Puzzles should go into Puzzles, but there is something very interesting about this one. Not the riddle itself (which is certainly okey) but the effect.
(Btw, I would slow down the growth a lot, can you imagine farmers planting trees to get _immediate_ harvest? Perhaps it requires a special ritual to work.)
Anyway, the thought of trees planted in a special way, that produce a magical effect is interesting. One could think of growing an alley of trees for directing powerful magic - it could take dozens of years! Ritual magic at its finest.
One thing that can be imagined (besides cliche evil spells) is rejuvenation. So the young archmage-to-be plants a few groves of saplings here and there. Decades later, he has grown in power as the trees have. With his old age approaching, he wants to drain their power to make himself younger... something his enemies desperatele want to hinder, and destroy each grove they can find.
(Note also the Garan thread: http://www.strolen.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1961) Go to Comment
Okay, I missed this one. Then again, I am normally not in the dungeon section, only running Cyberpunk Verticle Dungeons (i.e. office complex assaults) See The Crawl, Doing It the Cinematic Way for details on how I run a dungeon.
That said, I have to ask, "This is a dungeon puzzle?" It is more of a complex spell. Go to Comment
On the puzzle scale it is a 3/5 (I am judging it as a puzzle and not as an item). It gets a bonus point for the cute side effects of the fruit, even though DnD spell memorization is something I haven't used in many, many years. I like the memory stuff for what it is... I bet them geriatric patients would love that grove! Total 4/5 Go to Comment
Yeah, I like that, that would work GREAT for a campaign goal. BBEG wizard has groves planted all over the place, find and destroy em, he's going to work against that while trying to enact his typically megalomaniacal plan of world destruction or whatever.
Oftentimes in campaign goals, the protaganists are working DIRECTLY against the bad guys, but in a case like this, he could LITERALLY be doing whatever he wanted, and the party would work indirectly against the plan by removing the power of the big bad guy.
This post brings up the idea of arrangements of trees (or other objects) bearing arcane significance.
What if you have a dungeon with arrangements of trees that through manipulation (cutting down trees, planting new ones) you can nudge into different magical patterns, creating different effects? Go to Comment
This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing is wrong with it at all, and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it, you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do this job without any hints or coaching. No doubt, if you work at it for a bit, it will dawn on you. Who knows? So don't act lax and lazy for it will avail you nothing. Go to work and try your skill. Good luck!
This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing is wrong with it at all, and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it, you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do this job, though it is taxing, without any hints or coaching. No doubt, if you work at it for a bit, it will dawn on you. Who knows? So don't act lazy for it will avail you nothing. Go to work and try your skill. Good luck! Go to Comment
Feel free to give it a whirl(Q is missing too, btw), I'd be interested to see what you come up with. "Valid" might fit in nicely(for V), perhaps the phrase "at this junction" to use a J word. X and Z... hrm... good luck! Go to Comment