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Danrick's Sword
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-08-28 09:51 AM
Spell check. Most importantly GUARD.

Other than that, I like this weapon of fairy tale magnitude. A weapon which damages your karma, making you a puppet of the GM's demented whim.

Of course, it seems to do that for anyone who touches it... including the wielder (the poor guy died after all.) So a powerful weapon with a serious hook. Go to Comment
Danrick's Sword
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-03-25 05:08 PM
I like this too.A weapon of Bad Luck. Go to Comment
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Dragon Lord's comment on 2005-08-30 09:26 AM
So - a weapon that is as dangerous to the wielder as to the victim

In of itself a fairly standard idea, but this one has a nice little twist - it harms your karma, not you body - that I like a lot

Good backstory - nicely explains why the staff was created

One question - why curse the king?

I can see why he cursed the guard (revenge for his murdered grandson), but the king wasn't involved in the killing - cursing the guard was justice, but what did the king do to deserve the same fate?

Nonetheless - good item - well written and logical - 4/5 Go to Comment
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Chaosmark's comment on 2005-08-28 12:07 PM
I suppose this would then be considered the two-edged sword. Well yes, you CAN use the staff to take out that band of trolls, but do you really want to curse yourself in the process?

I rather like it. It's got a good purpose, a proper reason for existence, and while it's powerful, it's not overly so due to affecting the wielder with the same mis-fortune. Reminds me of nothing less than the Sword of Shannarah... Go to Comment
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Chaosmark's comment on 2005-08-28 09:22 PM
*laughs and shakes his head* No no no, I meant that in the fact that the actual Sword was dangerous versus all illusions, but it was like a drug: very very very addicting. It's a double-edged weapon, like the staff. Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2012-10-27 10:06 PM
I like it, a useful item for cursing. Would the wielder need to know the staff is cursed and use it in a particular way, or would simply touching the staff cause the curse to spread? Maybe it's the sort of thing where one must seek vengeance to enact it. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-28 06:41 AM
I like the story of the old wizard who lost his mojo. The curse is so subtle that another take on this doesn't actually have any real power, other to make the "afflicted" people blame their misfortune on the person who delivered the curse. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-02-11 07:13 PM
I had wondered about the 'curse' - I went over the text and saw nothing that said the wielder was effected, only the target.

Since the man was old, him dying did not seem untoward, but clarification would be nice ("Died naturally in his sleep, a satisfied smile accross his face..."),etc. Go to Comment
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Ted's comment on 2011-03-30 10:57 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Old Dreamer's comment on 2011-03-31 09:08 PM


I like the story. I'm not sure how often the curse portion of the staff would be used though. I see wizards either throwing fireballs with their staffs or whacking minions as the party gets overwhelmed. Either way the curse portion wouldn't seem to come into play much ("Things were never the same for Bob the Kobold after he took a vicious swipe from that wizard")



However, those that took the time to figure out how to properly use the curse might see  this pay off in a very long campaign. Interesting idea.


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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-31 10:31 PM


Sounds like a good seed for a mystery. How do you track down the source of a curse like this?


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Princess Matriax's Defender
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Agar's comment on 2005-08-26 12:36 PM
You see potential? Too original? Powerful curse?

How is a curse that occasionally makes you fight with a decrotive sap untill combat is over, powerful? It's an annoyance, something to roleplay around and through, almost comedic, but if the roleplayer is getting into the atrifact possesion part where they ~want~ to use it, then it can lead to some great roleplay.

Too orignal? TOO ORIGINAL?!?! Well hell, why don't I just start posting up "Sword +3 - It's a sword, plus 3" ?!?! If you like stupid huge swords and bags of holding, stick to your GM manual and don't look for new ideas! Strolens as all ABOUT new ideas. If they're not orignal, they're not worth posting. Even old idead can be made new, with the right twist:

Really big sword:
http://www.strolen.com/items/viewitem.php?item_id=173

Bag of holding:
http://www.strolen.com/items/viewitem.php?item_id=123

http://www.strolen.com/items/viewitem.php?item_id=279

I'm glad you see potential, and per your confusion, I added a bit about how she died. There's your cursre origin. Go to Comment
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Agar's comment on 2005-08-26 02:43 PM
"Somewhere along the line we need to ask ourselves, "Is this an item I would include in my campaign?""

