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A Spell Called Catherine
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Cheka Man's comment on 2014-01-14 01:31 PM
I wish that I had this spell in real life. Go to Comment
A Spell Called Catherine
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2014-01-14 02:30 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2013-06-10 11:56 AM
Wow. I really really enjoyed reading this. Excellently written and presented, the NPC capsules are awesome, and the moral conundrum is a barrel of fun. What a great dynamic you set up here!

Then I got to this line by axle..."Might all of Mendalusus learn that they are all summoned beings!?!?!" A whole (brave?) new world presents itself!!!
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A Spell Called Catherine
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Murometz's comment on 2014-10-23 10:19 PM
the only question left to ask is, is Habbakai Ultramontane compensating for something with that 4" goatee? Go to Comment
A Spell Called Catherine
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axlerowes's comment on 2013-06-09 09:59 AM
This is great, let me follow that up with a self indulgent story. I had a similar situation a couple of campaigns ago.One race was summoning humans. So a human could be just minding his or her business and then poof they were summoned to distant land and given instructions by an unknown elf which they felt compelled to obey. The result,  in game, was that the priest character (played by a gamer with no meta-sensisabities...bless him) started to by very concerned for the well being of his summoned creatures. It climaxed when during the final battle of the campaign the priest healed the summoned creature and dismissed him-two things that near gave my meta gamers a stroke. 

I have also always thought that focus of magic on combat to the lack of domestic magic was a little extreme. In a world like the one you present here, in which magic can be sold and has a wholesale, almost mundane, property I would say that once the flood gate of domestic magic is open society's strategies for dealing with problems would change exponentially. Imagine what the psychiatric community could do with charm magics (depression? ZAP!-gone), and would theater even require actors if you had good illusions and summoning spells. Might all of Mendalusus learn that they are all summoned beings!?!?! 

 Ah well excellent stuff...


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A Spell Called Catherine
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valadaar's comment on 2013-06-12 11:40 AM
What a neat concept - it brings forth a good philisophical debate about summoning in general.

Nicely done! Go to Comment
A Spell Called Catherine
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Kassy's comment on 2013-06-07 10:52 AM
5.0/5

Interesting. Refreshing. Well done :)

Can't think of anything else to add, just wow. Go to Comment
A Spell Called Catherine
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Forganthus's comment on 2013-06-07 10:37 AM
Thanks! Fixed it. Go to Comment
A Spell Called Catherine
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2014-10-23 09:21 PM
This sub is fantastic from top to bottom, and not at all where I thought this was going when I first read the title. Every major player is well detailed an the conflict and implications are all fascinating and well thought out. Go to Comment
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young0ne2's comment on 2014-01-14 02:23 PM
I dont think theirs anything i can add to this that hasent been said already. Nice work Go to Comment
A Spell Called Catherine
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-06-07 09:38 AM
Executed really well. I like how you went in depth, thinking about what sort of ramifications such a spell would cause.

Typo:

Once she even came came home to find the corpse of a "spell Catherine" Go to Comment
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rickster's comment on 2013-06-07 05:19 PM
Really well thought out: lots of meaty information and a nmumber of loose ends and mysteries for expansion. Wonderful! Go to Comment
A Spell Called Catherine
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Morningstar's comment on 2015-08-26 02:35 AM
Wow. It wouldn't fit in my campaign (spells to "create" people, including a Create Paramour spell, are long known), but this is a superb and detailed scenario well worth exploring. Good on ya. Go to Comment
A Spell Called Catherine
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Darkstand's comment on 2014-01-15 09:19 AM
I like this, I like this a lot. This sort of thing feels like it should happen more often in fantasy, where utility spells seem to be lacking and most issues are cut and dry rather then the messy affairs they tend to be in reality.
Because I am a nit-picker, I feel compelled to point out a few problems I see:

1) Terminology - while it certainly varies from person to person and game to game, 'summoning' is usually a trasportation of an already existing creature to your location to serve you (may or may not be willing, depending on spell and system), conjuring is usually creatures made wholesale.
As such, the spell sounds more like conjuring than summoning. (Summoning people is a different bag of worms altogether.)

2) Conjuring a human army is not likely to be a whole lot more economical than conjuring a army of anything else. This may be a flaw in the thinking of General Boskerys Targrail rather than a plothole, however.

3) Conjured (or summoned, usually) creatures tend to disappear once killed, so the "the corpse of a 'spell Catherine'" should not be possible. Again, the spell could have been modified to compensate, although that makes the attempt even more remarkable. Go to Comment
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-01-14 06:36 PM
Brilliant. I love how you have explored the deeper ramifications of this - frankly horrifying - piece of magic, and the responses from various factions of the community. Those explorations make this a first rate sub. Go to Comment
The Worm's Nurse - Part 2
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Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-06 01:16 AM
Besides a few spelling mistakes, nothing majorly wrong with this piece. Is your 2 subs titled The Worm's Nurse a novel you are planning to write? If so, you might like to join the novel writing group which basically overlaps with the Weaver Guild at the moment. The forum thread is http://strolen.com/guild/index.php/topic,6293.msg77226/topicseen.html#new. Go to Comment
The Worm's Nurse - Part 1
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Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-06 01:04 AM
So far so good. This piece has mystery- the hint of humans being turned into cows? and excitement- Botia and her encounter with the worm. Any specific areas you want comment on or still needing general feedback? Go to Comment
The Worm's Nurse - Part 1
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Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-06 07:01 AM
Well, I'm female and I don't have problem with a setting featuring abuse of women- I mean abuse of women is a part of reality back in history and hence any fantasy setting in general since most are based on medieval times (and I'm an avid fan of fantasy, granted, most don't focus on abuse of women that much, but there are refs here and there and I don't have no probs with them). Anyway, in terms of this piece, I'm fine with it b/c the abusing part was part of the story and not some attempt to degrade women or anything. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2013-06-06 02:01 AM
I dunno. Mostly I'm just worried that its boring or unappealing in some way. Also, I felt dirty writing about a woman getting abused this much, and I hope the misogyny of the setting doesn't turn too many people off. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2013-06-06 03:13 PM
Sweet. Is there anything you'd do to make it better? Go to Comment
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Rural Mystery

       By: Murometz

The PCs are making their way from village to village across a rural hinterland, when they spot a weird sign along a farmstead's fence, with an arrow pointing to the actual farmstead.

"CRAZY DANCING HOES!!"

If they investigate, a rather sedate local farmer, explains to them that for a mere two coppers, they can witness the show for themselves.

The show involves six ordinary, animated hoes "dancing" on a makeshift stage, as the farmer accompanies them by slapping his thighs to keep the beat, and playing on his flute.

If asked how the trick is accomplished the farmer demurs, not wanting to share his "secret".

"If you can get Old Man Purkiss to tell you how he gets his cows to spout poetry, I'll tell you how I make my hoes dance."

In reality, this minor encounter can lead to the PCs discovering that some localized, magical effect is active in the area. All kinds weird phenomena seem to occur in these parts.

Perhaps the PCs have finally found the ley-line of mana energy that they have been searching for! The party's wizard gets excited.

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