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Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Mountains)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-20 12:17 PM
Okay, this has been in work too long as well. Out into the world with ye!
I have tried a significant variation of the format I used with the Alun sub to try and make it less scattered, specifically making greater use of scrolls for additional details. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Mountains)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-20 07:31 PM
This one has been in work for a while :)

It's also one product of reading Guns Germs and Steel - an excellent read and good for inspiring world-building and the unfolding of history. Go to Comment
Cristo "Crowstalker" Givenns
NPCs  (Extras)   (Agricultural)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-19 02:39 PM
Might be handy to bring along in the swamp! :) Though I would not think it very hard to tell crows from PCs....

Not bad :) Go to Comment
The Scene is Set...
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-19 10:16 AM
I think this is quite a useful idea. Although many who frequent this site are excellent GMs with wonderful pre-planning, others, such as myself, tend to rely on ad-libbing instead of preparation, and sometimes I draw a blank. This type of sub is a great way to jump-start and carry on.

There are a number of these types of subs - such as Tales of the Road,Where the Road May Take You, etc.

Perhaps adding 3 possible next steps would be useful, ALA Tales of Adventure. Go to Comment
The Scene is Set...
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-20 11:28 AM
There should be something at the start of the scroll, or a table of contents to differentate the general area of the sub. If this grows as it should, it may be difficult to quickly find a sub for your needs :) Go to Comment
The Scene is Set...
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-20 11:31 AM
Also, should be able to add XP to a reply on a scroll! Go to Comment
The One-Eyed, Red-Eyed Crow
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Swamp)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-19 08:32 PM
This HOH is for both of you, really :) Go to Comment
The One-Eyed, Red-Eyed Crow
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Swamp)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-19 09:47 AM
Awesome!

A plot easily suggests itself - someone important has fallen afoul of the crow in the swamp. The PCs need to find both the victim and the Crow before it's too late. To stop the life drain, they need to kill the elusive crow. Go to Comment
The One-Eyed, Red-Eyed Crow
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Swamp)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-19 09:48 AM
Messed up vote - corrected now... Go to Comment
Town People
NPCs  (Extras)   (Mercantile)
valadaar's comment on 2016-06-10 02:22 PM
Oh, I love collaborative submissions like this one. Well done all!

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Denizens of the Swamps, Bogs, and Fens
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Swamp)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-16 07:47 PM
Sabre Crab

The sabre crab is a huge relative of the hermit crab. It has a massively modified claw (2'- 3' in length) with a saw-toothed, razor sharp edge it uses to kill its prey. The other claw is also large, but is made for gripping prey. The crab lays in wait under murky waters with its eye stalks barely breaking surface. It has a very thick shell and is easily a match for the crocodiles which share it's swamp home.

The crab is not very intelligent and highly aggressive, typically attacking anything that they notice, including other Sabre Crabs. The sole exception to this is mating season, when massive groups of these critters will form in a frenzy of courtship, dominance battles and mating. The noise created by these encounters has more then once been mistaken for a small war.

Certain tribal groups which either inhabit the swamps or live adjacent to them find the Sabre Crabs's fighting claw very useful in making weapons. Go to Comment
Denizens of the Swamps, Bogs, and Fens
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Swamp)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-18 06:50 PM
The Swamp Children

Legends tell of the mysterious Swamp Children - quiet spritely beings who help lost souls but none of these beliefs survive actually encountering one.

The Swamp Children are small, emaciated humanoids with exaggerated potbellies and long, wolflike muzzles. Their skin is covered in a foul, yellowish mucous which protects them against the cold as well as the vermin of the swamp. No insect will willingly come close to a Swamp Child - those that do get stuck in the viscous coating and subsequently eaten. They are well adapted to their swamp home, being fully amphibious and able to hold their breath for many minutes. They are small - generally less then 3' tall and about 40 lbs weight, but they are extremely strong. The Swamp Children normally feed on the natural flora and fauna of their swamp home, but they will gleefully feast on anything that they can overpower, and are not above cannibalism.

When hunting, groups of the Children will lurk under the surface in ambush while others will either lead or drive victims into the ambush point. Grappling and dog-piling their foes, they will attempt to force them under the fetid waters of the swamp to drown.

The Children are capable of speech and have their own langauge. Since they have no interest in other beings except as food, they do not learn other languages.

There are legends of spellcasting Swamp Children, and these are true - there are shamans within their ranks that worship demonic powers. Go to Comment
Denizens of the Swamps, Bogs, and Fens
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Swamp)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-18 09:18 PM
Yep, this is a very good bestiary... Go to Comment
Vox Piscis
Locations  (Regional)   (Swamp)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-15 08:14 AM
Heh. Awesome! Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-14 12:14 PM
Will be used in a larger submission soon... Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-14 06:30 PM
Okay, I'll address your points and add a correction.

This plant is intended as a deadly magical defence - the main sub that uses it is still under work, but it is supposed to be deadly and difficult to circumvent.

Magical winds, very fine dust masks, poison immunities, etc, are valid defences. Heavy rainfall would mitigate the deadliness as well.

Also, I was deliberately vague on how much pollen would actually cause death so it is easy to allow for lesser effects.

As to effects of Cardiac arrest, it would be equal to a non-magical death spell :)

However, I did make a mistake on this sub, so some magical alteration of the standard Digitalis is needed:


From Textbook of Materia Medica, 5th edition, 1932, page 259

Poisonous Effects

Since Digitalis is slowly absorbed, and excreted still more slowly, it does not cause acute poisonous symptoms.


To achieve the desired level of lethality in line with my intent on this submission, one should instead substitute Cyanide, a much more acutely deadly toxin and one which does occur in many plants. Though I took the easy way out, and just made the toxin a variant of Digitalis. Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-14 06:56 PM
Updated: Modified sub in response to comments recieved. Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Forest/ Jungle)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-17 02:57 PM
Well, this variant is :) Those that created this plant would not want their songbirds and bees killed by it..... Go to Comment
The Kankreest
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-13 11:04 AM
An interesting creature. I think this is a good base to make an interesting NPC upon.

One of these folks could be involved in that nasty recent The Undertown Killer affair in some manner...

Hmm. Go to Comment
Plutonen Bulbs
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Any)
valadaar's comment on 2007-02-12 06:26 PM
A magical plant (Fungi!!!) that powerful has to have an interesting origin! Perhaps a murder victim spoke some appropriate curse on their killer as they died, and the fungus which sprung forth betrayed the murderer to his own death? Maybe? :) Go to Comment
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