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30 Poisons
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axlerowes's comment on 2011-05-03 03:59 PM
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30 Poisons
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axlerowes's comment on 2011-05-10 11:56 AM
22-Telmorase’s Oil: A poison used primarily to coat blades, and other sharp instruments. While a short lived toxin which is rarely fatal, this noxious substance acts quickly to hobble the target by painfully and violently destroying muscle tissue.

Telmorase’s Oil is produced by rendering the fatty material of the Eastern Goat Fly Larva (Caperious sulcifrons; also know as the known as the red tailed fly or meat fly) into a clear water resistant grease. This poison is widely available in any area that supports or patrons the Priestesses of Telmorase. Indeed production of this specific poison is one of the eight crafts an initiate must master before becoming a priestess. The poison acts directly on muscle tissue causing the tissue to hemorrhage and inducing massive cell death. The poison is extremely (acid) pH sensitive however, and must be administered directly into the muscle tissue. This usually accomplished by coating daggers, darts or arrowheads with oil. Oral consumptions of the poison or direct skin exposure have not been associated with any pathology. The effective dose of the poison is also quite small, even a micro gram on a needle can induce life a threatening condition.

The specific effects and kinetics of the poison however place limits on its lethality and for this reason it not favored by the more efficient assassins. The poison is broken down with seconds up entry into healthy tissue. The symptoms of poisoning manifest almost immediately following exposure and are often resolved less then a minute (dependant on amount of Oil given with respect to the size and metabolism of the subject). The poison acts specifically when ever an affected muscle is used. Thus a insertion of oil into the quadriceps would only cause damage to the quadricepts if the muscle contracted dramatically. Movement results in massive tissue destruction and this can be associated with shock or internal bleeding that may be life threating. If victim knows he or she has been poisoned it advisable to splint the effected area and remain immobile for at least an hour. With the average person metabolizing the poison in less than minute, an hour of immobility is ample time to clear the toxin. Yet while not a weapon for subtle assassins who want a definite kill; the poison is employed by warriors and soldiers to increase the lethality of their blades. The Priestesses of Telmeroase often find much more sadistic and wicked uses for the substance, sometimes pricking young men with poisoned needles while in the dancing line or cutting them during love-making. Go to Comment
30 Poisons
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axlerowes's comment on 2011-05-11 04:52 PM
24 Z-dust (Hemetaxin): The active agent in the poison Z-dust is anionic molecule called Hemetaxin or tomb-rot toxin. The toxin binds irreversibly to hemoglobin preventing, red blood cells from exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide causing the victim to quickly suffocate.

The toxic agent Z-dust is produced naturally by the hemophilic bacteria referred to as tomb-rot (Viridianus Nitroococcus). The bacterium secretes the molecule referred to as hemetaxin whenever it is in an oxygen low, iron low environment. The toxin allows the bacteria to efficiently sequester iron-containing molecules. The bacterium also expresses a surface receptor that binds to the toxin once it has attached itself to an iron-containing molecule. Normally, these bacteria live harmlessly in the soil taking up ionic iron and not possessing a threat to any one. If ingested the bacteria may produce some toxin while in the gut leading to a transient anemia. But it is likely cleared quickly or lives quite comfortably in the gut with the other bacteria. Being that it is sometimes found in corpses and no active pathologies have been associated with it the bacteria, we may safely assume the later.

Problems arise when the bacteria finds its way into a corpse or rotting animal. In that environment it will invariably begin to produce the toxin. Again in most environments this is not a problem either, as the bacteria re-absorbs and breaks down the toxin. Hazards arise when a corpse carrying this bacteria is placed in a dry area, such as a well made tomb. Here the bacteria produce the toxin but because of the growing lack of water (actually the growing salt concentration) it is not able to use the toxin efficiently. The bacteria form “nests” of toxin filled biofilms and then enter a dormant phase as the drying continues. These dry nest can achieve quite a considerable mass, sometime weighing up to several hundred grams, and giving the afflicted region of the corpse a very distinctive greenish tone. If the dried corpse is disturbed the and the nest aerosolized the effects are quite deadly as any animal breathing in the dust quickly succumbs to the suffocation.

