This is very reminiscent of the X-Files and the black tar ooze they kept finding.
This adds a creepy feel to things you possibly run into and don't know what they are or where they came from. The fact they can take over another lifeforms body is very creepy and worth the effort to do to a game group. It would be a nice turn of events to have something like that attach itself to a player and begin controlling them for a time.
But what do they do once they gain a physical body and how long can they stay in that body? Can they stay in it for an infinite amount of time, or will their very presence degrade the living body and eventually kill it by sapping its energy? Go to Comment
I'm willing to play fast and loose with science, especially in a fantasy world (but i much prefer "magic" to bad science in general). But I wonder about the ecology/culture/motivations of these creatures. Just because the players don't know doesn't mean that you can't tell us. Go to Comment
More akin to a sketch than any full MoonHunter quality post. I see the idea and I think there is a glimmer there, but I do not know if it is a glimmer of hope. What I mean: I do not know if I am attracted to the idea of a regenerating beast of burden/oxen replacement. Go to Comment
If they are semi-intelligent why do they tolerate being fought for amusement, why not try to escape? Are they fed well and pampered? Considering their hatred of being de-horned, I imagine they would not like to be kept as arena animals. The post confuses me because some things make the animal seem very aggresive ("brutal" and description of hooves as very sharp makes it sound aggressive to me) but the description seems mild. It doesn't all add up to me, but maybe I'm just reading it wrong. Go to Comment
I understand the logic of Zylithan and Val comments but personally I'm okay with this seemingly disconnect of a docile beast that could be very dangerous (I think of it as a sort domesticated wolf becoming dog story). However, I also agree with AG that this is a solid but not particularly endearing idea presented here. Go to Comment
The Orb of Corvin and the Dark Eye suspect there may be an opposing force out there. They are playing a cat and mouse chess game with each other. However, neither suspects the Silver Star/ Orb of Healing is one of the "The Players". This chess game has three players. Go to Comment
The Unexpected, especially the balanced unexpected, always has a great inpact. (GMing/ Writing tip 87)
To be honest, "The Hand" is a tiny fraction of The Stars, and has a modest impact upon the world.. almost nothing in comparison to the effect the Stars have upon the world. Still, the explanation for The Hand's Powers and their "cover" make the organization effective. Go to Comment
Even healers have to live from something. To me it seems to go along with their clerical appearance - in exchange for healing, you don't necessarily have to pay, but can perform a service "for the cause". It may be something directly for the order, or some "good deed", both are understandable and support their public image. The Stars may trade it for other services in turn. Go to Comment
A shape-shifter of some sort has taken up a post at the War College of an enemy realm, where he secretly picks off only the most promising officer cadets, arranging bizarre accidents that gradually debase the leadership of the hostile army. In the long run, this will improve his nation's chances when the inevitable conflict comes.
As a shape-shifter he can impersonate superiors and peers alike and send the target candidate to the cleverly-prepared site of his (or her?) execution. As long as he is successful, no-one will ever know about the deception--even necromancy will only implicate the one impersonated...