They are a fine exercise in misdirection, they don't let anyone know what they are in the first place. Surely ghosts don't behave in this way... except for those three. I got the picture of the PC's finally tracking down the killer's contact, only to find out it is some insane homeless person. There goes your detective work.
I wonder, are they gathering the wealth for some actual goals, or is it more symbolic, to prove they are on the top of this murderous game?
With them, there is nothing new in the world, just the old stuff applied in a novel way. Makes a good mystery. Go to Comment
Whoa... that was a surprise jolt to me as well! A simple effect with major consequences. I would imagine it could get quite rare, some foolish girls could be made to pay good money for any similar red flower.
The flowers would of course wither and even die. But that doesn't mean that
a) somebody with the skill couldn't learn to distill exactly these 'bad vibes' the plant picked up and use it for something nasty, or
b) there is not a plant, a dark mirror of this one, that actually thrives on the bad feelings, useful for the same Go to Comment
Indeed, it shouldn't do any big harm. Now if you want to go along this route, consider that it is a breath weapon... the outside of the body is relatively well protected, the inside of the mouth is not. There could be some damage due to frequent use (and cancer in the most extreme cases). For simplicity it can just burn the mouth of the drinker a bit. ;) Go to Comment
A nice little collection of trees, the forest clearly has heart. What do you want to have done with them?
Plot hooks are always welcome, but they require careful placement in such an atmospheric forest. I would imagine some of the fae coming here to rest, to sleep for a while and forget their worries, such as they have. It could be also a neutral place for the rare meetings of conflicting fae groups. Go to Comment
Ah, the age-old fear of machines. It is only right that it materializes along with steampunk. There will be less sophisticated opponents, but I like the religious angle of these noble saboteurs, saviors of the mortal races. Kudos for the non-killing principle as well. Go to Comment
To quote: "Naturally, there are forms of etiquette and protocol to be observed even in a magical society of nobles. Although it happens in the odd generation here and there, nobles would never resort to such crude measures as actual magical combat between each other or rain demons upon rival houses and the like. Subtlety and finesse are considered great virtues of magical mastery. Battle magic is as crude as warfare. Of course, it can be necessary at times, but to muddy one's own hands in such toil is hardly refined.
And besides, what could be more delightfully humiliating than for an enemy noble than to be assassinated by entirely mundane, albeit well executed, means?"
So yes, they are very well used to combat other spellcasters, with very definite and tricky means to deal with them. The overly aggressive combat mage would be probably manipulated into a duel with some noble... and die. Go to Comment