Cults and religions have their place in all settings, but for the most part, the world's major religions ARE monotheistic. Thus, those striving for a realistic setting feel should have a major monotheistic religion of some sort. Go to Comment
Truth be told, that was the exact feel I was working at. When designing it, I wanted a religion that Christians could RP with and not feel bad in the slightest, as I find is the case more often than not with the lovely myriad of polytheistic pantheons in most settings. The religion holds true to the core ideals, yet adapts as needed to a fantasy setting. Go to Comment
Interesting read, but Pariah is right it does not lie far from the Judeo-Christian belief system which I think could be fun. It will allow you to explore a strong monotheistic presence in your setting and this way tie the setter closing to medieval europe. But since it isn't exactly Christian it will allow you more flexability in the rpg world. Go to Comment
A well-executed attempt to give an alternative to the myriad half-baked polytheistic mythologies that are the norm in most fantasy RPG settings. As these settings often also use a pseudo-medieval cultural matrix, the numerous cults and religions can be an unpleasant dissonance. A monotheistic worldview is more consistent with the setting. Go to Comment
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York woman who posed in high-society circles as a Saudi princess pleaded guilty on Tuesday to grand larceny and insurance fraud and was ordered to a mental hospital.
Antoinette Millard, 42, used a special credit card to spend nearly $1 million during a three-month shopping spree. She also bilked an insurance company of more than a quarter of a million dollars.
As part of her plea deal, Millard will spend one year at an in-patient psychiatric facility where she will receive intensive psychiatric treatment.
At high-society events with celebrities and socialites, Millard introduced herself as "Princess Antoinette" and said she was also a former Victoria's Secret model.
In reality, Millard was a former vice president of the investment banking firm of Brown Brothers Harriman. She scammed Chubb Insurance Co. in 2003, claiming $262,000 worth of jewelry she was carrying was stolen when she was mugged on Madison Avenue in New York City. She also spent $950,000 using a no-limit "Centurion" card sent to her by American Express.
After her arrest, she blamed her predicament on traumatic events in her life including being sexually harassed at work, and witnessing "people jumping out of the Twin Towers" while on her way to work on Sept. 11, 2001.
so the fantasy version would go something like:
A woman presents herself as a princess from a far away country. She claims she has been robbed on her way here, but she expects the follow up procession with other family members to be here in the next few months. The people of the upper crust take the girl in. She is the toast of the town in the ball and affair circuit. She runs up incredible bills for dresses, jewels, and such.
Then someone finds out she is a total fake. The secret oozes out into the high society.
The problem is the rich people don't want to lose face for being duped by the woman. They have to find a way to remove her.
So somebody arranges to kidnap her (to sell her into slavery and recoup some of the loses). Someone else just wants her dead (because they we have an excuse for why she never paid her bills). Others want to quiety remove her from town, and then throw her into the gaol somewhere far away. A few others are trying to find a way to publically prove that she is not a princess, as to embarass their rivals. Of course nobody talks to anyone else about their plans, so imagine all of them going off at once. It could make for a circus of fun, especially if the characters, known to do "odd jobs", are hired to do one or moe of them. Go to Comment
News >> India Who needs to make up rumors, just read the news
Feline spirits force Orissa school to close
Dolagobind, Orissa | August 05, 2004 7:58:00 PM IST
In a bizarre incident, a girl's school here has been closed after its students started behaving abnormally.
Teachers claim that at least a dozen girls have taken ill under mysterious circumstances in the past two weeks, all fainting without a cause, only to wake up and start behaving like cats.
Dolagobind, a remote hamlet in Orissa, has since been affected by so many incidents that necromancers have been called in to remove these so called evil spirits.
According to the teachers, all the affected girls are aged between eight to twelve. They were seen clawing their own faces and shrieking like felines. Some even fainted, leaving the management with no option but to shut the school.
"First, three girls fell down when they came to school. We thought they hadn't had food so we gave them something to eat but after that also they were not normal and behaved strangely," said school headmistress Manjubala Pande.
"Next day again some six to seven girls started crying, fell down on the floor making sounds like that of a cat. We immediately informed others in the village but after the faintings and behaviour repeated, we were forced to shut the school," he added.
The children have been shifted to an ashram or hermitage run by a local sage where they are being made to recite Vedic mantras and fire rituals are being performed to drive the spirits away.
Parents say the girls have shown some improvement but are unable to recall exactly what went wrong with them. Go to Comment
Another example that the truth can be stranger than fiction.
This could make for an interesting game idea, all the girls in an all girl school actually start turning into felines, slowly. The PC's have find out who is behind it.
Evil spirits have cursed the school for a former headmasters cruelty to their sacred animal, the cat
The school is a religious school that was built on top of the ruins of a temple to Bast, the god of cats, and Bast isnt so keen having all these schoolgirls saying their prayers to their god on top of her holy ground. PCs have to intervene
A deranged wizard has been experimenting with a mass polymorphing spell, and has to be convinced to stop this experimentation. The wizard has a strangely large number of housecats in his tower/laboratory
A one spell wonder has either learned how to cast one spell, polymorph to cat, or has gained a minor magical item that has the same effect. The girl in the school has taken her new talent, or magic wand and has been 'zapping' all of the girls she doest like with it. I might post this as an item. Go to Comment
Why not take that news article, link it, and then turn it into a fantasy or sci-fi submission. That way it seems more suited for the Citadel. I will take up this challenge however and see what I can come up with myself. Go to Comment
Man sets himself ablaze over use of 'Christmas' Flag-draped protester opposed school district dropping 'Winter break' for holiday
A 31-year-old man is in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in an apparent protest over a school district's decision to call winter and spring break, Christmas and Easter break.
The protester, reportedly draped in a flag, ignited a decorated Christmas tree, an American flag and a revolutionary flag replica that read "Don't Tread on Me" before pouring a can of fuel on himself in front of the Kern County Court Building in Bakersfield, Calif., yesterday afternoon.
The man, whose name was not released, survived, thanks to the quick action of a sheriff's deputy and several court employees.
A man wraps himself in the flag of a certain country and sets himself on fire in front of a major public building, protesting recent governmental decisions. He survives with major burns thanks to the quick work of onlookers.
Optional addition: he faces arson/defamation of official property charges, due to the fire and the flag. Go to Comment
The town brewery has a horrible accident: one of the large storage vats as ruptured, releasing its contents in a massive flood. If the PCs are visiting the brewery or anyplace directly nearby, they'll have to run for their lives as they're chased by a giant wave of beer. The party fighter will never live it down. If they manage to avoid the flood, they're still likely to get recruited for the cleanup effort. Go to Comment