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Ether Ward
Items  (Tools)   (Non-Magical)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-12 08:49 AM
This is a vision I have as well. Also, adventurers or vagrants who roam the world migth carry one or two of these, strapped to their packs, to plant at their camps at night, in the very off chance that something ethereal and malignant lurks nearby. Go to Comment
Ether Ward
Items  (Tools)   (Non-Magical)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-12 10:10 AM
again, another very practical application! Though in my campaign setting Universities don't usually deal in magic, though the areas surrounding a Wizards Nexus might be warded with special ones, which only sniffed out particularly dangerous levels of Ethereal radiation to indicate something has gone MASSIVELY wrong. Go to Comment
Ether Ward
Items  (Tools)   (Non-Magical)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-13 10:21 AM


The skies were forebodingly overcast, the winds still as death itself. An uncomfortable heat lingered over the three sentinels; too warm for what should have been a brisk fall night.



The three Arbiters lingered just out of sight of the wooden palisade, the top of Circle Master Yoru's ziggurat just visible over the hill. Their patrol route was down a long path, dotted every hundred feet or so with Ether Wards haphazardly skewered into the ground, some at a rather sharp angle.



"Old Master Yoru is up to something fishy," mumbled Elusis, thrusting the butt of his halberd into the ground and stopping for a moment to wipe the thin sheet of sweat from his helmeted head. Maliki and Staephen stopped just in front of him and issued nods of acknowledgement.



"I agree," Maliki said, running her fingers idly across the trigger guard of her Zuudi style Archenbusse. "The air isn't right..."



"You're both being paranoid," interjected Staephen. "Circle Master Yoru is always up to something fishy - it's no different than usual. You just have stomach-butterflies from the Capparnian bar-be-que eel you ate earlier, Elusis. I told you you should have gone with the pork. And it's been a warm fall season... it happens from time to time. Weather's been like this for a while now. and besides..."



As if to interrupt him, a nearby Ether Ward began to give off a low hum, as the tinkling of chimes became just slightly audible. Stephen stopped, mid sentence, but only for a moment as Maliki and Elusis began to brandish their weapons.



"Probably just some spare Ethereal burnoff from the Nexus... sure it's not much to worry..."



The forest exploded into a sudden and abrupt clattering of metal, Lysonite gems burning molten red in every direction. It didn't take much more convincing to know that something had gone VERY wrong.



As if to reaffirm their suspicions, a terrible boom and a brilliant light manifested behind them, in the direction of the Nexus. The three Arbiters put gauntleted hands over their eyes to shield from the radiant display. It quickly faded, but the top of the Nexus had disappeared from the horizon, replaced by a thick, black pillar of smoke and ash.



"I need to report to the the Lord Arbiter General. Maliki, Staephen, go to the Nexus, see what happened, and get as many people as you can out." Elusis yanked a clattering Ether Ward from the ground, nearly blinded by the glimmering of the Lysonite jewel atop it. "When the Jewel bursts, get out of there."



"That's suicide!" stammered Stephen. "We'll be turned into walking aberrations! Who knows how much ether is floating around there. The place is probably a barren wasteland, filled with whatever has spewed forth from the Matrix."



"Well go and see. If it is, leave. If there are people who need help, it's our duty to save them from Ethereo-phenomenal crisis."



"It's crazy!"



"It's our JOB," retorted Maliki, grabbing him by the shoulder plate of his carapace armor, and dashing the other way.



"It is crazy," mumbled Elusis. He gripped the haft of his Arcanite Halberd and dashed down the path, the frantic tinkling of the wards echoing in his brain for five miles.


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ScrasTech Master Archive
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-17 12:56 AM


waiting for the rest of this!


