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Dirge Moths
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manfred's comment on 2007-07-05 02:08 PM
After some consideration, I think it fits into the Bizarre Life-Forms Challenge codex. It is not terribly exciting, but it has that touch uniqueness; the uses have been already noted.

An okay submission coming from a good idea. Go to Comment
Dirge Moths
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-07-06 02:58 PM
Do they hurt the eyes? Go to Comment
Dirge Moths
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Dozus's comment on 2007-07-04 12:19 AM
Based loosely on this fella: http://cellar.org/iotd.php?threadid=12855 Go to Comment
Dirge Moths
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Murometz's comment on 2007-07-06 07:39 PM
Hmm, this is cool. I had read the same news item (or one almost like it) and immediately started a new In Work. Of course, I never finished it, so I'm thrilled you did! I like val's thought here, some great tragedy unleashing a swarm of these creatures. They will drink your sorrows away! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-07-04 06:31 PM
Unique critter indeed. Perhaps in times of great sorrow, a plague of these critters could arise. Go to Comment
A Selection of Silly Hats
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manfred's comment on 2007-05-03 01:29 PM
What Muro said!

Go siliness! Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2007-05-18 06:04 PM
Okay. I am fully amused that this one. And the write ups have been top drawer. Go to Comment
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Pieh's comment on 2008-02-15 08:05 PM
I love hats! Go to Comment
A Selection of Silly Hats
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-05-02 02:55 AM
Good stuff, I hope to add to this scroll when I get a bit more time! Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-05-01 09:44 PM
I hope to add some hats soon. 5/5 and an HOH. Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2007-05-02 05:05 PM
Good one! Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2007-05-01 08:22 PM
Yin-Tsu's Thinking Cap

Formed into a perfectly even cylinder, this is a fine looking cap lined with ermine and wrapped in bright green silk. Runes are embroidered in royal blue all around and a tall, narrow cone sticks out the top, a golden tassle hanging from its peak. For a finishing touch, thin yellow silk forms a veil flowing around the shoulders and the back of the head.

When the apparently wise Prince Shexing could not come to a solution to his royal problems, he consulted his vizier Yin-Tsu, the famous mage. Yin-Tsu could always divine some solution by searching his great tomes of knowledge and reading of omens. Eventually, the Prince became overly dependent his vizier, demanding solutions to the simplist of problems. For a while, Yin-Tsu was only slightly annoyed by his liege's constant cries for help. The wizard's resolve broke when Shexing began claiming Yin-Tsu's solutions as his own, granting no credit to the eternally wise advisor. The next time the prince asked a favor of his vizier, Yin-Tsu presented him with a gift: a magical cap that would grant its wearer the wisdom of the spirits. Delighted, Prince Shexing accepted the gift and dismissed Yin-Tsu from the viziership, a move he was happy to make so that he could finally focus on his life's work. Knowing that Yin-Tsu was wise indeed, Shexing put on the cap and prepared to solve all the Empire's problems. Just as Yin-Tsu had said, the prince's mind was filled with knowledge. Ah, finally! he thought, I can be a great ruler now! Summoning his scribes, Shexing began to dictate new commands and laws to answer the Empire's needs. The scribes looked dumbfounded as they wrote. After he finished, the pleased prince demanded to look upon his work. The scribes awkwardly handed Shexing the scrolls he dictated to them. Anger and confusion grew in Shexing as he read the scrolls: they were complete babble, a seemingly random assortment of verbs, nouns, and adjectives strung together with no syntax or style. The prince angrily dismissed his scribes and began to write the commands himself. After they were all written, he looked again upon his work. To his utter dismay, it was again prattling nonsense. What could be wrong? he thought. This hat gives me great knowledge! What causes this miscommunication?! Shexing ruled for only a few more months before going mad and forcibly displaced from the throne. The remainder of his reign was marked by a bizarre pronouncements and angry chattering.

When a person wears the Thinking Cap, they are immediately filled with complete knowledge. Even the most complex puzzle or equation becomes child's play in their mind. However, when it comes to expressing these great thoughts, they are at a complete loss. Although the words make sense to the wearer, they come out as complete nonsense. There is no code hidden in the words, and they follow no pattern: they are simply the ramblings of madmen. The unfortunate wearer, however, is completely unaware of their nonsense and will continue to prattle on their eternal wisdom. The wearer also develops an attachment to the cap, convinced (rightfully so) that it does grant wisdom; if the wearer is not told that this is a Thinking Cap or does not know its purpose, they will simply develop an irrational emotional attachment to it. The wearer will refuse to remove the hat and will resist any attempt to forcibly remove it. After 2d12 weeks of wearing the Thinking Cap, the wearer will go insane. Go to Comment
A Selection of Silly Hats
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Dozus's comment on 2007-05-02 11:43 AM
Ah, knew I was forgetting something! Added to the freetext. Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2007-05-02 09:12 PM
Table o' contents added. :D Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-05-02 08:20 PM
priceless.

Someone should add a table of contents, linking each hat to each scroll, similar to the Village People format, if for no other reason, then to see all those cool hat titles in succession!

I love the names of all the hats. Quite creative, and a joy to read! Go to Comment
A Selection of Silly Hats
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Murometz's comment on 2007-05-17 07:24 PM
linked The Helm of Shump Thokk Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-08-10 09:21 PM
BUMP!

This is a great scroll. The hats are highly amusing, well written, and each one begs to be used in a game.

hats off, gentlemen! (ouch) Go to Comment
A Selection of Silly Hats
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Murometz's comment on 2007-10-12 03:09 PM
C'mon people put yur thinking caps on! We need more silly hats!! Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2012-10-04 08:38 PM
Always loved this one! (so I fixed some wacky characters in the O'Rourke quote) Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2007-05-01 07:07 PM
Thardarin's Impregnable Helm

This heavy steel helmet has been enchanted to be well-neigh invulnerable. It is pierced only by numerous small breathing holes too small to admit even a stiletto. Its enchantments are so strong as to provide protection for the neck and upper chest.

Unfortunately, Tharadarin was a completely blind Berserker and so the helmet has no provision for eye-holes. Generally his allies would point him in the right direction, bang the helm and say "Go Get 'em". The helm did not save him when his berserk charge brought him to a rather deep moat..

Some have referred to the 'helm as Thardarin's Bucket. Go to Comment
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