I have a player with a very dark cleric who will definitely love this. She hates healing the other players because she feels it too kind. I don't think she'll hesitate to heal them this way, however. She might ask them to smear themselves with bacon fat first. Go to Comment
I'd personally like to see a much higher chance of the lesser version vs. the "Normal Operation." There's much more game flavor there, particularly with letting the lesser bone stitchers consume the recently killed enemies. Go to Comment
Designed for farmers needing irrigation in high lands, the concept of this pump is simple: a small box with a tube on either side and inside a small chip of loadstone. The increased gravity on one side of the box causes a mild sucking power. If a farmer hooks a hose up to the tube correctly, water will be sucked up through it and pumped out.
A party of adventurers might need to enlist the help of a farmer who has one of these to pump the water out of a dungeon for exploration purposes. Go to Comment
Hunger rations are only mildly magical, a recipe passed down over generation for times of extreme hunger. By following the recipe, anyone - magical or not - can concoct a thin, hard-tack like bread out of water, dried grass or straw, tree bark, and a single drop of blood from the person making it. One batch makes 30 full meals of the rations. They have nearly no taste, are very dry, and do not fully satisfy the hunger in a belly no matter how much you eat, but they give all of the nutrition a body needs. Additionally, they can be fed to animals as well (if you can get them to eat the stuff) feeding them for the meal as well. Go to Comment
Whenever two people enter into a contract that is written down, a glob of binding wax may be placed upon the document and all parties involved press their seal or thumb print into the soft wax. If at any point after this any party breaks the terms written down in the contract, the wax will crack and turn a blackish color in the place where that person's mark is. When any party member fulfills the terms of the contract completely, their mark will turn a reddish color.
This type of seal can be used quite often in an adventure as characters contract to do a certain task for payment. Go to Comment
I particularly like the "Half-Horde" name for the band. It seems like the sort of thing that a band of outcasts could rally behind. I would like to know if the non-Dwarves are oppressed or considered lesser in the band. Go to Comment
I'd like to see more uses and maybe a bit of ecology and story line. For instance, could we have a pipe weed out of it or an antidote to a sleeping sickness? Where does it grow?
The potential here for plot hooks is great.
Perhaps a village is being attacked by a very powerful enchantress or illusionist; when you fall asleep, everyone becomes her slave until they wake up. The players must stay awake at any price, and the guy with herb lore knows a way. Just keep chewing.
I agree that the concept and rendering of this myth are good, particularly the idea. If you have not done so, read Portrait of Dorian Gray. I would love to see more fleshing out of the items. Why should they have any power? Wasn't it established that it was the artist? Did the artist somehow merge into the tools upon his death? Did he pour himself into his work for so long that he didn't die so much as he was carried into the items?
Mechanically (were talking capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling) you drive me nuts. But then again, I teach English (and several other subjects); my starting sanity is justifiably questionable.
I like the concept as a bardic power or something only a unique person might bring about. Go to Comment
Also called "pale-yellow witch" by alchemists, this mineral is known to possess a peculiar attribute. When found, a Yupiorite will appear the palest yellow. Rather than crystalline in structure, Yupiorite occurs in weird, smooth, ovaline shapes, as if already carved by skilled hands to serve as ring or necklace ornaments. Yupiorite somehow detects and reacts to mood. When the wearer of the gem is content, calm, and happy, the stone will remain the palest yellow. As the person gets more excited, angry, or otherwise stimulated, the mineral will darken progressively to a dark corn-yellow in color. Why the gem reacts this way to sentient mood swings, is still debated by gemologists and alchemists alike.
It is said that the Elven Halls of Vala-Aluduwy are resplendent with wall-sized mirrors of pure Yupiorite, showing plainly and ironically, the emotions of everyone present, despite the Elven love of restraint and stoicism.
"Cave-grass" or "cave-pine" is a deep forest green in color, rare and often mistaken for other minerals, though otherwise mundane. Crystals form into tiny, ultra-thin, needle-like clusters by the hundreds of thousands, creating vast dark green bursts and structures, resembling evergreen conifers, if viewed by any sort of light. Despite its ephemeral shape, Aragdulose is only second to a diamond in hardness.
Dwarves are said to keep these mineral "trees" in their homes, putting them up during festive family holidays, leaving presents beneath them, for kin to open.