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Wipp
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-08 12:40 AM


Golems



Many a curious mage and alchemist has pounded fruitlessly upon the door to Wipp’s abode. He ignores all such attempts at first. Most go away after a time. If they catch him while he is out tending his garden or if they are especially persistent, he will respond in exasperation by shaking his head and pointing toward the town. As a last resort, he will sick his hounds upon the interloper. The hounds first work to intimidate and will only attack if pressed.



Few test the mettle of Wipp’s hounds, for they are the size of bulls and made of animated crystal. One is of dark amethyst, the other formed of rose quartz. Both are well armored, with abnormally hard crystalline hides, and well armed, with teeth and claws like unbreakable glass daggers. They are always on guard and cannot be fooled.



These hounds are a type of golem created from the larger of Wipp’s sculptures. With the proper powers and incantations, these finely detailed sculptures can be brought to animated life. A passing wizard managed to broker a deal through the town merchants, giving him a statue of his own in exchange for animating the hounds, one of the very few trades of this sort that Wipp has ever done.



Crystal golems are of low intelligence and will follow only the simplest of commands. They are, however, completely loyal and immune to any enchantments which affect the living. Once animated, their finely sculpted forms come to fully to life. They are perfectly mobile and display no jerkiness in their motions.

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Wipp
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MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-08 12:46 AM


Origins



Though none know of Wipp’s origins, there has been no end of speculation among the townsfolk.



Some believe him to be a man cursed by the gods to understand only his craft and nothing else. Such folk believe that that is why the gods took his speech; one does not need to speak in order to work. Many a fanciful tale has been spun to fit this idea. Perhaps, they say, he was a craftsman who became too proud of his own skill and tempted the wrath of the gods by comparing himself to them. What better punishment than to make him incapable of anything else? One variation on this theory is that he was once a minor god who showed disrespect to the greater gods and was banished to the mortal world for his hubris.



Others find it more likely that he is but a strange alchemist whose forays into the understanding of his crystal art led to a mutation of his physical form. Perhaps, these say, he was always so devoted to his craft that the compounds he constantly works with destroyed his ability to speak and then twisted his mind so that he can no longer connect with other men.



There are those who believe he is a bastard child of some giant race mixed with human blood. The theory goes that a bizarre combination of human curiosity and giant affinity for stone gave him a unique perspective on mineral life but no way to understand either his giant or human sides. Others say that rather than being a mix of giant and human, he is actually a demigod, and they spout off half-a-dozen gods whose essence could mix with humanity to produce such a creature.



Speculation remains limited to Ulanta, as few in the outside world have any notion of Wipp. The local merchants are well aware of what a goldmine they have in him. When they carry his wares to trade with the wider world, they make up tales of exotic merchants from far away and bemoan the high cost of purchasing these phenomenal works of art.


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Wipp
NPCs  (Minor)   (Domestic/ Craft)
MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-08 12:48 AM


Sample Pieces



Enchanted




  • Earrings in the form of doves which have been magicked to make the wearer more appealing to others.


  • A small rose which clears the air of foul odors while filling the room with the subtle scent of spring flowers.


  • Scrying stones of numerous shapes and sizes.


  • A lyre that is fully functional. It provides no more magical effect than the fact that strings of crystal make beautiful sounds when strummed.


  • A ring which adds to the power of any mage when worn.


  • A pendant which protects the wearer from ethereal attacks.


  • A chalice which neutralizes poisons.


  • A staff cap which will illuminate items of magic within a small radius. It is a fantastic thing to walk into a dark room with such a staff and watch a few items here and there begin to glow as if a lamp shone upon them whilst everything else remains in darkness.



Artistic




  • Full sized statues detailing all the gods, heroes, and monsters of the Shallantean Epic.


  • A set of small statues exactly matching that of a royal family living hundreds of miles away that Wipp could not possibly have met.


  • A miniature village, complete with buildings, people, and animals.


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Wipp
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MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-08 01:04 AM


Hopefully the added ideas will help answer some questions. (Well, except for race :P )


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Paravella, The Builder
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Pariah's comment on 2012-03-06 10:46 PM


I'm going to start this out by saying that this is a solid sub, it checks off all of the right boxes: the humble origin, the call, the regret, the weird past adventure and potential enemy, and all that jazz; however, on finishing it I didn't really feel anything but "Meh" about her.  Unfortunately for the constructive criticism department I can't actually pinpoint exactly why I feel this way about it, so I'm leaving you with some plot hooks instead... :/



Potential Plot Hooks:

Haukagaron survived his jaunt to the nether realms, and succeeded in clawing his way out, now he's hunting for Paravella and she hires the PC's to either protect her from Undead Ninja Assassins, or she heard about his escape and hires the PC's to pre-emptively end him.



