Strolen\s Citadel content. 
Roleplaying books
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
manfred's comment on 2014-02-09 11:54 AM
Quite a few books carry the symbol of Elben, a bookbinder of some repute. Not only are the bindings ornate, they usually contain some non-traditional features:

- with built-in springs and wires, the books are surprisingly hard to open and keep open. Reading such a book is a serious chore, unless you have someone to help out. The first such book was about athletic exercises and Elben repeated the joke on several occasions.
- the massive book is locked, the key very likely lost. The problem is, picking the lock can easily trigger a small mechanical explosion, that will release the binding and spread the pages all over the place. Now you have to put them together.
- this particularly decorated tome contains several cleverly hidden weapons and sharp objects. Some may be still poisoned...
- by sliding and rotating parts on the cover, you can solve the trivial puzzles that will let you access various parts of the book. A few sages and book-lovers speculate that one obscure combination will also let you see a few hidden pages. Many others claim it's nonsense. They all would like to prove their theory. Go to Comment
Old Drozhenen
Locations  (City)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-26 01:12 PM
Too much bells and too much ringing! I wonder what panic would break out if they stopped ringing permanently?

There also has to be a bell-ringing contest, or similar affair, where men of faith compete to create a new ringing type.

Finally, I'm pretty sure the hordes of barbarians and humanoids call this place "The City of Mad". :)


Excellent city post, Muro! Go to Comment
The Mad Composer's Macabre Auction
Items  (Art and Music)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-25 04:56 PM
Not another estate sale of evil!

Though I wonder... what kind of lovers of music will turn up at this auction, or will buy the items later? Probably the dark sort, what a luck not all of the items are dark. Excellent collection. Go to Comment
The Mad Composer's Macabre Auction
Items  (Art and Music)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-25 05:20 PM
The Budget Collection

Sold in one piece is a large collection of mostly common musical instruments, the master kept them in a separate room and liked to peruse them, much to the wonder of his ruthless servants. Some are damaged, very few finely decorated or of a better quality. There's violins, horns, several drums, even a harp. There are quite a few other instruments. None of them will register as magical or seem to have anything of interest for a genius composer.

It will be sold as the last item, to those who failed to win the better items.


Every single of the instruments has been used to violently murder someone, which can be found with appropriate skills and spells. Beware though, one such item is nothing unusual, but their sheer number can prove detrimental to anyone's sanity. Those able to hear their stories will probably hear all of them.


Note: some of the items have been adapted for their purpose, so they have sharp edges or hidden needles coated with old poison. Handle with care. Go to Comment
The Never Ending Hallway
Dungeons  (Any)   (Traps)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-24 01:03 PM
The good old endless hallway... it brings back fond memories of playing the old Dungeon Master CG. A classic puzzle. Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
manfred's comment on 2009-02-18 02:52 PM
The Burned Falcon of Carassian

How did this trap come into being? Carassian Of The Many Obsessions captured a wild falcon and closed them into a large furnace, setting it on fire. The poor beast desperately tried to fly out of it, roasted alive, while the necromancer chanted his vile magics of contagion. When some adventurers opened the furnace, heavily locked and barricaded, an insane undead spirit of the bird flew out, half-immaterial, with burning claws and wings. It set the area on fire and killed many, before it could be destroyed by water and clerical magics.

What led Carassian to dislike falcons is unknown. But if the legends of his obsessions were half true, there must be more creatures of this kind out there. Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
manfred's comment on 2009-02-22 09:04 AM
Kirgan's Death Spell

Kirgan was a potent magician, claiming mastery over space and time. This spell is proof of how far he got in his study. Casting it on a creature or an object of reasonable size, the target will from all directions appear to rapidly accelerate away, in essence shrinking into nothingness. The object is thrust from our spacetime and reality, vanishing from view and existence. The only problem late Kirgan didn't count with, is the inherent elasticity of dimensions and the connection the caster forms with his target, like a bungee rope. After a random period (on average a year, but can be anything) is the object or person thrown with large speed back into this reality, targeting the caster. The target is relativistically slowed down, so it probably won't notice what happened and can leave on its own (if it survives the high-speed collision).

Kirgan was found crushed into pulp on the wall of his apartment. The cause was never found, might have been that troll he made vanish last year. Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
manfred's comment on 2009-02-22 04:13 PM
Yes, there are defenses possible and a swift caster may jump behind an appropriate cover... the problem is, that it is never quite certain, when the object will bounce back.

As for the second option... oh yeah. If you cast this spell at all, you better do it properly! Go to Comment
The Tome of Encomiastic Psilomantic Mirabilium
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
manfred's comment on 2009-03-17 07:25 PM
The Broken Symbol Of Lightnings

They are two pieces of metal, burned, charred and bent beyond recognition. They are worthless. And yet they are hidden away in some safe place, never to appear in the public again.

It happened on a cocktail party, with all of the city's finest around. The Yellow Archmage, a prideful man who commanded little respect from anyone, was accosted by an unknown attacker. A cursed arrow targeted him, but due to luck or hidden protection, it missed - and killed his favorite courtesan.