No, actually, that's exactly what we DON'T need to be doing. If you're judging these on whether or not you can use them, then you're just shopping, not critiqueing.

And what's wrong with being comedic? Comedic can be quite fun, even enduring, if you have the right group. See, this isn't about making YOU happy, it's about ideas that are interesting. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-08-26 04:19 PM
Spell check Agar. Go to Comment
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Nobody's comment on 2005-12-16 03:07 PM
Ok, I give you points for originality, points for making it a non-stadard item, and points for a reasonably acceptable history for this item. However, I take off points for listing it as a cursed item without explaining the curse, and I take away points for not really clarifying the combat value of this makeshift flail.

Mostly though, I am docing you for not explaining this curse. Does it stay in your hand until you can have it removed? Does it cause rashes on your body? Does it make you like dressing like a girl?

This needs to be explained. Also, if you make it cursed, it is always a handy idea to also make it somehow enchanted. I am not taking this into account when I vote on this, but it is a good idea.

On the whole I like it, but I really insist that you explain this cursed property.

If you do, PM me, and I'll up your grade. Go to Comment
Princess Matriax's Defender
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Scrasamax's comment on 2005-08-26 10:53 PM
Quite ironicly, I've seen this weapon before. In the Final Fantasy Tactics game, once you get into the third or forth act, you can equip female characters with 'handbags' as weapons. More ironic is that fact that these decorative satchels give them a higher attack power than any of the non-unique swords, (Save the Queen, and Excalibre) I think it is a well done post, and certainly interesting. Maybe not so far off the mark in a day and age when an unattended brief case or duffel bag can clear an airport.

Is that a Gucci?
Nope, its a Damascus Purse, folded hammered and clasped. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2008-07-28 01:12 PM
-1 for the unexplained curse, so 4/5 Go to Comment
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Dragon Lord's comment on 2005-08-30 09:09 AM
"Giv' us ya 'andbag lady"
"OK, you asked for it" - ** THWACK **
"Ow"

I think Agar that you have finally lighted upon the ultimate weapon - the dreaded Handbag of Death

Great comic potential - love it - 5/5 Go to Comment
Princess Matriax's Defender
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Wogden's comment on 2005-08-26 10:44 PM
I find it hilarious. And personally, I enjoy spicing up my campaigns with a bit of humour. Sure, it's not exactly the fearsome godslaying weapon that'll lay the universe to smithereens, but you need a bit of comic relief in a quest. This could be a simple side-hook - get your munchkinesque high elf huntress to be stuck wielding a purse for a while... *chucklings*

I don't even know if having an origin for the curse even applies. I mean, no self-respecting woman ever lets go of her purse! After a while being grasped protectively by such a charismatic princess, even the most mundane thing might get used to being clutched protectively and used as a bludgeon, to the point of expecting to be treated likewise by every owner it falls into the hands of.

Terry Pratchett would be proud, Agar. Four outta five. Go to Comment
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GleepwurpTheEyebiter's comment on 2005-08-26 11:59 AM
How did this item come to be cursed? Why is the curse so powerful? Normally I'd just turn a blindeye to this, but since you include a backstory, it seems sort of odd that it omits this rather important detail.

I'm not a big fan of the "stuck in your hand curse" (as I've said in other posts) because I don't think they really encourage roleplaying very much. On the other hand, they are nasty, and encourage caution in the PC's which is usually a prelude to roleplaying. I like the bit about how it always come to hand, but I'd rather see that as something within the player (e.g. he's developed some strange compulsion that he gets to roleplay) rather than the item having the preternatural ability to entangle him.

I think that your item is quite original, but perhaps too much so. There seem to be acceptable guidelines for an adventuring world to maintain versimilatude, and it stretches that when we include items that tend to fall outside the traditional limit (such as pursues). What's to stop me from making a magical shoehorn that also doubles as a weapon, or makes you wear it in your shoes? These things are original, but original for a reason: They aren't very heroic or interesting, and thus are traditionally relegated to the category of comic relief or joke fiction.

i give it a two for now, and I'll up that if some of my objections are dealt with. I think it has potential. Go to Comment
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