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A man becomes a bow, a bow a man.
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Scrasamax's comment on 2015-04-28 12:46 AM
Love the old school vibe, the crazy names draw me in, the hubris of the Long Lords and the hoary magic of the Grey Heap. I long to play an uncivilized barbarian in this setting.

I do have questions, of course, what happens if the corpse is destroyed? Can the bow raise another body to serve it, what happens if the bow falls into the hands of a PC, and and and.

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A man becomes a bow, a bow a man.
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Cheka Man's comment on 2015-04-29 02:20 AM
A pretty unique magical weapon. Go to Comment
A man becomes a bow, a bow a man.
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Murometz's comment on 2015-04-28 04:47 PM


Good questions. I should have written more here.



Actually, I think I gave the wrong impression with the "corpse rising" stuff. I meant that the body of Lyuk Bowen survived the battle (though he lost consciousness there for a while literally and figuratively) and lives on as a normal looking man (not a literal zombie nor undead in any way, his flesh is not slowly rotting or anything ). But he is brainless. That is to say his brain is the equivalent of a wooden bow. Lol.



So he's a bag of flesh the bow controls with its thoughts, but not literally, since the flesh bag is brainless. The bow meanwhile, possessing Lyuk's memories and thoughts merely nudges the living husk along through unexplained magic, and perhaps some sort of latent muscle memory on the husk's part.



If the husk is killed the bow would be rather screwed as it can't move around on its own. I'm guessing the bow would eventually go mad too, and I don't mean the angry variety of mad.



Which brings us to what would happen when the the inevitable occurs and a PC gets her hands on the bow. I would imagine the dynamic would be similar to an intelligent weapon and its owner with the bow having its own thoughts, goals, and desires. But not having an overly large "Ego" the bows influence wouldn't be of the corrupting variety on its wielder. After that, who knows. One thing it would definitely do is try to talk its new wielder into getting revenge against a certain Long Lord. Another thing it could do that just came to me, is actually teach it's new wielder archery and improve their ability with a bow.



Oh boy, I've typed too much and reading this back it doesn't quite make perfect sense to me lol

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A man becomes a bow, a bow a man.
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Ted's comment on 2015-04-27 07:13 PM
I was going to immediately suggest that I wanted more content, then saw that it was a 500 word challenge.

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Feather-Dusters of Dra'Solme Tsolyul
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Scrasamax's comment on 2015-05-23 12:59 AM
I read this and I thought I commented and voted on it.

Interesting, battle feather dusters. This goes up there with that submission about the giant combat scissors, the War Forcibi I think. Go to Comment
Feather-Dusters of Dra'Solme Tsolyul
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Dozus's comment on 2015-04-22 10:44 PM
This is cool. Can they also be used for dusting? Go to Comment
Feather-Dusters of Dra'Solme Tsolyul
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Murometz's comment on 2015-04-22 09:10 PM
tried uploading a pic inside the main sub. Failed. So here is sort of what they look like...

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Yz8XZ-ddk4/VChtkGj-ZWI/AAAAAAAABaY/goUrKvr4jp4/s1600/image0014.jpg

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Feather-Dusters of Dra'Solme Tsolyul
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Murometz's comment on 2015-04-22 11:34 PM
I suppose :) Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2015-04-23 11:42 AM
I think feathers hold a tenuous link to archery :) Great stuff - love your writing style ! Go to Comment
Feather-Dusters of Dra'Solme Tsolyul
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Moonlake's comment on 2015-04-26 10:21 PM
I see that the pic is taken from some Chinese kung-fu movie and actually this reminds me of that video game on PS2 where you can choose from a bunch of characters based from the period of the Three Kingdoms in China and in it there's a guy that uses 2 sticks as his weapon, sans the feathers of course (don't know the actual name of the game but the character you control can Mosou periodically which is charged up by doing combo moves and then you Mosou which releases a big attack thingy) Go to Comment
Time Spent With Trolls
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Chaosmark's comment on 2014-11-04 12:20 AM
The frame story itself is mildly irreverent, and has that whimsical attitude which I definitely associate with old-school gaming, but I must say, those trolls are excellent, and definitely the highlight of the piece. Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2014-11-03 10:16 AM
I like it, and now a word from that voice in my head that can't stop using big words.

