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Beast Weed
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
manfred's comment on 2009-01-10 03:47 PM
Which questions?

I would posit that the root and leaves have a similar effect when accidentally consumed, but are differently used in the rituals or secret recipes. The 'Actual Effects' are what this plant really does and can go wrong (with side effects of course).

I'm glad that you find it useful. :) Go to Comment
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Mystical)
manfred's comment on 2003-03-20 10:05 AM
Almost abandoned it as one of those over-powered characters. But as a background... good!

...source of items of immense power, but all are somewhat quirky. A good trade-mark, and history. If you find something powerfull, you almost immediately expect there is a catch to it.

Maybe, it was not a single wizard, but a group of them madmen, this detail was just lost through the centuries. Would explain how a single man could create THAT many items. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Mystical)
manfred's comment on 2006-01-19 04:26 AM
Where are all the Orbs gone, where are they...
I remember well the hours spent tinkering and chatting about just one topic, the Orbs and their interaction. Fond memories.

(Side note: You can create a Scroll for the minor orb items. I remember we have created quite a few back then.) Go to Comment
Quill of Fine Writing
Items  (Tools)   (Non-Magical)
manfred's comment on 2003-03-15 12:07 PM
A simple thing, this one is. And useful. It certainly is magical, and probably the birds are slightly magical themselves?

It could be a nightmare to hunt these, if they had the chameleon's power to blend with the surrounding... Go to Comment
Cat's Eyes
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2003-03-14 05:12 AM
Interesting. A cat does not necessarily live very long, clumsy cats have truly short lives. So it is not for hundreds of years that she can travel.

Still, some changes in history are possible, though probably no world-shattering ones. Can she travel in the span of this life? Probably not, so no easy go-to-yesterday-place-a-bet scheme will work. Changing the fates may be very hard this way (not to mention being a cat is a limit, too). Any change has to be deeply thinked about, before attempting.

Even simple do-good activities (or do-Evil if you want) are getting harder as the time goes by, and Felia grows older. If you can go only six months or more into the past... Go to Comment
The Labyrinth
Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)
manfred's comment on 2006-05-09 05:00 AM
(Sadly the special characters are a product of the server's move. A solution for all the affected posts is worked on... I hope.) Go to Comment
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
manfred's comment on 2003-03-12 03:38 AM
Or perhaps, some other group, historically in some way linked to these Lamezzites, is persecuted right now?

Could well awaken these spirits, even if they were sleeping for such a long time. Go to Comment
Revenge or Death?
Plots  (Duty)   (Side-Quest)
manfred's comment on 2003-03-10 05:14 AM
Not as bad as it sounds for the first time.

A bit of rail-roading: Would you truly run away from your home, from all you ever had, straight to your sworn enemies? Not all would do that.

Another option: the curse is cast upon you, as you spy in that hostile city. You cannot simply return, for you will probably be killed on the spot. Go to Comment
Revenge or Death?
Plots  (Duty)   (Side-Quest)
manfred's comment on 2006-02-11 10:06 AM
These... what? Please ask a clear question, and you might get a clear answer.

It is a plot (or campaign defining piece if you want) submitted long ago, lacking quite a few things, and there is little chance the author will come back to expand it. Still, there is some idea inside that could be useful to some. Take it or leave it, or better yet: expand and adapt to your needs, and let us know. Much better than a lame comment. Go to Comment
Tome of Illusions
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2005-02-15 08:53 AM
What? Almost two years and no comments? I know it's a bit strange, but no one has anything to add to it?

BUMP. Go to Comment
Tome of Illusions
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2005-02-16 08:46 AM
OK, OK, stop the apologies. I just wished to see anyone adding something to this "Illusions gone wild" idea.

The curse is certainly a bit cliche.

Hmmm... it is not said a big mean dragon is after the unlucky one, just that he is fated to meet him. Could be a surprise for the dragon, that ate him or burned to nothingness. A parley may be possible.

Alternatively, the character not only looks like the Illusionist, he could start to see his ghost. Or he could start to exhibit his personality traits (oops, another cliche). This could go on until the ghost is dealt with, or the book is written anew.

