I'm glad my simple post was able to bring out more, if not something better, ideas than my own. The duality of Elven and human culture is a wonderful touch. When they thrive the roses bloom, when they war, they wilt. Very interesting touch.
This daily highlight comes from a different time on the citadel. It has core idea which is nice enough. The rose bush is a nice plot idea and could be interesting starting point for some intellectual excursions into how this barometer might work. Does the Rose bush see the future? Does it mystically poll public opinion? Does it track the exchange rate between currencies and trade goods? What is a healthy relationship between Elves and Humans? Does the rose bush take into account the author's disrespect for human culture? If Elven culture begins to dominate human culture is that healthy? Is the Rose bush biased? I don't think the specific answers matter, but the in game exploration could be interesting. This is a good candidate for a 100 word rework. Go to Comment
Oh yes, Katherine Hepburn. What a fine inspiration.
Nice, smart, and burning for justice 'n stuff. Other than that, where is some weak point? Nothing dark, just something to make her more human. Perhaps, she tends to fall in for any charming man, but keeps it secret? Or any little weakness. Go to Comment
A character that must be somewhere in every Court. I like characters that are no-nonsense and practical. She isn't a manipulator in the standard sense, in that everyone knows she's doing it, but can't say that she's doing it, because they'll lose face. She's too upright to make someone a dangerous enemy, but she could concievably humiliate them, if she chose, and she seems the kind of person who has friends who would make dangerous enemies.
I can only imagine the uproar that would occur if, somehow, she actually ascended to the throne (maybe someone would devote themselves to protecting the others in line before her, specifically to keep her away from it?) Go to Comment
That's fine, all that.
However, I can't help but get the feeling that I've seen this character before.
Hmmm... Let's see, the Shadow on the Glass series, Sword of Truth series (in a way), other fantasy series... It's been done before. The "uppity woman" is a sort of archetype that is verging on cliche. I think that it's quickly nearing the day when it will be worn out.
But then again, not bad.
I think that being unconventional and caring for people is a weakness itself, given the deadly environment of the court.
As well as that, the men whose game she's playing might resent her intrusion upon their territory... she's walking a thin line. Go to Comment
Hey she is my size! I truly love this women already and some how I have a feeling that them deep brown eyes are full of fire! How can I not like this women who fights for the rights of others. Now all she needs is a friend who is a mindless person about the new and finest fashions. I can aleady see one nagging her about the clothing. Sorry let my mind get away from me. Anyway love it! Go to Comment
I like him. A good man behind the curtain...that you will never see. He could even be dead and people can still blame him for things that are going on...without knowing who they are blaming exactly. Go to Comment
I may have mentioned before how much I love Shadowy Malevolent Villians. Here we have a Shadowy Villian, who is not Malevolent (although one might make a case for misguided). And I absolutely adore villians who aren't in it for thier own gain, or just to be evil, but that really think they're Doing the Right Thing. Also, depending on the class of PCs that encounter him: will they fight him... or join him? And given his tendency to play the puppet master behind the scenes, the odds are fairly high that he could manipulate the PCs into accomplishing some of his goals (after all, what is the group most likely to topple a government?) He would fit in very well with some of my characters, several of whom would be sympathetic to his cause, if not his means. Well, I am going to use him, somehow.
And I think this deserves a Hall of Honor... Go to Comment