This fast toxicity compounds the problem, because as more creatures succumb to tomb-rot poisoning more and more nests form in the corpses of the dead creatures. This causes some tombs or dry caves to become a tomb of horrors. It can become even worse if the dead become unnaturally animated. An undead plaque becomes a considerably greater public health concern if the zombies are shedding Z-dust. Even a mild poisoning has pronounced effects of the victims stamina and constitution. The resulting anemia lasts until the victim can produce new red blood cells to replace the tainted ones. Indeed some undertakers and crypt keepers suffer from a chronic low level poisoning. It is held by many that this explains the lethargic lifeless attitude and pale-green pallor of many of those working in the grave tending fields.

As a weapon Z-dust can be quite effective, particularly if the hemetaxin can be purified. The purified toxin is much smaller than the dried bacteria or the dried pieces of the biofilm’s extra cellular matrix and thus can stay airborne much longer. The smaller molecules also enter the alveoli of the lungs more readily and thus the lethal dose is much smaller when working with the purified toxin. The problem with the purified toxin is that it so deadly that working with it safely requires specialized training and tools. Anyone wishing to deliver a lethal dose of pure Z-dust without themselves being a victim of the poisoning better make sure their delivery system has a long arm. Go to Comment
30 Poisons
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-23 08:58 PM
it was considered too long and badly formatted by Silveressa
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Corran's Self-Closing Chamber Pot
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-07 03:10 PM


 



Corran could have just gone outside and used the woods, and I bet he would have too had his wife not been ashamed or embaressed that her husband was squatting in the reeds like a dog.   I guess the moral of this story is that you can't please you wife all of the time and to attempt it is to raise the monkey's paw.  



Poop jokes. toilet humor, a lament for the married man and unconvential magic items. You cover a lot here sir. Well done. 


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Constellation Myth
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Defining)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-09-14 03:35 PM
This is really nice Chrome. I am going to drop this into my gaming world tomorrow. Go to Comment
Constellation Myth
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Defining)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-06 03:56 PM
I never voted on this, but I think it deserves some attention.

This has to be one of my favorite posts ever, certainly in my top 5 that I enjoy rereading. Go to Comment
Constellation Myth
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Defining)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-30 09:42 AM
What was the one/s you had hoped would make golden? Go to Comment
The Firstborn - The Untold War
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-23 07:05 PM


I really like this one.  



 



A general question why do we, I am guilty of it, write creation myths or mythology in this ponderous vague tone with a passive voice?  


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The Firstborn - The Untold War
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-23 07:05 PM


I really like this one.  



 



A general question why do we, I am guilty of it, write creation myths or mythology in this ponderous vague tone with a passive voice?  


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Wizards of Loh
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-04-14 09:06 PM
This seems to lack love or wit. You have a neat enough idea , a super mysterious group that specializes in time travel and follows a semi-rigid fashion sense. You toss is few details of flavor but there is no history and very little personality (unless enigmatic is personality). Again a workable idea, but nothing pops,
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Submission Respect
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-04-11 04:12 PM
I just finished reading Checka Man's 30 on the same topic, and again I think this is useful item. Almost a mission statement. Go to Comment
30 Ways To Be A Good Strolenite
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-04-11 03:57 PM
Normally I hate meta-subs (aka subs about writing submissions, subs about about writing submissions about writing submissions subs about stubs and so on) but this one is really helpful. Perhaps because I am only an on again/off again strolenite, I have had some trouble in expressing to others how the site should work. Expressing what it means to "play right" or "play write" for that matter...this says just that clearly and completely. Thankyou Checka 5/5 Go to Comment
Deathreaper
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axlerowes's comment on 2011-04-08 01:19 AM
This piece is just my style, I am glad I read it, and I am glad your wrote it. The bluffing bard, or the CON-jurer (get it Con, as in con arti....oh never mind) has been done before many times before, and this one slides nicely into tee quiver of ironic villains. I particularly enjoy the intro and the flavor text ending with "thats the shtick anyway" Well played sir.
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The Barrows of the Forest Lords
Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Puzzles)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-05-17 10:03 AM
I agree forcing the party to split is forcing one part of the party to deal with the problem while the other part of the party will wonder off or work hard to force themselves into the room, Go to Comment
The Barrows of the Forest Lords
Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Puzzles)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-05-17 10:07 AM
I disagree with the assertion that these first two challenges are easier. They are roleplaying problems with open end solutions. If you ask your average roleplayer if would rather have his or her character take care of baby or fight a room full of zombies, I know what the answer would be. Go to Comment
The Barrows of the Forest Lords
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axlerowes's comment on 2011-05-17 10:24 AM


The first paragraph is very good, but could use a little more polish.  Which way are the doors facings?  Do the runes mean anything?  I don't know that it needs much more just few tweaks would make it smoother.  Also when you launch into your backstory, it is right after you state that the ghost "speaks....".  This could use more of a transition.



