Stealth value comes to mind, as well as simple chemistry 101: Critical ingredients are hydrophobic, requiring an oil base, or else the solution separates out. We're now watching lard, cooking oil, and butter dueling it out as useful bases, given the lack of a petro-chemical industry. And really, it's kind of hard to slip someone whale fat in a sandwich.
Yes indeed. This is one of those things that could come up as originally an accident, but then the uses are thought out and thus no 'potion of disbelief' was created. Because we all know that normal ordinary people don't carry around bottles of strange liquids, but it certainly wouldn't be weird to be carrying butter to town. The spy applications are quite ponderable...
*random codex thought: Ordinary spy gear. All the things a spy might carry that would fit into his persona easily and without comment...* Go to Comment
A bit whimsical. I like it; the idea of an ointment to see through illusion sounds reasonable.
Pop-culture references to "almost" butter aside, they'd have to use something as the base for an ointment. Of course, butter wouldn't keep as well as some other materials; they would need to use it before it spoiled.
If it was hard to distinguish from regular butter, some amusing confusion could ensue... Go to Comment
i hate tinger gnomes and i hate the idea that it can take away from the whole Fantasy thing as well as he said i would never use anything like that they had no need for it or the same views we had i mean when gun powder was first made it was something sciecntifc why get more complex then that when they dont need to Go to Comment
I understand the magical principals and the construction. That is simple and it makes sense. I have no problem blending material technologies and thaumaturgical technologies, if both exist.
The question I have, and echoing Scras here, is why would anyone need to make one of these. Is someone making sky scrapers or steam plate or large iron ships? Without a serious need (and an attempt to fill it), why would anyone without 20th century views build a riveter? I mean there are lots of technologies which are possible centuries before they are developed (The Fax Machine could of been done in the 1870s, not the 1970s, HangGliders in the 13th, and the list is endless), but nobody had the need and could combine the disparaging technology together.
Besides, simply enchanting the hammer with a "weld" spell would make it vastly more efficient. Everywhere it strikes it merges the two pieces together. One enchantment, no need for the mechanics. Go to Comment
1. It is a magical version of a rivet gun, made by gnomes. See rant about gnomes and wacky devices.
2. Reading about spell-like powers, dials and knobs, and extra-dimensional spaces made me feel like I was reading an entry out of the Dungeon Masters Guide from D&D.
3. I don't like the creation of technological items with spells. Rivet guns were designed for the building of iron ships and building construction, something not very prevalent in the standard fantasy milieu.
4. It is too easy to go from this to a piece of chain wrapped around a guide bar enchanted with 'keen edge' and 'animate object' spell to create a magical chainsaw. Go to Comment
Meh, not much to say really. I understand where Scras is coming from, and I throughly dislike gnomes/20th Century ideas being 'magiced' and put into 13th century settings, but it is a solid item and I'll rate it as such. Go to Comment
Now, for why someone would need/make something like this, I have one word:
A smaller version of this device would be a godsend, as the best chainmail armor had riveted links. I've make chainmail the lazy way, by squishing links together with pliers, and that was tedious enough. I can't imagine the amount of work required to make a riveted suit with medieval technology... Go to Comment