Quite a decent stick! One note: the staff is said to reach to its owner's shoulder, but is given to him in childhood - is it magically grown to account for the owner's maturing? Maybe that is how its powers come into effect in the first place... it has to mature as well.
(Oh, and don't forget to link to other relevant posts from your world, there must be something related. :) ) Go to Comment
That 'living off his salary' bit would quickly reveal him to anyone in search - his own church in the first place.
As another plot hook, he could easily find a target too big for himself - and would do the perfectly logical thing: tip off some PCs to do it! Few seem to doubt a mysterious patron who finds them employment. Go to Comment
I have to concur, this one is worth it. Short and very much to the point.
Thus one can sew the own soul in by mistake, or any random passing soul, both to a great danger to anyone around... a proper danger to such a powerful tool. No more simple resurrection spells. Go to Comment
That would depend on the construction of course. Everything can be broken down, the question is what you get of it.
The Fibonacci sequence is simple enough to make people guessing, and rises fairly swiftly, so anything beyond ten becomes too impractical for use. You could encode something like an elevator with this, the destruction of the mechanism could destroy the whole cabin and drop the passengers down a _very_ deep hole.
Maybe too hastily written, but the idea is there. And yeah, why not? The perfect healing potion, healing everything, even the parts that don't need healing. This is the kind of medicine, that is with great enthusiasm brought into use, only to be rapidly limited when the horrific side effects were shown. Hard to get that point down about magic being unpredictable? "I have this potion, it will cure all your wounds..." Go to Comment
Linked to FTL drives and put into the Science Fiction region. Good solid idea it is.
Perhaps it might need a little more personality, but it does characterize its function well. One doesn't want to imagine, what would happen if some rival attacked this system as a primary target... even if losing, the empire would be shaken to its core. Go to Comment
Now there's a zombie for the desert regions! I wonder where the first of these creatures came from. Was it a sun worshiper, that received too much of sun's goodness? A victim of a curse? An experiment? We might never know. They are more like zombies, since they don't feed on their victims in any special way, so the vampire is just one of the many fun names for them.
Perhaps they are so enamoured with the sun rays, that they are jealous of anyone else bathing in them, thus attacking anything on sight. If that is true, one could find two of these highly territorial creatures and lure them to each other, letting them fight it out.
And as Scrasamax has noted, undead don't necessarily need a special reason to hate the living. If one is still required, it could be the faint disturbing memory of the former life, that they cannot handle.
Why, this is a perfectly reasonable lifeform (okay, it is supernatural, but who cares). We have done much weirder stuff. If silver is its prime habitat (maybe it can move the faster, the purer the vein is, and purifies it with its presence), it will of course defend it.
It would be best to combine it with a 'magical' view on precious metals, each metal having certain properties and origin. Why, does silver come from the tears of a certain goddess? Or is it the blood of the only Silver Dragon, lost aeons ago? Then these snakes make immediately much more sense (even if, ironically, they are mere lifeforms and chasing them won't lead to any treasure or legendary creature).
Speaking of legendary creatures, it's nice to remember that "going too deep" doesn't have to produce a giant demon - simple creatures can be an effective deterrent, too. Go to Comment
Yeah, she is pretty good, might do with some greater purpose in life - but then again, not all Minors need that. Perhaps it is all in her age, to live out her years, observe the cycle of things, speak to the spirits, and help the people out a little.
When Old Becomes New
Traditions rarely die completely and old wisdom is used in new ways. There is a user of magic the new faith just can't seem to catch, a heretical criminal or not quite. Anyway, he has to be caught and brought to justice. And the only person to know, how he does those tricks, could be old Agun. Go to Comment
One in the series of items making you undead, at least for a while, I like it. You can imagine nasty little side effects, like making the user easier to possess by hostile spirits, but the greater question of their creator's fate and designs make its use a little tricky.
Now this is magic you can believe in... especially in this place. :)
Best are of course those multipurpose ideas with major destructive as constructive applications (nuclear power is a good example, but may be a bit too much). Then there's the usual "generator powered by life", sucking life out of anything nearby, very handy.