras)   (Political)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-03-24 10:23 PM
The is a long list of rulers with little expansion on or exploration of the rulers or the governments they created. I enjoyed the quick review of mytho-historical characters, and while it is tempting to argue your view of Mussolini or whether a Plato, King could be disinterested in politics and still be interested in being a good leader, those are only disagreements of phrase or word choice. Your points are made clearly Go to Comment
30+ Kings
NPCs  (Extras)   (Political)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-31 08:17 AM

The Baron:

This King took an oath loyalty to another King before he conquered his current Kingdom. He is still a landed Baron in another Kingdom, responsible for taxes and duty bound to obey his King. But he is also a King in his own right and the interests of his two realms may come into conflict.

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Fort Port
Locations  (City)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-09-21 04:30 PM
Very nice, if your are playing/running a tightly regulated feudal society the PCs would love to slide into such an unregulated center of commerce. Go to Comment
30 Police Officers
NPCs  (Extras-Horde)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-29 06:13 AM

It is nice to have these all on a well formatted list.

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