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Sshpah (Wordfishes Of Hloth)
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)
Dozus's comment on 2012-11-06 12:30 PM
I found this via Muro's "kick-ass stuff" list. His description is apt. Go to Comment
Sshpah (Wordfishes Of Hloth)
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)
Murometz's comment on 2008-03-06 11:45 AM
Fascinating!

This reminds me of something, but I cant think of what it is. Anyway, I'll simply say, FASCINATING!! (and will try to think of what else to add) Go to Comment
Sshpah (Wordfishes Of Hloth)
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Murometz's comment on 2009-09-18 10:28 AM
BUMP. Really weird and really good! Go to Comment
Sshpah (Wordfishes Of Hloth)
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valadaar's comment on 2008-03-06 06:21 PM
These critters are quite unique - I like them, though I would like some thoughts as how they are to be used. I could seem them being repositories of knowlege and secrets perhaps lost to land dwellers and a specific school sought out for their knowlege. Go to Comment
Sshpah (Wordfishes Of Hloth)
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Darkstand's comment on 2013-08-23 10:22 AM
Brilliant concept, though it raises some questions for me.
Are these schools - and this species - capable or inclined to do the type of worldbuilding that humans are? Making buildings, forming technology, teaching the next generation of what they have learned (though that may look a bit different)? How much 'culture' as a human would define it is there?
Are they capable of magic and/or spells? Psionics? (if they were psionic, I might wonder at telepathic communication, though that is slightly less flavorful.)
Is the intelligence of a Sspah proportional to the number of fish? If so, is there a practical limit to how many can form together (large groups are smarter but slower to decide and act, for example)? In times of need or when they face a more complicated question, do the schools ever temporarily form together to problemsolve?
I can see them rivaling the Aboleths if the answer is yes at all, having memories that span ages, foggy though it might be, and revealing long lost secrets and powerful knowledge to those who they think worthy. Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2008-02-20 07:01 PM
This is what you get when you teach a class about the Crusades Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2008-02-21 10:42 PM
It's not a quest submission! How did it get put in the quest?! Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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Kassil's comment on 2008-02-21 11:46 PM
The Quest is bugged. It did the same thing with my Sanguine Daggers. Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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Scrasamax's comment on 2008-02-21 11:16 PM
i love the tone and the names in this submission.

Also: removed from Quest.

TY,HAND Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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Cheka Man's comment on 2008-02-20 08:16 PM
Nice but is it a Quest item? Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2010-10-13 06:55 AM


Only voted.


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The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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Murometz's comment on 2008-02-21 08:22 PM
Well Cap, as you say in main chat, its not super-insertable, but the names of the people, places, and things, and the overwhelmingly decadent minutae is staggering!! And bits and pieces of this treatise shall be used by moi, I assure you. This is the kind of handout that I'd make my PCs read while I had to go potty (and I mean that in a good way!). Like for example,

"Poof! Once you enter the mirror, you cannot return the same way you came! You are now stuck in a new mysterious world. Here, read these passages from that sage's book you swindled back in town. It actually refers to the legends of these very lands! I'll be right back."

What say you, shall we take this out of the Quest and link this to Books, mmm? Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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Murometz's comment on 2008-02-21 08:22 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-13 07:34 AM


 



I think the use of this post to other campaigns is that outlines an academic treatment of a popular academic text.  Being that it is a history, then perhaps it could easily be translated into another world with a view word changes.  We want the characters in our worlds and campaigns to have access to a culture so that they can hang their personality quirks on it and to give them a chance to rally around or against something.   A book of the elite such as this which appears similar to The Persian Expedition, Parallels, War with Hannibal or the Mort de Arthur would be useful prop for a character.



 



However, I think this write up does not go far enough and that it lacks any real hook.  I understand the value of vagueness in RPG writing and I know that something suggestive is often more useful then something specific, but this item is too far into the specific realm to be suggestive.  Yet it also lacks details and a thesis, and therefore we come away with little sense of the intended or actual meaning of this work to the people that might right.  I hope that CP comes back to give us a more complete picture, because I like the idea behind this post. 


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The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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valadaar's comment on 2008-02-22 09:32 AM
This is back in Request Advice?

I like the rich detail, but the rather heavy use of parenthetic text is a little distracting. Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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valadaar's comment on 2008-02-22 06:44 PM
Vote since it is out of Advice... Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
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Nuchiha101's comment on 2010-08-20 06:26 PM
Strange how Taxian conveniently sounds like Taxes or Texans..... Go to Comment
The Shalgiel
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
CaptainPenguin's comment on 2008-02-03 05:02 AM
This is supposed to be in work (advice requested)... I'm really not sure what happened Go to Comment
The Shalgiel
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Kassil's comment on 2008-02-12 02:56 PM
The description of these things was somewhat what I had in mind when I was referring to the Patient One in the Glacier's Fist. Thank you, Cap'n, for providing a fitting way to describe the nightmare-thing slithering in my mind beyond a serpent of ice. Go to Comment
The Shalgiel
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MoonHunter's comment on 2008-02-02 11:54 AM
Okay, Post Modern means today. As the Modern Era ended in (depending on who you are talking to from 1960s to 1990s). So how did we make this magical monster?

You need to reference when this "future time" is.

Now this write up is disjointed. It does not have the references to make sense. The description level is poor. It need more.

So how do the current age make a magical ice monster?
Either the creature needs to be technical, and they need to explain it from a magical point of view
Or the monster was made magical, and these technical people explain it.

Perhaps the monster was Atlantean in nature. It was used to deal with their global warming or manipulte the weather. They could however control theirs (of course one got loose and caused the last Ice Age before someone stopped it). It was locked away and we found it. We tried to use it. And well, things went bad.

Perhaps we went somewhere else to get this thing.

So would not this be a Pre-appocolypse study piece, as the ice monster seems to have broken things? Go to Comment
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