An old enemy of hers resurfaces, her dyes drove the Elven Artiste Laffsleafpink out of business and he's spent the past decades working on a dye that would put her to shame.  You can imagine how angry he was when he found that she had the gall to switch job fields before he could show her her rightful place.  So, like any logical humanoid, he hires a group of overpowered hitmen.

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Paravella, The Builder
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valadaar's comment on 2014-03-28 10:39 AM
She certainly is useful as is - I love this idea and she is a none-stereotypical Gnome.

A little more gnomishness would help, though I agree we don't have an overly strong image of what gnomishness is without dipping into the whole mechanical whiz trope.

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Paravella, The Builder
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MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-07 05:40 AM
Thanks for the plot hooks! I often get so caught up in telling the tale that I forget that part.

This sub probably isn't very useful as-is, but my long term goal is to use Paravella as glue to tie together various castle subs that I'm mulling over. Go to Comment
Altar of Grilling
Items  (Tools)   (Villanous)
Strolen's comment on 2012-03-04 01:59 AM


There is still something to be said about aged meat, but this will definitely do...oh, yes, it will do.


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Altar of Grilling
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-03-04 09:59 AM


Different than I recall the conversation but it is still a unique and scary item to be had. An interesting plot, should the players try to infiltrate a new cult using this and see it work, how then would they react to seeing someone they know on its grill? A mad dash to save them and a large fight ensues in the midst of a few dozen cultist. Fun times.


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Altar of Grilling
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Phaidros's comment on 2012-03-05 09:31 AM
Almost a pity the cult is gone, it would have been a nice adventure if the cultists decided to invite the adventures for dinner...
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Altar of Grilling
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Phaidros's comment on 2012-03-05 09:32 AM
Oops sorry, double post. Go to Comment
Altar of Grilling
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Chaosmark's comment on 2012-03-04 11:28 AM


This is the perfect Garage Sale From Hell item. It captures the ideals of the codex perfectly, and is itself a unique and useable item.



Well done.


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Altar of Grilling
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Roack's comment on 2012-03-20 11:55 AM


I've always been fascinated with the idea, almost universal in primitive cultures, that the consumption flesh is a means of power. This is an excellent example of how to take such a belief and turn it into something even more awesome.



Besides that, this is just some plain ol' good writing. Considering the title and subject, this post could have been a lot sillier (not that that would necessarily be a bad thing,) but despite being slightly more serious and usable, it's still pretty danged funny, and that opening prose was a good read.


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Altar of Grilling
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Dozus's comment on 2015-03-27 03:43 PM
This is cool. Go to Comment
Altar of Grilling
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Murometz's comment on 2012-03-04 10:45 AM


Disturbing and comical, always a winning combination.


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Altar of Grilling
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Murometz's comment on 2013-10-25 11:32 AM
Had two random thoughts in regards to this one...

1. Sawney Bean!! Give his clan this altar and a frolicking good time can be had by all, in a gruesome 16th century inspired campaign and/or and investigative/horror adventure!

2. Potential new cannibal class, a sub-class of barbarian perhaps, like berserkers. Still thinking it through. You are what you eat and all that...
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Altar of Grilling
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-27 09:52 PM
Oh well, at least its reasonably quick. An odd one sir. Go to Comment
Altar of Grilling
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Silveressa's comment on 2012-03-12 06:10 PM


Unique and refreshing, something I can see useful in my next Shadowrun campaign. For a more oriental/chi based approach one coudl also have it impart a certain amount of feminime/masculine chi energy to the consumer as well depending on the gender, and mental disipline of the victim.



Perhaps inheriting (temporarily) a small amount of skill the entree possessed in life would add another layer of use and appeal to the grill as well, beyond simple attribute improvement? (Of course to glean skill one may need to consume the prepared body parts used in performing said skill, biceps/pecs for swordmanship or blacksmithing, fingers for lockpcking, the tongue for spell weaving, etc..)


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Altar of Grilling
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MysticMoon's comment on 2012-03-03 10:24 PM


Thanks to Muro for helping me round out the powers on this one.


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Altar of Grilling
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-10-07 03:06 PM
Gross and disturbing. A crime against nature and our sensibilities.

4/5

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