A nice character, I dont think I would blame him for leaving the confines of the gilded cage. (A nice term, that) Reminds me of Hamlet, but instead of being an intellectual to his disadvantage, Michael is a humanist to his disadvantage.
Another plot hook I thought of, the Kingdom has become in some new horribly oppressive, perhaps the extreme persecution of the commoners, such as that that occured to the peasantry of Eastern Europe and Russia in the 17th and 18th century. Michael must make a difficult choice, to let his people suffer as he continues to idle his life away in peace, or return to the Throne, depose his murderous usurper, and assume the mantle that he was born to wear.
The PCs just happen to have some reason to help him, such as their families are being persecuted, recruited by the charisma of the crown prince, or whatnot. Sounds like a good campaign to me.
I would rank this one higher, but there are a good number of spelling errors and comma mistakes. Michael still has alot of potential, but he reminds me of vanilla ice cream. I like vanilla ice cream...mmm...ice cream.
Vanilla ice cream is well...dull. It doesnt have any flash or dazzle, no chips, chunks, ripples, marshmallows, or new and interesting flavors. On the other hand there really isnt bad ice cream, and like I said, I like vanilla, you can add to it yourself.
The resemblance to Hamlet increases, I approve. Adding the melancholy streak to a normally optimistic, and upbeat noble is a nice touch. He is well set, there is but for fate to interven her hand and upset his life completely.
The expression, iSome men are born to greatness, others have it thrust upon them,/i comes to mind. The Peasant Prince may find himself in need of assistance when his cousin decides that the prince needs to turn up dead, or a league of lords decides to make the prince their titular figurehead, opposing the counsin, but at the same time, staying on their leash.
Either way, the DM inside of me says it is time for the Prince's sabbatical to come to an end. I like the flavor.
In general I realy like the idea of the item, but there are some points that are nagging and I do not really. I can not really lay the finger on the sour point though.
There are some things that I would have written down a bit different.
Personally, I do not like mindless wandering zombies, so I would expect the cursed wearer of the cloak to fall dead to the floor when their soul is entirly consumed.
... Another question is: once the wearer (or his entourage) realize what is going on, could a spell like "remove curse" not be used to remove the cloak, or can you just lay it aside without any problem?
Sure, you can regain your soul by slaying the creator, but what if the creator ends up dead by another source? Go to Comment
Well,removing the cloak is not gonna help. The cloak is merely a carrier for the curse.Use it just once,and the enchantment infects you. As for your second question,it dosen't matter how the demon dies.As long as he's destroyed,the curse is lifted,for they are both linked. Hope that answered your questions about the cloak. Perhaps you could give me some pointers on how to improve it. Go to Comment
"It is something that chills even these hardened shamans."
What can chill demon-summoners, that sacrifice humans on a regular basis? They see body parts quite often. In the fanatic society they have, I would call them simply displeased. Go to Comment
Well,it's not the mutilated bodies that creep them out.It's the fact that the ment thy sent after Irad were fearsome warriors.And yet they all ended up dead.Who could have done this?Cretainly not that sentimental excuse for a shaman Irad. But then,who? It's they mystery that scares them. Go to Comment
but remember ... fear leads to anger ... and anger leads to the dark side.. *laughs* I guess the other shamen will become even more evil as their attempts at removing Irad continue to fail... Go to Comment
But indeed, building a memorial for yourself is very fit for any King. It is not necessary to build a wall around the whole kingdom, just the northern border plus something more. The other kingdoms will have to manage it on their own, or could (in theory) become allies because of this terrible threat. Those northerners can't freely move around and slaughter/capture people forever, or there won't be soon no kingdoms anymore. Go to Comment
Static defenses are nothing without active defenders. People can eventually just climb over them or go around them. Unless the barrier has VAST PSYCHOLOGICAL POWER (like the Great Wall because of its sheer size), it has little stopping power without defenders (i.e. an armed force big enough to patrol it). And even the greatest barrier with psychological power needed defenders.
So a hundred to two hundred years later, causing starvation (as people are pulled off farming to build the wall) at a cost that will bankrupt almost any government (just for supplies and materials... if they not not paying labor), they will have a wall that will not stop, but only slow down the targets.
King's edict does not generate goods without gold (hence the whole tax thing). If the King does just takes said goods, anyone who owns or makes said goods tend to leave such countries (or die, but the results the same- they still stop making things).
If you don't believe me, check the history of The Great Wall. While a more ambitious project, this wall would protect a smaller country with a smaller population. Heck... check out the success and cost of Hayden's wall in England. The cost of that (and its lack of stopping power) is one of the reasons the Romans abandoned the Isles. Go to Comment