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
This is a good idea. At first I just didn't get the whole exploding thing but then I red the p'nash berry posts (incidentally I have now cross-linked the three posts).
Still some questions though: how do you get chosen to be one of the exploding chanters? If they choose the best, this could end up accidentally wiping out the tribe they are trying to save. Go to Comment
Why are they exploding? Is it the paste that they cover themself in? Perhaps they need both the white and red substance ot ignite the fireball, the flame of heaven, the divine kiss so to speak.
But why do they kill each other?
You said, "If they are somehow undisturbed, the ceramony continues as normal, leading the two at the focus to join and anihalate themselves."
So how can the appease the gods if they kill their entire culture by exploding in a ceremony?
Don't get me wrong, the example and description of the ceremony os great, enough for me to give it a 3.5/5 but it is lacking more depth and explanation as to why they do this and the outcome. Go to Comment
Same comment for this and the other berries (I'd have made them one post I think).
I like the concept, and I like the application we discussed in chat where you had a group of "harmless" monsters become very deadly by using this.
In my campaigns, monsters would not often readily suicide, although some would I reckon. Fanatics... But most animals tend to have a decent sense of self preservation... so I would see this being used more as a last-ditch defense than an attack. Also, in a world with gunpowder or flash powder type item, this possibility already exists, but just isn't used by DMs much. BUT, I like your creative use of berries to do this... it gives it a different feel, and I like that.
I wonder how genuinely one must feel "euphoric" about being about the explode... maybe they drug themselves up to help. Go to Comment
Easy: On the bottom of the page is a "Suggest a submission" field. Type there the name or node number of the submission you want to link to. So "Ascention Ceramony of the Burgan Tribe" or simply 1844. Click Suggest. Done. Go to Comment
It is said by the village gray beards Of Breen, that the band of human exiles who founded their prosperous farming settelment almost a century ago,had to fight a long,savage struggle with the original inhabitants of the fertile valley;monstrous trolls that saw the new arrivals as meals, rather than as potential neighbours.After 5 long years, the humans with their superior steel weapons, drove the troll tribe into the bleak highlands and hills sourounding the valley.But as time passed, the old tale begun to become legend, rather than history and is regarded by most, as a mere story used by parents to frighten disobediant children.And yet the village leaders have always forbidden their people from wandering the hills....