Your point about countermeasures is well made, and could help reduce it's impact. However a powerful nation could get around some of the measures by forging or stealing watermarked paper and then treating it.
The wax seals and Notary are an excellent countermeasure.
Regarding damage transferral, it was not stated explictly, but only minor alterations such as writing will transfer, otherwise the use as a 'backup' copy is not possible. So, I'd say physical damage (tearing, etc) do not transfer at all, and total destruction like burning will simply cause the other sheet to become somewhat scorched but readable. Go to Comment
An ideal companion item for a spy deep within an enemy is the use of a magical quill which writes illusionary text. In reality it writes a plain-text message which due to the paper not transmitting magic, comes through clear on the other side. If someone were to see the local copy, they would see the illusionary text which would appear as something unimportant.
Spells which accomplish the same task are also useful. Go to Comment
A lesser powered (No magic capturing) version of the Book of Transcription made with this type of paper would be even more powerful, being a 'bug' with unlimited range, though the book would be hideously expensive.
Eg. For a 100 page book with standard (8"x11" - yes I know that is not a medival standard) size pages, you are looking at expending the equivilent of 550lbs of gold to produce the necessary twin paper. This is not even touching the cost of making it into a book of transcription.
Anyone of power would be well advised to periodically checking their library for books radiating enchantment they are not expecting. Could provide much gainful employment for lesser wizards of a trustworthy sort :) Go to Comment
A very well detailed location, but there are a lot of references to people and events that are not linked and only mentioned. Some of these sound quite interesting and could use some elaboration or linkages to the posts to make these clear. Go to Comment
The descriptions of the branches seemed detailed and specific enough that I assumed they existed and that there was more to the story.
I was genuinely interested in seeing what, if any, other aspects of the sub and it's implied universe were in place. It was not clear to me that it was intended as a standalone sub not part of a larger world which had not yet been linked in. Go to Comment
Igman is rather average in appearence, with the obvious exception that he has no head. His neck terminates as if severed and then capped if pressed against a sheet of glass - the cross section of the various structures of the neck plainly visable.
Igman is not truely headless, however. He had the unfortunate fate of imbibing a flawed invisibility potion See Flawed Potions which had the second flaw of being permanent. So far Igman has not been able to find a mage powerful enough to remove this effect. He can pass as normal some of the time through wearing full head helmets, cloth, bandagesm etc. Makeup and other skin coatings do not work and become invisible as well.
When interacting with other performers Igman wears a broad-rimmed hat with two eyes embroidered on it. It lets people know where he is looking in general and makes it easier to interact with him. He does not like wearing bandages or other full head coverings, finding them uncomfortable.
In addition to his invisable head, Igmin is an accomplished juggler and dancer and he combines the three elements in his performances. One of his props is a false 'head' which he juggles along with other odd items.
In another performance he enters the ring riding a black warhorse holding the false head in one hand and cackling madly as he chases the clowns around the ring.
Igman is resigned to his current fate - he makes good income from the Caravan and the other members treat him with respect. Given the chance, though, he would jump at an opportunity to become 'normal'.
With apologies to the Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Flaming Pumpkins optional.Go to Comment
I appreciate the work that went into this sub, but there are some odd spellings and some messed up words which would not show up on a spellchecker. Eg "twist tot he enchantment "
I understand that the mage would seek revenge against women in general but unless the mage was already very evil or unbalanced, his actions, especially against someone he had sympathy for, seem very much overboard. Go to Comment
hey im new to this site but was here years ago w/ another name. anyways dont remember so im newbie by default.
Firstly, I am a sci-fi reader and I hope to meet success with my writing.
My favorite series of books are Larry Nivens RINGWORLD tetralogy (Ringworld, RingWorld Engineers, The RingWorld Throne, and RingWorlds Children)
For those that havnt read the ring world is the greatest artificial structere ever discovered.
A ring, its circumference equal to earths orbit, it is built around a sol-like star. Shadow squares halfway betwwn the ring and the sun provide 15 hours of night in a thirty hour day. 70 days equals one falan (one full rotation of ring world. The inner surface-the one exposed to the sun, is terraformed and is one millionkmwide cntrifugal force provides gravity, and rim walls 1000km high keep the atmosphere in. Population of RNH(ringworld native hominids)
estimated in the trillions.
The origins of who built it and why are too sticky to get into. But the ringworld , millions of years ago, was populated bt A race called Pak Protectors. Protectors are ancestors of all homo sapiens. they populated ringworld with homo erectus, but left no predators in the ecology. hence, hominids evolved into every ecological niche. (Vampires, Carrion Eaters, Giant Herbivores, Small Carnivores, some built great technologies and went interstellar. Oh, and ringworld is 300 million times the surface area of earth. post if youre interested, Ill elabortae on native species and alien vistors