The Yellow Archmage steamed for a while, raging without a word. Universally held for a pushover and clumsy spellcaster, the noble society observed him with quiet glee. He rushed to a priest of the god of justice and took his symbol. That was outrageous. But then he uttered a spell in words, which couldn't possibly bear magic and tore the symbol asunder:

Master and Servant
Tool and the Hand
Guilty as Charged
Order, Demand


Then lightning stroke. It killed the assassin, fleeing the party through back alleys. It struck down some anonymous middlemen in a dark inn room in the shady parts of the town. It also killed a personal assistant, promptly followed by his master, a rival of the Yellow Archmage, present at the very same party. To which he darkly intoned only: "So be it."

Then he fell, dead. It seems the last strike killed him as well, though no wound was found on his body.


The whole incident was hushed up, an accident they say. But the debates are raging now. Priests and wizards don't mingle, or is it possible to cross that boundary? Was he actually a priest in hiding? Not very likely. Could he call upon the aid of a god? That would constitute a miracle, that is against all that is known of this deity. Maybe he asked for it and his life was taken as payment. Or he forced the effect against the will of a god and was punished... but such a thing was even less heard of.

The holy symbol was destroyed, not a bit of power in it left. But it is a sign with an uncertain meaning, evidence of something unprecedented, it makes wizards and grand priests equally afraid. It's better never found again. Go to Comment
The Toads of Lichenbridge
Locations  (Area)   (Swamp)
manfred's comment on 2009-02-07 04:27 PM
Froak indeed! Let it not be said all the remote inns are dubious - like this one.

Excellent toady work. (Why is this a scroll? Are any extensions expected?) Go to Comment
The Delver's Salvation
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-21 03:43 PM
Wizard-created items tend to be a bit dry, but I like this one. I also like the absent minded creator ("Hmm... the second group is not coming back. Maybe I should send another group.").

Lot's of fun options here! Go to Comment
The Delver's Salvation
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2009-09-12 04:36 PM
It is in Requesting Advice, so the author apparently thought it needs something more.

Hey, what if someone finds those necklaces after a long time, breaks the twig (silly twig stuck in a nice gold chain) and is transported to the original destination... likely an abandoned, dangerous location. A group would have to either split or follow anyone transported to gods-know-where. Go to Comment
Lechiers Salt
Items  (Materials)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-13 04:56 PM
A nice and logical alchemystic material - if there is common salt, there's bound to be an enhanced version!

Well stubbed. :) Go to Comment
The Sketch Pad of Magic Bunnies
Items  (Art and Music)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-13 05:52 PM
Welcome to the club then! :) Go to Comment
Harramad's Teeth
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-13 05:13 PM
Indeed Cheka - and that is what we should do!

This isn't a scroll for nothing. Let's take a bite... Go to Comment
Harramad's Teeth
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-13 05:29 PM
Tootheye - a single tooth, polished into a small ball, so that it is unrecognizable where it came from. It is a detector, allowing its wearer to feel all the toothed creatures within ten feet. The small radius still allows to feel some surprises, if you ignore dead bodies and any companions around. Don't forget the many things without teeth.

Toothache - the badly rotted tooth must have been torn out by a dentist. Crushing it will give your enemy a serious pain, multiplied if it is his tooth. Curiously, the second effect applies also to the undead.

Toothfree - this magical accident, a small medallion, will affect its wearer's emotions to other people. Those with better teeth will be envied, those with worse teeth will be looked down upon. The name comes from the effect of those without any teeth: they will appear completely mysterious and fascinating, be they mundane or even senile grandpas. Go to Comment
Sorcerghul
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Any)
manfred's comment on 2007-08-01 06:47 PM
I heard there are rituals that can prolong their life significantly - pity it is mostly the masters who have knowledge of them. Go to Comment
Sorcerghul
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Any)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-13 04:51 PM
A very applicable undead, to say the least. It also brings to mind the many experiments with iron spikes. :) Go to Comment
30 Slaves
NPCs  (Extras)   (Domestic/ Craft)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-11 04:33 PM
How many are the forms of slavery?


I like the Coin Thrall most - short, cruel and direct. Also, the Dustman is the ideal low servant for any corrupt government official. What he doesn't know cannot hurt his master. Go to Comment
Snowborn of Nifelheim
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
manfred's comment on 2008-06-05 05:28 PM
Interesting folks. I am reminded of the fremen of Dune... completely different and yet akin.

What do they eat, by the way, fish or something more exotic? That could tell us some more about them.

Somewhat related, I would bet there are talks among the other human breeds of their strange customs, like consuming their dead, and more 'outlandish cultural affairs'. Perhaps you can start with that and turn it in whatever way around... use pride and prejudice to shape them.

Plus, it is clear they must be much more effective in the cold depths of space. I heard tons of stories about that. Go to Comment
Total Comments:
3608

Join Now!!




Fatal error: Call to undefined function top_menu() in /home/strolen/public_html/lockmor/application/views/citadel/vfooter.php on line 2