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
A beautiful variation on the much over done "you come by an inn to spend the night at," encounter most fantasy Gm's run a few hundred times (at least) a campaign. The vignette intro captured my interest, but at first the idea of were toads stuck me as too silly to use in a game.
Then I kept reading, and it grew on me, everything here clicks and fits together smoothly, and has enough background and plausibility in a fantasy setting, and that spark of creativity to really make a suitable microcosm of fun in any fantasy setting.
No matter how jaded your adventuring group they will not see an inn run by were toads coming, making this an adventure location most groups will talk about for years after.
Makes me deeply regret I'm not running a fantasy campaign so I could make use of this one. Go to Comment
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
Well, I figure it is a temporary zeitgeist fad. One bard made a King laugh by including the plant in his composition, rhyming it bawdily, and now the challenge has been taken up by other entertainers. A tongue-in-cheek, wink-wink thing really. The plant's name has twelve syllables. Bards consider it a challenege.
The fact that the Flailing Leper is also well known as a giant useless thing that just takes up space, and insults the senses with its very presence, the bards have also taken to equating the plant, with useless political figures and other individuals, which they mock in their tales.
Soon, I'm sure, the plant will be forgotten by the masses once more however. Go to Comment
Yeah, i kind of purposely left out all the stuff you mention, because i was chatting with someone who wanted a "perfectly useless" creature (just because) :p, plus i wanted to add something to both the Whimsical Flora codex (short, sweet and harmless) And the Red Herrings one. Just playing around really. And yes, that second sentence is distractingly (and disgustingly) long. That was kinda of on purpose too. But sure, troll-aphrodisiac and mimicking decayed bodies could lead to some hijinks! One can take this thing and expand it i suppose to give it some use or purpose or at least to present a plothook, as you mention. I would normally include that kind of stuff in a creature submission, but just wanted something goofy with this one. :) Thanks for the visit. Go to Comment
That love the plants and animals that really establish the setting of a game without offering rewards or challenges. And this is definitely one.
I'd love to see it expanded with some more details of the ecological niche that it fills. There are many plants, for example, that mimic decaying bodies, which then attract flies to carry pollen between plants. Maybe, in a similar way, this plant, which is disgusting to humans, is favoured by trolls. Perhaps it's a troll aphrodisiac! I could see that leading to some humorous plot hooks...
Some of your sentences I found distractingly long. "It is difficult to describe a Flailing Leper in full bloom, without nauseating the reader. A bulbous bush the size of a horse, with countless spines, drooping, sap-filled pods, flies buzzing inside their contours, with crooked stalks and branches extending like broken fingers in all directions, and bizarre rag-like leaves and growths that resemble so many dirty strips of cloth flapping in the wind" for example. Go to Comment
Ooo! I hadn't seen the Red Herring codex before! I may have to come up with something for it...
I love the notion of the Herringbone brotherhood, btw. It'd be fun to flesh it out into an order devoted to the god of distraction (probably the trickster god in their pantheon). They'd be sworn to misleading the most driven, purposeful men around. Perhaps the players could be contracted by the order as part of some ridiculously elaborate plot to waylay a lancelot character purely for the amusement of their god. Go to Comment