Or something else still. Go to Comment
Weapon at hand
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
manfred's comment on 2003-03-07 03:57 AM
Good point about the point.

If we go for weaker magic, there has to be none effect like this. If you use it as a walking stick, it will be sharp as one. You have to sharpen it regularly (or look stupid, if you ask a smith to sharpen it for you).

Or just add a minor protective power, as you suggest. Go to Comment
Weapon at hand
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
manfred's comment on 2003-08-28 07:04 AM
Certainly. But still, a masked assassin might prefer to use the point, and maybe have not enough space or time to swing the sword, just stab.

A good actor might actually fake it: put very little pressure on the sword, but still look like you are. Especially, if you combine this with poison to be sure.

This brings me to another forgotten topic: sound. Metal sounds different from wood, right? I guess as an illusion-enchanted item, this is taken care of. But a Dispel Magic may really do something: temporary cancel this effect. The guards may not notice it... and the wearer too... Go to Comment
Weapon at hand
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
manfred's comment on 2003-09-03 09:07 AM
So the sound is masked, agreed. And yes, the blade is not protected from slashing by accident... watch your own feet by the way!

But there is something else yet...
Situations can happen where one person hits another with a club, without wanting to kill or harm badly (a master his lazy student, for example). What if through misplacing (or Evil intent), the walking stick or whatever is replaced with this item? A single hit could kill the unlucky, or at least seriously harm him/her. If arranged well, this may be a way to kill someone, or frame for murder. Things can turn ugly around this one... Go to Comment
Weapon at hand
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
manfred's comment on 2006-01-05 02:49 PM
Good question.

Much would depend of course on the mastery of its creator. A powerful variant could make people touch intuitively the flat sides of the blade, and mask the cold feeling of steel, etc, etc.

However, as I imagine a "common" weapon at hand, those that already know it and are somewhat attuned, will be able to see the sword inside of the stick, if unclear. Now comes the random person, a finds there is something weird about that stick (cutting itself, or being fought with).

_My_ take on would be this: if a person has a chance to take a careful look at the stick, with all the suspicion, even better if it can be touched, it could see through the illusion to a small degree and get a glimpse of the sword. This would not persist, but could recognize it later easier. If the person does not have a chance for a careful evaluation of it (for example in combat when it is wildly swung here and there) the sword will stay hidden.

But that is my take on, you may choose your own.

(Oh, and: accidentally picking up a stick, a hero may choose it if there is nothing else to defend with, and find it surprisingly durable. Could be fate. :) ) Go to Comment
Honest Wrekk
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
manfred's comment on 2005-09-19 04:16 AM

This fine NPC could need more detail... and moving into the proper category. Go to Comment
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Villanous)
manfred's comment on 2003-02-27 10:46 AM
Remind me not to adopt a familiar in those caves...

I wonder, what would happen if somehow (surely not by chance), the staff was broken? Go to Comment
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Villanous)
manfred's comment on 2003-03-18 07:06 AM
...a coming god that creates its own race to worship him.

And if he/she/it gets a body, what about the staff? Is it destroyed in the creation? Or is it part of his body?

Most probably, it will stay as it is, and may be one of the few waknesses a deity may have. Go to Comment
Mana Orb
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2003-02-28 05:03 AM
I would not put much trust in infinity, if I were you. Fine, it produces magic without an end. But all those power-hungry mages seem to forget an important question:

bWhere does all that magic come from?/b

Just because you do not pay the price immediately, doesn't mean you (or someone) will not pay it one day. And it won't be cheap! Go to Comment
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
manfred's comment on 2003-03-06 09:29 AM
Maybe there is a special power, unknown (or not?) to the current wielder, perhaps even long forgotten...

If the wielder sings a warrior's song (of the mace' original culture), he gains a nice bonus at the end of each verse he sings fully.

The culture may be long gone, but surely legends remain, of mighty warriors, singing their song of battle, merrily decimating the enemy. Such a song may remain, too... Go to Comment
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