An interesting oddity, and sure to spark interest if encoutner in an otherwise tropical climate. Perhaps the locals have come to rely on it for refigeration and releif from the othersie intolerably hot envrioment.
Unfortunately, at the very end I ran out of interesting things to throw at the PCs. I had hoped that at least the saving magical defenses for last would be more realistic. If someone comes up with something more fitting, toss it my way.
As for the wall of sand trick, I found it sprang to my mind quite suddenly. Makes sense, and it's quite realistic. Damp sand retains it's shape, even after it dries out. Thus, a few feet of sand would work quite well for a wall, especially in low lighting. Glad you liked it. Go to Comment
A solid adventure in search of (Arrr, Matey!) pirates' gold. I like the basic premises and the wall of sand is a puzzle I haven't seen before.
The magical dopplegangers were an unexpected twist; if I were running this one, I'd give the PCs some sort of a hint about what to expect. Perhaps Gustav was known for an ally with potent magical powers (Betrayed in the end, alas! That's what comes of consorting with cutthroats!) or was reputed to have looted an ancient hoard of magic. Go to Comment
Well, gentlemen, let me tell you what happened the last time I time traveled in a game.
As several particularly powerful, and ambitious parties existed at the time, only one of which was a party of PCs, thank goodness, we spent several months rearranging and counter-rearranging the time stream to best advantage. In time, we all got very sick of this, including the GM. Therefore, we decided to end time travel. We did this by traveling back in time. To the Beginning, or, at least as soon as we could fit. There, we found the elder gods being born, killed them before they came into their power, and took their stuff, better known as Everything(tm). We then spent several minutes fending off the wave of other adventurers trying to stop us, until such time as our chronomancer managed to finish seizing control of the laws of causality and thus ending the problem, and giving us a new universe to adventure in later.
Time Travel in Aterrizar
Chronomancy is possible in my homebrew setting, but it is completely non-existant in the game setting. The reason behind this has to do with the machinations of the gods, and the demon-gods that they usurped and replaced. Linear time is the door and lock on the prison that was made to hold the elder gods, and the use of time travel would break those bars, releasing the elder gods from their millenial imprisonment.
The first thing that would happen would be the physical destruction of Dimmault, a world roughly half the size of the host planet of Aterrizar, Ae. With the prison broken, the elder gods and their hosts of misshapen demons and devils would range outwards from that dying shell. The Celestial City would be laid to waste as the elder gods exacted their revenge from their usurping offspring. They would than turn their attention to the main planet, cross the astral sea like a black cloud, would unleash horrors not even matched by the nightmare war.
It would not be the end of the world, but a new beginning as the demons and devils replaced the mortal races, and the elder gods recast the Celestial City in their new twisted images. It would be the beginning of a new age of fire, ash, and darkness. Go to Comment
I am guilty of my own pet peeve, adding to a scroll and not voting or commenting! I think this is a mixed success, it got alot of discussion stirred up about the topic, but with a few exceptions no one added to the scroll. Go to Comment
Throughout the lands of the Coldforged setting, time travel is a relatively unknown phenomenon, rarely heard of and rarely practiced. Magic itself is rare, but also sometimes powerful, as is the case with chronomancy, the art of manipulating the flow of time.
Chronomancy is a carefully guarded secret, known only by the Secterii Cabal of Silmar, and by the Grand Wizard of the Steamwork City, also known as the Chronomage. Jealously these men and women protect the ancient secrets of time manipulation, though their manners of control are vastly different. While the Chronomage uses steam machinery and magic, with thin coils hooked into the body of the time traveler, the Cabal uses potent enchanted circles, tattooing the traveler and surrounding him with exotic items and minerals imbued with special properties.
Albeit the methods used to achieve time travel are different, the outcome is pretty much the same:
1) Travel to the past
Only the spirit can travel to the past, or rather to the echoes of what once was, for the past is no more. There is only the present. Still, those few who know how to do so often travel to the past as a time ghost, if only to witness important events, or to glean some insight into secrets buried by the sands of time.
GM Note: While traveling to the past the traveler is in all senses and regards a ghost. The persons in the past might sense something strange, like someone is watching, but only the most powerful of mages can truly detect the presence of a watcher (and might in turn banish the presence). Traveling like this is primarily used to study ancient rituals, secrets and historically important events.
2) Travel to the future
When traveling to the future, the body of the traveler will follow along, for this is a purely one way trip. The traveler simply ceases to exist in the present and will pop out in the future, when the present catches up with the future. This type of chronomancy is seldomly employed, save for some notorious warlocks of old that escaped persecution in this manner. Go to Comment
Yeah. I'm working on my own entry to it, but it probably won't get done within the next few days, simply due to various factors that like to run interference with the Citadel (school, church, food, head injuries, etc.) Go to Comment
There exists a prestigious academy with a history going back hundreds of years. Graduates are highly skilled and very much sought after for employment. For purely traditional reasons, the academy requires its students to become proficient in a skill or area of knowledge that has no use in the modern world. This could be Ancient Egyptian, an antiquated form of writing such as shorthand, knowledge of building or repairing antique steam engines, programming COBOL, etc. PCs who graduated from this academy must be sure to have this skill in their repertoire.