Perhaps there might be made a scroll for other monarchs to be submitted as their thought up? If there are 30, there are bound to be more, such as The Solomon, the king who rules with wisdom and intelligence, whom the people favor due to his fairness; or perhaps The Edward, a king who rules because the true king is off fighting a war, and makes a mess of the country while his brother is gone. I'm seeing awesome potential for a scroll.
But a good concept and reference. It sparked some good ideas, in me at least. Go to Comment
This life is simply preparation for the next. A large percentage of the kingdom's resources are dedicated to building an enormous monument and tomb for when this king eventually passes. He is a decent ruler, but his reign will not stand out in the minds of the people; he will be remembered only by his tomb.
In order to keep the kingdom free, this monarch is willing to do anything - and I do mean anything. She freely offers her body to powerful men in order that she too might gain influence. The common people, of course, know nothing of this, though the nobles are well aware and have mixed feelings on the matter.
The gods of old are pushed aside at the command of this newly-converted monotheistic king. As temples are torn down or rededicated to the new deity, many convert either out of reverent zeal or desire to save their rank in the kindgom. Other, however, stubbornly resist and outright ignore the king's will. Go to Comment
The is a long list of rulers with little expansion on or exploration of the rulers or the governments they created. I enjoyed the quick review of mytho-historical characters, and while it is tempting to argue your view of Mussolini or whether a Plato, King could be disinterested in politics and still be interested in being a good leader, those are only disagreements of phrase or word choice. Your points are made clearly Go to Comment
A fantastic 30 -- extremely useful in its elegant simplicity. Taking actual historical figures and distilling them to brief archetypes make them immediately accessible. Anyone can adapt these to their game. I'm also glad that you left the names as-is -- this way there is just enough detail to be useful, but can still look up more about them if we were curious. Go to Comment
Nice ecology, a bit of folk lore, and an interesting creatures that is not a massive threat to people.
Spell: Lure of the Biter. A call spell, rather than a summons. The target of the spell will attract every Grass Biter in a regio for the next 24 hours. Now these creatures, unless insanely hungry, will wait in a grassy area (or camoflagued areas) nearby for the target. They will generally ignore others, waiting for the lured target. Once the target is in its area, the biters will attack. One Grassbiter (and bite) is not deadly. Two dozen in short notice, probably will be.
Note: If the target travels it will bring many of the grassbiters behind it. These creatures will eventually settle into the new area.
This spell can be used as an annoying curse. It can also be used for a brave soul to drag these these critters away... like a Pied Piper. I could see a local contest of several people being a lure. Then these brave souls would run through the area with a race to some point. The winner is the one that reaches some far away point with the fewest bites. This not only is a contest for the young, like the Running of the Bulls, but it clears the area of Grassbiters. Go to Comment
Not just a wee beastie - a grassbiter paragon has emerged and is more than three times the size of a normal grassbiter. This massive predator has been the scourge of a valley, taking entire limbs off with each bite, and surely depopulating the region of prey animals, livestock, and even humans. Won't the PCs do something? Go to Comment