iIn regards to the sensationalist claptrap of the, so called, Troll-Hunters Illuminated Society, a group whose members have proven themselves to posses the skills necessary in the stalking of Trolls, yet are found sorely lacking in the will required to actually follow through with the actual act of slaying the aforementioned, mask their pusillanimity in the naturalist's concern for the welfare of creatures that were, according to our forebears, once more numerous, though how far one can trust the recollections of any man, no matter how much that individual tries to avoid embellishment, when his own brain is as likely to affirm beliefs held in the core of his being as it is to frankly share with him accurate histories. While I must thank the writers for sharing the information in regards to the location of this band of Troll, I find it deplorable that a group that calls itself Troll-Slayers would claim the "Enlightened" position that the life of a group of animals that have been proven to be unable to count past three are worth more than the lives of all the sentients, some of with the authors admitted to seeing killed and eaten during their observatory period, who will surely fall victim to these beasts is an unconscionable crime, one which I will seek to immediately rectify upon my return to the region. /i
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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-01 10:29 PM


Warp'raa the Great Slayer, the Troll-King



The Troll-King is a king in name only. In reality, he is simply the toughest of the four trolls in his pack, leading their raids across the boundless expanses of the Murgh. He is known as being completely indestructible, and owes this impregnability to an erstwhile warlock-hermit of the swamp, who ensorcelled the troll's very flesh with powerful wards of protection against all fire and acid. In return, the troll-king slew the warlock, to ensure that the man would not "enhance" any other trolls. Trolls are nothing if not treacherous.



None of this have I witnessed for myself, but rather this is hear-say and local legend. The queer black runes branded in Warp'raa's greenish flesh suggest that these rumors may be true.



Warp'raa takes the well-known fearlessness of the trollish race to new heights. He just keeps coming at foes, and even if eventually chopped to pieces, each individual piece will continue the good fight. Dousing him in acid or setting him aflame does nothing to his magicked meat. And since not much else can kill a troll, the troll-king thrives. Or so they say.



Physically, Warp'raa is truly imposing. Ten feet in height though stooped and hunchbacked, his strength and ferocity left me in awe. I've witnessed him uproot sturdy willows, effortlessly throw an unfortunate elven ranger at least sixty feet into the air, and crack a charging water-buffalo's skull with a single strike.



Warp'raa also challenges the old rule of never defecating where one eats. He is constantly emptying his bowels and rarely walks off to do so. The troll lair is awash in troll guano, waist-deep to a dwarf, and Warp'raa seems to enjoy the mess.



On rare occasions I have spied Warp'raa mating with Gozh'ga, being one of the few members of T.H.I.S to have witnessed troll mating in the wild! Watching their love-making changed me forever and I will say no more of this. I will never unsee it. The gestation cycle for trolls I've learned at least, is surprisingly short.



Many times over Gozh'ga has spewed forth newborn trolls, only to have Warp'raa swallow them whole, minutes after their birth. Perhaps this is why the trolls are not fecund. They could easily make armies if only they stopped all that cannibalism!



Whenever Warp'raa eats a newborn, the clan gathers around, gesticulating toward the skies wildly, then proceed to dig great holes, for no apparent reason. After this, Warp'raa will roll himself around in a bed of moss and howl. What these trolls are trying to accomplish is beyond me.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-01 10:32 PM


Umook the Sculptor



Though the trolls of the Murgh have no word for sculptor in their primal tongue, I call this specimen by that name, due to his singularly peculiar and gruesome hobby. Umook will tear, rip, rearrange, and forcibly reattach the limbs, heads, and extremities and build mongrel statues and constructs, from the flesh and bones of the troll pack's victims. No one can guess why he does this, least of all Umook I imagine, but I have observed on several occasions Umook practicing his macabre art-work with his bloody raw materials. The grotesque mockeries he constructs do not stand vigil long, as the trolls quickly devour the sculptures, while Umook gibbers and drools, clawing at the earth, either bemoaning his fate, calling out to some loathsome troll deity, or both.



