I've just been going through all the bizarre lifeforms, and maybe that's a mistake, but I don't feel like the seven gargoyles are different enough. This type reminds me a lot of the winged geomorphs. It also seems to contrast the stayers and goers where it says these guys might be the origin of all gargoyles (whereas those were made by the archwizard). Still a good post, I don't mean to be overly negative :-) Go to Comment
Everyone needs a purpose. Unlike People, who just sort of randomly come into existance, and may or may not have a purpose, they know they were created for a specific purpose. Now, if they were forced or compelled to do it, they might still serve him, but not do it so well. They have free choice (Check the Midarans), so the Stayers chose to embrace what is good and honorable (in their mind).
Unlike many, they have seen first hand what rampant magic can do. They have protected the Archmage from all sorts of wyld magic, evil summonings, and so on, and seen him put down uncontrolled gates, close rift, quelch elements fury, and so on. The Archmage's stash of magic has some of the most powerful things of this age and the previous one. The last thing any responsible being would do is want these "toy" loose upon the world.
Remember they don't age. They only die when they break or decide to die. So there are a bunch of these creatures that remember the Archmage from two centuries ago like it was yesterday.
The Archmage did make them quite responsible. Not only is it in their make up, but those who were more responsible, found themselves in positions to make decisions for their "species". And thus, the more responsible were able to breed (make spell copies of themselves w/o all their experience), thus more responsibility and honor was a selected for trait. Go to Comment
This is a lot better than the Midarans. Better in the aspect that it is much more detailed. I like it. Sentient guardians are wonderful. The fact they have evolved from a number of different aspects and are now as versitile as they are. Wonderful. Go to Comment
I like how they "evolve" despite being stone, and how they "reproduce". It's an interesting line between living and not, life-forms or constructs. They seem to have a fair bit of intelligence, and be creating their own society, but it's interesting that they still exist to serve the next archwizard. This shows they have a very rigid or honor-bound nature. Without any sign of a master, with their own increasing abilities, etc. I could easily imagine them deciding to go it on their own. Their loyalty is nice. Go to Comment
I have this picture of a winged toad from one of the standard DD books, but I can't remember details. But in the end it only led me astray, because yours have hands, and the one I knwo doesn't. Go to Comment
if you destroy the rock on a Geomorph, does a ball of energy come out and can it re-enter another statue?
Yes. Though it may take some time to contemplate its choices before doing such. It might just opt to go find some good stone and make a new body, rather than taking a ready made statue.
can you somehow hurt it in its energy form?
Mybe it's like the movie "Fallen" where you have to kill one while there is no other host (statue) within a certain range, because the energy balls can only survive a certain amount of time before they die.
You can do this option. Go to Comment
Ok this is wonderful detail into the concept of a gargoyle. Interesting idea seemingly that they are alien. However, everything about them seems to perfect. Their vision and hearing is near unlimited and can be bent to go around corners. They are experts are most thing mental, making me think they would have far more superior mental powers other than clairsentience.
I like them, and they are defined very well. But something just doesn't hit me like, WOW!... Go to Comment
My thoughts are similar to Mourngrmn on this. I was wondering - if you destroy the rock on a Geomorph, does a ball of energy come out and can it re-enter another statue? Can it remake a new body? If it does live after destruction of the stone, can you somehow hurt it in its energy form? Or maybe it's like the movie "Fallen" where you have to kill one while there is no other host (statue) within a certain range, because the energy balls can only survive a certain amount of time before they die. I think I'll use this in an adventure (the Fallen version) because it might not be clear to PCs that they are fighting the same one over and over again or if there are different ones. And maybe the local church or (insert organization here) would get angry if players destroy statues that aren't attacking them yet, so the players have to figure a way to lure the geomorph away... but why would the geomorph follow? Maybe if they had lots of gems....? Go to Comment
Both and Any. There are a lot of things that get the nomenclature "Gargoyle" without being an animated statue. Some are stone creatures, natural magical things; others are animated statues that you despise; yet others are things with intense patience that have qualities like these kinds of creatures. Thus there are a number of cool critters under this category. Go to Comment
The dwarven gods true names can only be known by dwarves. They are referred to by nicknames in the presence of non-dwarves. I.E. Gudurran( Allfather) Baenna ( Hearthmother) Dudrak ( Ore), etc. No torture or magic or direct intent can reveal their true names to non-dwrves.