This horrific automatons origins lie in the distant past. It once served as an instrument of torture to amuse the decadent rulers of the time. A perfectly crafted brass and bronze statue of a giant bull, one and a half times life-size, the bulls stomach is hollow, and a hatch on its flaring chest, nearly indistinguishable from the rest of the metal around it, can be opened. In the olden days, victims sentenced to death, were put inside the bull-construct, and steamed alive, as fires were lit beneath the bulls belly. The death was an agonizing one, but when Von Zygilvein discovered the old relic in some forgotten museum, he purchased it, and improved upon the design.
Von Zygilvein had his metal-workers and instrument-crafters, add complex sets of metallic tubing and piping throughout the beasts body, making the statue in effect a macabre musical instrument.
Occasionally, Von Zygilvein would stage elaborate, concerts for a few private friends. As unfortunate victims burned inside the bulls confines, the Mad Composer would conduct a brief musical piece, as the screams of the boiling, were turned to bizarre musical sounds due to the many installed pipes and tubes.
One night, the unexpected occurred. The brass bull somehow animated, and began thrashing about, shocking guests and Von Zygilvein alike. It was whispered later by sages, that so much pain and suffering had the inanimate object felt throughout the centuries, that an unknown and indescribable sentience and awakening occurred that night, infusing the torture-instrument of brass with a malevolence and berserk rage, unheard of even among the undead.
That night the bull caused much destruction, and Zygilvein was lucky to escape with his life. Later still, the Mad Composer and his wizard friends caught up to the rampaging creature and dispelled whichever foul magicks had infested the bull in the first place. The bull was put in storage by Von Zygilvein and forgotten. Now it is up for auction, and who knows if another spark of golem-like animation lies somewhere dormant inside the erstwhile torture-machine. Go to Comment
I was thinking of posting them in 'Novel Musical Instruments', but then quickly realized that novel isn't magical necessarily and vice versa. So, yeah, now there is another scroll. Bizarre, magical, musical instruments and pseudo-instruments. :p Go to Comment
I enjoyed this one. Semyon Jesk reminds me of the main mucus-guy from the Mucinex commercials, and Agathae reminded me of Helga from The Oblongs (It might still occasionally run on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim), just mute... and a were-frog. But this was a nice sub. Good work. Go to Comment
As someone who finds amphibians, and espcially toads, to be foul and repulsive in the extreme, being trapped in a filthy inn infested with ravenous were-toads would be my personal idea of hell. I find it interesting that the Jesks possess a trap-door that takes them directly to the vast lake beneath Awangis. Is their condition linked in some way to the mysterious amphibians that dwell in the lake? Go to Comment
I read this one already, and I could have swore that I commented and voted on it. I shall ammend that now. I like this, very creepy, with their large staring eyes, and the whole taste for human flesh is a nice touch, along with the dead troll. How often do people ever find dead trolls? Go to Comment
I really liked this entry and I love were-toads so well done on placement of a frog clan. The descriptions of the NPCs is also well done, the smile alone told me something was up, reminded of League of Gentlemen and the toad keeping relatives
Repellent to the eyes, sinister in appearance and far from welcome to the average villager and yet the bards are obssessed with it. Is there any explanation for this? I'm just curious. Thanks. Go to Comment
Nice, i think that is some of the purplest prose I've seen on the citadel! I like the tumble-weed aspect, with clumps of the leaves rolling around, and no one knowing what to do with the plant. Good show! Go to Comment