Umook is fond of flowers. He can often be observed inhaling the vapors and pollen, face-down in a patch of poppies or ten-step pansies. I have yet to ascertain why he does this. Nor can I begin to guess why once every half-moon, a small swarm of rhinocerous beetles approaches the troll, lingers about him, then goes off again into the swamp, as if with instructions from Umook in tow.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-01 10:35 PM


Gozh'ga



Gozh'ga is a she-troll. I know because she is bigger than the other two, and often berates and belittles Umook and Droog whenever they attempt to mate with her, or eat her food. She is a wrinkled behemoth of a troll with empty, worm-ridden eye sockets.



What she lacks in sight, she makes up for with her wart-ridden nose. Her sense of smell is extraordinary. I was present when she once sniffed at the air suddenly and excitedly, then proceeded to sketch crude human-like figures in the dirt, indicating travelers and pointing in a direction. The trolls seemed excited.



*Three* full days later an unfortunate band of adventurers stumbled upon the troll lair. The trolls were ready for them, and the awful screams that night, did not last long. Not only had Gozh'ga sensed the group many miles away, but she seemed to know that they were traveling in this exact direction. There was no reason to start the hunt.



Once Gozh'ga had eyes, but as I watched from a bluff spell-bound one night, she plucked them out one after the other and ate them, much to the delight of Umook and Droog, who leapt up and down, like two idiots at their first fare.



Several weeks later, something interesting occurred. I was watching the troll relieve herself one morning, riveted to the scene, when suddenly to my horror, two bulbous, gloopy eyes sprouted, one ripping through the flesh of each cheek of her desiccated backside. These are truly remarkable creatures.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-01 10:36 PM


Droog



I sometimes call him "Droog the Last" because he always is. The runt of the foursome, Droog is often submissive to the other three. Last to attack during the hunt, last to feed back at the troll lair. He is easily recognizable by his two extended members(!) which I have never witnessed in flaccid states. I have colleagues that would no doubt jape at being envious of Droog's predicament, but I digress. Why Gozh'ga refuses to mate with Droog despite his twin ever-ready phalluses, remains a mystery.



Droog seems to prefer eating animals to humanoids. The other three trolls are the opposite, they will listlessly chew on snakes and hedgehogs, but positively animate whenever two-legged prey appears on the menu. At these times Droog looks almost sullen, and withdraws to his pit gnawing on his own arm. Droog will sometimes try to keep food alive for a while, and play with prey like a cat. It almost seems as if he is desirous of acquiring a pet. I watched him once drag a dwarf around by the neck on a chain for three weeks everywhere he went, though he forgot to feed him, until Warp'raa at last, came over, ripped the dwarf's head off and ate it. Droog ate the rest, whimpering solemnly.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-03 03:42 PM


Heh, wise Gyma has touched upon the crux of what I was going for...Some combination of the banal, apologetic, self-important, desentisized news reporting on mass beheadings, Sharkweek jumping the shark ("Oy, watch as I swim with these misunderstood, gentle giants---Gaaaaaack---Dead.), Gorillas in the Mist ("Wow, he just sits there. Amazing! Wait, look, he just picked his ass with his finger and tasted it! I think he liked it. What incredible creatures, I'm in awe!), ecological ultra-liberal-terrorists, and the reality tv trainwreck.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-03 03:52 PM


that last plot hook tittilates me :) What could be so bad-assed that the trolls are running? :)

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axlerowes's comment on 2014-11-02 11:23 AM
Looks interesting, but sadly I am feint of heart, inexperienced and sane. So Troll hunting is none of my business. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-11-05 11:05 PM
T.H.I.S. has spirit akin to the naturalists of Edwardian and Victorian England but the write ups have shades of Diane Fossey.

I admire a departure from the listing of facts (juicy details in your words) format and the inclusion of a narrative perspective. Go to Comment
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