Maybe you should add a few decent businesses, to even out these 'hallmarks' - otherwise there is not much to do, except torching the whole area. :)
But this dark corner has something likeable... some of the locals may not be more than suspicious, while others are out in the open, tolerated to different degrees. I'd also wager the disease priests are the only ones to smile regularly at their customers. Go to Comment
'Hornless Goat', what a sweet name for a human sacrifice. Nice club you've got here. :)
But that is also the part that surprised me - I was under the impression the Knitting Circle is a far more benign group. If they are sacrificing people on a regular basis, it becomes really hard to find the 'difference between good magic and evil magic'.
(Note: parts of the sentence "though the only spirits who posses them have been through many harrowing scenarios" should be probably turned around.)
It is written, how they answer on a certain question... do they actually manifest in some way? Or do they merely control the figurehead of the ship? Both options could be fun (the spirit actually moving on the ship as an unremarkable sailor no one can rightly remember; vs. the captain always having to climb to the figurehead to get a conversation and be laughed at by sailors).
Also, how do the spirits behave towards those, that are negligent to the ship or even endangering it? Would it act directly against a sailor that wants to torch it, for example? Things can get nasty on a living ship. Go to Comment
Updated: Out with ya! This was inspired by, of all things, "The Mummy". I watched it for like five minutes and wondered, how on earth would a small secretive society survive for three thousand years with its agenda intact, when there is no pressure to follow their goal (and the world doesn't stop turning either).
This spirit is an answer to this question - if you need it. Go to Comment
Recheck the plot hooks and the comments. If you use some long-standing group in your campaign that your PCs will interact with, you may consider 'equipping' it with this spirit. Then, endanger the mission and let it either attempt to recruit them or work against them.
Why, if they destroy some opposition group, copycats arise again, and again? Or, if they got drawn into 'the mission', how can they get out of it? Go to Comment
It should be noted, that in the temperate parts of a world may be only one season for a decent harvest - the other harvests would be weak or not present at all. But that's a regional modification - and this is indeed a calendar for a whole world.
I'd wager there will be a graphical representation of the year, with symbols for each 'month'; from crude circles with eleven parts for the common people, up to finely worked out pieces of art, detailed down to each single day. Would make a great prop to hand out to the players (and a cool picture here as well :) ).
Great world-defining piece! (Oh, and congratulations to the first submission!) Go to Comment
This is a fun little item outside of the usual rounds. Is it a self-contained idea, or do you intend to create more?
One thing, that could help it (or well, make more of it), would be to consider how this item came to be. I thought of a strange rift in spacetime continuum, created by the constant wishes of people for things, which are really impossible in our reality (like those psychics). However, the rift, once created, will start to make people's wishes come true in a way - calling for something supernatural via your phone? You'll get plenty of supernatural into it. Pity you are whisked of into some untold dimension in exchange.
The players see a small shrine to the local nature deity just of the trail. Before they even approach it, they can smell the foul stench of rotting meat. If they inspect the shrine, they can see it has been desecrated by rotting organs in the last few days. There is no mistaking it for an obscure ritual, the organs are thrown everywhere, not left in specific places as in sacrifice.
If the players try to clean the shrine, they will soon find it has been boobytrapped to fling sharp splinters covered in the rotting gore in every direction. While only doing a few points of damage, they injured players will likely take sick soon unless they get medical attention.