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The Black Circus of Mortuel
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Regional)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-10 02:07 AM
I'm absolutely honored!
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The Black Circus of Mortuel
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Regional)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-10 06:40 PM
Update: Added Marionette Strings + Puppeteer Glove to Special Equipment Go to Comment
The Black Circus of Mortuel
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Regional)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-11 07:58 PM
Update: Added a segment - "The Mantra of the Mortuelians" to explain a bit more about their motivations. Go to Comment
Blydwyn potion
Items  (Potion)   (Combat)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-09 07:18 PM


VERY thorough and well done. This looks like something out of a stodgy old Wizard's musty tome of "De Arcanius Concoctius Orbium" or something of that like. I like your little annotations and footnotes, very authentic. Great Job!


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Executioner
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Cursed)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-09 07:00 PM
We all work hard on our subs, many of us taking days or weeks to get them just right. I'm sure you can too! A little extra effort, maybe letting it sit for a day or two while you think it over, can really help.

Like Echo said, don't write in flight, it results in quick, rushed work, that really will only get a bad reception.

And there are plenty of people who can help you with your language translation, all you need do is ask. Go to Comment
The Soul
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Any)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-05 05:16 PM
it's really more about the dynamic between the brain, which acts in the best interest of the body, and the soul, which acts in the best interests of humanity. Both are necessary to live and coxist, but too much in either direction causes death and/or suffering. Go to Comment
The Door of Heaven
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-04 03:56 PM


Door to heaven...hmm. Was expecting something different, but it's simple, provides a challenge, is well detailed, and can be easily included in any low level dungeon-crawl. I did always wonder what happens after all the traps in a dungeon are set off... it sorta fails to be a dungeon. I suppose this one works forever and ever.


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Religion
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Defining)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-04 04:54 PM


As far as I can gather, the lands of Khal are fairly atheistic, while Curthus is run by some sea-monster-god cult? What exactly is the point of the article? I know this was supposed to be a system of some sort, but it sounds more informative.



I can see how you detailed the way a natural phenomenon can be mistaken for the divine - perhaps you were meaning to detail how a religion comes into being? Or is this just supposed to be an article that the people of your created world react to the thought of religion?



With a little tidying up, this could be pretty good, but I think it needs focus.


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Fully Articulated Powered Carapace Armor
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-08-22 01:54 PM
Update: Sorry about the spelling. I'm on some painkillers and this computer has no Spellcheck and I'm sure it's absolutely horrid. Go to Comment
Fully Articulated Powered Carapace Armor
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-08-31 08:48 PM
considering this is supposed to be an investment only the knightly class can afford, it needs to offer ample protection, that run-of-the-mill soldiery simply do not have access to. It needs to have a bad-ass factor, and serious stopping power. But it's serious awesomeness is somewhat nullified when two of these suits come into contact - at which time it's a test of skill. Go to Comment
Fully Articulated Powered Carapace Armor
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-03 12:47 AM
I never thought about that, to be honest. I'm sure I could find some nutrient-rich fluid to marinate the muscles in, that keeps them elastic and healthy. Go to Comment
The Ark
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (Area)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-08-31 03:34 PM
One of these days I'm gonna earn a 5/5 from you Scras ;)
Thank you for the compliments - I try hard to be consistent. Go to Comment
The Ark
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (Area)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-02 05:10 PM
These are all very valid points. However, as it was true during the days of the investiture controversy, so it is true in this scenario; dynamic and powerful personalities rule the world. The potency of any institution, whether it be a monarchy, theocracy, oligarchy or what have you, is determined by just how far a person will go to enforce their policies. Take Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, who's personality was so strong, that he broke a lot of clergy AWAY from the opposing Papacy. And there is no doubt that the Ark, in this situation, supplies the academics of Greatland, which is a force of it's own. Go to Comment
Bobeerin
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-09 07:04 PM


Quality submission. Cute, quirky and interesting. Little "Magic Sniffers" - I like it.


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Rings of Mutual Exclusion
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-09 07:03 PM


I saw the first couple lines of this and said "Why on earth would anyone ever want one of these?" Then I saw your ideas and I think they are BRILLIANT.



So cool!


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Balarian Mountain Goats
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Mountains)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-08-29 05:18 PM
new take on an old goat (harhar). I love mountain goats and their big curved horns. It is also a little sickening to envision one crawling out of it's skin like a snake. Icky. But cool. Go to Comment
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