Within a few seconds of this candle being lit, the flame will launch itself towards whatever the candle is pointing at. It's mainly used as a primitive firework, as the fireball rarely flies true, making it nearly worthless as a weapon. This candle is responsible for more than one outbreak of fire, lit by those who are unaware of it's magical properties. As such, the are several countries who ban this sorts of candles, and those who continue to manufacture them tend to include various warning labels and distinctive marks.
(Think of it as a fantasy equivalent of a signal flare.)
This candle appears much like a regular candle when unlit. It's special properties only appear when lit. Within a few minutes of being lit, the candle flame will become still and glass like, and would cease to emit both heat and light. In fact, the area around the marble tends to be significantly colder than it's surroundings. The resulting object tends to be a near perfect replica of the flame, and can be picked up and handled much like any other object. It's true properties appear when it's shattered. When it's broken, it will release all the heat it has gathered in a massive conflagration. The strength of the explosion depends on how long it has been since it's been created. Older marbles yield larger explosions than newer ones, the oldest of which are capable of creating firestorms all by themselves. They are also easily concealed or disguised as jewelery, making them excellent weapons for the unscrupulous. Understandably, these kinds of candles are extremely rare. Go to Comment
82. Candle of the Banquet
Anyone standing near this candle is the life of the party. At feasts and banquets, these candles are placed all over the room, providing all of the guests with a wonderful party experience.
83. Candle of History
Wherever the holder of this candle is, they know the history of their location. On battlefields, people can almost see the wars going on around them. This candle is very useful for scholars and historians.
84. Candle of Imprisonment
If these candles are placed around a person, then a magical barrier keeps them confined. The prisoner cannot blow out the candles, only people outside the barrier. Go to Comment
Been done (the Mafioso-pizzeria angle), but redone well.
The best thing is, that he won't be suspected of any connection to those deeds... or, if actually proven, he would shed a few tears, and point at some random henchman, saying he was forced into cooperation, which everyone will believe. And he'll be clean again. Go to Comment
I love it! Only one line bothered me:
"all so that the one he hunts might make a mistake"
Actually, it didnt bother me as much as make me want to know more about his ultimate goals. Reading this line, I assumed that some sort of rival, ancient betrayal, or "Target" was coming. But.. it didn't come.
Also, You never mentioned the Piemaster as being cabable of magic. Yet he is able to keep a brilliant sorceress trapped in an animal form?
I like the idea and its a very well-written sub, short and to the point. A spymaster communicating through pie deliveries is one of those ideas tah readers and players will remember. Good job! Go to Comment
Odd but very cool. Just plain kooky frankly, but that's good as far as I'm concerned, and again, original and very usable. Well done. I give it five banana custard creme pies for success (and hope I just didn't inadvertently signal the death of an entire hamlet...) Go to Comment
To the south of The Diamond Desert are the fertile planes of Vallermoore which until a few years ago wasruled by the formidable Queen Yocasta . With her best troops, The Eyes of Yocasta the Queen kept order but at the price of any sort of political freedom. When her daughter died, the Queen's ministers hired the evil Dracia Eldren to force other girls to take on the role of the dead princess.
This led to a revolt and the evil Queen was overthrown. Sadly in the short term the region was overrun with criminals and societies like the White Knights formed to stop them. Go to Comment