Columbia might be reletively easy to capture in human form (assuming she's not a warrior type) and the shape-shifting ability wouldn't help if she had no control over it (i.e. it ONLY happens on the night of the full moon).
Keeping her captive would be easy enough if the captor knows about her ability -- simply put her in a cage an the night of the full moon.
The problem, of course, is that the slave trader never told Kerlon this. Go to Comment
Maybe the wizard falling in love with Her (oh so soft skin)
and the evil sect need just the skin from the girl's back...
and maybe they sacrifice her after...
But it reveals after first escape to the players, when they catch a girl and escort back to the wizard
so this is a boomerang quest :)
I think this is a great idea! I found it a little surprising that Columbia suddenly sprouted wings, but maybe if you made it clear she was some sort of captured fairykin to start with it would make it less of a shock.
Perhaps to spice it up a little more she is found staying with some powerful friends (e.g. eagles in the mountains) with whom the PCs would have to negotiate/do combat to retrieve her.
It could also be used with a twist :
Maybe a rival sent the girl to the wizard, all the while subtley implanting the idea (of hiding the research on her body) in the wizards mind
(ie : "she does have smooth skin on her, doesn't she?" "I once saw a shaman that had tatooed his clan history on his back...")
Now the moon came & the girl turned to a pigeon, & where deos a pigeon fly to? ...back to her original owner.
A beautiful woman with powerful magics inscribed in her flawless skin, and she can sponataneously turn into a bird. Very interesting, I could see it done in an anime style, or heck, even as an anime. I'm looking forward to dropping Columbia into a game. Go to Comment
Well, she's no fairy, but a were-pigeon, her powers triggered by Luna in here flawless, round shape...full moon does that to many a were. Others, like were-bears, shift shapes upon berserking, while some might change when scared, or upon contact with some substance or place...
It's reassuring that you like it - I haven't used it myself yet...
Feel free to change it and let me know how it turned out... Go to Comment
Don't believe your friend. That's just flattery.
The story is allright. I don't like it that an item that is supposed to be so special or interesting is just a thing that some wizard cast a spell on. That never satisfies me.
Really excellent - I like the back story a lot 0 interesting, funny and a very believable reason. The item itself has just enough good power to be actually useful, as well as being amusing (particularly if you only give the description you gave in the first line!) : this is an item I can see myself using in the very near future.
Yes - that is what I had thought initially, and was trying to figure out what it had in common with a Cantor set (neglecting the (with hindsight) more obvious root of Cantor meaning singer).
I must say that with Ephe I also disagree with CP about the origin: legendary and heroic items are great for a low magic world, but for a high magic one you need the low power, randomly enchanted but unusual items like this to flesh it out and make it seem real. Go to Comment
Well, 'cantare' is 'to sing' in latin, cantus is a song, and a cantor is a singer. A thread is to a rope what an M&M is to a chocolate bar - it is no actual rope, as it is so slim - but with enough inertia to be swung, as the metal tends to be heavier than a rope.
I did not want to call it a 'Singing Skipping Rope' because that would be like calling Scrabble a "Make-words-of-letters-game' or a submarine a 'go-under-water-safely-device'. The same happened to my Mnemnon Spire - while the name has to do with memory (In Greek, if I'm right) it was little understood.
If you consider the play of lights just a visual song, and the emotion-swaying spell just a lullaby for the spirit, the origin of the name becomes evident ... sort of :D
One friend of mine told me that I'm so often misunderstood because I communicate on too abstract of a level, or something. Is this another manifestation of that? Go to Comment
Thank you Capt'n for resetting my ego to a more appropriate level.
The item, it's just a nice gift, and I personally would like a hand-made gift better than 'I went into one of the Nine Dungeons of Infinite Nastiness to retrieve the Emerald Bumblebee that was created when the essence of the plane of Suburbia clashed with Slumdur in the Lawnmower War'. For example, for a friend's birthday, I painted her a magnolia with an abstract sun behind it as contrast - sure beats 'I bought you perfume, gal' Go to Comment