Well, one aspect of that is the psychical resistance needed for the job - there is one thing to see much suffering, and another to execute people indiscriminately with a sure hand.
The other aspect are the actual skills - one needs to be a good swordsman etc. to kill someone swiftly and cleanly. If actual torture is asked for, causing pain while keeping the target alive is also something to be learned.
(And yeah, both may be easy to learn for the right personality type - it just seemed like a too smooth transition.) Go to Comment
You could say that Elves, being so special and all, rarely die of certain deaths. But when it happens, it is such an unnatural event, that it disturbs the forces of nature and some curious spirit may take action at that moment... and prevent waste of a perfectly functional body.
The Ice Maidens could arise, when Elven maidens die of freezing, or of any unnatural death in winter. (There could be also different types of past-Elven beings.) Go to Comment
A fun creature (though Siren may be on to something here).
How smart are they really? One could imagine some to learn to coexist with a nomad tribe - trading protection for their fruit and guard duty (these things probably don't sleep). Just think of the nomads traveling the desert with their trees following them... Go to Comment
Harsh men with a harsh fate, you have to respect their bravery - or understand their desperation. The cruel writing here is admirable.
Raise the Stakes
Covertly, the Brotherhood has to attack their powerful neighbor, who until now avoided the fray, having an agreement with the Duke. But he keeps a large army close, which could be provoked into action by a few well-executed crimes of war, or if the Duke's units would trespass the border. Done wrong, it would only expedite the defeat. Done right, the conflict would escalate, perhaps even buy freedom to this small patch of land. The chances are terrible, but sometimes there isn't anything else to try. Go to Comment
Yeah, it's an okay NPC. The "falling in with a marauding horde" sounds a little improbable, perhaps someone from the group recognized him, or he was recommended to do it before by his "friends" from the jail, if there is such a thing.
The chippers are not really 'evil', they just want to bring happiness to everyone. That makes them scarier.
And they are not exactly a cult - while cooperating eagerly, they somehow failed to create all the necessary trappings, literature, philosophy, or organize around a leader. But yes, someone could definitely use the Emotion to such a purpose. Go to Comment
After reading the history in fine detail and legend, the short part on their powers almost disappointed me. After reading the part again, it was suddenly clear. (Note that Roleplaying notes are still a part of the Magical Properties, since there is no real roleplaying involved - you either have the right body type or you don't.)
Does the spirit or essence of the creator, that dwells within the hammers, have any impact on its use? The penalties at use are given by its make, but is there something else? There's no need to another bonus against enemy X, what if, say, the hammers gently glow, after being recited an ancient poem the smith loved? Go to Comment