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The Crowns of Glory
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Scrasamax's comment on 2011-04-16 03:48 PM


I enjoyed reading this, kudos sir

 


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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-04-10 03:36 AM
Ah, I never read those. Are they worth checking out? Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-05-05 02:06 PM
What exactly would you see made into a book? The tale of the crowns themselves, or a tale in the world of the Crowned? Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-04-07 07:24 PM


Seven crowns to rule them all.....


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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2011-04-18 11:14 AM


Sure got something unexpected when I hit this one. Epic and still oddly usable on many levels, well written and excellent formatting. A splendid read.


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valadaar's comment on 2011-04-10 12:24 PM


Very good - you definitely can wrap a campaign around it.  It of course compares with the Rings of Middle Earth fame, but provide to me more plot hoots then the simple emnity of the Enemy.



The graduated power levels is also helpful to that end.

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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-04-07 08:30 PM


This reminds me a bit of Saberhagen's Books of Swords; the uber artifacts around which the geopolitics of empires revolve.  Very suitable for high fantasy campaigns.


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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-04-10 07:29 AM
I haven't read them myself, but my wife's a big fan of the series and she's discussed them in terms of our chatting about gaming stuff and ideas. The gist of it is that these Swords are, as I mentioned, uber artifacts ... or considered to be, anyway. Gaining or finding one is a major deal (with major quests revolving around lost ones), and owning one singles you out as a Major Player, sometimes all out of proportion to the actual power of the blade.

I'd say to check a volume out of your local library or pick one up at your local used books outlet and give it a try. Go to Comment
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Old Dreamer's comment on 2011-04-09 08:41 AM


Certainly campaign defining... Very interesting idea. While similar to the Sword concept RG describes, I like the idea that it's not weapon centered. 


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Dossta's comment on 2011-04-25 05:43 PM


Now, this is a sub that I would love to see turned into a book one day.  It's too bad that the complete subjugation of Asleanna didn't have any impact on the crown itself, though; I would have liked her death to make more of a mark.  Though I suppose that her will would have been returned to her with the King's death?  Hmmmm.  Wonder if she managed to get away?


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Dossta's comment on 2012-12-06 01:03 PM
The whole concept is brilliant, and can be approached from so many different angles. I think that the story of the original crown -- the mad king and his descendants -- should probably be left as part of the world history, just because it's so vast in scope. So in answer . . . I would like to read a series in which these crowns are coming back into play, and the heroes have to deal with the aftermath. Will they hide the crowns, destroy them, or try to claim them for "the greater good"? Seriously, please write this book! Go to Comment
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Dossta's comment on 2012-12-06 01:08 PM

Plot Hook -- Campaign Starter:

Everyone in the party has been forced to give up a part of their power to one of the Crowned.  Perhaps the evil king has been "recruiting" recently, and the PCs were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Not only do the players potentially lose something vital from their character sheets, their characters' health and vitality may also be continually sapped as they adventure.  Will they be able to bring the bastard down with a key part of their abilities missing?  Or will their biological clocks run out first?

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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-17 05:11 AM


Most excellent and an enthralling read. 5/5


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The Tree of Bone
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Pieh's comment on 2011-04-24 05:13 AM


I like a lot about this submission, particularly that it was such a captivating read. Though I'm not quite sure how I would use it. It feels like it should be a focal point for a campaign, as the BBEG, but there isn't a whole lot to support a long running game (long enough to become strong enough to "defeat" the tree). It feels like you've given us enough for an encounter with the tree, but not enough to really use it.



I also think I am confused on one part: Some sections seem to imply that the tree would only call and accept females of a particular bloodline, while other parts make it sound like an epidemic of dead rising and journeying to the tree. I'm not sure how it could possibly take more than a few days to take in all of the women, or how you could fail to mention a plot hook involving undead rising and going on a pilgrimage, if that was the case.



I like it, but the style in which it is pieced together is confusing and seemingly not conductive to providing accurate information on using the submission.


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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-03-15 01:53 AM
Yeah, the "ewww" was sort of intended. A success, then! Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-04-12 03:12 AM
I do not think the Emperor is evil, actually. He is alien - and knows little of human morals, perchance can't even understand them.
Whether his love for his wives/people was honest, I leave up to the reader, but in my opinion it was.

As for the "power level" it is an undead god. Undead Old One. Starspawn. Clad in corpses. He has collected them for at least a thousand years. It's going to be huge. It's not something to be brought down through swinging a sword at it, but through role-play and smarts.

His location was described to be in the middle of a barely inhabitable mountain chain, as unclaimed. Sure, it will be inside the territory of one of the mentioned realms, Aberlia or New Ebernesse - at least on maps. But a fantasy kingdom has usually better things to conquer that an inhospitable mountaintop where you need a dwarven apparatus to breathe.

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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-04-18 02:14 PM


The minions of the Tree



Who keeps the dead god-emperor company besides his deceased children? It is the men of Valersund, forever bent by his sorcery, their flesh sustained by his will and their minds sundered by his presence.



They are hulking creatures, with exaggerated muscles bordering on the grotesque, and elongated arms ending often in rending claws. Some possess more than two, with extra appendages of murderous intent growing from their hunched backs, now useless mouths or as tails.



Though hideously deformed, they still are less horrid than their larger brethren, who consist of several fused bodies, walking on six legs and wielding weapons in all directions, or the jumbled amalgams of man and beast.



Each will also have a female face growing somewhere, disturbingly beautiful amidst his misshapen features; it is the face of the female who once commanded him, and forever it whispers to him the will of the god-emperor. The link, though, can be severed with magic or a weapon capable of harming ghosts, leading to confusion on the beast's part.



They are clad in remnants of armor, often of excellent make, and wrapped in shreds of dead flesh, skin and bone of those who sought to desecrate the Emperor's resting place. All over their skin, a strange slimy membrane is spread, exuded by the dead deity, to allow them to exist in the cold and thin air of the mountain summit, keeping them forever just beyond the grasp of death.



For weapons, the Servant Sons use their monstrous bodies, or man-made weapons, some of them even objects of power.



Most are hopelessly insane, driven but by the dead god-thing's will, though a select few embraced their monarch's influence and gave themselves to it, keeping reasoning and cunning largely intact, and their madness subtle.


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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-03-14 05:25 PM


Interesting, but a bit ewww.


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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-03-15 04:41 PM


With an HOH waiting for it.


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Mourngrymn's comment on 2011-03-24 09:51 AM
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