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30 More Gladiators
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2013-07-22 07:15 PM
A handy list with plenty of uses! A prime example of a 30 Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-07-22 09:10 AM
Enjoyable. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2013-07-19 11:37 PM
Poor Centaur. LOL at the Priest of Mathom. Go to Comment
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Dragonlordmax's comment on 2013-07-29 07:06 PM
Excellent. Asides from being useful to populate an arena in a hurry,many of these could be the center-point of their own adventures. The Mascot in particular excites my imagination, but they're all useable and interesting.

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valadaar's comment on 2013-07-31 11:13 AM
A great collection of warriors that could see lots of uses. Nicely done! Go to Comment
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mrcelophane's comment on 2013-08-16 10:41 PM
Every entry, while short, is amazingly descriptive for its length. It is very tempting to make 30 full entries and link them to this page.

For that, 5/5. Could not have done this any better. Go to Comment
30 More Gladiators
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Kassy's comment on 2014-06-26 10:09 AM
A good 30, well done Dossta! Go to Comment
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Dossta's comment on 2013-08-26 04:01 PM
I couldn't create a sub titled "30 Gladiators" because it already exists somewhere. Unfortunately, it's private and/or deleted so I have no idea what it contained, and no way to check for overlap. I did my best to play with the trope a little and come up with some stuff that was new (at least, new to me). :) Glad you enjoyed the read! Go to Comment
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-07-20 08:33 AM
What happened to the original 30? I feel like I've seen at least number 1 before, but if these are all truly different from the first 30, then that is pretty gosh durn impressive. Full score. Go to Comment
The Wu Xing Beasts
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valadaar's comment on 2013-06-26 11:19 AM
Beautifully formatted - I"ll take some time to read it hopefully tonight, but I suspect I'll be voting high on this one :)
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The Wu Xing Beasts
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Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-26 06:26 PM
A high quality Weaver sub from the Leader of the Guild himself! Masterfully formatted and with great pics that add to the piece (although I did not specifically hand out bonus marks for them) despite not original work by the author. Also, as a Chinese and the author of the Fengshui sub, I think this piece captures the Chinese vibe very well at the start with the Legend on Quian Kun and the descriptions on the lifecycles of each beast.

However, I agree with Gossamer that it is easy to get lost with this sub b/c the system is such an integral part of the creatures. Despite having much greater familiarity with the system, I also had one fleeting moment of feeling lost with the sub even though I'm not technically lost and I keep getting the urge to scroll up to the cycle diagram to check the dominant, submissive and diminishing elements for each creature (Granted, I've been asked specifically to check logic etc. but if it wasn't the case i.e. if this was just released w/o my input, I feel that I would still get the same urge somehow) and I too found that a bit distracting. Go to Comment
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Dossta's comment on 2013-06-25 06:18 PM
Acknowledgements:

My original idea was to create a set of dual-elemental dragons. Fire/Ice, Metal/Poison and the like. But something about that wasn't quite right, so the idea lay dormant in the back of my mind. Then Moonlake published her Magic System Based on Fengshui, and I was presented with a set of 5 cycling elements that seemed perfect for the concept. If I combined them in pairs according to the Creative/Destructive cycles, I was left with 10 pairings that piqued my interest.

Next came the seed idea for the beasts. I looked for a set of 10 pre-existing mythical creatures to start with and found this. To my surprise (and delight) they were also Chinese in origin. I discarded their original names, appearances and stories and was left with a list of 10 common animals to use.

The third and final piece came when my mind connected Elbin's Planted Madness and his Seeds of Life and Decay with the concepts of Yin and Yang. Suddenly, I had two cycling creatures instead of 10 separate ones, connected by destiny. The rest of the sub sort of wrote itself from there.

The first graphic is a mashup of images from here and here. The picture for the EARTH/WOOD horse was created by Horsecricket over at deviantart, and the WOOD/FIRE cat was originally drawn for a webcomic called "Romantically Apocalyptic" (the artist is also found as alexiuss, also at deviantart).

Additional information on the Bagua formations and Wu Xing cycles was mostly pulled from here: here and here, though additional sources were used. Go to Comment
The Wu Xing Beasts
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Dossta's comment on 2013-06-27 10:15 AM
Alright, seems like a few edits for clarity are in order. I'll see if I can find a way to condense or present the information better, so that it is a little less distracting. Thanks for the feedback, guys! Go to Comment
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Dossta's comment on 2013-06-27 10:48 AM
Update: Corrected some typos, and tried to clarify the "dominant/submissive/diminishing" stuff a little. I also changed which spells are empowered by each of Sheng Ife's forms, based on feedback from Moonlake (and better logic!). Go to Comment
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-06-26 12:59 PM
I agree with val, very nice formatting. But even though the pictures certainly add to your sub, I can't take them into consideration. All in all, it felt a bit complicated. I was distracted from the actual beasts, trying to make sense of the magic system. How does fire create earth? I know you weren't the one who made that sub(and I haven't read it yet), but I sort of forgot that it was meant to be about the beasts themselves, as I read it. Maybe it's the moniker beasts that confused me, since they're more on the divine side. I'm probably looking at it from a western viewpoint though, or maybe it's just me. Overall, nice. Go to Comment
That Which is Forgotten
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Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-22 05:05 PM


Short and catchy, with all the quality I'd expect in a short story from one of the published magazines like the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. 



The piece can work well as the basis behind a rescue mission for nearly any sci-fi setting, or a cautionary tale told around the star port bar by a retired brotherhood guard about what happens to those who are *too* successful with cutting edge creation. 


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That Which is Forgotten
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Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-22 05:06 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Moonlake's comment on 2010-12-22 06:57 PM


Certainly a very high quality piece. Overall, I don't think I can really suggest any useful suggestions for improvement. Oh, one minor thing, the sub mentioned in the 4th paragraph something abt his "access to the nets" was limited. I thought this referred to the Internet or some such equivalent in which case it would be better to capitalise the "nets" bit else there may be a slim chance (very slim) that the reader might wonder abt it meaning something else (as I briefly did but then again maybe it's just me)

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Dossta's comment on 2011-01-07 09:41 PM
Update: Second draft. I've tried to cut down on the melodrama and have tightened up the plot a bit. I might do some minor tweaking in the future, but this is pretty close to finished. Go to Comment
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MysticMoon's comment on 2010-12-28 07:55 AM


Chilling.



I agree with Silveressa about the professional level quality of the piece.


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