 



As to the concept itself, Have you played this out yet?  I have run a couple of these repetative challenege rooms and found that players are less excited about these then more linear challenges.  Each room feels like they are starting over.  I am very curious as to how this challenge is recieved by other groups. 



 



Finally it does have a very classic  (1st ed. DnD) feel, but I like that the challenges and consequneces are not just mechanic based.  How do you plan to play out the slow lose of a moral compass? 

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The Blade of Intuition
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-07 04:13 PM


This not just an excellent GM's tool but an excellent players tool as well. This amplify the traits of the character, as IF-J says some players have different instincts.  This forces both the player and the GM to wonder what the character is thinking and then amplify the results.  I wish you had written this years ago. 



 


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Corran's Cooking Set
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axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-21 01:16 PM
The Corran subs are true treasure of the Citadel. I have enjoyed everyone of them, thank you Ted. This one could use just a little buff and polish to really make the witty tone shine, but I enjoyed it all the same. However, usually Corran's creation have a little tick or quirk to them. These items, while the telling of the story is fun, the items themselves lack a Corran's typical pluck and eccentricity.

What if the items also got imbued with the cooks snobbery and will refuse to cook certain dishes or use lesser ingredients or combinations of ingredients.

Example: What if the pots refuse to open because you are trying to boil a fish.

Bethany: What is wrong with the lid to these pots? CORRAN DID YOU WELD THESE THINGS SHUT LIKE WITH THE TEAPOT?!?

Corran's Scribe who had been ideally taking notes in the kitchen passes Bethany a note as he can speak the unspoken language of Corran's items: Dearest Beth, The pot says that it is wrong to boil skate wings. He has talked to frying pan and he is completely ready, just place the wings in him about 8 minutes before it is time to serve,
Yours truly,
CS

Bethany: But my father loves fish stew, tell the pots just to make a stew, papa will be here in a few hour.s

CS: My Darling Bethany,
The Pot says you father will like the skate wings pan fried.
Love always,
CS

Bethany: My father hate the look of pan fried fish, he likes food he can slurp, beside he says fish tastes too strong when you don't stew it. *The Pot is now cold to the touch*

CS:
Oh Sweetest Beth,
The Pot and pan have agreed that your father is a tasteless philistine and he would be better off eating with the pigs, because they would not lower themselves to serve a man who does appreciate fresh skate wings.
Longing for your touch,
CS
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Corran's Cooking Set
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axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-21 01:18 PM


The Corran subs are true treasure of the Citadel. I have enjoyed everyone of them, thank you Ted. This one could use just a little buff and polish to really make the witty tone shine, but I enjoyed it all the same. However, usually Corran's creation have a little tick or quirk to them. These items, while the telling of the story is fun, the items themselves lack a Corran's typical pluck and eccentricity.



What if the items also got imbued with the cooks snobbery and will refuse to cook certain dishes or use lesser ingredients or combinations of ingredients.



Example: What if the pots refuse to open because you are trying to boil a fish.



Bethany: What is wrong with the lid to these pots? CORRAN DID YOU WELD THESE THINGS SHUT LIKE WITH THE TEAPOT?!?



Corran's Scribe who had been ideally taking notes in the kitchen passes Bethany a note as he can speak the unspoken language of Corran's items: Dearest Beth, The pot says that it is wrong to boil skate wings. He has talked to frying pan and he is completely ready, just place the wings in him about 8 minutes before it is time to serve,



Yours truly,



CS



Bethany: But my father loves fish stew, tell the pots just to make a stew, papa will be here in a few hour.s



CS: My Darling Bethany,



The Pot says you father will like the skate wings pan fried.



Love always,



CS



Bethany: My father hates the look of pan fried fish, he likes food he can slurp, beside he says fish tastes too strong when you don't stew it. *The Pot is now cold to the touch*



CS:



Oh Sweetest Beth,



The Pot and pan have agreed that your father is a tasteless philistine and he would be better off eating with the pigs, because they would not lower themselves to serve a man who does not appreciate fresh skate wings.



Longing for your touch,



CS

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